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10 Days | Secrets of the Douro with Madrid


Day 1 | Madrid, Spain. Welcome to Spain’s capital, the enchanting Madrid. Many say that no other city on earth is more alive than Madrid, an enticing place full of sheer energy. Included is a two-night stay in Madrid. (D)

Day 2 | Madrid. This morning, join your tour director for a vibrant city tour of Madrid, including the Sabatini gardens, Plaza Mayor, Market, Austrian quarter, Gran Via. The rest of the day is at your leisure to continue exploring. (B)

Day 3 | Madrid. Porto, Portugal. Embark. Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flights to Porto. A warm welcome awaits you from your Captain and crew as you board your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. This evening, join your fellow travellers for welcome dinner. (B,D)

EmeraldPLUS Sunset Illumination Cruise

Day 4 | Porto. Pinhão. Today, enjoy a full day sailing the windy turns and twists of the Douro Valley. A UNESCO world heritage site this area is sparsely populated by small quaint villages and typical communities working vineyards and small farms. In the afternoon, your Cruise Director will host a lecture on board showcasing the history and wine culture of the region. Later, arrive in the village of Pinhão which is situated on a river bend surrounded by terraced hillsides producing some of the world’s best Port. Tonight, your captain will be delighted to host the welcome dinner and cocktail reception. (B,L,D)

EmeraldPLUS Cooking Demonstration on Board

EmeraldACTIVE Yoga Lesson on Board

Day 5 | Pinhao. Vega de Terrón, Spain. Begin your day with a visit to a beautiful Quinta vineyard in the heart of the Douro Valley. Alternatively, join the EmeraldACTIVE walk through the vineyards.  Later, sail to Vega de Terrón, your gateway into Spain. (B,L,D)

EmeraldACTIVE Guided Walk through Vineyards

EmeraldPLUS Cocktail Lesson on board

Day 6 | Salamanca. Founded in Roman times, the city of Salamanca is home to one of the oldest universities in Europe, the seat of the Spanish language, and still a lively student town. Board your coach this morning in Vega de Terrón and travel to this beautiful golden city for a guided walking tour passing through its grand squares and medieval structures, where you will feel like stepping back in time. Tapas bars feature on every street and traditional Spanish music trickles out of buzzing bars and restaurants. You will also have plenty of free time to explore independently before returning to the ship later this afternoon. (B,D)

EmeraldPLUS Local Entertainment

Day 7 | Pocinho, Portugal. This morning, arrive in Pocinho and either embark on an excursion to the Côa Valley Museum or take part on the Emerald Active canoeing experience. The Côa Valley Museum is a concrete structure that details pre-historic stone carvings made by the early inhabitants of the Douro, which were uncovered during the construction of the nearby dam. Later return to your ship for lunch and enjoy your idyllic surroundings as you sail towards Régua. (B,L,D)

EmeraldACTIVE Guided Canoeing Experience

EmeraldACTIVE Yoga Lesson on Board

EmeraldPLUS This evening your highlight dinner will be hosted at a traditional rural wine estate in the Régua area

Day 8 | Régua. Today you will have a choice to visit the marvelous baroque village of Lamego and the picturesque Our Lady of Remedies Sanctuary where history stands still. As part of your EmeraldACTIVE feature, walk up the stairs of the Our Lady of Remedies Sanctuary. (B,L,D)

EmeraldACTIVE Walking up the Stairs of the Sanctuary

EmeraldACTIVE Yoga Lesson on Board

EmeraldPLUS Mosaic Tile Painting Lessons on Board
DiscoverMORE Visit to Mateus Manor House with wine tasting (extra expense)

Day 9 | Porto. Located at the mouth of the Douro River, Porto is a fascinating eclectic mix of modern and ancient architecture. Enjoy your city tour passing by numerous landmarks of this beautiful city. (B,L,D)

EmeraldACTIVE Guided Active Walking Tour
DiscoverMORE Visit to Guimarães (extra expense)

Day 10 | Porto. Disembark. After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship and transfer to Porto airport for your onward or homebound flight. (B)

NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change without notice. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the itinerary schedule you receive with your final documents.

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