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    Explore UNESCO Salamanca
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    Discover the city of Oporto
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    Casa de Mateus Palace
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    Visit the ancient city of Lamego

Douro Discovery

Portugal and Spain

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Cathedrals, palaces and port – this Douro river cruise explores the many sides of Portugal

Admire the beautiful landscapes and quaint towns of the Douro Valley on this Portugal river cruise, which includes a visit to Salamanca in Spain.

If you’re taking our Douro Discovery cruise, do take a few minutes to visit our ‘What to Discover’ section below, where you can find all you need to know about our Douro river cruises. 


A car with a tickVIP door-to-door travel service from anywhere on the UK mainland

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Dinner plate20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners

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  • Return flights and transfers
  • Captain’s dinner and drinks reception
  • Entertainment and activities on the ship
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board

MapIncluded excursions

  • Tour of Lamego
  • Visit Figueira Castelo de Rodrigo
  • Sightseeing in Salamanca
  • Dinner at a local quinta
  • Casa de Mateus Palace
  • A tour of Oporto including a port wine cellar visit

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Day 1 UK to Oporto


Fly to Oporto on the north bank of the Douro and embark your ship the Douro Spirit at Vila Nova de Gaia on the south bank.

You'll remain moored here overnight.

Porto Portugal Europe Douro Oporto

Day 2 Oporto to Régua to Pinhão

Pinhão vilage in Portugal

This afternoon travel by coach from Régua to Lamego, one of the most attractive cities in Portugal.

On arrival, you’ll see the elaborate Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, which is set atop nine steep terraces overlooking the town. There’ll be free time to explore this impressive baroque church and walk down into the city from the Sanctuary using the ornate staircase – but be warned, there are almost 700 steps! Alternatively, take the coach down to the city and visit the Gothic cathedral, which in parts dates back to the 12th century!

Re-join your ship in Régua then continue your cruise to Pinhão.

Pinhão Alijo Vila Real Douro Portugal Europe

Day 3 Pinhão to Vega de Térron

Cruise comfortably aboard a Douro ship

Depart Pinhão early this morning and take in the scenery as you sail towards Vega de Térron. This afternoon, join an included excursion to Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a small medieval village with a stunning hilltop location. See the 18th-century baroque church and stroll around the village in your own time. Back on board ship look forward to a traditional Portuguese dinner.

Vega de Terron Castile and Leon Spain Europe

Day 4 Vega de Térron to Barca d'Alva

Plaza Mayor in Salamanca, Spain

Today join an included excursion across the border to the city of Salamanca in Spain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famed for its beautiful old university buildings of golden-coloured stone.

The journey here usually takes about two hours, during which your guide will give an interesting commentary on Spanish history. After half an hour of free time join a walking tour with a local guide to the magnificent Plaza Mayor, one of the finest town squares in Spain. You also see the famous cathedral, built in two parts. The original Catedral Vieja, which dates from the 12th century, is now incorporated into the much larger 16th-century Catedral Nueva.

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant, followed by a flamenco show to give you a taste of traditional Spanish culture. Return to the Douro Spirit which will now be in Barca d’Alva and moor overnight.

Barca dAlva Guarda Portugal Europe

Day 5 Barca d'Alva to Cais de Espinho to Pinhão

Duoro Valley

Depart Barca d’Alva and enjoy the panoramic views as you spend the morning sailing towards Cais de Espinho, arriving after lunch. This afternoon visit Quinta do Seixo, a local winery, for an included tour of the estate, followed by an opportunity to taste their port wines.

Continue sailing to Pinhão late this afternoon and this evening you’ll visit a local quinta for dinner, with wine and entertainment included. The ship remains moored in Pinhão overnight.

Pinhão Alijo Vila Real Douro Portugal Europe

Day 6 Pinhão to Regua to Bitetos

Mateus Palace

Cruise to Régua for an included visit to Mateus Palace gardens. Your guide will give you an introduction to the palace which features on the Mateus rosé wine label. Admire the exterior and explore the exceptional formal gardens.

This afternoon relax on board as the Douro Spirit departs Régua. Look forward to a traditional Portuguese folk music show after dinner.

Moor overnight in Bitetos.

Bitetos Douro Portugal Europe

Day 7 Bitetos to Oporto


Sail back to Oporto this morning. Discover the history of Portugal’s second-largest city on an included tour. This famous centre of port wine production is located on the Douro estuary. The coach tour includes a visit to Sé Cathedral, which dates from the 12th century and a visit to a port wine cellar where you’ll learn about the production of this famous drink and enjoy a tasting.

Remain moored in Vila Nova de Gaia overnight.

Oporto Porto Portugal Europe

Day 8 Oporto to UK

Disembark after breakfast and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Douro Discovery

Portugal and Spain