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The Douro River

Cruise through the dramatic UNESCO-designated Douro River Valley

The Douro River is a major waterway that flows from Spain and across the entire Douro River Valley in the Northern Portuguese countryside. It is known for its quiet tranquility, showcasing Portugal’s stunning river-based cities, from vibrant Pinhao to old world Porto, a city that has been deemed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Our river cruises on the Douro allow you to explore the best of Portugal. Our Douro river cruise takes off on on the west coast city of Porto and travels to Entre-os-Rios, a town situated right in between the Douro and the Tamega River. Visit the Ducal Palace in Guimaraes, a city often referred to as “the birthplace of the Portuguese nationality,” as well as the birthplace of Alfonso I, the first King of Portugal.

As you make your way down the Douro River, the municipality of Regua will come into view. This region is well-renowned for its exquisite port wine, so a stop at the Douro Museum for an exclusive wine tasting event is a must. Take in Regua’s beautiful vineyards as you sip on the best range of port wine in the country. There’s so much to see in this region! Visit Casa de Mateus, the castle depicted on the labels of Portugal’s renowned Mateus wine, or stroll through the historic town of Lamego. Built on the terraced slopes of the Douro Valley, Scenic guests can visit Lamego’s famous building, the ancient Our Lady of Remedies Sanctuary.

Scenic guests also have the chance to stop in beautiful Tarouca, located in the heart of the Varosa Valley and walk across Ucanha, Portugal very first toll bridge, right above the Varosa River.

The Douro takes our cruise through central Portugal and into the Vinhateiro region, the heart of the Douro Valley’s wine growing region. With its ornate architecture and historic landmarks, Salamanca offers guests both architectural and historical intrigue. Prepare to be further amazed when your Scenic ship cruises into Pinhao, a region reminiscent of old world Portugal. Become fully immersed in Portuguese culture as you enjoy a wine tasting, visit Provescende’s local church for a special recital, and get a tour of the vibrant local markets alongside the town’s residents.

A tour along the Douro River Valley wouldn’t be complete without a stop in Porto, Portugal’s second largest city after Lisbon. Known for its port wine production, this stunning city offers the best in Portuguese culture. Scenic will have over a day to explore Porto in depth. Scenic activities include enjoying fresh catch prepared by local fishermen in Afurada, take a relaxing stroll through the tranquil Cristal Gardens, and touring either a canning or corking factory, some of the oldest remaining in the region.

Scenic offers 5 different Douro River tours, differentiating in length and itinerary, for your travel convenience. Enjoy a relaxing 8 day tour alongside the Douro, or take a month-long river cruise that includes a venture into Spain.

Discover the Douro River

Discover the Douro River

Porto, Portugal

Enjoy the beautiful vistas of vineyards and wineries on our Unforgettable Douro - 10 day cruise along the utterly beautiful Douro River from incredible Porto to Vega de Terron.

Douro River Cruises

Douro River Cruises

Delightful Douro with Lisbon

11 days
Lisbon > Porto
A well-kept secret that has stood the test of time, Portugal is a treasure trove of endless wonder. Unlock its riches in 11 days from Lisbon to Porto.
from $5,770

Unforgettable Douro

11 days
Porto > Porto
Cruise the beautiful Douro Valley on an 11 day river cruise. Discover the treasures of Porto, the vineyards in Regua, Vinhateiro & the Côa Valley Museum.
from $6,645
Flights Included to Europe 7-14 Days (D/E)

Unforgettable Douro with Lisbon

14 days
Lisbon > Porto
Explore Lisbon before boarding Scenic Azure. Cruise the breathtaking Douro Valley and discover the vineyards in Regua, Vinhateiro & the Côa Valley Museum.
from $7,670
Flights Included to Europe 7-14 Days (D/E)

Unforgettable Douro with Madrid

14 days
Porto > Madrid
Travel from Porto to Madrid in a 14 day wonder-filled journey. Explore the beautiful Douro Valley and vineyards before enjoying 3 nights in Madrid.
from $8,435
Flights Included to Europe 7-14 Days (D/E)

Unforgettable Douro with Lisbon & Madrid

17 days
Lisbon > Madrid
Begin your journey in Lisbon before discovering the Douro river on a luxurious cruise on board Scenic Azure. Finish up your tour with 3 nights in Madrid.
from $9,260

Beautiful Bordeaux & Unforgettable Douro

21 days
Bordeaux > Porto
Explore one of the world’s most celebrated culinary regions, Bordeaux & discover the hidden gem that is Portugal on a 21 day journey from Bordeaux to Porto.
from $15,370

Beautiful Bordeaux & Unforgettable Douro with Madrid

24 days
Bordeaux > Madrid
Enjoy 24 days the wine regions in France and Portugal. Visit the vineyards, cellars and sample the exquisite Grand Cru Class wines at Château Franc Mayne.
from $16,960

Gems of the Seine & Unforgettable Douro with Madrid

24 days
Paris > Madrid
Cruise the Seine in France, before stepping on the Scenic Azure for a cruise along Portugal's Douro River, finishing in Madrid over a 24 day journey.
from $17,380

Spectacular South of France & Unforgettable Douro

24 days
Paris > Porto
Discover the regional sights & delights as you cruise through the South of France and Portugal's Douro Valley on a 24 day journey from Paris to Porto.
from $17,660
Fly Deal to Europe Balcony Suites

Breathtaking Bordeaux & Unforgettable Douro

22 days
Paris > Porto
Visit the most famous wine regions of Europe during a 10 day cruise through the beautiful Bordeaux region and 10 day cruise along the Douro River.
from $17,800
Fly Deal to Europe Balcony Suites

Gems of the Seine & Unforgettable Douro

21 days
Paris > Porto
Discover two of the most magical rivers in Europe, with a 10 day luxury cruise along the romantic Seine and a 10 day cruise along the beautiful Douro.
from $18,430

France & Douro Masterpiece

31 days
Paris > Porto
Discover the Seine and Douro, two of Europe’s most tempting waterways on a 31 day journey from Paris to Porto. Enjoy the cuisines & delights of the region.
from $22,405

France & Douro Masterpiece with Madrid

34 days
Paris > Madrid
Experience the best of France, Portugal and Spain on an all-encompassing 34 day adventure from Paris to Madrid. Enjoy the culture & cuisine of the regions.
from $23,995