Secrets of the Douro

On this 8 day roundtrip cruise from Porto, discover the Douro Valley's most inspiring destinations including Régua, Pocinho, Pinhao and stunning Salamanca.

8 Days
Porto to Porto
From (USD)
$ 3,695
Dates & Pricing
Extension in Madrid or Lisbon
Madrid, Spain

Madrid (from $865)

Extend you Secrets of the Douro river cruise and enjoy...

  • Two nights at Hotel Catalonia Gran Via or similar
  • Breakfast daily
  • One dinner at the hotel
  • Guided city tour of Madrid
  • Flight transfer between Porto and Madrid
  • Transfers to and from the airport

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon (from $1,295)

Extend you Secrets of the Douro river cruise and enjoy...

  • Three nights at Jupiter Lisboa Hotel or similar
  • Breakfast daily
  • One dinner at the hotel
  • Guided city tour
  • Coach transfer between Porto and Lisbon
  • Transfers to and from the airport

2020 Porto > Porto

Tour Map
Tour Code:
EPDC
Duration:
8 days
Departure City:
Porto
Return City:
Porto

Selected Itinerary

8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Porto

    You will be met at the airport and transferred to your contemporary Emerald Waterways Star-Ship.
    EmeraldPLUS: 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.
    EmeraldPLUS: A Port wine cocktail lesson on board
    EmeraldPLUS: 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.
    EmeraldPLUS: 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.
    EmeraldPLUS: A Casa Painova product tasting on board
    EmeraldPLUS: 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
    EmeraldPLUS: 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
    DiscoverMORE: 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
    DiscoverMORE: An excursion to Guimarães (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Porto

    After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to your fellow guests, taking memories of sun-drenched vineyards with you.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers 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
  • Sunset cruise through Porto
  • Cooking demonstration on board
  • Port cocktail lesson on board
  • Tuna music performance in Salamanca
  • Casa Painova product tasting on board
  • Highlight dinner and entertainment at Quinta da Pacheca
  • Mosaic tile painting lesson on board

EmeraldACTIVE
  • Guided walk through the vineyards of Quinta do Tedo
  • Canoeing in Pocinho
  • Walking down the stairs of the Our Lady of Remedies Sanctuary
  • Guided active walking tour of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Porto’s old town

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 19 superb meals including 7 Breakfasts (B), 5 Lunches (L), 7 Dinners (D)
  • Captain's Welcome Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

Pricing & Availability