Douro River Cruises

Take a river cruise along the Douro and explore this beautiful region of Portugal, from its medieval cities to its centuries-old vineyards. Sample some delicious port wine, dine at a traditional quinta, explore Porto’s cobblestone streets steeped in old world charm, or venture further to discover the historic and culinary delights of Lisbon. Time slows down as you river cruise Portugal, and you’ll be grateful for every second.

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10 Days Lisbon to Porto

Operator: Viking River Cruises

From 4,450
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11 Days Porto to Lisbon

Operator: Uniworld River Cruises

From 7,526
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11 Days Porto to Lisbon

Operator: Emerald Cruises

From 4,430
Save 1,790

21 Days Porto to Paris

Operator: Scenic

From 17,311
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Emerald Cruises
From culture-rich cities to world-famous wine regions, Emerald Cruises represents a new chapter in the world of river cruising. Our deluxe fleet of revolutionary...more Star-Ships promise contemporary comfort and unique on-board innovations, while our generous offering combines affordability with great dining, exceptional service and immersive itineraries across Europe and Asia. With return flights, transfers, all on-board meals, complimentary drinks, tips and much more included in the price of an Emerald Cruises river cruise, we’ve taken care of everything. Our attentive team of crew, sommeliers and personal butlers are available day and night to ensure every minute on-board the Emerald Cruises fleet is as enriching, enjoyable and relaxing as possible.
Douro River Cruises145
Budget:Premium
Known For:Affordable Luxury
Fleet Size:9
Scenic
With Scenic, it’s more than a 5-star river cruise...it’s a seamless journey from start to finish that places you, our guest, at the heart of everything...more we do. It’s taking you to extraordinary regions and immersing you in meaningful and enriching experiences. It’s exquisite cuisine, indulgent wellness, and a world-class team who will anticipate your every need. You'll find the difference is in the details with Scenic: the innovative ship design, expertly trained crew, immersive journey, and an unrivalled focus on health and safety protocols.
Douro River Cruises240
Budget:Luxury
Known For:Luxury Cruising
Fleet Size:14
Uniworld
Once you step onboard the world’s finest and most awarded river cruise line for the first time, we are quite sure the refined luxury onboard our fleet...more will sweep you off your feet. We draw our inspiration for the design philosophy of every one of the 17 ships in our fleet directly from the destination in which they sail. The craftsmanship, the attention to detail, the art onboard, the handcrafted furniture and intricacy of the fabrics are lovingly assembled to be a masterpiece in and of itself. Stepping onboard is to step into a world of beautiful colours and one-of-a-kind details that truly bring your destination to life. Crafting experiences you can’t find anywhere else, means continuing to elevate Uniworld to new heights year after year. From the addition of four new Super Ships in Egypt, Vietnam, Portugal and Italy, to the award winning service that comes from the heart, we’re putting even more emphasis on what’s onboard to enhancing several itineraries to accommodate guest’s diverse tastes for the future. We truly look forward to welcoming our Australian guests onboard.
Douro River Cruises130
Budget:Luxury
Known For:Boutique River Cruising
Fleet Size:17

Discover Must do experiences and highlights on the Douro River

Sandstone Salamanca

Sandstone Salamanca

Head across the border into Spain on an excursion to Salamanca, where sandstone buildings line the streets and church towers decorate the skyline.

Sanctuary of Our Lady Remedies

Sanctuary of Our Lady Remedies

This beautiful church competes for your attention with the baroque 686 step staircase that leads to it, adorned with statues and hand painted azulejos.

Scenic Cruising

Scenic Cruising

Slow down and enjoy the scenery gliding by from your veranda or from the sun deck as steep gorges give way to tiered rows of vines.

A Traditional Quinta Experience

A Traditional Quinta Experience

Wine has been produced in the Douro Valley for some 2,000 years, with generations tending to their family run quintas. Visit one of these beautifully rustic vineyards to sample the wine and warm Portuguese hospitality.

The Port of Porto

The Port of Porto

From its cobblestone streets to red rooftops, Porto will cast a spell over you. Not to mention that the food here, along with the port wine for which it is known, is a little bit of magic.

Recent Reviews What our clients are saying about their river cruise journeys through Portugal

Lisbon & Douro River Cruise     , NSW, Australia, Oct 2019
Had an amazing time. Beautiful scenery along the Douro River. Global Journeys our travel agent Hannah Campbell did an amazing job organising our tour. Thank you Hannah. Uniworld who we travelled with were fabulous, staff were so obliging and friendly. Accommodation at hotel and on board were 1st class. Met some very friendly people. Overall a wonderful ...read more experience.
Thoroughly enjoyable Douro River cruise with Travelmarvel   , VIC, Australia, Aug 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed the cruise, it was relaxing taking in the scenery as we cruised to our next village. The boat doesn’t sail at night therefore you get to sit on the deck and take it all in. You are not on the go all the time like some other tours, the fact that you are on board for a week means that you unpack and that’s it until you disembark ...read more for your next destination. The people on the boat were all very friendly. Our cabin was very noisy which was disappointing as we were on level three, we also experienced a smell from the drain.
A fantastic week     , QLD, Australia, Jul 2019
Our Douro River Cruise was amazing. Cruise director Isobel couldn’t have been better, from the time we boarded our cruise until we disembarked. Food and service was superb.
22 days from Paris to Porto with Scenic   , ACT, Australia, Jun 2019
Firstly, I have nothing but praise for Jemma Rosen and Global Journeys in how our trip was organised. Jemma was always helpful, efficient and considerate in replying to any queries we had. This trip included two river cruises, the first in Bordeaux and the second on the Douro River in Portugal. Compared to other river cruises we have done, the Bordeaux ...read more trip was a little disappointing - the scenery is not as picturesque and the rivers are very muddy.

The cabin on Scenic Diamond was very cramped and smaller than those we have experienced on APT river cruises. Staff on board and meals were excellent. Most excursions were very good but some hot weather at the time spoilt several excursions. We enjoyed the cruise on the Douro River very much and would recommend it. Scenery was beautiful and excursions were excellent. The cabin on Scenic Azure was a better size. At least there was room for a chair but there was still a problem with very limited room between the sides of the bed and the walls.

Explore More Your guide to travelling along the Douro

River Cruising in Portugal

07 August, 2018

River Cruising in Portugal

The Douro River winds its way from the city of Porto where the river spills into the Atlantic Ocean onward east to Spain, carving out the stunning Douro Valley in its wake. Wine has been produced in this basin by the traditional landholders for some 2,000 years and it has been listed as a...

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