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Douro River Cruises

Deep in the heart of Portugal, the golden Douro curls through grape-cultivating valleys and sun-drenched terracotta towns. Excellent viticulture, enchanting traditions and stunning vistas make this a river whose secrets are just waiting to be discovered.

The climax of any cruise here has to be the Douro Valley, where a collection of beautiful wine estates, olive groves and traditional farmhouses come together in what is arguably one of the continent's most scenic valleys. The fertile soil, combined with a hot, dry micro-environment, means that the area is ideally suited for the cultivation of almonds, chestnuts and grapes - the latter being used to produce Port wine, the region'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 boasts a vibrant mix of labyrinthine streets, elegant Baroque architecture and family-run restaurants.

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Porto
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4.6 stars(9 reviews)
2023JunSep
8 days from
£2,295 pp
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  • DestinationPortugal, Spain
  • Starts / EndsLondon Gatwick
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportFlight, Cruise
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Lisbon
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2023JunSep
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  • DestinationPortugal, Spain
  • Starts / EndsLondon Gatwick
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Portugal & the Douro
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4.2 stars(46 reviews)
2023AprMayJunSepOct
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  • DestinationPortugal
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Portugal and the Douro
27/Oct
S Robins
4 stars
“A little local difficulty in accessing Madrid Hotel and also lack of proper lunch stop in full day's travel, both because of Spanish national Hol on 12th Aug., meant 5 stars not possible.
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Lisbon and Douro Cruise
29/Sep
David Luckett
4 stars
“Excellent, centrally placed hotel in Lisbon. VG, interesting and informative 3 hr tour of Lisbon, including tram ride.. good train excursion to Sintra and Cascais, but would have liked a little more detailed information. Efficient, interesting train transfer from Lisbon to Porto. River Douro cruise: disappointing not to stop at any villages along the route but very relaxing cruising and interesting transiting the numerous locks. .Interesting excursions but often spoilt by guides who talked nonstop with often irrelevant and unnecessary historical dates and facts without giving information about the places we were passing, especially going in to Salamanca. However the city guide there was excellent. The ship, Douro Serenity. was excellent but the cabin 314 was very small, considering this was an upgrade this was very expensive and not worth the expense, the only benefit being an upper deck.. All the staff were excellent and helpful. The food was varied and with good choices. Full of praise to staff who were happy to arrange a table together with friends we had made on the tour. Interesting visit to the Sandman’s for Port tasting in Porto. Tour manager was not as good as those we had on previous Great Rail holidays. Although an enjoyable river cruise and city visit, this was not as good as the River Danube or the Adriatic cruises.
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Discover the Douro
25/Sep
Caroline Hartfield
4 stars
“The ship was great, bedroom a little cosy but plenty of storage space. The food was excellent plenty of choice. The crew were outstanding very attentive always available to answer questions. Tour managers and Tour guides were also brilliant. Really enjoyed the cruise and would highly recommended it.
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Highlights of the River Douro

The Douro River winds its way through sun-drenched valleys and beautiful terracotta towns. We reach the Douro Valley which is famous for its collection of olive groves, and wine estates. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a breath-taking pit-stop before reaching the city of Porto. This classic Portuguese city is a vibrant mix of labyrinthine streets, and family-run restaurants. On board our ships, you will pass quaint Portuguese villages including Lamego boasting remarkable examples of elegant Baroque architecture, and the town of Peso da Régua, or simply 'Régua', which plays a fundamental role in the production of Port wine. 

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