Day 1 Lisbon
Return economy flights from one of up to 9 UK airports. Spread across a rolling landscape that overlooks the Rio Tejo, Lisbon has captivated visitors for centuries. The amazing vistas reveal the city in all its lavish beauty, including Roman ruins, white-domed cathedrals and sun-kissed cafés.
You will be transferred from the airport to your centrally located hotel, included is a three-night stay in Lisbon. (Dinner)
Day 2 Lisbon
Today, you can enjoy an exciting tour of Lisbon’s city centre and experience the sight of yellow trams travelling swiftly through 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 3 Lisbon
The cobbled alleyways and ancient ruins of Lisbon are yours to explore at leisure today, perhaps stopping to learn about Lisbon’s long and storied history and the Pombaline architecture that took hold following the Great Lisbon Earthquake. Your tour director will be available to help you plan your day. (Breakfast)
DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Sintra (extra expense)
Day 4 Lisbon – Porto
Today, travel north along the Atlantic coast and stop in the enchanting town of Nazaré, home to some of the largest waves in Europe. When you arrive in Porto, board your luxurious Emerald Waterways Star-Ship. (Breakfast, Dinner)
This evening, join your fellow travellers for dinner on board.
EmeraldPLUS: Cruising Through Porto Enchanting Waters
Day 5 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 6 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 7 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 8 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 9 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 10 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 11 Disembarkation Porto – Madrid
After breakfast, disembark your river cruise ship and transfer to the airport for your included flight to Madrid. Spain’s central capital is a city of expansive boulevards and large manicured parks and gardens. Many works of great Spanish artists are housed in its museums and galleries such as the Prado. Being the home of salsa, its lively nightlife and dancing culture is centred around the beautifully designed Plaza Mayor. Meet your Tour Director this evening for a welcome drink. Included is a two-night stay in Madrid. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 12 Madrid
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Madrid including the 17th century Austrian quarter, the Sabatini Gardens and the Royal Palace. The afternoon and evening is at your leisure to explore. (Breakfast)
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Madrid
Day 13 Depart Madrid
After breakfast, bid farewell to your fellow guests as you are transferred to the airport for your onward or homebound flight. (Breakfast)
Please note: Pre-release itinerary subject to change.
Start your 13 day journey in capital city Lisbon before enjoying a beautiful river cruise through Portugal's Douro Valley. End with a few days in Madrid.
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
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.