Madrid to Lisbon & Secrets of the Douro

Begin your 13 day adventure in Madrid and soak up the culture before travelling to Porto to begin your river cruise through the picturesque Douro Valley.

13 Days
Madrid to Lisbon
From (AUD)
$ 6,625
Dates & Pricing

2025 Madrid > Lisbon

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:
EDLM
Duration:
13 days
Departure City:
Madrid
Return City:
Lisbon

13 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.

  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

    After breakfast, disembark your Star-Ship and transfer to Porto Airport for your flight to the sun-kissed Spanish capital, Madrid. Your itinerary includes a two-night stay in a centrally-located hotel in the city.  

    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 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

  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. 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

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Guided active walk through the vineyards

    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, 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

  7. Day 7 - 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

  8. Day 8 - 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

  9. Day 9 - 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

  10. Day 10 - Porto - Lisbon

    This morning, disembark your Star-Ship and travel south, following the coast of the Atlantic until you reach the enchanting town of Nazaré, known for its traditional fishing culture and fresh seafood. You will then continue onwards to Óbidos ,where you will be immersed by the medieval magic of this small town. After this you will arrive in Lisbon. Lisbon’s beauty has captivated people from around the world for centuries, and your included three-night stay in Lisbon is certain to leave you captivated too. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  11. Day 11 - Lisbon

    Today, a tour of Lisbon’s centre will offer the perfect introduction to the Portuguese capital, where limestone cobbled streets are peppered with terracotta-roofed houses, all swathed in delightful breezy sea views.
    Your tour will include a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Jerónimos Monastery, an icon of Late Gothic Manueline architecture that can be found gracing Lisbon’s harbour. The shrine-like south entrance is a true delight, with gables, pinnacles and a statue of Henry the Navigator, one of the pioneers of Portugal’s Age of Discovery, a period of time that brought riches to the Portuguese Empire.

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Lisbon

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  12. Day 12 - Lisbon

    The heart and soul of Lisbon is yours to discover independently today, as you stroll past gleaming white basilicas and traverse cobblestone streets. Your tour director will be available to help you plan your day of independent exploration.

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    Excursion to Sintra (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  13. Day 13 - Lisbon

    After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to your fellow guests and prepare for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of the golden city and illustrious 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

EXTENSION INCLUSIONS
  • 3 nights at a hotel in Lisbon
  • A guided tour of Lisbon
  • 2 nights at a hotel in Madrid
  • A guided tour of Madrid
  • Flight between Porto and Madrid
  • 5 Breakfasts (B)

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