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Lisbon and the Heart of the Douro

Embark on an alluring luxury cruise along one of the most iconic rivers in the world, the Douro.

Stay in a luxe hotel and explore Lisbon, walk through the historic city of Coimbra, see Oporto’s Sé Cathedral, and so much more! Let the boundless beauty of Portugal and Spain draw you into a once-in-a-lifetime adventure where every day guarantees fun, adventure and relaxation.

Behold the charm and wonder of the Douro as your river haven sees you through your own personalised journey in peak comfort and style.

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  • Cruise Line: Saga
  • Ship: Spirit of the Douro
  • Duration: 10 Nights
  • Departure: Mar - Nov
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Lisbon and the Heart of the Douro Cruise Itinerary

Embark on a thrilling Portuguese adventure with journeys to Oporto, Salamanca, Lamego, and beyond. Each location will unveil a world of vibrancy and culture via an extensive range of excursions at your disposal, including a flamenco show, a tour of Plaza Mayor, wine tastings, and a host of exhilarating activities both on and off-board your Lisbon and the Heart of the Douro cruise.

Day 1

UK to Lisbon

Travel to Lisbon and stay at the 4-star Mundial Hotel. Dinner is included and the rest of your stay is on a bed-and-breakfast basis.

Day 2


Embark on a morning tour of Lisbon and enjoy an optional Fado dinner and show in the evening.

Day 3


Use your day at leisure to explore Lisbon as you desire.

Day 4

Lisbon to Oporto

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and transfer to Oporto. Enjoy an orientation walk in the historic city of Coimbra with lunch en route.

Day 5

Oporto to Régua to Pinhão

Visit Mateus Palace and its gardens in Régua. Enjoy a traditional Portuguese folk music show after dinner.

Day 6

Pinhão to Vega de Térron

Pay a visit to Castelo Rodrigo. Partake in a traditional Portuguese dinner on board the ship.

Day 7

Vega de Térron to Barca d’Alva

Embark on an excursion to Salamanca. After some free time, enjoy a light lunch at a local restaurant followed by a flamenco show and a walking tour of Plaza Mayor. Moor overnight in Barca d’Alva.

Day 8

Barca d’Alva to Cais de Espinho to Pinhão

Visit Quinta do Seixo for an included tour and port wine tasting. Visit a local quinta in Pinhão for dinner, wine and entertainment. Your ship remains moored in Pinhão overnight.

Day 9

Pinhão to Régua to Bitetos

Travel by coach to the city of Lamego. Explore the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios or the Gothic cathedral. Cruise to Bitetos for an overnight mooring.

Day 10

Bitetos to Entre-os-Rios to Oporto

Enjoy your morning at leisure before a tour of Oporto, complete with a port wine cellar visit and tasting. Remain moored in Vila Nova de Gaia overnight.

Day 11


After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

About The Spirit of the Douro

Cruise the Douro river on a ship built for the Douro River. It’s even called The Spirit of The Douro…All cabins are outside facing, meaning you can soak in the beautiful Portuguese countryside while sipping your morning coffee

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  • Deck Plan


Enjoy a dynamic array of meals with the Spirit of the Douro’s choice of mealtime options: watch the world pass by through panoramic windows as you take to your buffet-style breakfast, your delectable lunch, or your four-course dinner.

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Our 63 cabins provide excellent outside views of the scenery, as well as en suite bathrooms, twin or double beds, a television, tea and coffee-making facilities, a hairdryer, and a safe. Upper and main deck cabins possess floor-to-ceiling windows which open onto French balconies, while lower deck cabins have smaller windows that do not open.

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Health & Fitness

Go for a dip in the sun deck’s splash pool, or perhaps visit the spa after a long day of excitement and adventure. Or, if exercise is your go-to, try out the Spirit of the Douro’s fitness room facilities.

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Deck Plan

The Spirit of the Douro offers luxury aplenty on each of its 4 decks, including a sun deck complete with a splash pool, a restaurant, a spa, a fitness room, and a small gift shop: not to mention the vessel’s classic style and rich, welcoming atmosphere.

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Lisbon and the Heart of the Douro Deals

Discover the heart of the Douro River with

10 Nights
Mar Nov

Lisbon and the Heart of the Douro

  • Barca d’Alva
  • Cais de Espinho & Pinhão
  • Entre-os-Rios & Oporto
  • Lisbon
  • Oporto
  • Régua & Bitetos
  • Régua & Pinhão
  • Vega de Terrón
£1,926pp Est. Price per person
  • Spirit of the Douro

Lisbon and the Heart of the Douro Cruise Review

“My Lisbon and the Heart of the Douro cruise was a fantastic journey from start to finish. I loved Lisbon and having free time to explore it further as well as exploring Jerónimos Monastery. I also really enjoyed the port wine tastings and the port wine cellar tour, it was such a blast getting to taste such iconic wines. My time onboard the ship was amazing, too. My cabin was pristine and incredibly comfortable and the dining options were phenomenal. This cruise absolutely blew me away and I’ll be sure to book again with Saga.”

Desmond Banks, Ipswich, Suffolk

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Lisbon and the Heart of the Douro FAQ

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

Will anyone from Saga be on my excursion?

Yes, one of Saga’s onboard team will join you on your excursion.

What are the highlights of the Lisbon and the Heart of the Douro cruise?

The highlights of your Lisbon and the Heart of the Douro cruise include captivating tours of historic and architectural landmarks, as well as immersive culinary and cultural experiences, such as wine tasting, attending a flamenco show, and listening to traditional Portuguese folk music.

Can I cancel an excursion?

You can change to another excursion up to 72 hours before the day your river cruise leaves.

If you cancel completely or make a change within 72 hours, you’ll still need to pay the full excursion cost (unless you have a medical certificate to show why you’re cancelling so late).

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