Unforgettable Douro with Lisbon & Madrid

Starting in Lisbon, enjoy a three night stay before taking in the delights of the Douro on an all-inclusive luxury cruise of the idyllic Douro Valley before spending 3 nights in Madrid.

17 Days
Lisbon to Madrid
From (CAD)
$ 11,530
Dates & Pricing

2023 Lisbon > Madrid

Embark on your own Age of Discovery

The Age of Discovery first began in the 15th century in Lisbon. Naturally, it’s also the perfect place to begin your own journey.
From Lisbon, you’ll set off for wonderful Porto, 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.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
LDOM
Duration:
17 days
Departure City:
Lisbon
Return City:
Madrid

17 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Lisbon

    On arrival to Lisbon you’ll be transferred to your hotel for the next three nights. Tonight, enjoy a welcome drink with your Tour Director and fellow guests.

  2. Day 2 - Lisbon

    This morning, take part in a guided exploration of Portugal’s capital, stopping along the way to visit Jeronimos Monastery and taste the Portuguese favourite, Pateis de Nata.

    Freechoice

    Visit the Maritime Museum and learn the nautical history of this once dominant seafaring nation. Alternatively, climb to the hilltop town of Sintra and visit the national monument Palacio Nacional.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  3. Day 3 - Lisbon

    Enjoy time at leisure to take advantage of everything that Lisbon has to offer. This evening you’ll get to experience Portuguese cuisine at its finest at your farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Lisbon > Porto

    Your journey via Portugal’s medieval capital, Coimbra, takes you to Porto where you’ll board the luxurious Scenic Azure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Porto > Entre-os-Rios

    Freechoice

    Discover the historic treasures of Porto, including a visit to Palacio da Bolsa, a neoclassical style building which started construction in 1842 and took over 65 years to complete. Instead, if you’re feeling more active, join a walking tour that includes a cable car ride allowing you to see Porto from a different perspective.

    Decorative blue tiles are synonymous with Portugal and this afternoon you will learn about their history while creating a masterpiece of your own during a tile painting workshop. Alternatively, simply enjoy a relaxing afternoon of cruising as your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship meanders its way to Entre-os-Rios.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - 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, or tour Paiva Walkways located along the Paiva River in the Arouca Geopark. Alternatively, you could choose a tasting at the fairytale property of Quinta da Aveleda. Located in the famous Vino Verde region and a renowned regional sparkling wine producer, the incredible gardens alone make the excursion worthwhile.

    Later, enjoy a blissful cruise to Regua where you have the chance to explore the Douro Museum at your leisure. Learn about the culture, history and identity of the people living in this wine growing region of the Douro Valley.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Regua

    This morning, discover the captivating Varosa Valley and visit the charming village of Tarouca where you’ll 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.

    Freechoice

    Tour the elegant town of Lamego, with its many fine Baroque structures such as the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios and the Lamego Museum, or enjoy a guided visit of Mateus Palace, the historic icon depicted on the labels of Portugal’s famous Mateus rosé wine.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Regua > Vega de Terron

    Enjoy a full day cruising the Douro Valley’s Vinhateiro wine growing region. A World Heritage-listed Site, Vinhateiro has a history of wine production that stretches back for 2,000 years. In fact, its impeccable port wines have been world-famous since at least the 18th century. As you cruise towards the Spanish border be introduced to an integral part of Spanish culture during a colourful and passionate Flamenco performance.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Vega de Terron

    Today you have the opportunity to cross the Spanish border.

    Freechoice

    Take your time absorbing the architectural splendour of Salamanca, a city as visually striking as it is historically intriguing. From humble beginnings during the Iron Age to darker times, such as the economic crises and the War of the Spanish Succession, Salamanca has been shaped over time to become the fascinating beauty it is today. Explore the city on a guided tour before free time to explore at your leisure. Alternatively, you may choose to visit the Portuguese village, Freixo de Espada à Cinta for a guided tour and visit to their silk museum. Freixo de Espada à Cinta is the only municipality where handcrafted silk is still processed entirely by hand.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Pocinho > Pinhão

    Freechoice

    Visit the award-winning Côa Valley Museum and enjoy a pre-historic workshop. 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.

    Tonight, be entertained by a traditional Portuguese musical performance on board.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Pinhão

    Visit the remarkable village of Provesende,  showcasing the Portugal of yesteryear, and wander the quaint streets as you gain an insight into the locals way of life.

    Freechoice

    Top off a truly unforgettable day with a visit to a local estate for a tasting of their famous export, or if you’re feeling energetic, you could choose a walk through the hillside vineyard for a tasting among the vines. Alternatively, you may choose to go kayaking along the Pinhão River.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - 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. Otherwise, simply enjoy the beauty of the region as you cruise back into Porto.

    Enrich

    The sheer beauty of São Francisco Church is sure to impress. The façade is a mix of Gothic and Baroque architecture, while the interior glows with intricate wood carvings swathed in gold. Immerse yourself in the heart and soul of Portuguese music as you witness a spectacular private concert in these wondrous surroundings.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Porto

    Freechoice

    Visit a local corking factory and learn how cork is produced as well as its multitude of uses, or visit Vila Nova de Gaia, the historic district set on the banks of the Douro River, for a tasting of the region’s famed drop in one of Porto’s most renowned port wine aging cellars. Alternatively, step outside of Porto and join an excursion to Aveiro for a guided tour including a cruise on the waterways that meander through this historic and colourful city.

    You have the opportunity to explore Porto at your leisure this afternoon, or simply make the most of the remainder of your time on board Scenic Azure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Porto > Madrid

    Board your included flight from Porto to Madrid and transfer to your hotel for a three night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  15. Day 15 - Madrid

    Enjoy a tour of Madrid, including the 17th century Austrian Quarter, the Sabatini Gardens and the famous Cibeles and Neptuno Fountains.

    Freechoice

    This afternoon, you can choose between a visit to the exceptional Prado Museum, renowned as one of the best museums in the world, or the equally delightful 18th century Royal Palace of Madrid.

    This evening, enjoy fine Spanish cuisine at a welcome dinner with your fellow travellers.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Madrid

    Today is yours to enjoy at leisure in Spain’s largest city. Stroll the fashionable boutiques that adorn the city centre’s many plazas, relax in one of Madrid’s manicured gardens or simply explore the surrounding area.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  17. Day 17 - Madrid

    After breakfast, transfer to Madrid airport with memories of a truly unforgettable journey.

    This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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