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Spanish Conquest and Lisbon and Secrets of the Douro on Emerald Radiance 2020

Spanish Conquest and Lisbon and Secrets of the Douro on Emerald Radiance 2020

Operator: Emerald Waterways
Ship: Emerald Radiance
Starts: Barcelona, Spain on Sat, May 02, 2020
Ends: Porto, Portugal on Sat, May 23, 2020

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Portugal, Spain

Rivers Visited

Douro

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Sat, May 02, 2020): Arrive Barcelona

Welcome to Barcelona, the vibrant capital  of Catalonia. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your centrally located hotel. Meet your Tour Director and fellow passengers for a welcome dinner.
Three Night Stay: Barcelona


Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 (Sun, May 03, 2020): Barcelona

Your city tour today takes in Montjuic, the picturesque hill overlooking the city and former Jewish settlement. Visit Sagrada Familia – the famous cathedral designed by Gaudi whose controversial and intricate design is reflected in much of Barcelona’s architecture. Stroll the famous corridor of Las Ramblas where street performers feature on every corner, through the old town with its twisting lanes and historic buildings.The rest of your afternoon is at leisure. Tonight, enjoy dinner at an authentic Catalan farmhouse.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 (Mon, May 04, 2020): Barcelona

Enjoy a full day at leisure today. Your Tour Director will be on hand to assist you in planning your day. Perhaps visit the Bullring, the magnificent Camp Nou stadium, or relax along the waterfront area.
DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Montserrat (extra expense, must be prebooked).


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 (Tue, May 05, 2020): Barcelona – Madrid

Journey by high speed train to Madrid. On arrival, transfer to your centrally located hotel. Your sightseeing tour includes the Sabatini Gardens, the 18th century Royal Palace of Madrid, and an orientation tour of the downtown Austrian quarter – featuring the Plaza Major, a grand square re-modelled in the 16th century. Tonight, enjoy a dinner at a local restaurant.
Two Night Stay: Madrid


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 (Wed, May 06, 2020): Madrid

Enjoy a full day at leisure today in the capital of Spain. Your Tour Director will be on hand to assist. Perhaps visit the Prado Museum, home to some of the finest collections of European art dating from the 12th century.
DiscoverMORE: The medieval fortified town of Toledo (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 (Thu, May 07, 2020): Madrid – Cordoba

Travel south and visit Consuegra, famous for the best examples of Spanish windmills, and the home of the Spanish knights. Arrive in Cordoba, a city known for its blend of Jewish and Moorish influences.
Overnight Stay: Cordoba


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7 (Fri, May 08, 2020): Cordoba – Granada

Your morning guided tour takes in the Aljama Mosque – one of the most emblematic examples of Islamic Art, famously featuring a Christian cathedral inside it. After free time for lunch, continue onto Granada and enjoy a walking tour of the city centre and a free evening.
Overnight Stay: Granada


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8 (Sat, May 09, 2020): Granada – Malaga

Granada is home to the impressive Alhambra Palace – one of Spain’s most recognisable Moorish structures, completed in the 14th century when Spain was largely occupied by Muslim invaders from North Africa. Visit this impressive UNESCO World Heritage site. En route to Malaga, You’re Invited to a home hosted lunch in Alfarnatejo, a typical Andalusian village. Continue to Malaga, the capital of the ‘Costa del Sol’.
Two Night Stay: Malaga


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 (Sun, May 10, 2020): Malaga

This morning, take a guided walking tour of Malaga seeing the Alcazaba Walls and Gibralfaro Castle. Visit the Alcazaba Fortress, the best preserved Moorish fortress palace in Spain. This afternoon and evening are at leisure to go to the beach, stroll the shops and promenade and relax.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10 (Mon, May 11, 2020): Malaga – Gibraltar – Seville

The rock of Gibraltar is a territory of the United Kingdom that sits at the mouth of the Mediterranean at the very foot of Spain. For many centuries, it has been an important strategic port for the British Navy, and the sovereignty rights of its inhabitants have been carefully protected till the present day. Visit the Rock which is home to Barbary Apes and diverse birdlife as well as the old town dotted with traditional English pubs. Continue onto Seville and check into your hotel where dinner is included in a local restaurant.
Two Night Stay: Seville


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 (Tue, May 12, 2020): Seville

Seville is the capital of Andalucia. Visit the impressive 15th Century Cathedral built on the site of the former mosque, incorporating the famous Bell Tower as part of its structure. During your free afternoon, wander the windy laneways of the old town and visit Seville’s wonderful Plaza de Espana or possibly discover Alcazar.
DiscoverMORE: Flamenco Dance Class (extra expense, must be prebooked)


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 12 (Wed, May 13, 2020): Seville – Lisbon

Travel through the Aracena mountain range into Portugal. Arrive in the capital, Lisbon, in the afternoon and settle into your centrally located hotel, where a sumptuous dinner is included.
Three Night Stay: Lisbon


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13 (Thu, May 14, 2020): Lisbon

Join your local guide for a city tour of this fascinating city, one of the oldest in Europe. View the impressive Belem Tower and see the Monument to the Discoveries celebrating Portugal’s standing as one of the great exploring kingdoms of Europe. Enjoy a tasting of local pastries and a visit to Jerónimos Monastery, the rest of the day is at leisure to explore the  old town or visit the famous castle.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 14 (Fri, May 15, 2020): Lisbon

Enjoy a full day at leisure in Lisbon to maybe shop or further explore the old town and waterfront. DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Sintra (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 15 (Sat, May 16, 2020): Lisbon – Porto Embarkation

Travel north along the Atlantic coast and visit the country’s historic capital of Coimbra en route to Porto. Embark on your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship and be welcomed by your captain and crew of the Emerald Radiance as you settle into your stateroom or suite.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 16 (Sun, May 17, 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 17 (Mon, May 18, 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 18 (Tue, May 19, 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 19 (Wed, May 20, 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 20 (Thu, May 21, 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 21 (Fri, May 22, 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 22 (Sat, May 23, 2020): Porto

After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to your fellow guests, taking memories of sun-drenched vineyards with you.


Meals Included: Breakfast

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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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