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History of the Douro – from Portugal to Spain

Journey across Portugal and Spain to experience the wealth of history, culture and beauty they have to offer.

Bask in the comfort of your dedicated cruise vessel – the magnificent MS Douro Elegance – as you venture along the Douro and take in its many enchanting sights.

Discover the treasures of ages past aboard your unforgettable History of the Douro cruise.

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  • Cruise Line: Riviera Travel
  • Ship: MS Douro Elegance
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Departure: Apr & Jul - Aug & Oct
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History of the Douro – from Portugal to Spain Cruise Itinerary

Sail the scenic waters of the Douro River and experience its every whimsy and wonder highlighted by our hand-crafted itinerary.

Day 1


Arrive in Porto and board your ship.

Day 2

Mateus Palace Gardens

Embark on a visit to the Mateus Palace gardens followed by dinner at Quinta da Pacheca.

Day 3

Almeida Fortress

Enjoy a visit to Almeida Fortress and Museu Histórico Militar de Almeida.

Day 4

Salamanca & Battlefields

Join a guided tour to Salamanca before lunch and a flamenco show. Afterwards, visit the Battlefields of Salamanca.

Day 5

Peso da Régua

Upon arriving in Peso da Régua, you’ll get to visit a local quinta and enjoy a wine tasting.

Day 6


Visit Lamego. After lunch, engage in an on board talk about regional history, followed by an afternoon of sailing. Tonight, indulge in a Captain’s Dinner with a traditional Portuguese folk music show.

Day 7


This morning, enjoy another on board talk. Later, embark on a fascinating guided tour of Porto.

Day 8

Return home

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

History of the Douro – from Portugal to Spain Cruise Ships

MS Douro Elegance

Elegance by name elegant by nature, Douro Elegance is a blend of modern ethical design with supreme luxury. Interiors are styled by a leading Portuguese designer, and guests enjoy gourmet cuisine to savour the authentic flavours of beautiful Iberia.

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88 Cabins

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History of the Douro – from Portugal to Spain Deals

Unravel the captivating history of the Douro and its breathtaking destinations with Crui.se

7 Nights
Jul Aug

History of the Douro – from Portugal to Spain

  • Porto
  • Mateus Palace Garden
  • Almeida Fortress
  • Salamanca & Battlefields
  • Peso da Régua
  • Lamego
  • Return Home
£2,249pp Est. Price per person
  • MS Douro Elegance  

History of the Douro – from Portugal to Spain Cruise Review

“We came on this cruise for my son’s 56th and he loved it. He’s big on history so this was an absolute treat for him. We got free time to explore separately and as a family, too, which was terrific. Our first cruise together but surely not the last!”

Charlotte Foster, Birkenhead, Merseyside

History of the Douro- from Portugal to Spain FAQs

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

How much is the deposit for this cruise?

The deposit for the History of the Douro – from Portugal to Spain cruise is £500 per person. The remaining amount of the cruise is due to be paid at least 101 days prior to your departure.

Are there any facilities for me to make/have tea and coffee on board?

Yes, you will have access to tea and coffee making facilities in your stateroom. Furthermore, complimentary tea and coffee will always be available on the Upper Deck.

Is there air conditioning on the ship?

Yes, the MS Douro Elegance is fully-air-conditioned.

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