The river Douro winds its way from Spain and eventually reaches Porto on the Atlantic coast. On its journey, it passes through the oldest wine-producing region in the world - Port - which was first established in 1756. The river has created a valley of spectacular beauty with hills falling steeply down to the water's edge and vineyards that yield wines of excellence. The Douro Valley has maintained its rural character and traditional roots with charming rural villages, unspoiled vistas, and stunning natural beauty.
Salamanca is one of the prettiest and best preserved of the old Spanish cities, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With a turbulent past, the city’s been conquered, influenced and shaped by Hannibal, the Romans, the Moors and the French. Today it is a city of golden stone architecture, narrow cobblestone streets and beautiful plazas.
The 7 night river cruise begins and ends in Porto, Portugal’s second largest city and sails through various locks to reach Barca d'Alva with stops to visit Braga, the “Rome of Portugal”, Vila Real and the gardens of Solar de Mateus, Salamanca and the Porto wine trail.
To make the most of this destination we suggest a cruise & stay holiday. Begin or end your 7 night cruise with a stay in Porto, one of Europe's most charismatic cities and the place that gave the country (and Port wine) its very name.
We offer three ships along the same itinerary that begin and end their journey in Porto on Portugal's north-west coast.