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10 Best Luxury Cruises to Portugal

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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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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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Unforgettable Douro with Lisbon$789514Oct 26, 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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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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The Unforgettable Douro$569511Oct 29, 2021Cruise 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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Carmen on the Atlantic Coast - Musical Cruise$39408Apr 26, 2022Board Le Dumont-d'Urville for this musical themed cruise in partnership with Radio Classique. Experience the beautiful coast of Spain and Portugal in …
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Secrets of the Iberian Peninsula$33208Apr 3, 2022Discover secrets of the Iberian Peninsula on this 8-day cruise aboard Le Bougainville. Board your ship in Malaga and cruise to Lisbon, Portugal, with …
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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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Authentic Andalucía$1059511Jun 8, 2022Board the luxurious Scenic Eclipse and set sail from beautiful Valletta, Malta to Lisbon, Portugal. Along the way, explore stunning cities and sites …
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Western Europe Discovery$1112512Jun 8, 2023Board the luxurious Scenic Eclipse on this 12-day journey from Lisbon to Bergen to discover an intriguing mix of landscapes, cultures, histories, …
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10 Best Douro River Cruises for 2021-2022

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Enticing Douro$439911Oct 20, 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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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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The Douro River, the spirit of Portugal$23458Oct 26, 2021Board 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 …
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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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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 and the Douro Valley$16456Nov 3, 2021As you sail the Douro River on this 6-day voyage, you'll enjoy daily tours of some of the most enchanting spots of this region, such as Regua, …
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Porto, the Douro Valley and Salamanca$19796Oct 22, 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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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$22558Oct 18, 2021The 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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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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