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The Discoverers’ Trail

Explore Portugal, Spain & France on the ultimate 31 day journey. See the sights of Spain and enjoy two luxurious river cruises through Porto & Bordeaux.

31 Day
From (AUD)
$ 22,595
  • 2018 Porto > Bordeaux

    Lands of contrast and beauty

    Discover the rugged beauty of Portugal, the diversity of Spain and the flavours of south western France during this 31 day journey.

    Choosing a favourite between these three countries will be nearly impossible. Although so close in proximity, Portugal, Spain and France are all as unique as they are varied. Portugal has a proud history from its thriving Port industry to the explorers that navigated the world. Spain is a land of diversity; the Andalusian cities of Granada, Seville and Córdoba offer a plethora of intricate architecture and a unique history; and the elegant capital Madrid is home to the world famous Prado Museum. France is a gourmand paradise, with the Médoc, Sauternes and Cognac regions, just to name a few.

    Tour Code:

    DLMB

    Duration:

    31 Days

    Departure City:

    Porto

    Return City:

    Bordeaux

  • 31 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Bem-vindo
      Highlights:
      Welcome reception

      Welcome to Portugal. On arrival at Porto Airport you’ll be met and transferred to the luxurious Scenic Azure. Tonight enjoy a warm welcome reception on board.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Porto > Entre-os-Rios
      Highlights:
      Historic Porto

      Today, discover the unique historic treasures of Porto, including a visit to Palacio da 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 3 - Entre-os-Rios
      Highlights:
      Quinta Aveleda
      Freechoice

      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. Located in the famous Vino Verde region and a renowned regional sparkling wine producer, the incredible gardens alone make the excursion worthwhile

      This afternoon, enjoy a blissful cruise 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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Regua
      Highlights:
      Ucanha and Varosa Valley
      Freechoice

      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.

      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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - 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 6 - Salamanca
      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. Explore the city on a guided tour before some time at leisure followed by a delicious lunch accompanied by an energetic Flamenco dance performance.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Pocinho > Pinhão
      Highlights:
      Côa Valley

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

      Freechoice

      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.

      This afternoon, enjoy your picturesque cruise to Pinhão and tonight by entertained by a traditional Portuguese musical performance on board.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Pinhão
      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. 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.

      Freechoice

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Pinhão > Porto
      Highlights:
      Scenic Enrich at São Francisco Church

      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.

      Enrich

      The sheer beauty of São Francisco Church is sure to impress. From the outside the facade is a mixture of Gothic and Baroque architecture and inside the interior glows with its intricate wood carvings swathed in gold. Immerse yourself in the heart and soul of Portuguese music as you witness a spectacular private concert in this wondrous surrounding.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Porto
      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.

      Freechoice

      Visit the oldest remaining Canning Factory in Porto for an insight into their 100-year-old family business alternatively visit a local corking factory. Or visit Vila Nova de Gaia, the historic district set on the banks of the Douro River, for a tasting of the regions famed drop in one of the most famous cellars of Porto.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Porto > Lisbon

      After breakfast, you’ll disembark the Scenic Azure and head to Lisbon, visiting the country’s historic capital of Coimbra en route. Arrive at your hotel in Lisbon in the afternoon, where you can relax before a fabulous dinner, accompanied by a Fado music performance.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Lisbon

      Enjoy a morning tour of Lisbon that includes the Jeronimos Monastery and the famous Bakery of Pasteis de Belem, where you’ll taste the Portuguese favourite Pasteis de Nata. Enjoy lunch in the beautiful seaside village of Cascais before an afternoon tour of Sintra and her national monument Palacio Nacional.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 13 - Lisbon > Évora

      This morning, depart for Setúbal, one of Portugal’s most beautiful regions. Enjoy an orientation tour and time at leisure before continuing to Évora. With its overarching cathedral, Évora stretches across a gently sloping hill that rises out of the expansive Alentejo plain. Protected by an impressive outer wall, its historic centre is a zealously guarded and World Heritage-listed cultural treasure, and you’ll have ample opportunity to appreciate it firsthand before heading to your hotel for the next two nights.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 14 - Évora

      In Esporão today, you’ll tour the exclusive estate of Herdade do Esporão and enjoy a World of Wines workshop with the Chief Sommelier. You’ll also get to put your new knowledge into practice with a Creating Blends class. The session ends with a fabulous long lunch in the ‘Galeria de Esporão’ Restaurant.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 15 - Évora > Seville

      The Aracena mountain region straddles the Portuguese and Spanish borders and is famous for its production of Iberian pork. It’s a region with a fascinating history that includes people as diverse as Celts, Arabs, Portuguese and even the famous Knights Templar. You’ll visit the little village of Jabugo, famous for its cured jamon, before visiting a renowned local producer for a tasting of their delicious fare. Then it’s time for a lunch of fine Spanish delicacies before heading to your hotel and a little siesta in Seville.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 16 - Seville

      This morning, enjoy a city tour of Seville, the wonderful Capital of Andalucía. You’ll visit The Alcázar, and see the 15th century cathedral and the Barrio de Santa Cruz. It’s a veritable feast for your heart, soul and mind.

      Freechoice

      Enjoy wine tasting at a local ‘taberna’, or be invited into the home of one of the locals and discover the Andalusian traditions from people who live and breathe them.

      Then, as evening falls, take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the romantic Maria Luisa Park. You’ll visit Seville’s famous El Patio Sevillano where you’ll enjoy a tapas dinner whilst being entranced by the city’s finest Flamenco dance performers.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 17 - Seville > Granada

      This morning, enjoy a scenic drive to Ronda, situated in spectacular mountain scenery atop the El Tajo Canyon. You’ll have the benefit of a guided tour, and a little free leisure time, before your afternoon departure for Granada. This evening, you’ll get to dine at the renowned Restaurant El Coso, complete with live Tuna folk music before you retire tired but happy to the comfort of your luxurious hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 18 - Granada > Córdoba

      This morning, explore Granada, including Alhambra and the Generalife Gardens, before heading for the mountain village of Alfarnatejo where you’ll enjoy a home-hosted lunch with hospitable locals. You’ll arrive at Córdoba in the afternoon, where you’ll be escorted around the most seminal sites, including the Aljama Mosque. Finally, retire to your hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 19 - Córdoba > Madrid

      Enjoy an insightful orientation tour of Toledo, with time to explore, before heading to magnificent Madrid, where you’ll be introduced to extraordinary exhibits in the Prado Museum. From there, you’ll settle in for a luxurious stay at your hotel. This evening, celebrate with your fellow guests at a fabulous farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 20 - Madrid

      This morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Madrid.

      Freechoice

      Join an active Flamenco dance workshop at a local tablao, or tour the Santiago Bernabeu Football Stadium of Real Madrid.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 21 - Madrid > Bordeaux

      Today you will fly to Bordeaux  where you’ll board the luxurious Scenic Diamond, your home for the next 10 nights of your journey.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 22 - Bordeaux > Saint-Émilion
      Highlights:
      Sundowners at Château Siaurac

      Enjoy a relaxing morning on board as you cruise in style into the beautiful 13th century port of Libourne. Whilst cruising, perhaps drop into Scenic Culinaire for a French cooking class. You’ll spend the afternoon in the nearby town of Saint-Émilion, an absolute visual feast and the jewel of this ancient wine growing region. You’ll also get to explore the underground catacombs of the Monolithic Church – a true trip highlight.

      Sundowners

      Celebrate the two thousand-year history of wine by enjoying a glass at the exclusive estate of Château Siaurac. As the vines glow red and gold at sunset, mingle with new found friends, explore the spectacular property or discover the artistic heritage of this region and be mesmerised by a local artist painting the stunning landscape using paint made from the wine grown on this very estate, it really is hard to imagine a more elegant way to enjoy this beautiful region.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 23 - Libourne > Pauillac
      Highlights:
      Foie Gras in Bergerac
      Freechoice

      Enjoy a guided tour of Libourne and view its quaint 16th century town-houses and Gothic church. Alternatively, explore the exclusive estate of Château Franc Mayne and taste its Grand Cru Class wine, or view the eclectic city of Bergerac and enjoy foie gras tasting at a charming local farm.

      After your afternoon at leisure, opt to enhance your culinary prowess in Scenic Culinaire or simply soak in the riverside panoramas while cruising to Pauillac.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 24 - Médoc
      Highlights:
      Enrich concert at Château Agassac

      Travel the scenic Médoc wine route today and discover why this region is viewed as the world’s leading red wine producer. Afterwards, sample the region’s finest at the Château Gruaud-Larose estate, or cycle to Château Lagrange, featured on Napoleon III’s 1855 Classification, for a wine tasting.

      Enrich

      Set in spectacular surrounds in the  Médoc countryside, Château Agassac is truly enchanting. Dating back to the 13th century the Château is one of the oldest winemaking establishments in the region and is the venue for your unforgettable evening concert. Soak in the ambiance of this magnificent property as live musicians perform classical masterpieces for your enjoyment. A truly wondrous evening exclusive to Scenic.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 25 - Pauillac > Cadillac
      Highlights:
      Leisurely cruising

      Soak in the Garonne River vistas as you cruise aboard the luxurious Scenic Diamond. Cruising the picturesque landscapes of the Garonne River into Cadillac provides some of the most beautiful scenic cruising in all of the Bordeaux region. Whilst cruising you may choose to further develop your cooking skills with a lesson in Scenic Culinaire. Tonight this remarkable space comes to life when fabulous local entertainers perform live in the Panorama Lounge for your exclusive enjoyment.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 26 - Cadillac
      Highlights:
      Roquetaillade Castle

      Venture into the Sauternes region for a tasting of the prestigious Château Guiraud dessert wines. Alternatively, cycle through the rolling vineyards of Sauternes to the Grand Cru Class estate of Château Myrat for a tasting.

      Freechoice

      Remain on board and join a master class in French cuisine in Scenic Culinaire. Or visit Roquetaillade Castle, founded by Charlemagne it’s one of the region’s most impressive historic sites and you’ll tour it with the family that now lives within its walls. Alternatively, discover the medieval village of Saint Macaire, or perhaps enjoy a 12 kilometre roundtrip hike from Cadillac to the neighbouring village of Loupiac.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 27 - Bordeaux
      Highlights:
      Shop with a Chef
      Freechoice

      Shop with a Chef at a local food market and cook up a storm in Scenic Culinaire afterwards. Or enjoy a guided tour of Bordeaux and her many attractions. For the more energetic, cycle the historic regions of Bordeaux. Cross beautiful bridges to witness sites such as the Royal Gate and the Palais Rohan, before cycling through public gardens back to the luxury of your floating hotel.

      A city that exudes atmospheric charm, you’ll enjoy a full afternoon at leisure to immerse yourself in the culture of the Bordelais. Enjoy a special dinner on board showcasing regional delicacies before an illuminations cruise on the Garonne River. A fabulous local soloist will perform live in the Panorama Lounge tonight. What a magical evening.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 28 - Arcachon > Bourg
      Highlights:
      Arcachon Bay and surrounds

      Situated on the northern tip of Europe’s longest coastal beach, Arcachon is the jewel of France’s western coastline.

      Freechoice

      Join a walking tour of Arcachon including a visit to the local Baltard market. Or climb Europe’s largest sand dune and drink in the expansive panoramas. Or for those fancying something sweet, why not stay on board and enjoy a fabulous Mademoiselle de Margaux chocolate and wine pairing event. Alternatively, take a local tram to the newly opened Cite du Vin museum and enjoy an interactive journey of wine discovery.

      In the afternoon, cruise leisurely into Bourg and, in the evening, enjoy a lively jazz performance on board.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 29 - Cognac
      Highlights:
      Tasting at Rémy-Martin property

      Today explore the unique northern shores of the Gironde Estuary.

      Freechoice

      Discover the Carriages Museum in the enchanting Bourg Castle including a visit to the 16th century passageway to the guards rooms and immense WWII oil tanks. Alternatively, spend a full day exploring the fortified town of Cognac, renowned for its production of fine brandy. Afterwards, enjoy a tasting at the acclaimed property of Rémy Martin.

      This afternoon, unwind on the Sun Deck cruising on the Gironde River into the historic port of Blaye.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 30 - Blaye > Bordeaux
      Highlights:
      Cycle the Captain’s Road

      Discover the remarkable Blaye region, established to protect the Bordeaux region from invasion.

      Freechoice

      Stroll through the charming Citadel of Blaye, or join a 30 kilometre roundtrip cycle along the Captain’s Road which is so named in honour of the WWI Captains who chose to purchase their homes along this beautiful stretch of waterway in the early 20th century.

      You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive cooking class in Scenic Culinaire or simply relax on board as we cruise past beautiful uninhabited islands bound for Bordeaux.
      Dine in style at the Captain’s farewell dinner on board this evening.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 31 - Bordeaux
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      Disembark after breakfast and transfer to Bordeaux Airport or Bordeaux Train Station.

      Meals included: Breakfast