Three Rivers Discovery

On this 15 day cruise, travel from Porto to Nice as you uncover the delights of Portugal and Southern France. Visit Salamanca, Pocinho, Lyon & Avignon.

15 Days
Porto to Nice
From (CAD)
$ 10,720
Dates & Pricing

2020 Porto > Nice

Tour Map
Tour Code:
EFPC
Duration:
15 days
Departure City:
Porto
Return City:
Nice

15 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

    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, your captain will host a welcome dinner and cocktail reception.

    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

    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

    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

    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)

    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 - 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

  9. Day 9 - 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
    EmeraldEXCURSION: Visit the Hospices de Beaune

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - 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
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Lyon
    DiscoverMORE: Visit to Pérouges

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - 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 lecture on board
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike tour to Glun
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike through the vineyards
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Tournon

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - 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.
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Viviers
    DiscoverMORE: A guided tour of Grignan (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - 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
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Avignon
    DiscoverMORE: A guided tour to Pont du Gard (extra expense)
    DiscoverMORE: A classical concert in Avignon (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - 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.
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Arles with arena visit
    DiscoverMORE: Tour to Les Baux-de-Provence (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Arles Disembarkation - Nice

    After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the ship for your transfer to Nice airport, taking memories of the idyllic French countryside and delightful cuisine with you.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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