Secrets of the Douro River
10 Days, August 9– 19, 2023
From $6,790 from Lisbon (waitlist only)
Portugal’s spectacular Douro River Valley and the winding river that courses through this culturally rich region have been aptly designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. We invite you to join us on an exploration of the Douro River region aboard Emerald Cruises’ 112-passenger Emerald Radiance, the class act of Douro River cruising.
Following our included flight to Lisbon, Portugal’s capital city, we’ll spend two days visiting many of Lisbon’s cultural sites, including São Jorge Castle and Alfama, Lisbon’s oldest quarter. We’ll make our way to Porto, visiting Coimbra along the way for a tour of the University of Coimbra, one of the oldest universities in Europe.
Our cruise will trace the Douro’s path through sun-drenched vineyards, famous for the production of port wine. In the historic port town of Vega de Terron, we’ll pause for a glimpse of western Spain and the lush landscapes of the lovely Douro International Nature Park. Our itinerary includes a full day cruising the UNESCO-listed Vinhateiro wine region. A day-visit to Salamanca, Spain’s “Golden City,” for lunch and flamenco performance is included. Returning to Portugal, we’ll call in Pocinho for a choice between the award-winning Côa Valley Museum or the Casa Painova for a tasting of Portuguese almonds, olives and fruit. Our visit to the village Provesende, one of the Douro’s many “secrets,” will provide glimpses of ancient Portuguese small-town life. Our river cruise concludes in the historic port city of Porto with visits to its many historic treasures and a private concert in São Francisco Church.
With roundtrip air from the U.S., seven nights aboard the deluxe MS Emerald Radiance, two nights in Lisbon’s 5-star Hotel Altis Grand Lisboa, all meals on the river, daily sightseeing tours, gratuities to guides and ship’s crew included in one very attractive price, this tour is an outstanding value. We urge you to be a part of the W&L Traveller’s inaugural visit to this storied region of Portugal.