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01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Unforgettable Douro National Geographic

Discover the terraced vineyards of Douro wine country on this superb voyage from Porto accompanied by a National Geographic expert who will give talks and join guests on excursions, and a National Geographic photographer who will share techniques and help guests hone their photography skills. Includes shore excursions, return flights from the UK, butler service and all gratuities

Fly Cruise
10 nights from £4795pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Salamanca
  • Douro vineyards
  • Guimaraes
  • Lamego
  • Mateus Palace
  • Porto

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Visit medieval villages, explore beautiful vineyards, sample local delicacies and enjoy traditional performances as you journey along the sun-drenched River Douro. Accompanying the cruise is a National Geographic expert who will give talks and join guests on excursions, and an on-board National Geographic photographer who will teach photography skills to guests. Excursions include hikes, bike rides and in-depth learning experiences that focus on the natural world, culture and history.

Join luxurious ship Scenic Azure in the World Heritage city of Porto and sail the picturesque Douro Valley. Visit the Palace of Guimaraes or sample some of the region's famous sparkling wine at Quinta Aveleda, and learn about the region's wine-making history at the Douro Museum. Tour the famous Mateus Palace, explore the elegant town of Lamego, or discover the 12th-century ruins of Sao Joao de Tarouca Monastery. Enjoy lunch and a flamenco show in Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site full of architectural treasures, and visit the historic university.

Visit Coa Valley, a sacred site with prehistoric rock carvings, paddle along the pristine Sabor river or enjoy a culinary excursion to taste almond and olive products. Taste the famous port at a local quinta and learn about village life while meeting with local residents in Provesende, before Scenic Azure heads back to Porto where this holiday comes to an end.

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Unforgettable Douro National Geographic Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Porto (Portugal)

Choose from a selection of regional airports. On arrival in Porto, you will be met and transferred to your luxurious ship, Scenic Azure. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Reception on board. (D)

Day 2 - Porto - Entre-os-Rios

The World Heritage city of Porto was an outpost of the Roman Empire and is one of the oldest European centres. Discover the treasures of this city on an included walking tour and visit the Palácio da Bolsa, the city’s old stock exchange, and admire the gilded Moorish motifs decorating the walls of its Arabian Room. Spend a relaxing afternoon cruising along the Douro. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Guimaraes

Today, choose from two Scenic FreeChoice excursions. The first is a visit to Guimaraes which was the seat of the first King of Portugal. See the magnificent medieval castle on a guided tour. Alternatively, travel to Quinta Aveleda, a famous regional wine producer where you can enjoy a tasting. Explore the Douro Museum to learn more about the region's wine-making history. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Douro Valley

Enjoy a guided tour of Lamego with its impressive Baroque architecture, visit the 18th-century Mateus Palace or stroll across the Ponte de Ucanha bridge to explore the ruins of the 12th-century Sao Joao de Tarouca Monastery. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Cruising the Douro

Spend a full day cruising the Douro whose tradition of viticulture has resulted in a landscape of unique beauty matched by the warmth of locals. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Salamanca (Spain)

This morning there is a scenic drive through Spanish farmlands to the World Heritage city of Salamanca, renowned for its ornate sandstone architecture. Enjoy a guided city tour then spend time at leisure before lunch accompanied by a Flamenco show followed by a visit to the historic university. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Coa Valley (Portugal)

You can choose from three Scenic FreeChoice excursions today. Visit the award-winning Coa Valley Museum on a 4x4 trip followed by a hike to see the prehistoric rock art; enjoy a canoeing excursion on the Sabor River or perhaps join an excursion to the Casa Painova for a tasting of almond and olive products. Tonight there is an on-board performance by traditional Portuguese musicians. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Provesende

Explore the beautiful village of Provesende with the locals as they introduce you to their way of life. You'll also visit the church for a special recital and enjoy a wine tasting at Morgadio da Calcada. There is also a Freechoice excursion to a local quinta estate for tasting of their famous export. There is also the option to walk through a vineyard for a tasting. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Pinhao - Porto

Enjoy an exclusive Douro Valley Wine Review and onboard activities as you head to Porto. Take part in a Scenic Enrich experience this evening. Enjoy a private concert at the baroque Sao Francisco Church. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - Porto

Visit the oldest Canning Factory in Porto or enjoy a wine tasting in one of the city's most renowned port cellars. Alternatively, join the walking tour into the nature reserve to spot an array of birds, meet local fisherman and sample fresh sardines cooked on an open fire. (B,L,D)

Day 11 - Porto - UK

After breakfast, disembark Scenic Azure 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

  • 10-night all inclusive cruise
  • Return flights from up to 9 regional UK airports
  • Transfers to and from airport and ship
  • Unlimited beverages on board, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee, tea and bottled water (Selected premium beverages not included)
  • Personal butler service with all cabins
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Included shore excursions (as mentioned in itinerary)
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell dinners
  • On board entertainment and insightful lectures
  • National Geographic expert and photographer on board
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • All port charges, airport taxes, security charges and UK Air Passenger Duty

2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

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