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Unforgettable Douro with Lisbon on Scenic Azure 2020

Unforgettable Douro with Lisbon on Scenic Azure 2020

Operator: Scenic
Ship: Scenic Azure
Starts: Lisbon, Portugal on Fri, Oct 09, 2020
Ends: Porto, Portugal on Thu, Oct 22, 2020

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Portugal, Spain

Rivers Visited

Douro

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Fri, Oct 09, 2020): Lisbon

On arrival to Lisbon you’ll be transferred to your hotel for the next three nights. Tonight, enjoy a welcome drink with your Tour Director and fellow guests to toast the wonderful experience that awaits.


Day 2 (Sat, Oct 10, 2020): Lisbon

This morning, take part in a guided exploration of Portugal’s pretty capital, stopping along the way to visit Jeronimos Monastery and taste the Portuguese favourite, Pateis de Nata.

Freechoice: Visit the Maritime Museum and learn the nautical history of this once dominant seafaring nation (please note, due to seasonal operations Maritime Museum may not be available and will be replaced with Palacio de Ajuda). Alternatively, climb to the hilltop town of Sintra and visit the national monument Palacio Nacional.

This evening you’ll get to experience Portuguese cuisine at its finest at your farewell dinner.
Due to Restaurant availability, this may occur on Day 3.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 (Sun, Oct 11, 2020): Lisbon

Enjoy time at leisure to take advantage of everything that Lisbon has to offer.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 (Mon, Oct 12, 2020): Lisbon > Porto

Your journey via Portugal’s medieval capital, Coimbra, takes you to Porto where you’ll board the luxurious Scenic Azure.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 (Tue, Oct 13, 2020): Porto > Entre-os-Rios

Freechoice: Discover the historic treasures of Porto, including a visit to Palacio da Bolsa, a neoclassical style building which started construction in 1842 and took over 65 years to complete or if you’re feeling more active, join a walking tour that includes a cable car ride allowing you to see Porto from a different perspective.

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of cruising as your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship meanders its way to Entre-os-Rios.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 (Wed, Oct 14, 2020): Entre-os-Rios

Freechoice: Guimarães was the seat of the first King of Portugal and is dominated by the impressive Ducal Palace, which dates back to medieval times. It’s a great tour to kickstart your interest in this fascinating region. Alternatively, you could choose a tasting at the fairytale property of Quinta da Aveleda. Located in the famous Vino Verde region and a renowned regional sparkling wine producer, the incredible gardens alone make the excursion worthwhile.

Enjoy a blissful cruise to Regua where you have the chance to explore the Douro Museum at your leisure. Learn about the culture, history and identity of the people living in this wine growing region of the Douro Valley.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 (Thu, Oct 15, 2020): Regua

This morning, discover the captivating Varosa Valley and visit the charming village of Tarouca where you’ll explore the restored Monastery of Saint John of Tarouca. Enroute, walk the fortified bridge of Ucanha, Portugal’s first toll bridge, spanning the crystal-clear waters of the Varosa River.

Freechoice: Tour the elegant town of Lamego, with its many fine Baroque structures such as the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios and the Lamego Museum, both of which you will get the opportunity to visit. Alternatively, enjoy a guided visit of Mateus Palace, the historic icon depicted on the labels of Portugal’s famous Mateus rosé wine.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 (Fri, Oct 16, 2020): Regua > Vega de Terron

Enjoy a full day cruising the Douro Valley’s Vinhateiro wine growing region. A World Heritage-listed Site, Vinhateiro has a history of wine production that stretches back for 2,000 years. In fact, its impeccable port wines have been world-famous since at least the 18th century.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 (Sat, Oct 17, 2020): Salamanca

Take your time absorbing the architectural splendour of Salamanca, a city as visually striking as it is historically intriguing. From humble beginnings during the Iron Age to darker times, such as economic crises and the War of the Spanish Succession, Salamanca has been shaped over time to become the fascinating beauty it is today. Explore the city on a guided tour before enjoying the ‘Tastes of Spain’ during a market visit followed by free time. Your lunch today will be accompanied by an energetic Flamenco dance performance.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 (Sun, Oct 18, 2020): Pocinho > Pinhão

Enjoy a leisurely cruise to nearby Pocinho for our Côa Valley discovery.

Freechoice: Visit the award-winning Côa Valley Museum and enjoy a pre-historic workshop. If you’re more adventurous at heart, take a canoeing excursion on the Sabor River. Alternatively, you could join the ‘Tastes of the Côa Valley’ excursion and visit Casa Painova for a sweet almond workshop and a tasting of their almond, olive and fruit products.

Tonight, be entertained by a traditional Portuguese musical performance on board.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 (Mon, Oct 19, 2020): Pinhão

Visit the remarkable village of Provesende, showcasing the Portugal of yesteryear, and wander the quaint streets with locals as they proudly introduce you to their way of life – including their local bakery. This is a specially choreographed experience exclusive to Scenic guests. You’ll also visit the church for a special recital, and enjoy wine tasting at the restored manor house of Morgadio da Calçada.

Freechoice: Top off a truly unforgettable day with a visit to a local estate for a tasting of their famous export. Or, if you’re feeling energetic, you could choose a walk through the hillside vineyard for a tasting among the vines.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 (Tue, Oct 20, 2020): Pinhão > Porto

Having spent the previous eight days discovering the treasures of the Douro, Varosa and Côa Valleys, enjoy an exclusive Douro Valley Wine Review. Otherwise, simply enjoy the beauty of the region as you cruise back into Porto.

Enrich
The sheer beauty of São Francisco Church is sure to impress. The facade is a mix of Gothic and Baroque architecture, while the interior glows with intricate wood carvings swathed in gold. Immerse yourself in the heart and soul of Portuguese music as you witness a spectacular private concert in these wondrous surroundings.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 (Wed, Oct 21, 2020): Porto

Freechoice: Step outside of Porto and join an excursion to Aveiro for a guided tour including a cruise on the waterways that meander through this historic and colourful city. Alternatively, visit a local corking factory and learn how cork is produced as well as its multitude of uses. Or visit Vila Nova de Gaia, the historic district set on the banks of the Douro River, for a tasting of the region’s famed drop in one of the most famous cellars of Porto.

You have the opportunity to explore Porto at your leisure this afternoon or simply make the most of the remainder of your time aboard Scenic Azure.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 (Thu, Oct 22, 2020): Porto

Your cruise concludes after breakfast as you’re transferred to Porto airport. Your time in Portugal’s Douro Valley may have come to an end, but you’ll leave with wonderful memories and newfound friends.


Meals Included: Breakfast

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Ship Information

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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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