Unforgettable Douro with Lisbon and Madrid17 days & 16 nights, Private Journey
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Lisbon, Porto, Entre-os-Rios, Regua, Vega de Terron, Salamanca, Pocinho, Pinhao & Madrid
The Age of Discovery first began in the 15th century in Lisbon. Naturally, it's also the perfect place to begin your own journey. Start with the city's Monument to the Explorers before discovering the fantastic shoreline and many fashionable boulevards. From Lisbon, you'll set off for wonderful Porto, the country's second largest city, and gateway to the beautiful Douro Valley. You can look forward to splendid days cruising this truly timeless waterway, visiting the vineyards and discovering the region's fascinating history, before concluding in lively Madrid. Parts of this wonderful region have remained unchanged for centuries. Surely it's about time you discovered it for yourself.
On arrival at Lisbon Airport you'll be escorted to the centrally located Sheraton Lisbon. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with your Tour Director and fellow guests. A truly wonderful experience awaits you.Sheraton Lisbon - 3 Nights (D)
This morning, take part in a guided exploration of Portugal's pretty capital.Sheraton Lisbon (B)
Freechoice: Journey to Lisbon's seaside suburbs of Cascais and Estoril and enjoy a picturesque and informative tour. Alternatively, climb to the hilltop town of Sintra and visit the impressive Sintra Palace.
Today is yours to enjoy at leisure, so take advantage of everything that lovely Lisbon has to offer. This evening you'll get to experience Portuguese cuisine at its finest.Sheraton Lisbon (B, D)
Day 4Lisbon - Porto
Our journey via Portugal's medieval capital, Coimbra, will see you traveling to Porto where you'll board the luxurious Scenic Azure to begin your cruise of the idyllic Douro Valley.Scenic Azure - 10 Nights (B, D)
Day 5Porto - Entre-os-Rios
Explore historical Porto and visit the Palacio do Bolsa. Afterwards, relax as your luxury Scenic Space-Ship meanders its way to Entre-os-Rios.Scenic Azure (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Tour Guimaraes including the Ducal Palace. Alternatively, enjoy a tasting in the fairytale environs of Quinta Aveleda.Scenic Azure (B, L, D)
This afternoon, simply relax and enjoy the view as we cruise to Regua.
Enjoy an exclusive cocktail event on the terrace of Regua Museum, a truly wondrous setting, while you sample some of the region's famous port wine varietals. And be sure to try the Port Tonic.
Freechoice: Tour the elegant town of Lamego, or enjoy a guided visit of the iconic Mateus Palace, which graces the labels of the region's famous Mateus rose wine.Scenic Azure (B, L, D)
You'll get to discover the captivating Varosa Valley this afternoon and, afterwards, visit the charming village of Tarouca to explore the restored Monastery of Saint John of Tarouca. Later, walk the fortified bridge of Ucanha in the village of the same name.
Day 8Regua - Vega de Terron
Enjoy a full day cruising the Douro Valley's World Heritage-listed Vinhateiro wine growing region.Scenic Azure (B, L, D)
You'll spend time discovering Salamanca's incomparable architecture, as visually striking as it is historically intriguing. Later, celebrate the Spanish culture with a lunch showcasing the great regional cuisine while enjoying a Flamenco dance performance. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring at your own leisure.Scenic Azure (B, L, D)
Day 10Pocinho - Pinhao
Enjoy a relaxing cruise over breakfast this morning to nearby Pocinho.Scenic Azure (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Visit the award-winning Coa Valley Museum or, if you're a little more adventurous, undertake a canoeing excursion on the Sabor River. Alternatively, indulge your inner foodie by joining the 'Tastes of the Coa Valley' excursion.
This afternoon cruise to Pinhao.
Today you'll visit the remarkable village of Provesende, resplendently showcasing the Portugal of yesteryear. You'll get to wander the atmospheric streets of this quaint village with the locals, as they proudly introduce you to their way of life - an experience arranged exclusively for Scenic guests. What better way to immerse yourself into the local culture.Scenic Azure (B, L, D)
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 more energetic, you could opt for a walk through the hillside vineyard for an even more unique tasting.
Day 12Pinhao - Porto
Today, having spent the previous eight days discovering the treasures of the Douro, Varosa and Coa Valleys, you're free to enjoy an exclusive Douro Valley Wine Review and other on board activities. Otherwise, simply relax and enjoy your return cruise into Porto.Scenic Azure (B, L, D)
Enjoy a decadent fine dining experience accompanied by a traditional Fado music performance at the fabulous Burmester Cellars. It promises to be a truly unforgettable evening.
Get acquainted with the local fishing industry by meeting the fishermen of Afurada village. They'll prepare their catch over an open fire to be enjoyed with a glass of chilled wine.Scenic Azure (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Visit the oldest remaining canning factory in Porto and gain fascinating insights into this 100-year-old family business. Alternatively, visit a local corking factory, or stroll through the fragrant terraces of Cristal Gardens
Day 14Porto - Madrid
After breakfast you'll board your included flight from Porto to Madrid. On arrival transfer to the luxurious Gran Melia Palacio de los Duques hotel.Gran Melia Palacio de los Duques hotel - 3 Nights (B)
This morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Madrid, including the 17th century Austrian Quarter, the Sabatini Gardens and the famous Cibeles and Neptuno Fountains.Gran Melia Palacio de los Duques hotel (B, D)
Freechoice: This afternoon, you can choose between the exceptional Prado Museum, or the equally delightful 18th century Royal Palace of Madrid.
This evening, enjoy fine Spanish cuisine in a superb local restaurant.
Today is yours to enjoy at leisure in Spain's largest city. Stroll the fashionable boutiques that adorn the city center's many plazas, relax in one of Madrid's manicured gardens, or simply explore the surrounding area.Gran Melia Palacio de los Duques hotel (B)
After breakfast, with memories of a truly unforgettable journey, you'll be transferred to Madrid airport.(B)