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Unforgettable Douro with Lisbon

14-day stay & cruise from £4,695 pp incl. flights

Special offer: Free door-to door private chauffeur transfers

Summary

In Brief

  • 3 Nights Lisbon
  • 4 Nights Regua
  • 3 Nights Pocinho
  • 4 Nights Porto

Cruise

Recommended for:
River cruise

  • Taste your way through the Douro Valley’s world-class vineyards, stopping at medieval, towns, idyllic villages and prehistoric sites
  • Take in the urbane charms of Lisbon and Porto, paired with the golden beauty of Spain’s Salamanca
  • Enjoy drinks, fine dining and expert-led touring throughout, from cocktail evenings in museums to church recitals and flamenco performances

Day by day itinerary

Days 1-3
UK to Lisbon

Flying out to the Portuguese capital, you’ll be met at the airport and brought to the luxurious Sheraton for citywide views from its rooftop restaurant. And, you’ll get your bearings with an included city tour. Lisbon’s maze of tram-rattled streets impresses with everything from medieval castles to 500-year-old monasteries. There’s also plenty of charm, best found in the city’s welcoming tabernas and famous bakeries. Indeed, you’ll also begin your Portuguese culinary education with a pair of included dinners, alongside daily indulgent breakfasts.

Meals: D

Days 4-7
Porto / Entre-os-Rios / Régua

Leaving Lisbon behind, a shared transfer will bring you north to pause at Coimbra. It was Portugal’s medieval capital, something remembered by stern stone walls and its famous 13th-century university. You’ll then continue on to Porto for a city tour, taking in its tumble of pastel houses and its gorgeous riverfront of cafés and merchants’ houses. It’s all watched over by church spires and the beautifully neoclassical Palácio da Bolsa. You’ll then board the luxurious Scenic Azure to settle into your all-inclusive menu of fine dining and premium drinks. Your first stop is Entre-os-Rios. Here, you’ll begin your series of complimentary shore excursion, with the choice between a wine tasting at a beautiful country estate – Quinta Aveleda – or a visit to Guimarães. The first royal capital of Portugal, this perfectly preserved medieval town is resplendent in labyrinthine alleyways, postcard-perfect plazas and the great Ducal Palace. Then, your next port of call is Régua, where you’ve the choice between Lamego’s Baroque beauty and a guided tour of Mateus Palace – an 18th-century jewel gilded in historic paintings and carved wooden ceilings. Then, at day’s end, you’ll enjoy cocktails on the manicured terraces of the Douro Museum as the sun sets over Régua’s vineyards.

Meals: B

Days 8-10
Vega de Terron / Salamanca / Pocinho

After a full day’s cruising through the Vinhateiro wine region, marvelling at the impossibly terraced vineyards, you’ll disembark at Vega de Terron for a dip into Spain. Your guided tour will highlight the best of Salamanca, its Roman bridges, Dominican monastery and famed university all realised in golden sandstone. You’ll even enjoy a flamenco performance with lunch. Disembarking at Pocinho, you’ll head out on a tour of the Côa Valley. This fascinating archaeological site is one of Portugal’s finest, host to rock carvings that are some 24,000 years old.

Meals: B D

Days 11-14
Pinhão / Porto / UK

On arriving in Pinhão, you’ll head on to Provesende, a quaint village packed full of rural charm. Here, you’ll be treated to an exclusive tour that showcases the local way of life with bakery visits, a recital in the village church and a wine tasting in a manor house. You’ll then have a day on board as you retrace your bow wake back to Porto, enjoying a wine review and a workshop on the region’s cork jewellery. Then, arriving back into Portugal’s second city, your guided tour will see you visit Afurada, a seaside village where you’ll watch as the fishermen return to the port. Then, after hearing their tales in a local taberna, they’ll grill their catch over an open fire as you sip on a chilled glass of wine. On day 14, an included transfer will see you to the airport for the flight home.

Meals: B D

Map

Pricing

Any element of this cruise can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Prices

14-day stay & cruise on board Scenic Azure (Scenic) from £4,695 incl. flights

Departure: 26 September 2018

Standard Suite (E): £4,695
Standard Suite (D): £4,840
Private Balcony Suite (C): £5,390
Private Balcony Suite (B): £5,790

Free door-to door private chauffeur transfers

Includes:

  • Flights - Fly from a selection of up to 5 UK airports
  • Included drinks & dining - Complimentary premium branded drinks all day, everyday.
  • Six dining options, from casual to fine dining
  • 29 superb meals: including 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 10 dinners
  • Scenic Freechoice - Up to 10 flexible Scenic Freechoice excursions to choose from throughout your trip.
  • Scenic Enrich – Experience an unforgettable handpicked Scenic Enrich encounter that will become the highlight of your cruise.
  • Scenic Sundowner – exclusive hosted cocktails in stunning locations
  • Butler service for all guests
  • Laundry concierge
  • Tipping, transfers, port charges and airport taxes worth £600 per couple
  • Complimentary WiFi


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