Spanish Conquest & Lisbon with Secrets of the Douro

22 Days
Barcelona to Porto
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$ 12,145
$ 11,145
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2021 Barcelona > Porto

Starting in Barcelona, wind your way through Spain on this fifteen day itinerary. With stays in Madrid, Cordoba, Granada and Malaga, as well as Lisbon in Portugal. After spending three nights in Lisbon, join the Emerald Radiance for a seven night cruise along the winding Douro River.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
ESLD
Duration:
22 days
Departure City:
Barcelona
Return City:
Porto

22 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Arrive Barcelona

    Welcome to Barcelona, the vibrant capital  of Catalonia. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your centrally located hotel for a three night stay. Meet your Tour Director and fellow passengers for a welcome dinner.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Barcelona

    Your city tour today takes in Montjuic, the picturesque hill overlooking the city and former Jewish settlement. Visit Sagrada Familia – the famous cathedral designed by Gaudi whose controversial and intricate design is reflected in much of Barcelona’s architecture. Stroll the famous corridor of Las Ramblas where street performers feature on every corner, through the old town with its twisting lanes and historic buildings.The rest of your afternoon is at leisure. Tonight, enjoy dinner at an authentic Catalan farmhouse.

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Barcelona

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Barcelona

    Enjoy a full day at leisure today. Your Tour Director will be on hand to assist you in planning your day. Perhaps visit the Bullring, the magnificent Camp Nou stadium, or relax along the waterfront area

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    Excursion to Montserrat (extra expense, must be prebooked).

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  4. Day 4 - Barcelona – Madrid

    Journey by high speed train to Madrid. On arrival, transfer to your centrally located hotel for a two night stay. Your sightseeing tour includes the Sabatini Gardens, the 18th century Royal Palace of Madrid, and an orientation tour of the downtown Austrian quarter – featuring the Plaza Major, a grand square re-modelled in the 16th century. Tonight, enjoy a dinner at a local restaurant.

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Madrid

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Madrid

    Enjoy a full day at leisure today in the capital of Spain. Your Tour Director will be on hand to assist. Perhaps visit the Prado Museum, home to some of the finest collections of European art dating from the 12th century.

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    The medieval fortified town of Toledo (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  6. Day 6 - Madrid – Cordoba

    Travel south and visit Consuegra, famous for the best examples of Spanish windmills, and the home of the Spanish knights. Arrive in Cordoba, a city known for its blend of Jewish and Moorish influences, included is a one night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  7. Day 7 - Cordoba – Granada

    Your morning guided tour takes in the Aljama Mosque – one of the most emblematic examples of Islamic Art, famously featuring a Christian cathedral inside it. After free time for lunch, continue onto Granada for a one night stay and enjoy a walking tour of the city centre and a free evening.

    Included Excursion

    Guided Tour of Aljama Mosque

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    Guided tour of Granada

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  8. Day 8 - Granada – Malaga

    Granada is home to the impressive Alhambra Palace – one of Spain’s most recognisable Moorish structures, completed in the 14th century when Spain was largely occupied by Muslim invaders from North Africa. Visit this impressive UNESCO World Heritage site. En route to Malaga, enjoy a home hosted lunch in Alfarnatejo, a typical Andalusian village. Continue to Malaga, the capital of the ‘Costa del Sol’ for a two night stay. 

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    An Andalusian Home hosted lunch

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  9. Day 9 - Malaga

    This morning, take a guided walking tour of Malaga seeing the Alcazaba Walls and Gibralfaro Castle. Visit the Alcazaba Fortress, the best preserved Moorish fortress palace in Spain. This afternoon and evening are at leisure to go to the beach, stroll the shops and promenade and relax.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  10. Day 10 - Malaga – Gibraltar – Seville

    The rock of Gibraltar is a territory of the United Kingdom that sits at the mouth of the Mediterranean at the very foot of Spain. For many centuries, it has been an important strategic port for the British Navy, and the sovereignty rights of its inhabitants have been carefully protected till the present day. Visit the Rock which is home to Barbary Apes and diverse birdlife as well as the old town dotted with traditional English pubs. Continue onto Seville for a two night stay and check into your hotel where dinner is included in a local restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Seville

    Seville is the capital of Andalucia. Visit the impressive 15th Century Cathedral built on the site of the former mosque, incorporating the famous Bell Tower as part of its structure. During your free afternoon, wander the windy laneways of the old town and visit Seville’s wonderful Plaza de Espana or possibly discover Alcazar.

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    Flamenco Dance Class (extra expense, must be prebooked)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  12. Day 12 - Seville – Lisbon

    Travel through the Aracena mountain range into Portugal. Arrive in the capital, Lisbon, in the afternoon and settle into your centrally located hotel for a three night stay, where a sumptuous dinner is included tonight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Lisbon

    Join your local guide for a city tour of this fascinating city, one of the oldest in Europe. View the impressive Belem Tower and see the Monument to the Discoveries celebrating Portugal’s standing as one of the great exploring kingdoms of Europe. Enjoy a tasting of local pastries and a visit to Jerónimos Monastery, the rest of the day is at leisure to explore the  old town or visit the famous castle.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  14. Day 14 - Lisbon

    Enjoy a full day at leisure in Lisbon to maybe shop or further explore the old town and waterfront.

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    Excursion to Sintra (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  15. Day 15 - Malaga – Porto

    Travel north along the Atlantic coast and visit the country’s historic capital of Coimbra en route to Porto. Embark on your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship and be welcomed by your captain and crew of the Emerald Radiance.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - 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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - 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

    Included Excursion

    A visit to Quinta do Tedo with tasting

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - 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

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Salamanca

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - 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 canoeing excursion

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    A visit to the Côa Valley Museum

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    Archaeological Tour 4x4 at Coa Museum (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - 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

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Lamego

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    A visit to Mateus Manor House (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - 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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Porto

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

    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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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