Scenic has recommenced its luxury river cruising program on the Douro River in Portugal, with Scenic Azure embarking from Porto on 30 July 2021.
Scenic will operate a combination of eight- and 11-day round-trip sailings from Porto aboard its spacious and custom-built ‘Space-Ship’.
The eight-day Delightful Douro river cruise takes in Regua, Vega de Terron, Pocinho and Pinhão. Highlights of the itinerary include a visit to the iconic Mateus Palace (which graces the label of its famous namesake Rosé), a canoeing excursion on the Pinhão River and a spectacular private evening concert within the wondrous surroundings of São Francisco Church.
Meanwhile the 11-day Unforgettable Douro river cruise has a gourmet focus, with guests enjoying a wine tasting at the fairytale Quinta da Aveleda, a renowned sparkling wine producer, in the famous Vino Verde region. They will also embark on a guided ‘Tastes of the Côa Valley’ tour and visit Casa Painova for a sweet almond workshop and a tasting of their almond, olive and fruit products. Other highlights include a visit to the beloved local bakery during a guided tour of the village of Provesende before a wine tasting at the restored manor house of Morgadio da Calçada.
Scenic is currently welcoming guests from the United States and United Kingdom with plans to resume river cruising in France’s Bordeaux on 29 August, the Rhine on 30 August and the Danube on 27 September 2021.
All guests must be fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to departure. The company is working closely with relevant bodies, including CLIA and the local government authorities, to ensure operations adhere to all necessary guidelines.