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17 Days | The Unforgettable Douro
with Lisbon and Madrid


LISBON TO MADRID

Day 1 Bem-vindo. On arrival at Lisbon Airport you’ll be escorted to the centrally located Sheraton Lisbon. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with your Tour Director and fellow guests. A truly wonderful experience awaits you. (D)

Day 2 | Lisbon. This morning, take part in a guided exploration of Portugal’s wonderful capital.Freechoice: Journey to Lisbon’s seaside suburbs of Cascais and Estoril and enjoy a picturesque and informative tour. Alternatively, climb to the hilltop town of Sintra and visit the impressive Sintra Palace. (B)

Day 3 | Lisbon. Today is yours to enjoy at leisure so take advantage of everything that lovely Lisbon has to offer. This evening you’ll get to experience Portuguese cuisine at its finest. (B,D)

Day 4 | Lisbon. Porto. Our scenic journey via Portugal’s medieval capital, Coimbra, will see you travelling to Porto where you’ll board the luxurious Scenic Azure for your cruise of the idyllic Douro Valley. (B,D)

Day 5 | Porto. Entre-os-Rios. Today, discover the unique historic treasures of Porto, including a visit to Palacio do Bolsa. Then enjoy a relaxing afternoon of cruising as your luxury Scenic Space-Ship meanders its way to Entre-os-Rios. (B,L,D)

Day 6 | Entre-os-Rios. Freechoice: Guimarães was the seat of the first King of Portugal and is dominated by the impressive Ducal Palace, which dates back to medieval times. It’s a great tour to kickstart your interest in this fascinating region. Alternatively, you could choose a tasting at the fairy tale-like property of Quinta Aveleda, a renowned regional sparkling wine producer. The incredible gardens alone make the excursion worthwhile. This afternoon, enjoy a blissful cruise to Regua. Sundowners: After the doors close to the general public, you’ll get to soak in the expansive views of Regua’s surrounding vineyards at an exclusive cocktail event hosted on the beautifully manicured terrace of the Douro Museum. Savour a range of port wine varietals in the most wondrous setting - and be sure to try the Port Tonic. (B,L)

Day 7 | Regua. Freechoice: Tour the elegant town of Lamego, with its many fine Baroque structures, or enjoy a guided visit of Mateus Palace, the historic icon depicted on the labels of Portugal’s famous Mateus rosé wine. This afternoon, you’ll discover the captivating Varosa Valley and visit the charming village of Tarouca where you’ll get to explore the restored. Monastery of Saint John of Tarouca. En route walk the fortified bridge of Ucanha, Portugal’s first toll bridge, spanning the crystal clear waters of the Varosa River. (B,L,D)

Day 8 | Regua. Vega de Terron. Today, enjoy a full day cruising the Douro Valley’s Vinhateiro wine growing region. Classified a World Heritage site, Vinhateiro has a history of wine production that stretches back for 2000 years. In fact, its impeccable port wines have been world-famous since at least the 18th Century. (B,L,D)

Day 9 | Salamanca, Spain. Take your time absorbing the sheer architectural splendour of Salamanca, a city as visually striking as it is historically intriguing. You’ll get to enjoy a tapas-style lunch here, accompanied by a Flamenco dance performance, followed by some free time where you can explore at will. (B,L,D)

Day 10 | Pocinho, Portugal. Pinhão. Over breakfast, you’ll enjoy a leisurely cruise to nearby Pocinho for our Côa Valley discovery. Freechoice: Visit the award-winning Côa Valley Museum and enjoy a pre-historic workshop. If you’re more adventurous at heart, take a canoeing excursion on the Sabor River. Alternatively, you could join the ‘Tastes of the Côa Valley’ excursion and visit Casa Painova for a sweet almond workshop and a tasting of their almond, olive and fruit products. This afternoon, enjoy your picturesque cruise to Pinhão. (B,L,D)

Day 11 | Pinhão. Today you’ll visit the remarkable village of Provesende, resplendently showcasing the Portugal of yesteryear. Wander the atmospheric streets of this quaint village with the locals as they proudly introduce you to their way of life – including their local bakery, and the bar and its wonderfully eclectic collection of regional wares. This is a specially choreographed experience only open to Scenic guests. You’ll also visit the church for a special recital, and enjoy wine tasting at the restored manor house of Morgadio da Calçada. What better way to immerse yourself into the local culture. Freechoice: Top off a truly unforgettable day with a visit to the estate of Quinta Bonfim for a tasting of their famous export. If you’re feeling energetic, you could also choose a walk through the hillside vineyard for a unique tasting among the vines. (B,L,D)

Day 12 | Pinhão. Porto. Having spent the previous eight days discovering the treasures of the Douro, Varosa and Côa Valleys, enjoy an exclusive Douro Valley Wine Review, as well as on board activities, including a cork jewellery workshop. Otherwise, simply enjoy the beauty of the region as you cruise back into Porto.Enrich: Enjoy a decadent fine dining experience accompanied by a traditional Fado music performance at the fabulous Burmester Cellars this evening. You can look forward to an evening at what is arguably Porto’s most historic wine cave, situated at the foot of the iconic Dom Luis I pedestrian bridge – a truly unforgettable experience, once again exclusive to Scenic guests. (B,L,D)

Day 13 | Porto. Acquaint yourself with the local fishing industry by meeting the fishermen of Afurada village as they return to port with the day’s catch. Hear their tales of the sea in a local taberna where they’ll prepare their catch over an open fire for the freshest tasting, to be enjoyed with a chilled glass of wine. How hospitable. Freechoice: Visit the oldest remaining Canning Factory in Porto for an insight into their 100-year-old family business. Or visit a local corking factory. Alternatively, walk the fragrant terraces of Cristal Gardens. (B,L,D)

Day 14 | Porto. Disembark. Madrid, Spain. After breakfast you’ll board your included flight from Porto to Madrid. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. (B)

Day 15 | Madrid. This morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Madrid, including the 17th Century Austrian quarter, the Sabatini Gardens and the famous Cibeles and Neptuno fountains. Freechoice: This afternoon, choose between the exceptional Prado Museum, or the marvellous 18th century Royal Palace of Madrid. Decisions, decisions. Later, enjoy all that the Spanish cuisine has to offer at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 16 | Madrid. Today is yours to enjoy at leisure in Spain’s largest city. Stroll the fashionable boutiques that adorn the city centre’s many plazas, relax in one of Madrid’s many manicured gardens, or explore the surrounding area. (B)

Day 17 | Madrid. After breakfast, with memories of a truly unforgettable journey, transfer to Madrid airport. (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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