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Lisbon to Madrid & Secrets of the Douro

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Between Lisbon and Madrid
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Departing 11 July 2018
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Day 1

Spread across steep hillsides that overlook the Rio Tejo, Lisbon has captivated visitors for centuries. The amazing vistas reveal the city in all its beauty: Roman and Moorish ruins, white-domed cathedrals, grand plazas lined with sun-drenched cafes. Check-in into your hotel, and later in the evening join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome drink and reception. Included is a three night stay in Lisbon.

Meals included: Dinner
Day 2
Lisbon

Today you will have an exciting tour of the city center and view some of the famous points, as well as experience the sights of the yellow trams clattering through tree-lined streets.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 3
Lisbon

Today enjoy your day at leisure in Lisbon; your tour director is at your service to help you plan your day in this vibrant city.

Discover More: Excursion to Sintra (extra expense)

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 4
Lisbon – Porto Embarkation

Today travel north along the Atlantic coast and visit the enchanting town of Nazare, home of one of largest waves in Europe. Once in Porto, board your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. This evening join your fellow travellers for on board dinner.
EmeraldPLUS: Sunset Illumination Cruise

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5
Porto – Pinhao

Today enjoy a full day sailing the windy turns and twists of the Douro Valley. A UNESCO world heritage site this area is sparsely populated by small quaint villages and typical communities working vineyards and small farms. In the morning join a painting class of local mosaic tiles which typically depict traditional motives. Your Cruise Director will also host a lecture on board showcasing the history and wine culture of the region. Later this afternoon arrive in the village of Pinhao which is situated on a river bend surrounded by terraced hillsides producing some of the world’s best Port. Tonight your captain will be delighted to host the welcome dinner and cocktail reception. 
EmeraldPLUS: Mosaic Tile Painting Lessons on Board & Cooking Demonstration on Board
EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Pinhao - Vega de Terron

Today you will have a choice to visit the marvelous baroque village of Lamego and the picturesque Our Lady of Remedies Sanctuary where history stands still. Alternatively, take part on a guided hike through local vineyards. Return to your ship for lunch and an afternoon sailing to Vega de Terron, your gateway into Spain.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Walk through Vineyards in Pinhao

EmeraldPLUS: Cocktail Lesson on board

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Salamanca

Founded in Roman times, the city of Salamanca is home to one of the oldest universities in Europe, the seat of the Spanish language, and still a lively student town. Board your coach this morning in Vega de Terron and travel to this beautiful golden city for a guided walking tour passing through its grand squares and medieval structures, where you will feel like stepping back in time. Tapas bars feature on every street and traditional Spanish music trickles out of buzzing bars and restaurants. You will also have plenty of free time to explore independently before returning to the ship later this afternoon.
EmeraldPLUS: Local Entertainment

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8
Pocinho

This morning arrive in Pocinho and either embark on an excursion to the Coa Valley Museum or take part on the Emerald Active canoeing experience. The Coa Valley Museum is a concrete structure that details pre-historic stone carvings made by the early inhabitants of the Douro, which were uncovered during the construction of the nearby dam. Later return to your ship for lunch and enjoy your idyllic surroundings as you sail towards Regua.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Canoeing Experience
EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board
EmeraldPLUS: This evening your highlight dinner will be hosted at a traditional rural wine estate in the Regua area

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Regua

This morning you will visit the former roman settlement of Regua. After the village tour, visit the Douro Museum for a look at wine making in the region.
EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10
Porto

Located at the mouth of the Douro River, Porto is a fascinating eclectic mix of modern and ancient architecture. Its most famous export is of course fortified wine, and the hillside across from the city centre features numerous wine caves and tasting boutiques in the area of Vila Nova de Gaia. Sample the local fair in one of these specially adapted wine cellars and learn about the long adapted craft of creating port.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Active Walking Tour
Discover More: Excursion to Guimaraes (extra expense)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11
Porto Disembarkation - Madrid

After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship and transfer to Porto airport for your flight to Madrid, Spain’s Capital. Transfer from the airport to your hotel and later in the evening join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a cocktail and dinner. Included is a two night stay in Madrid.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12
Madrid

This morning join your tour director for a vibrant city tour of Madrid, including the Sabatini gardens, Plaza Mayor, Market, Austrian quarter, Gran Via. The rest of the day is at your leisure to continue exploring.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 13
Madrid - Farewell

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your onward or homebound flight.

Meals included: Breakfast
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