Unforgettable Douro with Lisbon & Madrid

Revel in a sense of adventure across 17 days from Lisbon to Madrid. The flavour of this incomparable part of the world is sure to take your breath away.

17 Day
From (AUD)
$ 12,780
  • 2017 Lisbon > Madrid

    Embark on your own Age of Discovery

    The Age of Discovery first began in the 15th century in Lisbon. Naturally, it’s also the perfect place to begin your own journey.

    Start with the city’s Monument to the Explorers before discovering the fantastic shoreline and many fashionable boulevards. From Lisbon, you’ll set off for wonderful Porto, the country’s second largest city, and gateway to the beautiful Douro Valley. You can look forward to splendid days cruising this truly timeless waterway, visiting the vineyards and discovering the region’s fascinating history, before concluding in lively Madrid. Parts of this wonderful region have remained unchanged for centuries. Surely it’s about time you discovered it for yourself.

    Tour Code:

    LDOM

    Duration:

    17 Days

    Departure City:

    Lisbon

    Return City:

    Madrid

  • 17 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Bem-vindo
      Highlights:
      Charming Lisbon

      On arrival at Lisbon Airport you’ll be escorted to your centrally located hotel. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with your Tour Director and fellow guests. A truly wonderful experience awaits you.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Lisbon
      Highlights:
      Sintra Palace

      This morning, take part in a guided exploration of Portugal’s pretty capital.

      Freechoice

      Journey to Lisbon’s seaside suburb of Cascais and enjoy a picturesque and informative tour. Alternatively, climb to the hilltop town of Sintra and visit the impressive Sintra Palace.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 3 - Lisbon
      Highlights:
      A day by the sea

      Today is yours to enjoy at leisure, so take advantage of everything that lovely Lisbon has to offer. This evening you’ll get to experience Portuguese cuisine at its finest.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Lisbon > Porto
      Highlights:
      Welcome reception

      Our journey via Portugal’s medieval capital, Coimbra, will see you travelling to Porto where you’ll board the luxurious Scenic Azure to begin your cruise of the idyllic Douro Valley.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Porto > Entre-os-Rios
      Highlights:
      Historic Porto

      Today, discover the unique historic treasures of Porto, including a visit to Palacio do 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 6 - Entre-os-Rios
      Highlights:
      Sundowners at Douro Museum
      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, a renowned regional sparkling wine producer. The incredible gardens alone make the excursion worthwhile.

      This afternoon, enjoy a blissful cruise to Regua.

      Sundowners

      After the doors close to the general public, you’ll get to soak in the expansive views of Regua’s surrounding vineyards at an exclusive cocktail event hosted on the beautifully manicured terrace of the Douro Museum. Savour a range of port wine varietals in the most wondrous setting – and be sure to try the Port Tonic.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - 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 8 - 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 9 - 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. You’ll get to enjoy a fabulous Spanish dining experience for lunch, accompanied by an energetic Flamenco dance performance,.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - 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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - 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, and the bar with its wonderfully eclectic collection of regional wares. 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 da Roêda for a tasting of their famous export. If you’re feeling energetic, you could also choose a walk through the hillside vineyard for a unique tasting among the vines.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Pinhão > Porto
      Highlights:
      Scenic Enrich at Taylor’s Cellars

      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

      This evening enjoy a unique dining experience accompanied by a traditional Fado music performance at the fabulous Taylor’s Cellars. Enjoy mesmerising views overlooking the Douro River and Porto skyline whilst dining on delicious Portuguese cuisine. Situated in the heart of the Vila Nova de Gaia district of Porto, dinner at Taylor’s Cellars makes for a truly unforgettable experience, once again exclusive to Scenic guests.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 13 - 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. Or visit a local corking factory (Canning and Cork Factory are not available on all departures, will be replaced by Filigree Workshop and Sacred Art & Cork Museum + Paper Museum, enquire for details). Alternatively, walk the fragrant terraces of Cristal Gardens.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Porto > Madrid
      Highlights:
      Wine and siestas

      After breakfast you’ll board your included flight from Porto to Madrid. On arrival transfer to your luxurious hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 15 - Madrid
      Highlights:
      Madrid’s Royal Palace

      This morning, enjoy a tour of Madrid, including the 17th century Austrian Quarter and the Sabatini Gardens.

      Freechoice

      This afternoon, choose between the exceptional Prado Museum, or the marvellous 18th century Royal Palace of Madrid.

      Later, enjoy all that the Spanish cuisine has to offer at a local restaurant.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Madrid
      Highlights:
      Magnificent Madrid

      Today is yours to enjoy at leisure in Spain’s largest city. Stroll the city’s fashionable boutiques, relax in one of Madrid’s many manicured gardens, or explore the surrounding area.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 17 - Madrid
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      Depart after breakfast, with truly fabulous memories intact, and transfer to Madrid Airport for your flight home.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    All-inclusive highlights
    • 5-star Scenic Space-Ship featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
    • 1 exclusive Enrich experience
    • Your choice of 16 Freechoice activities
    • 1 Sundowners event
    • 38 meals – 16 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 13 dinners