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Secrets of the Douro

8 days from £1,745pp

Offer highlights

On this 8-day roundtrip cruise from Porto, discover the Douro Valley's most inspiring destinations including Régua, Pocinho, Pinhao and stunning Salamanca!

  • Save up to £1,600 per couple
  • €200 per cabin onboard spend
  • Excursions included

Itinerary

Day 1 - Porto
Return economy flights from one of up to 9 UK regional airports are included in the price of your holiday. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your contemporary Emerald Radiance Star- Ship, where you will enjoy dinner on board this evening.


Day 2 - Porto – Pinhão
Relax on board today and enjoy a full day of sailing through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Douro Valley. This fascinating area was inscribed because it hones in on two millennia of wine producing history, where viticulture has shaped the surrounding landscape and small, sleepy villages are peppered with dozens of sun-drenched vineyards. 
Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner and cocktail reception.

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A Portuguese cooking demonstration on board

Day 3 - Pinhão – Vega de Terrón
Begin your day with a visit to the beautiful Quinta do Tedo vineyard in the heart of Portugal’s Douro Valley, nestled on the confluence of the Douro and Tedo rivers. This 18th-century estate is environmentally sound, creating organic produce by using traditional viticulture methods. 
Alternatively, enjoy a guided walk through local vineyards, stopping along the way to admire your surroundings. 
This afternoon, enjoy sailing to Vega de Terrón, perhaps relaxing on the Sun Deck. 

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A guided walk through the vineyards
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Canoe on Pinhao River
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A visit to Quinta do Tedo with tasting

Day 4 - Vega de Terrón – Salamanca
Founded in Roman times, the ancient city of Salamanca and its UNESCO World Heritage-listed old quarter have an illustrious past, having been held by the Carthaginians, Romans and Moors. 
Travel to the beautiful golden city for a walking tour, starting among the postcard-worthy galleries and arcades that adorn Plaza Mayor. You will have the opportunity to see Casa de las Conchas, a building that has been lovingly decorated with more than 300 shells.

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Enjoy local entertainment from a tuna music band
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A guided tour of Salamanca

Day 5 - Pocinho – Régua
This morning, arrive in Pocinho where you’ll have the opportunity to embark on a canoeing excursion or to visit the Côa Valley Museum. Later, return to your ship for lunch and soak up your idyllic surrounds as you sail towards Régua while taking part into a Port Wine cocktail lesson on board. A rural dinner at a wine estate is certain to be a highlight of your trip.

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A Port Wine cocktail lesson on board 
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A rural dinner with entertainment at Quinta da Pacheca
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A visit to the Côa Valley Museum
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Archaeological Tour 4x4 at Coa Museum (extra expense)

Day 6 - Régua
Today, on an included excursion, you will visit the marvellous Baroque village of Lamego, stopping to see the picturesque Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies, a structure that stands gracefully over the town.

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A mosaic tile painting lesson on board
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Walk down the steps of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies
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A guided tour of Lamego
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A visit to Mateus Manor House (extra expense)

Day 7 - Porto
Located at the mouth of the Douro River, Porto is a fascinating eclectic mix of modern and ancient architecture. Famous for its exports of Port wines, it’s easy to imagine how British merchant ships would have once clustered together in the medieval harbour, waiting to take Port wines across the water. 
Your included tour of the coastal city will touch on the fortified structures of Castelo da Foz and Castelo do Queijo, a building whose pentagonal façades overlook the ocean. This evening, enjoy a charming evening cruise shining a different light on Porto's skyline.

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A guided active walk in Porto
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A guided tour of Porto
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Visit to Quinta do Aveleda with Vinho Verde tasting (extra expense)
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Taylor’s Port wine tasting (extra expense)
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Evening cruise through Porto

Day 8 - Porto
After breakfast, it's time to say farewell to your fellow guests, taking memories of sun-drenched vineyards with you. Your flight home is included in the price of your holiday.

This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above.

 

What's included

  • Return flights from the UK
  • Spacious suite
  • 7 nights onboard an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Cruises Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Visit to Quinta do Tedo with Port tasting
  • Guided tour of World Heritage-listed Salamanca’s old town
  • Excursion to Côa Valley Museum
  • Tour of Baroque Village of Lamego & Our Lady of Remedies Sanctuary
  • Guided tour of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Porto’s old town
  • Based on 2 adults sharing

When can I go?

This offer is based on departing April - November 2022. For alternative dates or airports, please speak to your Personal Travel Consultant.

 

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