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Soak up the spellbinding sights of verdant terraced hillsides, sprawling olive groves and sweeping corridors of lush vineyards during a spectacular cruise along the Douro River, on board Emerald Radiance.

A symbol of Portugal, the Douro River passes through some of the region’s most majestic countryside of rolling vineyards, interlaced with quaint pretty villages and family-run quintas. Sailing on board the custom-built Emerald Radiance, you’ll venture right into the heart of the region’s greatest inspiring destinations including Régua, Pocinho, Pinhão and the golden city of Salamanca.

Beginning in pastel-coloured Porto, you’ll embark the intimate Emerald Radiance, a river ship that has been meticulously designed to complement the awe-inspiring scenery. Enjoy a full day cruising through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Douro Valley, a region where viticulture has shaped the landscapes and quaint villages are peppered with swathes of sun-soaked vineyards.

Arriving in Pinhão, savour a visit to the beautiful Quinta do Tedo; a superb tasting will showcase the flavours of the estate, while a walk through the vineyards will immerse you in the beguiling wilderness.

From Vega de Terron, you’ll escape to the ancient city of Salamanca, home to the Casa de las Conchas, a building that has been lovingly adorned with more than 300 shells.

A visit to the Côa Valley Museum will allow you to discover a Palaeolithic archaeological site, followed by a mouth-watering dinner at the grandiose Quinta da Pacheca, one of the best wine estates in the Douro region. Your next stop is Régua, where you’ll explore the marvellous Baroque village of Lamego. Wander its streets, marvelling at its many attractions or walk down the steps of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies, of which the town is known.

Your river cruise ends in picturesque Porto, an eclectic mix of modern and ancient architecture. Seek out fortified structures on a guided walking tour before an evening cruise displays the charms of Porto’s skyline.

Your Route

Welcome aboard the Emerald Radiance

Custom-built to sail the delightful Douro, the chic Emerald Radiance will take you on a magnificent journey to Portugal’s spectacular countryside. Detailing some of Europe’s most beguiling vineyards and wine-producing villages: the river Douro gracefully weaves through beautiful backdrops on either side of its banks. Emerald Cruises’ most intimate ship to date, Emerald Radiance holds just 112 guests and with a crew-to-guest ratio of 1:3, you can expect exceptional levels of service. However, due to her small scale, no key amenities or luxury features have been missed; all the favourite features of the Emerald Cruises’ fleet can be found on board, as well as some stunning new flourishes including Riverview Suites which boast floor-to-ceiling windows. Specially built for Portugal’s pleasant climate, the Sun Deck provides ample opportunity from which to enjoy the sun and appreciate the gentle breeze. Dine al fresco at The Terrace and take a refreshing dip in the Serenity Pool.

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Entertainment

From the ever-popular crew show and bar quizzes to local performances in traditional style, there’s never a dull moment on board! You’ll also find a heated pool with retractable roof and bar that transforms into a cinema in the evening.

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Bars and Restaurants

Raise a glass to your adventure or catch up with friends in the Horizon Bar & Lounge, and enjoy a feast of culinary delights in the Reflections Restaurant which offers both tasty al-fresco light bites and decadent five-course, a la carte dining experiences.

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Relax & Unwind

Escape to the Sun Deck for a chance to sit back and admire the glorious views of the passing landscapes or for something extra special, treat yourself to an indulgent treatment or two in the luxurious Wellness Area.

Your Seven Night Holiday Includes

Day 1

26 November 2022

Arrive in picturesque Porto and transfer to port where you’ll embark the intimate Emerald Radiance

Upon arrival into Porto, you’ll be met by your guide and transfer to port to embark Emerald Cruises’ Star-Ship, Emerald Radiance, where your friendly captain and crew will be waiting to welcome you. Purpose-built to navigate the enchanting waters of the Douro, Emerald Radiance, accommodating just 112 guests, offers an intimate and luxurious experience. Boasting all the hallmark features that Emerald Cruises’ guests have grown to love; she also offers new amenities all her own. Enjoy a selection of dining options, from al fresco experiences at The Terrace to five-course a la carte menus in Reflections Restaurants. Spend time with friends in the sophisticated Horizon Bar & Lounge, the bustling social hub of your ship, and soak up the sun from the Sun Deck, against a glorious backdrop of the passing scenery. This evening, join your fellow guests for dinner on board.

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Day 2

27 November 2022

Enjoy a day on board to settle in and admire the spellbinding beauty of the Douro Valley

Savour a day on board as you settle in for a full day sailing through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Douro Valley, a place famed for being the oldest demarcated wine-growing region on the planet. From the comfortable surroundings of your balcony or chic Sun Deck, sit back and relax as you witness the compelling views of patchwork countryside, sprawling sun-soaked vineyards, emerald-green cloaked hillsides and sleepy villages. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with a Portuguese cooking demonstration and a lavish cocktail reception.

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Day 3

28 November 2022

Savour a day at the stunning Quinta do Tedo vineyard and indulge in a delicious wine tasting

Begin your day with a tasty breakfast before heading out on a visit to the Quinta do Tedo vineyard, nestled in the heart of the majestic Douro Valley and surrounded by climbing terraced vineyards. This charming 18th-century estate is environmentally sound, creating delectable organic produce by using traditional viticulture methods. Embrace the opportunity to indulge in the mouth-watering flavours of Portos, Red Wines and Olive Oil. Alternatively, relish a guided walk through local vineyards or experience the tranquil waters on a kayak in Pinhão. This afternoon is yours at leisure on board as you sail to Vega de Terron. Escape to the Wellness Area for a sumptuous massage, stretch your legs on the walking track or enjoy a dip in the Serenity Pool.

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Day 4

29 November 2022

Immerse yourself in the ancient, golden city of Salamanca

Founded in Roman times, the ancient city of Salamanca boasts a UNESCO World Heritage Site brimming with golden sandstone buildings, monumental churches, a historic university and a broad public square ideally suited for people watching. Embark on a fascinating walking tour, beginning at the picture postcard-worthy galleries and arcades that embellish Plaza Mayor. You’ll also have the opportunity to admire the Casa de las Conchas (the House of Shells), a Gothic style building constructed in the late 15th-century.

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Day 5

30 November 2022

Relish the opportunity to visit the Côa Valley Museum and take part in a Port Wine cocktail lesson

This morning, you’ll arrive in Pocinho where you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Côa Valley Museum, one of the largest museums in Portugal. This vast, open-air Palaeolithic archaeological site is perhaps the first manifestation of ‘Land Art’. Return to your ship for lunch and take part in a Port Wine cocktail lesson on board as you drink in your idyllic surroundings on your voyage to Régua. Prepare for a magical evening as you savour a rural dinner at Quinta da Pacheca, one of the best estates in the Douro region and one of first properties to bottle wine under its own label. Be captivated by views of sprawling olive groves and swathes of lush vineyards as you tuck into delectable and relish the breathtaking colours sweeping across the sky as the sun sets over the horizon.

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Day 6

1 December 2022

Discover the charms of Lamego, nestled among the terraced slopes of the Douro Valley

An included excursion today will take you to the splendid Baroque village of Lamego set amidst the vineyard-covered hills of the Alto Douro region. It’s famed for its magnificent Baroque stairway that climbs the steep Santo Estêvão Hill to the beguiling Santuário de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios which stands gracefully over the town. You’ll get to appreciate its majesty up close as part of your visit.

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Day 7

2 December 2022

Delve into the highlights of Porto, one of the oldest European centres, poised along the Douro River

Located at the mouth of the Douro River, Porto is a fascinating eclectic mix of modern and ancient architecture. Its most famous export is of course fortified wine, and the hillside across from the city centre features numerous wine caves and tasting boutiques in the area of Vila Nova de Gaia. During your included tour of this beautiful coastal city, you’ll explore the fortified structures of Castelo do Queijo, a building whose pentagonal facades boast magnificent views over the ocean. Your evening, and holiday, will be brought to a fabulous close with a pleasant evening cruise which will showcase the spellbinding vistas of Porto’s skyline.

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Day 8

3 December 2022

Delight in a hearty breakfast before disembarking and heading home

Following your overnight in port, this morning you’ll enjoy one final breakfast on board and bid farewell to your fellow guests. You’ll then disembark and transfer to the airport, taking fond memories of the bewitching Douro Valley and the riches of Porto with you.

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Your Holiday Summary

 

PRICES FROM

AUG 2022 - JUN 2023* | 7 NIGHTS

£1,249pp

EMERALD

River Cruise

  • 7 night full-board Douro river cruise on board Emerald Radiance
  • The services of an Emerald Cruises Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and gratuities 
  • 19 meals including: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Welcome and farewell reception & dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

Excursions

  • Visit to Quinta do Tedo with wine tasting
  • Guided tour of Salamanca
  • Visit to the Côa Valley Museum
  • Guided tour of Lamego & Our Lady of Remedies Sanctuary
  • Guided tour of Porto

EmeraldPLUS

  • Portuguese cooking demonstration on board
  • Port wine cocktail lesson on board
  • Tuna music performance
  • Rural dinner and at Quinta da Pacheca
  • Mosaic tile painting lesson on board
  • Evening cruise through Porto

EmeraldACTIVE

  • Guided active walk through the vineyards
  • Kayak experience in Pinhao
  • Walk down the steps of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies
  • Guided active walk in Porto

All flights (London departure) and airport transfers to and from the star-ship

FREE regional flights available on request

*T&C's: Offer valid on new 2022 bookings only. Bookable between 19th July - 30th August 2022. Not combinable with any other offer. Booking will be non-refundable. Booking will be non-transferrable. Guest must pay in full at time of booking. Other dates available upon request. Prices shown are per person and all applicable discounts have already been applied.

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November 2022

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