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The Unforgettable Douro

Porto to Porto - Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Scenic Azure
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Portugal’s Douro River winds through stunning landscapes dotted with timeless towns that have preserved traditional ways of life. From elegant Lamego to Regua and Vega de Terron, find pockets of history and traditional living tucked amid the lush green hillsides of the Douro Valley. Board Scenic Azure and set out from Porto on this 11-day cruise through this legendary valley, visiting isolated communities, exploring unique museums, and savoring the fresh local flavors along the way. Sample top local vintages and learn about how the land and traditional practices affect the flavors and quality of these world-famous wines, and immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Portugal. 
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Highlights
  • Enjoy a soulful Fado performance aboard your ship
  • Join a variety of activities for an in-depth experience of Portugal
  • Explore the Douro Museum to learn more about the region's history
  • Tour the captivating Varosa Valley and charming village of Tarouca
  • Sample vintages from the Douro Valley’s Vinhateiro wine growing region
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Porto | Embark

Welcome to Portugal! Enjoy a warm welcome reception on board the luxurious Scenic Azure, including a soulful Fado performance by a local artist. 

Day 2: Porto | Entre-os-Rios

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Discover the historic treasures of Porto, including a visit to Palacio da Bolsa, a neoclassical style building that started construction in 1842 and took over 65 years to complete. If you’re feeling more active, join a walking tour that includes a cable car ride allowing you to see Porto from a different perspective.

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of cruising as your luxurious ship makes its way to Entre-os-Rios.

Day 3: Guimarães | Regua

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Guimarães, the seat of the first King of Portugal and is dominated by the impressive Ducal Palace, which dates back to medieval times. Alternatively, choose a tasting at the fairytale property of Quinta da Aveleda. Located in the famous Vino Verde region and a renowned regional sparkling wine producer, the incredible gardens alone make the excursion worthwhile.

Later, enjoy a blissful cruise to Regua where you have the chance to explore the Douro Museum at your leisure. Learn about the culture, history and identity of the people living in this wine-growing region of the Douro Valley.

Day 4: Tarouca | Lamego

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, discover the captivating Varosa Valley and visit the charming village of Tarouca to explore the restored Monastery of Saint John of Tarouca. En route, walk the fortified bridge of Ucanha, Portugal’s first toll bridge, spanning the crystal-clear waters of the Varosa River.

Tour the elegant town of Lamego, with its many fine Baroque structures such as the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios and the Lamego museum, or enjoy a guided visit of Mateus Palace, the historic icon depicted on the labels of Portugal’s famous Mateus rosé wine. Alternatively, you may choose to visit the home of a local for a demonstration on how to bake delicious crusty bread in a traditional wood fire oven. Enjoy the opportunity to hear stories from the locals while sampling their homemade produce.

Day 5: Vinhateiro Region

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a full day cruising the Douro Valley’s Vinhateiro wine-growing region. A World Heritage-listed Site, Vinhateiro has a history of wine production that stretches back for 2,000 years. In fact, its impeccable port wines have been world-famous since at least the 18th century.

Day 6: Salamanca

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today you have the opportunity to cross the Spanish border.

Take your time absorbing the architectural splendor of Salamanca, a city as visually striking as it is historically intriguing. From humble beginnings during the Iron Age to darker times, such as the economic crises and the War of the Spanish Succession, Salamanca has been shaped over time to become the fascinating beauty it is today. Explore the city on a guided tour before free time to explore at your leisure. Alternatively, you may choose to visit the Portuguese village, Freixo de Espada à Cinta for a guided tour and visit their silk museum. Freixo de Espada à Cinta is the only municipality where handcrafted silk is still processed entirely by hand. After exploring the beautiful village, a local will welcome you into their home for a hearty and authentic lunch.

Day 7: Côa Valley

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit the award-winning Côa Valley Museum and enjoy a pre-historic workshop, or if you’re more adventurous at heart, take a canoeing excursion on the Sabor River. Alternatively, you could join the "Tastes of the Côa Valley" excursion and visit Casa Painova for a sweet almond workshop and a tasting of their almond, olive and fruit products.

Tonight, be entertained by a traditional Portuguese musical performance on board.

Day 8: Provesende

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit the remarkable village of Provesende, showcasing the Portugal of yesteryear, and wander the quaint streets with locals as they proudly introduce you to their way of life – including their local bakery. You’ll also visit the church for a special recital, and enjoy wine tasting at the restored manor house of Morgadio da Calçada before joining a local family at their home for a home-hosted lunch.

Top off a truly unforgettable day with a visit to a local estate for a tasting of their famous export, or if you’re feeling energetic, you could choose a walk through the hillside vineyard for a tasting among the vines.

Day 9: Cruise to Porto

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Having spent the previous eight days discovering the treasures of the Douro, Varosa, and Côa Valleys, enjoy an exclusive Douro Valley Wine Review. Otherwise, simply enjoy the beauty of the region as you cruise back into Porto.

The sheer beauty of São Francisco Church is sure to impress. The façade is a mix of Gothic and Baroque architecture, while the interior glows with intricate wood carvings swathed in gold. Immerse yourself in the heart and soul of Portuguese music as you witness a spectacular private concert in these wondrous surroundings.

Day 10: Porto

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Step outside of Porto and join an excursion to Aveiro for a guided tour including a cruise on the waterways that meander through this historic and colorful city. Alternatively, visit a local corking factory and learn how cork is produced as well as its multitude of uses. Or visit Vila Nova de Gaia, the historic district set on the banks of the Douro River, for a tasting of the region’s famed drop in one of Porto’s most renowned port wine aging cellars.

You have the opportunity to explore Porto at your leisure this afternoon, or simply make the most of the remainder of your time onboard Scenic Azure.

Day 11: Porto | Disembark

Your cruise concludes after breakfast. Transfer to Porto airport to continue your travels or begin your journey home. 

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.

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