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Vida Portugal: Vineyards & Villages along the Douro

Cruise along the Douro over the course of 8 days on this show stopping adventure through Portugal. Enjoy our signature “Beds with a view” Panorama suites to quite literally wake up with nature at your feet.

Communicate with your adventure host to personalise your holiday – whether your priority is fun with the family, romance, or a much needed chill session they’ll be able to guide you down the right path so that you get the most out of your time with us.

Choose from a large selection of guided tours to immerse yourself in local culture, join your adventure host on a bike ride or opt to stay aboard for a chill arts and crafts session with the team. Whatever experience you’re looking for, Avalon Waterways has you covered.

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  • Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
  • Ship: Avalon Alegria
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Departure: Apr - Nov
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Vida Portugal: Vineyards & Villages along the Douro Cruise Itinerary

This 8-day round trip opening and terminating in Porto will take you down the Douro on a unique adventure. With a large spread of tour options and destinations, we’ll make sure to expose you to new experiences – whether that’s biking through Porto alongside your Adventure host or staying aboard to enjoy a tile-painting workshop with our crew.

Day 1

Porto (EMBARK)

Climb aboard the Avalon Alegria and celebrate the beginning of your holiday with the crew at our onboard Welcome Reception.

Day 2

Entre Os Rios (excursions to Braga/Guimarães)

Choose between guided sightseeing in Braga or Guimarães, or join the tour through Romanesque to immerse yourself in culture.

Day 3

Peso da Régua

Opt to sightsee through either Peso da Régua or Lamego and enjoy visiting a local farm with optional tasting.

Day 4


For this stop you have two options for guided sightseeing; travel through Freixo de Numão or Vila Nova de Foz Côa with your host.

Day 5

Barca d’Alva (excursion to Salamanca)

Choose between guided sightseeing in Salamanca or Freixo de Espada à Cinta.

Day 6

Caldas de Aregos (excursion to Amarante)

Enjoy guided sightseeing through Amarante or opt to stay aboard the ship and take place in our onboard tile painting workshop, creating hand-made souvenirs to take home with you.

Day 7


For day 7, we offer two options for travelling through Porto, enjoy serene guided sightseeing or a brisk bike tour with your Adventure Host.

Day 8


Your cruise ends this morning, disembark the Avalon Alegria and begin your journey home.

About The Avalon Alegria

The Avalon Alegria is a newcomer to our award-winning fleet of ships. With a spacious capacity of 202 passengers, this ship earns its place on the team by providing the elegant yet relaxed luxury customers associate with Avalon Waterways, our signature “Beds with a view” Panorama suites and a Sky Deck, complete with swimming pool and premium lounge chairs.

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During your time aboard, enjoy chef-prepared meals including regional and seasonal cuisine featuring fresh local ingredients. Visit the Panorama dining room for a more classic dining experience, grab breakfast/lunch from our buffet or, if you’re having too much fun to sit down, grab something to eat by the pool from the Sky Grill.

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With complimentary wifi throughout the ship, all suites should also include a full-size closet, mirror, large bathroom, bathrobes and slippers, a hair dryer and a flatscreen TV. Choose between the Panorama Suite (200 sq.ft) and Deluxe stateroom (172/180 sq.ft)

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Leisure/Public Amenities

All ships in the Avalon Waterways fleet will include a state-of-the-art fitness centre. Other options such as maps for hiking/jogging/biking, yoga mats, fitness bands, fitbits and walking sticks are available through your Adventure Host aboard.

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Deck Plan

The Avalon Alegria is made of 3 accommodation decks and the Sky deck, in order of ascension: Indigo, Sapphire, Royal and Sky. Indigo deck hosts our state-of-the-art fitness centre and Sapphire deck boasts the Panorama dining room. You can find the club lounge, adventure centre, guest services, bar, Panorama bistro and observation lounge on the Royal deck whilst the Sky deck allows you to sunbathe by the pool and get food from the sky lounge without taking a break from the magnificent views down the river Douro.

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Vida Portugal: Vineyards & Villages along the Douro

Cruise down the Douro aboard the Avalon Alegria with our team at Avalon Waterways. Taking bookings for 2023/2024

  • Apr - Nov
  • 7 Nights

Vida Portugal: Vineyards & Villages along the Douro Cruise Review

“As a single woman, originally I was afraid to go away by myself. I’ll tell you that this cruise helped me conquer that fear! My room aboard the Alegria was comfortable and classy; I ended up really enjoying the space to myself. Also, my Adventure Host was extremely helpful in helping me book tours that aligned with my physical capabilities (so no bike rides!). I enjoyed the excursions and met a lot of interesting people along the way. I’d do it again in a heartbeat.”

Hannah McCoy, Edinburgh

Vida Portugal: Vineyards & Villages along the Douro FAQ

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

How many other passengers will be aboard the ship?

The Avalon Alegria has a maximum capacity of 202 passengers, so no more than that.

Is there a return cruise?

No, the Vida Portugal: Vineyards & Villages along the Douro is a round trip beginning and ending in Porto. Therefore no return cruise is necessary.

What is the weather generally like in Portugal?

Portugal has a Mediterranean climate and has average temperatures of 10 -12°C. This is subject to change depending on the time of your cruise, of course. So we’d recommend researching the weather forecast nearer the time for more accurate predictions.

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