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Flavours of Portugal with Celebrity Chef Michael Bonacini

· Main destination Portugal

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The sailing, which takes place aboard the 112-guest Star-Ship, the Emerald Radiance, starts in Porto, Portugal on July 23rd, 2022 and sails through the breathtaking Douro River Valley—an ideal backdrop to experience Portugal’s rich cultural and culinary offerings with Chef Bonacini as the special guest host.

A symbol of Portugal’s birth and growth as a nation, the Douro has long been the country’s lifeline. Terraced vineyards rise from the river banks, historic landmarks pepper distant horizons and charming townships lay hidden in the rural hillsides. Salamanca shines both day and night and a kayak experience in Pinhão provides a new perspective on the Douro.

During the sailing, guests will be treated to exclusive culinary experiences with Chef Bonacini, including a Portuguese-inspired dinner onboard created especially for this cruise; a private cocktail reception; shopping for local specialties at a farmers’ market in Salamanca; dinner at a rural wine estate in Régua; and a live cooking demonstration on board. Additionally, two lucky guests on this sailing will be entered to win the chance to cook alongside Chef Bonacini.

Celebrity chef Michael Bonacini is the co-founder of Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality, one of Canada’s leading restaurant and event groups. Michael has also enjoyed a successful media career that has included regular appearances on CTV’s The Marilyn Denis Show, hosting Gusto TV’s Cook like a Chef and Bonacini’s Italy, and serving as a judge on CTV’s MasterChef Canada.

8-days Flavours of Portugal (Porto Roundtrip)

July 23 – 30, 2022 aboard the Emerald Radiance

You will be met at the airport in Porto and transferred to your contemporary Emerald Radiance Star-Ship, where you will savour your first dinner on board. Located at the mouth of the Douro River, Porto is a fascinating eclectic mix of modern and ancient architecture. It is famous for its export of Port wines. The next day, relax and enjoy a full day of sailing through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Douro Valley. This fascinating area was inscribed because it hones in on two millennia of wine producing history, where viticulture has shaped the surrounding landscape and small, sleepy villages are peppered with dozens of sun-drenched vineyards. In the afternoon, Chef Michael Bonacini will host a live cooking demonstration in the lounge. You’ll get a chance to taste this dish prepared during the evening’s welcome dinner. Begin your day in Pinhão with a visit to the beautiful Quinta do Tedo vineyard in the heart of Portugal’s Douro Valley, nestled on the confluence of the Douro and Tedo rivers. This 18th-century estate is environmentally sound, creating organic produce by using traditional viticulture methods. Alternatively, enjoy a guided walk through local vineyards, stopping along the way to admire your surroundings. In the afternoon, enjoy sailing to Vega de Terrón, your next port of call. You’ll be invited to a private cocktail reception on the sundeck hosted by Chef Michael Bonacini.

Founded in Roman times, the ancient city of Salamanca and its UNESCO World Heritage-listed old quarter have an illustrious past, having been held by the Carthaginians, Romans and Moors. Enjoy a guided tour of the city starting among the postcard-worthy galleries and arcades that adorn Plaza Mayor. You will also have the opportunity to see Casa de las Conchas, a building that has been lovingly decorated with more than 300 shells and Chef Bonacini will join you at the Salamanca local markets and talk about what he would look for in the local produce.

In Pocinho you’ll have the opportunity to embark on a canoeing excursion or to visit the Côa Valley Museum. Later, return to your ship for lunch and soak up your idyllic surrounds as you sail towards Régua while taking part in a Port Wine cocktail lesson on board. Tonight, a rural dinner at a wine estate Quinta da Pacheca is certain to be a highlight of your trip. In Régua you will visit the marvellous Baroque village of Lamego, stopping to see the picturesque Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies, a structure that stands gracefully over the town. The ship then heads back to Porto for a full day stay. Your included tour of the coastal city will touch on the fortified structures of Castelo da Foz and Castelo do Queijo, a building whose pentagonal façades overlook the ocean. In the evening, enjoy a charming evening cruise shining a different light on Porto's skyline, before retiring for your last night on board.

It's All Included! Exceptional EmeraldVALUE:

  • All airport transfers to and from your Star-Ship
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks to accompany lunch and dinner
  • State-of-the-art coffee machines and tea stations
  • Complimentary water, restocked daily
  • Included excursions with knowledgeable local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Gocycle electric bicycles on board
  • All port charges and taxes
  • First-class service from an English-speaking crew
  • All tips and gratuities

At the conclusion of your culinary adventure with Chef Bonacini, consider extending your trip with a post-cruise add on of 3-nights in Lisbon. Transfer from Porto, following the coast of the Atlantic until you reach the enchanting town of Nazaré and continue onwards until you arrive in Lisbon, Portugal's coastal, hilly capital city. Lisbon’s beauty has captivated people from around the world for centuries, and is certain to leave you captivated too. From imposing São Jorge Castle, the view encompasses the old city’s pastel-colored buildings, Tagus Estuary and Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge.

Emerald Cruises' Lisbon add-on includes:

  • Transfers from Porto to Lisbon hotel and airport
  • Three nights in a centrally located hotel
  • 3 Breakfasts + 1 Dinner included
  • Guided tour of Lisbon’s centre as well as a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Jerónimos Monastery
  • A free day to discover independently. Your tour director will be available to help you plan your day of independent exploration

Time is running out and availability is limited so reach out to your Travel Professional to book your Chef Bonacini cruise today!

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