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Madrid & Secrets of the Douro

Join a memorable cruise on the Douro River through sun-drenched historic vineyards, quaint villages, and stunning landscapes, the perfect cocktail of sun, culture, and delicious food and wine.

Explore Madrid, Salamanca, and Porto on Portugal’s most beautiful waterway, a voyage that includes rural charm and historic ports and cities. Explore at your own pace on fascinating excursions with expert tour guides making the most of this region’s wine-making history.

Experience unparalleled luxury and comfort on board an iconic Emerald Star ship, with beautifully appointed suites and staterooms and award-winning dining. Enjoy five-star amenities that make cruising as memorable as shore time.

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  • Cruise Line: Emerald Cruises
  • Ship: Star-Ship
  • Duration: 9 Nights
  • Departure: Aug - Dec
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Madrid & Secrets of the Douro Cruise Prices

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10th Aug
Madrid & Secrets Of The Douro
9 nights
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Madrid & Secrets of the Douro Cruise Itinerary

Enjoy a relaxing cruise through the sun-drenched valleys of the Douro River, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed region famed for its wine production. This 9-night voyage sets a leisurely pace perfectly in keeping with the beautiful Mediterranean climate. Visit ancient wine estates, historic cities, including Madrid and Salamanca, and quaint villages with a choice of tours to suit all activity levels. Relax in elegance and comfort on board an iconic Emerald Star-Ship with five-star amenities and service and gourmet cuisine.

Day 1


Fly to Madrid, the vibrant capital of Spain, where a warm Mediterranean welcome awaits you. Meet your travel representative and transfer to a hotel in the heart of the city for a two-night stay.

Day 2


Enjoy an insightful and informative guided tour of Madrid, including its bustling city centre, and explore the colourful past of the Spanish capital. Discover the Sabatini Gardens and Gran Via with time after the tour to explore at your leisure.

Day 3

Madrid – Porto

Transfer from your Madrid hotel to the airport for a flight to Porto. Join your luxury Emerald Star-Ship and enjoy a warm welcome from the Captain, followed by dinner with the other guests.

Day 4

Porto – Pinhão

Pinhão sits on a bend of the River Douro, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed area famous for producing port wine and other vintages. Cruise the picturesque landscape and experience the incredible scenery. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner and cocktail reception.

Day 5

Pinhão – Vega de Terrón

Discover the beautiful Quinta do Tedo in the heart of the Douro Valley, an 18th-century estate committed to environmentally sound organic wine production. Enjoy a guided walk through local vineyards with a wine tasting, or take to the water in a kayak.

Day 6

Vega de Terrón – Salamanca

Explore the ‘Golden City’ on a walking tour that includes the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Quarter, the university, one of the oldest in Europe, and the galleries and arcades of Plaza Mayor. There is a DiscoverMORE tour to Castelo Rodrigo.

Day 7

Pocinho – Régua

Arrive in Pocinho and visit the Côa Valley Museum. Enjoy a Port wine cocktail lesson on board the ship as you sail towards Régua. In the evening, savour gourmet cuisine at a special dinner on Quinta da Pacheca, a rural wine estate.

Day 8


Visit the spectacular Baroque village of Lamego with its iconic Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies. With EmeraldPLUS, enjoy a mosaic tile-painting lesson on board the ship or visit Mateus Manor House with Emerald DiscoverMORE.

Day 9


Famous for port wine, which gave the town its name, enjoy a fascinating tour of Porto on foot, including the Castelo da Foz and Castelo do Queijo. With Emerald DiscoverMORE, visit Quinta da Aveleda or Taylor’s Port Wine Cellars.

Day 10


Disembark your Star-Ship and transfer to the airport for flights back to the UK.

Madrid & Secrets of the Douro Cruise Ships

Emerald Star

From the activities on the Sun Deck to the comfort and peace of a luxury suite or stateroom, no detail is overlooked on the Emerald Star. Enjoy a blend of home-from-home comfort, elegant interiors with modern amenities, and five-star service.

Wellness Suite
Outdoor Covered Terrace
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Madrid and the Douro River Cruise Deals

Discover Portugal’s most Famous River and Wine-making Region with Crui.se

9 Nights
Aug Dec

Madrid & Secrets of the Douro

  • Madrid
  • Porto – Pinhão
  • Pinhão – Vega de Terrón
  • Vega de Terrón – Salamanca
  • Pocinho – Régua
  • Régua
  • Porto
£3,163pp Est. Price per person
  • Star-Ship

Madrid & Secrets of the Douro Cruise Review

“A first for us to cruise in Iberia, we have always sailed on the Rhine and Danube up to now. What a revelation! Dreamy sun-soaked days wandering vineyards and historic towns and cities, the food was exceptional both on and off the ship, and we had five-star service on board. It’s an amazing journey and very relaxing!”

Helen and Marcus, Norwich

Madrid & Secrets of the Douro FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

What are the on board dining times?

Breakfast is served from 07.00 to 09.00, lunch from 12.00 to 14.00, and dinner from 09.00 to 21.00. Guests enjoy a fantastic variety of local and regional cuisine alongside staple favourites, including vegan and vegetarian choices.

Can visitors join me on board Emerald Star-Ships?

Visitors may come on board, but you will need to organise the paperwork with Emerald’s team in the UK ahead of time. Visitors will need to pay for any food and drink they consume.

Are there any laundry facilities on board Emerald Star-Ships?

Guests in the Owner’s One-bedroom Suite and Riverview Suites have a complementary laundry service for up to four items daily. Emerald Grand Balcony Suites guests can have two items per day laundered without charge. All other suites and cabins offer passengers a laundry service for an additional fee.

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