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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.

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.

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The Presidential‬, Portugal

4-day gourmet train experience from £3,775 pp

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offer

Rail on sale – Save up to £360 pp
Book by: 30 June 2018

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.

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Top itineraries in Douro River

Porto & the Douro Valley

5-day tailor-made break from £470 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 luxurious Douro valley hotel.

Lisbon, Porto & Madeira

11-day tailor-made journey from £2,415 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, Portugal

4-day gourmet train experience from £3,775 pp

Special
offer

Rail on sale – Save up to £360 pp
Book by: 30 June 2018

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 Delights

9-day cruise & stay from £3,495 pp incl. flights

From expert-led wine tastings to idyllic medieval towns, this all-inclusive cruise knits together the Douro Valley’s highlights, combining them with Porto’s charm and Madrid’s vibrancy.

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Top places to stay in Douro River

The Vintage House Hotel, Douro

Grand & elegant hotel from £510 pp incl. flights

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

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

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 Valley

Contemporary hotel from £340 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

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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