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Madrid & Secrets of the Douro 2018
(Madrid to Porto)

10 days with Emerald Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Arrival Madrid
Welcome to Spain’s capital, the enchanting Madrid. Many say that no other city on earth is more alive than Madrid, an enticing place full of sheer energy. Check into your hotel, and later in the evening join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome drink. Included is a two night stay in Madrid. (Dinner)
 
Day 2 Madrid
This morning join your tour director for a vibrant city tour of Madrid, including the Sabatini gardens, Plaza Mayor, Market, Austrian quarter, Gran Via. The rest of the day is at your leisure to continue exploring. (Breakfast)
 
Day 3 Madrid - Porto Embarkation
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flights to Porto. A warm welcome awaits you from your Captain and crew as you board your Emerald Waterways  luxury river cruise ship. This evening join your fellow travellers for welcome dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
 
Day 4 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. In the morning join a painting class of local mosaic tiles which typically depict traditional motives. Your Cruise Director will also host a lecture on board showcasing the history and wine culture of the region. 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. Tonight your captain will be delighted to host the welcome dinner and cocktail reception.  (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 5 Pinhao - Vega de Terron
Today you will have a choice to visit the marvelous baroque village of Lamego and the picturesque Our Lady of Remedies Sanctuary where history stands still. Alternatively, take part on a guided hike through local vineyards. Return to your ship for lunch and an afternoon sailing to Vega de Terron, your gateway into Spain. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 6 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 music trickles out of buzzing bars and restaurants. (Breakfast, Dinner)
 
Day 7 Pocinho
This morning arrive in Pocinho and either embark on an excursion to the Coa Valley Museum or take part on the Emerald Active canoeing experience. The Coa Valley Museum is a concrete structure that details pre-historic stone carvings made by the early inhabitants of the Douro, which were uncovered during the construction of the nearby dam. Later return to your ship for lunch and enjoy your idyllic surroundings as you sail towards Regua. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 8 Regua
This morning you will visit the former roman settlement of Regua. After the village tour, visit the Douro Museum for a look at wine making in the region. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 9 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 10 Porto Disembarkation
After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship and transfer to Porto airport for your onward or homebound flight. (Breakfast)
Tour Map
All This Included
YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities
INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • Tour of Madrid
  • Tour of Baroque Village of Lamego
  • Tour of Salamanca
  • Coa Valley Museum visit
  • Guided tour of Regua
  • City tour of Porto
EmeraldPLUS
  • Sunset Illumination Cruise
  • Mosaic Tile Painting Lessons on Board
  • Cooking Demonstration on Board
  • Cocktail making lesson on board
  • Local Entertainment in Salamanca
  • Rural Dinner Experience
EmeraldACTIVE
  • Guided Walk through Vineyards in Pinhao
  • Yoga Lesson on Board
  • Canoeing in Pocinho
  • Guided Active Walking Tour in Porto
DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 22 superb meals including 9 Breakfasts (B), 5 Lunches (L), 8 Dinners (D)
  • Captain's Welcome Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Emerald Radiance
Notes
  • Itineraries are subject to change.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Pleae ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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