Portugal River Cruise
October 3 – 14, 2017
Escorted by Patti Hewitt

Emerald Radiance
Sailing the new 8-day itinerary in Portugal, this new Star-Ship includes the following cabin amenities; flat screen TV , individual air conditioning system, safe, fridge, hairdryer, hotel-style beds and ensuite bathroom. The public areas include; sun deck, chairs, golf putting green, serenity pool, bar and lounge, restaurant, fitness room, massage and beauty centre, elevator and walking track.

Lisbon & Secrets of the Douro

Oct 3 Depart Toronto for Lisbon

Oct 4
Arrival Lisbon (D)
Spread across steep hillsides that overlook the Rio Tejo, Lisbon has captivated visitors for centuries. The amazing vistas reveal the city in all its beauty: Roman and Moorish ruins, white-domed cathedrals, grand plazas lined with sun-drenched cafes. Today check into your hotel, and later in the evening join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome drink and reception. Three Night Stay: Lisbon

Oct 5
Lisbon sightseeing (B) (Mystery Dinner)
Enjoy a city tour of Lisbon including Jeronimos Monastery, the Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoverers. Enjoy free time in the afternoon to visit other highlights such as the St George’s Castle.
Oct 6
Lisbon (B)
Day at leisure in Lisbon.
Discover More: Excursion to the medieval hilltop town of Sintra (extra expense).

Oct 7
Lisbon to Porto (B,D)
Travel north along the Atlantic coast and visit the country’s historic capital of Coimbra en route to Porto. Embark on your Emerald Waterways river cruise ship and be welcomed by your captain and crew as you settle into your stateroom or suite. Tonight enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board while cruising past the illuminations of Porto which are lit up on both the city and the Nova Bank.

Oct 8
Porto – Pinhao (B,L,D)
Today enjoy a full day sailing the windy turns and twists of the Douro Valley. A UNESCO world heritage site, this area is sparsely populated by small quaint villages and typical communities working vineyards and small farms. Your Cruise Director will host a lecture on board showcasing the history and wine culture of the region. Perhaps join a painting class of local mosaic tiles which typically depict traditional motives. Later this afternoon arrive in the village of Pinhao which is situated on a river bend surrounded by terraced hillsides producing some of the world’s best Port. Tonight your captain will be delighted to host the welcome dinner and cocktail reception.

Oct 9
Pinhao – Vega Teron (B,L,D)
Today visit the marvelous baroque village of Lamego, where history stands still. Visit the remains of a Roman sanctuary and battlements. Return to your ship for lunch and an afternoon sailing to Vega Teron, your gateway into Spain. EmeraldPLUS: Join your barman for a lesson on how to make cocktails using port wine on board.

Oct 10
Salamanca (B,D)
Founded in Roman times, the city of Salamanca is home to one of the oldest universities in Europe, the seat of the Spanish language, and still a lively student town. With its grand squares and medieval structures, a walking tour here is more like stepping back in time.
Tapas bars feature on every street and traditional Spanish music trickles out of buzzing bars and restaurants. You will enjoy a full day in this beautiful golden city with plenty of free time to explore independently. Upon returning to your ship from Salamanca, you will be invited to enjoy a BBQ dinner on the Terrace alongside your fellow guests.

Oct 11
Pocinho (B,L,D)
This morning arrive in the picturesque village of Pocinho and embark on an excursion to the Coa Valley Museum. This impressive concrete structure details pre-historic stone carvings made by the early inhabitants of the Douro, which were uncovered during the construction of the nearby dam. Later return to your ship for lunch and enjoy your idyllic surroundings as you sail towards Regua. EmeraldPLUS: This evening dinner will be hosted at a local winery estate.

Oct 12
Regua (B,L,D)
Wake up this morning in the former roman settlement of Regua. Visit the Douro Museum for a look at wine making in the region.
Discover More: Guided excursion to the Mateus Palace (extra expense), please note that passengers on this tour would not be able to join the included tour of Regua.

Day 13
Porto (B,L,D)
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. Sample the local fair in one of these specially adapted wine cellars and learn about the long adapted craft of creating port.
Discover More: Excursion to the Palacio da Bolsa (extra expense) or Excursion to Guimaraes (extra expense)

Day 14
Porto – Disembarkation (B)
After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship and transfer to Porto airport for your homebound flight.

Pricing:
Category E (Emerald stateroom with window only)  $4,789.00 + taxes of $812.61 = $5,601.61 CAD per person
Category C (Emerald Balcony Suite)  $5,189.00 + taxes of $812.61 = $6,001.61 CAD per person
Category B (Emerald Balcony Suite) $5,489.00 + taxes of $812.61 = $6,301.61 CAD per person
** A non refundable deposit of $750.00 per person is due at time of booking
** Final payment is due by June 21, 2017
** Cancellation and medical insurance is recommended
Inclusions:
Transportation from your home in Peterborough to Toronto Airport and return to your home
Air from Toronto to Lisbon and Porto to Toronto
Transfer in Portugal on arrival
3 nights accommodation in Lisbon
Transfer from Lisbon to Porto by motor coach
Breakfast daily and 1 dinner and 1 Mystery dinner in Lisbon
7 nights accommodation onboard the Emerald Radiance
All meals while onboard the river cruise
Unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on the river cruise (drink packages offered at an additional cost)
Cocktail party
Unlimited tea and coffee available to you and bottled water restocked in your cabin daily
All gratuities on and off the ship
Excursions including Emerald Plus excursions which are culturally enhanced tours
The option to purchase full day Discover More tours
Transfer from river cruise to the Porto Airport
Escorted by Patti Hewitt
Important information:
Passports are required and must be valid for a minimum of 3 months beyond the period of intended stay.
Currency movement over 5% may incur a surcharge