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The Delights of the Douro with Mary Berry

22 - 29 JUNE 2019
PORTO TO PORTO 

from £2,545 per person


Who better to explore Portugal’s stunning wine region with than the marvelous Mary Berry? The Douro, which runs through one of Europe’s most beautiful stretches of countryside, is one of her favourite destinations and there is no better way than travelling with one of our favourite cruise lines, Emerald Waterways.

The Douro, which runs through one of Europe’s most beautiful stretches of countryside, is one of her favourite destinations and there is no better way than travelling with one of our favourite cruise lines, Emerald Waterways.


“I can see why people are so taken with river cruising,” says Mary. “As someone who is fascinated by travel, culture and food destinations, I think its the perfect way to experience them plus Portugal’s Douro valley, which has remained unchanged for centuries is a real hidden gem.”

Cruise Inclusions:

  • Return flights

  • Seven nights' luxury accommodation onboard Emerald Radiance

  • A private talk, Q&A and book signing with Mary Berry

  • A gala dinner of Mary's curated recipes

  • All meals & all inclusive drinks onboard

  • All complimentary activities and excursions listed in the itinerary

Emerald Radiance

The magnificent Emerald Radiance, custom-built for river cruises along the Douro, is an intimate ship holding just 112 guests who will enjoy watching the countryside roll by from the open-air Sun Deck or taking a dip in the stunning serenity pool. Plus, book this cruise today and receive a free premium drinks package.

Over the last couple of years we have recieved so much interest in cruises on the Douro. What better way to explore the beautiful Portugese countryside, than with our 'Queen of Cookery', Mary Berry.

Ashley Quint

Itinerary

Day 1 - Porto

Welcome to Porto. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the ship where a warm welcome awaits you from the Captain and crew as you board the Emerald Radiance. Tonight enjoy dinner onboard with you fellow travellers. You Cruise Director will also conduct a port talk to review the activities and itinerary for the days ahead.

EmeraldPLUS: Sunset Illumination Cruise

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 - Porto – Pinhao

Today enjoy a full day sailing the windy turns and twists of the Douro Valley. A UNESCO world heritage site this area is sparsely populated by small quaint villages and typical communities working vineyards and small farms. Your Cruise Director will also host a lecture on board showcasing the history and wine culture of the region. Later this afternoon arrive in the village of Pinhao which is situated on a river bend surrounded by terraced hillsides producing some of the world’s best Port. Tonight your captain will be delighted to host the welcome dinner and cocktail reception. 

EmeraldPLUS: Cooking Demonstration on Board
EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - Pinhao - Vega de Terron

Today you will have a choice to visit the marvelous baroque village of Lamego and the picturesque Our Lady of Remedies Sanctuary where history stands still. Alternatively, take part on a guided hike through local vineyards. Return to your ship for lunch and an afternoon sailing to Vega de Terron, your gateway into Spain.

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Walk through Vineyards in Pinhao
EmeraldPLUS: Cocktail Lesson on board
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 4 - Salamanca

Founded in Roman times, the city of Salamanca is home to one of the oldest universities in Europe, the seat of the Spanish language, and still a lively student town. Board your coach this morning in Vega de Terron and travel to this beautiful golden city for a guided walking tour passing through its grand squares and medieval structures, where you will feel like stepping back in time. Tapas bars feature on every street and traditional Spanish music trickles out of buzzing bars and restaurants. You will also have plenty of free time to explore independently before returning to the ship later this afternoon.

EmeraldPLUS: Local Entertainment
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 - Pocinho

This morning arrive in Pocinho and either embark on an excursion to the Coa Valley Museum or take part on the Emerald Active canoeing experience. The Coa Valley Museum is a concrete structure that details pre-historic stone carvings made by the early inhabitants of the Douro, which were uncovered during the construction of the nearby dam. Later return to your ship for lunch and enjoy your idyllic surroundings as you sail towards Regua.

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Canoeing Experience
EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board
EmeraldPLUS: This evening your highlight dinner will be hosted at a traditional rural wine estate in the Regua area
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Regua

This morning you will visit the former roman settlement of Regua. After the village tour, visit the Douro Museum for a look at wine making in the region. This afternoon, Mary Berry will join you on-board for a delicious afternoon tea and pastry tasting. You will also hear tales from her career and discover insights from her much-loved BBC series during an informal Q&A session.

EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board
EmeraldPLUS: Mosaic Tile Painting Lessons on Board
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Porto

Located at the mouth of the Douro River, Porto is a fascinating eclectic mix of modern and ancient architecture. Its most famous export is of course fortified wine, and the hillside across from the city centre features numerous wine caves and tasting boutiques in the area of Vila Nova de Gaia. This afternoon, join Mary Berry for an exclusive book signing and receive a complimentary copy of her latest publication. This evening, join Mary & your fellow Guests for a 4-course Mary Berry inspired Farewell Gala Dinner.

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Active Walking Tour
Discover More: Excursion to Guimaraes (extra expense)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner