Flavours of Portugal with Celebrity Chef Michael Bonacini

8 Days
Porto to Porto
From (CAD)
$ 4,895
Dates & Pricing

It's All Included! - Exceptional Value on your deluxe Douro river cruise with Michael Bonacini

July 24 to 31, 2021

Discover Europe’s best-kept secret – Portugal with an exclusive trip with MasterChef Canada’s Michael Bonacini. Join Canadian culinary legend and TV celebrity Chef Bonacini on an award-winning Emerald Waterways river cruise sailing through the spectacular Douro River – one of the world’s most beautiful wine regions. This is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from and mingle with Michael Bonacini, while mingling with other like-minded, foodies.

Exceptional EmeraldVALUE on your inclusive deluxe river cruise:

  • Round-trip flight to Portugal*
  • Accommodation in our boutique hotel-style suites
  • All on-board meals and gourmet dining at Reflections restaurant
  • A refined selection of wine, beer, and soft drinks all day, every day*
  • All airport transfers to and from your Star-Ship
  • Daily excursions Biking and hiking guided tours with EmeraldACTIVE
  • Exclusive experiences with Celebrity Chef, Michael Bonacini
  • Port charges and taxes included in the price

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 am looking forward to seeing you all on our new date so we can explore the enchanting culinary treasures of the Douro." - Michael Bonacini, Celebrity Chef

Enjoy Exclusive Experiences 

Exclusive Culinary Experiences with Chef Bonacini

  • Indulge in Chef Bonacini’s Portuguese-inspired menu at a special dinner on board your cruise
  • Attend a private cocktail reception hosted by Michael Bonacini
  • 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 cooking demonstration

Plus, two booked guests will be entered to win the chance to cook with our celebrity chef!

Special offer for this cruise only!

FLY FREE* (or save $2,200 per couple in lieu of flights)

BONUS! Unlimited onboard drinks with our complimentary extended beverage package*

Hurry - Cabin availability is limited and will sell out. Book today!

2021 Porto > Porto

Join Celebrity chef Michael Bonacini on this 8 day round-trip cruise from Porto. Discover the Douro Valley's most inspiring destinations including Régua, Pocinho, Pinhao and stunning Salamanca.
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Add 3 nights in Lisbon from $855 per person

Enjoy the finale of your delicious journey in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. Your city stay Includes three nights at Sheraton Hotel or similar with breakfast each day, and one dinner. Our included guided tour of Lisbon will introduce you to the spectacular highlights of the city before you enjoy time to explore on your own. We’ll transfer you to the airport for your journey home.

To book your hosted Chef Bonacini cruise with our Lisbon extension, please select Flavours of Portugal with Celebrity Chef Michael Bonacini & Lisbon (EDLG) departing July 24, 2020.

Note Michael Bonacini will not be joining the Lisbon land tour.

8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Porto

    You will be met at the airport and transferred to your contemporary Emerald Radiance Star-Ship, where you will enjoy dinner on board this evening.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  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. 


    A Port wine cocktail lesson on board


    A Portuguese cooking demonstration on board

    Included Excursion

    A visit to Quinta do Tedo with tasting


    A guided walk through the vineyards

    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.


    Enjoy local entertainment from a tuna music band

    Included Excursion

    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 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.


    A Casa Painova product tasting on board


    A rural dinner with entertainment at Quinta da Pacheca


    A canoeing excursion

    Included Excursion

    A visit to the Côa Valley Museum


    Archaeological Tour 4x4 at Coa Museum (extra expense)

    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.


    A mosaic tile painting lesson on board


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

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Lamego


    A visit to Mateus Manor House (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. This evening, enjoy a charming evening cruise shining a different light on Porto's skyline.


    A guided active walk in Porto

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Porto


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


    Taylor’s Port wine tasting (extra expense)


    Evening cruise through Porto

    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.

    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

Tour inclusions

Watch a cooking demonstration
  • The Portuguese were integral to the food staples of other countries during the trade years. Watch Chef Bonacini showcase local flavours during a live cooking demo!

Join a private cocktail party
  • You will be invited to attend a private cocktail reception hosted by Michael Bonacini. This is the perfect opportunity to mingle with other foodies!

Win a spot cooking with the Chef!
  • Two guests will have the opportunity to be helping Chef Bonacini during his live cooking demo. When on board, you can enter the draw to participate.

Pricing & Availability

*Terms and Conditions: Offer is valid for new 2021 bookings made August 6, 2020 to February 28, 2021 on departure EPDB240721.1. Valid for new bookings only or with Future Travel Credit bookings with Emerald Waterways or Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours. Fly Free or receive $1,100 air credit per person. Max ticket value included is $1,550 per person. A non–refundable initial deposit of $500 per person is required at time booking with full payment required 90 days prior to departure. A second non-refundable deposit of $1,500 per person is due 11 months prior to travel. If your cruise departs in less than 11 months, the second non-refundable is due immediately. Emerald Waterways reserves the right to ticket the airfare upon receipt of deposit. Flights are booked in economy class only on Emerald Waterways’ choice of airlines and routes. Included flights are booked from 11 major Canadian gateways: YHZ, YYZ, YOW, YUL, YQR, YXE, YWG, YEG, YYC, YVR, & YYJ. Flight departures from all other Canadian cities shall be subject to additional surcharges. Flights are subject to availability of appropriate airline class and once sold out surcharges shall apply. Full airline terms and conditions apply at all times. Complimentary extended drinks package includes unlimited wine, beer, and soft drinks every day while onboard. Minibar is not included. Pricing is listed in Canadian dollars, based on double occupancy and lowest cabin category available. Availability is limited and subject to change. Port charges and taxes are included in the price. All prices based on double occupancy. This offer is not combinable with any other offer on 2021 Europe river cruises except for EmeraldEXPLORER welcome home vouchers. Offer is available to new groups, booked and deposited during offer period, no retroactivity, and subject to availability. Offers may be changed, cancelled or withdrawn at any time without notice. For full booking terms and conditions, click here. Note the host chef, Michael Bonacini, will not be joining the Lisbon land tour. © EMERALD WATERWAYS | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED | BC CONSUMER PROTECTION #40178.