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

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

Operator: Emerald Waterways
Ship: Emerald Radiance
Starts: Barcelona, Spain on Sat, May 22, 2021
Ends: Porto, Portugal on Sat, Jun 12, 2021

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DiscorerMORE tours included: on 15-day itineraries, up to 7 included tours; on 8-day itineraries, up to 3 included tours; on 5-day itineraries, 2 included tours.

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Arrive Barcelona
    Sat, May 22, 2021

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


    Meals: Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Barcelona
    Sun, May 23, 2021

    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.

    Included Excursion
    Guided tour of Barcelona


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Barcelona
    Mon, May 24, 2021

    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

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    Excursion to Montserrat (extra expense, must be prebooked).


    Meals: Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    Barcelona – Madrid
    Tue, May 25, 2021

    Journey by high speed train to Madrid. On arrival, transfer to your centrally located hotel for a two night stay. 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.

    Included Excursion
    Guided tour of Madrid


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Madrid
    Wed, May 26, 2021

    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.

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    The medieval fortified town of Toledo (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    Madrid – Cordoba
    Thu, May 27, 2021

    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, included is a one night stay.


    Meals: Breakfast
  7. Day 7
    Cordoba – Granada
    Fri, May 28, 2021

    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 for a one night stay and enjoy a walking tour of the city centre and a free evening.

    Included Excursion
    Guided Tour of Aljama Mosque

    Included Excursion
    Guided tour of Granada


    Meals: Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    Granada – Malaga
    Sat, May 29, 2021

    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, enjoy a home hosted lunch in Alfarnatejo, a typical Andalusian village. Continue to Malaga, the capital of the ‘Costa del Sol’ for a two night stay. 

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    An Andalusian Home hosted lunch


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  9. Day 9
    Malaga
    Sun, May 30, 2021

    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: Breakfast
  10. Day 10
    Malaga – Gibraltar – Seville
    Mon, May 31, 2021

    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 for a two night stay and check into your hotel where dinner is included in a local restaurant.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Seville
    Tue, Jun 01, 2021

    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.

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    Flamenco Dance Class (extra expense, must be prebooked)


    Meals: Breakfast
  12. Day 12
    Seville – Lisbon
    Wed, Jun 02, 2021

    Travel through the Aracena mountain range into Portugal. Arrive in the capital, Lisbon, in the afternoon and settle into your centrally located hotel for a three night stay, where a sumptuous dinner is included tonight.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  13. Day 13
    Lisbon
    Thu, Jun 03, 2021

    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: Breakfast
  14. Day 14
    Lisbon
    Fri, Jun 04, 2021

    Enjoy a full day at leisure in Lisbon to maybe shop or further explore the old town and waterfront.

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    Excursion to Sintra (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast
  15. Day 15
    Malaga – Porto
    Sat, Jun 05, 2021

    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.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  16. Day 16
    Porto – Pinhão
    Sun, Jun 06, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  17. Day 17
    Pinhão – Vega de Terrón
    Mon, Jun 07, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  18. Day 18
    Vega de Terrón – Salamanca
    Tue, Jun 08, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Dinner
  19. Day 19
    Pocinho – Régua
    Wed, Jun 09, 2021

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  20. Day 20
    Régua
    Thu, Jun 10, 2021

    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

    DiscoverMORE
    A visit to Mateus Manor House (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  21. Day 21
    Porto
    Fri, Jun 11, 2021

    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

    DiscoverMORE
    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  22. Day 22
    Porto
    Sat, Jun 12, 2021

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

Countries Visited

Portugal, Spain

Rivers Visited

Douro

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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.

Customer Reviews

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Accommodations
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Itinerary
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Professional Staff
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Repeat with Operator
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Value for Money
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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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