Secret of the Douro & Lisbon

11 Day Itinerary | Porto to Lisbon | August 17th, 2024

Prices from $6,545/person
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A symbol of Portugal’s birth and growth as a nation, the Douro has long been the country’s lifeline. Leaving the pastel-coloured metropolis of Porto, venture through the enchanting countryside. Terraced vineyards rise from the river banks, historic landmarks pepper distant horizons and charming townships lay hidden in the rural hillsides. Salamanca shines both day and night and a kayak experience in Pinhão provides a new perspective on the Douro. Plus enjoy an extended stay in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal.

Cabin Rates:
Emerald Stateroom F – $6,545
Emerald Stateroom E – $6,665
Emerald Stateroom D – $6,885
Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite C – SOLD OUT
Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite B – $7,645
Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite R – $7,965
Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite A – $8,345
Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite P – $8,505
Owner’s One Bedroom Suite SA – SOLD OUT
Emerald Riverview Suite RA – $9,895

Day 1:

Welcome to Porto, where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your contemporary Emerald Cruises Star-Ship, Emerald Radiance. This evening, join your fellow guests for dinner on board.

Meal(s): Dinner

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 is celebrated because it builds 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.

  • Portuguese cooking demonstration on board.

Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:
Pinhão – Vega de Terron

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. Or, embark on a kayak excursion along the river, taking in the impressive views from the heart of the Douro Valley. This afternoon, enjoy sailing to Vega de Terrón, perhaps relaxing on the Sun Deck.

  • Kayak experience in Pinhão
  • Guided active walk through the vineyards
  • Visit to Quinta do Tedo with wine tasting

Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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, which includes exploring the postcard-worthy galleries and arcades that adorn Plaza Mayor. You’ll also have the opportunity to see Casa de las Conchas, a building that has been lovingly decorated with more than 300 shells, and Salamanca’s university, one of the oldest universities in Europe that dates back to 1218.

  • Tuna music band
  • Guided tour of Salamanca
  • Castelo Rodrigo tour (extra expense)

Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:
Pocinho – Régua

This morning, you’ll arrive in Pocinho where you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Côa Valley Museum. Later, return to your Star-Ship for lunch and soak up your idyllic surrounds, enjoying a Port wine cocktail lesson on board as you sail towards Régua. This evening, a rural dinner at a wine estate is certain to be one of the highlights of your trip.

  • Port wine cocktail lesson on board
  • Rural dinner at Quinta da Pacheca
  • Guided tour of Salamanca
  • Visit to the Côa Valley Museum (extra expense)

Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6:

On today’s included excursion, you’ll 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. If you’re feeling active, enjoy an invigorating walk down the 686 steps from the Sanctuary to the main square.

  • Mosaic tile painting lesson on board
  • Walk down the steps of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies
  • Guided tour of Lamego
  • Visit to Mateus Manor House (extra expense)

Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7:

Located at the mouth of the Douro River, Porto is a fascinating and eclectic mix of modern and ancient architecture. Famous for its export of Port wines, it’s easy to imagine how British merchant ships would have once clustered together in the medieval harbour, waiting to take their produce 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. For those who wish to see the charms of Porto on foot, our active walk through the town will bring you closer to the vibrant daily life of the locals

  • A cruise through Porto
  • Guided active walk in Porto
  • Guided tour of Porto
  • Visit to Quinta da Aveleda (extra expense)
  • Guided bike tour to the Atlantic (extra expense)

Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8:
Porto – Lisbon

This morning, disembark your Star-Ship and travel south, following the coast of the Atlantic until you reach the enchanting town of Nazaré. Continue onwards until you arrive in Lisbon. Lisbon’s beauty has captivated people from around the world for centuries, and your included three-night stay in Lisbon is certain to leave you captivated too.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 9:

Today, a tour of Lisbon’s centre will offer the perfect introduction to the Portuguese capital, where limestone cobbled streets are peppered with terracotta-roofed houses, all swathed in delightful breezy sea views. Your tour will include a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Jerónimos Monastery, an icon of Late Gothic Manueline architecture that can be found gracing Lisbon’s harbour. The shrine-like south entrance is a true delight, with gables, pinnacles and a statue of Henry the Navigator, one of the pioneers of Portugal’s Age of Discovery, a period of time that brought riches to the Portuguese Empire.

  • A guided tour of Lisbon

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 10:

The heart and soul of Lisbon is yours to discover independently today, as you stroll past gleaming white basilicas and traverse cobblestone streets. Your tour director will be available to help you plan your day of independent exploration.

  • Guided bike tour to the Atlantic (extra expense)

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 11:

After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to your fellow guests and prepare for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of the golden city and illustrious vineyards with you.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Always included:

  • Airport transfers to and from your Star-Ship
  • 7 nights in a suite or stateroom of your choice, all with a river view
  • 3 nights city stay in Lisbon
  • 23 meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer & soft drinks to accompany lunch & dinner on board
  • Complimentary tea & coffee on board
  • Complimentary bottled water in your suite or stateroom, restocked daily
  • A variety of on board evening entertainment
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • First-class service from English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • Earn EmeraldEXPLORER loyalty points
  • Complimentary River Cruise Cover
  • All port charges and taxes

Plus we include all gratuities

This itinerary is only a guide. Our itineraries are regularly reviewed by our journey planners and may be revised from that stated above. Due to operational reasons, such as high and low water or local restrictions, cruise inclusions may change from those advertised. For the latest information on this itinerary please visit our website.

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