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.