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Douro River Cruises

Douro River Cruises

The Douro valley 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.

Cruise Collection 2019 / 2020

  • Porto and the Douro River

    5 Nights - Porto and Back

    Amalia Rodrigues 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 2019 - Oct, Nov 2020 - Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov Save 15% on 2020 departures!

    Vineyards along the River Douro Cruise Only
    From £563pp
    Fly Cruise Package
    From £870pp
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  • Kingdom of the Golden River

    5 Nights - Porto and Back

    Amalia Rodrigues 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 2019 - Jun, Sep, Oct 2020 - Apr, Sep, Oct Save 15% on 2020 departures!

    The beautiful River Douro Cruise Only
    From £792pp
    Fly Cruise Package
    From £1099pp
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  • Golden River Douro in Portugal

    7 Nights - Porto and Back

    Amalia Rodrigues 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 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct 2020 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct Save 15% on 2020 departures!

    The famous wine label picture of the Villa Mateus Cruise Only
    From £857pp
    Fly Cruise Package
    From £1164pp
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  • The Douro to Salamanca

    7 Nights - Porto and Back

    Douro Splendour Choice of Ships

    A 7-night river cruise through the picturesque Douro Valley exploring Portugal's famous port wine region on a stylish ship, with return flights from the UK 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov 2020 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov No single supplement!

    Douro River Fly Cruise Package
    From £1299pp
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  • Golden River Douro

    9 Nights - Lisbon to Porto

    Viking Helgrim Choice of Ships

    A 9-night River Douro cruise holiday with a 2-night hotel stay in Lisbon and a 7-night cruise with excursions to some of the Douro's highlights including the World Heritage Sites of Porto, Guimaraes and Salamanca 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec 2020 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov Save £1000pp on 2020 departures!

    Barca d'Alva Fly Cruise Package
    From £1495pp
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  • Secrets of the Douro

    7 Nights - Porto and Back

    Emerald Radiance Emerald Radiance

    Discover the charming towns and historic landmarks along the Douro on this captivating 7-night roundtrip cruise from Porto. Includes return flights from the UK, shore excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov 2020 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov Save up to £600pp!

    Porto Fly Cruise Package
    From £1695pp
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  • Douro Discovery

    7 Nights - Porto and Back

    Douro Serenity Douro Serenity

    Sail through the famous port wine regions of the picuresque Douro Valley on this superb value Essential river cruise. Includes return flights from the UK, excursions and unique Insider Experiences 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep 2020 - Apr, May, Jul, Aug, Sep Save £1000pp on 2019 departures PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!

    Douro vineyards Fly Cruise Package
    From £1845pp
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  • Enticing Douro

    7 Nights - Porto and Back

    AmaDouro Choice of Ships

    Discover the terraced vineyards and sleepy fishing villages along the Douro on this round-trip from Porto with included shore excursions and drinks with meals 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov 2020 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov Save 25%!

    Porto Cruise Only
    From £1952pp
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  • Lisbon and the Beautiful Douro

    10 Nights - Lisbon to Porto

    Queen Isabel Choice of Ships

    See the beautiful 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 guided excursions, unlimited complimentary drinks and gratuities 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov 2020 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov Save £800pp on 2019 departures!

    Mateus Palace and Gardens Fly Cruise Package
    From £2399pp
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  • Flavours of Portugal and Spain

    7 Nights - Porto to Vega Terron

    AmaVida AmaVida

    Taste famous port wine from vineyards lining the Douro River and visit the highlights of the region including the spectacular city of Porto and Lamego. Includes guided excursions 2019 - Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct 2020 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov Save 25%!

    Pinhao Cruise Only
    From £2459pp
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  • Delights of the Douro with Mary Berry

    7 Nights - Porto and Back

    Emerald Radiance Emerald Radiance

    Join national treasure Mary Berry on this spectacular 7-night River Douro cruise through Portugal and Spain. Explore Portugal’s Douro valley, discover the vibrant Spanish city of Salamanca and enjoy afternoon tea with Mary herself. 2019 - Jun

    Porto, Portugal Fly Cruise Package
    From £2545pp
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  • Lisbon and the Douro

    10 Nights - Lisbon to Porto

    Emerald Radiance Emerald Radiance

    Discover the amazing scenery of the Douro on this 10-night holiday, past sleepy villages and vineyards to the Spanish town of Salamanca and beautiful Porto. Includes 3-night hotel stay in Lisbon, return flights from the UK, shore excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner 2019 - May, Jun, Jul 2020 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep Save up to £750pp!

    Lisbon Fly Cruise Package
    From £2560pp
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  • A Week on the Douro

    7 Nights - Porto and Back

    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 guided excursions, unlimited complimentary drinks and gratuities 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov Exclusive £50pp discount!

    Porto Fly Cruise Package
    From £2949pp
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  • Unforgettable Douro

    10 Nights - Porto and Back

    Scenic Azure Scenic Azure

    Discover sleepy Portuguese villages and the Douro Valley's famous wine growing regions on this superb voyage from Porto along the sun-drenched River Douro on Scenic Azure. Includes shore excursions, return flights from the UK, butler service and all gratuities 2019 - Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct 2020 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov Save up to £850pp PLUS free fast track security and airport lounge pass!

    Porto Fly Cruise Package
    From £3295pp
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  • Jewels of Spain and the Douro River

    12 Nights - Lisbon to Madrid

    Queen Isabel Queen Isabel

    Discover the enchanting towns and celebrated wines of Portugal on this unique holiday combining a luxury, all-inclusive Douro river cruise with hotel stays in Lisbon and Madrid. Includes guided excursions, unlimited complimentary drinks and gratuities 2019 - Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep Save up to £1200pp!

    Lisbon Fly Cruise Package
    From £3799pp
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  • Unforgettable Douro with Lisbon

    13 Nights - Lisbon to Porto

    Scenic Azure Scenic Azure

    Enjoy a hotel stay in Lisbon and a luxurious voyage along the River Douro showcasing the region's celebrated flavours on custom-built Scenic Azure. Includes shore excursions, return flights from the UK, butler service, complimentary drinks and all gratuities 2019 - Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct 2020 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

    Belem Tower, Lisbon Fly Cruise Package
    From £4545pp
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  • Unforgettable Douro National Geographic

    10 Nights - Porto and Back

    Scenic Azure Scenic Azure

    Discover the terraced vineyards of Douro wine country on this superb voyage from Porto accompanied by a National Geographic expert who will give talks and join guests on excursions, and a National Geographic photographer who will share techniques and help guests hone their photography skills. Includes shore excursions, return flights from the UK, butler service and all gratuities 2019 - May, Sep

    Salamanca Fly Cruise Package
    From £4795pp
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About Douro River Cruises

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.

Terraced vineyards on the river DouroVineyards on the Douro Mateus PalaceMateus Palace

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Douro River Highlights

Lamego (Portugal)

Overlooked by two hills, Lamego is an impressive and picturesque town lying in the fertile Upper Douro region. At the top of one hill and reached via sweeping steps is the magnificent baroque Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remedios, and on the other, the remains of a 12th-century castle. The town has a pretty square laid out as a garden, and many fine 17th-century buildings.

Lamego

Lisbon

Lisbon has three ports, all with taxi services and within 3 kilometers of the city centre. Lisbon is a sprawling city which has been occupied by Visigoths, Moors, Romans and Celts. Alfama and Barrio Alto are historic districts of cobbled streets, wrought-iron balconies and Moorish buildings. Its most famous landmarks are the World Heritage Sites of Belem Tower and the impressive 16th-century Jeronimos Monastery.

Lisbon (Portugal)

Pinhao (Portugal)

Pinhao has a spectacular position at the confluence of the Douro and Pinhao rivers, surrounded by steep, rocky vineyards. It is famed for its old station, wonderfully decorated with blue painted tiles depicting the history of this port-producing region.

Pinhao

Porto

Oporto's sea port is located in Leixoes at the mouth of the River Douro and five miles north of the city, whilst river cruise vessels can access Oporto directly. Oporto is the hub of the port wine trade, and vineyards line the shores of the river upstream. Old Oporto is a World Heritage Site with houses dating back to the 15th-century, a grand cathedral, a train station decorated with fine examples of Portugal's blue and white tiles and the remains of Roman city walls.

Porto (Portugal)

Regua (Portugal)

Regua is backed by the Serra do Marao mountains and is at the heart of the Port wine region. It is a pretty town to stroll and is home to the Solar de Vinho do Porto which offers tastings and port-related exhibitions.

Regua

Salamanca (Spain)

The old city of Salamanca is a World Heritage Site with many Renaissance buildings of golden sandstone. The central square of Plaza Mayor is bordered by graceful arcades, and other highlights include the Romanesque Cathedral, the Augustinian Monastery and the Art Nouveau and Art Deco Museum of Casa Lis. Salamanca is reached by a day long optional excursion.

Salamanca

Vila Real (Portugal)

This typical Portuguese town has many interesting buildings, but the chief draw of the town is the baroque Mateus Palace of the Counts of Vila Real. Featured on the famous wine label, and recognizable by its ornate façade and stairways, its gardens are considered to be amongst the most beautiful in Europe.

Vila Real

Customer Reviews

From the moment we landed at Porto Airport our trip was one of the most relaxing we have ever had. We arrived early at the ship but the Pursar made us very welcome, she arranged for our luggage to be stored until our cabins were ready and a taxi was ready and waiting to take us into Porto to do some early sightseeing. My husband and I were travelling with my 87 year old Mum and nothing was too much trouble at all. The crew were all very friendly and spoke excellent English. The food and wine were exemplary. We only went one one trip but it was excellent. The tour guide was very knowledgable. I would highly recommend cruising on the Douro with Croisi.

We had a brilliant holiday cruising the Douro, in September 2016 on the Scenic Azure. This was our first river cruise, and I would thoroughly recommend Scenic and the Douro, as well as our agents, Blue Water Holidays. Timing in mid September was ideal, just at the start of the grape harvest, with temperatures in the mid twenties. The Douro is beautiful, and the excursions from the ship were very interesting and informative. The ship carried 94 passengers, and had a very friendly and homely atmosphere. It was very well staffed, and the service was superb. All crew members were Portuguese, all making it their job to ensure everyone had an unforgettable holiday. The cruise director and guides were very knowledgable, providing some great insights into life in the Douro region. A brilliant holiday!

We booked our River Douro cruise through Blue Water Holidays without any trouble.

The cruise was wonderful, we stayed for two nights in Lisbon which we enjoyed very much , visiting The Castelo S. Jorge and touring the City.

We were then taken to Porto where we picked up our cruise. We had seven nights on board the Viking Torgil in a french balcony cabin. The cabin was compact but very well fitted out. We toured the River Douro as far as we could sail on the river and were taken to Salamanca by tour coach. Salamanca was a good fun day with a Spanish Flamenco show during lunch.

En route we visited many of the vinyards, tasting the wonderful port wines of the region. We were taken on tours either during the morning after breakfast or in the afternoon after a good lunch. The food on board was of a very good standard with excellent wines of the region we were touring on that day.

We found all of the staff on board really friendly and helpful, you only had to ask and help was at hand.

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Douro Cruise Deals

Our Favourite River Douro Cruises

  • Douro Discovery

  • 7 Nights, Fly Cruise from £1845pp
  • Save £1000pp on 2019 departures PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!
  • Enticing Douro

  • 7 Nights, Cruise Only from £1952pp
  • Exclusive £50pp discount on 2019 departures!
  • Unforgettable Douro

  • 10 Nights, Fly Cruise from £3295pp
  • Save up to £850pp PLUS free fast track security and airport lounge pass!
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