Sail the Douro Valley aboard Scenic Cruise Lines
9 Days | April-October 2020
Starting At $4195
In Porto, board your luxurious Scenic Cruise Ship, which will transport you on a seven-night sailing through the hidden gems that is the Douro Valley. From the unique heritage cities of Salamanca and Porto to time-forgotten towns and villages like Vega de Terron and Régua — the Douro’s banks boast a tapestry of cultural highlights just waiting to be discovered. Enjoy a heightened sense of intimacy and relaxation as you glide along the tranquil Douro waters with approximately 95 guests aboard your all-inclusive Scenic Cruise.
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Day 1: Overnight flight from the US to Porto
Day 2: Porto
Welcome to Porto, where you’ll board the luxurious Scenic Azure for your cruise of the idyllic Douro Valley.
Day 3: Port-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 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.
Day 4: Regua-Vega de Terron
Tour the elegant town of Lamego, with its many fine Baroque structures such as the Shrine of our Lady of Remedies and the Lamego museum, both of which you will get the opportunity to visit. Alternatively enjoy a guided visit of the iconic Mateus Palace, which graces the labels of its famous rosé. This afternoon enjoy cruising the World Heritage-listed Vinhateiro wine region as you continue towards Spain.
Day 5: Salamanca
Take your time absorbing the architectural splendour of Salamanca. Explore the city on a guided tour before some time at leisure followed by a delicious lunch accompanied by a special Flamenco performance.
Day 6: Pocinho-Pinhao
Take a leisurely cruise this morning to nearby Pocinho. This afternoon visit the award winning Côa 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 Côa Valley’ excursion and sample some of the regions produce such as jams, marmalades and sugared almonds.
Day 7: Pinhao-Porto
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 – an experience exclusive for Scenic guests. This afternoon you will be enriched with a visit to São Francisco Church. The beauty of São Francisco Church is sure to impress. The facade is a mixture of Gothic and Baroque architecture, while the interior glows with intricate wood carvings covered in gold. Witness a spectacular private concert in these wondrous surroundings.
Day 8: Porto
Today, discover the historic treasures of Porto, including a visit to Palacio da Bolsa, a neoclassical-style building that started construction in 1842 and took over 65 years to complete. An optional tours include: Guimarães, the seat of the first King of Portugal, including the impressive Ducal Palace, or enjoy a tasting in the fairytale environs of Quinta da Aveleda.
Day 9 Porto-USA
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.