Flavours of Portugal with Celebrity Chef Michael Bonacini

8 Days
Porto to Porto
From (CAD)
$ 3,795
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Join Culinary Legend Chef Bonacini

July 23 to 30, 2022

Discover Europe’s best-kept secret – Portugal with an exclusive trip with MasterChef Canada’s Michael Bonacini. Join Canadian culinary legend and TV celebrity Chef Bonacini on an award-winning Emerald Cruises river cruise sailing through the spectacular Douro River – one of the world’s most beautiful wine regions. This is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from and mingle with Michael Bonacini, while mingling with other like-minded, foodies.

Exclusive Culinary Experiences with Chef Bonacini

  • Indulge in Chef Bonacini’s Portuguese-inspired menu at a special dinner on board your cruise
  • Attend a private cocktail reception hosted by Michael Bonacini
  • Shop and taste local delicacies with Chef Bonacini at a farm market in Salamanca
  • Attend a rural wine estate dinner with Chef Bonacini in Régua
  • Watch Chef Bonacini during a live cooking demonstration

Plus, two booked guests will be entered to win the chance to cook with our celebrity chef!

More about Michael Bonacini

Celebrity chef Michael Bonacini is the co-founder of Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality, one of Canada’s leading restaurant and event groups. Born and raised in Tenby, South Wales, Chef Bonacini was classically trained under Chef Anton Mosimann at London’s Dorchester Hotel. 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.

"I am looking forward to seeing you all on our new date so we can explore the enchanting culinary treasures of the Douro." - Michael Bonacini, Celebrity Chef

Book by August 31, 2021 and Save! 

Save $1,250 per person*

Deposit of $500* per person required to secure your spot.

It's All Included! Our Exceptional EmeraldVALUE:

  • All airport transfers to and from your Star-Ship
  • Accommodation in our boutique hotel-style suites
  • All on-board meals and gourmet dining at Reflections restaurant
  • A refined selection of wine, beer, and soft drinks all day, every day*
  • Daily excursions Biking and hiking guided tours with EmeraldACTIVE
  • Exclusive experiences with Celebrity Chef, Michael Bonacini
  • Port charges and taxes included in the price
Cabin availability is limited and will sell out. Book online today, contact your travel professional, or call us on 1 833 393 9583 to secure your spot.

2022 Porto > Porto

Join Celebrity chef Michael Bonacini on this 8 day round-trip cruise from Porto. Discover the Douro Valley's most inspiring destinations including Régua, Pocinho, Pinhao and stunning Salamanca.
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8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Porto

    You will be met at the airport and transferred to your contemporary Emerald Radiance Star-Ship, where you will enjoy dinner on board this evening.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Porto – Pinhão

    Relax on board today 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.

    Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner and cocktail reception.

    Exclusive event: 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 this evening’s welcome dinner. Enter to win a chance to be 1 of 2 guests assisting him in his cooking demonstration. 


    A Portuguese cooking demonstration on board

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Pinhão – Vega de Terrón

    Begin your day 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.

    This afternoon, enjoy sailing to Vega de Terrón, perhaps relaxing on the Sun Deck

    Exclusive event: You’ll be invited to a private cocktail reception on the sundeck hosted by Chef Michael Bonacini.


    Kayak experience in Pinhão


    A guided active walk through the vineyards

    Included Excursion

    A visit to Quinta do Tedo with tasting

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Vega de Terrón – Salamanca

    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.

    Travel to the beautiful golden city for a walking tour, starting among the postcard-worthy galleries and arcades that adorn Plaza Mayor. You will have the opportunity to see Casa de las Conchas, a building that has been lovingly decorated with more than 300 shells.

    Exclusive event: Chef Bonacini will join you at the Salamanca local markets and talk about what he would look for in the local produce.


    Tuna music band

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Salamanca

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Pocinho – Régua

    This morning, arrive in Pocinho where 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 into a Port Wine cocktail lesson on board. A rural dinner at a wine estate is certain to be a highlight of your trip.


    A Port Wine cocktail lesson on board


    A rural dinner at Quinta da Pacheca

    Included Excursion

    A visit to the Côa Valley Museum


    Archaeological Tour on 4x4 at Coa Museum (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Régua

    Today, on an included excursion, 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.

    Exclusive event: In the evening, you’ll enjoy a special menu created and prepared by Guest Executive Chef Michael Bonacini inspired by the local ingredients of Portugal.


    A mosaic tile painting lesson on board


    Walk down the steps of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Lamego


    A visit to Mateus Manor House (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Porto

    Located at the mouth of the Douro River, Porto is a fascinating eclectic mix of modern and ancient architecture. Famous for its exports of Port wines, it’s easy to imagine how British merchant ships would have once clustered together in the medieval harbour, waiting to take Port wines across the water.

    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. This evening, enjoy a charming evening cruise shining a different light on Porto's skyline.


    A guided active walk in Porto

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Porto


    Visit to Quinta da Aveleda (extra expense)


    Taylor’s Port wine tasting (extra expense)


    Evening cruise through Porto

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Porto

    After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to your fellow guests, taking memories of sun-drenched vineyards with you.

    This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Add 3-Nights in Lisbon ($885 per person)

Arrive Saturday July 30th to Lisbon at the conclusion of your culinary adventure with Chef Bonacini. 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. Lisbon’s beauty has captivated people from around the world for centuries, and is certain to leave you captivated too.

This add-on includes:

  • Transfers from Porto to Lisbon and Airport
  • Three nights in a centrally located hote
  • 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

An optional DiscoverMORE Excursion to Sintra is available for an extra cost.

When you follow the button to add Lisbon, book the July 23, 2022 departure of Secrets of the Douro with Lisbon, noted as a Varied Itinerary, to ensure you book on the sailing with our host Chef Bonacini. Note that our Chef will not be joining the land tour in Lisbon.

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More About Chef Michael Bonacini
  • Celebrity chef Michael Bonacini is the co-founder of Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality, one of Canada’s leading restaurant and event groups. Michael is a judge on CTV’S popular TV series MasterChef Canada. Today Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality restaurant group has grown to include à la carte dining, quick service, catering, and private dining, with restaurants and event venues across four provinces.

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