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Destination Douro River

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The stunning Douro River flows across Northern Portugal with its banks scattered with hilltop vineyards, villages and heritage sites.  Visiting this enchanting part of our world introduces us to the history, culture and world-renowned wines of the Douro Valley.  On our upcoming river cruises, visits ashore offer opportunities to see wineries, castles, museums, monasteries, quaint villages, plus after embarking, the journey continues with a visit to Spain and the city of Salamanca, home to Europe's third oldest university.  Until travel advisories are lifted, we've compiled a sample of inspirational information and helpful resources to keep the wanderlust alive!  Click away and learn about the Douro region, but do check back again as we will update and refresh this page with new inspirational material.  If you prefer to receive updates directly in your inbox, join our Douro River wish list by emailing us here. If a cruise on the Douro River is in your future, be sure to click below on our upcoming journeys to learn about the experiences our adventure includes.  Contact us here if you can't find what you're looking for, we're here to help!

Our Upcoming Adventures


Port Wine and Flamenco | April 2021

"Our visits along this important Iberian waterway will include wine tastings, UNESCO sites, and some of the most spectacular scenery in all of Portugal.  Our cruise ship, the ms AmaVida, brings the distinctive standard of excellence..." READ MORE

Enticing Douro River Cruise | September 2021

"We are very pleased to once again offer this exciting itinerary to the Douro River and the great maritime city of Lisbon.  This unique itinerary will delight river cruisers and those who love to explore the Old World.  Our journey takes us to Lisbon, the city where most of the Portuguese expeditions in the Age of Discovery started..." READ MORE

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Photo Credit: Selly Wozniak, Visit Anchorage

The Douro Wine Region Valley | Visit Portugal

"The Douro Valley could easily be called the enchanted valley, such is the beauty and magic that its landscapes offer.  Table and port wines are produced on its hillsides..." READ MORE

Did you know?  The first manifestations of communication by the human being can be found in the Douro Valley. 

History of Port And Table Wine in Portugal

"Port wine is the oldest ambassador for Portugal.  Grown on the terraces of the Douro, it proudly belongs to one of the oldest demarcated regions of the world..."  READ MORE

Did you know? The cultural landscape of the Douro Valley is listed as a World Heritage Site. 

Art and Culture of Portugal

“The land that is now Portugal has been inhabited for thousands of years and its national...”  READ MORE

Did you know?  Manueline art, tiles and fado are unique expressions and genuine symbols of the Portuguese, but also a contribution to World Heritage.  

From Our Archives


Seven nights on the Douro River with Group Escorts Peeter and Carol Vanker

“We had the pleasure of leading a group on an exciting journey which included Lisbon plus seven wonderful nights on the Douro River.  As we sailed down the Douro River we were inspired by the magnificent scenery on each side...”  READ MORE

Off the Ship In...Porto, Portugal

“If you are an adventurous eater and always seek new flavours, Porto may be the perfect destination for you.  Portugal's second largest city is home to an impressive variety of petiscarias...”  READ MORE

Don't Forget!  Be sure to check back on this page for new inspiration!  We're always looking for new and exciting resources to help inspire your future travels.