Stretching across picturesque Portugal and Spain, the Douro River winds its way through breathtaking landscapes, offering a mesmerizing journey filled with awe-inspiring vistas. Immerse yourself in the enchanting beauty of the Douro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site, as you create unforgettable memories along the captivating path of this majestic river.
Experience the essence of Portugal and Spain as you explore the cultural tapestry woven along the shores of the Douro River. Discover the charm of historic cities like Porto and Lisbon, with their vibrant blend of architecture, art, and gastronomy. Step back in time in the medieval village of Castelo Rodrigo, and delve into the rich heritage of Salamanca, known for its stunning architecture and prestigious university. Each stop along the Douro presents a unique chapter in the story of this remarkable region, waiting to be discovered and cherished.
Indulge in a voyage of discovery as you embrace the diverse itineraries available for Douro River cruises. Unwind at a leisurely pace while revelling in the delights of quaint towns, picturesque vineyards, and terraced landscapes. Marvel at the impressive Mateus Palace, explore the Douro Museum in Peso da Régua, and immerse yourself in the timeless beauty of the Douro Wine Region. Each day brings new adventures as you traverse this captivating river and embrace the rich history and charm of the Douro Valley.
Embark on an unparalleled voyage of opulence with Douro River Cruises. Prepare for an extraordinary escapade as you set sail along the magnificent Douro River, a treasured waterway that meanders through charming landscapes and renowned vineyards in Portugal and Spain.
Our culinary team meticulously crafts a menu that pays homage to local gastronomy and features an exquisite selection of Douro Valley wines. Prepare your taste buds for a luxurious journey, as each dish has been carefully crafted to reflect the essence of the Douro River. Our chefs are committed to providing vegetarian, vegan, and special dietary options, ensuring that everyone can enjoy the culinary delights.
The weather on the Douro River adds a magical touch to your cruising experience. With its Mediterranean climate, the region enjoys warm and sunny summers that invite you to relax on the deck and take in the breathtaking scenery. Spring and autumn bring mild weather, perfect for strolling through vineyards as the leaves change colour or exploring the historic towns along the riverbanks. Even during winter, the Douro River exudes tranquil beauty, with crisp air and a peaceful ambience that creates a cosy atmosphere.
*This is an example itinerary of one of many of our Douro river cruises. We have a huge selection of river routes, cruise lines, and ships. Speak to our crui.se advisor today to find your perfect Douro river cruise
Arrive in Porto, Portugal, and check in at the port to begin your Douro River cruise. Settle into your comfortable accommodations onboard and meet the friendly staff who will be dedicated to ensuring your voyage is unforgettable.
Start your day with a guided tour of Porto, a city renowned for its historic charm and Port wine production. Explore the picturesque Ribeira district, admire the iconic Dom Luís I Bridge, and visit the stunning Livraria Lello, a bookstore known for its beautiful architecture. Discover the rich history of Porto’s wine culture with a visit to a traditional Port wine cellar and indulge in tastings of this world-famous fortified wine.
Cruise to Regua, the gateway to the breathtaking Douro Valley. Immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes adorned with terraced vineyards. Visit a renowned winery and learn about the centuries-old winemaking traditions of the region. Sample a variety of exquisite Douro wines known for their unique flavours and character. Take in the panoramic views of the valley from the deck of your cruise ship as you navigate through the meandering Douro River.
Arrive in Pinhão, a charming town nestled in the heart of the Douro Valley. Embark on a scenic excursion to a traditional quinta, a local wine estate. Learn about the wine production process, from grape cultivation to ageing in oak barrels. Taste a selection of fine wines produced in this region and savour the complex flavours and aromas. Marvel at the intricate tile work at the Pinhão Railway Station, depicting scenes from the Douro Valley.
Reach Vega de Terrón, a tranquil village situated near the border between Portugal and Spain. From there, journey to the medieval town of Castelo Rodrigo, perched atop a hill and offering panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Explore the well-preserved walls, narrow streets, and historic buildings that showcase the region’s rich heritage. Immerse yourself in the local culture and interact with the friendly residents who call this enchanting town home.
Embark on an unforgettable excursion to Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage city in Spain. Admire the stunning architecture of the Plaza Mayor and visit the renowned Salamanca University, one of the oldest universities in Europe. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of this vibrant city as you stroll through its charming streets lined with cafes, boutiques, and historic landmarks. Experience the local cuisine and indulge in traditional Spanish tapas for lunch.
Cruise back to Peso da Régua, a picturesque town in the heart of the Douro Valley. Visit the beautiful Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, located on a hilltop overlooking the town of Lamego. Climb the ornate staircase adorned with tiles and baroque-style fountains to reach the sanctuary and enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding vineyards. Discover the rich history and cultural heritage of the region as you explore Lamego’s historic center.
Conclude your Douro River cruise with disembarkation in Porto. Reflect on the incredible journey you’ve experienced, filled with captivating landscapes, cultural discoveries, and exquisite wines. Extend your stay in Porto to further explore the city’s hidden gems, indulge in local cuisine, or simply head on home and show the family your holiday snaps.
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With our Douro River cruise holiday deals, you can discover Portugal’s Wonder by cruising along the breathtaking Douro River, exploring terraced vineyards, historic towns, and cultural gems. While cruising the Douro River, take in the beauty and charm of Portugal’s scenic heartland. Wind through vineyard terraces, rolling hills, and historic towns. Indulge in local cuisine while surrounded by natural beauty and cultural riches.
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“Embarking on a Douro River cruise promises an extraordinary voyage through Portugal’s stunning landscapes and rich cultural heritage. The Douro River, with its breathtaking vistas and charming towns, sets the stage for an unforgettable exploration of Western Europe.
As you step aboard the cruise ship, you’ll be greeted by the welcoming crew and settle into your comfortable accommodations. From the moment you embark, the beauty of the Douro River will captivate your senses. The serene waters, lined with terraced vineyards and rolling hills, create a picturesque backdrop for your journey.
As the ship glides along the river bank, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant cities and historic towns that dot the Douro Valley. Porto, a city steeped in history and known for its Port wine production, will enchant you with its colourful streets and iconic landmarks. From the charming town of Regua, you’ll witness the terraced vineyards that produce some of Portugal’s finest wines.
Each day of the cruise offers a new and captivating experience. Explore the charming village of Pinhão, where you’ll have the chance to visit traditional wine estates and sample the region’s renowned wines. Journey to the medieval town of Castelo Rodrigo and be transported back in time as you wander through its narrow streets and admire its well-preserved architecture.”
“As keen cruisers, we have honestly never experienced such a relaxing trip. Tourism is in its relative infancy on the Douro, so there isn’t a massive throng of people, and the boats are smaller and more intimate. The cuisine is top-notch, and you don’t have to be a knowledgeable wine buff to enjoy the different varieties on offer, but if you are into your wine, then this will be total heaven, guaranteed!”
“We’re mad keen wine enthusiasts, so this cruise was literally a taste of paradise for us. Having said that, there was a really laid-back vibe to this holiday, so if you’re not interested in wine, then you won’t feel excluded. The wine element is very much take it or leave it, and there is plenty to do and see for people with other interests.”
“This cruise was a surprise present for a significant birthday. I like wine, but I wouldn’t describe myself as an enthusiast, but you just can’t fail to get into it when you see how it is grown and produced. The whole cruise has a relaxed feel about it but was still very well organised with great attention to detail. I loved the local cuisine on board, so you didn’t feel that you need to go ashore to eat otherwise, you were missing out. A truly memorable experience which I would recommend to anyone, even if you’re teetotal!”
“As first-time cruisers, we deliberately chose the Douro because it’s not so well known, and we thought both the location and the cruise wouldn’t be over-commercialised. We were right! The staff were so helpful, with just the right amount of information and guidance, but you never felt you had to leave the boat. You could just relax and take in the scenery, which was spectacular. The endless wine was certainly very welcome, but we didn’t feel we had to be connoisseurs – you can just drink what you like. A great cruise. We would definitely go again as one trip doesn’t do it justice.”
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Our gourmet chefs reflect the tastes and food traditions of the area you are sailing through, so you don’t need to leave the boat to discover local menus. The wine list similarly mirrors the vineyards and wineries you’re passing, and we always choose varieties which complement the dishes on the table. Each cruise has a sommelier on board who can help with your wine choices and tell you a little about each vintage.
All our boats offer access for people who have limited mobility or who are wheelchair users. Just highlight your needs when you book, and we’ll discuss with you the best way to make your river cruise memorable for everyone in your party. We pride ourselves on making bespoke adjustments so we can tailor the travel to suit guests’ specific requirements.
All our staff are fully vaccinated, and we like our guests to be as well for everyone’s safety. We wouldn’t anything to spoil your trip. Our boats are equipped with medical staff who will answer any questions you may have about Covid or anything else both before you travel and whilst you’re on board. We follow the latest WHO protocols.
The minimum age for passengers is 13, and of course, only over 18s can drink alcohol, but we have plenty of tempting alternatives for those who can’t drink or who don’t want to. All under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. We also offer reduced rates for younger and senior passengers, so please ask about these when you book.
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