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01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

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 £1245pp

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

2019 dates at 2018 prices - save £1000 per couple PLUS 250 Euro OBC per cabin! Book by 18 May 2018

Save up to £300pp PLUS book a balcony cabin and enjoy unlimited free drinks onboard! Applies to 23, 30 Jun; 14, 21, 28 Jul; all Aug; 27 Oct and 10 Nov 2018 departures. Book by 31 Mar 2018

Secrets of the Douro  Special Offer

This superb cruise along the sun-drenched River Douro explores the heart of Port wine country with visits to traditional villages.

Visit the Port-producing village of Pinhao and explore the grand squares of lively Salamanca, before enjoying a special dinner at a local wine estate during your time in quaint Pocinho.

Learn about the region's wine making on a visit to the Douro Museum in Regua, before returning to Porto, a city renowned for its fortified port wine.

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Secrets of the Douro Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Porto (Portugal)

Fly from a choice of UK regional airports to Porto. You will be transferred to your ship and in the evening you will enjoy dinner onboard. In 2019, you can enjoy a sunset cruise along the illuminated river front. (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. On-board activities include a mosaic tile painting lesson, cookery class and yoga lesson. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Pinhao - Vega de Terron (Spain)

In 2018, travel to the Baroque town of Lamego and visit the Roman sanctuary and battlements. 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. In 2019, perhaps enjoy a morning yoga class before heading to Quinta Vineyard in the heart of the Douro Valley for a wine tasting and guided tour. Alternatively, opt for to the hike through vineyards. After lunch, begin cruising to Vega de Terron and take part in the onboard cocktail-making lesson. (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. (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. In 2019, there is also the option to visit Quinta do Seixo. Lunch will be on board as you sail towards Regua. In the evening, a Highlight Dinner will be hosted at a local wine estate. 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. In 2018, you can visit the Douro Museum to learn about the region's wine making. You can also take part in a yoga lesson onboard. In 2019, enjoy a guided tour of Regua and a visit to the Douro Museum, or head to the Baroque village of Lamego and picturesque Our Lady of Remedies Sanctuary. An optional visit to Mateus Palace is available. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Porto

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. In 2019, sample the local port in a specially adapted wine cellar and learn about this famous export on a guided tour. Alternatively, opt for the more active guided walking tour. An optional excursion to Guimaraes is available. (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 up to 9 UK regional airports
  • 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

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, 19£2445£2445
Jun 02, 09, 16£2545£2545
Jun 23, 30£2545£2245
Jul 07£2445£2445
Jul 14, 21, 28; Aug 04, 11, 18, 25£2445£2145
Sep 01, 08, 22£2545£2545
Oct 13£2045£2045
Oct 27£1845£1545
Nov 03£1745£1745
Nov 10£1745£1445

2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water Price from
Emerald Radiance
Apr 20£1845£1345
Apr 27£2045£1545
May 04, 11, 18, 25£2445£1945
Jun 01, 08, 15, 22, 29£2545£2045
Jul 06, 13, 20, 27; Aug 10, 17, 24, 31£2445£1945
Sep 14, 21£2545£2045
Sep 28£2445£1945
Oct 19£2045£1545
Nov 02, 09£1745£1245

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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