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10 Best Luxury Cruises to Portugal

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Unforgettable Douro with Lisbon$789514Sep 29, 2021Starting in Lisbon, enjoy a three-night stay and fully explore the city before taking in the delights of the Douro on an all-inclusive 14-day luxury …
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Delightful Douro$31958Oct 22, 2021From windswept seaside meanderings in Porto to the astonishing beauty of the Douro Valley, this 8-day Douro River cruise aboard Scenic Azure will let …
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Discover Spain & Portugal$826511Apr 27, 2022Spend 11 nights aboard the luxurious Scenic Eclipse exploring the indelible and awe-inspiring contributions of the Portuguese, the Moors and …
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Iberian Shores$38208Oct 24, 2021Discover the landscapes, architecture, and history of Spain's east coast on this incredible 8-day cruise aboard Le Dumont-d'Urville, visiting …
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Delighful Douro with Lisbon$504011Oct 19, 2021Start your 11-day tour and cruise with a 3 night stay in Lisbon before a stunning all-inclusive river cruise along the Douro river from picturesque …
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Lisbon to Dakar$1390018Oct 12, 2021This 18-day itinerary from Lisbon to Dakar aboard the Silver Wind takes you back to the time of 1001 nights, highlighting the Moorish heritage, …
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West European Capitals$1021513Jun 18, 2022Savor the flavors and history of the dynamic and culturally diverse countries of Western Europe, as you travel up the Atlantic coast on an epic …
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London to Lisbon Expedition$909014Sep 29, 2021Travelling from London to Lisbon, this 14-day cruise aboard Silver Wind takes in Europe’s most gastronomic regions, and has a few surprises on the …
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From Barcelona to Lisbon: Laureates of the Queen Elisabeth Competition$47408Oct 7, 2021Discover the wonders of Spain's east coast from aboard Le Lyrial as you cruise from Barcelona to Lisbon on this exceptional 8-day musical cruise. …
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Lisbon with Secrets of the Douro: Lisbon - Porto$384011Sep 18, 2021Immerse yourself in authentic Lisbon before taking to the Douro. Leaving the metropolis of Porto behind, you will navigate a path through …
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10 Best Douro River Cruises for 2021-2022

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Flavors of Portugal & Spain - Cruise Only$33998Sep 21, 2021Embark on an 8-day Douro River cruise aboard the MS Amavida tasting of some of the regions most famous vintages and culinary delights. Take in the …
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Unforgettable Douro with Lisbon$789514Sep 29, 2021Starting in Lisbon, enjoy a three-night stay and fully explore the city before taking in the delights of the Douro on an all-inclusive 14-day luxury …
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Delightful Douro$31958Oct 22, 2021From windswept seaside meanderings in Porto to the astonishing beauty of the Douro Valley, this 8-day Douro River cruise aboard Scenic Azure will let …
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Enticing Douro$439911Sep 22, 2021Taste wines from historic vineyards on this 11-day Douro River cruise aboard the MS Amadouro. After spending 3 days exploring Lisbon, embark on a …
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Portugal to Spain - Porto, the Douro Valley and Salamanca$27488Apr 8, 2022Join the crew of the MS Miguel Torga on this 8-day round trip Douro River cruise from Porto to Salamanca and back. You will visit the historic sites …
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The Douro River, the Spirit of Portugal$22528Nov 1, 2021Board the MS Miguel Torga for an 8-day discovery cruise along the Douro River. Start and end in the enchanting city of Porto, making your way through …
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Enticing Douro - Cruise Only$34998Sep 18, 2021Board the MS Amadouro for this 8-day roundtrip river cruise of the Douro River Valley departing from charming and historic Porto. As you cruise the …
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Porto, the Douro Valley and Salamanca$19796Oct 10, 2021This 6-day cruise aboard MS Gil Eanes takes you on a roundtrip journey from Porto, Portugal to historic Salamanca. Visiting the tram museum Porto …
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Flavors of Portugal & Spain$549914Sep 18, 2021Embark on a two-week Douro River cruise aboard the MS Amavida tasting of some of the regions most famous vintages and culinary delights. Take in the …
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Portugal to Spain - Porto, the Douro Valley and Salamanca$27848Oct 3, 2021This 8-day cruise aboard the MS Gil Eanes takes you on a roundtrip journey from Porto, Portugal to historic Salamanca. Sample the wines of Vila Nova …
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Portugal Cruise Tips & Travel Guide

Portugal Highlights
The charm and flavor of Portugal is not one you will soon forget! As you cruise the Douro River or the Portugal coast, you will experience the customs and traditions of these Iberian towns.
  • Porto is the country's major port city and also the departure point for many of our cruises; here, you'll find 16th century buildings, Baroque churches, and charming streets for an evening stroll.
  • Lisbon, the capital city, is another coastal town considered to be one of Europe's most beautiful cities; home to Castle of São Jorge and other sites over 400 years old.
  • Régua, Pinhão, Trás-os-Montes, and Vila Real have gained acclaim in Portugal as being among the finest wine-making regions in all of Europe, which is a staple part of several of our elite wine-tasting tours.
Many of our featured cruises also cross into neighboring Spain, visiting cities like the culturally rich Salamanca and other top destinations along the Douro River.

Portugal Cruise FAQs

Why should I choose a river cruise?
A river cruise from Portugal will take you along the coast from Lisbon to Porto and on towards several destinations in Spain, making it a great value. Plus, it's a comprehensive way to explore the Iberian peninsula, including lodging, meals, and daily tours. The Douro River is the main river that cruises from Portugal, and it allows you to see new views every morning without ever having to pack or unpack your suitcase.

What should I look for on a riverboat or small ship?
The riverboats offered for our Portugal journeys were specifically designed for sailing the Douro River. While they don't feature a wealth of amenities due to space restrictions of river vessels, you can count on a panoramic sundeck perfect for taking in the scenic views, a stylish bar, lounge, and dining area, and cabins that range from comfortable to luxurious. A friendly crew and knowledgeable captains will guide you through your journey. 

Does Portugal feature any five-star vessels?
Not quite, but don't let that deter you. The river vessels that explore the Douro River combine comfort and style, but their size doesn't allow them to qualify as five-star vessels. Fewer amenities correlates to fewer stars, but the truth is the focus of your cruise will be the daily excursions, and with our hand-picked lineup of boats, we guarantee you will find a "five star" itinerary. 

Should I get a room with a balcony?
It's really just not worth it. Balconies can be a nice place to drink coffee in the morning or watch the sunset in the privacy of your own room, but each of the river vessels we feature has a panoramic sun deck with comfortable chairs, making this a much better place to enjoy the scenic views and social atmosphere. On top of that, balcony cabins can cost much more and actually have less floor space to make room for the balcony. Consider a room with a floor to ceiling window or a window that opens rather than a balcony. Some boats offer what is called a "French balcony" with a sliding glass door and full length window so that you can literally convert your whole room into your balcony. 

What is dining like?
Prepared by excellent local chefs, the cuisine on all of our featured vessels is nothing short of gourmet. You will get a true taste of Portugal as you enjoy typical meals each day.

Do Portugal river cruises ever visit destinations that aren't on the river?
Occasionally. Portugal is a relatively small country, so the Douro River and the coastal waters provide the main cruise routes throughout the country. There might be a few places that aren't right on the river, in which case transportation will be provided. But typically, the Portugal river cruises do stick to either the coast or the Douro River.

Will my vessel have WiFi?
While some vessels do offer WiFi, it's not standard on all boats, so be sure to check with us if that's important to you. But remember, even if your boat does have WiFi, there's a good chance that throughout your cruise you will be out of range of a signal.

What kind of power outlets are there? Will I need a converter?
Most 110v devices (like those made in North America) are also built to handle 220v power (which is what Europe has). You will need a plug adapter for three flat pronged outlets or two round prong outlets.

How can I save money on a river cruise?
DON'T try to save money on your cruise by reserving a cabin of a lower class, since these often sacrifice space and comfort in favor of savings which can make your overall experience a bit less amazing. INSTEAD, let one of our travel experts know where you want to go on your Portugal cruise and we will do our best to find the best promotions for you; or you can check out the promotions on the Deals page.

Are river cruises in Portugal a good family vacation?
Portugal cruises are mainly centered around sightseeing and wine tasting primarily, so they can be a great option for an older family but could be a bit boring for younger kids. Check out our family travel article for more information.

Do Americans and Canadians need a passport and visa to travel to Portugal?
All citizens of North America traveling to Europe need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months. In recent years, it has not been necessary to apply for a visa before traveling to Europe if you plan to stay less than three months, however, this situation may change in the future. See current European visa requirements.

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