Scenic - Unforgettable Douro

Scenic - Unforgettable Douro

11 Day Unforgettable Douro

Unforgettable Douro

Days: 11

From: Porto to Porto

Countries Visited: Portugal, Spain

Code: dour.1

Our Price (from): $6,656 pp

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Itinerary


1. Bem-vindo
Welcome to Portugal. On arrival at Porto Airport you'll be met and transferred to the luxurious Scenic Azure. Tonight enjoy a warm welcome reception on board.

2. Porto - Entre-os-Rios
Today, discover the unique historic treasures of Porto, including a visit to Palacio do Bolsa. Then enjoy a relaxing afternoon of cruising as your luxury Scenic Space-Ship meanders its way to Entre-os-Rios.

3. Entre-os-Rios
Freechoice: Guimarães was the seat of the first King of Portugal and is dominated by the impressive Ducal Palace, which dates back to medieval times. It's a great tour to kickstart your interest in this fascinating region. Alternatively, you could choose a tasting at the fairytale property of Quinta Aveleda, a renowned regional sparkling wine producer. The incredible gardens alone make the excursion worthwhile. This afternoon, enjoy a blissful cruise to Regua. Sundowners: After the doors close to the general public, you'll get to soak in the expansive views of Regua's surrounding vineyards at an exclusive cocktail event hosted on the beautifully manicured terrace of the Douro Museum. Savour a range of port wine varietals in the most wondrous setting – and be sure to try the Port Tonic.

4. Regua
Freechoice: Tour the elegant town of Lamego, with its many fine Baroque structures, or enjoy a guided visit of Mateus Palace, the historic icon depicted on the labels of Portugal's famous Mateus rosé wine. This afternoon, you'll discover the captivating Varosa Valley and visit the charming village of Tarouca where you'll get to explore the restored Monastery of Saint John of Tarouca. En route walk the fortified bridge of Ucanha, Portugal's first toll bridge, spanning the crystal clear waters of the Varosa River.

5. Regua - Vega de Terron
Today, enjoy a full day cruising the Douro Valley's Vinhateiro wine growing region. Classified a World Heritage-listed Site, Vinhateiro has a history of wine production that stretches back for 2000 years. In fact, its impeccable port wines have been world-famous since at least the 18th century.

6. Salamanca
Take your time absorbing the sheer architectural splendour of , a city as visually striking as it is historically intriguing. You'll get to enjoy a fabulous Spanish dining experience for lunch, accompanied by an energetic Flamenco dance performance, followed by some free time where you can explore at will.

7. Pocinho - Pinhão
Over breakfast, you'll enjoy a leisurely cruise to nearby Pocinho for our Côa Valley discovery. Freechoice: Visit the award-winning Côa Valley Museum and enjoy a pre-historic workshop. If you're more adventurous at heart, take a canoeing excursion on the Sabor River. Alternatively, you could join the 'Tastes of the Côa Valley' excursion and visit Casa Painova for a sweet almond workshop and a tasting of their almond, olive and fruit products. This afternoon, enjoy your picturesque cruise to Pinhão.

8. Pinhão
Today you'll visit the remarkable village of Provesende, showcasing the Portugal of yesteryear. Wander the atmospheric streets of this quaint village with the locals as they proudly introduce you to their way of life – including their local bakery, and the bar with its wonderfully eclectic collection of regional wares. This is a specially choreographed experience only open to Scenic guests. You'll also visit the church for a special recital, and enjoy wine tasting at the restored manor house of Morgadio da Calçada. What better way to immerse yourself in the local culture. Freechoice: Top off a truly unforgettable day with a visit to the estate of Quinta Bonfim for a tasting of their famous export. If you're feeling energetic, you could also choose a walk through the hillside vineyard for a unique tasting among the vines.

9. Pinhão - Porto
Having spent the previous eight days discovering the treasures of the Douro, Varosa and Côa Valleys, enjoy an exclusive Douro Valley Wine Review, as well as on board activities, including a cork jewellery workshop. Otherwise, simply enjoy the beauty of the region as you cruise back into Porto. Enrich: Enjoy a decadent fine dining experience accompanied by a traditional Fado music performance at the fabulous Burmester Cellars. You can look forward to an evening at what is arguably Porto's most historic wine cave, situated at the foot of the iconic Dom Luis I pedestrian bridge – a truly unforgettable experience, once again exclusive to Scenic guests.

10. Porto
Acquaint yourself with the local fishing industry by meeting the fishermen of Afurada village as they return to port with the day's catch. Hear their tales of the sea in a local taberna where they'll prepare their catch over an open fire which you'll enjoy with a chilled glass of wine. How hospitable. Freechoice: Visit the oldest remaining Canning Factory in for an insight into their 100-year-old family business. Or visit a local corking factory. Alternatively, walk the fragrant terraces of Cristal Gardens.

11. Porto
Your leisurely cruise of Portugal's Douro Valley concludes after breakfast and you'll be transferred to Airport with all your wonderful memories intact.

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Dates & Prices


Cruise Starts
Cruise Ends
Ship
Brochure Price
Our Price
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24 Jul 2018
03 Aug 2018
Scenic Azure
$7,795
$7,238

03 Aug 2018
13 Aug 2018
Scenic Azure
$7,645
$7,093

13 Aug 2018
23 Aug 2018
Scenic Azure
$7,945
$7,384

23 Aug 2018
02 Sep 2018
Scenic Azure
$8,245
$7,675

02 Sep 2018
12 Sep 2018
Scenic Azure
$8,345
$7,772

12 Sep 2018
22 Sep 2018
Scenic Azure
$8,345
$7,772

29 Sep 2018
09 Oct 2018
Scenic Azure
$8,345
$7,772

09 Oct 2018
19 Oct 2018
Scenic Azure
$7,695
$7,141

19 Oct 2018
29 Oct 2018
Scenic Azure
$7,195
$6,656

04 Apr 2019
14 Apr 2019
Scenic Azure
$7,145
$6,850

28 Apr 2019
08 May 2019
Scenic Azure
$8,045
$7,723

08 May 2019
18 May 2019
Scenic Azure
$8,245
$7,917

11 Jun 2019
21 Jun 2019
Scenic Azure
$8,245
$7,917

21 Jun 2019
01 Jul 2019
Scenic Azure
$8,245
$7,917

01 Jul 2019
11 Jul 2019
Scenic Azure
$8,045
$7,723

11 Jul 2019
21 Jul 2019
Scenic Azure
$8,045
$7,723

21 Jul 2019
31 Jul 2019
Scenic Azure
$8,045
$7,723

07 Aug 2019
17 Aug 2019
Scenic Azure
$8,195
$7,869

17 Aug 2019
27 Aug 2019
Scenic Azure
$8,195
$7,869

03 Sep 2019
13 Sep 2019
Scenic Azure
$8,645
$8,305

13 Sep 2019
23 Sep 2019
Scenic Azure
$8,645
$8,305

10 Oct 2019
20 Oct 2019
Scenic Azure
$7,945
$7,626

20 Oct 2019
30 Oct 2019
Scenic Azure
$7,395
$7,093

Unforgettable Douro

A truly timeless place

Portugal’s Douro River winds its way through towns that have somehow managed to preserve their distinctive culture and way of life, even as the world all around them has succumbed to change.

From elegant Lamego to Regua and Vega de Terron, you’ll find that people still ply their traditional trades in the historic pockets of the Douro Valley. The vineyards that grace the banks of the Douro are worked the way vineyards in the region always have been. The wines they produce, from the many highly loved varieties of port, to their fine unfortified reds and whites, are as rich and plentiful as ever. The fare is as honest and as delicious as it was in days of yore. And, most refreshing of all, the communities are every bit as friendly and welcoming.

Tour Highlights

  • 5-star Scenic Space-Ship featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
  • 1 exclusive Scenic Enrich experience
  • Your choice of 12 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • 1 Scenic Sundowners event
  • Up to five on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
  • 29 meals – 10 breakfasts (B), 9 lunches (L) and 10 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary beverages all day, every day
  • Butler service for all guests
  • Cruise Director to guide and assist
  • Expert Program Directors
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • All tipping and gratuities