Porto and the Douro Valley of Portugal

The Douro river transports you to or from the historic city of Porto, home to Port wine production caves, city of bridges and the gateway for a round trip or one way cruise through Portugal’s historic inner waterway.

Beginning in Porto the hilly city where the Douro river meets the Atlantic Ocean is filled with history of the second largest city in Portugal and eludes Portuguese culture. Enjoy local dining along the Douro River in Ribeira at one of the many rooftop restaurants and bars or cross the river to sample some of the best ports in Villa Nova de Gaia.

Scenic cruising along the Douro river leads you into the towns of Regua and Pinhao in the heart of the Douro Valley. Explore the Quintas, walk the terraced vineyards, explore the cathedrals and enjoy the beautiful gardens that make this region one of the most requested river cruise experiences. With daily tours you will see the highlights and landmarks with plenty of extra time to relax amongst the beauty of the river and explore on your own.

Traveling the scenic Douro river, the landscape constantly changes from green lush landscape to walled terraces and then the fascinating vertical plantings.

The balconies and sun deck of your  boutique accommodations include local dining experiences, and regional  entertainment. All available to immerse you fully into the northern Portuguese culture. 

Sample activities included with a cruise:

  • Port tasting in the wine town of Pinhão
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Douro Valley
  • Explore Portuguese Palaces and Gardens
  • Hike hundreds of stairs along a Holy Staircase to an 18th Century Chapel.
  • Sample the local cuisine and Port wines of the region at local family owned Quintas.
  • Venture through the city of Porto.
  • Cruise along the Douro river at night passing the historic bridges that have made the city iconic.

A river cruise in the Iberian peninsula can start with a few nights in the historic and vibrant city of Lisbon before heading to beautiful Porto to embark on your 7 night cruise.

Finish your experience in the cosmopolitan Spanish city of Madrid with its elegant streets and iconic parks where you can indulge in the architecture and art of the hub of Southern Europe.

Available from early spring through fall, enjoy the best of Portugal and Spain with an immersive and yet relaxing experience.

We at BucketList Travel Advisors are river cruise specialists and can guide you on your Iberian experience.

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