Douro River

Experience the music, history and excitement of Portugal and Spain with a river cruise along the Douro River. Sail through the Iberian Peninsula, see the picturesque beauty of the region and make some memories as you experience two incredible European cultures. Popular ports along the Douro include Porto, Régua, Pinhao, Barca d'Alva and more, so you will be able to try something different each day. Featured below are a few of the best things to do when cruising along the Douro River:

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Salamanca Plaza Mayor in Spain
  • Tour Porto where highlights include the Palacia da Bolsa, Clerigos Tower and Sao Francisco Church. Porto’s architecture is nearly rivaled by its food and shopping, the best of which can be found in Porto’s main shopping center, Santa Catarina.
  • View the grand architecture of the Middle Ages in the ancient city of Salamanca, Spain, nicknamed the Golden City. Explore the Plaza Mayor and enjoy lunch while watching a flamenco performance to live music.
Castle of Guimaraes in Portugal
  • Head to Vila Real to tour the Mateus Palace. Navigate this elaborate mansion full of priceless artwork before making your way outside to stroll through the sculpted gardens.
  • Explore the medieval town of Guimaraes, often referred to as the birthplace of the Portuguese nation. Guimaraes, now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, also features the magnificent and heavily fortified Castle of Guimaraes.
Belem Tower in Lisbon, Portugal
  • Visit Lisbon’s Tower of Belem, a beautiful tower situated on the shores of the Tagus River. The tower was once used to defend Portugal against the nation's enemies.
  • The land around the Douro Valley is very important to the Portuguese, and this is where the vineyards that produce Port wine are located. Enjoy a tasting in the Quinta da Avessada in Northern Portugal, where they produce some delicious Moscatel.


Enjoy a river cruise down the Douro River, where you can sample the fiery cuisine of Spain and Portugal as you take in the beautiful beaches and romantic architecture. Contact our river cruise experts for help planning the perfect Douro river cruise.


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