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Secrets of the Douro with Madrid

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River View
$6,184
Balcony
$7,101
Suite
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 Cruise Length
10 Days
 Cruise Starts
Porto
 Cruise Finishes
Madrid
10 Day Secrets of the Douro with Madrid Itinerary (Emerald Cruises)
Countries Explored: Portugal Spain
River Ship
Departures
Passengers
112
Crew
37
Launched
2017
Cruise Code
EPDM-1

Overview

A symbol of Portugal’s birth and growth as a nation, the Douro has long been the country’s lifeline. Leaving the pastel-coloured metropolis of Porto, venture through the enchanting countryside. Terraced vineyards rise from the river banks, historic landmarks pepper distant horizons and charming townships lay hidden in the rural hillsides. Salamanca shines both day and night and canoeing experiences in Pocinho provide a new perspective on the Douro. Plus enjoy an extended stay in Madrid, the centre of all roads in Spain.

Itinerary

You will be met at the airport and transferred to your contemporary Emerald Radiance Star-Ship, where you will enjoy dinner on board this evening. (D)

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. EmeraldPLUS A 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.  This afternoon, enjoy sailing to Vega de Terrón, perhaps relaxing on the Sun Deck.  EmeraldACTIVE A guided walk through the vineyards Included Excursion A 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 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 Included Excursion A guided tour of Salamanca (B/D)

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 while taking part into a Port Wine cocktail lesson on board. A rural dinner at a wine estate is certain to be a highlight of your trip. EmeraldPLUS A Port Wine cocktail lesson on board  EmeraldPLUS A rural dinner with entertainment at Quinta da Pacheca EmeraldACTIVE A canoeing excursion Included Excursion A visit to the Côa Valley Museum DiscoverMORE Archaeological Tour 4x4 at Coa 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 A mosaic tile painting lesson on board EmeraldACTIVE Walk down the steps of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies Included Excursion A guided tour of Lamego DiscoverMORE A 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 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.

This evening, enjoy a charming evening cruise shining a different light on Porto's skyline. EmeraldACTIVE A guided active walk in Porto Included Excursion A guided tour of Porto DiscoverMORE Visit to Quinta do Aveleda with Vinho Verde tasting (extra expense) DiscoverMORE Taylor’s Port wine tasting (extra expense) EmeraldPLUS Evening cruise through Porto (B/L/D)

After breakfast, disembark your Star-Ship and transfer to Porto Airport for your flight to the sun-kissed Spanish capital, Madrid. Your itinerary includes a two-night stay in a centrally-located hotel in the city.  (B/D)

This morning, you will be joined by a knowledgeable local guide for a vibrant city tour of Madrid, including some of the city’s golden plazas, the Sabatini Gardens and its illustrious market. Following your tour, the rest of the day is yours to spend exploring at leisure. Included Excursion A guided tour of Madrid (B)

After breakfast, bid farewell to your fellow guests as you are transferred to the airport for your onward or homebound flight, taking memories of lavish sanctuaries and viridian 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 note: Pre-release itinerary subject to change. (B)

Life Onboard Emerald Radiance

Emerald Radiance
Emerald Radiance

Relax and unwind in luxury when you explore the Duoro River on Emerald Radiance. Read more

You're Invited & EmeraldPLUS
You're Invited & EmeraldPLUS

Authentic included adventures that take you into the cultural heart of each destination. Read more

EmeraldACTIVE
EmeraldACTIVE

Emerald Cruises encourages you to be active and use your free time to explore Europe like a local. Read more

Horizon Bar and Lounge
Horizon Bar and Lounge

Enjoy seamless Douro riverscapes from the floor to ceiling windows in the relaxing Horizon Lounge and Bar. Read more

Emerald Riverview Suite
Emerald Riverview Suite

Unpack once and enjoy the spacious Emerald Riverview suite with concierge service. Read more

Sun Deck Life on the Douro
Sun Deck Life on the Douro

Watch the Douro's landscapes change from the sun deck atop the ship where views will amaze. Read more

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