Where to Go?
The Douro River cuts through central Spain towards the coast of Portugal. You will start or end your cruise in Portugal's coastal city of Porto and visit major destinations of the Douro River Valley like Braga, Regua, Vila Real, Lamego, Barca d'alva, Ferradosa, and Pinhao in Portugal, and historic Salamanca in Spain.
The average Douro River cruise is 8 days, and this is definitely the most popular option. It gives you a chance to see the major highlights of the Douro River and explore the region in a number of engaging ways. However there are several tours that are as short as 6 days and a few that are between 11-14 days. You will find that the longer itineraries explore other sites of the Iberian Peninsula that aren't on the Douro River, like Portugal's capital of Lisbon and the sun-drenched Spanish capital city of Madrid. Several go as far as France and the United Kingdom as they explore coastal Europe. The 6-day itineraries tend to be Porto round-trips that visit fewer towns and focus specifically on the Douro River Valley.
On which ship?
The vessels we have hand-selected for the Douro River cruises were specifically designed to explore this part of Europe. Their length, comfort, and style reflect classic riverboat design. All of the vessels feature a panoramic sun deck, a lounge and bar, elegant dining rooms, and comfortable air-conditioned rooms. The MS Amavida
takes it to the next level, offering a massage spa, heated pool, fitness room, and a piano bar. Contact us
if you need guidance in selecting the best boat for you.
What is there to do and see?
Wine tasting, urban exploration, visits to small towns, and wildlife viewing are at the heart of many of our itineraries, while hiking is featured on just a few. Light walking tours and day excursions are led by local guides who will acquaint you with the culture and cuisine of scenic Portugal as you cruise along the smooth and gorgeous Douro River.