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Cruises on the River Douro

The Douro creates a natural border between Spain and Portugal, where it flows for around 70 miles before finally crossing into the captivating country of Portugal.

Douro Escorted River Cruises

On an incredible journey through the undulating rural setting of Spain and Portugal, the Douro River offers a wealth of everchanging scenery, gastronomic delights and superb traditional towns. Its highlight though has to be the Douro Valley region of Portugal. A collection of beautiful wine estates, olive groves and traditional farmhouses frame the azure splendour of the Douro River, coming together to create what is arguably one of the continent's most scenic valleys. The fertile soil here, combined with the micro-climate surrounding the Douro means that the area is
ideally suited for the cultivation of almonds, chestnuts and grapes, the latter being used to produce Port wine - the Douro Valley's most famous export. Just before it reaches the ocean, the Douro meets the UNESCO World Heritage city of Porto. Once the very edge of the known world, this classic Portuguese city is a vibrant mix of labyrinthine streets, elegant Baroque architecture and family-run restaurants.

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Portugal & the Douro

Flowing from northern Spain to the ocean in Porto, the Douro River carves our route through a rolling landscape of vineyards towards historic Porto. Exploring not only the ever-changing scenery, but also the gastronomic delights along the way, we continue to vibrant Lisbon, with its Moorish influences and charming streets.

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Douro Cruise on the Spirit of Chartwell

Iconic port wine, enigmatic cities and Portuguese charm, all on a ship used by Her Majesty the Queen, makes this cruise one to remember. Discover the unique culture of the golden Douro river on board the exclusively chartered Spirit of Chartwell.

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Douro Cruise onboard the Spirit of Chartwell (Fly & Cruise)

Iconic port wine, enigmatic cities and Portuguese charm, all on a boat used by Her Majesty the Queen, makes this cruise one to remember. Discover the unique culture of the golden Douro river on board the excellent Spirit of Chartwell.

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The Douro

Deep in the heart of Portugal, the golden Douro curls through the vineyard valleys and past the sun-drenched towns. Excellent viticulture, an enchanting culture and more make this a superb river to discover.

  • Porto
  • The Douro Valley
  • Lamego
  • Mateus Palace
  • Castelo Rodrigo
  • Guimarães
  • Regúa

Our Douro ships

At Great Rail Journeys, we know that the itinerary and destination make up only part of the excellent cruise experience we strive for. On a cruise, your accommodation becomes part of the holiday, and your ship should be as comfortable, as luxurious and as elegant as possible - coincidentally, all things our chartered ships happen to be! 

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