Delightful River Cruises on the Douro
Why not take a river cruise up the Rio Douro (River of Gold), from Portugal’s second biggest city, Porto... The Douro extends for 557m into Spain, but most cruises focus on 70 miles of the picturesque Douro valley.
We have several river cruise suppliers offering a varied itinerary to particularly suit solo travellers, couples or wine connoisseurs. The boats cruise through the oldest and one of the most renowned wine regions in the world. Sit back and relax knowing your every need is catered for, and enjoy beautiful mountainous countryside, vineyard terraces, olive groves, almond orchards and traditional villages while you are drifting by.
We will listen to your requirements and select the perfect river cruise ship and itinerary for you. We have access to over 500 different suppliers, so there are lots of options available!
A typical 8 day cruise, with its fully planned itinerary, from Porto and back to Porto, may include the following stop offs:
Enjoy the stunning historic city of Lamego. Walk up, or down, the famous 686 steps to the Chapel of our lady of Remedies, decorated with stunning blue and white tiles ‘azulejos.’
Visit stunning Salamanca with its 2 cathedrals situated side by side. Known as the ‘Golden City,’ it is an important university city and is renowned for its food and architecture. The old part of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Visit the birthplace of Mateus wine! Admire Mateus Palace which was designed in 1749 and continues to be featured on the wine’s labels.
While on board ship you can sit back in style, and try a wonderful selection of port wines and table wines from the region and beautiful meals cooked using fresh, local produce. The height of comfort and luxury!
There are further options to combine the river cruise with guided tours to Lisbon and other fascinating locations in Northern Portugal, especially for those interested in history and culture. Let us help you find a cruise and guided tour which will give you a truly unforgettable holiday.
When To Go
The best time to take the cruise is in the Spring or Autumn, when the colours are sensational and it's harvest time, but it also one of the few river cruises that can be enjoyed in the hotter Summer months.
2 hours & 10 minutes to Porto from the UK