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Journey down the Douro River, with its dramatic gorges, lush vineyards, and tranquil fishing villages on a small ship river cruise. Begin in Porto and continue on to the ancient and picturesque city of Lamego. Enter Spain to visit Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as the beautiful inland countryside and the palace and gardens of Mateus. Explore the 24th-century Alpendurada Monastery before concluding your European river cruise in Porto.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Porto | Embarkation
Day 2 : Porto | Entre-os-Rios
Day 3 : Régua | Pinhão
Day 4 : Pinhão | Vega Terrón
Day 5 : Vega Terrón
Day 6 : Barca d’Alva | Regua
Day 7 : Regua | Porto
Day 8 : Porto | Disembarkation


  • Explore Porto on a guided tour and enjoy dinner at a beautiful monastery
  • Visit the impressive visitor's facility and winery, Quinta do Seixo
  • Take an excursion to ancient Lamego, home to Nossa Senhora dos Remédios
  • Enjoy traditional Portuguese food and wine at the Quinta Avessada estate


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  • Small Ship

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Trip Snapshots

Plaza in Lisbon, Portugal Scenes of the Douro Walk through the vineyards of Europe The Pena National Palace in Portugal Portugal city on the river

Day 1 Porto | Embarkation

Embark your cruise in Porto. Gather on board tonight for your Welcome Aboard Champagne Toast. 

Day 2 Porto | Entre-os-Rios

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your Porto city tour shows you 16th-century arcaded buildings, Baroque churches, and the magnificent iron bridge built by French engineer Gustave Eiffel. Later, take a drive through the elegant residential section along the Atlantic coast and explore the Old City. Tonight, take in the breathtaking view of the river valley from the terrace of the 14th-century Alpendurada Monastery, where you are served dinner. The ship moors overnight. 

Day 3 Régua | Pinhão

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise to Régua this morning and enjoy a tour of Palacio de Mateus and its gardens, located in the beautiful region of Trás-os-Montes just outside the city of Vila Real. Later, visit the Sandeman Company’s impressive visitor's facility and winery, Quinta do Seixo, which offers a wine tasting and a comprehensive and fascinating look at port wine production. Cruise to Pinhão where the ship moors overnight. 

Day 4 Pinhão | Vega Terrón

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your morning begins with an excursion to ancient and picturesque Lamego, home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Portugal, the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies). After a guided city tour, enjoy some free time to explore the town on your own, perhaps to visit the Gothic Cathedral or the town’s museum. You may also want to visit a local café to sample delicious regional cakes or a glass of Raposeira (sparkling wine). Later, depart for Vega Terrón, arriving this evening. You may take part in an onboard wine tasting tonight. The ship moors overnight in Vega Terrón. 

Day 5 Vega Terrón

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Drive to Salamanca for a full day tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, located at the center of the Castilla y León region of Spain. During your guided city tour, see the University buildings, the Salamanca Cathedral, and the House of Shells. Later, spend some time exploring on your own, perhaps visiting the locals’ “living room,” known as the Plaza Mayor. Rejoin the ship in Barca d’Alva, where the ship moors overnight. 

Day 6 Barca d’Alva | Regua

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, tour Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a small fortified village perched high on a hilltop. See 16th-century walls and walk down very narrow and steep medieval streets. Among the sights is the Chafariz dos Pretos in the market square, a one-of-a-kind fountain decorated with striking black faces. Enjoy a tasting of honey, nuts and olives, then have lunch on board followed by a wine tasting as the ship sails to Regua. After arriving this evening, enjoy some Moscatel de Favaios (a sweet fortified wine) and traditional Portuguese foods at a wine estate, Quinta Avessada. Your dinner with the quinta’s owner and his delightful family is an unforgettable highlight of your trip. The ship moors overnight. 

Day 7 Regua | Porto

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today enjoy an onboard wine lecture and tasting as you cruise back into Porto. Your excursion to Guimarães departs from Lixa Pier and includes a tasting of Vinho Verde. Later enjoy one last night with your new shipboard friends at the Farewell Cocktail. 

Day 8 Porto | Disembarkation

  • 1 Breakfast
Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. 

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Douro Deck Panoramic Window, 161 sq. ft.
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Douro Deck Panoramic Window, 161 sq. ft.
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Lisbon Deck Balcony, 215 sq. ft.
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Porto Deck Balcony, 323 sq. ft.


Single Supplement for Cruises: 50% of twin price; Suites 100% of twin price.

Included Features:
- Special tours and tastings at local wineries and private cellars
- Learn about winemaking in renowned vineyards
- Onboard wine pairings with award-winning cuisine
- 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom - most staterooms with balconies
- A wine expert that leads tastings and discussions
- Life-enriching tours and excursions daily with personal headset included
- Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
- Fine dining including complimentary local wine, port wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
- Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
- Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner
- Sail Away Mimosa and Sun Deck BBQ
- Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music
- Services of professional Cruise Manager
- All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
- All local taxes


  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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