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Spanish Conquest and Lisbon and Secrets of the Douro 2020

22 days with Emerald Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Barcelona
Welcome to Barcelona, the vibrant capital  of Catalonia. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your centrally located hotel. Meet your Tour Director and fellow passengers for a welcome dinner. (Dinner)

Three Night Stay: Barcelona

Day 2 Barcelona
Your city tour today takes in Montjuic, the picturesque hill overlooking the city and former Jewish settlement. Visit Sagrada Familia – the famous cathedral designed by Gaudi whose controversial and intricate design is reflected in much of Barcelona’s architecture. Stroll the famous corridor of Las Ramblas where street performers feature on every corner, through the old town with its twisting lanes and historic buildings.The rest of your afternoon is at leisure. Tonight, enjoy dinner at an authentic Catalan farmhouse. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 3 Barcelona
Enjoy a full day at leisure today. Your Tour Director will be on hand to assist you in planning your day. Perhaps visit the Bullring, the magnificent Camp Nou stadium, or relax along the waterfront area. (Breakfast)

DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Montserrat (extra expense, must be prebooked).

Day 4 Barcelona – Madrid
Journey by high speed train to Madrid. On arrival, transfer to your centrally located hotel. Your sightseeing tour includes the Sabatini Gardens, the 18th century Royal Palace of Madrid, and an orientation tour of the downtown Austrian quarter – featuring the Plaza Major, a grand square re-modelled in the 16th century. Tonight, enjoy a dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Two Night Stay: Madrid

Day 5 Madrid
Enjoy a full day at leisure today in the capital of Spain. Your Tour Director will be on hand to assist. Perhaps visit the Prado Museum, home to some of the finest collections of European art dating from the 12th century. (Breakfast)

DiscoverMORE: The medieval fortified town of Toledo (extra expense)

Day 6 Madrid – Cordoba
Travel south and visit Consuegra, famous for the best examples of Spanish windmills, and the home of the Spanish knights. Arrive in Cordoba, a city known for its blend of Jewish and Moorish influences. (Breakfast)

Overnight Stay: Cordoba

Day 7 Cordoba – Granada
Your morning guided tour takes in the Aljama Mosque – one of the most emblematic examples of Islamic Art, famously featuring a Christian cathedral inside it. After free time for lunch, continue onto Granada and enjoy a walking tour of the city centre and a free evening. (Breakfast)

Overnight Stay: Granada

Day 8 Granada – Malaga
Granada is home to the impressive Alhambra Palace – one of Spain’s most recognisable Moorish structures, completed in the 14th century when Spain was largely occupied by Muslim invaders from North Africa. Visit this impressive UNESCO World Heritage site. En route to Malaga, You’re Invited to a home hosted lunch in Alfarnatejo, a typical Andalusian village. Continue to Malaga, the capital of the ‘Costa del Sol’. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Two Night Stay: Malaga

Day 9 Malaga
This morning, take a guided walking tour of Malaga seeing the Alcazaba Walls and Gibralfaro Castle. Visit the Alcazaba Fortress, the best preserved Moorish fortress palace in Spain. This afternoon and evening are at leisure to go to the beach, stroll the shops and promenade and relax. (Breakfast)

Day 10 Malaga – Gibraltar – Seville
The rock of Gibraltar is a territory of the United Kingdom that sits at the mouth of the Mediterranean at the very foot of Spain. For many centuries, it has been an important strategic port for the British Navy, and the sovereignty rights of its inhabitants have been carefully protected till the present day. Visit the Rock which is home to Barbary Apes and diverse birdlife as well as the old town dotted with traditional English pubs. Continue onto Seville and check into your hotel where dinner is included in a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Two Night Stay: Seville

Day 11 Seville
Seville is the capital of Andalucia. Visit the impressive 15th Century Cathedral built on the site of the former mosque, incorporating the famous Bell Tower as part of its structure. During your free afternoon, wander the windy laneways of the old town and visit Seville’s wonderful Plaza de Espana or possibly discover Alcazar. (Breakfast)

DiscoverMORE: Flamenco Dance Class (extra expense, must be prebooked) 

Day 12 Seville – Lisbon
Travel through the Aracena mountain range into Portugal. Arrive in the capital, Lisbon, in the afternoon and settle into your centrally located hotel, where a sumptuous dinner is included. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Three Night Stay: Lisbon

Day 13 Lisbon
Join your local guide for a city tour of this fascinating city, one of the oldest in Europe. View the impressive Belem Tower and see the Monument to the Discoveries celebrating Portugal’s standing as one of the great exploring kingdoms of Europe. Enjoy a tasting of local pastries and a visit to Jerónimos Monastery, the rest of the day is at leisure to explore the  old town or visit the famous castle. (Breakfast)

Day 14 Lisbon
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Lisbon to maybe shop or further explore the old town and waterfront. (Breakfast)

DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Sintra (extra expense)

Day 15 Lisbon – Porto Embarkation
Travel north along the Atlantic coast and visit the country’s historic capital of Coimbra en route to Porto. Embark on your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship and be welcomed by your captain and crew of the Emerald Radiance as you settle into your stateroom or suite. (Breakfast, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: Cruising Through Porto Enchanting Waters

Day 16 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, enjoy a welcome dinner and cocktail reception. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 17 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 18 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 19 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 20 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 21 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 22 Porto
After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to your fellow guests, taking memories of sun-drenched vineyards with you. (Breakfast)

Tour Map
All This Included
  • 39 meals including 21 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 12 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
Cruising: Cabin onboard Emerald Radiance
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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