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Lisbon to Nice & Three Rivers Discovery Cruises on Emerald Radiance

Lisbon to Nice & Three Rivers Discovery Cruises on Emerald Radiance

Operator: Emerald Waterways
Ship: Emerald Radiance
Starts: Lisbon, Portugal on Wed, Jul 28, 2021
Ends: Nice, France on Tue, Aug 17, 2021

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Portugal, France, Spain

Rivers Visited

Douro

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Wed, Jul 28, 2021): Lisbon

Spread across a rolling landscape that overlooks the Rio Tejo, Lisbon has captivated visitors for centuries. The amazing vistas reveal the city in all its lavish beauty, including Roman ruins, white-domed cathedrals and sun-kissed cafés.
You will be transferred from the airport to your hotel, included is a three-night stay in Lisbon.


Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 (Thu, Jul 29, 2021): Lisbon

Today, you can enjoy an exciting tour of Lisbon’s city centre and experience the sight of yellow trams travelling swiftly through 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.

Included Excursion
A guided tour of Lisbon


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 (Fri, Jul 30, 2021): Lisbon

The cobbled alleyways and ancient ruins of Lisbon are yours to explore at leisure today, perhaps stopping to learn about Lisbon’s long and storied history and the Pombaline architecture that took hold following the Great Lisbon Earthquake. Your tour director will be available to help you plan your day.

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Excursion to Sintra (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 (Sat, Jul 31, 2021): Lisbon – Porto

Today, travel north along the Atlantic coast and stop in the enchanting town of Nazaré, home to some of the largest waves in Europe. When you arrive in Porto, board your luxurious Emerald Waterways Star-Ship. 
This evening, join your fellow travellers for dinner on board.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 (Sun, Aug 01, 2021): 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.

EmeraldPLUS
A Portuguese cooking demonstration on board


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 (Mon, Aug 02, 2021): 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. 

EmeraldACTIVE
A guided walk through the vineyards

Included Excursion
A visit to Quinta do Tedo with tasting


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 (Tue, Aug 03, 2021): 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

Included Excursion
A guided tour of Salamanca


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 (Wed, Aug 04, 2021): 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 while taking part into a Port Wine cocktail lesson on board. A rural dinner at a wine estate is certain to be a highlight of your trip.

EmeraldPLUS
A Port Wine cocktail lesson on board 

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A rural dinner with entertainment at Quinta da Pacheca

EmeraldACTIVE
A canoeing excursion

Included Excursion
A visit to the Côa Valley Museum

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Archaeological Tour 4x4 at Coa Museum (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 (Thu, Aug 05, 2021): 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

EmeraldACTIVE
Walk down the steps of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies

Included Excursion
A guided tour of Lamego

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A visit to Mateus Manor House (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 (Fri, Aug 06, 2021): 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. This evening, enjoy a charming evening cruise shining a different light on Porto's skyline.

EmeraldACTIVE
A guided active walk in Porto

Included Excursion
A guided tour of Porto

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Visit to Quinta do Aveleda with Vinho Verde tasting (extra expense)

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Taylor’s Port wine tasting (extra expense)

EmeraldPLUS
Evening cruise through Porto


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 (Sat, Aug 07, 2021): Porto - Lyon

After breakfast, you will be transferred from the sun-drenched landscape of Porto to Lyon, a land famous for its delightful cuisine.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 (Sun, Aug 08, 2021): Chalon-sur-Saône – Beaune

Chalon-sur-Saône is known for its art and history. Today, you will have the opportunity to witness the areas architectural heritage and peaceful surrounds as you travel to the quaint village of Beaune and visit the Hospices de Beaune, originally a hospital for the poor, and now home to one of Burgundy’s most popular wine auctions.

EmeraldPLUS
A cheese and olive tasting on board

Included Excursion
Visit to the Hospices de Beaune


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 (Mon, Aug 09, 2021): Lyon

France’s third-largest city, Lyon is a former Roman capital, steeped in history and considered to be the gastronomic heartbeat of the country and the home of traditional Lyonnaise cuisine.
Today, enjoy a guided tour of Lyon, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière, part of the inscribed historic site of Lyon. Wander through the city and soak in its vividly illustrated history, as buildings from all time periods can be seen adorning narrow cobblestone streets. Alternatively, embark on a guided bike tour of Lyon.

EmeraldACTIVE
A guided bike tour of Lyon

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Visit to Pérouges (extra expense)

Included Excursion
A guided tour of Lyon


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 (Tue, Aug 10, 2021): Tournon

The picturesque village of Tournon borders the gently meandering Rhône, dominated by a 16th-century castle that overlooks the village and a number of iconic landmarks, including a set of ancient watchtowers.
Your guided tour of the village will showcase its intangible cultural heritage, granting every opportunity for you to immerse yourself in your surroundings. Alternatively, embark on an EmeraldACTIVE hike through some of the local vineyards.
Later, a guided bike tour to Glun will showcase rural life in the French countryside.

EmeraldPLUS
A regional wine tasting on board

EmeraldACTIVE
A guided bike tour to Glun

EmeraldACTIVE
A guided hike through the vineyards

Included Excursion
A guided tour of Tournon


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 (Wed, Aug 11, 2021): Viviers

Arrive in Viviers, a town with much Middle Age flair and home to one of France’s oldest cathedrals. Your included walking tour of Viviers will showcase some of its numerous listed monuments, along with their ornate windows and lavish façades.

Included Excursion
A guided tour of Viviers

EmeraldACTIVE
A hike in Viviers

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Fishing class (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16 (Thu, Aug 12, 2021): Avignon

Avignon has a rich history, from Celtic beginnings to being the residence of the Pope and central to the French Revolution. 
Your included walking tour of Avignon will take you past the ornate beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Palais des Papes, as well as Pont d’Avignon, an ancient stone bridge crossing the Rhône. This afternoon is yours to explore at leisure. 
This evening, return to your Star-Ship for a delightful Provençal dining experience, expertly prepared by Top Chef finalist, Fabien Morreale.

EmeraldPLUS
A Provençal dining experience on board

EmeraldACTIVE
A canoeing excursion in Avignon

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A guided tour to Pont du Gard (extra expense)

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A classical concert in Avignon (extra expense)

Included Excursion
A guided tour of Avignon


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17 (Fri, Aug 13, 2021): Arles

The past is yours to discover in Arles, once an important Phoenician trading port that was captured by the Romans, who peppered the city with iconic monuments. Today, your included tour of the city will showcase some of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Roman and Romanesque monuments of Arles, showcasing how the city has evolved over the centuries.
Visit the 2,000-year-old Arles Amphitheatre and follow in the footsteps of world-renowned artist, Vincent van Gogh. The rest of the day is yours to explore at leisure, perhaps stopping at a local café or returning to your Star-Ship to relax on board.

Included Excursion
A guided tour of Arles with arena visit

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A Camargue Excursion (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18 (Sat, Aug 14, 2021): Arles - Nice

After breakfast, it’s time to disembark the ship for your transfer to Nice, where you will be taken to your centrally located hotel. Included is a three-night stay in the sun-kissed capital of the Côte d’Azur.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 19 (Sun, Aug 15, 2021): Nice

Today, the stunning seaside surrounds of the French Riviera are yours to explore with your local guide, before spending the afternoon exploring at leisure. You will be taken to Monte Carlo for an insightful tour. Famously portrayed in films that include Never Say Never Again and To Catch a Thief, Monte Carlo offers much in the way of its charming past.
Witness the impressive Prince’s Palace of Monaco, originally a Genoese fortress with a dramatic past and the home of beloved actress Grace Kelly.

Included Excursion
A city tour of Monaco and Monte Carlo


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 20 (Mon, Aug 16, 2021): Nice

Nice has long held a reputation for its glamour, where sun-kissed beaches and lavish surrounds create a unique atmosphere that is unlike any other. Today, explore Nice at leisure. Your Emerald Waterways representative will be available to help you to plan your day in this vibrant city.

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Visit to Saint Paul de Vence (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 21 (Tue, Aug 17, 2021): Nice

After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to your fellow guests and prepare to be transferred to the airport for your onward or homebound flight, taking memories of Roman amphitheatres and the lush surrounds of the French Riviera with you.

This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above.


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.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.4
Accommodations
4
Itinerary
4.5
Professional Staff
4.5
Repeat with Operator
4.5
Value for Money
4.5

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This trip was all we expected and more. The booking and planning by Affordable Tours weas very helpful. The Emerald Radiance was a joy. The ship and crew were unbelievable. The Douro Valley is so very beautiful and Portugal an amazing destination-just need to explore it further.


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