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Douro Valley, Portugal

Douro River

Idyllic landscapes, world-class vintages

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Introduction

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.

Douro River, Porto

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.

Pinhao

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.

 

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Top itineraries in Douro River

Traditional boats on the Douro River, Porto

Porto & the Douro Valley

5-day tailor-made break from £1,240 pp incl. flights

The perfect introduction to Portugal, this short break combines the historic charm of Porto and the rolling viticulture of the Douro Valley with stays in some of the region's finest hotels.

Pinhao

Porto & Douro Valley in Style

6-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,350 pp incl. flights

Stay at the luxurious Yeatman Hotel overlooking Porto and the Douro River, then hit the scenic roads into the Douro Valley for three nights surrounded by the vineyards of Portugal's preeminent wine-making region.

Pena National Palace, Sintra

Lisbon, Porto & Madeira

11-day tailor-made holiday from £2,925 pp incl. flights

Let private tours, first class rail travel and stays in three luxury hotels 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.

The Presidential

Gourmet Porto & The Presidential‬

4-day city break & rail experience from £2,210 pp incl. flights

Discover the historic and culinary delights of Porto, then enjoy a day trip to savour aboard The Presidential – Portugal’s most luxurious train – dipping into the Douro Valley’s world-class vineyards.

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Top places to stay in Douro River

The Vintage House Hotel, Douro

The Vintage House Hotel, Pinhao, Douro Valley

Guide price from £1,240 pp

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.

Vidago Palace

Vidago Palace

Historic hotel

With a whole suite of awards recognising everything from its golf course to its thermal spa, this grand Belle Époque dame is a gem hidden among the forests of northern Portugal.

Douro Royal Valley Hotel & Spa

Douro Royal Valley Hotel

Contemporary hotel

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.

Six Senses Douro Valley

Six Senses Douro Valley

Contemporary hotel

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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