Majestic Switzerland by Rail Loyalty Departure & Unforgettable Douro

Explore the culture, history and identity of the economically significant Douro River on board Scenic Azure during this combined river cruise and land tour.

22 Days
Zurich to Porto
From (AUD)
$ 19,290
Dates & Pricing

2020 Zurich > Porto

Tour Map
Tour Code:
SZLD
Duration:
22 days
Departure City:
Zurich
Return City:
Porto

Selected Itinerary

22 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Zurich

    Welcome to Zurich, Switzerland’s largest city, where you’ll start your journey with an overnight stay at your luxurious hotel. Named the city with the best quality of life in the world and the commercial and cultural centre of Switzerland, this afternoon join your local guide for an exploration of the city including the Bahnhofstrasse and the historic Fraumünster Church where you can admire the spectacular Stained Glass windows designed by world renowned artist Marc Chagall. Please book flights to arrive into Zurich by Midday for a 2pm guided city tour.

  2. Day 2 - Zurich > Lugano

    This morning, journey to Lucerne where your Tour Director will take you on an orientation tour of this picturesque city. Cross the medieval Chapel Bridge to the ornate Jesuit Church and wander past numerous fountains, squares and historic buildings before some time at leisure to explore further. This afternoon embark on a Scenic train journey on the Gotthard Panorama Express from Flüelen towards Lugano. From your first class seat enjoy the many magnificent and diverse views, from snow-capped mountains and lush green landscapes to tropical Palm trees.
    This afternoon you will arrive into Lugano, where you will stay two nights. Although in Switzerland, the city offers a unique Italian flair with the culture and language influenced by its nearest neighbour.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Lugano

    Located on the shores of Lake Lugano surrounded by impressive mountains, the city is a sight to behold. Your local guide will escort you through the city's lively squares, lakeside promenades and Old town. Spend the rest of your day at leisure exploring the many highlights of this spectacular region.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  4. Day 4 - Lugano > St. Moritz

    The highlight of your day will be a delightful journey on the Bernina Express towards the mountain village of St. Moritz. Cross the Bernina Pass before arriving into the exclusive resort town of St. Moritz, nestled in the Engadine Valley. Enjoy an overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  5. Day 5 - St. Moritz > Zermatt

    Today a special treat awaits. Board the Glacier Express for possibly the world’s most breath-taking mountain rail journey. Travel in comfort through the unspoilt natural beauty of a landscape rich in ancient mountain forests, peaceful alpine meadows, rushing mountain streams and valleys, soaked in tradition and centuries old culture. Journey through the Albula Pass and over the impressive Landwasser viaduct and enjoy lunch on board bound for the traffic-free ski resort of Zermatt. For the next two nights you will enjoy typical Swiss hospitality at a family run hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  6. Day 6 - Zermatt

    Zermatt is located at the north end of a hanging valley with breath-taking views of the surrounding peaks and this morning you will bear witness to some of the most spectacular views as you ascend the Swiss Alps by rail to Gornergrat. A highlight will be the Swiss Icon, the Matterhorn.
    This afternoon take in the fresh mountain air as you wander the winding alleys of this traditional chalet filled village at your own pace.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Zermatt > Lausanne

    Leaving this alpine paradise behind we continue to the equally picturesque city of Lausanne, set on the shores of Lake Geneva. This afternoon you will have time to wander the streets, perhaps stroll the tree lined lake side promenade or venture to the Old Town where buildings dating back to the middle Ages line the streets. Overlooking Lake Geneva, your accommodation is the perfect location for your two night stay in Lausanne.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Lausanne

    Freechoice

    Just outside of Lausanne is the Lavaux wine region and this morning you have the opportunity to discover this region at a delicious wine tasting at a local vineyard. Alternatively, journey to the town of Vevey, home to Charlie Chaplin once he’d fled the United States. Learn about one of the 20th century’s most celebrated artists during a visit to the Chaplin’s World Museum.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  9. Day 9 - Lausanne > Montreux > Interlaken

    This morning take a short journey to Montreux and enjoy some free time to explore the highlights of the city before boarding the Golden Pass train. Pass by lush green rolling hills, crystal blue lakes and soaring mountain peaks bound for the beautiful city of Interlaken. As its name suggests, Interlaken lies between the two lakes, Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the foothills of the Alps and you will have the perfect base to enjoy this region with a two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  10. Day 10 - Interlaken

    Today you will get to enjoy the spectacular views from the Top of Europe. Start your journey on the Bernese Oberland Railway and ascend the mountain toward the Jungfraujoch where a 360 degree panorama will take your breath away. After time to explore all the Jungfraujoch has to offer we will start our descent stopping along the way in the charming alpine village of Grindelwald.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Interlaken > Bern > Zurich

    This morning we will return back to Zurich, stopping along the way in the Swiss capital of Bern. Your Tour Director will give you an orientation tour of this well preserved medieval city that is situated on the banks of the River Aare. Back in Zurich check into your hotel before free time to explore the multitude of cafes, boutique shops and museums on offer.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  12. Day 12 - Zurich > Porto

    Today join your included flight to Porto where you will embark your Scenic Space-Ship for your journey along the Douro river.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Porto > Entre-os-Rios

    Freechoice

    Discover the historic treasures of Porto, including a visit to Palacio da Bolsa, a neoclassical style building which started construction in 1842 and took over 65 years to complete or if you’re feeling more active, join a walking tour that includes a cable car ride allowing you to see Porto from a different perspective.

    Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of cruising as your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship meanders its way to Entre-os-Rios.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Entre-os-Rios

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

    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

  15. Day 15 - Regua

    This morning, discover the captivating Varosa Valley and visit the charming village of Tarouca where you’ll explore the restored Monastery of Saint John of Tarouca. Enroute, 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 such as the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios and the Lamego Museum, both of which you will get the opportunity to visit. Alternatively, 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

  16. Day 16 - Regua > Vega de Terron

    Enjoy a full day cruising the Douro Valley’s Vinhateiro wine growing region. A World Heritage-listed Site, Vinhateiro has a history of wine production that stretches back for 2,000 years. In fact, its impeccable port wines have been world-famous since at least the 18th century.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Salamanca

    Take your time absorbing the architectural splendour of Salamanca, a city as visually striking as it is historically intriguing. From humble beginnings during the Iron Age to darker times, such as economic crises and the War of the Spanish Succession, Salamanca has been shaped over time to become the fascinating beauty it is today. Explore the city on a guided tour before enjoying the ‘Tastes of Spain’ during a market visit followed by free time. Your lunch today will be accompanied by an energetic Flamenco dance performance.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Pocinho > Pinhão

    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.

    Tonight, be entertained by a traditional Portuguese musical performance on board.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Pinhão

    Visit the remarkable village of Provesende, showcasing the Portugal of yesteryear, and wander the quaint streets with locals as they proudly introduce you to their way of life – including their local bakery. This is a specially choreographed experience exclusive 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.

    Freechoice

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Pinhão > Porto

    Having spent the previous eight days discovering the treasures of the Douro, Varosa and Côa Valleys, enjoy an exclusive Douro Valley Wine Review. Otherwise, simply enjoy the beauty of the region as you cruise back into Porto.

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    The sheer beauty of São Francisco Church is sure to impress. The facade is a mix of Gothic and Baroque architecture, while the interior glows with intricate wood carvings swathed in gold. Immerse yourself in the heart and soul of Portuguese music as you witness a spectacular private concert in these wondrous surroundings.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Porto

    Freechoice

    Step outside of Porto and join an excursion to Aveiro for a guided tour including a cruise on the waterways that meander through this historic and colourful city. Alternatively, visit a local corking factory and learn how cork is produced as well as its multitude of uses. Or visit Vila Nova de Gaia, the historic district set on the banks of the Douro River, for a tasting of the region’s famed drop in one of the most famous cellars of Porto.

    You have the opportunity to explore Porto at your leisure this afternoon or simply make the most of the remainder of your time aboard Scenic Azure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Porto

    Your cruise concludes after breakfast as you’re transferred to Porto airport. Your time in Portugal’s Douro Valley may have come to an end, but you’ll leave with wonderful memories and newfound friends.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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