Your Europe luxury cruise along Portugal’s Douro River and valley transports you to a timeless, golden age of discovery. Start in beautiful Lisbon with the city’s Monument to the Explorers, fantastic shoreline and many fashionable boulevards; set off for wonderful Porto, the country’s second largest city and gateway to the stunning Douro Valley.
Cruise this golden waterway from elegant Lamego to historic Regua and picturesque Vega de Terron, through ancient rock art World Heritage Sites and pockets of history where people still ply their trades and work the vineyards as they always have, producing highly loved, rich varieties of port, and unfortified reds and whites. End your unforgettable journey of wonder with three days and two nights in lively Madrid, with its amazing palaces, gardens, museums, and of course, enticing cuisine.
Day 1 | Highlights: Welcome reception
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.
Day 2 | Porto > Entre-os-Rios Highlights: Historic Porto
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.
Day 3 | Entre-os-Rios Highlights: Sundowners at Douro Museum
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.
Day 4 | Regua Highlights: Ucanha and Varosa Valley
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.
Day 5 | Regua > Vega de Terron Highlights: Cruising Vinhateiro
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.
Day 6 | Salamanca Highlights: Spanish dining and Flamenco
Take your time absorbing the sheer architectural splendour of Salamanca, 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.
Day 7 | Pocinho > Pinhão Highlights: Côa Valley
Over breakfast, you’ll enjoy a leisurely cruise to nearby Pocinho for our Côa Valley discovery.
Day 8 | Pinhão Highlights: Scenic village experience
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.
Day 9 | Pinhão > Porto Highlights: Scenic Enrich at Burmester Cellars
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.
Day 10 | Porto Highlights: Afurada fishing village
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.
Day 11 | Porto > Madrid Highlights: Wine and siestas
After breakfast you’ll board your included flight from Porto to Madrid. On arrival transfer to your luxurious hotel.
Day 12 | Madrid Highlights: Madrid’s Royal Palace
This morning, enjoy a tour of Madrid, including the 17th century Austrian Quarter and the Sabatini Gardens.
Day 13 | Madrid Highlights: Magnificent Madrid
Today is yours to enjoy at leisure in Spain’s largest city. Stroll the city’s fashionable boutiques, relax in one of Madrid’s many manicured gardens, or explore the surrounding area.
Day 14 | Madrid Highlights: Farewell
Depart after breakfast, with truly fabulous memories intact, and transfer to Madrid Airport for your flight home.