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Delightful Douro

From £2,395 pp

Rustic treasures await on the passage of the Douro River. Travelling from Porto on an 8-day roundtrip, discover fine wine, delicious home-grown fare, and historic locales, and grow accustomed to the leisurely pace of life on the banks of this timeless waterway.

Sailing east against the current of the Douro, arrive in Vega de Terron, where you can tour the Baroque town of Lamego or visit Mateus Palace, world-renowned for its delicious rosé wines. Passing the Vinhateiro wine region, spend the day in the historic city of Salamanca, marvelling at the World Heritage-listed sites of Plaza Mayor and Universidad de Salamanca. Then it’s on to Pinhão, where you can visit the award-winning Coa Valley Museum or join an exhilarating canoeing excursion on the Sabor River.

Next is Provesende, where you’ll experience the Portugal of yesteryear with a guided tour through the quaint village, accompanied by a group of locals proud to introduce their way of life to Scenic guests. In the evening, you’re invited to a special Scenic Enrich encounter in São Francisco Church, where you’ll savour a private concert amid truly wondrous surroundings.

Your final day brings you back to Porto, where you’ll visit the Palacio da Bolsa, a World Heritage-listed site. There’s also time to indulge in a tasting at the fairy-tale Quinta Aveleda, a world-renowned producer of Portuguese sparkling wine.

What’s included On Board

  • Complimentary beverages all day, everyday
  • Six Dining venues, from casual to fine dining
  • 85% Balcony Suites, including a Scenic Sun Lounge
  •  Personalised butler service
  •  Laundry concierge
  •  Exclusive Scenic Tailormade GPS for self-guided touring and on board commentary
  • Authentic local entertainment
  • The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles
  • Gym & Wellness area
  • Cruise Directors to guide and assist
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet
  • Return airport transfers
  • All gratuities
  • Return flight from a selection of upto 8 UK airports

On Shore

  • Scenic  Enrich – An unforgettable and exclusive event
  • Scenic Freechoice – A Choice of flexible excursions and activites
  • Scenic Sundowners – An exclusive hosted event in a stunning location

 

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin cabin with a limited number of single cabins available on all decks, at the relevant supplement.

The price includes full board from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day; if you choose to travel with us on any of the full day excursions by coach, a packed lunch will be provided. Anyone choosing to stay on the ship may of course have lunch in the restaurant; morning/afternoon tea and coffee; all visits and excursions as mentioned in the brochure, airport transfers, coach travel as mentioned, travel to and from port of embarkation and the services of a Scenic Travel Tour Manager.

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Day 1 - Arrive in Porto

Choose from a selection of ways to travel to Porto, all of which are included at no supplement. Fly from one of up to 8 UK airports or direct from London Gatwick.

Welcome to Porto. On arrival at the airport, you’ll be escorted to your luxurious Scenic Azure Space-Ship where a warm welcome awaits you from your crew.

Settle into your cabin, a truly wonderful experience awaits you.

Dinner

Day 2 - Porto & Regua

Today, enjoy on board activities such as traditional tile painting, or simply relax as your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship meanders its way to Regua where you 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

Day 2 - Porto & Regua

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Regua & Vega de Terron

Enjoy a full afternoon cruising the Douro Valley’s World Heritage-listed Vinhateiro wine growing region as you head towards Spain.

Freechoice

Tour the elegant town of Lamego, a unique destination nestled among the terraced slopes of the Douro valley.

Or enjoy a guided visit of the iconic Mateus Palace, the historic icon depicted on the labels of Portugal’s famous Mateus rosé wine.

Later, enjoy an afternoon cruising the Douro Valley’s Vinhateiro wine growing region.

Day 3 - Regua & Vega de Terron

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Salamanca

Take your time absorbing the sheer architectural splendour of Salamanca, a city know for its ornate sandstone architecture and for the Universidad de Salamanca, said to be the third oldest university in Europe.

During your time in Spain, its only right we treat yo to a delicious lunch, which will be accompanied by a Flamenco dance performance.  Of course, you will also enjoy some free time to explore this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage city at your leisure.  The city’s historic centre has important Romanesque. Gothic, Moorish, Renaissance and Baroque monuments.  The Plaza Mayor, with its galleries and arcades, is particularly impressive.

Later, celebrate the Spanish culture with lunch showcasing the regional cuisine whilst enjoying an energetic Flamenco dance performance.

Day 4 - Salamanca

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Pocinho & Pinhão

Enjoy a leisurely cruise over breakfast this morning to nearby Pocinho.This afternoon, enjoy your cruise to Pinhão.

Freechoice

Visit the award winning Côa Valley Museum and enjoy a pre-historic workshop, which will uncover the secrets behind the famous prehistoric rock carvings found in the Côa Valley.

If you’re a little more adventurous at heart, take a canoeing excursion on the Sabor River.

Alternatively, join the ‘Tastes of the Côa Valley’ excursion and visit Casa Painova for a sweet almond workshop and tasting of their almond, olive and fruit products.

Day 5 - Pocinho & Pinhão

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Pinhão & Porto

Today you’ll visit the remarkable village of Provesende, resplendently showcasing the Portugal of yesteryear. You’ll get to wander the atmospheric streets of this quaint village with the locals as they proudly introduce you to their way of life – an experience exclusively for the enjoyment of Scenic guests. What better way to immerse yourself into the local culture. And this afternoon, enjoy an on board cork jewellery presentation as you cruise to Porto.

Enrich

The sheer beauty of São Francisco Church is sure to impress. From the outside the facade is a mixture of Gothic and Baroque architecture and inside the interior glows with its intricate wood carvings covered in gold. Immerse yourself in the heart and soul of Portugal as you witness a spectacular private concert in this wondrous surrounding.

Day 6 - Pinhão & Porto

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Porto

Today, discover the unique historic treasures of Porto, including a visit to Palacio da Bolsa.  This 19th century palace in the Neoclassical style is located in the Infante D. Henrique Square in the historical center of Porto and is a UNESCO World heritage listed site.

Freechoice

Guimarães is dominated by the impressive Ducal Palace, which dates back to Medieval times.  You’ll soon learn all about this classical city in Northern Portugal, which was once the first seat of the King.

Alternatively, you could choose to indulge in a tasting at the fairytale-like property of Quinta Aveleda, a renowned regional sparkling wine producer.  The incredible gardens alone make the visit worthwhile.

Day 7 - Porto

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 Porto - Return Home

After breakfast, transfer to Porto airport for your return journey home.

Fly to one of up to 8 UK regional airports or direct to London Gatwick.

Breakfast

Scenic Azur Exterior

The only Scenic ship sailing the Douro in Portugal, built in 2016, the 5-star Scenic Azure allows you to make the most of your time on-board. With the same all-inclusive luxury experience that has become synonymous with Scenic and just 96 passengers in 48 suites with 36 crew, guests can enjoy a more intimate and relaxed atmosphere.  The Scenic Azur features multiple dining venues, elegant suites and a vitality pool on the Sun Deck.

Depending on the class of suite or stateroom you opt for, you’ll enjoy a wealth of luxurious features, including Scenic Sun Lounges, 32-inch HD TVs and a state-of-the-art bathroom complete with revolutionary massage shower and wet room.  All balcony suites feature Scenic’s exclusive ‘Sun Lounge’ system which transforms your balcony into an all-weather conservatory style space.

From the Panorama Lounge Bar and the spacious Sun Deck with vitality pool, to the well appointed fitness and wellness suite, you’ll enjoy luxury wherever you stray aboard this elegant river cruise ship.

Scenic Azure Vitality Pool Night

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • Riverview Terrace
  • Vitality Pool
  • Sun Deck
  • Portobellos Restaurant
  • River Cafe
  • Table d’Or Private Dining (Diamond deck & Jr Suite guests only)
  • Panorama Lounge & Bar
  • Gift Shop
  • Lift
  • Complimentary Wi-fi
  • Gym and Wellness Area
  • Fitness Centre
  • Complimentary Nordic walking sticks

Accommodation & Amenities

48 elegantly appointed Suites and standard suites range in size from 172-420 ft².  Most accommodations have a open air balcony.  Try one of the 2 Royal One-Bedroom Suites, situated at the rear of the ship at 420 sq ft² in size.  An outdoor balcony, complete with open-air system, allows you to enjoy the views of your surroundings whatever the weather so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish.

All Suites feature added enhancements such as a sitting area with two chairs.  All suites include amenities such ensuite bathroom with shower, Infotainment, free high-speed Internet access, climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe, fridge and complimentary bottled water replenished daily.

Offering a roster of distinct dining venues, including Crystal Dining, Riverview Terrace, Portobellos, Table d’Or and the Panorama Lounge Bar, guests will be spoilt for choice when choosing where to dine aboard this Scenic space ship. Couple this with the option to take breakfast, lunch or dinner from the privacy of your suite, and your dining preferences will be all perfectly accommodated aboard the Scenic Azur.

Scenic offer levels of service which are differentiated by the level of suite or standard suite booked.  Please see the individual room type description for details.

Royal Suite

420 ft² – Royal One-Bedroomed Suite Diamond (Upper) Deck

  • Scenic Sun Lounge balcony system
  • Marble bathroom with upgraded bathroom amenities with hairdryer
  • Alarm clock, in-room safe, telephone
  • Luxury Scenic slumber bed and pillow menu
  • Complimentary mini-bar
  • Mac-mini infotainment system & movies on demand
  • Luxury bathrobe and slippers
  • Early morning tea/coffee service
  • Butler service
  • Shoeshine service

EXCLUSIVE TO ROYAL SUITE GUESTS: unlimited complimentary laundry service, daily delivery of afternoon canapes, complimentary bottle of Laurent Perrier Brut (750ml), morning delivery of newspapers, in-suite beverage and meal service, packing and unpacking of suitcases, 200 Euros on board credit, exclusive invitation to Table d’Or, priority dining reservations.

Scenic Royal Panorama Suite
Scenic Space Ship Junior Suite

Junior Balcony Suites

247 ft² – Sapphire (Middle) Deck and Diamond (Upper) Deck

  • Scenic Sun Lounge balcony system
  • Marble bathroom with L’Occitane bathroom amenities with hairdryer
  • Alarm clock, in-room safe, telephone
  • Luxury Scenic slumber bed and pillow menu
  • Complimentary mini-bar
  • Mac-mini infotainment system & movies on demand
  • Luxury bathrobe and slippers
  • Early morning tea/coffee service
  • complimentary laundry concierge service once per suite
  • Butler service
  • Shoeshine service

EXCLUSIVE TO JUNIOR BALCONY SUITE GUESTS: complimentary daily pressing of two pieces of clothing, daily delivery of afternoon canapes, in-suite beverage and meal service, exclusive invitation to Table d’Or.

Balcony & Riverview Suites

Private Balcony Suite – 215 ft² Diamond (Upper) and Sapphire (Middle) Deck (pictured)

Riverview Suite – 183 ft² Sapphire (Middle) Deck (no exterior balcony)

  • Scenic Sun Lounge balcony system
  • Marble bathroom with L’Occitane bathroom amenities with hairdryer
  • Alarm clock, in-room safe, telephone
  • Luxury Scenic slumber bed and pillow menu
  • Complimentary mini-bar
  • Mac-mini infotainment system & movies on demand
  • Luxury bathrobe and slippers
  • Early morning tea/coffee service
  • Complimentary laundry concierge service once per suite
  • Butler service
  • Shoeshine service

EXCLUSIVE TO DIAMOND DECK SUITE GUESTS: complimentary daily pressing of two pieces of clothing, exclusive invitation to Table d’Or.

Scenic Azure Standard Balcony Suite
Scenic Crystal Stateroom

Standard Suites

172 ft²  Jewel (Lower) Deck

  • Marble bathroom with L’Occitane bathroom amenities with hairdryer
  • Alarm clock, in-room safe, telephone
  • Luxury Scenic slumber bed and pillow menu
  • Complimentary mini-bar
  • Mac-mini infotainment system & movies on demand
  • Luxury bathrobe and slippers
  • Early morning tea/coffee service
  • Complimentary laundry concierge service once per suite
  • Butler service
  • Shoeshine service

 

Scenic Azure deck plan

Why Choose This Cruise?

Scenic sit at the top of the luxury river cruise market.  A luxurious mix of contemporary, luxurious ships with top level touring and inclusions which add up to a relaxing, high level river cruise holiday.

DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Oct 29Scenic AzurePorto£2395SAVE £350Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckStandard Suite172 ft², Fixed Windows£2395  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside Balcony£3160  
Middle DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside Balcony£3760  
Upper DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside Balcony£3390  
Upper DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside Balcony£3810  
Upper DeckRoyal One-Bedroom Suite420 ft², Outside Balcony£4910  
Nov 5Scenic AzurePorto£2540SAVE £1200Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckStandard Suite172 ft², Fixed Windowssold out  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside Balconysold out  
Middle DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside Balcony£2910  
Upper DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside Balcony£2540  
Upper DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside Balcony£2960  
Upper DeckRoyal One-Bedroom Suite420 ft², Outside Balcony£4060  
Nov 12Scenic AzurePorto£2540SAVE £1200Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckStandard Suite172 ft², Fixed Windowssold out  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside Balconysold out  
Middle DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside Balcony£2910  
Upper DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside Balcony£2540  
Upper DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside Balcony£2960  
Upper DeckRoyal One-Bedroom Suite420 ft², Outside Balcony£4060  
DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Apr 14Scenic AzurePorto£2620Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckStandard Suite172 ft², Fixed Windows£2620  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Middle DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Upper DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Upper DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Upper DeckRoyal One-Bedroom Suite420 ft², Outside BalconySold  
May 18Scenic AzurePortoPlease CallCabin Upgrades
Lower DeckStandard Suite172 ft², Fixed WindowsSold  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Middle DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Upper DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Upper DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Upper DeckRoyal One-Bedroom Suite420 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Jun 4Scenic AzurePortoPlease CallCabin Upgrades
Lower DeckStandard Suite172 ft², Fixed WindowsSold  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Middle DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Upper DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Upper DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Upper DeckRoyal One-Bedroom Suite420 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Jul 31Scenic AzurePortoPlease CallCabin Upgrades
Lower DeckStandard Suite172 ft², Fixed WindowsSold  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Middle DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Upper DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Upper DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Upper DeckRoyal One-Bedroom Suite420 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Aug 27Scenic AzurePortoPlease CallCabin Upgrades
Lower DeckStandard Suite172 ft², Fixed WindowsSold  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Middle DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Upper DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Upper DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Upper DeckRoyal One-Bedroom Suite420 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Oct 3Scenic AzurePortoPlease CallCabin Upgrades
Lower DeckStandard Suite172 ft², Fixed WindowsSold  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Middle DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Upper DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Upper DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Upper DeckRoyal One-Bedroom Suite420 ft², Outside BalconySold  
Oct 30Scenic AzurePorto£2245SAVE £750Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckStandard Suite172 ft², Fixed Windows£2245  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside Balcony£3010  
Middle DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside Balcony£3610  
Upper DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside Balcony£3240  
Upper DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside Balcony£3660  
Upper DeckRoyal One-Bedroom Suite420 ft², Outside Balcony£4760  
Nov 6Scenic AzurePorto£1895SAVE £1000Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckStandard Suite172 ft², Fixed Windows£1895  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside Balcony£2660  
Middle DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside Balcony£3260  
Upper DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside Balcony£2890  
Upper DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside Balcony£3310  
Upper DeckRoyal One-Bedroom Suite420 ft², Outside Balcony£4410  
Nov 13Scenic AzurePorto£1895SAVE £1000Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckStandard Suite172 ft², Fixed Windows£1895  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside Balcony£2660  
Middle DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside Balcony£3260  
Upper DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside Balcony£2890  
Upper DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside Balcony£3310  
Upper DeckRoyal One-Bedroom Suite420 ft², Outside Balcony£4410  


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