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.

8 Day
From (NZD)
$ 4,770
  • 2019 Porto > Porto

    Terraced vineyards rise from riverbanks and Baroque villages remain a marvellous reminder of the past. Experience Roman Salamanca for its vibrant nightlife, and try Porto’s famous fortified wine.

    This 8-day roundtrip sailing from Porto introduces some of the region’s most inspiring destinations, including Régua, Pocinho and Vega de Terrón, and includes a visit to the exquisite Spanish city of Salamanca. Your journey on this rousing waterway begins and ends in Porto, one of Portugal’s oldest and most beautiful cities, and sees you travel upstream through the twists and turns of the World Heritage-listed Douro Valley, calling at charming destinations like Pinhao, Vega de Terrón and Pocinho.

    Tour Code:

    EPDC

    Duration:

    8 Days

    Departure City:

    Porto

    Return City:

    Porto

  • 8 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Arrival Porto

      Welcome to Porto. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the ship where a warm welcome awaits you from your Captain and crew as you board your luxury Emerald Radiance river cruise ship. Tonight, enjoy dinner on board with your fellow travellers. Your Cruise Director will also conduct a port talk to review the activities and itinerary for the days ahead.
      EmeraldPLUS: Sunset Cruise Through Porto

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - 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.
      EmeraldPLUS: Cooking Demonstration on Board
      EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Pinhao - Vega de Terrón

      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.
      EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Walk through Vineyards
      EmeraldPLUS: Cocktail Lesson on board

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 4 - 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.
      EmeraldPLUS: Local Entertainment

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Pocinho

      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.
      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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - 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.
      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)

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - 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.
      EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Active Walking Tour

      DiscoverMORE: Visit to Guimarães (extra expense)

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Porto Disembarkation

      After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship and transfer to Porto airport for your onward or homebound flight.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
    • 7 nights on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
    • Airport transfers to and from the ship
    • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
    • Port taxes and charges
    • All tipping and gratuities
    INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
    • Visit to Quinta in the heart of Douro Valley
    • Tour of Salamanca
    • Excursion to Côa Valley Museum
    • Tour of Baroque Village of Lamego & Sanctuary
    • City tour of Porto
    EmeraldPLUS:
    • Sunset Illumination Cruise
    • Cooking Demonstration on Board
    • Cocktail making lesson on board
    • Local Entertainment in Salamanca
    • Rural Dinner Experience
    • Mosaic Tile Painting Lessons on Board
    EmeraldACTIVE
    • Guided Walk through Vineyards
    • Yoga Lesson on Board
    • Canoeing in Pocinho
    • Active Walk up the steps of Sanctuary in Lamego
    • Guided Active Walking Tour in Porto
    DINING HIGHLIGHTS
    • 19 superb meals including 7 Breakfasts (B), 5 Lunches (L), 7 Dinners (D)
    • Captain's Welcome Reception & Dinner
    • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board