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Secrets of the Douro

Porto - Porto - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Emerald Radiance
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Start your voyage in Porto by boarding the Emerald Waterways Star-Ship. The Douro, a symbol of Portugal's origin and growth as a nation, has long served as the country's lifeblood. After leaving the pastel-colored city of Porto, travel across the enchanting countryside. The riverbanks are lined with terraced vineyards, far horizons are dotted with ancient sites, and attractive villages are tucked into the rural slopes. Salamanca shines by day and by night, and paddling in Pocinho offers a fresh perspective on the Douro.
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Highlights
  • Visit Quinta do Tedo vineyard in the heart of Portugal’s Douro Valley
  • Experience Roman times in ancient city of Salamanca
  • Explore the Douro Valley a UNESCO World Heritage
  • Admire fascinating modern and ancient architecture
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Day 1: Porto | Embark

Today, travel north along the Atlantic coast and stop in the enchanting town of Nazaré, home to some of the largest waves in Europe. When you arrive in Porto, board your luxurious Emerald Waterways Star-Ship. This evening, join your fellow travelers for dinner on board.

Day 2: Porto | Pinhão

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 3: Pinhão | Vega de Terrón

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. 

Day 4: Vega de Terrón | Salamanca

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Founded in Roman times, the ancient city of Salamanca and its UNESCO World Heritage-listed old quarter has 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. Have the opportunity to see Casa de las Conchas, a building that has been lovingly decorated with more than 300 shells.

Day 5: Pocinho | Régua

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, arrive in Pocinho 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 surroundings as you sail towards Régua while taking part in a Port Wine cocktail lesson on board. A rural dinner at a wine estate is certain to be a highlight of your trip.

Day 6: Régua

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, on an included excursion, visit the marvelous Baroque village of Lamego, stopping to see the picturesque Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies, a structure that stands gracefully over the town.

Day 7: Porto

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 harbor, waiting to take Port wines across the water. Your included tour of the coastal city 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.

Day 8: Porto | Disembarkation

  • 1 Breakfast
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.
 

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153ft² (14.3m²), 4 cabins located on the Rivera Deck with Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds, Picture window, En-suite bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries, hair dryer, on-board complimentary bathrobes and slippers, Flat-screen TV, and infotainment system.
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160ft² (14.9m²), 4 cabins located on the Rivera Deck with Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds, Picture window, En-suite bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries, hairdryer, on-board complimentary bathrobes and slippers, Flat-screen TV, and infotainment system.
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Emerald Stateroom (D)
170ft² (15.8m²), 2 cabins located on the Rivera Deck with Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds, Picture window, En-suite bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries, hairdryer, on-board complimentary bathrobes and slippers, Flat-screen TV, and infotainment system.
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Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite (C)
160ft² (14.9m²), 14 cabins located on the Vista Deck with Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds, Indoor balcony with open-air system,, En-suite bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries, hair dryer, on-board complimentary bathrobes and slippers, Flat screen TV and infotainment system.
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Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite (B)
160ft² (14.9m²), 6 cabins located on the Vista Deck with Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds, Indoor balcony with open-air system,, En-suite bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries, hair dryer, on-board complimentary bathrobes and slippers, Flat screen TV and infotainment system
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Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite (R)
188ft² (17.5m²), 2 cabins located on the Vista Deck with Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds, Indoor balcony with open-air system, En-suite bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries, hair dryer, on-board complimentary bathrobes and slippers, Flat screen TV and infotainment system.
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Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite (A)
160ft² (14.9m²), 18 cabins located on the Horizon Deck with Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds, Indoor balcony with open-air system, En-suite bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries, hair dryer, on-board complimentary bathrobes and slippers, Flat screen TV and infotainment system.
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Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite (P)
170 ft² (15.8m²), 2 cabins located on the Horizon Deck with Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds, Indoor balcony with open-air system, En-suite bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries, hair dryer, on-board complimentary bathrobes and slippers, Flat screen TV and infotainment system.
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Owner's One Bedroom Suite (SA)
285ft² (26.5m²), 2 cabins located on the Horizon Deck with Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds, Private balcony with open-air system, En-suite bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries, hair dryer, on-board complimentary bathrobes and slippers, Flat screen TV and infotainment system.
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Emerald Riverview Suite (RA)
300ft² (27.9m²), 2 cabins located on the Horizon Deck with Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds, Private balcony with open-air system, En-suite bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries, hair dryer, on-board complimentary bathrobes and slippers, Flat screen TV and infotainment system.
Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Port Fees
  • Gratuities to Onboard Crew
  • Choice between Emerald Plus and Emerald Active Excursions
  • Wifi
  • Complimentary Wine, Beer and Soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
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  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)

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