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Secrets of the Douro & Lisbon

Discover the hidden beauty of the Douro Valley with a tranquil cruise through picturesque scenery, culminating with three nights in Lisbon, Portugal’s capital. Explore Porto, Salamanca, and the Douro’s famous wine-producing Quintas.

This cruise combines fascinating tours with peaceful sailing time to make the most of the fantastic river views. Savour the flavours of authentic viticulture and choose excursions that take a deep dive into the heritage and culture of this Iberian region.

Whilst on the water, your cruise partner is one of Emerald’s iconic Star-Ships. Enjoy wall-to-wall luxury, gourmet regional and international cuisine, plus a fine selection of hand-picked vintages. Elegant suites mean it’s easy to sit back and enjoy the view.

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  • Cruise Line: Emerald Cruises
  • Ship: Star-Ship
  • Duration: 10 Nights
  • Departure: Jul - Dec

Secrets of the Douro & Lisbon Cruise Prices

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24th Jul
Lisbon & Secrets Of The Douro Lisbon - Porto
Emerald
10 nights
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7th Aug
Lisbon & Secrets Of The Douro Lisbon - Porto
Emerald
10 nights
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18th Sep
Lisbon & Secrets Of The Douro Lisbon - Porto
Emerald
10 nights
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16th Oct
Lisbon & Secrets Of The Douro Lisbon - Porto
Emerald
10 nights
Price on Request
30th Oct
Lisbon & Secrets Of The Douro Lisbon - Porto
Emerald
10 nights
Price on Request

Secrets of the Douro & Lisbon Cruise Itinerary

Discover Iberia’s best-kept secret with this 10-night cruise on the Douro, the ultimate in tranquil river travel, complemented by three nights in Lisbon, Portugal’s exciting capital city. Interesting port stops and excursions punctuate the picturesque river scenery, plus there is plenty of sailing time for you to make the most of one of Emerald’s fleet of luxury Star-Ships. Enjoy elegant and well-appointed suites, gourmet cuisine, and a range of unique on-board features that are the envy of other cruise companies.

Day 1

Porto

Arrive in Porto, where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your Emerald Cruises luxury Star-Ship, Emerald Radiance.

Day 2

Porto – Pinhão

Enjoy a full day of sailing through the breathtaking and UNESCO World Heritage-listed Douro Valley. Soak up the warm atmosphere as the river meanders through sun-drenched valleys covered in picturesque terraced vineyards.

Day 3

Pinhão – Vega de Terrón

The day begins with a visit and wine tasting at the stunning 18th-century Quinta do Tedo vineyard, sitting on the confluence of the Tedo and Douro rivers. Guests can also opt for a guided walk through local vineyards or a kayak excursion in Pinhão.

Day 4

Vega de Terrón – Salamanca

Discover the ancient city of Salamanca. Known as the ‘Golden City,’ explore on a walking tour that includes the University dating back to 1218. Guests can also opt for a tour of Castelo Rodrigo with Emerald DiscoverMORE.

Day 5

Pocinho – Régua

Sail into Pochino, where guests can visit the Côa Valley Museum or take an archaeological tour in a 4×4 vehicle. Lunch on board ship and enjoy a port wine cocktail lesson before dining at a rural wine estate in the evening.

Day 6

Régua

Visit the magnificent Baroque village of Lamego with a guided tour that includes the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies, an option for those who want to tackle the 686 steps. EmeraldPLUS offers a mosaic tile painting lesson on board the ship.

Day 7

Porto

At the mouth of the Douro River, Porto is an eclectic mix of contemporary and old architecture. Named after the red wine for which it is famous, take a stroll on the walking tour or join the guided active walk to discover this delightful city.

Day 8

Porto-Lisbon

Disembark your Star-Ship and travel south to the beautiful town of Nazaré before heading to your final destination, Lisbon, where you will stay for three nights.

Day 9

Lisbon

Surrounded by spectacular sea views, Lisbon, Portugal’s capital, is a haven of ancient architecture, terracotta-tiled houses, and echoes of the days of Empire. Enjoy a tour including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Jerónimos Monastery.

Day 10

Lisbon

Spend free time in Lisbon and explore independently with help available from the tour director if you want it. Emerald DiscoverMORE offers an optional excursion to Sintra with historic buildings, breathtaking landscapes and a stunning coastline.

Day 11

Lisbon

Depart Lisbon with a transfer to the airport or train station to begin your journey back to the UK.

Day 1

Lisbon

Arrive in Lisbon, where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your Emerald Cruises luxury Star-Ship, Emerald Radiance.

Day 2

Lisbon

Spend free time in Lisbon and explore independently with help available from the tour director if you want it. Emerald DiscoverMORE offers an optional excursion to Sintra with historic buildings, breathtaking landscapes and a stunning coastline.

Day 3

Lisbon

Surrounded by spectacular sea views, Lisbon, Portugal’s capital, is a haven of ancient architecture, terracotta-tiled houses, and echoes of the days of Empire. Enjoy a tour including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Jerónimos Monastery.

Day 4

Porto-Lisbon

Disembark your Star-Ship and travel south to the beautiful town of Nazaré before heading to your final destination, Lisbon, where you will stay for three nights.

Day 5

Porto

At the mouth of the Douro River, Porto is an eclectic mix of contemporary and old architecture. Named after the red wine for which it is famous, take a stroll on the walking tour or join the guided active walk to discover this delightful city.

Day 6

Régua

Visit the magnificent Baroque village of Lamego with a guided tour that includes the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies, an option for those who want to tackle the 686 steps. EmeraldPLUS offers a mosaic tile painting lesson on board the ship.

Day 7

Pocinho – Régua

Sail into Pochino, where guests can visit the Côa Valley Museum or take an archaeological tour in a 4×4 vehicle. Lunch on board ship and enjoy a port wine cocktail lesson before dining at a rural wine estate in the evening.

Day 8

Vega de Terrón – Salamanca

Discover the ancient city of Salamanca. Known as the ‘Golden City,’ explore on a walking tour that includes the University dating back to 1218. Guests can also opt for a tour of Castelo Rodrigo with Emerald DiscoverMORE.

Day 9

Pinhão – Vega de Terrón

The day begins with a visit and wine tasting at the stunning 18th-century Quinta do Tedo vineyard, sitting on the confluence of the Tedo and Douro rivers. Guests can also opt for a guided walk through local vineyards or a kayak excursion in Pinhão.

Day 10

Porto – Pinhão

Enjoy a full day of sailing through the breathtaking and UNESCO World Heritage-listed Douro Valley. Soak up the warm atmosphere as the river meanders through sun-drenched valleys covered in picturesque terraced vineyards.

Day 11

Porto

Depart Porto with a transfer to the airport or train station to begin your journey back to the UK.

Secrets of the Douro & Lisbon 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
Crew of 52

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Discover the hidden secrets of the Douro & Lisbon with Crui.se

10 Nights
Jul Dec

Secrets of the Douro & Lisbon

  • Porto
  • Porto – Pinhão
  • Pinhão – Vega de Terrón
  • Vega de Terrón – Salamanca
  • Pocinho – Régua
  • Régua
  • Porto-Lisbon
  • Lisbon
POA Est. Price per person
  • Star-Ship

Secrets of the Douro & Lisbon Cruise Review

“This was a new river for us to travel; most of our cruises have been on the Rhine and the Danube. Well, this does not disappoint! The Douro is stunningly beautiful and meanders through quality wine country, so this is definitely a voyage for wine enthusiasts. The port stops are very varied, with a choice of optional tours and excursions, so there is something for everyone. The ship is the height of luxury, and it’s nice to have a day’s sailing just to enjoy the scenery and the vessel’s amenities. The three days at the end in Lisbon is the perfect contrast.”

Ben and Anna, Milton Keynes

Secrets of the Douro & Lisbon FAQ

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

What is EmeraldACTIVE?

EmeraldACTIVE is a package of shore tours, on-board facilities, and classes designed to give you the active holiday of your dreams. You choose the activity level, whether taking a guided hike or a bike tour. On board, enjoy the wellness and fitness centre, and there are guided fitness classes on select sailings. EmeraldACTIVE is included in your cruise price.

Do ATOL and ABTA protect Emerald Cruises?

Emerald Cruises offers passengers the ultimate peace of mind and reassurance as we are a member of both ATOL (Number 9294) and ABTA (Number Y6328).

Do Star-Ships provide mobility wheelchair access?

Emerald Cruises prides itself on being as inclusive as possible, welcoming passengers with physical restrictions, medical conditions, or disabilities. However, sometimes, there may be limitations imposed by the ship’s design. Our friendly reservations team can talk this through with you when you book. They can also discuss the shore excursions, which can require accessing motor coaches via a set of steps or walking across uneven terrain in historic locations. Talk to us about your specific needs – we are always happy to help.

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