Spanish Conquest and Lisbon and Secrets of the Douro

22 Days
Barcelona to Porto
From (NZD)
$ 12,735
$ 11,685
Dates & Pricing

2019 Barcelona > Porto

Tour Map
Tour Code:
ESLD
Duration:
22 days
Departure City:
Barcelona
Return City:
Porto

Selected Itinerary

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. Meet your Tour Director and fellow passengers for a welcome dinner and briefing.
    Three Night Stay: Barcelona

    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 corridor of Las Ramblas where street performers feature on every corner, then through the old town. The rest of your afternoon is at leisure. Tonight, enjoy dinner at an authentic Catalan farmhouse.

    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.
    DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Montserrat (must be prebooked)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  4. Day 4 - Barcelona – Madrid

    Journey by high speed train to Madrid (included), then transfer to your centrally located hotel.
    Your sightseeing tour includes the Sabatini Gardens and the 18th century Royal Palace of Madrid as well as an orientation tour of the downtown Austrian quarter featuring the impressive Plaza Major. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
    Two Night Stay: Madrid

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Madrid

    A day at leisure in Madrid to possibly visit the Prado Museum or Bullring.
    DiscoverMORE:The medieval fortified town of Toledo (must be prebooked)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  6. Day 6 - Madrid to Cordoba

    Travel south and visit Consuegra which is 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.
    Overnight Stay: Cordoba

    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 which famously features a Christian cathedral inside it. After free time for lunch, continue onto Granada and enjoy a walking orientation of the city centre and a free evening.
    Overnight Stay: 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. Visit this impressive UNESCO World Heritage site. En route to Malaga You’re Invited to a home hosted lunch in Alfarnatejo a typical Andalusian village. Continue to Malaga, on the ‘Costa del Sol’.
    Two Night Stay: Malaga

    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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  10. Day 10 - 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. 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 and check into your hotel where dinner
    is included in a local restaurant.
    Two Night Stay: Seville

    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. Wander the windy laneways of the old town then visit Seville’s wonderful Plaza de Espana and Alcazar.
    DiscoverMORE: Flamenco Show (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, where a sumptuous dinner is included.
    Three Night Stay: Lisbon

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Lisbon

    Today you will have an exciting tour of the city center and view some of the famous points, as well as experience the sights of the yellow trams clattering through tree-lined streets.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  14. Day 14 - Lisbon

    Today enjoy your day at leisure in Lisbon; your tour director is at your service to help you plan your day in this vibrant city.

    DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Sintra (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  15. Day 15 - Lisbon – Porto Embarkation

    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 as you settle into your stateroom or suite.
    EmeraldPLUS: Enjoy the illuminations of Porto during a sunset cruise.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - 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

  17. Day 17 - 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

  18. Day 18 - 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

  19. Day 19 - 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

  20. Day 20 - 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

  21. Day 21 - 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

  22. Day 22 - 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

INCLUDED IN YOUR PRICE
  • Emerald Waterways ‘Star-Ships’
  • The services of an Evergreen Tour Director
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges included
  • All tipping and gratuities included
  • Return airport transfers
  • 11 night coach tour of Spain
  • 7 nights on a luxury European river ship
  • Stay 3 nights at the Jupiter Hotel, Lisbon
  • Explore 14 different cities, towns and villages with a guide during our included tours and shore excursions
  • Guided tour of Barcelona
  • Full city tour in Madrid
  • Visit the Aljama Mosque in Cordoba
  • Tour of the Alhambra Palace
  • Visit Gibraltar
  • City tour of Seville
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Lisbon
  • Day tour to Salamanca
  • Coa Valley pre-historic museum
  • Tour of Lamego
  • City tour of Porto including wine caves

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 39 superb meals including: 21 Full Breakfasts (B), 5 Lunches (L),
  • 1 Highlight Lunch (HL), 11 Dinners (D) & 1 Highlight Dinner (HD)
  • Captain’s Welcome Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner while cruising

EmeraldPLUS
  • Home hosted lunch in an Andalusian village
  • Rural dinner at Quinta da Pacheca wine estate
  • Cocktail making lesson on board
  • Sunset Illumination Cruise in Porto
  • Mosaic tile painting lessons on board
  • Cooking demonstration on board

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