Secrets of the Duoro River

Secrets of the Duoro River

Trip to Porto, Portugal · Fri, Jul 10, 2020
Travel Expert Ruth Guiry

A symbol of Portugal’s birth and growth as a nation, the Douro has long been the country’s lifeline. Leaving the pastel-colored metropolis of Porto, navigate a path through Portugal’s enchanting countryside. Terraced vineyards rise from the river banks, historic landmarks pepper distant horizons and charming townships lay hidden in the rural hillsides. Salamanca glows myriad colors both day and night and canoeing experiences in Pocinho introduce a new perspective to the Douro.

August 28, 2021 ~ SECRETS OF THE DUORO

Day 1 Arrive Porto

Day 2 Porto – Pinhão

Day 3 Pinhão

Day 4 Vega de Terrón – Salamanca

Day 5 Pocinho – Régua

Day 6 Régua

Day 7 Porto

Day 8 Depart Porto

Departing Toronto 27August, 2021


Welcome to Porto. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship, where you will be welcomed by your captain and crew. Tonight, enjoy dinner onboard. Your cruise director will also conduct a port talk to review the activities and itinerary for the days ahead.


EmeraldPLUS A sunset illumination cruise

Meals: Dinner


Today, enjoy a full day sailing the Douro Valley. A UNESCO World Heritage-listed site, this area is sparsely populated by small, quaint villages and communities, as well as working vineyards and small farms. You may also take part in an EmeraldPLUS cooking demonstration on-board.

Your cruise director will also host a lecture on-board showcasing the history of food and wine culture in the region, before arriving in the village of Pinhão later that afternoon. Situated on a river bend surrounded by terraced hillsides, it is known for producing some of the world’s best Port. Take part in an EmeraldACTIVE on-board yoga class to help you unwind during your time sailing.

Tonight, your captain will host a welcome dinner and cocktail reception.


EmeraldPLUS A Portuguese cooking demonstration on-board

EmeraldACTIVE A yoga class on-board

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Begin your day with a visit to the beautiful Quinta Vineyard in the heart of the Douro Valley for a tour. Alternatively, embark on an included EmeraldACTIVE guided hike through local vineyards, before returning to your ship for lunch and an afternoon sailing to Vega de Terrón, your gateway into Spain. During this time, you can take part in an EmeraldPLUS cocktail-making lesson.


EmeraldPLUS A Port cocktail lesson on-board

EmeraldACTIVE A guided walk through the vineyards

Excursion: Visit to Quinta Vineyard

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


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 Terrón and travel to this beautiful golden city for a guided walking tour. Passing through its grand squares and medieval structures, you will feel like you’re 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.


EmeraldPLUS Local entertainment – Tuna music

Excursion: A guided tour of Salamanca

Meals: Breakfast and dinner


This morning, arrive in Pocinho where you have chance to take part in an EmeraldACTIVE canoeing experience, or travel to the Côa Valley museum. Later, return to your ship for lunch and enjoy your idyllic surroundings as you sail towards Régua.


EmeraldPLUS This evening, your highlight dinner will be hosted at a traditional rural wine estate in the Régua area

EmeraldACTIVE A guided canoeing experience

EmeraldACTIVE A yoga class on-board

Excursion: Visit to Côa Valley museum

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Today, on an included excursion, you will have the opportunity to visit the marvelous Baroque village of Lamego and the picturesque Our Lady of Remedies Sanctuary.


EmeraldPLUS Mosaic tile painting lesson on-board

EmeraldACTIVE A yoga class on-board

EmeraldACTIVE Climb the Sanctuary steps

Excursions: A visit to the Baroque village of Lamego and Our Lady of Remedies sanctuary

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Optional: DiscoverMORE

Visit to Mateus Manor House with wine tasting


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 center features numerous wine caves and tasting boutiques in the area of Vila Nova de Gaia. Sample the local fare in one of these specially adapted wine cellars and learn about the historic craft of creating port.


EmeraldACTIVE A guided walking tour

Excursion: A guided tour of Porto

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Optional: DiscoverMORE

An excursion to Guimarães


After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to your fellow passengers and

disembark the ship for your transfer to Porto airport.

Meals: Breakfast



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Pricing Information:

Pricing is in CAD, per person based on double occupancy and includes air from Toronto (other Canadian gateways may qualify for the same air inclusive rate), transfers to and from the ship, accommodation in your selected cabin category and port charges.

Category F – Emerald Stateroom $4640.00

Category E – Emerald Stateroom $4740.00

Category D – Emerald Stateroom $4940.00

Category C – Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite $5290.00

Category B – Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite $5640.00

Category R – Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite $6090.00

Category A – Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite $6290.00

Category P – Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite $6440.00

Category SA – Owner’s Suite $7240.00

Category RA – Emerald Riverview Suite $7720.00

Additional bonus for booking with our Guiry Travel Hosted Group!

We have upgraded to the Extended Drink Package which includes unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks throughout the day on board the ship for all of our guests in the group.

Insurance Information:

Guiry Travel strongly recommends medical, cancellation and interruption insurance.

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Exceptional EmeraldVALUE – It’s all included in the price

7 Nights in a suite or stateroom of your choice.

19 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 7 dinners including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner.

Complimentary wine, beer & soft drinks to accompany lunch & dinner on-board.

Complimentary tea & coffee on-board.

Complimentary bottled water in your suite or stateroom, restocked daily.

5 Shore excursions, including visits to 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

6 EmeraldPLUS activities including a rural dinner experience at Quinta da Pacheca.

5 EmeraldACTIVE activities.

A variety of on-board evening entertainment.

Complimentary Wi-Fi on-board.

First-class service from English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides.

Earn EmeraldEXPLORER points.

All port charges and airport transfers to and from your ship.

All gratuities included, saving you up to $315 per couple.

Emerald Radiance

The Emerald Radiance is our most intimate ship to date, with a capacity of just 112 guests. Paired with the crew-to-guest ratio of 1:3, this low capacity accommodates incredible levels of service.


However, the small scale of the Emerald Radiance does not mean it is missing the key amenities and features to make your holiday atop the Douro any less comfortable or enjoyable. Intelligent deck planning has allowed us to add all the favourite features of Emerald Waterways’ fleet to the Emerald Radiance, and there are even beautiful extra flourishes throughout. From the generously-proportioned suites and staterooms to the contemporary, chic Horizon Bar and Lounge, no aspect of the ship has been compromised by its moderate size.

Amongst the brand new additions featured aboard the Emerald Radiance are the Riverview Suites. Located at the rear of the ship on the Horizon Deck, and boasting floor-to-ceiling windows encasing our innovative balcony; the two Riverview Suites offer amazing, unspoiled panoramic vistas of the river as it flows on by. 

Purpose built for Portugal’s warm climate, the comprehensive Sun Deck aboard the Emerald Radiance provides ample opportunity to sample the sun and gentle river breezes. The open-air aspect of the Emerald Radiance includes The Terrace, the perfect place to enjoy a bite to eat and a drink or two with new friends. Or if you fancy a plunge, the Serenity Pool on the Sun Deck is the perfect place for a few lengths before breakfast, under the beautiful Iberian sky. 

Sun Deck

Horizon Deck

Vista Deck

Riviera Deck

Deck Plan

  • Sun Deck with Deck Chairs
  • Navigation Bridge
  • Sky Barbeque
  • Walking Track
  • Serenity Pool
  • The Terrace
  • Horizon bar and Lounge
  • Lift
  • Reception
  • Reflections Restaurant
  • Wellness Area/Hairdresser
  • Fitness Area

Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite

15-17m2 / 160-180ft2

Category R, B, C, P

Your Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite offers everything you could possibly need throughout your cruise, and more. You’ll be surrounded by elegant décor and opulent, comfortable furnishings, as you unwind in your home-away-from-home. Relax on your balcony as the stunning landscapes pass by, and transform it from an indoor to an outdoor space with ease, as the floor-to-ceiling window lowers to a halfway point at the touch of a button. Enjoy the river breeze from your comfortable chair, enjoying a good book or the unfolding vistas. Treat yourself to a drink from your suite’s minibar, or use it to keep your complimentary bottle of water chilled, or for any souvenirs that require it.  

When it’s time to retire to bed, you can look forward to the exceptional comfort of your queen-size or twin hotel-style bed, complete with luxurious linens. Treat yourself to an indulgent shower with luxury toiletries, to really prepare yourself for an excellent night’s sleep. 

Of course, keeping in touch with your loved ones is really easy. Every suite has its own telephone, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi being available throughout the Star-Ship. 

Emerald Stateroom

14-16m2 / 153-170ft2

Category D, E, F

An Emerald Stateroom is home to all the amenities you need to settle into your home-away-from-home. A great size picture window lets in the perfect amount of light, welcoming in the golden summer sunshine, or the winter sun during cooler months. 

Comfort is of the highest importance, so each room features individual climate control, allowing you to personalise your room’s temperature to suit your preferences and the time of year you’re cruising.

We’ve designed our bathrooms as a relaxing retreat to retire to after an exciting day exploring. Enjoy a sumptuous shower complete with indulgent toiletries, as well as a hairdryer, all before settling into your queen or twin hotel-style bed, complete with luscious linens, as you enjoy a movie on your flat screen TV and infotainment system with, perhaps, a nightcap from your mini-bar. 

If you wish to stay in contact with loved ones throughout your trip, you can do so using your in-suite telephone or our free Wi-Fi available throughout the ship

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite

26m2 / 285ft2

Category SA

Some of the most sumptuous suites on European waterways, our Owners One-Bedroom Suite has it all. A separate lounge and bedroom area allows the luxury of space, from which to enjoy your complimentary continental breakfast in the morning, a drink from your fully stocked minibar or after-dinner sweet treats before bed.

Your queen-size or twin hotel-style bed will be draped in high quality linens, for the perfect night’s sleep, plus you’ll have the pleasure of selecting your preferred pillow from our extensive menu. Get comfortable for the night after a busy day exploring, and prepare for the next as you unwind with a film on your flat screen TV and infotainment system in true comfort. 

A walk-in wardrobe makes unpacking even more of a dream. A great space to keep all your belongings and outfits for special occasions, such as your exclusive dinner at the Captain’s Table. You’ll even have the option to have four items laundered a day to ensure that favourite dress or suit is in the best possible condition for your event.

In the morning, enjoy the perfect wake-up call with a fresh coffee from your in-suite Nespresso™ machine. Sip it on the balcony, wrapped in the comfort of your Emerald Waterways bathrobe and slippers after a refreshing shower in your stylish in-suite bathroom, enhanced by luxurious toiletries. 

You’ll have so much to tell your loved ones back home, so we’ve made keeping in contact really easy. Not only will you have an in-suite telephone, but complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the Star-Ship and an iPad means you can choose your favourite method of communication, whenever the moment suits. 

Two available on Emerald Liberté sailing through France and Emerald Radiance sailing in Portugal. 

Emerald Riverview Suite

28m2 / 300ft2

Category RA

A suite unique to our Emerald Radiance Star-Ship sailing Portugal’s Douro, our two exquisite Emerald Riverview Suites are thoughtfully positioned at the back of the ship. Floor-to-ceiling windows open out onto your own private balcony which, at the simple press of a button opens up to transform it into an open-air space. Relax in the morning with a freshly made cup of coffee from your Nespresso™ machine and, if you wish, have a continental breakfast brought to your suite to enjoy in private. You’ll have the luxury of space as your separate bedroom and lounge area creates the ideal home-away-from-home, as well as a walk-in wardrobe, so you can truly settle into your surrounds. 

Enjoy an incredible night’s sleep in your queen-size or twin hotel-style bed, wrapped up in luxurious bed linen, and select a pillow from our extensive menu. Lay back and watch a film in bed on your flat screen TV and infotainment system, or enjoy the space as you ponder an exciting day ahead.

Your luxurious bathroom features a shower complete with decadent toiletries, as well as comfortable bathrobes and slippers, the perfect attire for getting ready for an evening meal. And, the suite comes with an exclusive invite to dine at the Captain’s Table for an evening sure to become a highlight of your river cruise. Take advantage of having four laundered items a day and prepare that special suit or gown for a night such as this or for an occasion you may be celebrating. You can even have pre-dinner canapés delivered to your door and after-dinner sweet treats to enjoy with a drink from your complimentary minibar. 

With so much to tell your loved ones back home, you can make calls from your in-suite telephone, utilise the ship-wide Wi-Fi and an iPad that’s available for your personal use throughout your journey.

Secrets of the Duoro River

Ruth Guiry

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