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Unforgettable Douro with Lisbon

14 Day
Between Lisbon and Porto
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Departing 04 November 2017
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Uncover the history, beauty and relaxed ambience of Portugal on board our Unforgettable Douro with Lisbon itinerary. This two-week luxury river cruise is packed full of exclusive experiences, from port tasting on the Douro’s banks, to tours through historic Porto, to dramatic Flamenco performances, all hand-picked to create your own moments of wonder.

Spend three days in the enchanting ambience of Portugal’s capital, and take in its World Heritage-listed Palace of Sintra as part of an exclusive guided tour with Scenic. Or pick your own path and explore the city’s picturesque shorelines and chic, fashionable boulevards, all at your leisure.

Next, you’ll journey to historic Porto, the birthplace of the nation. A welcome reception will be waiting where you’ll first experience your specially commissioned Scenic Space-Ship, designed to navigate the Douro in complete luxury. Enjoy complimentary drinks and spend the evening getting to know your fellow guests in extraordinary comfort.

From here, Porto opens out onto the majestic beauty of the Douro Valley - famous for its historic wine-making traditions. Explore the ethereal gardens of Quinta Aveleda before a Scenic Sundowner event at the Douro Museum that lets you relax, drink in hand on the secluded privacy of its raised terraces. Afterwards, let the gorgeous scenery pass you by from the comfort of your private suite, or reclining on the Space-Ship’s Sun Deck.

Salamanca, a city of bold architecture and storied history, gives you the opportunity to experience things the local way. Your visit to la Ciudad Dorada (the Golden City) is complete with an incredible Spanish dining experience, accompanied by the alluring flourish of Flamenco dancing as part of another exclusive Scenic excursion.

After a taste of Portugal’s yesteryear in Provesende’s provincial charm, immerse yourself at Taylor’s Cellars, a Scenic Enrich experience that lets you relax in the premier port vineyard’s tranquil surroundings, sampling its wares in serene gardens which overlook Porto.

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Day 1
UK > Lisbon
Highlights: Charming Lisbon
Choose from a selection of ways to travel to Lisbon. Fly from one of up to 5 UK airports. On your arrival at Lisbon airport, you'll be escorted to the centrally located Sheraton Lisbon.
Meals included: Dinner
Day 2
Highlights: Sintra Palace

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. Alternatively, climb to the hilltop town of Sintra and visit the impressive Sintra Palace.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 3
Highlights: A day by the sea

Today is yours to enjoy at leisure, so take advantage of everything that lovely Lisbon has to offer. This evening you’ll get to experience Portuguese cuisine at its finest.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4
Lisbon > Porto
Highlights: Welcome reception

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
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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Highlights: Sundowners at Douro Museum

This afternoon, enjoy a blissful cruise to Regua.


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.


After the doors close to the general public, you’ll get to soak in the expansive views of Regua’s surrounding vineyards at an exclusive cocktail event hosted on the beautifully manicured terrace of the Douro Museum. Savour a range of port wine varietals in the most wondrous setting – and be sure to try the Port Tonic.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Highlights: Ucanha and Varosa Valley

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


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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
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,.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10
Pocinho > Pinhão
Highlights: Côa Valley

Over breakfast, you’ll enjoy a leisurely cruise to nearby Pocinho for our Côa Valley discovery.

This afternoon, enjoy your picturesque cruise to Pinhão.


Visit the award-winning Côa Valley Museum and enjoy a pre-historic workshop. If you’re more adventurous at heart, take a canoeing excursion on the Sabor River. 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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11
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.


Top off a truly unforgettable day with a visit to the estate of Quinta da Roêda for a tasting of their famous export. If you’re feeling energetic, you could also choose a walk through the hillside vineyard for a unique tasting among the vines.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12
Pinhão > Porto
Highlights: Scenic Enrich at Taylor’s 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.


This evening enjoy a unique dining experience accompanied by a traditional Fado music performance at the fabulous Taylor’s Cellars. Enjoy mesmerising views overlooking the Douro River and Porto skyline whilst dining on delicious Portuguese cuisine. Situated in the heart of the Vila Nova de Gaia district of Porto, dinner at Taylor’s Cellars makes for a truly unforgettable experience, once again exclusive to Scenic guests.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13
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.


Visit the oldest remaining Canning Factory in Porto for an insight into their 100-year-old family business. Or visit a local corking factory (Canning and Cork Factory are not available on all departures, will be replaced by Filigree Workshop and Sacred Art & Cork Museum + Paper Museum, enquire for details). Alternatively, walk the fragrant terraces of Cristal Gardens.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14
Porto > UK
Highlights: Farewell
After breakfast, transfer to Porto airport for your return journey home. Fly to one of up to 5 UK airports.
Meals included: Breakfast
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