Flavours of Portugal with Celebrity Chef Michael Bonacini

Join celebrity chef Michael Bonacini on this 8 day roundtrip cruise from Porto. Discover the Douro Valley's most inspiring destinations including Régua, Pocinho, Pinhao and stunning Salamanca.

8 Days
Porto to Porto
From (CAD)
$ 4,845
Dates & Pricing

Secrets of the Douro River with Michael Bonacini

August 8 - 15, 2020

Discover Europe’s best-kept secret – Portugal - on this exclusive trip with MasterChef Canada’s Michael Bonacini. Our celebrity chef and culinary legend will join you on this award-winning river cruise sailing through the spectacular Douro River – one of the world’s most beautiful wine regions.

Exceptional EmeraldVALUE on this inclusive deluxe river cruise:

  • Accommodation in our Boutique hotel-style suites
  • All on-board meals and gourmet dining at Reflections restaurant
  • Guided city tours and cultural excursions courtesy of our EmeraldPLUS program
  • Biking and hiking guided tours with EmeraldACTIVE
  • All airport transfers to and from your Star-Ship
  • Port charges and taxes include
  • All gratuities are included

More about Michael Bonacini

Celebrity chef Michael Bonacini is the co-founder of Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality, one of Canada’s leading restaurant and event groups. Born and raised in Tenby, South Wales, Chef Bonacini was classically trained under Chef Anton Mosimann at London’s Dorchester Hotel. Michael has also enjoyed a successful media career that has included regular appearances on CTV’s The Marilyn Denis Show, hosting Gusto TV’s Cook like a Chef and Bonacini’s Italy, and serving as a judge on CTV’s MasterChef Canada.
"I'm thrilled to be joining Emerald Waterways and my fellow travellers on this once-in-a-lifetime foodie experience." -Michael Bonacini

Exclusive Experiences

Exclusive Culinary Experiences with Chef Bonacini on this themed cruise:

  • Indulge in Chef Bonacini’s Portuguese-inspired menu at a special dinner on board your cruise
  • Attend a private hosted cocktail reception
  • Shop and taste local delicacies with Chef Bonacini at a farm market in Salamanca
  • Attend a rural wine estate dinner with Chef Bonacini in Régua
  • Watch Chef Bonacini during a live on board cooking demonstration


Plus, you can enter to win the chance to cook with our celebrity chef when you book this culinary cruise!

- Exclusive offer -
FLY FREE + UNLIMITED DRINKS*

Receive included round-trip airfare to Porto, plus enjoy unlimited beer, wine, and soft drinks all day, every day while on board Emerald Radiance! This is your perfect opportunity to save money on this exclusive special cruise and learn from and mingle with with Chef Bonacini and other like-minded guests over food and wine appreciation.

HURRY! Availability is limited and will sell out. Book by January 11, 2020 to receive this bonus offer.

2020 Porto > Porto

Tour Map
Tour Code:
EPDB
Duration:
8 days
Departure City:
Porto
Return City:
Porto

Selected Itinerary

8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Porto

    You will be met at the airport and transferred to your contemporary Emerald Waterways Star-Ship.
    EmeraldPLUS: Cruising Through Porto Enchanting Waters

  2. Day 2 - 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.

    In the afternoon, Chef Michael Bonacini will host a live cooking demonstration in the lounge. You’ll get a chance to taste this dish prepared during this evening’s welcome dinner.  

    Exclusive for Chef Michael Bonacini Guests: Enter to win a chance to be 1 of 2 guests assisting him in his cooking demonstration. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - 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

    Exclusive for Chef Michael Bonacini Guests: You’ll be invited to an private cocktail reception on the sundeck hosted by Chef Michael Bonacini.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - 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

    Exclusive for Chef Michael Bonacini Guests: Chef Bonacini will join you at the Salamanca local markets and talk about what he would look for in the local produce.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - 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

    Enjoy a cocktail reception with Michael Bonacini at winery.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - 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
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Lamego
    DiscoverMORE: A visit to Mateus Manor House with wine tasting (extra expense

    In the evening, you’ll enjoy a special menu created and prepared by Guest Executive Chef Michael Bonacini inspired by the local ingredients of Portugal.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - 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)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Porto

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Exclusive Culinary Experiences with Chef Bonacini

Tour inclusions

More About Chef Michael Bonacini
  • Celebrity chef Michael Bonacini is the co-founder of Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality, one of Canada’s leading restaurant and event groups. Michael is a judge on CTV’S popular TV series MasterChef Canada. Today Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality restaurant group has grown to include à la carte dining, quick service, catering, and private dining, with restaurants and event venues across four provinces.

YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
  • Round-trip Airfare to Portugal
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Exclusive culinary experiences from Celebrity Chef Michael Bonacini
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • Visit to Quinta do Tedo with Port tasting
  • Exclusive: Guided tour of Salamanca and market shopping with Michael Bonacini
  • Excursion to Côa Valley Museum
  • Tour of Baroque Village of Lamego & Our Lady of Remedies Sanctuary
  • Guided tour of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Porto’s old town

EmeraldPLUS
  • Sunset cruise through Porto
  • Exclusive: Celebrity Chef Cooking demonstration with audience assistant
  • Portuguese Cooking demonstration on board
  • Port cocktail lesson on board
  • Tuna music performance in Salamanca
  • Casa Painova product tasting on board
  • Exclusive: Join Michael Bonacini for Highlight dinner and entertainment at Quinta da Pacheca
  • Mosaic tile painting lesson on board

EmeraldACTIVE
  • Guided walk through the vineyards of Quinta do Tedo
  • Canoeing in Pocinho
  • Walking down the stairs of the Our Lady of Remedies Sanctuary
  • Guided active walking tour of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Porto’s old town

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 19 superb meals including 7 Breakfasts (B), 5 Lunches (L), 7 Dinners (D)
  • Captain's Welcome Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board
  • Exclusive: Invitation to cocktail party hosted by Michael Bonacini
  • Exclusive: Highlight on board dinner prepared by Michael Bonacini showcasing local specialties

Pricing & Availability

*Terms and Conditions: Fly Free to Europe is valid for New 2020 bookings made December 3, 2019 to March 31, 2020 on departure EPDB080820.1. Or receive an Air Credit of $1,000 per person in lieu of flights. Book by January 11th, 2019 to receive a bonus extended beverage package. Extended beverage package includes wine, beer, and soft drinks all day, every day while on board. A non-refundable initial deposit of $500 per person is required at time of booking, with full payment required 90 days prior to departure. A secondary non–refundable deposit of $1,500 per person is due prior to air ticketing. Maximum flight included is $1,400 per person. Emerald Waterways reserves the right to ticket the airfare upon receipt of deposit. Economy Air only on Emerald Waterways choice of airlines from specific Canadian gateways: YHZ, YYZ, YOW, YUL, YQR, YXE, YWG, YEG, YYC, YVR, & YYJ. All other gateways receive air credit savings. Other select Canadian gateways may be subject to an additional fee of $175 per person. These offers are not combinable with any other offer. Prices listed are in CAD, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Port charges and taxes are included in prices. For full booking terms and conditions, visit here. © EMERALD WATERWAYS | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED | BC CONSUMER PROTECTION #40178.