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Douro River Cruises

Sail Portugal’s ‘River of Gold’ on one of our Douro River Cruises

Set sail on your perfect Douro river cruise today. The Douro runs through one of Europe’s most beautiful stretches of countryside, flanked by vineyards under the warming Portuguese sun. Traditional wineries and charming villages break up the terraced and undulating fields of green which typify the Douro region. 

Before reaching the Atlantic Ocean, the Douro dissects the ancient city of Porto on its final leg. The entire Portuguese nation owes its existence to the Douro, around which the country was founded. Our 8-day Secrets of the Douro river cruise itinerary starts and ends in Porto, offering a cultural bookend to a journey boasting beautiful scenery every step of the way.

With much of the region remaining untouched and unchanged over the past few centuries, the Douro Valley provides a wonderful step back in time. From the peaceful wineries producing Portugal’s much-loved port wine to the ancient Spanish city of Salamanca – the Douro is a rustic region of simple pleasures.


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Custom-Built Douro River Cruises

In 2017, we are introducing the Emerald Radiance, custom-built for river cruises along the Douro. Our most intimate ship to date, the Emerald Radiance has been designed to navigate the beautiful waters of the Douro, providing guests the chance to enjoy the captivating scenery and year-round good weather.

Boasting a generously-appointed open-air Sun Deck, the Emerald Radiance is the perfect place to watch the rolling hills of the Douro Valley pass by. Complete with The Terrace, an al fresco dining venue on the Sun Deck, the Emerald Radiance provides peaceful and enjoyable passage through this timeless waterway.

From the carefully-appointed suites and staterooms to the spacious public spaces, every inch of the Emerald Radiance has been designed for comfort and enjoyment. And the on-board team are on-hand to ensure that every aspect of your Douro river cruise is taken care of, from pairing delightful wines at meal times to answering any questions about the itinerary. 

Douro River Cruises

Enjoy stops in Portugal ranging from the World Heritage city of Porto to the Roman settlement of Regua and in Spain - Vega de Terron and Salamanca, home to one of the oldest universities in Europe. Highlights include many of the region’s best sites and activities: the Roman ruins in Lamego; pre-historic carvings showcased in Coa Valley Museum and a day trip to Spain’s Roman city of Salamanca, offering a first-hand look at the seat of the Spanish language and a feel for life in medieval times.

Wherever you choose to stop by and explore on your Douro river cruise, one thing’s for sure, with Emerald Waterways, you’ll experience unrivalled service and experiences on board our first-class cruise ships.

Our itineraries include the 8-day Secrets of the Douro, where guests will discover Portugal’s UNESCO world heritage sites, including the village of Pinhão. Later in the week, travelers will visit Salamanca, Pocinho, Régua and then Porto again. Our Three Rivers Discovery Douro, Rhône and Saône river cruise combination, which takes you on a picturesque journey through Porto, Salamanca, Régua, Lyon, Tournon and more, gives guests a wonderful insight to the quaint charms of Europe.

View our complete list of Douro river cruise itineraries below and book your adventure of a lifetime today.

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