Madrid with Secrets of the Douro

10 Days
Madrid to Porto
From (AUD)
$ 6,780
$ 6,030
Dates & Pricing

2022 Madrid > Porto

Begin your journey in Madrid, the centre of all roads in Spain, before flying to Porto to join your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship in Porto. 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 canoeing experiences in Pocinho provide a new perspective on the Douro.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
EPDM
Duration:
10 days
Departure City:
Madrid
Return City:
Porto

10 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Madrid

    Welcome to the sun-drenched capital of Spain, Madrid. Today, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your centrally-located hotel for a two-night stay in the capital.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Madrid

    This morning, join your local guide for an insightful walking tour of Madrid, touching on its bustling centre and its vibrant past as you peruse the Sabatini Gardens and Gran Via. After your tour, the rest of the day is yours to spend exploring at leisure. 

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Madrid

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  3. Day 3 - Madrid - Porto

    Today, you will be transferred from your well-appointed hotel to the airport for your flight to Porto. Here, a warm welcome awaits you from your captain and crew on board your contemporary Emerald Waterways Star-Ship. This evening, join your fellow guests for dinner on board.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - 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.

    EmeraldPLUS

    A Portuguese cooking demonstration on board

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - 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. 

    EmeraldACTIVE

    A guided walk through the vineyards

    Included Excursion

    A visit to Quinta do Tedo with tasting

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - 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.

    EmeraldPLUS

    Enjoy local entertainment from a tuna music band

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Salamanca

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - 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 while taking part into a Port Wine cocktail lesson on board. A rural dinner at a wine estate is certain to be a highlight of your trip.

    EmeraldPLUS

    A Port Wine cocktail lesson on board 

    EmeraldPLUS

    A rural dinner with entertainment at Quinta da Pacheca

    EmeraldACTIVE

    A canoeing excursion

    Included Excursion

    A visit to the Côa Valley Museum

    DiscoverMORE

    Archaeological Tour 4x4 at Coa Museum (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - 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.

    EmeraldPLUS

    A mosaic tile painting lesson on board

    EmeraldACTIVE

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

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Lamego

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    A visit to Mateus Manor House (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - 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. This evening, enjoy a charming evening cruise shining a different light on Porto's skyline.

    EmeraldACTIVE

    A guided active walk in Porto

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Porto

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    Visit to Quinta do Aveleda with Vinho Verde tasting (extra expense)

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    Taylor’s Port wine tasting (extra expense)

    EmeraldPLUS

    Evening cruise through Porto

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Porto

    After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to your 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 note: Pre-release itinerary subject to change.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
  • Transfer from the airport and to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • Visit to Quinta do Tedo with Port tasting
  • Guided tour of World Heritage-listed Salamanca’s old town
  • Excursion to Côa Valley Museum
  • Tour of Baroque Village of Lamego & Our Lady of Remedies Sanctuary
  • Guided tour of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Porto’s old town

EmeraldPLUS
  • Cooking demonstration on board
  • Port cocktail lesson on board
  • Tuna music performance in Salamanca
  • Highlight dinner and entertainment at Quinta da Pacheca
  • Mosaic tile painting lesson on board
  • Evening cruise through Porto

EmeraldACTIVE
  • Guided active walk through the vineyards
  • Canoeing in Pocinho
  • Walking down the stairs of the Our Lady of Remedies Sanctuary
  • Guided active walking tour of Porto

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 19 superb 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
  • 2 nights at a hotel in Madrid
  • A guided tour of Madrid
  • Flight between Madrid and Porto
  • 2 Breakfasts (B) and 1 Dinner (D)

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