Day 1 Lisbon
Come to the vibrant city of Lisbon, located on seven hills and the Tagus river in Portugal. Known as one of Europe’s trendiest capitals, visitors can easily find themselves charmed by its approach to art, design, food and culture. Your hotel is situated in the heart of it all – here you will meet your tour director and fellow travelers for a celebratory toast before embarking on your journey tomorrow. Buried deep within are glimpses from its 8th century beginnings with cobblestone lanes and Moorish architecture woven throughout modern converted warehouses.
Day 2 Lisbon
This morning, you will have a guided tour of Lisbon. This historic city has a long and illustrious past; first founded in 1200BC, the Moors ruled it for more than 400 years. It also led the Age of Exploration and almost its entire infrastructure was reconstructed after an enormous earthquake in 1755 altered much of the landscape. Stroll through streets lined with buildings built centuries ago: Baixa Pombalina is the historical center; Castelo de Sao George towers over Lisbon from its hilltop perch; Jerónimos Monastery displays ornate architecture from the 15th century. And don’t forget to savor Portugal’s famous pastry – pastéis de nata! Optional activities today include exploring maritime history at Maritime Museum, giving insight into this nation’s seafaring legacy. Set inside the Jerónimos Monastery, the museum is home to more than 23,000 pieces that chart Portugal’s maritime triumphs across seven centuries. Admire the national monument: Visit the hilltop town of Sintra, around 20 minutes outside of Lisbon, and climb to the national monument, Palacio Nacional. Perched high above the town, the palace is a glorious blend of Moorish and Portuguese Gothic architecture topped with twin conical chimneys.
Day 3 Lisbon
Experience a part of history and world-class art this day. Step aboard the classic yellow vintage wooden trams on route 28, which winds through narrow streets and steep hills with astonishingly close proximity to buildings. For those seeking panoramic views, take the Santa Justa elevator from the nineteenth century up seven storeys to one of the city’s highest points. The Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology (MAAT) is another must-see spot; it sprawls across both an old power station and modern structure at the estuary of Tagus river. In here lies Portugal’s most remarkable collection of contemporary art as well as varying exhibitions on display. Last but not least, Museo de Oriente offers insight into Portugal’s relationship with Asia since 16th century in its slick structure. The National Azujelo Museum delves into the history of the colourful glazed tiles you see all over the city. At an exclusive farewell dinner tonight, you’ll get to experience Portuguese cuisine at its finest. Lisbon is famous for its seafood, thanks to its prominent position on the coast, and its cuisine has long been influenced by its rich history of spice trading.
Day 4 Lisbon > Porto
When you embark on the voyage from Coimbra to Porto, prepare for a luxurious experience aboard Scenic Azure.
Day 5 Regua
Start your day off right with a delicious breakfast at Crystal Dining as you sail towards Regua. As the sunbeams filter onto the Sun Deck, take in the stunning sights of Douro Valley along its riverbanks. Regua is the largest and most popular spot here; it serves as an ideal jump-off point for discovering this region renowned for producing Port wine on its hillside vineyards from centuries ago. Once we arrive this afternoon, pay a visit to Douro Museum which will offer insight into the area’s history, culture, and traditions. The building itself is an 18th century marvel responsible for demarcating wines and storing winemaking equipment. Afterwards, toast to another memorable day with a glass of local port or port tonic on the terrace!
Day 6 Regua > Vega de Terron
Rested in Regua, you can calmly begin the day with a cup of coffee from your suite. The Douro Valley offers plenty of interesting excursions to discover, such as a trip to Lamego, one of Northern Portugal’s most beautiful towns. There, terraced vineyards are known for producing world-famous port wines and structures from the 18th century abound. As you take a self-guided tour of the museum, you may opt for tasting bola – a kind of donut pastry. In addition to the Baroque staircase and Rococo church, it is sure to be an unforgettable experience!
Discovering the charming Pinhao River by kayak: Take in stunning vistas of terraced vineyards, patchworked farmland and grand estates with an excursion along the Pinhao River. A tributary of the Douro, this picturesque river offers a one-of-a-kind perspective on this gorgeous region of Portugal. Later, board a coach for Mateus Palace – famed for its beautiful Baroque civil architecture. Explore these historic halls featuring original furniture from the palace’s days as a family home plus exquisitely carved ceilings and artwork such as an illustrated edition of Os Lusiadas, Portugal’s most celebrated epic poem. Don’t forget to stroll through the garden too – boasting statues, hedges and ponds that create a truly tranquil atmosphere. Departing late afternoon today your Scenic Space-Ship will then journey to Vega de Terron where you will dock overnight.
Day 7 Vega de Terron > Salamanca
Located at the border of Portugal and Spain, at the conjunction of the Douro and Águeda rivers, Vega de Terron is this morning’s destination. It offers an unaltered experience with its tranquil streets, gorgeous scenery and amiable locals. A tour to Salamanca today is also in store – acknowledged as the ‘golden city’ for its radiant sandstone architecture. Amongst other qualities, it is known for having one of the oldest universities on earth, launched back in 1218. Make sure to take advantage of today’s Scenic Freechoice excursions: Salamanca Full Day Excursion! Salamanca is a bustling city, filled with a young demographic – around one-fifth of the population is comprised of students. Today’s guided tour takes you to two grand cathedrals, including one constructed in the 12th century and another from the 16th century. Additionally, you will be able to enjoy local flavors like olives, cheese and smoked ham at a nearby market before having some time to explore on your own and grab lunch. An alternate trip option brings travelers to Freixo de Espada à Cinta, known as ‘ash tree girded with sword’ thanks to its unique name which dates back to the 14th century when Dinis King of Portugal stopped there for rest and tied his sword around an ash tree. This evening, enjoy the inclusive entertainment on board as you cruise back into Portugal and towards the village of Pocinho.
Day 8 Pocinho
The village of Pocinho, established at the terminus of the Douro Railway back1887, serves as a great jumping off point for exploring the area. Coffee delivered to your suite by your personal butler is a perfect way to begin the day before heading out on one of this morning’s activities. Why not check out one of the Scenic Freechoice excursions such as visiting Côa Valley Museum? This museum is one Portugal’s largest, installed within a specially designed building that blends harmoniously with its surroundings. During your time there you can learn about the region’s paleolithic rock art sites via original artefacts and digital technology, while also taking part pre-historic workshop. Alternatively, why not enjoy Tastes of the Côa Valley where you can visit Casa Painova estate for an almond workshop followed by tastings almonds, olives and fruit products? This afternoon, relax as you cruise towards Pinhão; perhaps enjoy a regional port wine in the Panorama Lounge & Bar or spend some time in your suite. Many have a window that converts into a Scenic Sun Lounge, allowing you uninterrupted views to watch a rolling tapestry of river life as you cruise the Douro.
Day 9 Pinhão
As you make your way to Pinhão today, take in the beautiful views of the Douro River that surrounds it. Aside from its stunning landscape, you can find an exquisite train station decorated with azulejos illustrating the annual harvest. From there, you are taken on to Provesende, perched atop a plateau with breathtaking vistas of rolling hills and vineyards. During your exploration of the village, catch a recital at the church and learn how to bake traditional bola pastries in what used to be an old bakery. You then have the opportunity to peek inside a historic manor house where you can indulge in your freshly made treats! As dusk draws near, return to Porto ready for your incredible Scenic Enrich Classical event! Classical concert in Sao Francisco Church: From the ship, take a short walk (with some stairs) to Sao Francisco Church, which is one of the most iconic sites in Porto. Built in the 13th century, the Gothic church has gilded interiors and breathtaking altars. All guests will be seated in the church for a performance of classical music.
Day 10 Porto
Start your sightseeing in the city of Porto, a city that dates back two millennia and gave its name to the country of Portugal. Here, you will find a melange of the past and present; combining ancient historical buildings adorned with vibrant tiles alongside street art decorating its old walls. To get an extensive overview of this unique destination, set out on one of the Scenic Freechoice excursions. Selecting the Guided tour of Porto is highly recommended as it provides insights into the culture, history and cuisine of this city. One highlight is sure to be a visit to Palacio da Bolsa – a 19th-century neoclassical building full of extraordinary artwork including intricate gold leaf decorations in its Arab Room. Afterwards there’s free time which can be spent exploring at Bolhão Markets for souvenirs or picking up local delicacies. Since its inception in 1914, tourists have had the opportunity to immerse themselves in local culture and food at the historic market. With plenty of locals present, it’s a great opportunity to experience the vibrancy of the place. Another must-visit destination is Guimarães, also called as Portugal’s birthplace. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, visitors can explore places like the Ducal Palace which dates back to 15th century and exhibits various antique items such as tapestries, furniture, ceramics and weapons. After visiting the city at leisure, you will be taken on coach tour of Quinta da Aveleda – a 150-year old wine producer where tourists will get to sample some drinks while strolling around its beautiful gardens!
Day 11 Porto > Madrid
This morning, make your way to Madrid and enjoy a three night stay at your centrally located hotel. Here you will have the chance to discover Madrid’s unique culture, renowned architecture and flavoursome cuisine. Scenic Azure will provide an included flight so that you can take full advantage of the incredible city of Madrid and all it has to offer.
Day 12 Madrid
Make the most of your time in Madrid with a tour through its most famous sights. Begin your journey at Madrid de los Austrias, an area ingrained with Habsburg history. Then, make your way to the Plaza Mayor – a 400-year-old plaza framed by pastel buildings – and Plaza de la Villa, known for its picturesque beauty. To get a sense of the city’s nightlife, head over to Plaza de la Paja for restaurants and bars galore! After that, take some time to explore the Sabatini Gardens located in front of the Royal Palace and bask in its formal garden fountains and statues. Finally, enjoy two classic fountains near Prado Museum: Cibeles fountain from 19th century and Neptuno from 18th century. Let your inner artist bloom at The Prado: With a repository of over 7,000 pieces of art from Spanish grand masters Goya and Velázquez to prominent European artists like Rubens, Bosch, Rafael and more, it’s easy to see why The Prado Museum is renowned as one of the world’s best. Boasting 1,500 artworks on display in total, you won’t want to miss this opportunity!Then, wander through Madrid’s opulent 18th-century Royal Palace – clocking in at 135,000 square metres – and view its grand rooms and airy courtyards. Don’t forget to check out the armoury for some impressive weaponry and armoured gear too.End your day with an unforgettable Spanish dinner accompanied by your fellow new friends – raise a toast together for a wonderfully filled day!
Day 13 Madrid
Why not take advantage of Madrid’s sights and sounds? There’s something for any person to enjoy, whether you’re a traveller or resident. On a sunny day, El Retiro Park is absolutely perfect. Paddle boats are available to get the full experience of its grand structures, greenery, and monuments that line the lake. Culture enthusiasts can check out the Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Museo Lazaro Galdiano, and the National Archaeological Museum. Shopping aficionados should head over to Gran Via off Barrio de Salamanca for luxury labels and Chueca/Malasaña districts for vintage finds. Lastly, foodies will adore Mercado de San Miguel – an old-timey covered market with scrumptious Spanish produce from everywhere around Spain.
Day 14 Madrid
As a reminder of your journey, take some time to appreciate the beauty and tranquility of Sabatini Park on your last day in the city. Located just minutes away from your hotel, it’s an ideal way to start the morning off right. After checking out, indulge in one final cup of delicious Spanish coffee at a café before heading to the airport for departure. You will never forget this remarkable experience you’ve had in magnificent Madrid! This journey is an example only and may be changed due to practical conditions such as strong or low tides. Please check our terms and conditions for more information.
What’s not included
Flights before and after the tour are not included in the tour price. You can organize your flights separately at any point.
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