The secret to a truly magical cruise experience is the ability to completely lose yourself in the beauty and culture of a place, and this Douro Valley cruise offers exactly that.
Start out in Porto and take in the sights and flavours of the local vineyards as well as where you’ll see the hustle and bustle of city life. Explore traditional destinations like Castelo Rodrigo with unmissable views of the almost-deserted ochre hillsides, and relaxing quayside areas like Peso da Régua, which will transport you back into Portugal’s historical past.
We’ve selected a handful of the most exciting places to see along the Douro Valley, all of which are included on our Douro, Porto & Salamanca River Cruise, also available for solo travellers.
Deep in the heart of Portugal’s wine country, Lamego is known for both producing delicious Raposeira wines, and housing the tranquil and beautiful Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies, built in the 18th Century. Even older than that is the Chapel of São Pedro de Balsemão, an 8th Century Visigoth chapel believed to be the second oldest in Europe. Of course, no visit to this region would be complete without a trip to a quinta to learn about and taste the local produce.
Known as the city of bridges, we see plenty of examples of Porto’s historical architecture, including the cathedral, the Baroque Clérigos Tower and the Gothic Church of São Francisco, amongst many others. Charming Porto is free from large chain shops, so it’s a joy to see what the many traditional traders have to offer such as fine art, antiques, ceramics, cakes and much more. We’ll enjoy a sample of the city’s namesake, Port wine, on a guided tour of one of the top producers.
This Spanish city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to the fourth oldest university in the western world (which holds the Spanish Inquisition records to this day) and a stunningly imposing 12th century cathedral. Salamanca also boasts a second cathedral, known as ‘the New Cathedral’ which was completed in the 18th Century. Take the opportunity to enjoy an included flamenco show, before exploring the unmissable Plaza Mayor in your own time.