Sail Through the Douro Valley

Emerald Waterways has introduced a one-off speciality cruise to help travellers sail through the Douro Valley. The river flows through the heart of one of the world’s oldest wine regions. .

It will enable travellers sail to the heart of one of the world’s oldest wine regions this coming summer. And offer them the chance to taste wines of the Douro Valley with an exclusive wine sailing

An eight-day ‘Director’s Cruise along the Douro’ river cruise has been schedule for this summer. 

Colin Downing the managing director of Emerald Waterways’ will be leading the cruise. Susy Atkins the wine expert, author and broadcaster will join him.

Having boarded Emerald Radiance in Porto on 17 August 2019, guests will enjoy an extra special itinerary along the Douro River.

Emerald Radiance is one of the seven Star Ships operated by the company.

During the voyage guests will get a chance to enjoy views across its terraced vineyards during harvest time. What is more, they will also get plenty of opportunities to sample the local food delicacies along the way before returning to Porto.


Highlights of the cruise include:

  • An excursion to Mateus Manor for a wine tasting.
  • A chance to explore the medieval streets of the Spanish city of Salamanca.
  • The chance to enjoy classic Portuguese cafes.
  • A gala dinner hosted by Colin and Susy.

For those seeking a more active experience there’s also the option to join a guided canoeing excursion along the Sabor River.

All Inclusive

Prices for this exclusive itinerary start from £2,485 per person. This include: return flights, transfers, seven-nights on-board, all tipping and gratuities, shore excursions and exclusive on-board events and experiences.

The price also includes food and selected drinks on-board including: wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch and dinner. Complimentary tea and coffee is also available throughout the sailing.

Regional departures available include:

  • London Heathrow.
  • London Gatwick.
  • Manchester.
  • Birmingham.
  • Glasgow.
  • Edinburgh.
  • Newcastle.
  • London Stanstead.
  • Aberdeen. 

Emerald Waterways offers a diverse range of river and ocean cruises. The company operates seven Star-Ships in Europe, two luxury yachts based in the Adriatic Sea and a specially chartered river ships in Russia and Egypt.

Emerald Harmony, their new Star-Ship will join the fleet and sail on the Mekong River from summer 2019.

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