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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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Special offers in Douro River

Old Town, Porto, Portugal

Porto & the Douro Valley

5-day tailor-made break from £550 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Complimentary Half Board at Douro Palace Hotel – Save up to £90 pp
Book by: 31 January 2020

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.

Douro Valley, Porto

Flavours of Portugal & Spain

11-day luxury river cruise from £3,520 pp incl. flights

Special
cruise offer

Fly free for 2019 and save on 2020
Book by: 31 December 2019

Enjoy all the luxuries of an AmaWaterways cruise as you explore the Douro River in style. Take it all in with included excursions, all-inclusive drinks and dining, and a pre-cruise stay in Madrid.

Top itineraries in Douro River

Douro Valley, Porto

Porto & the Douro Valley: Wines & Vines Fly-Drive

5-day tailor-made break from £465 pp incl. flights

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 quinta winery accommodation.

Pena National Palace, Sintra

Lisbon, Porto & Madeira

11-day tailor-made journey from £2,475 pp incl. flights

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.

The Presidential

The Presidential‬, Portugal

4-day gourmet train experience from £3,880 pp incl. flights

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.

Douro Valley, Portugal

Douro Delights River Cruise

9-day river cruise from £3,745 pp incl. flights

Explore Portugal's ancient towns and villages, UNESCO-listed cities, magnificent palaces and medieval forts on this all-inclusive cruise with APT along the picturesque Douro River.

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Top places to stay in Douro River

The Vintage House Hotel, Douro

The Vintage House Hotel, Pinhao, Douro Valley

3-night luxury holiday from £520 pp incl. flights & transfers

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.

Douro Royal Valley Hotel & Spa

Douro Royal Valley Hotel

Guide price from £390 pp

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.

Douro Palace

Douro Palace, Douro Valley

Guide price from £345 pp incl. flights

In architect-led design, the Douro Palace spills down onto its eponymous river in a chic tumble of indulgent bars, spas and glass-framed rooms.

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Douro River articles

Douro River, Porto

Porto, Douro Valley & the Algarve: our favourite Portugal routes

Portugal’s national holiday, Portugal Day, falls on 10 June. To celebrate, we’ve chosen our favourite places to stay in Portugal's stunning regions of Porto, the Douro Valley and the Algarve to help you make the most of this region of rolling hills, riverside palaces and fantastic gastronomy.

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