Secrets of the Douro

On this 8 day roundtrip cruise from Porto, discover the Douro Valley's most inspiring destinations including Régua, Pocinho, Pinhao and stunning Salamanca.
Itinerary also travels in reverse.

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Destination & Sightseeing

ITINERARY

Porto
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your contemporary Emerald Waterways Star-Ship. EmeraldPLUS: Cruising Through Porto Enchanting Waters

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.

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 before your included Port wine cocktail demonstration or cooking demonstration on board. EmeraldPLUS: A Port wine cocktail lesson on board EmeraldPLUS: A Portuguese cooking demonstration on board EmeraldACTIVE: A guided walk through the vineyards EmeraldEXCURSION: A visit to Quinta do Tedo with tasting

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. EmeraldPLUS: Enjoy local entertainment from a tuna music band EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Salamanca

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, taking part in a casa painova tasting on board. A rural dinner at a wine estate is certain to be a highlight of your trip. EmeraldPLUS: A Casa Painova product tasting on board EmeraldPLUS: A rural dinner with entertainment at Quinta da Pacheca EmeraldACTIVE: A canoeing excursion EmeraldEXCURSION: A visit to the Côa Valley Museum

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 EmeraldPLUS: A mosaic tile painting lesson on board EmeraldACTIVE: Walk down the steps of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Lamego DiscoverMORE: A visit to Mateus Manor House with wine tasting (extra expense)

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. EmeraldACTIVE: A guided active walk in Porto EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Porto DiscoverMORE: An excursion to Guimarães (extra expense)

Porto
After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to your fellow guests, taking memories of sun-drenched vineyards with you.

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