Secrets of the Douro & Madrid

10 Days
Porto to Madrid
From (AUD)
$ 6,785
$ 6,035
Dates & Pricing

2020 Porto > Madrid

Tour Map
Tour Code:
EPDM
Duration:
10 days
Departure City:
Porto
Return City:
Madrid

10 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Porto

    You will be met at the airport and transferred to your contemporary Emerald Waterways Star-Ship.
    You’re Invited: Cruising Through Porto Enchanting Waters

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - 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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - 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.
    You’re Invited: A Port wine cocktail lesson on board
    You’re Invited: A Portuguese cooking demonstration on board
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided walk through the vineyards
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A visit to Quinta do Tedo with tasting

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - 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.
    You’re Invited: Enjoy local entertainment from a tuna music band
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Salamanca

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - 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.
    You’re Invited: A Casa Painova product tasting on board
    You’re Invited: A rural dinner with entertainment at Quinta da Pacheca
    EmeraldACTIVE: A canoeing excursion
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A visit to the Côa Valley Museum

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - 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
    You’re Invited: 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
    Discover More: A visit to Mateus Manor House with wine tasting (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - 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.
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided active walk in Porto
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Porto
    Discover More: An excursion to Guimarães (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - 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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - 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.
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Madrid

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  10. Day 10 - Depart Madrid

    After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred the airport for your onward or homebound flight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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