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Douro River Cruises

Douro River Cruises

Join one of our superb Douro river cruises and visit the fascinating cities of Porto and Salamanca, as well as Vila Real with its baroque Mateus Palace. Moor in picturesque Portuguese towns such as Pinhao and see its extraordinary tiled station, and take a guided tour to Lamego, famous for its Sanctuary.

Relax on board your luxurious river ship and enjoy sailing through the unspoiled Douro landscape of terraced vineyards and steep gorges. The region is renowned for its world-famous Port wine, and your cruise will give you plenty of opportunity to sample it along the way.

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  • Portugal, Spain & the Douro River Valley

    Sao Gabriel
    Barca d'Alva  7 Nights Cruise Only from £4199pp Porto, Régua, Pinhão, Vega de Terrón, Barca d’Alva, Porto, Lisbon
  • Unforgettable Douro with Lisbon

    Scenic Azure
    Belem Tower, Lisbon 13 Nights Cruise Only from £4246pp Lisbon, Lisbon > Porto, Porto > Entre-os-Rios, Regua, Regua > Vega de Terron, Pocinho > Pinhão, Pinhão > Porto
  • Flavours of Portugal and Spain

    Douro Valley vineyards 7 Nights Fly Cruise from £4615pp Porto (Portugal), Entre-os-Rios, Regua, Regua – Pinhao, Barca d'Alva (Spain), Vega Terron
  • Unforgettable Douro with Lisbon & Madrid

    Scenic Azure
    Madrid 17 Nights Cruise Only from £5321pp Lisbon, Lisbon > Porto, Porto > Entre-os-Rios, Regua, Regua > Vega de Terron, Pocinho > Pinhão, Pinhão > Porto, Porto > Madrid
  • Discover the Rivers of France & Portugal

    Emerald Waterways
    Choice of Ships
    Salamanca Cathedral From The Tormes River 15 Nights Cruise Only from £6205pp Porto, Porto – Pinhão, Pinhão – Vega de Terrón, Vega de Terrón – Salamanca, Pocinho – Régua, Porto, Porto - Lyon, Chalon-sur-Saône – Beaune, Lyon, Tournon, Viviers, Avignon, Arles, Arles – Nice
  • Cruise and Hike the Douro Valley

    Infante Don Henrique
    Porto 7 Nights Flight-inclusive package from just £1903pp! Porto (Portugal), Porto - Regua, Regua - Pinhao - Vega de Terron, Vega de Terron - Salamanca - Barca d'Alva, Barca d'Alva - Senhora da Ribeira, Senhora da Ribeira - Ferradosa - Pinhao - Regua - Bitetos, Bitetos - Porto  

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 DouroTerraced vineyards on the river Douro Mateus PalaceMateus Palace

NEW: Read our diary of a Blue Water Holidays River Douro cruise

Highlights of the Douro River

Here are a few highlights of a cruise along the Douro:

  • Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies in the beautiful town of Lamego
  • Portuguese capital of Lisbon, home to the famous Belem Tower
  • Tranquil town of Pinhao, renowned for its tiled railway station
  • Port wine tasting in the colourful city of Porto
  • Peso da Regua, overlooked by the breathtaking Serra do Marao mountains
  • Incredible architecture in the World Heritage-listed city of Salamanca
  • Mateus Palace and stunning gardens in the town of Vila Real
  • Pretty village of Barca d’Alva, close to the Quinta do Seixo
  • Vega de Terron, gateway to World Heritage-listed Salamanca
  • 11th-century Benedictine Monastery in the village of Bitetos

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Douro Cruise 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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