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Secrets of the Douro

Discover the charming towns and historic landmarks along the Douro on this captivating 7-night roundtrip cruise from Porto. Includes return flights from the UK, shore excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner

Fly Cruise
7 nights from £1445pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Porto
  • Douro river valley
  • Mateus Palace
  • Salamanca
  • Pinhao Railway Station

Call us on 01756 706500 (+44 1756 706500) to discuss this holiday

Emerald Waterways

Save up to £600 per couple on 2018 departures! Book by 30 Nov 2017

Secrets of the Douro  Special Offer

This wonderful 7-night full-board cruise will take you along the Douro river and through the beautiful Douro Valley, showcasing some of the most beautiful scenery along the river.

Visit the Port-producing village of Pinhao and explore the Roman ruins of Lamego. You will then sample tapas in the colourful, Spanish town of Salamanca and enjoy dinner at a traditional wine estate in Pocinho.

Marvel at the pre-historic carvings at the Coa Valley Museum and learn about local wine-making in Regua before heading back to the wine caves and boutiques of Porto

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Secrets of the Douro Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Porto (Portugal)

Fly from the UK to Porto. You will be transferred to your ship and in the evening you will enjoy a welcome reception and dinner in the on board Reflections Restaurant. (D)

Day 2 - Porto - Pinhao

Much of the day will be spent cruising through the Douro valley, past quaint villages and terraced vineyards. Your Cruise Director will host a lecture about the region's history and wine before you arrive in the village of Pinhao, which produces some of the world's best Port. In 2018, on-board activities include a mosaic tile painting lesson, cookery class and yoga lesson. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Pinhao - Vega de Terron (Spain)

From Pinhao, travel to the Baroque town of Lamego and visit the Roman sanctuary and battlements. In 2018 there is the alternative option of a guided hike through local vineyards. Cruise to Vega de Terron after lunch and enjoy a lesson from your barman on how to make cocktails using port wine. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Salamanca

Located in western Spain, Salamanca is a lively city and its university is said to be the third oldest in Europe. Explore the grand squares and medieval structures on a guided walking tour and enjoy time at leisure where you can perhaps visit the many tapas bars. Tonight there is a BBQ dinner on the Terrace (2017 only). (B,D)

Day 5 - Pocinho (Portugal)

Your next stop is the village of Pocinho for an excursion to the Coa Valley Museum, where you will discover pre-historic stone carvings made by early inhabitants. Lunch will be on board as you sail towards Regua. In the evening, a Highlight Dinner will be hosted at a local wine estate from the Pinhao region. In 2018 Emerald Active activities include a guided canoeing trip and an on-board yoga lesson. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Regua

The former Roman settlement of Regua awaits you this morning. Here, you can visit the Douro Museum to learn about the region's wine making or take the optional guided excursion to the Mateus Palace (2017 only). In 2018, you can take part in a yoga lesson onboard. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Porto

In 2017, visit a specially adapted wine cellar and learn about the craft of creating port or perhaps take the optional excursion to Guimaraes. In 2018, see the fascinating mix of modern and ancient architecture in Porto, a city famous for its fortified port wine on a guided tour (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Porto - UK

After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. (B)

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board cruise on Emerald Radiance
  • Return flights from London, Manchester,, Birmingham or Edinburgh. Other airports are available at a supplement.
  • Overseas transfers
  • EmeraldPLUS activities
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
  • Complimentary tea and coffee available at all times and complimentary bottled water in your cabin, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Highlight Dinners including a Welcome Dinner
  • Evening entertainment on board
  • English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Port charges and airport taxes

Price Does Not Include

  • Additional optional shore excursions
  • Travel insurance

Special Features

  • Local dinner at a Douro Valley wine estate
  • Cocktail making lesson on board
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2018 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water Price from
Emerald Radiance
Apr 07, 14£1845£1845
Apr 28£2045£2045
May 05, 12£2445£2345
May 19£2445£2445
Jun 02, 09, 16£2545£2545
Jun 23, 30£2545£2245
Jul 07, 14£2445£2345
Jul 21, 28; Aug 04, 11, 18, 25£2445£2145
Sep 01£2545£2245
Sep 08£2545£2545
Sep 22£2545£2445
Oct 13£2045£2045
Oct 27£1845£1545
Nov 03, 10£1745£1445

Price Information

  • Prices are per person based on two sharing a Cat F cabin. Single supplements are available - please contact us
  • Cabin Upgrade Supplements:
  • Cat E - £50pp
  • Cat D - £100pp
  • Cat C - £700pp
  • Cat B - £800pp
  • Cat A/R - £900pp
  • Cat P - £1200pp
  • Cat SA - £1900pp
  • Cat RA - £2500pp
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