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Douro, Porto and Salamanca River Cruise

The hidden jewel of Europe, the picturesque Douro River visits quaint villages and medieval towns, meandering through rolling hills and slopes lined with ancient terraced vineyards that have remained unchanged for centuries.

Explore some of Iberia’s most beautiful and historic locations. Tour ancient monasteries, wine-growers, and the jewel in the crown, Salamanca, widely regarded as Spain’s most beautiful city and home to one of Europe’s oldest universities.

Sail some of the finest wine regions, and discover local Quintas and the wine-making process with a chance to savour some fine vintages on this relaxing cruise. A luxury river ship with elegant suites and gourmet cuisine is your home for this voyage.

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  • Cruise Line: Riviera Travel
  • Ship: MS Douro Elegance, MS Douro Splendour
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Departure: Apr - Oct
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Douro, Porto and Salamanca Cruise Itinerary

Explore the beauty of Europe’s hidden waterway, the Douro, on a 7-night voyage that affords breathtaking scenery and historic port stops at picturesque towns and villages, with a taste of authentic Portugal and Spain, not to mention the wine. This cruise combines fascinating tours and excursions with plenty of sailing time to enjoy the warm Mediterranean climate and Iberia’s best river views. Board a luxurious ship that offers five-star accommodation, modern amenities, and award-winning cuisine

Day 1


Arrive in Porto and board your five-star river cruiser.

Day 2

Mateus Palace Gardens

After a morning’s sailing, arrive in Peso de Régua and visit the magnificent 18th-century Baroque Mateus Palace, surrounded by stunning landscaped gardens. In the evening, dine at the Quinta da Pacheca, with fabulous views over the Douro.

Day 3

Castelo Rodrigo

Witness the unique topography of the Douro, navigable via a system of dams and locks that have raised the water level for remarkable views. Visit Castelo Rodrigo, a 12th-century walled village with its Leonese-style architecture and Gothic castle.

Day 4


Regarded by many as Spain’s most beautiful city, discover the delights of this rose-coloured, historic settlement with tiny medieval streets, two cathedrals, and the University founded in 1218. Over lunch, enjoy a traditional flamenco show.

Day 5

Peso da Régua

Arrive in the port wine region and the pretty town of Peso da Régua, where guests can learn all about the different stages of wine production at a historic local Quinta. Of course, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy a tasting.

Day 6


Today, take a short drive to historic Lamego, famous for sparkling wine, and the ancient Sanctuary of Our Lady Church high on the hill. Later, enjoy the Captain’s Dinner, a cruise highlight, and a traditional Portuguese folk music performance.

Day 7


Arrive in Porto sailing under the city’s spectacular bridges and take a guided tour around this beautiful and historic city, including a visit to one of the famous Port producers. There is also some time to explore at your leisure.

Day 8


Disembark and transfer to the airport or railway station for travel back to the UK.

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7 Nights
Apr Oct

Douro, Porto and Salamanca River Cruise

  • Porto
  • Mateus Palace Garden
  • Castelo Rodrigo
  • Salamanca
  • Peso da Régua
  • Lamego
£1,699pp Est. Price per person
  • MS Douro Elegance, MS Douro Splendour  

Douro, Porto and Salamanca Cruise Review

“As experienced cruisers, we decided to try something a little different from the Rhine and the Danube, and this cruise did not disappoint. It’s a beautiful way to see Iberia, and if you’re into wine, then this is definitely the voyage for you. The scenery is amazing, plus there’s a 50:50 split between time spent on the water and port excursions, something many cruises don’t do. The ships are up to Riveria Travel’s usual standards, with vessels purpose-built to navigate the unique challenges of the Douro. Expect the usual luxury accommodation, great food, and a cork-popping wine list!”

Andy and Dawn, Stoke Poges

Douro, Porto and Salamanca FAQ

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

Is Wi-Fi available on board during the cruise?

Complementary Wi-Fi is available throughout your voyage, although the Douro’s unique topography and even weather conditions can sometimes affect coverage and speeds. Generally, though, staying in touch with friends and family back home is easy.

I have restricted mobility. Is this a suitable cruise for me?

We can talk you through the ship’s layout, the best cabin choices, and the port excursions so you can decide if this cruise suits your needs. We are always happy to make adaptations to accommodate the requirements of different guests and pride ourselves on being one of the best cruise companies when it comes to access and inclusivity.

I am on a restricted diet. Is this a problem for the ship’s chefs?

All the meals on board are prepared daily using local ingredients and fresh produce from the different areas the cruise visits. Our chefs aim to capture the flavour of the local regions with five-star cuisine and always a choice of vegan and vegetarian menus. They can also adapt dishes to suit passengers with specific dietary requirements. Just discuss your needs with our friendly reservations team when you book.

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