The soul of Portugal, from windswept seaside meanderings to the astonishing beauty of the Douro Valley, this is a journey of contemplation and elegance. In Porto, board the luxurious Scenic Azure, which will transport you through the hidden gem that is the Douro Valley. Your days will be spent immersed in the proud history and culture of a unique land that still retains many of its centuries-old traditions.
1 Depart the USA
Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Porto, Portugal.
2 Porto, Portugal
Welcome to Porto! You’ll be met at the airport by a representative of Mayflower Cruises and Tours and transferred to the Scenic Azure, home for your 7-night cruise of the idyllic Douro Valley. Meal: D
3 Porto – Regua
Relax in the sunshine on the Sun Deck as you enjoy the scenery of the Douro rolling by as your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship meanders its way to Regua where you’ll 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: B, L, D
4 Regua – Vega de Terron
Journey to the elegant town of Lamego, with its many fine Baroque structures such as the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios and the Lamego Museum.
OR enjoy a guided visit of Mateus Palace, the historic icon depicted on the labels of Portugal’s famous Mateus rosé wine. Alternatively, you may choose to go kayaking along the Pinhão River.
Enjoy a full afternoon cruising the Vinhateiro wine region as you continue onward towards Spain. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vinhateiro has a history of wine production that stretches back 2,000 years. Meals: B, L, D
5 Vega de Terron
Cross the border to Spain for a full-day excursion while you take your time absorbing the architectural splendor of Salamanca, a city as visually striking as it is historically intriguing.
Alternatively, you may choose to visit the Portuguese village, Freixo de Espada à Cinta for a guided tour and visit to their silk museum. Freixo de Espada à Cinta is the only municipality where silk is still processed entirely by hand. Meals: B, L, D
6 Pocinho – Pinhão
Visit the award-winning Côa Valley Museum and enjoy a pre-historic workshop. Alternatively, join the ‘Tastes of the Côa Valley’ excursion for a sweet Almond workshop. Learn how the nuts are harvested and used in desserts and pastries. Enjoy a tasting of almonds, olives and fruit products. Meals: B, L, D
7 Pinhão – Porto
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 – an experience exclusive to Scenic guests.
The beauty of São Francisco Church is sure to impress. The façade is a mixture of Gothic and Baroque architecture, while the interior glows with intricate wood carvings covered in gold. Witness a spectacular private classical music concert in these wondrous surroundings. Meals: B, L, D
Discover the historic treasures of Porto or the city of Guimarães. Freechoice:
Join a guided tour of Porto including a visit to the iconic Palacio da Bolsa.
OR, depart on a guided visit to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Guimarães, the seat of the first King of Portugal and dominated by the impressive Ducal Palace, which dates back to medieval times.
Alternatively, you may 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. Meals: B, L, D
9 Porto / USA
After breakfast, transfer to the Porto airport for your onward or homebound flight, taking wonderful memories with you. Meal: B