Lisbon & Secrets of the Douro

Immerse yourself in authentic Lisbon before taking to the Douro. Leaving the metropolis of Porto behind, you will navigate a path through Portugal’s countryside where vineyards and landmarks await.

11 Days
Lisbon to Porto
From (AUD)
$ 5,630
Dates & Pricing

2025 Lisbon > Porto

Explore the charms of Portugal by river

An unforgettable Douro River cruise through Portugal’s sun-drenched vineyards, stunning landscapes, and charming villages, offers the perfect blend of relaxation, traditions, and delicious cuisine.
A symbol of Portugal’s birth and growth as a nation, the Douro has long been the country’s lifeline. Leaving the pastel-coloured metropolis of Porto, venture through the enchanting countryside. Terraced vineyards rise from the river banks, historic landmarks pepper distant horizons and charming townships lay hidden in the rural hillsides. Salamanca shines both day and night and a kayak experience in Pinhão provides a new perspective on the Douro.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
EPDL
Duration:
11 days
Departure City:
Lisbon
Return City:
Porto

11 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Lisbon

    Spread across a rolling landscape that overlooks the River Tagus, 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 hotel for your included three-night stay in Lisbon. 

  2. 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.

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Lisbon

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  3. 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 with tips and local suggestions to help you plan your day.

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    Excursion to Sintra (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  4. Day 4 - Lisbon – Porto

    Today, travel north along the Atlantic coast and stop by the medieval gem of Obidos where your tour guide will lead you through the town's charming white-washed houses and narrow alleys. You will then continue your journey with another stop in the enchanting town of Nazaré, home to some of the largest waves in Europe and famous for its traditional fishing culture. When you arrive in Porto, board your contemporary Emerald Cruises Star-Ship.  

    This evening, join your fellow travellers for dinner on board. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. 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 is celebrated because it builds 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. 

    EmeraldPLUS

    Portuguese cooking demonstration on board

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. 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. Alternatively, embark on a kayak excursion along the river, taking in the impressive views from the heart of the Douro Valley.  

    This afternoon, enjoy sailing to Vega de Terrón, perhaps relaxing on the Sun Deck.  

    Included Excursion

    Visit to Quinta do Tedo with wine tasting

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Kayak experience in Pinhão

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    Guided active walk through the vineyards

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. 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, which includes exploring the postcard-worthy galleries and arcades that adorn Plaza Mayor. You’ll also have the opportunity to see Casa de las Conchas, a building that has been lovingly decorated with more than 300 shells, and Salamanca’s university, one of the oldest universities in Europe that dates back to 1218.   

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Salamanca

    EmeraldPLUS

    Tuna music band

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Pocinho – Régua

    This morning, we are docked in Pocinho from where we take you to the charming medieval town of Castelo Rodrigo. On your touryou will have the chance to uncover the secrets of this small village’s fortress history and try some typical local products. Later, return to your Star-Ship for lunch and soak up your idyllic surrounds, enjoying a Port wine cocktail lesson on board as you sail towards Régua.

    Included Excursion

    Tour to Castelo Rodrigo

    EmeraldPLUS

    Port wine cocktail lesson on board 

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    Archaeological tour by 4x4 at the Côa Valley Museum (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Régua

    On today’s included excursion, you’ll 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. If you’re feeling active, enjoy an invigorating walk down the 686 steps from the Sanctuary to the main square. On the same day you will get to experience a rural lunch at Quinta da Pacheca, one of the finest estates of river Douro and learn about the Portuguese mosaic painting tradition. 

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Lamego

    EmeraldPLUS

    Rural lunch at Quinta da Pacheca

    EmeraldPLUS

    Mosaic tile painting lesson on board

    EmeraldACTIVE

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

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    Visit to Mateus Manor House (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Porto

    Located at the mouth of the Douro River, Porto is a fascinating and eclectic mix of modern and ancient architecture. Famous for its export of Port wines, it’s easy to imagine how British merchant ships would have once clustered together in the medieval harbour, waiting to take their produce 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. For those who wish to see the charms of Porto on foot, our active walk through the town will bring you closer to the vibrant daily life of the locals.  

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Porto

    EmeraldPLUS

    A cruise through Porto

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Guided active walk in Porto

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    Visit to Quinta da Aveleda (extra expense)

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    Guided bike tour to the Atlantic (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  11. Day 11 - Porto

    After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to your Star-Ship and fellow guests, taking memories of sun-drenched vineyards with you.

    This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from your Star-Ship
  • The services of an Emerald Cruises cruise director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • Visit to Quinta do Tedo with wine tasting
  • Guided tour of Salamanca
  • Tour to Castelo Rodrigo
  • Guided tour of Lamego & Our Lady of Remedies Sanctuary
  • Guided tour of Porto

EmeraldPLUS
  • Portuguese cooking demonstration on board
  • Port wine cocktail lesson on board
  • Tuna music performance
  • Rural lunch at Quinta da Pacheca
  • Mosaic tile painting lesson on board
  • Evening cruise through Porto

EmeraldACTIVE
  • Guided active walk through the vineyards
  • Kayak experience in Pinhão
  • Walk down the steps of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies
  • Guided active walk in Porto

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 19 delectable meals including 7 breakfasts (B), 5 lunches (L), 7 dinners (D)
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

EXTENSION INCLUSIONS
  • 3 nights at a hotel in Lisbon
  • A guided tour of Lisbon
  • Transfer from the airport and to the ship
  • 3 Breakfasts (B)

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