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Douro River Cruises

On an incredible journey through the undulating rural setting of Spain and Portugal, the Douro River offers a wealth of ever-changing scenery, gastronomic delights and superb traditional towns. Its highlight though has to be the Douro Valley region of Portugal. A collection of beautiful wine estates, olive groves and traditional farmhouses frame the azure splendour of the Douro River, coming together to create what is arguably one of the continent's most scenic valleys.

The fertile soil here, combined with the micro-climate surrounding the Douro means that the area is ideally suited for the cultivation of almonds, chestnuts and grapes, the latter being used to produce Port wine - the Douro Valley's most famous export. Just before it reaches the ocean, the Douro meets the UNESCO World Heritage city of Porto. Once the very edge of the known world, this classic Portuguese city is a vibrant mix of labyrinthine streets, elegant Baroque architecture and family-run restaurants.

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Discover the Douro

The magnificent Douro is Iberia's most famous waterway, and this cruise reveals the innate and timeless beauty of this fantastic river. Discover sublime wines, resplendent villas and ancient cities from your five-star ship. This tour is operated by our sister company Great Rail Journeys.

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8 days from £1,795 pp

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Lisbon & Douro Cruise

Travel to shimmering Lisbon and resplendent Sintra on a Portuguese voyage of discovery before continuing on a fantastic 7-night cruise along the golden Douro.

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11 days from £2,495 pp

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Douro Cruise on the Spirit of Chartwell

Iconic port wine, enigmatic cities and Portuguese charm, all on a ship used by Her Majesty the Queen, makes this cruise one to remember. Discover the unique culture of the golden Douro river on board the exclusively chartered Spirit of Chartwell as you visit quintas, explore villas and sample Portuguese delicacies. This tour is operated by our sister company Great Rail Journeys.

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Highlights of the River Douro

The Douro River winds its way through sun-drenched valleys and beautiful terracotta towns. We reach the Douro Valley which is famous for its collection of olive groves, and wine estates. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a breath-taking pit-stop before reaching the city of Porto. This classic Portuguese city is a vibrant mix of labyrinthine streets, and family-run restaurants. On board our ships, you will pass quaint Portuguese villages including Lamego boasting remarkable examples of elegant Baroque architecture, and the town of Peso da Régua, or simply 'Régua', which plays a fundamental role in the production of Port wine.

Our Douro ships

At Rail Discoveries, we know that the itinerary and destination make up only part of the excellent cruise experience we strive for. On a cruise, your accommodation becomes part of the holiday, and your ship should be as comfortable, as luxurious and as elegant as possible - coincidentally, all things our ships happen to be!

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