Secrets of the Duoro River


    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


    DAY 1 ARRIVE PORTO

    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.

    Inclusions:

    EmeraldPLUS A sunset illumination cruise

    Meals: Dinner



    DAY 2 PORTO – PINHÃO

    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.

    Inclusions:

    EmeraldPLUS A Portuguese cooking demonstration on-board

    EmeraldACTIVE A yoga class on-board

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner



    DAY 3 PINHÃO – VEGA DE TERRÓN

    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.

    Inclusions:

    EmeraldPLUS A Port cocktail lesson on-board

    EmeraldACTIVE A guided walk through the vineyards

    Excursion: Visit to Quinta Vineyard

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner



    DAY 4 VEGA DE TERRÓN – SALAMANCA

    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.

    Inclusions:

    EmeraldPLUS Local entertainment – Tuna music

    Excursion: A guided tour of Salamanca

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner



    DAY 5 POCINHO – RÉGUA

    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.

    Inclusions:

    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



    DAY 6 RÉGUA

    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.

    Inclusions:

    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

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    Visit to Mateus Manor House with wine tasting



    DAY 7 PORTO

    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.

    Inclusions:

    EmeraldACTIVE A guided walking tour

    Excursion: A guided tour of Porto

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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    An excursion to Guimarães



    DAY 8 DEPART PORTO

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

    disembark the ship for your transfer to Porto airport.

    Meals: Breakfast