Visit Douro River
The Douro River Valley abounds with natural beauty, making it a popular spot for river cruises. Many of these cruises start out in the historic city of Porto, taking you past Gustave Eiffel's Dom Luis Bridge, before heading out into the countryside. From here you can travel the breadth of Portugal before crossing the border into Spain.
This route takes you through terraced hills sporting large groves of olive and almond trees, along with some of the premier vineyards in the country. For port fans the town of Pinhão, at the heart of the region's wine industry is the best place to disembark in search of the perfect vintage.
The main draw of the river is its tranquillity, with certain parts only navigable by smaller vessels. Many cruises linger and some of the luxury liners can take as long as a week to travel the river's full length. If you prefer to spend longer in the picturesque villages, roads wind alongside the river as far as Pinhão, offering some of the best vistas in Portugal.
Top itineraries in Douro River
Spend two nights in the majestic Pestana Palacio Do Freixo – an 18th century palace on the Douro River, just upstream from the historical old town of Porto and two nights in your choice of luxurious Douro valley hotel.
Let private, tailor-made tours, stays in three of the country’s finest hotels, First Class rail travel and private drivers show you the best of Portugal. Alongside Porto and Lisbon’s heritage, you’ll also take in the Douro Valley’s wines, Sintra’s regal-rural beauty and Madeira’s endless sun.
From Porto’s charm both historic and daringly contemporary, dip into the Douro Valley’s world-class vineyards aboard The Presidential – Portugal’s most luxurious train. It’s all paired with Michelin-standard dining throughout.
Top places to stay in Douro River
Packed full of character and charm, this historic house complete with its own wine academy for tours and tastings, is a wonderfully intimate base for exploring Portugal's Douro Valley.
Lining the banks of the Douro River, the Royal Valley enjoys privileged views from its designer rooms, spa and bar terraces. It’s delightfully accessible seclusion.
This is the first European Six Senses resort – the brand is celebrated for their luxury hotels in Asia. They’ve brought the same sophisticated style to the Douro, renovating an impressive old manor house into a superb retreat.
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