2016 Luxury Portugal River Cruising from Scenic

Come with Scenic and sail back in time to where Europe remains untouched. Sit back as the newly launched Scenic Azure
glides through Portugal’s magnificent Douro Valley where centuries-old architecture,
traditions, and lifestyles still prevail. You’ll be met at the
airport then transferred to your Scenic Space-Ship in historic Porto before being welcomed to your sumptuous cabin your spacious and elegantly appointed home for the next ten nights. Next morning step ashore for an included tour of the
sights and unique treasures of this UNESCO World Heritage
City, once part of the Roman Empire and still a major trading port. You’ll
visit the Old Town then enjoy a ride on one of the city’s
charming historic trams. Back on board everything is free for you to enjoy; dine on the finest local international cuisine, join the fun at
sunset barbecues and cocktail parties on deck
and have every whim catered for by an attentive
and dedicated crew. As you journey up the Douro, you’re
welcome to do as little or as much as you choose, from laying by
the pool with a cool drink to learning about local history, crafts and
cuisine. You will sail effortlessly past impressive terraced
vineyards, ancient olive and almond groves, majestic granite outcrops and through dramatic steep valleys. This is the home of port wine so you’ll
visit renowned producers and their grand estates. En route you’ll tour historic towns including
picturesque Lamego once home to the King of Portugal and
featuring magnificent baroque architecture.Travel through
traditional farmlands to spend an unforgettable day visiting the ancient Spanish city of
Salamanca one of Europe’s great Renaissance
cities. You’ll see and learn about Paleolithic art in the Coa Valley, sample the wine and
hospitality at the world famous Mateus Palace. You’ll experience fine dining and
cocktail parties ashore, including an unforgettable evening in
the golden Arabian room in the Palácio da Bolsa. Here you’ll dine
in a reception room usually reserved for visiting heads of state while accompanied by a classical pianist.
Cruising back along the Douro, you’ll pass centuries old villages that
seem locked in another time and marvel at the massive locks and dams
that have helped bring prosperity to the region. Returning to Porto, you will discover
its industrial past including a visit to the only original
sardine canning factory still owned and operated by the same
family for over a century. On your last night you’ll sit down and share your
unforgettable experiences over a magnificent farewell dinner
before enjoying a final breakfast on board Scenic Azure in Porto, where you’ll say goodbye to your
ultimate Douro touring experience. Portugal, in all-inclusive luxury. So wonderfully Scenic.

2 thoughts on “2016 Luxury Portugal River Cruising from Scenic

  1. I have already booked the Moselle with Scenic for 2016 but the Douro is planned for 2017. Looks wonderful and typical Scenic service.

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