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Secrets of the Douro

Discover the hidden delights of the Douro River, a meandering thread of tranquility that flows through some of Spain and Portugal’s most significant wine-growing regions.

Relax and enjoy the views of sun-drenched terraced vineyards with fascinating port excursions to picturesque villages, ancient wine quintas, and historic towns. Choose how much you want to explore with guided walking tours, bike rides, and hikes.

Relax on board a luxury Star-Ship with a choice of cabins and suites, five-star international and regional cuisine, an impressive selection of wines, and spacious communal areas to exercise, socialise, or just relax.

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  • Cruise Line: Emerald Cruises
  • Ship: Emerald Radiance
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Departure: May – Nov 2024
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Secrets of the Douro Cruise Itinerary

Discover the hidden charms of the Douro River Valley on a 7-night cruise that showcases the best of Iberia’s tranquil river landscape and ancient tradition of viticulture. Visit historic quintas for lavish dinners and wine tastings, plus enjoy excursions to Porto and the Golden City of Salamanca. There is also a complete day of leisurely sailing to enjoy the exceptional river views and climate. Luxuriate in five-star accommodation on board one of Emerald’s famous Star-Ships with award-winning international and regional cuisine and 21st-century amenities and comfort.

Day 1


Arrive in Porto, where an Emerald Cruises Representative will meet you at the airport before transferring to your luxury Star-Ship.

Day 2

Porto – Pinhão

Take time to savour the beautiful scenery of the Douro River Valley with a full day’s sailing through this UNESCO World Heritage-listed landscape. Shaped by centuries of wine-growing, sample some of the fruits of the valleys at a lavis Welcome Dinner.

Day 3

Pinhão – Vega de Terrón

Visit the beautiful Quinta do Tedo vineyard in the heart of the Douro Valley and see the traditional art of viticulture dating back centuries. Guests can also choose a guided walk through local vineyards or take a kayak excursion along the river.

Day 4

Vega de Terrón – Salamanca

Known as ‘the Golden City,’ enjoy a walking tour of Salamanca, including one of Europe’s oldest universities and the Casa de las Conchas, a building adorned with more than 300 shells. There is also an optional tour to Castelo Rodrigo.

Day 5

Pocinho – Régua

Arrive in Pocinho and visit the Côa Valley Museum, one of Portugal’s largest museums with state-of-the-art technology to present centuries-old cave art. Later, enjoy a Port wine cocktail lesson on board ship with dinner at a famous wine estate.

Day 6


Take a tour of the magnificent Baroque village of Lamego with its famous Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies. Guests can opt for a mosaic tile painting lesson on board ship or a visit to the stunning 18th-century Baroque Mateus Manor House.

Day 7


Today is a chance to explore vibrant Porto, a fascinating blend of old and new, and the city that gave its name to its most famous export, Port wine. Choose either a guided tour or an active walk. There is also a guided bike tour to the Atlantic.

Day 8


Disembark in Porto and transfer to the airport to start your journey back to the UK.

Secrets of the Douro Cruise Ships

Emerald Star

From the activities on the Sun Deck to the comfort and peace of a luxury suite or stateroom, no detail is overlooked on the Emerald Star. Enjoy a blend of home-from-home comfort, elegant interiors with modern amenities, and five-star service.

Wellness Suite
Outdoor Covered Terrace
Crew of 52

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Discover the hidden secrets of the Douro with Crui.se

7 Nights
May – Nov 2024

Secrets of the Douro

  • Porto
  • Porto – Pinhão
  • Pinhão – Vega de Terrón
  • Vega de Terrón – Salamanca
  • Pocinho – Régua
  • Régua
£2,095pp Est. Price per person
  • Emerald Radiance  

Secrets of the Douro Cruise Review

“We are great lovers of Spain and Portugal but have never cruised in Iberia or even cruised at all, so this was a double first for us. Well, what a revelation! We would never have visited this area, and it’s an absolute paradise of sun-drenched vineyards and pretty towns and villages. You don’t have to be a wine enthusiast to make the most of this trip, but you certainly won’t be disappointed if you are. The Star-Ship was remarkable in design and comfort, and the first day of the cruise is dedicated to just sailing, so you can really make the most of it. In terms of the tour operator and the location, this is an unbeatable holiday.”

Joseph and Jean, Stockport

Secrets of the Douro FAQ

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

Can I book my cruise online?

Booking online is simple, safe, and secure. Use the browser to find the itinerary you’re interested in, and then select the ‘View Cabins’ tab for the dates you want to book. The system is easy and intuitive, with pop-up boxes that provide more information about the different options as you go along. A short video is available to show you how to use online booking.

Is Emerald Cruises a member of ATOL or ABTA?

Enjoy complete reassurance and peace of mind when you cruise with us. Emerald Cruises is a member of both ATOL (Number 9294) and ABTA (Number Y6328).

Are the shore excursions suitable for passengers with limited mobility?

Some of our port stops involve uneven terrain – that might be because you are in a rural area or visiting an old town where the streets have cobblestones. Coach tours will require you to be able to ascend and descend the steps of the vehicle. You can discuss the specific tours with one of our friendly booking agents. In almost all cases, if you are travelling with a companion who can assist you, you will find all the locations perfectly accessible.

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