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The Douro River

The Douro is one of the major rivers of the Iberian Peninsula linking Spain and Portugal along a stretch of beautiful countryside, eventually flowing to Porto, a bustling coastal city in northwest Portugal.

The course of the river winds through the beautiful Douro valley, famous for its Alto Douro Wine Region, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. Wine has been produced by traditional landholders in the Alto Douro region for over 2,000 years and since the 18th century, its main product, Port wine, has been world famous for its quality. This long tradition of viticulture has produced a cultural landscape of outstanding beauty that reflects its technological, social and economic evolution.

In addition to its wine, this region’s fertile soil also features abundant olive trees that produce high quality olive oil and almond trees that fill the valley with colour and perfume in the months of February and March and produce the almonds that are used to make several traditional sweet treats. Cruises also stop at the border with Spain (Barca d'Alva) from where it is possible to visit the Spanish city of Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage City. 

We offer a 7 night All Inclusive river cruise on the Douro which explores the best of this region, flowing through picture-postcard hillside villages and vineyard terraces and visiting the city of Porto, the Porto wine region and the beautiful city of Salamanca in Spain.  

Porto, Portugal

Cruises are on board three wonderful ships for cruises along the Douro river, the 4* MS Fernao de Maghalaes, the 4* Infante don Henrique and the brand new 4* MS Gil Eanes,launched in April 2015.

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