Spanish Conquest with Sensations of Lyon and Provence and Secrets of the Douro

29 Days
Lyon to Porto
From (NZD)
$ 16,815
$ 15,065
Dates & Pricing

2020 Lyon > Porto

Tour Map
Tour Code:
ERSD
Duration:
29 days
Departure City:
Lyon
Return City:
Porto

Selected Itinerary

29 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Lyon

    On the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, Lyon can be found set across twin hills. Here, you will be met and transferred from the airport to the lush surrounds of your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Chalon-sur-Saône – Beaune

    Chalon-sur-Saône is known for its art and history. Today, you will have the opportunity to witness the areas architectural heritage and peaceful surrounds as you travel to the quaint village of Beaune and visit the Hospices de Beaune, originally a hospital for the poor, and now home to one of Burgundy’s most popular wine auctions.
    EmeraldPLUS: A cheese and olive tasting on board
    EmeraldEXCURSION: Visit the Hospices de Beaune

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Lyon

    France’s third-largest city, Lyon is a former Roman capital, steeped in history and considered to be the gastronomic heartbeat of the country and the home of traditional Lyonnaise cuisine.
    Today, enjoy a guided tour of Lyon, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière, part of the inscribed historic site of Lyon. Wander through the city and soak in its vividly illustrated history, as buildings from all time periods can be seen adorning narrow cobblestone streets. Alternatively, embark on a guided bike tour of Lyon.
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike tour of Lyon
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Lyon
    DiscoverMORE: Visit to Pérouges

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Tournon

    The picturesque village of Tournon borders the gently meandering Rhône, dominated by a 16th-century castle that overlooks the village and a number of iconic landmarks, including a set of ancient watchtowers.
    Your guided tour of the village will showcase its intangible cultural heritage, granting every opportunity for you to immerse yourself in your surroundings. Alternatively, embark on an EmeraldACTIVE hike through some of the local vineyards.
    Later, a guided bike tour to Glun will showcase rural life in the French countryside.
    EmeraldPLUS: A regional wine lecture on board
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike tour to Glun
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike through the vineyards
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Tournon

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Viviers

    Arrive in Viviers, a town with much Middle Age flair and home to one of France’s oldest cathedrals. Your included walking tour of Viviers will showcase some of its numerous listed monuments, along with their ornate windows and lavish façades.
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Viviers
    DiscoverMORE: A guided tour of Grignan (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Avignon

    Avignon has a rich history, from Celtic beginnings to being the residence of the Pope and central to the French Revolution.
    Your included walking tour of Avignon will take you past the ornate beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Palais des Papes, as well as Pont d’Avignon, an ancient stone bridge crossing the Rhône. This afternoon is yours to explore at leisure.
    This evening, return to your Star-Ship for a delightful Provençal dining experience, expertly prepared by Top Chef finalist, Fabien Morreale.
    EmeraldPLUS: A Provençal dining experience on board
    EmeraldACTIVE: A canoeing excursion in Avignon
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Avignon
    DiscoverMORE: A guided tour to Pont du Gard (extra expense)
    DiscoverMORE: A classical concert in Avignon (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Arles

    The past is yours to discover in Arles, once an important Phoenician trading port that was captured by the Romans, who peppered the city with iconic monuments. Today, your included tour of the city will showcase some of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Roman and Romanesque monuments of Arles, showcasing how the city has evolved over the centuries.
    Visit the 2,000-year-old Arles Amphitheatre and follow in the footsteps of world-renowned artist, Vincent van Gogh. The rest of the day is yours to explore at leisure, perhaps stopping at a local café or returning to your Star-Ship to relax on board.
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Arles with arena visit
    DiscoverMORE: Tour to Les Baux-de-Provence (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Disembarkation Arles – Barcelona

    After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer via high speed train (included) to Barcelona, the vibrant capital of Catalonia. Meet your Tour Director and fellow passengers for a welcome dinner and briefing.
    Three Night Stay: Barcelona

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - 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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - 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 (extra expense, must be prebooked).

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  11. Day 11 - Barcelona – Madrid

    Journey by high speed train to Madrid. On arrival, transfer to your centrally located hotel. 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.
    Two Night Stay: Madrid

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - 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.
    DiscoverMORE: The medieval fortified town of Toledo (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  13. Day 13 - 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.
    Overnight Stay: Cordoba

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  14. Day 14 - 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 and enjoy a walking tour of the city centre and a free evening.
    Overnight Stay: Granada

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  15. Day 15 - 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, You’re Invited to a home hosted lunch in Alfarnatejo, a typical Andalusian village. Continue to Malaga, the capital of the ‘Costa del Sol’.
    Two Night Stay: Malaga

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  16. Day 16 - 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

  17. Day 17 - 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 and check into your hotel where dinner is included in a local restaurant.
    Two Night Stay: Seville

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - 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.
    DiscoverMORE: Flamenco Dance Class (extra expense, must be prebooked)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  19. Day 19 - 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

  20. Day 20 - 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

  21. Day 21 - Lisbon

    Enjoy a full day at leisure in Lisbon to maybe shop or further explore the old town and waterfront. DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Sintra (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  22. Day 22 - 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: A sunset cruise through Porto

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - 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, your captain will host a welcome dinner and cocktail reception.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  24. Day 24 - 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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  25. Day 25 - 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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  26. Day 26 - 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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  27. Day 27 - 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)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  28. Day 28 - 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)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  29. Day 29 - Porto

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

INCLUDED IN YOUR PRICE
  • The services of an Evergreen Tour Director & Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • 7 Nights onboard the Emerald Liberté
  • 7 Nights onboard the Emerald Radiance
  • 11 Night Spanish Conquest coach tour
  • 3 Nights at Jupiter Lisboa Hotel, Lisbon
  • Return airport transfers
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Explore 15 different cities and towns during shore excursions
  • Walking tour of Tournon
  • Visit to Hospices de Beaune
  • City tour of Lyon
  • Guided tour of Arles, including the Amphitheatre
  • Guided walking tour in Avignon
  • Guided tour of Barcelona
  • City tour of Madrid
  • Visit to the Aljama Mosque in Cordoba
  • Tour of the Alahmbra Palace
  • Visit to Gibraltar
  • City tour of Seville
  • Guided sightseeing tour if Lisbon
  • Day tour of Salamanca
  • Excursion to the Côa Valley Museum
  • Tour of the baroque village of Lamego
  • City tour of Porto

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 59 superb meals including: 28 Full Breakfasts (FB), 11 Lunches (L), 1 Highlight Lunch (HL), 16 Dinners (D) & 3 Highlight Dinners (HD)

YOU’RE INVITED
  • Onboard Cheese & Olive tasting in France
  • Provencal Dinner, hosted by Fabien Morreale
  • Home Hosted lunch in a traditional Andalusian Village
  • Dinner at a Douro Valley wine Estate
  • Sunset illumination cruise in Porto,
  • Mosaic Tile Painting on board Emerald Radiance

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