After 17 months of paused operations, Scenic has today resumed its luxury sailings on Portugal’s Douro River.
To celebrate the return, Scenic has released a series of new short films to showcase the exceptional guest experience, on board health and safety protocols and first-hand accounts of what guests can expect when sailing in Portugal with Scenic. Scenic will operate a combination of eight and 11-day round-trip sailings from Porto on board its spacious, boutique Scenic Azure Star-Ship.
The eight-day Delightful Douro river cruise takes in Regua, Vega de Terron, Pocinho and Pinhão, with prices starting from £2,545 per person departing 8 November 2021. 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.
While 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. 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. Uncover the beloved local bakery during a guided tour of the remarkable village of Provesende before a wine tasting at the restored manor house of Morgadio da Calçada. Prices for the 11-day sailing start from £3,745 per person departing 2 October 2021.
Scenic is currently offering savings of up to £700 per person, with complimentary private door-to-door chauffeur-driven transfers. Guests can cruise with complete confidence knowing that Scenic Group’s dedicated Health & Safety Steering Committee ensures all guests’ wellbeing and safety is taken care of to the highest standard.
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.