DELIGHTFUL DOURO8 days & 7 nights,
Porto, Regua, Vega de Terron, Salamanca, Pocinho & Pinhao
From windswept seaside meanderings to the astonishing beauty of the Douro Valley, this is a journey of contemplation and elegance. Discover the delights of the Douro River aboard the luxurious Scenic Azure which will transport you through the hidden gem that is the Douro Valley. Visit award-winning museums, sample the finest port in the world, explore palaces and of course those famous vineyards. Days will be spent immersed in the proud history and culture of a unique land that still retains many of its traditions.
On arrival at Porto Airport you'll be escorted to luxurious Scenic Azure where a warm welcome awaits you from your crew as you board and settle into your suite.Scenic Azure - 7 Nights (D)
Scenic Azure is our first Scenic Space-Ship custom-built for the Douro River and features the finest in 5-star luxury. Settle into your beautiful suite before enjoying a welcome dinner with your Cruise Director and fellow guests. A truly wonderful experience awaits you.
Day 2Porto - Regua
Today, enjoy on board activities such as traditional tile painting, or simply relax as your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship meanders its way to Regua. Situated on the banks of the Douro, Regua is in the heart of port country. On arrival, you'll get to tour the award-winning Regua Museum. This museum is full of amazing artifacts that document the cultural and natural heritage of the Douro region.Scenic Azure (B, L, D)
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. Be sure to try the Port and Tonic.
Day 3Regua - Vega de Terron
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. Built in the 18th century, this lovely palace features beautiful gardens and it's a pleasure to spend time here.Scenic Azure (B, L)
Enjoy a full afternoon cruising the Douro Valley's World Heritage-listed Vinhateiro wine growing region as you head towards the always fascinating and passionate country of Spain.
You'll spend time discovering Salamanca's incomparable architecture, as visually striking as it is historically intriguing. No matter what time of day you arrive in this lovely city, you'll be blown away by its elegance and beauty. A stunning combination of Plateresque and Renaissance styles, Salamanca knows how to dazzle.Scenic Azure (B, L, D)
Later, celebrate the Spanish culture with lunch showcasing the regional cuisine while enjoying an energetic Flamenco dance performance. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring this great city at your own leisure.
Day 5Pocinho - Pinhao
Enjoy a leisurely 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 at heart, take a canoeing excursion on the Sabor River. Alternatively, join the 'Tastes of the Coa Valley' excursion to discover more about the cuisine and culture of this incredible country.
This afternoon, enjoy your cruise to Pinhao. Surrounded by hillsides covered in vineyards, this region is responsible for producing some of the best port in the world.
Day 6Pinhao - Porto
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 exclusively for the enjoyment of Scenic guests. What better way to immerse yourself into the local culture. And this afternoon, get hands on at an on board cork jewelry presentation as your cruise to Porto.Scenic Azure (B, L, D)
This evening, 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 occasion.
Today, discover the unique historic treasures of Porto, including a visit to Palacio da Bolsa.Scenic Azure (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Tour Guimaraes and Ducal Palace. Alternatively enjoy a tasting in the fairytale environs of Quinta Aveleda.
After a leisurely breakfast on board you'll be transferred to Porto Airport for you onward or homebound flight.(B)