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Douro River Cruises through Portugal to Spain

A Douro cruise combines delightful scenery with rural, unspoilt villages and towns and an opportunity to visit the great cities of Porto and Salamanca

The River Douro, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of Europe's most untouched and beautiful rivers. The River of Gold (D'Oro) meanders through northern Portugal through gorges terraced with thousands of vineyards to the ocean and the fascinating city of Porto. Along the way, visit restored palaces, places of pilgrimage, cultural centres and vineyards.

Porto is Portugal's second largest city and one of the most beautiful cities of the Iberian Peninsula. Its charm stems from its dramatic position above the river, with little gabled houses closely terraced down the hill. Porto owes its wealth and fame to Port wine, first discovered and exported by the British in the early 17th century.

Birthplace of the navigator Diego Cap who discovered the mouth of the Congo, Villa Real is an attractive old Episcopal town surrounded by fruit orchards and vineyards Nearby is the little village of Maters with a beautiful Baroque country house and gardens belonging to the Counts of Villa Real, and featured on labels of Mateus Rosé wine.

Situated south of the Douro, Lamego is a major market centre, and is charmingly set amid vineyards and lush, fertile countryside. The town boasts several fine Baroque buildings including the 18th century pilgrimage church Nossa Schrum, a Gothic cathedral, and an 11th century castle where in 1143 Don Alfonso Henriques was elected first King of Portugal.

On certain itineraries you will visit Salamanca, Spain's ancient seat of learning with its grand buildings and the Plaza Mayor, the country's most magnificent square.

One of the loveliest and best preserved of the old Spanish cities, Salamanca justly deserves its place as a World Heritage Site. With a tumultuous past, the city has been conquered, influenced and shaped by Hannibal, the Romans, the Moors and the French. Today it is a city of golden stone architecture, narrow cobblestone streets and beautiful plazas.

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River Douro Map

Cruising down the River Douro at Porto

Terraced vineyards on the river Douro

Mateus Palace

Boats on the Douro River at Porto

 

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Douro River Cruises

Viking River CruisesViking River Cruises

  • Includes travel from UK
  • Includes shore excursions
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with meals on board
  • Open seating for meals
  • Informal dress code
  • Mainly UK/US/EUR passengers

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Golden River of Portugal

9 Nights - Lisbon to Porto

Viking River Cruises
Viking Hemming and Viking Torgil Viking Hemming and Viking Torgil

Enjoy a hotel stay in Lisbon before joining Viking Douro in Porto and uncovering the highlights of Portugal's port wine region. Includes excursions and travel package from the UK

2014 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
2015 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Golden River of Portugal
From £1245pp
Book by 30 Apr 2014 for an exclusive discount of up to £1050pp!

CroisiEuropeCroisiEurope

  • Cruise only, package possible
  • Fixed seating for meals
  • Informal dress code
  • Mainly European passengers
  • Unlimited complimentary house wine, beer, mineral water and soft drinks on board (1 April – 31 Oct departures only)

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Porto and the Douro River

5 Nights - Porto and back

CroisiEurope
Choice of CroisiEurope Ships Choice of Ships

See the steep vineyards along the Douro in the spring and autumn on this short break from Porto with plenty of opportunity to visit the highlights on optional excursions

2014 - Oct

Porto and the Douro River
From £525pp
Prices include exclusive 5% discount!

Kingdom of the Golden River

5 Nights - Porto and back

CroisiEurope
Choice of CroisiEurope Ships Choice of Ships

Journey through Portugal's untouched picturesque Douro valley on this short break from Porto, home of the Port wine trade, upstream to the Spanish border

2014 - Apr, May, Jun, Aug, Sep, Oct

Kingdom of the Golden River
From £630pp
Prices include exclusive 5% discount!

Golden River Douro in Portugal

7 Nights - Porto and back

CroisiEurope
Choice of CroisiEurope Ships Choice of Ships

See why the World Heritage listed Douro is so popular on this week long voyage from Porto through Portugal's port wine region. Optional excursions available include Lamego, Mateus and Salamanca in Spain

2014 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Golden River Douro in Portugal
From £815pp
Prices include exclusive 5% discount!

APTAPT

  • Includes travel from UK
  • Includes shore excursions
  • Includes gratuities
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board (and at all times on some itineraries)
  • Informal dress code
  • Open seating for meals
  • Casual dress code
  • Mainly UK/AUS/US passengers
  • Home-to-airport transfers within 75 miles of chosen airport

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Enticing River Douro

7 Nights - Porto and back

APT
AmaVida AmaVida

Explore the beautiful Douro Valley and port wine region on this superb itinerary along the River Douro on brand new ship AmaVida. Includes travel package from the UK and drinks on board

2014 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
2015 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

Enticing River Douro
From £2035pp
Book by 30 Apr 2014 to receive our exclusive £300pp discount!

Douro Delights

8 Nights - Porto to Madrid

APT
AmaVida AmaVida

Explore the beautiful Port wine region and breathtaking World Heritage listed Douro Valley on this luxury holiday along the River Douro, with Signature Experiences and Freedom of Choice Touring

2015 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

Douro Delights
From £2570pp
Book by 31 May 2014 to save £375pp!

AMA WaterwaysAMA Waterways

  • Cruise only, package possible
  • Includes shore excursions
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
  • Open seating for meals
  • Casual dress code
  • Mainly UK/US/AUS passengers

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Enticing Douro

7 Nights - Porto and back

AMA Waterways
AmaVida AmaVida

Discover the terraced vineyards and sleepy fishing villages along the Douro on this round-trip from Porto on brand new AmaVida with included shore excursions

2014 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
2015 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

Enticing Douro
From £1517pp
Free flights on 22 April 2014 departure plus save 10% on 2015 departures!

Port Wine and Flamenco

7 Nights - Porto and back

AMA Waterways
AmaVida AmaVida

Join AmaVida at the Spanish border in Vega de Terron and explore the Douro Valley along one of Europe's most unspoiled waterways, lined with hillside terraved vineyards. Includes shore excursions

2014 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
2015 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Oct

Port Wine and Flamenco
From £1630pp
Book by 31 July 2014 to save 10% on 2015 departures!

UniworldUniworld

  • Includes travel from UK plus home pick-up service
  • Includes shore excursions
  • Unlimited beverages on board (excludes premium wine and premium spirits)
  • Open seating for meals
  • Informal dress code
  • Mainly UK/US passengers
  • All gratuities onboard and onshore

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A Week on the Douro

7 Nights - Porto and back

Uniworld
Queen Isabel Queen Isabel

Highlights of this voyage through Portugal include the spectacular Mateus Palace in Regua, the charming town of Pinhao and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Guimaraes. Includes home pick-up and return flights from the UK

2014 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

A Week on the Douro
From £2599pp
No single supplement on Jul 27, Aug 3 and Nov 2, 9, 16 departures!

Lisbon and the Beautiful Douro River

10 Nights - Lisbon to Porto

Uniworld
Queen Isabel Queen Isabel

Discover terraced vineyards, medieval cities and World Heritage Sites on this voyage from Porto, beginning with a 3-night pre-cruise stay in historic Lisbon. Includes home pick-up and return flights from the UK

2014 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

Lisbon and the Beautiful Douro River
From £2899pp
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