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The charming country of Portugal on both the Mediterranean and the Atlantic is one of Europe's top countries for both river cruises down the Douro River and Mediterranean cruises visiting Spain & Italy. Revel in Portuguese culture and rolling countryside filled with vineyards, dramatic gorges and steeply terraced hillsides. The historic city of Lisbon is famous for its unique Fado music, which was inducted into UNESCO's list of the World's Intangible Cultural Heritage. Porto, with its famous Port wine, impressive baroque architecture, and an authentically medieval neighborhood, which has preserved its cobblestone streets and simple structures. Contact one of our Portugal travel experts for a free customized itinerary. 

10 Best Portugal Cruises for 2019

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10 Best Luxury Cruises to Portugal

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Trip NameFromDaysLevelSummary
Port Wine & Flamenco (Wine Themed)$490914RelaxedAfter a luxurious stay in Lisbon, embark the MS Amavida for a 14-day wine lover's cruise along the Douro River from Porto to Vega Terrón, Spain, …
Gastronomy, Vineyards & Grands Cruise$500010RelaxedJoin the L'Austral on a 10-day cruise of western Europe's picturesque coast, departing from Lisbon, Portugal to the charming British city of …
Port Wine & Flamenco (Wine Themed) - Cruise Only$31998RelaxedEmbark the luxurious MS Amavida for an 8-day wine-themed cruise along the Douro River from Porto to Vega Terrón, enjoying wine tastings and …
Cape Town to Lisbon$1224024RelaxedFrom the enchanting Cape Town to the historic heritage of Lisbon this unique 24-day adventure takes you from one capital to another. Cruising through …
Enticing Douro (Wine Themed)$403911RelaxedThis 11-day Portugal cruise of the Douro River aboard the MS Amavida is book-ended by several days in modern Lisbon and traditional Porto, featuring …
Iberian Peninsula: Bilbao to Lisbon$45708RelaxedJoin the Sea Cloud II on this 8-day sailing expedition starting in the traditional and historic city of Bilbao, Spain and sailing to Lisbon, …
Canary Islands and Cape Verde$546011RelaxedDiscover the Canary Islands and Cape Verde on an 11-day adventure aboard the Le Dumont-d'Urville. Sail from Lisbon to Dakar and explore many historic …
Cape Verde and Canary Islands$461011RelaxedBoard the L’Austral for an 11-day voyage leaving from the exotic city of Dakar, the bustling capital of Senegal all the way to the historic Lisbon, …
Lisbon to London$738013RelaxedThis 13-Day cruise from Lisbon to London will lead you to one discovery after another while visiting Portugal, Spain, France and finally Britain …
Lisbon to Amsterdam$600013RelaxedJoin the Silver Cloud Expedition and experience Europe like you never have before, sailing port by port from Lisbon to Amsterdam via Spain and …

10 Best Douro River Cruises for 2019

Douro River
Trip NameFromDaysLevelSummary
Enticing Douro (Wine Cruise)$393911RelaxedTaste wines from historic vineyards on this 11-day Douro River cruise aboard the MS Amadouro. After spending 3 days exploring Lisbon, embark on a …
Port Wine & Flamenco (Wine Themed)$490914RelaxedAfter a luxurious stay in Lisbon, embark the MS Amavida for a 14-day wine lover's cruise along the Douro River from Porto to Vega Terrón, Spain, …
Porto, the Douro Valley, and Salamanca$16596RelaxedDiscover the "Porto wine road" as you sail along the Douro River on this 6-day cruise aboard the MS Fernao de Magalhaes. Nature and architecture are …
Lisbon, Porto and the Douro Valley$20888RelaxedBoard the MS Gil Eanes and embark on an 8-day voyage from Lisbon to Porto. Enjoy 3 magical nights in the historic and spectacular capital city of …
Porto, the Douro Valley, and Salamanca (Hiking Tours)$23858RelaxedThis 8-day Douro River cruise aboard the MS Infante Don Henrique visits some of the most iconic sites of Portugal and Western Spain. Explore this …
The Douro River, the spirit of Portugal$19298RelaxedBoard the MS Infante Don Henrique for an 8-day discovery cruise along the Douro River. Start and end in the enchanting city of Porto, making your way …
Portugal to Spain - Porto, the Douro Valley and Salamanca$26108RelaxedThis 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 …
The Douro River, the spirit of Portugal$19298RelaxedBoard MS Vasco de Gama for an 8-day discovery cruise along the Douro River. Start and end in the enchanting city of Porto, making your way through …
Porto and the Douro Valley$13486RelaxedDepart from Porto, Portugal on this 6-day roundtrip Douro River cruise aboard MS Fernao de Magalhaes. Enjoy daily tours of Regua, Lamego, Vila Real, …
Port Wine & Flamenco (Wine Themed) - Cruise Only$31998RelaxedEmbark the luxurious MS Amavida for an 8-day wine-themed cruise along the Douro River from Porto to Vega Terrón, enjoying wine tastings and …

Portugal 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 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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