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Porto & the Douro Valley

An epicurean's haven

Tailor-made holidays to Porto & the Douro Valley


With even its name predicated on its rich trading past, Porto’s merchants have seen the vineyard delights of the picturesque Douro Valley attract everything from Moorish palaces to Baroque grandeur. Our tailor-made self-drives and river cruises take in the best of this spellbinding region. Speak to our specialists to start planning your perfect Portugal holiday.

A rich history in Porto

As the country’s second city, Porto has a charm all of its own. Centuries of a hands-off approach to town planning have resulted in a maze of historic alleyways that twist among a tumble of terracotta rooftops. They lead down, past grand squares, to the glittering good looks of its waterfront, where riverside cafés look out to that great architectural marvel – the Gustave Eiffel-inspired Dom Luís I Bridge. Its double decker construction brings railway passengers, motorists and pedestrians alike to Gaia, a district on the city’s southern banks where centuries-old merchant houses still host port tasting sessions.

But, it’s on the northern side that you’ll find Porto’s centrepieces. Highlights include the golden Baroque glam of the Igreja de São Francisco, the neoclassical severity of the city’s cathedral and the 17th century blue-and-white tiles of the Igreja da Misericórdia, depicting grand, classical artwork.

Porto's Old Town, Portugal

Portugal's Douro Valley

The same river that flows through Porto carved the Douro Valley – a route mapped by scenic railway journeys, drives and cruises. And, as you swap city bustle for World Heritage verdure, you’ll be greeted by row upon row of rolling hills. It’s all host to nearly three millennia of winemaking heritage, found across vineyards carved right into the region’s green undulations.

The Douro Valley

This spectacular scenery is punctuated by an equally appealing human history. Culinary traditions still thrive among backcountry villages and banquets laid out in 300-year-old aristocratic houses while medieval fortifications line rivers and perch atop cragged escarpments.


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Special offers in Porto & the Douro Valley

Douro river at Porto, Portugal

Enticing Douro on AmaDouro

8-day river cruise from £3,090 pp incl. flights

cruise offer

Save up to £225 pp plus free flights
Book by: 22 February 2023

Join AmaWaterways to explore rambling vineyards and charming native farms that cling to the steep sides of the Douro River Valley, creating an incomparable backdrop to the world’s oldest demarcated wine region.

Douro Valley, Portugal

Douro Discovery River Cruise with Travelmarvel

8-day river cruise from £2,395 pp incl. flights

cruise offer

Save up to £500pp
Book by: 14 February 2023

Explore ancient and UNESCO-listed towns and cities in Portugal and Spain, on this superb value APT Travelmarvel cruise along the picturesque Douro River.

Top itineraries in Porto & the Douro Valley

Traditional boats on the Douro River, Porto

Porto & the Douro Valley

5-day tailor-made break from £610 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.


Porto & Douro Valley: Wines & Vines Self-Drive

6-day tailor-made self-drive break from £470 pp incl. flights

Spend two nights in the majestic Yeatman Hotel overlooking Porto and the Douro River, then hit the scenic roads into the Douro Valley for three nights surrounded by the wines and vines.

Porto, Douro River, Portugal

Porto, Lisbon and the Algarve

9-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,485 pp incl. flights

Combine Portugal's two greatest cities, Porto and Lisbon, with five days relaxing by the beaches of the Algarve. The UNESCO city of Porto has a rich and varied history, seen in everything from its Romanesque cathedral to its neoclassical Stock Exchange.

Old Town, Porto, Portugal

Historic Porto and Madeira

8-day tailor-made holiday from £1,055 pp incl. flights

Famous for its friendly people, wonderful local flora, and year-round mild climate, Madeira must be one of the most beautiful islands in Europe. It makes a perfect pairing with Portugal's second city, Porto. Overlooking the mouth of the Douro River, UNESCO-listed Porto has a rich and varied history.

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Top places to stay in Porto & the Douro Valley

Infinity Pool, The Yeatman, Porto

The Yeatman, Porto

Contemporary hotel

Between private balcony views of the city and a Michelin-starred restaurant, it’s not difficult to see why the Yeatman is an exalted member of the Relais and Châteaux collection of luxury hotels.

Pestana Palacio do Freixo

Pestana Palacio do Freixo, Porto

Grand & elegant hotel

Boasting Leading Hotels of the World status, Pestana Palácio do Freixo offers unmatched luxury on the tranquil outskirts of Portugal's beguiling world Heritage Site city of Porto

Palacio / Pousada das Cardosas

Intercontinental Palacio das Cardosas, Porto

Grand & elegant hotel

In fine dining, chandelier-lit rooms and a spectacular location, this is among Porto’s finest properties; it truly deserves its palace moniker.

Quinta da Pacheca

Quinta da Pacheca Wine House Hotel, Douro Valley

5-night luxury holiday from £730 pp incl. flights & transfers

Blending the old-world charm of a beautifully restored historic manor house with the modern innovations of its 'wine barrel' accommodation, this Douro River wine hotel offers an immersive world-class wine experience like no other.

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When to go to Porto & the Douro Valley

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