Unforgettable Douro with Lisbon & Madrid

Begin your journey in Lisbon before discovering the Douro river on a luxurious cruise on board Scenic Azure. Finish up your tour with 3 nights in Madrid.

17 Day
From (AUD)
$ 10,585
  • 2018 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

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

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Lisbon

      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 of this former fishing village. Alternatively, climb to the hilltop town of Sintra and visit the Sintra Palace.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 3 - Lisbon

      Enjoy time at leisure to take advantage of everything that Lisbon has to offer. This evening you’ll get to experience Portuguese cuisine at its finest.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Lisbon > Porto

      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 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 6 - 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 7 - Regua
      Highlights:
      Ucanha and Varosa Valley

      This morning, 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.

      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.

      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. 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 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 and tonight be entertained by a traditional Portuguese musical performance on board.

      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. 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 12 - 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 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 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 14 - Porto > Madrid

      Today you’ll board your included flight from Porto to Madrid. On arrival transfer to your luxurious hotel, your residence for the next three nights.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 15 - Madrid
      Highlights:
      Freechoice

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

      Freechoice

      This afternoon, you can choose between the exceptional Prado Museum, or the equally delightful 18th century Royal Palace of Madrid.

      This evening, enjoy fine Spanish cuisine in a superb local restaurant.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Madrid
      Highlights:
      Day at leisure

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

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 17 - Madrid
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      After breakfast, with memories of a truly unforgettable journey, you’ll be  transferred to Madrid airport.

      Meals included: Breakfast