Secrets of the Douro & Lisbon (Portugal river cruise)

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August 15-23, 2025 - Book now & save. 1-506-804-0989

Join us for an unforgettable journey with Emerald Cruises, where exceptional service, rich history, and delectable cuisine.
Imagine cruising along the picturesque Douro River, surrounded by the breathtaking landscapes of Portugal, on our exclusive Emerald River Cruise. Renowned for its exceptional service and luxurious experiences, Emerald Cruises ensures every moment of your journey is unforgettable.
As you glide through Portugal, you'll be immersed in beautiful scenery, vibrant culture, and stunning architecture. Explore the charming cities with their medieval streets and iconic bridges and visit historical landmarks that tell tales of a bygone era.
 

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DAY 1: FRIDAY, AUGUST 15 – MARITIMES TO PORTO, PORTUGAL
Today, we will leave from the Maritimes for an overnight flight to Porto, Portugal to join our Emerald Waterways Cruise.

DAY 2: SATURDAY, AUGUST 16 – PORTO, PORTUGAL
Welcome to Porto, where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your contemporary Emerald Cruises Star-Ship, Emerald Radiance. This evening, join your fellow guests for dinner on board.
Meals included: Dinner

DAY 3: SUNDAY AUGUST 17 - PORTO – PINHÃO
Relax on board today and enjoy a full day of sailing through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Douro Valley. This fascinating area is celebrated because it builds on two millennia of wine producing history, where viticulture has shaped the surrounding landscape and small, sleepy villages are peppered with dozens of sun-drenched vineyards.
Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner and cocktail reception.
EmeraldPLUS: Portuguese cooking demonstration on board

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: MONDAY, AUGUST 18 – PINHÃO – VEGA DE TERRÓN, PORTUGAL
Begin your day with a visit to the beautiful Quinta do Tedo vineyard in the heart of Portugal’s Douro Valley, nestled on the confluence of the Douro and Tedo rivers. This 18th-century estate is environmentally sound, creating organic produce by using traditional viticulture methods. Alternatively, enjoy a guided walk-through local vineyard, stopping along the way to admire your surroundings. Or embark on a kayak excursion along the river, taking in the impressive views from the heart of the Douro Valley. This afternoon, enjoy sailing to Vega de Terrón, perhaps relaxing on the Sun Deck.

Included Excursion: Visit to Quinta do Tedo with wine tasting
EmeraldACTIVE: Kayak experience in Pinhão
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided active walk through the vineyards

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: TUESDAY, AUGUST 19 –VEGA DE TERRÓN – SALAMANCA, PORTUGAL
Founded in Roman times, the ancient city of Salamanca and its UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Quarter have an illustrious past, having been held by the Carthaginians, Romans, and Moors. Travel to the beautiful “Golden City: for a walking tour, which includes exploring the postcard-worthy galleries and arcades that adorn Plaza Mayor. You’ll also have the opportunity to see Casa de las Conchas, a building that has been lovingly decorated with more than 300 shells, and Salamanca’s university, one of the oldest universities in Europe that dates back to 1218.  

Included Excursion: Guided tour of Salamanca
EmeraldPLUS: “Tuna” music band
DiscoverMORE: Castelo Rodrigo tour (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20 – POCINHO – RÉGUA, PORTUGAL
This morning, we are docked in Pocinho from where we take you to the charming medieval town of Castelo Rodrigo. On your touryou will have the chance to uncover the secrets of this small village’s fortress history and try some typical local products. Later, return to your Star-Ship for lunch and soak up your idyllic surrounds, enjoying a Port wine cocktail lesson on board as you sail towards Régua

Included Excursion Tour to Castelo Rodrigo
EmeraldPLUS Port wine cocktail lesson on board
DiscoverMORE Archaeological tour by 4x4 at the Côa Valley Museum (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: THURSDAY, AUGUST 21 – RÉGUA, PORTUGAL
On today’s included excursion, you’ll visit the marvellous Baroque village of Lamego, stopping to see the picturesque Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies, a structure that stands gracefully over the town. If you’re feeling active, enjoy an invigorating walk down the 686 steps from the Sanctuary to the main square. On the same day you will get to experience a rural lunch at Quinta da Pacheca, one of the finest estates of river Douro and learn about the Portuguese mosaic painting tradition

Included Excursion Guided tour of Lamego
EmeraldPLUS Rural lunch at Quinta da Pacheca
EmeraldPLUS Mosaic tile painting lesson on board
EmeraldACTIVE Walk down the steps of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies
DiscoverMORE Visit to Mateus Manor House (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8:  FRIDAY AUGUST 22 – PORTO, PORTUGAL
Located at the mouth of the Douro River, Porto is a fascinating and eclectic mix of modern and ancient architecture. Famous for its export of Port wines, it’s easy to imagine how British merchant ships would have once clustered together in the medieval harbour, waiting to take their produce across the water. Your included tour of the coastal city will touch on the fortified structures of Castelo da Foz and Castelo do Queijo, a building whose pentagonal façades overlook the ocean. For those who wish to see the charms of Porto on foot, our active walk through the town will bring you closer to the vibrant daily life of the locals.

Included Excursion: Guided tour of Porto
EmeraldPLUS: A cruise through Porto
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided active walk in Porto
DiscoverMORE: Visit to Quinta da Aveleda (extra expense)
DiscoverMORE: Guided bike tour to the Atlantic (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9:  SATURDAY, AUGUST 23 – PORTO – LISBON, PORTUGAL
This morning   After breakfast, it’s time to either bid farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the Star-Ship for your transfer to the airport, or travel south, following the coast of the Atlantic until you reach your destination of Lisbon for a 3-day post tour adventure. We will stop in the enchanting town of Nazaré along the way. Lisbon’s beauty has captivated people from around the world for centuries, and your included three-night stay in Lisbon is certain to leave you captivated.

Included Excursion: A guided tour of Lisbon

Meals Included: Breakfast

IF YOU ARE NOT GOING ON THE POST CRUISE STAY, YOU WILL BE TRANSFERED TO THE AIRPORT. IF YOU ARE GOING ON THE POST CRUISE STAY, CONTINUE WITH THE FOLLOWING ITINERARY.

DAY 10:  SUNDAY, AUGUST 24 – LISBON, PORTUGAL
Today, a tour of Lisbon’s centre will offer the perfect introduction to the Portuguese capital, where limestone cobbled streets are peppered with terracotta-roofed houses, all swathed in delightful breezy sea views. Your tour will include a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Jerónimos Monastery, an icon of Late Gothic Manueline architecture that can be found gracing Lisbon’s harbour. The shrine-like south entrance is a true delight, with gables, pinnacles and a statue of Henry the Navigator, one of the pioneers of Portugal’s Age of Discovery, a period of time that brought riches to the Portuguese Empire.

Included Excursion A guided tour of Lisbon

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 11:  MONDAY, AUGUST 25 – LISBON, PORTUGAL
The heart and soul of Lisbon is yours to discover independently today, as you stroll past gleaming white basilicas and traverse cobblestone streets. Your tour director will be available to help you plan your day of independent exploration.

DiscoverMORE Excursion to Sintra (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 12:  TUESDAY, AUGUST 26 – LISBON, PORTUGAL
After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to your fellow guests and prepare for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of the golden city and illustrious vineyards with you. 

This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information..

All guests must have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity from return date. It is the responsibility of each guest to ensure any applicable visas AND/OR Entry Requirements for all countries visited have been obtained prior to departure. Failure to obtain correct documentation will mean the guest will be unable to participate in particular shore excursions and may be denied boarding and/or entry into certain countries. Meeting necessary passport, visa and any other entry requirements and costs is the sole responsibility of guests and their travel agent. Emerald Cruises Is not responsible for any compensation for any lost cruise/tour days. Travel insurance is highly recommended to protect you and your travel investment. Dream Vacation Tours sells travel insurance.

DINING HIGHLIGHTS

  • 20 superb meals including 7 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 7 Dinners (D)
  • 2 Breakfasts (B) with the Post Cruise Stay
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

DRINK PACKAGES( Cruise only)
Premium Drinks Package - $159 CAD per person or €102 per person if purchased onboard
    • Enjoy a range of soft drinks and juices, as well as mocktails and non-alcoholic bottled beers. You’ll also have a choice of draft beers by the glass, as well as red and white house wines by the glass.
Platinum Drinks Package - $312 CAD per person or €200 per person if purchased onboard
    • Take your choice of soft drinks, juices, mocktails, and non-alcoholic bottled beers. For beer lovers, enjoy a range of draft beers by the glass and a selection of bottled beers—and for wine connoisseurs, sample our white and red house wines or sparkling wine and Prosecco by the glass or a selection of bottled wines. You’ll also have a choice of house-brand spirits, cocktails, and long drinks to enjoy.

PRICE PER PERSON BASED ON 2 PERSONS PER ROOM
(includes flights, cruise, taxes and port fees)
(Canadian Funds)
Category Deck Cabin Type Cruise Only Rate Early Payment Cruise and Flight
Early Payment
Cruise Only
F Riviera Standard Stateroom $4495 $6290 $5795
E Riviera Standard Stateroom $4615 $6410 $5915
D Riviera Standard Stateroom $4855 $6650 $6155
C Vista Panorama Balcony Suite $5005 $6800 $6505
B Vista Panorama Balcony Suite $5395 $7190 $6895
A Vista Panorama Balcony Suite $5715 $7510 $7215
P Horizon Panorama Balcony Suite $6095 $7890 $7595
S Horizon Panorama Balcony Suite $6255 $8050 $7755
SA Horizon Owner’s One Bedroom Suite $6825 $8625 $8625
RA Horizon Riverview Suite $7345 $9145 $9145
*Prices are subject to change until booked*

CRUISE PRICING
Cruise Only Rate Early Payment: This option includes the cruise only. Guests will need to arrange their own flights and transportation to the ship. Transfers are available if you arrive on specified days or book a pre-night hotel with Emerald Waterways. Otherwise, transfers to the ship must be arranged independently.
  • Deposit and Cancellation Policy: A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is due at the time of booking. The remaining balance is due 10 months before departure.

Cruise and Flight Early Payment : This rate includes both the cruise and flights (up to an $1800 value per person; any additional costs for the flights will be the guest's responsibility). Transfers are available if you arrive on specified days or book a pre-night hotel with Emerald Waterways.
  • Deposit and Cancellation Policy: A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is due at the time of booking. The remaining balance is due 10 months before departure.

Cruise Only Rate: This option includes the cruise only. Guests will need to arrange their own flights and transportation to the ship. Transfers are available if you arrive on specified days or book a pre-night hotel with Emerald Waterways. Otherwise, transfers to the ship must be arranged independently.
  • Deposit and Cancellation Policy: A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is due at the time of booking. The remaining balance is due 90 days prior to departure.


POST CRUISE STAY
Enhance your travel experience with a three-day post-tour to the magnificent city of Lisbon. This package includes transfers from the ship to Lisbon, a comprehensive full-day tour of the city, a free day to explore at your leisure, and airport transfers for your departure.

The additional cost for this package is $1,030 per person, and it adheres to the deposit and cancellation policy associated with your selected rate. *** See above rates and deposit information**

DEPOSIT DUE UPON BOOKING:  $500

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO BOOK:
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More Info on the “Emerald Radiance”
Introducing the Emerald Radiance, a stunning vessel tailored for navigating the waterways of Portugal's Douro River during the Enchanting Secrets of Douro and Lisbon cruise. Commissioned alongside its sister ships, the Emerald Radiance joined the fleet in 2017, embodying the timeless charm and grace of Portugal.
Drawing inspiration from the breathtaking beauty of the Douro Valley, this ship offers a delightful culinary experience featuring locally sourced cuisine paired with fine Portuguese wines, curated by our onboard sommeliers. The Emerald Radiance is all about top-notch service and attention to detail, promising a hospitality experience reminiscent of a luxury hotel.
With the capacity for 112 guests, the Emerald Radiance sets the bar high for river cruising luxury. Spread across four thoughtfully designed decks, the suites, staterooms, and common areas ensure comfort and relaxation throughout your journey.
Embark on an unforgettable voyage from Porto to Régua, where you'll discover the cultural riches and natural wonders of Portugal. Whether you're lounging on the Sun Deck, enjoying a dip in the heated pool with its retractable glass roof, or unwinding at the Horizon Bar & Lounge, there's no shortage of ways to relax and take in the scenery.
 Indulge in some well-deserved pampering with amenities like the onboard hair salon, spa facilities, and a modern gym. And after a day of exploration, join fellow travelers for a drink and lively conversation at the Horizon Bar & Lounge.

Highlights

HIGHLIGHTS

  •  7 nights on board the Emerald Radiance (only 112 guests)
  • Option to include flights (Airfare up to a value of $1800.00 per person)
  • Accompanied by a professional Dream Vacation Tour Director on the cruise 
  • 300-euro on-board credit per room (150 euros per person)
  • All meals included on the cruise
  • Beer & Wine included with Lunch & Dinner On the ship. Enhanced drink package available to purchase
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on the ship
  • Reusable Water Bottles
  • Excursions at every port (some if chosen cost extra)
  • Transfers to and from the airport (Transfers are available if you arrive on specified days or book a pre-cruise hotel with Emerald Waterways. Otherwise, transfers to the ship must be arranged independently).
  • Services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Extend your vacation in Europe, our travel team can assist.


INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
Visit to Quinta do Tedo with wine tasting
Guided tour of Salamanca
Tour to Castelo Rodrigo
Guided tour of Lamego
Guided tour of Porto

INCLUDED
EmeraldPLUS
Portuguese cooking demonstration on board
“Tuna” music band
Port wine cocktail lesson on board
Rural lunch at Quinta da Pacheca
Mosaic tile painting lesson on board
A cruise through Porto

EmeraldACTIVE
Kayak experience in Pinhão
Guided active walk through the vineyards
Walk down the steps of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies
Guided active walk in Porto

ADDITIONAL COST
DiscoverMORE
Castelo Rodrigo tour
Archaeological tour by 4x4 at the Côa Valley Museum
Visit to Mateus Manor House
Visit to Quinta da Aveleda
Guided bike tour to the Atlantic