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Douro River Cruise: Into the Heart of Portugal with Lisbon

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Between Lisbon and Porto
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Escape to Iberia and encounter the very best of Portugal with this colourful 14-day itinerary, taking you from the beautiful climes of the Douro Valley to the heart of Porto and Lisbon. This unforgettable journey is the ultimate Portuguese showcase, highlighting its contemporary cities, rich traditions, unmissable food and produce, and serene natural beauty. Plus, you’ll see more thanks to our generous collection of all-inclusive Freechoice, Enrich and Sundowners events – so you can experience the joy of Portugal like never before.

Your journey begins with a three-night stay in Lisbon, where you’re free to explore at your leisure or else join a Scenic Freechoice visit to the pretty fishing village of Cascais. Then, it’s northward to Porto, where you’ll board your Scenic Space-Ship to begin your Douro River journey. Savour the spectacle as you cruise through the iconic Douro Valley, stopping off at Peso da Régua to sample the region’s illustrious port wine. Your days will be spent exploring the forgotten gems of this exquisite region, including the 12th-century Mosteiro de São João de Tarouca, Portugal’s first Cistercian monastery. At the eastern tip of the Douro, we’ll visit Salamanca, where a guided tour will introduce the Renaissance highlights of this ancient university city. From there, return to Porto by way of the Coa Valley and Provesende, and look forward to an exclusive Scenic Enrich experience at Igreja de São Francisco – the perfect end to your journey.

These departures will be accompanied by a National Geographic expert who will give talks throughout the week and join guests on off-ship excursions. Additionally, a National Geographic photographer will be on board to share techniques and help guests hone their photography skills. We've added extra choice excursions as well, from hikes and bike rides to in-depth learning experiences that focus on the natural world, culture, and history.

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* From price is for a 22 May 2019 departure. For a full list of pricing and availability, please see below. All prices are per person, twin share in USD, based on two guests sharing. Terms and conditions apply and we reserve the right to withdraw our offers at any time. Please note, the ship operating a particular cruise is subject to change.
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Day 1
UK > Lisbon
Fly to Lisbon from one of up to 9 UK regional airports. Upon arrival you’ll be transferred to your state-of-the-art Space-Ship. Tonight, you’ll enjoy a celebratory welcome reception.
Meals included: Dinner
Day 2

This morning, take part in a guided exploration of Portugal’s pretty capital.


Journey to Lisbon’s seaside suburb of Cascais and enjoy a picturesque and informative tour of this former fishing village. Alternatively, climb to the hilltop town of Sintra and visit the Sintra Palace.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 3

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4
Lisbon > Porto

Our journey via Portugal’s medieval capital, Coimbra, will see you travelling to Porto where you’ll board the luxurious Scenic Azure to begin your cruise of the idyllic Douro Valley.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5

On a walking tour of Porto’s historic old town, explore medieval treasures, examine famous azulejo tiles, and stroll the waterfront.  Visit the Palácio da Bolsa, the city’s old stock exchange, and gaze at the gilded Moorish motifs coating the walls of its Salão Árabe—or Arabian Room. This afternoon we begin our cruise along the Douro, tracing the river through the rural landscapes of northern Portugal.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Guimarães/Douro Valley

Glide into the stunning Douro Valley this afternoon and stop in Peso da Régua to visit the Douro Museum for an introduction to the area and its wine-making history.


Delve into history at the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança in Guimarães, Portugal’s first capital and the birthplace of its first king, Afonso Henriques; or venture to the stunning Quinta da Aveleda winery and gardens in the Vinho Verde wine region, where we’ll sip on this producer’s famous sparkling whites.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Douro Valley

We continue our exploration of the Douro Valley at the skeletal ruins of the 12th-century Mosteiro de São João de Tarouca, Portugal’s first Cistercian monastery.


En route to the site, stroll the Ponte de Ucanha, a fortified medieval toll bridge, then wander the abandoned monks’ quarters and restored church. Alternatively, choose to tour the elegant town of Lamego, home to a stunning baroque staircase leading to the Senhora dos Remédios pilgrimage church; or join a guide to explore the opulent Mateus Palace, famously featured on bottles of Mateus rosé.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
On the Douro

Take in scenes from the Douro Valley from the comfort of the ship lounge as we wind our way past the charming terra-cotta-roofed towns and vine-striped hillsides that earned the region its World Heritage designation. Enjoy the amenities on board, including a plunge pool, fitness center, and expansive sundeck.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Salamanca, Spain

Cross into Spain for a visit to Salamanca. Take in the city’s Renaissance splendor on a guided city tour, then enjoy some time to explore on your own. Gaze at façades of golden sandstone, soak in the grandeur of the Plaza Mayor, and see the pair of cathedrals that crown the city. Enjoy lunch in town, with live entertainment from flamenco dancers before a visit to the historic university in the afternoon.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10
Côa Valley, Portugal

Tonight, local musicians join us on board to perform traditional Portuguese songs.


Venture into the Côa Valley and visit the Côa Museum to learn about the prehistoric rock art at the World Heritage-listed Foz Côa, where thousands of stone carvings created over thousands of years have been found.  Opt to ride a 4x4 vehicle to the archaeological site, and set out on a hike to view these fascinating carvings. You may instead choose to paddle a canoe along the pristine Sabor River, a rugged tributary to the Douro that has remained virtually undeveloped. Or set out on a culinary excursion to the Casa Painova estate and taste their delicious almond and olive products.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11

Drive into the hills of the Douro Valley to the time-locked town of Provesende, perched high above the river. Wander the stone streets of this quaint village, and get a glimpse into daily life here while meeting with local residents. Pop into the town bakery, enjoy a special recital in the church, and sip on wine at the charming Morgadio da Calçada manor house.


Later, visit the Quinta da Roêda estate to try their famous ports and, if you wish, walk among the vines for a special al fresco tasting.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12

Relax on board today and enjoy a tasting of Douro Valley wines as we sail back toward Porto.


This evening, head to Porto’s Igreja de São Francisco for a private concert in this baroque church’s spectacular gilded nave.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13

Cruise just beyond the city to the Douro Estuary, home to a nature reserve harboring an array of birds, including kingfishers, cormorants, and several species of heron.


Set out on an extended walking tour from the edge of town into the reserve, spotting birdlife amid the salt marshes. Meet fishermen returning with the day's catch along the way, and sample fresh sardines grilled on an open fire.  There are also options today to visit Porto’s oldest canning factory, or go for a tasting in one of the city’s most celebrated port cellars.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14
Porto > UK
After Breakfast, transfer to Porto airport for your return flight home. Travel to one of up to 9 UK regional airports.
Meals included: Breakfast
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