Spread across a rolling landscape that overlooks the Rio Tejo, Lisbon has captivated visitors for centuries. The amazing vistas reveal the city in all its lavish beauty, including Roman ruins, white-domed cathedrals and sun-kissed cafés. You will be transferred from the airport to your hotel, included is a three-night stay in Lisbon
Today, you can enjoy an exciting tour of Lisbon’s city centre and experience the sight of yellow trams travelling swiftly through tree-lined boulevards. Enjoy a visit to Jerónimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site and one of the most prominent examples of late Gothic Manueline architecture in Portugal.
Included Excursion A guided tour of Lisbon (B)
The cobbled alleyways and ancient ruins of Lisbon are yours to explore at leisure today, perhaps stopping to learn about Lisbon’s long and storied history and the Pombaline architecture that took hold following the Great Lisbon Earthquake. Your tour director will be available to help you plan your day.
DiscoverMORE Excursion to Sintra (extra expense) (B)
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 contemporary Emerald Cruises Star-Ship. This evening, join your fellow travellers for dinner on board. (B/D)
Relax on board today and enjoy a full day of sailing through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Douro Valley. This fascinating area is celebrated because it builds 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.
EmeraldPLUS Portuguese cooking demonstration on board (B/L/D)
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. Or, embark on a kayak excursion along the river, taking in the impressive views from the heart of the Douro Valley. This afternoon, enjoy sailing to Vega de Terrón, perhaps relaxing on the Sun Deck
EmeraldACTIVE Kayak experience in Pinhão
EmeraldACTIVE Guided active walk through the vineyards
Included Excursion Visit to Quinta do Tedo with tasting (B/L/D)
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 with the postcard-worthy galleries and arcades that adorn Plaza Mayor. You'll also have the opportunity to see Casa de las Conchas, a building that has been lovingly decorated with more than 300 shells.
EmeraldPLUS Tuna music band
Included Excursion Guided tour of Salamanca
DiscoverMORE Castelo Rodrigo tour (extra expense) (B/D)
This morning, you'll arrive in Pocinho where you'll have the opportunity to visit the Côa Valley Museum. Later, return to your ship for lunch and soak up your idyllic surrounds, enjoying a Port wine cocktail lesson on boards as you sail towards Régua. This evening, a rural dinner at a wine estate is certain to be one of the highlights of your trip.
EmeraldPLUS Port wine cocktail lesson on board
EmeraldPLUS Rural dinner at Quinta da Pacheca
Included Excursion Visit to the Côa Valley Museum
DiscoverMORE Archaeological tour by 4x4 at the Côa Valley Museum (extra expense) (B/L/D)
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 Mosaic tile painting lesson on board
EmeraldACTIVE Walk down the steps of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies
Included Excursion Guided tour of Lamego
DiscoverMORE Visit to Mateus Manor House (extra expense) (B/L/D)
Located at the mouth of the Douro River, Porto is a fascinating eclectic mix of modern and ancient architecture. Famous for its export of Port wines, it's easy to imagine how British merchant ships would have once clustered together in the medieval harbour, waiting to take their produce 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 that will shine a different light on Porto's skyline.
EmeraldPLUS Evening cruise through Porto
EmeraldACTIVE Guided active walk in Porto
Included Excursion Guided tour of Porto
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DiscoverMORE Guided bike tour to the Atlantic (extra expense) (B/L/D)
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. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information. (B)