2021 & 2022 Portugal river cruises

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Portugal's enchanting countryside is yours to discover

Flowing from the heart of central Spain to the splendour of the Portuguese city of Porto, the Douro, one of the Iberian Peninsula’s major river highlights, is steeped in history, effortless beauty and enormous amounts of grandeur..
Sun-drenched, culture-rich and endlessly beautiful, Portugal is one of the finest nations on the continent to explore slowly, delighting in every wonderful experience. On a river cruise in Portugal, you’ll find yourself winding through the picturesque Douro Valley, flanked by peaceful villages steeped in centuries of incredible history.

Our Douro River cruises have been specially designed to take you on an unforgettable journey through the postcard-worthy northern stretches of Portugal. The round-trip sailings from the ancient city of Porto weave slowly through the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Douro Valley, with endless rows of peaceful vineyards gazing down over the water.

Where the Douro ends its journey and empties out into the Atlantic, Porto straddles the river – a city rich with a unique pace and many hidden treasures. From the subterranean wine cellars that have opened their doors for hundreds of years to the incredible architecture on show, there’s much to enjoy and explore here.

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Port wine with view over city

Trace the legacy of port wine from Porto to the Douro Valley

The relaxed beauty of Portugal’s Douro River entwines a rich winemaking history. Traditional wineries and vineyards have long enriched this beautiful part of the world, helping to shape local culture and drive Portugal’s economy.

To this day, traditional methods that have been used for centuries reign supreme, with the delightful family-owned businesses remaining true to their roots. During your Emerald Cruises river cruise, you’ll have the chance to explore this colourful history – from vineyard walking tours to tastings in the ancient wine cellars of Porto.

Whether you’re a passionate Port lover or new to this decadent aperitif, a Portuguese river cruise allows you to trace the journey of the drink from sun-drenched vineyard to subterranean wine cellar.

Culture and heritage abound in Portugal

Few countries in Europe boast Portugal’s depth of history. Since the Neolithic period, this Iberian nation has played a key role in the timeline of the continent – from the influence of the Celts, Romans and Moors to its seafaring power during the Age of Discovery.

Discover more of what you can expect to see on a Douro River cruise with our gallery showcasing the river’s main highlights.

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A guide to Salamanca

The ancient city of Salamanca is recognised around the world for its famous university and historic UNESCO World Heritage Site Old City. Retaining a wonderful village vibe thanks to the relaxed pace of the locals and the careful infrastructure; Salamanca is growing increasingly popular with Spanish and overseas visitors looking to experience the city’s unique way of life.
Known as La Dorada (the golden city), the sandstone buildings of Salamanca seem to glow in the sunlight, creating a welcoming and mesmerising spectacle.

A guide to Lisbon

Lisbon is a stylish capital and offers the perfect surrounds for relaxed exploration, with charming streets crisscrossing its squares and plazas. Traditional shops, bars and restaurants line the cobbled streets, welcoming you with rustic cooking, warming spirits and ornate souvenirs.

With monasteries, castles and museums aplenty to explore, a few days in Lisbon perfectly complements a river cruise in Portugal. Take in the ancient monuments of Jerónimos Monastery, Belém Tower and São Jorge Castle, or discover a fine collection of contemporary art at the Museu Coleção Berardo.

 Tracing the legacy of fado is, of course, a must on your visit to the Portuguese capital, and perfectly accompanies an evening of Port wine tasting or an exploration of Portugal’s world-renowned desserts.

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