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2018 Itinerary

13 Day Itinerary (Lisbon > Madrid)

  • Tour Code

    EDLM

  • Departure City

    Lisbon

  • Duration

    13 Day

  • Return City

    Madrid

Selected Itinerary
Departure and Return City

Tour Inclusions

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

  • City tour of Lisbon
  • Tour of Baroque Village of Lamego
  • Tour of Salamanca
  • Coa Valley Museum visit
  • Guided tour of Regua
  • City tour of Porto
  • Tour of Madrid

you’re invited

  • 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

  • 26 superb meals including 12 Breakfasts (B), 5 Lunches (L), 9 Dinners (D)
  • Captain's Welcome Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board
  • Day 1 Arrival Lisbon

    Spread across steep hillsides that overlook the Rio Tejo, Lisbon has captivated visitors for centuries. The amazing vistas reveal the city in all its beauty: Roman and Moorish ruins, white-domed cathedrals, grand plazas lined with sun-drenched cafes. Check-in into your hotel, and later in the evening join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome drink and reception. Included is a three night stay in Lisbon.

    Meals included: Dinner

  • Day 2 Lisbon

    Today you will have an exciting tour of the city center and view some of the famous points, as well as experience the sights of the yellow trams clattering through tree-lined streets.

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 3 Lisbon

    Today enjoy your day at leisure in Lisbon; your tour director is at your service to help you plan your day in this vibrant city.

    Discover More: Excursion to Sintra (extra expense)

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 4 Lisbon – Porto Embarkation

    Today travel north along the Atlantic coast and visit the enchanting town of Nazare, home of one of largest waves in Europe. Once in Porto, board your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. This evening join your fellow travellers for on board dinner.
    You’re Invited: Sunset Illumination Cruise

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 5 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. 
    You’re Invited: Mosaic Tile Painting Lessons on Board & Cooking Demonstration on Board
    EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 6 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.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Walk through Vineyards in Pinhao

    You’re Invited: Cocktail Lesson on board

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 7 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. Board your coach this morning in Vega de Terron and travel to this beautiful golden city for a guided walking tour passing through its grand squares and medieval structures, where you will feel like stepping back in time. Tapas bars feature on every street and traditional Spanish music trickles out of buzzing bars and restaurants. You will also have plenty of free time to explore independently before returning to the ship later this afternoon.
    You’re Invited: Local Entertainment

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 8 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.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Canoeing Experience
    EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board
    You’re Invited: This evening your highlight dinner will be hosted at a traditional rural wine estate in the Regua area

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 9 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.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 10 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.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Active Walking Tour
    Discover More: Excursion to Guimaraes (extra expense)

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 11 Porto Disembarkation - Madrid

    After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship and transfer to Porto airport for your flight to Madrid, Spain’s Capital. Transfer from the airport to your hotel and later in the evening join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a cocktail and dinner. Included is a two night stay in Madrid.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 12 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.

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 13 Madrid - Farewell

    After breakfast transfer to the airport for your onward or homebound flight.

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Pricing & Availability

    Pricing and Availability All prices listed are per person