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Douro Discovery

Embark on an adventure through Portugal on a trip showcasing the highlights found along the Douro. Enjoy 5-star dining, dedicated staff, informative tour guides and a host of activities during your stay with us.

Explore UNESCO cities, baroque cathedrals, tiny villages, local quintas and much more on our array of activities and tours. Enjoy our offered tastings, on-board entertainment and classes or embark on our Insider Experiences for that little extra something.

Recline in style aboard the newly-debuted MS Estrela, complete with bowling green, pool, restaurant and a host of luxury suites. Enjoy minimal, modern decor hand-chosen to compliment and enhance the stunning scenery outside your window.

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  • Cruise Line: APT
  • Ship: MS Estrela
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Departure: Jun - Nov
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Douro Discovery Cruise Itinerary

Make your way through eleven towns, villages and cities on this eight-day adventure down the Douro. Explore castles, UNESCO sites, baroque cathedrals and much more on this adventure through Portugal.

Day 1

Porto, Vila Nova de Gaia (EMBARK)

Arrive to Portugal’s largest city, transfer to your ship and enjoy a Welcome Reception during the evening.

Day 2

Regua, Lamego

Enjoy picturesque views of vineyards, take part in a Portuguese language lesson, visit the village of Lamego and the baroque cathedral Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies.

Join our Insider Experience to a local quinta for a scrumptious dinner of traditional dishes.

Day 3

Vega de Terrón, Castelo Rodrigo

Join an excursion to Castelo Rodrigo, a tiny village overlooking both Spain and Portugal. Explore well-preserved ruins, an impressive castle and a stone statue of Santiago Matamoros.

Day 4


Explore the glorious Spanish city of Salamanca, arguably one of the most beautiful in spain. On our Insider Experience, enjoy a fiery performance at Flamenco show.

Day 5

Regua, Mateus Palace

Head to a local quinta for a tasting of local port wine, Portugal’s most famous tipple on our Insider Experience.

Enjoy an on-board Portuguese cooking demonstration, board a coach to the Gardens and Palace of Mateus to tour this living-museum still owned by the Count of Vila Real.

Day 6

Regua, Entre-os-Rios

Use your free time to explore Regua; wander along the riverfront or venture into the Old Town.
Afterwards, we continue to the town of Entre-os-Rios where you’ll continue your exploration before returning to your ship for an energetic performance of traditional Portuguese music.

Day 7


Join a fascinating tour of nearby Porto, passing the city’s most famous attractions and local port winery for a tasting. Spend the rest of the day exploring at your leisure or embark on an optional excursion to the UNESCO-designated city of Guimaraes.

Day 8


After enjoying breakfast on-board, disembark your ship to begin your journey home.

About The MS Estrela

Launching in 2024, enjoy cruising down the sun-kissed Douro Valley aboard the luxurious MS Estrela. New and improved, featuring outdoor social spaces, plush lounges and french-balcony suites, recline in style during your stay with us. Enjoy modern decor, 5-star dining, a host of on-board entertainment and much more.

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Douro Discovery Deals

Discover the Douro from a floating luxury hotel

7 Nights
Jun Nov

Douro Discovery

  • Porto
  • Porto / Vila Nova de Gaia
  • Regua / Entre-os-Rios
  • Regua / Lamego
  • Regua / Mateus Palace
  • Salamanca
  • Vega de Terrón / Castelo Rodrigo
£2,459 Est. Price per person
  • MS Estrela

Douro Discovery Cruise Review

“Lovely. Guest services get a 10/10 from me – from room service and desk staff to the waiters at the restaurant, everyone was friendly, helpful and interesting to speak to. We learnt a lot from the staff and our dedicated tour guides. The tours were informative, interesting and unique. Everything I imagined it would be when I clicked to book it.”

Sarah Laney, Birmingham

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Douro Discovery FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

How many passengers are being admitted?

The MS Estrela has a maximum capacity of 120 quests, with only 60 suites on offer.

Will there be wi-fi aboard the ship?

Yes, enjoy complimentary wifi on-board during your stay with us.

Are there tours to any UNESCO sites?

On day 7 of your trip, there is the option to visit the UNESCO-designated city of Guimaraes.

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