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Secrets of the Douro River Cruise

From $4499 $798 taxes

Terraced vineyards rise from riverbanks and Baroque villages remain a marvellous reminder of the past. Experience Roman Salamanca for its vibrant nightlife, and try Porto’s famous fortified wine.

Exceptional. Amazing. Unique. Expect more from your deluxe river cruise with Emerald Waterways. Our award-winning river cruise fleet and inspiring itineraries reveal the stunning scenery and fascinating culture of Europe and Asia as you’ve never experienced them.

Enjoy the Emerald difference. Our innovative river cruise ships offer you panoramic views of the stunning scenery, and feature contemporary boutique hotel styling, deluxe in-suite comfort, gourmet dining options and exceptional service, all included in the price. Explore unique cultural experiences at every destination with our included exclusive EmeraldPLUS and Emerald Active excursions. See even more, with our adventurous Discover More optional tours and destination hotel extensions. We guarantee you the best value in river cruising, so you can enjoy your vacation to the fullest. Welcome on board.

Travel Best Bets Package Includes

  • Return airfare from Vancouver to  Porto
  • Deluxe 7 night all-inclusive river cruise aboard Emerald Radiance
  • Airport transfers to and from the Ship
  • Prepaid gratuities
  • It’s Amazing What’s also Included:
  • Boutique contemporary hotel feel, with spectacular on board heated pool, cinema, spa and lounge
  • Spacious, comfortable accommodations with panoramic suites and staterooms
  • Gourmet all-included on board meals and highlight dinner events, al-fresco on The Terrace or in the well-appointed Reflections Restaurant
  • Enjoy in depth cultural experiences with EmeraldPLUS excursions; cheese and olive tasting or Provencal dinner on board hosted by a local chef
  • Emerald’s Concierge Service* – served right to your suite, enjoy continental breakfast, predinner canapés and after dinner treats
  • A refined selection of wine, beer and soft drinks to accompany lunch and dinner
  • Tea and coffee available at all times
  • Bottled water restocked daily in your cabin
  • Built-in adventure, with an included on shore excursion at every port
  • Visits to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Emerald Active guided biking and hiking tours
  • Excellent service from an English speaking crew
  • Knowledgeable, personable local destination guides
  • Complimentary bicycles on board
  • Complimentary on board Wi-Fi

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Outside Balcony Suite Taxes & Fees
May 11-19, 2018 $4999 $6299 $798
Jun 29 – July 7, 2018 $4499 $5199 $798
Departures from Victoria and Kelowna add $300 per person

Day 1 Arrival Porto (D)
Welcome to Porto. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the ship where a warm welcome awaits you from your Captain and crew as you board your luxury Emerald Radiance river cruise ship. Tonight enjoy dinner on board with your fellow travelers. Your Cruise Director will also conduct a port talk to review the activities and itinerary for the days ahead.
EmeraldPLUS: Sunset Illumination Cruise
Day 2 Porto – Pinhao (B,L,D)
Today enjoy a full day sailing the windy turns and twists of the Douro Valley. A UNESCO world heritage site this area is sparsely populated by small quaint villages and typical communities working vineyards and small farms. In the morning join a painting class of local mosaic tiles which typically depict traditional motives. Your Cruise Director will also host a lecture on board showcasing the history and wine culture of the region. Later this afternoon arrive in the village of Pinhao which is situated on a river bend surrounded by terraced hillsides producing some of the world’s best Port. Tonight your captain will be delighted to host the welcome dinner and cocktail reception.
EmeraldPLUS: Mosaic Tile Painting Lessons on Board & Cooking Demonstration on Board
EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board
Day 3 Pinhao – Vega de Terron (B,L,D)
Today you will have a choice to visit the marvelous baroque village of Lamego and the picturesque Our Lady of Remedies Sanctuary where history stands still. Alternatively, take part on a guided hike through local vineyards. Return to your ship for lunch and an afternoon sailing to Vega de Terron, your gateway into Spain.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Walk through Vineyards in PinhaoEmeraldPLUS: Cocktail Lesson on board
Day 4 Salamanca (B,D)
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 Terron and travel to this beautiful golden city for a guided walking tour passing through its grand squares and medieval structures, where you will feel like 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
Day 5 Pocinho (B,L,D)
This morning arrive in Pocinho and either embark on an excursion to the Coa Valley Museum or take part on the Emerald Active canoeing experience. The Coa Valley Museum is a concrete structure that details pre-historic stone carvings made by the early inhabitants of the Douro, which were uncovered during the construction of the nearby dam. Later return to your ship for lunch and enjoy your idyllic surroundings as you sail towards Regua.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Canoeing Experience
EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board
EmeraldPLUS: This evening your highlight dinner will be hosted at a traditional rural wine estate in the Regua area
Day 6 Regua (B,L,D)
This morning you will visit the former roman settlement of Regua. After the village tour, visit the Douro Museum for a look at wine making in the region.
EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board
Day 7 Porto (B,L,D)
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 centre features numerous wine caves and tasting boutiques in the area of Vila Nova de Gaia. Sample the local fair in one of these specially adapted wine cellars and learn about the long adapted craft of creating port.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Active Walking Tour
Discover More: Excursion to Guimaraes (extra expense)
Day 8 Porto Disembarkation (B)
After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship and transfer to Porto airport for your onward or homebound flight.

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