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Madrid to Lisbon & Secrets of the Douro 2020

13 days with Emerald Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Madrid
Welcome to the sun-kissed capital of Spain, Madrid. Travellers from around the world have been left captivated by this fascinating city, where energy bounces through the streets like lightning.

You will be transferred from the airport to your centrally located hotel, included is a two-night stay in Madrid. (Dinner)

Day 2 Madrid
Today, you can enjoy an informative tour of Madrid’s city centre and experience the lifestyles of the people who call the city their home.

Enjoy visiting Sabatini Gardens, Plaza Mayor and the Austrian quarter, Gran Via. The rest of the day is yours to spend exploring in leisure, perhaps relaxing in one of Madrid’s postcard-worthy terraced gardens. (Breakfast)

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Madrid

Day 3 Madrid - Porto
Today, you will be transferred from your centrally located hotel in Madrid to Porto, where you will be welcomed on board your luxurious Emerald Waterways Star-Ship. (Breakfast, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: Cruising Through Porto Enchanting Waters

Day 4 Porto – Pinhão
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, your captain will host a welcome dinner and cocktail reception. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Pinhão – Vega de Terrón
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 before your included Port wine cocktail demonstration or cooking demonstration on board. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: A Port wine cocktail lesson on board

EmeraldPLUS: A Portuguese cooking demonstration on board

EmeraldACTIVE: A guided walk through the vineyards

EmeraldEXCURSION: A visit to Quinta do Tedo with tasting

Day 6 Vega de Terrón – Salamanca
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. (Breakfast, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: Enjoy local entertainment from a tuna music band

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Salamanca

Day 7 Pocinho – Régua
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, taking part in a casa painova tasting on board. A rural dinner at a wine estate is certain to be a highlight of your trip. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: A Casa Painova product tasting on board

EmeraldPLUS: A rural dinner with entertainment at Quinta da Pacheca

EmeraldACTIVE: A canoeing excursion

EmeraldEXCURSION: A visit to the Côa Valley Museum

Day 8 Régua
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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: A mosaic tile painting lesson on board

EmeraldACTIVE: Walk down the steps of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Lamego

DiscoverMORE: A visit to Mateus Manor House with wine tasting (extra expense)

Day 9 Porto
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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldACTIVE: A guided active walk in Porto

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Porto

DiscoverMORE: An excursion to Guimarães (extra expense)

Day 10 Porto - Lisbon
After breakfast, disembark your Star-Ship and soak in your picturesque surroundings as we travel along the Atlantic coast. When you arrive in Lisbon, a three-night stay in a centrally located hotel will be yours to enjoy. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 11 Lisbon
Today, join your local guide for a walking tour of Lisbon’s historic city centre, where a peaceful atmosphere can be found among 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. (Breakfast)

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Lisbon

Day 12 Lisbon
Lisbon is yours to explore at leisure today, perhaps indulging in some traditional cuisine or entering one of its many charming boutiques and museums. Your tour director will be available to help you plan your day of independent exploration. (Breakfast)

DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Sintra 

Day 13 Lisbon
After breakfast, bid farewell to your fellow guests and be transferred to the airport for your onward or homebound flight, taking memories of sun-kissed Spanish streets and prehistoric carvings with you. (Breakfast)

Tour Map
All This Included
Begin your 13 day adventure in Madrid and soak up the culture before travelling to Porto to begin your river cruise through the picturesque Douro Valley.
  • 26 meals including 12 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 9 Dinners
  • Boutique contemporary hotel feel, with spectacular on board heated pool, cinema, spa and lounge (Emerald Radiance Star-Ship pool is located on the sun deck and the Cinema is not available.)
  • Spacious, comfortable accommodations you'll want to spend time in, with panoramic suites and staterooms, and innovative open-air system for cabins on the Vista and Horizon decks
  • Gourmet all-included on board meals and highlight dinner events, al-fresco on The Terrace or in the well-appointed Reflections Restaurant
  • Enjoy in depth cultural experiences with EmeraldPLUS excursions; cheese and olive tasting or Provencal dinner on board hosted by a local chef
  • Emerald's Concierge Service - served right to your suite, enjoy continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and after dinner treats (Only applies to Owner’s One-bedroom Suites, Riverview Suites, and Grand Balcony Suites (CAT S, SA, RA))
  • A refined selection of wine, beer and soft drinks to accompany lunch and dinner
  • Tea and coffee available at all times
  • Bottled water restocked daily in your cabin
  • Built-in adventure, with an included on shore excursion at every port
  • Visits to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Emerald Active guided biking and hiking tours
  • Excellent service from an English speaking crew
  • Knowledgeable, personable local destination guides
  • Complimentary bicycles on board
  • Complimentary on board Wi-Fi
  • All airport transfers to and from your Star Ship, and all gratuities
  • Port charges now included in your tour price
  • All gratuities for onboard and shore side staff
Accommodations on this Tour
Madrid: To be determined
Cruising: Cabin onboard Emerald Radiance
Lisbon: To be determined
Notes
  • Itineraries are subject to change.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Please 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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