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Unforgettable Douro

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Unforgettable Douro

From £3,445 pp

The Douro twists through lands seemingly unaltered by the passage of time, where local people lead a charmed way of life that favours tradition and authenticity.

From the Spanish border to the Atlantic seaboard, the Douro cuts a winding trail through storied landscapes and destinations, introducing you to places like Régua, Vega de Terron, Pocinho and Entre-os-Rios.

This 11-day itinerary lets you visit Salamanca, one of Spain’s oldest and most beautiful cities, as well as Portugal’s captivating second city of Porto, whose illustrious architecture and wonderful port wine legacy make it one of the undisputed highlights of Europe.

The wonders of the Douro Valley unfold in all their splendour over this 11-day river cruise, providing an authentic slice of local life in this wonderful Iberian nation.

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.

Douro - Salamanca at night
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Douro - Pinhao
Day 1 - Arrive in Porto

Highlights: Welcome reception

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 met and transferred to the luxurious Scenic Azure where a warm welcome awaits you from your crew. Tonight, you’ll enjoy a celebratory welcome reception on board.on.

Dinner

Day 2 - Porto & Entre-os-Rios

Highlights: Historic Porto

Today, you will discover the historic treasures of beautiful Porto, which includes a visit to Palacio da Bolsa, a 19th century palace in the Neoclassical style.  Porto’s historic centre is the Ribeira district, a world Heritage site where residents mingle before old store fronts, on village style plazas and in the old houses of commerce where Roman ruins hide beneath the foundations of this historic metropolis.

Later, enjoy a relaxing afternoon of cruising as you scenic ship meanders its way to Entre-os-Rios.  With a wealth of all inclusive treats at your fingertips you will find plenty of ways to unwind or stay entertained as you begin to make your way through the enchanting Douro Valley.

Day 2 - Porto & Entre-os-Rios

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Entre-os-Rios

Highlights: Quinta Aveleda

This afternoon, enjoy a blissful cruise 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.

Freechoice

Guimarães was the seat of the first King of Portugal and is dominated by the impressive Ducal Palace, which dates back to medieval times. It’s a great tour to kickstart your interest in this fascinating region.

Alternatively, you could choose a tasting at the fairytale property of Quinta Aveleda. Located in the famous Vino Verde region and a renowned regional sparkling wine producer, the incredible gardens alone make the excursion worthwhile

Day 3 - Entre-os-Rios

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Regua

Highlights: Ucanha and Varosa Valley

This morning, you’ll discover the captivating Varosa Valley and visit the charming village of Tarouca where you’ll get to explore the restored Monastery of Saint John of Tarouca.

En route walk the fortified bridge of Ucanha, Portugal’s first toll bridge, spanning the crystal clear waters of the Varosa River.

Freechoice

Tour the elegant town of Lamego, with its many fine Baroque structures, or enjoy a guided visit of Mateus Palace, the historic icon depicted on the labels of Portugal’s famous Mateus rosé wine.

Day 4 - Regua

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Regua & Vega de Terron

Highlights: Cruising Vinhateiro

Today, enjoy a full day cruising the Douro Valley’s Vinhateiro wine growing region.

Classified a World Heritage-listed Site, Vinhateiro has a history of wine production that stretches back for 2000 years. In fact, its impeccable port wines have been world-famous since at least the 18th century.

Day 5 - Regua & Vega de Terron

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Salamanca

Highlights: Spanish dining and Flamenco

Today you will cross the boarder into Spain.  Take your time absorbing the sheer architectural splendour of Salamanca, a city known for the Universidad de Salamanca, said to be the third oldest in Spain, it’s only right we treat you 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 World hertitage 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, and something of a meeting place for students and locals alike.  We are certain you will fall under the spell of Salamanca, a real gem of a city.

Day 6 - Salamanca

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Pocinho & Pinhão

Highlights: Côa Valley

Over breakfast, you’ll enjoy a leisurely cruise to nearby Pocinho for our Côa Valley discovery.

This afternoon, enjoy your picturesque cruise to Pinhão and tonight be entertained by a traditional Portuguese musical performance on board.

Freechoice

Visit the award-winning Côa Valley Museum and enjoy a pre-historic workshop. If you’re more adventurous at heart, take a canoeing excursion on the Sabor River. Alternatively, you could join the ‘Tastes of the Côa Valley’ excursion and visit Casa Painova for a sweet almond workshop and a tasting of their almond, olive and fruit products.

Day 7 - Pocinho & Pinhão

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Pinhão

Highlights: Scenic village experience

Today you’ll 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 – including their local bakery.

This is a specially choreographed experience only open to Scenic guests. You’ll also visit the church for a special recital, and enjoy wine tasting at the restored manor house of Morgadio da Calçada. What better way to immerse yourself in the local culture.

Freechoice:

Top off a truly unforgettable day with a visit to the estate of Quinta Roeda for a tasting of their famous export. Or, if you’re feeling energetic, you could choose a walk through the hillside vineyard for a unique tasting among the vines.

Day 8 - Pinhão

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9 - Pinhão & Porto

Highlights: Scenic Enrich at São Francisco Church

Having spent the previous eight days discovering the treasures of the Douro, Varosa and Côa Valleys, enjoy an exclusive Douro Valley Wine Review, as well as on board activities, including a cork jewellery workshop. Otherwise, simply enjoy the beauty of the region as you cruise back into Porto.

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 swathed in gold. Immerse yourself in the heart and soul of Portuguese music as you witness a spectacular private concert in this wondrous surrounding.

Day 9 -  Pinhão & Porto

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10 - Porto

Highlights: Afurada fishing village

Acquaint yourself with the local fishing industry by meeting the fishermen of Afurada village as they return to port with the day’s catch. Hear their tales of the sea in a local taberna where they’ll prepare their catch over an open fire which you’ll enjoy with a chilled glass of wine. How hospitable.

Freechoice

Visit the oldest remaining Canning Factory in Porto for an insight into their 100-year-old family business alternatively visit a local corking factory. Or visit Vila Nova de Gaia, the historic district set on the banks of the Douro River, for a tasting of the regions famed drop in one of the most famous cellars of Porto.

Day 10 - Porto

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11 - 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
DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Apr 4Scenic AzurePorto£3445SAVE £500Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckStandard Suite172 ft², Fixed Windows£3445  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside Balcony£4140  
Middle DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside Balcony£5040  
Upper DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside Balcony£4640  
Upper DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside Balcony£5140  
Upper DeckRoyal One-Bedroom Suite420 ft², Outside Balcony£6440  
Apr 28Scenic AzurePorto£3445SAVE £500Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckStandard Suite172 ft², Fixed Windows£3445  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside Balcony£4140  
Middle DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside Balcony£5040  
Upper DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside Balcony£4640  
Upper DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside Balcony£5140  
Upper DeckRoyal One-Bedroom Suite420 ft², Outside Balcony£6440  
May 8Scenic AzurePorto£3790SAVE £500Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckStandard Suite172 ft², Fixed Windows£3790  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside Balcony£4340  
Middle DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside Balcony£5240  
Upper DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside Balcony£4840  
Upper DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside Balcony£5340  
Upper DeckRoyal One-Bedroom Suite420 ft², Outside Balcony£6640  
Jun 11Scenic AzurePorto£SOLD OUTCabin 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 1Scenic AzurePorto£SOLD OUTCabin 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 11Scenic AzurePorto£3545SAVE £500Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckStandard Suite172 ft², Fixed Windows£3545  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside Balcony£4240  
Middle DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside Balcony£5140  
Upper DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside Balcony£4740  
Upper DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside Balcony£5240  
Upper DeckRoyal One-Bedroom Suite420 ft², Outside Balcony£6540  
Jul 21Scenic AzurePorto£3545SAVE £500Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckStandard Suite172 ft², Fixed Windows£3545  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside Balcony£4240  
Middle DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside Balcony£5140  
Upper DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside Balcony£4740  
Upper DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside Balcony£5240  
Upper DeckRoyal One-Bedroom Suite420 ft², Outside Balcony£6540  
Aug 7Scenic AzurePorto£3545SAVE £500Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckStandard Suite172 ft², Fixed Windows£3545  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside Balcony£4240  
Middle DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside Balcony£5140  
Upper DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside Balcony£4740  
Upper DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside Balcony£5240  
Upper DeckRoyal One-Bedroom Suite420 ft², Outside Balcony£6540  
Aug 17Scenic AzurePorto£3545SAVE £500Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckStandard Suite172 ft², Fixed Windows£3545  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside Balcony£4240  
Middle DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside Balcony£5140  
Upper DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside Balcony£4740  
Upper DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside Balcony£5240  
Upper DeckRoyal One-Bedroom Suite420 ft², Outside Balcony£6540  
Sep 3Scenic AzurePorto£3645SAVE £500Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckStandard Suite172 ft², Fixed Windows£3645  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside Balcony£4340  
Middle DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside Balcony£5240  
Upper DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside Balcony£4840  
Upper DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside Balcony£5340  
Upper DeckRoyal One-Bedroom Suite420 ft², Outside Balcony£6640  
Sep 13Scenic AzurePorto£SOLD OUTCabin 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 10Scenic AzurePorto£3445SAVE £500Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckStandard Suite172 ft², Fixed Windows£3445  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside Balcony£4140  
Middle DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside Balcony£5040  
Upper DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside Balcony£4640  
Upper DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside Balcony£5140  
Upper DeckRoyal One-Bedroom Suite420 ft², Outside Balcony£6440  
Oct 20Scenic AzurePorto£3445SAVE £500Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckStandard Suite172 ft², Fixed Windows£3445  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside Balcony£4140  
Middle DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside Balcony£5040  
Upper DeckBalcony Suite215 ft², Outside Balcony£4640  
Upper DeckJunior Suite247 ft², Outside Balcony£5140  
Upper DeckRoyal One-Bedroom Suite420 ft², Outside Balcony£6440  


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