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10 Best Luxury Cruises to Portugal

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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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Delighful Douro with Lisbon$559511Apr 18, 2022Start 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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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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Iberian Peninsula: Bilbao to Lisbon$59908Sep 1, 2022Join the Sea Cloud Spirit on this 8-day sailing expedition starting in the historic city of Bilbao, Spain and sailing to Lisbon, Portugal. At every …
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Lisbon with Secrets of the Douro: Lisbon - Porto$502011Jun 15, 2022Immerse yourself in authentic Lisbon before heading to the Douro aboard Emerald Radiance. Leaving the metropolis of Porto behind, navigate a path …
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The Essential Azores$57908Apr 1, 2022This 8-day itinerary aboard Le Champlain will take you to the most beautiful sites of this volcanic archipelago resting in the heart of the Atlantic.
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Transatlantic:St. Maarten to Malaga$275021Mar 26, 2022This once-in-a-lifetime sailing expedition starts at the tropical paradise island of St. Maarten and voyages across the Atlantic Ocean all the way to …
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Cruising Southern Spain and Portugal - with Smithsonian Journeys$44908May 3, 2022Set sail aboard Le Bougainville on an exceptional 8-day itinerary and discover sumptuous landscapes and exceptional cities that will take you along …
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The Unforgettable Douro$536111Apr 1, 2022Cruise the beautiful Douro Valley on an 11-day river cruise. Discover the treasures of Porto, the vineyards in Regua, Vinhateiro & the Côa Valley.
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Cruising Europe's Western Shores – with Smithsonian Journeys$53009Apr 15, 2022Board Le Champlain to join this cruise from Lisbon to London, visiting Europe's Western Shore, coasts of Portugal, Spain, and France. Stop at ports …
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10 Best Douro River Cruises for 2022-2023

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Flavors of Portugal & Spain - Cruise Only$33998Mar 29, 2022Embark 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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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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Portugal to Spain - Porto, the Douro Valley and Salamanca$27848Apr 6, 2022This 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 to Spain - Porto, the Douro Valley and Salamanca$22558Apr 4, 2022The 8-day Douro river cruise aboard the MS Infante Don Henrique offers excellent opportunities to visit the treasures of Portugal and Spain. Most …
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Portugal to Spain - Porto, the Douro Valley and Salamanca$23058Apr 4, 2022Get to know the history, culture and traditions of Portugal and Spain, on this 8-day voyage sailing along the Douro River on the MS Vasco de Gama. …
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The Douro River, the spirit of Portugal$23058Apr 4, 2022Board 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 …
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Porto, the Douro Valley and Salamanca$19536May 31, 2022This 6-day cruise aboard MS Amalia Rodrigues takes you on a roundtrip journey from Porto, Portugal to historic Salamanca. Visiting the tram museum …
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Hike in Porto, the Douro Valley, and Salamanca$26388Apr 18, 2022Embark on a cruise through the heart of authentic Portugal and explore beautiful and unspoiled areas such as the Douro Nature Park and the Portuguese …
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Culture and Cuisine: Oporto to Basque Country$68706Apr 9, 2022Join this 6-day expedition aboard the National Geographic Orion to explore the rich cultures and unique cuisines of Portugal, Spain, and France with …
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Culture and Cuisine from Porto to Basque Country$68707Apr 8, 2022Join this 7-day expedition aboard the National Geographic Orion to explore the rich cultures and unique cuisines of Portugal, Spain, and France with …
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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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