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2018 Itinerary

10 Day Itinerary (Porto > Madrid)

  • Tour Code

    EPDM

  • Departure City

    Porto

  • Duration

    10 Day

  • Return City

    Madrid

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

  • 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

  • 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
  • Day 1 Arrival Porto

    Welcome to Porto. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the ship where a warm welcome awaits you from your Captain and crew as you board your luxury Emerald Radiance river cruise ship. Tonight enjoy dinner on board with your fellow travelers. Your Cruise Director will also conduct a port talk to review the activities and itinerary for the days ahead.
    You’re Invited: Sunset Illumination Cruise

    Meals included: Dinner

  • Day 2 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 3 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 4 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 5 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 6 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 7 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 8 Porto Disembarkation - Madrid

    After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flights between Porto and Madrid to continue your journey this time at Spain’s capital city. Check into 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 9 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 10 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