Day 1 Porto
Welcome to Porto. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the ship where you will be welcomed by your Captain and crew. Tonight enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board while cruising past the illuminations of Porto.
Day 2 Porto - Pinhao
Today enjoy a full day sailing the windy turns and twists of the Douro Valley. A UNESCO world heritage site this area is sparsely populated by small quaint villages and typical communities working vineyards and small farms. Your Cruise Director will host a lecture on board showcasing the history and wine culture of the region. Perhaps join a painting class of local mosaic tiles which typically depict traditional motives. Later this afternoon arrive in the village of Pinhao which is situated on a river bend surrounded by terraced hillsides producing some of the world’s best Port.
Day 3 Pinhao - Vega Teron
Today visit the village of Lamego including Roman ruins. Return to your ship for lunch and an afternoon sailing to Vega Teron, your gateway into Spain, complete with Portuguese cooking demonstration.
Day 4 Salamanca
Founded in Roman times, the city of Salamanca is home to one of the oldest universities in Europe, the seat of the Spanish language, and still a lively student town. With its grand squares and medieval structures, a walking tour here is more like stepping back in time. Tapas bars feature on every street and traditional Spanish dancing is practised often. Enjoy a full day including tapas tasting and plenty of free time to explore. Return to your ship this evening for a relaxing night in Port. Why not join your fellow passengers in the lounge for dancing.
Day 5 Pocinho
This morning arrive in the picturesque village of Pocinho and join your excursion to the Coa Valley Museum. This impressive concrete structure details pre-historic stone carvings made by the early inhabitants of the Douro, which were uncovered during the construction of the nearby dam. Return to your ship for lunch and afternoon sailing towards Regua. EmeraldPLUS: Join your barman for a lesson on how to make cocktails using white port. EmeraldPLUS: This evening your highlight dinner will be hosted at a traditional local wine estate. (B,L,D)
Day 6 Regua
Wake up this morning in the former roman settlement of Regua. Visit the Douro Museum for a look at wine making in the region. (B,L,D)
Optional Tour: Guided excursion to the Mateus Palace, the historic icon depicted on the labels of Portugal’s famous rose wine (additional cost)
Day 7 Porto
Located at the mouth of the Douro River, Porto is a fascinating eclectic mix of modern and ancient architecture. Its most famous export is of course fortified wine, and the hillside across from the city centre features numerous wine caves and tasting boutiques in the area of Vila Nova de Gaia. Sample the local fair in one of these specially adapted wine cellars and learn about the long adapted craft of creating port. (B,L,D)
Optional Tour: Excursion to the Palacio da Bolsa, one of the most visited attractions in Portugal (book on tour) (additional cost)
Day 8 Disembarkation
After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship and transfer to the airport for your onward or homebound flight. (B)
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