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Madrid to Lisbon & Secrets of the Douro on Emerald Radiance 2020

Madrid to Lisbon & Secrets of the Douro on Emerald Radiance 2020

Operator: Emerald Waterways
Ship: Emerald Radiance
Starts: Madrid, Spain on Thu, Sep 24, 2020
Ends: Lisbon, Portugal on Tue, Oct 06, 2020

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Portugal, Spain

Rivers Visited

Douro

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Thu, Sep 24, 2020): Madrid

Welcome to the sun-kissed capital of Spain, Madrid. Travellers from around the world have been left captivated by this fascinating city, where energy bounces through the streets like lightning. You will be transferred from the airport to your centrally located hotel, included is a two-night stay in Madrid.


Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 (Fri, Sep 25, 2020): Madrid

Today, you can enjoy an informative tour of Madrid’s city centre and experience the lifestyles of the people who call the city their home. Enjoy visiting Sabatini Gardens, Plaza Mayor and the Austrian quarter, Gran Via. The rest of the day is yours to spend exploring in leisure, perhaps relaxing in one of Madrid’s postcard-worthy terraced gardens.
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Madrid


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 (Sat, Sep 26, 2020): Madrid - Porto

Today, you will be transferred from your centrally located hotel in Madrid to Porto, where you will be welcomed on board your luxurious Emerald Waterways Star-Ship.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 (Sun, Sep 27, 2020): Porto – Pinhão

Relax on board today and enjoy a full day of sailing through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Douro Valley. This fascinating area was inscribed because it hones in on two millennia of wine producing history, where viticulture has shaped the surrounding landscape and small, sleepy villages are peppered with dozens of sun-drenched vineyards. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner and cocktail reception.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 (Mon, Sep 28, 2020): Pinhão – Vega de Terrón

Begin your day with a visit to the beautiful Quinta do Tedo vineyard in the heart of Portugal’s Douro Valley, nestled on the confluence of the Douro and Tedo rivers. This 18th-century estate is environmentally sound, creating organic produce by using traditional viticulture methods.
Alternatively, enjoy a guided walk through local vineyards, stopping along the way to admire your surroundings.
This afternoon, enjoy sailing to Vega de Terrón, perhaps relaxing on the Sun Deck before your included Port wine cocktail demonstration or cooking demonstration on board.
EmeraldPLUS: A Port wine cocktail lesson on board
EmeraldPLUS: A Portuguese cooking demonstration on board
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided walk through the vineyards
EmeraldEXCURSION: A visit to Quinta do Tedo with tasting


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 (Tue, Sep 29, 2020): Vega de Terrón – Salamanca

Founded in Roman times, the ancient city of Salamanca and its UNESCO World Heritage-listed old quarter have an illustrious past, having been held by the Carthaginians, Romans and Moors.
Travel to the beautiful golden city for a walking tour, starting among the postcard-worthy galleries and arcades that adorn Plaza Mayor. You will have the opportunity to see Casa de las Conchas, a building that has been lovingly decorated with more than 300 shells.
EmeraldPLUS: Enjoy local entertainment from a tuna music band
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Salamanca


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 (Wed, Sep 30, 2020): Pocinho – Régua

This morning, arrive in Pocinho where you’ll have the opportunity to embark on a canoeing excursion or to visit the Côa Valley Museum. Later, return to your ship for lunch and soak up your idyllic surrounds as you sail towards Régua, taking part in a casa painova tasting on board. A rural dinner at a wine estate is certain to be a highlight of your trip.
EmeraldPLUS: A Casa Painova product tasting on board
EmeraldPLUS: A rural dinner with entertainment at Quinta da Pacheca
EmeraldACTIVE: A canoeing excursion
EmeraldEXCURSION: A visit to the Côa Valley Museum


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 (Thu, Oct 01, 2020): Régua

Today, on an included excursion, you will visit the marvellous Baroque village of Lamego, stopping to see the picturesque Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies, a structure that stands gracefully over the town
EmeraldPLUS: A mosaic tile painting lesson on board (please note: may take place on another day whilst on cruise)
EmeraldACTIVE: Walk down the steps of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Lamego
DiscoverMORE: A visit to Mateus Manor House with wine tasting (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 (Fri, Oct 02, 2020): Porto

Located at the mouth of the Douro River, Porto is a fascinating eclectic mix of modern and ancient architecture. Famous for its exports of Port wines, it’s easy to imagine how British merchant ships would have once clustered together in the medieval harbour, waiting to take Port wines across the water.
Your included tour of the coastal city will touch on the fortified structures of Castelo da Foz and Castelo do Queijo, a building whose pentagonal façades overlook the ocean.
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided active walk in Porto
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Porto
DiscoverMORE: An excursion to Guimarães (extra expense)
EmeraldPLUS: Cruising Through Porto Enchanting Waters


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 (Sat, Oct 03, 2020): Porto - Lisbon

After breakfast, disembark your Star-Ship and soak in your picturesque surroundings as we travel along the Atlantic coast. When you arrive in Lisbon, a three-night stay in a centrally located hotel will be yours to enjoy.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 (Sun, Oct 04, 2020): Lisbon

Today, join your local guide for a walking tour of Lisbon’s historic city centre, where a peaceful atmosphere can be found among tree-lined boulevards.
Enjoy a visit to Jerónimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site and one of the most prominent examples of late Gothic Manueline architecture in Portugal.
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Lisbon


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 12 (Mon, Oct 05, 2020): Lisbon

Lisbon is yours to explore at leisure today, perhaps indulging in some traditional cuisine or entering one of its many charming boutiques and museums. Your tour director will be available to help you plan your day of independent exploration.
DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Sintra


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 13 (Tue, Oct 06, 2020): Lisbon

After breakfast, bid farewell to your fellow guests and be transferred to the airport for your onward or homebound flight, taking memories of sun-kissed Spanish streets and prehistoric carvings with you.


Meals Included: Breakfast

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Ship Information

Emerald Radiance


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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.


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