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Douro River Tours & Trips

41 Douro River trips. Tours from 8 tour companies. 10 reviews.

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Premium Spain & Portugal
4.5/5 Excellent
100+ reviews
Small Group Tour
Why we love them
They're highly committed to sustainable tourism and contribute to crucial initiatives like climate action, focusing on local cultures and more.
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Full schedule

Visits

Barcelona, Cascais, Coimbra, Douro Valley, Granada, Lisbon, Madrid, Porto, Seville, Sintra, Toledo, Valencia

Highlights

  • See the enchanting Alhambra Palace in Granada by night with an expert guide, a Premium Exclusive Experience. Avoid the crowds as you receive special insight into the complex’s fascinating history.
  • Taste the best of local cuisine during Exclusive Experiences – sample olive oil at a family-run farm in Andalucia, try delicious marzipan in Toledo and take a wine-tasting tour in the Douro Valley.
  • Spend two nights in a converted 18th-century mansion for your Feature Stay in Seville, and enjoy the best of the Douro Valley at a fabulous hotel nestled within the famous wine-growing region.
  • Soak up the glamour and the sun while winding along the stunning Bay of Cascais on a full-day exploration of Lisbon’s surrounds, including Sintra’s bewitching Pena Palace, a Premium Exclusive Experience.
  • In Porto, create a personalised memento of your trip and learn about the history of the vibrantly coloured and designed tiles that adorn the facades of buildings all over Portugal with a tile-painting workshop.
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High Adventure

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"Fantastic! I got to see a lot of Kenya. Not just the animals but also the people and their cultures. We had a group of 10 (plus the Intrepid crew) which was just right. Everyone got along and helped each other with chores, We all had a love of adventure and positive attitude, Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable and our meals were really nice. I loved everything about it and I highly recommend this trip."

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Premium Portugal
4.5/5 Excellent
100+ reviews
Small Group Tour
Why we love them
They're highly committed to sustainable tourism and contribute to crucial initiatives like climate action, focusing on local cultures and more.
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Full schedule

Visits

Cascais, Coimbra, Douro Valley, Lisbon, Porto, Sintra

Highlights

  • Discover the thriving capital of Lisbon, the medieval charms of Coimbra and the hidden back streets of Porto during explorations with your knowledgeable local leader.
  • Visit fabulous local wineries during a tasting tour in the picturesque Douro Valley during an Exclusive Experience, stopping off for a lunch made with regional delights.
  • Get an insight into Fado, an atmospheric amalgamation of music and poetry, during a soul-stirring and intimate live show in Coimbra.
  • Nestled in the rolling vineyards of the Douro Valley, your Feature Stay accommodation takes you to the heart of the region. Enjoy outdoor pools, excellent onsite restaurant and unforgettable views.
  • Soak up the glamour and the sun while winding along the stunning Bay of Cascais on a full-day exploration of Lisbon’s surrounds, including Sintra’s bewitching Pena Palace, a Premium Exclusive Experience.
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High Adventure

What travelers are saying

"Fantastic! I got to see a lot of Kenya. Not just the animals but also the people and their cultures. We had a group of 10 (plus the Intrepid crew) which was just right. Everyone got along and helped each other with chores, We all had a love of adventure and positive attitude, Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable and our meals were really nice. I loved everything about it and I highly recommend this trip."

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Hike in Porto, the Douro Valley (Portugal), and Salamanca (Spain)
4.5/5 Excellent
100+ reviews
River Cruise
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Flexible schedule

Visits

Porto

Highlights

  • CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS Walking tours with a qualified mountain guide: Hike to Provesende
  • The Portuguese vineyard
  • The Douro National Park all the way to the Vultures' Cliff
  • Along the coastline in Porto
  • Non-walkers' program: Casa de Mateus and the Douro Museum in Régua
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50 plus, Eco, Sustainable & Green Travel, Family Friendly, Small Ship Cruise

What travelers are saying

"Summary over a cruise on the Haute Seine and Yonne on a barge. As seasoned cruisers, knowing well all aspects of cruising on seas and rivers, we had no experience about traveling on a barge in a canal. It was also time to overcome this lack. A number of companies offer this kind of cruising on barge with 8 to 16 passengers, however very often at exorbitant prices. Luckily, we discovered that the company CroisiEurope offers one week cruise on various canals in Europe, at very decent price, especially considering that all is inclusive (full board, all alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and all excursions) on modern barges with a maximum of 22 passengers. We opted for the barge Ms Deborah, which cruises on the canal de la Loire, with the Briare to Nevers’ route. We were looking forward to this itinerary because the proposed excursions particularly suited us. Unfortunately, only a few days before departure, we were informed that due of a lack of water in the Loire canal the Ms Deborah was switched over to the Haute Seine and Yonne for a new itinerary from Paris to Sens. Despites the fact that this new itinerary didn’t really meet our desires, especially the excursions, we decided to accept the change. Our group of 6 persons from Switzerland was very warmly greeted by all members of the crew when arriving on the quai de Grenelle in Paris where we see the MS DEBORAH for the first time, our floating home for the week. With its two dominating colours blue and white, it is difficult not to fall in love with this beautiful small ship. We were invited immediately for the welcome cocktail during which we met officially the crew and the other six individual passengers originating from New Zealand, England and the USA. With less time than it needs to tell, the relation between us was created, so that everyone felt part of a bunch of friends knowing each other for long time. There is no need to present here the MS Deborah itself, as this is already thoroughly done on the Cruise Critic page. The crew of 6 persons is composed of a captain, a sailor, a cruise director, a chef, a waitress and a cabin hostess who put all their efforts to satisfy the passengers and offer them the best possible service. The captain as well as the sailor are always trying to make passengers at ease, answer questions or even bring a drink. The lady cruise director is omnipresent, taking care of the passengers better than a mother hen would do. The talented young French chef aims to produce dishes which please everybody. His outstanding sauces and excellent desserts should be particularly praised. However, referring to comments we made during a cruise on the Seine Princess two years ago, we cannot understand that why today it is not possible to offer the choice of a light buffet at lunch instead a three or even four course menu! The always smiling and friendly Hungarian waitress was very caring and attentive, without forgetting the cabin hostess doing a great job in the cabins, the public spaces and even the kitchen. It wouldn’t be fair to name a single person as all members of the crew, without any exception, do all they can to make the cruise unforgettable. Our one-week cruise on the barge Ms Deborah enables us today to make the following comments: ~ a cruise on a barge cannot be compared to any other kind of cruise ~ despite all the comfort offered on modern barge, one must be very aware that life on board happens at a restraint space, requiring therefore much flexibility and understanding in all aspects from all passengers ~ in our case, being only 12 passengers, we had the opportunity to take our meals on the terrace. We also never had the feeling that the boat was overcrowded. This can be different when the ship is full, especially by bad weather ~ the state of mind between the passengers who are mostly of foreign nationalities, who don’t know each other and don’t speak French, must function well right from the beginning ~ if the interrelation works, it is difficult to find a more relaxing and enjoyable way of travelling ~ the success on a barge is mainly due on the quality of its crew. Ms Deborah’s crew members have quickly created a family spirit on board, showing also that they genuinely like what they do ~ excursions can play a major role in choosing an itinerary. Not speaking French or English can be a handicap Do we recommend to do a cruise on a barge? Yes, definitively! It’s affordable, the atmosphere on board is unique, the routes can be very interesting. In our case, this second try with CroisiEurope gives them a better note."

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Premium Portugal and Spain in Depth
4.5/5 Excellent
100+ reviews
Small Group Tour
Why we love them
They're highly committed to sustainable tourism and contribute to crucial initiatives like climate action, focusing on local cultures and more.
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Easy

Visits

Barcelona, Bilbao, Camino de Santiago, Cascais, Coimbra, Douro Valley, Granada, Lisbon, Madrid, Oviedo, Pamplona, Porto, San Sebastian, Santiago, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Sintra, Toledo, Valencia, Zaragoza

Highlights

  • Taste the best of local cuisine during Exclusive Experiences – sample olive oil at a family-run farm in Andalucia, try delicious marzipan in Toledo, take a wine-tasting tour in the Douro Valley, and visit a traditional cider house in San Sebastian.
  • Stay at three amazing Feature Stays throughout your trip: a converted 18th-century mansion in Seville, a historic Parador in Spain's La Rioja region, and a fabulous hotel nestled within the famous vineyards of the Douro Valley.
  • Experience the enchantments of the Iberian Peninsula with spectacular Exclusive Experiences, including visiting the Alhambra by day and night, and dining at a historic gastronomic society in San Sebastian.
  • See the key cultural icons of Spain and Portugal with local guides to lead the way: visit the Mesquita in Cordoba, explore the Pena Palace in Sintra, wander the Guggenhiem in Bilbao, and more!
  • Explore the tranquil waterways of Spain and Portugal to see its cities and valleys from a new perspective - boat down the beautiful Douro river surrounded by vineyards, stop for lunch on the Galacian coast, and take a boat tour to Lake Albufera in Valencia.
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High Adventure

What travelers are saying

"Fantastic! I got to see a lot of Kenya. Not just the animals but also the people and their cultures. We had a group of 10 (plus the Intrepid crew) which was just right. Everyone got along and helped each other with chores, We all had a love of adventure and positive attitude, Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable and our meals were really nice. I loved everything about it and I highly recommend this trip."

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Madrid to Porto tour
4.9/5 Excellent
100+ reviews
Private Guided
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Visits

Douro Valley, Madrid, Porto, Salamanca

Highlights

  • Enjoy a panoramic tour of Madrid’s historical sights.
  • Spend time at the palace of El Escorial and the controversial memorial at Valley of the Fallen.
  • Explore the university city of Salamanca.
  • Relax in the peaceful Douro Valley.
  • See pre-historic rock art up close.
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Themes

Culinary & Wine, Cultural, Nature & Wildlife, Relaxing Retreats

What travelers are saying

"Excellent, In our first conversation with Audley we discussed what we wanted to see and do, within days we were sent an itinerary which included everything! The holiday itself was magical as explored and photographed the islands, the culture and the wildlife. We stayed in the best hotels, the guides were great, so knowledgeable and helpful. Honestly can't think of anything bad to say."

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Douro Discovery: A Family River Cruise in Portugal plus Madrid 2024
4.2/5 Great
100+ reviews
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Moderate

Visits

Madrid, Porto

Highlights

  • Visit an opulent royal palace
  • cycle through Madrid's historic Casa de Campo
  • andimmerse in art at the Prado. Ride a 4x4 to an archaeological site; breathe romance andheroic legends in Salamanca and Guimaraes; navigate mazes of colorful streets on abicycle in Porto; kayak on the Douro River; learn the origins of azujelos andFado music; wind along scenic bicycle trails in Vinho Verde country; and sail to postcard villages
  • castles
  • winetowns
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Family Friendly

What travelers are saying

"My husband and I booked the Yellowstone tour with Tauck expecting so much more with the accommodations, food, and tour director based on the price point. We were sadly disappointed but still tried to enjoy the experience. Rooms were dirty, food were often buffets and other group dinners with some food inedible. We noticed other tours staying in our hotels and paying much less for their tours. One positive was we never touched our luggage which was nice but my small suitcase was damaged during one transfer. Word to the wise… read their emails thoroughly as the email we received a few weeks before our trip reads like a disclaimer for poor service and accommodations."

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Villages and Vintages: Cruising the Douro River Valley 2025
4.2/5 Great
100+ reviews
River Cruise
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Easy

Visits

Porto

Highlights

  • Discover the bohemian heart of the city that gave Port-wine its name... sail deep into the mountain landscapes of Portuguese wine country to find wine estates
  • lush vineyards
  • idyllic riverside villages
  • baroque castles
  • hilltop medieval ruins
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Small Ship Cruise

What travelers are saying

"My husband and I booked the Yellowstone tour with Tauck expecting so much more with the accommodations, food, and tour director based on the price point. We were sadly disappointed but still tried to enjoy the experience. Rooms were dirty, food were often buffets and other group dinners with some food inedible. We noticed other tours staying in our hotels and paying much less for their tours. One positive was we never touched our luggage which was nice but my small suitcase was damaged during one transfer. Word to the wise… read their emails thoroughly as the email we received a few weeks before our trip reads like a disclaimer for poor service and accommodations."

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Exploring the Douro, plus Lisbon & Madrid - Westbound 2024
4.2/5 Great
100+ reviews
River Cruise
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Easy

Visits

Madrid, Porto

Highlights

  • Centuries of vineyards
  • wine and timeless Port traditions along an enchanting 'river of gold'… white-paintedquintaestates lined with terraced vineyards… art and architecture royally inspired and the joys of tapas in Madrid… Lisbon's treasures from the Age of Discovery and beyond…Cruise through the heart of one of the world's oldest and most beautiful wine regions on a 12-day journey between Lisbon and Madrid
  • featuring a 7-night cruise aboard Tauck's new riverboat ms Andorinha
  • custom-designed for exploring Portugal's 'golden' Douro River. Visit quintas for wine tastings
  • hike through vineyards and villages
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Small Ship Cruise

What travelers are saying

"My husband and I booked the Yellowstone tour with Tauck expecting so much more with the accommodations, food, and tour director based on the price point. We were sadly disappointed but still tried to enjoy the experience. Rooms were dirty, food were often buffets and other group dinners with some food inedible. We noticed other tours staying in our hotels and paying much less for their tours. One positive was we never touched our luggage which was nice but my small suitcase was damaged during one transfer. Word to the wise… read their emails thoroughly as the email we received a few weeks before our trip reads like a disclaimer for poor service and accommodations."

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Douro River Reviews

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Hector

Nov 2022

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We were so surprised that they perfectly understood

We went to Portugal to celebrate our 20th Anniversary and some friends recommended us Pablo and Nina´s services. We were so surprised that they perfectly understood ...

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Kelly

Nov 2022

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We had were extremely well balanced, excellent pairing

We liked the cherry and berry fruits coming through with gentle tannins. The spanish wines we had were extremely well balanced, excellent pairing with the steak we h...

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Sheena

Oct 2022

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wine lovers so it was a must to do a wine trip

This was our fourth time in Spain so we were looking for something a little different. We are huge wine lovers so it was a must to do a wine trip through the best wi...

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Anna

Jun 2022

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Enjoying its wines, history and peaceful sorroundings

This trip was exactly what our group was looking for, visiting the heart of Ribera del Duero, enjoying its wines, history and peaceful sorroundings. We are glad Pabl...

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Brian

Oct 2019

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Excellent

The hotels in Portugal were wonderful. Our drivers were attentive and helpful throughout. The breakfasts were excellent as was the lunch at the winery restaurant in ...

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Douro River Tour Selection Trips

  • The Douro River provides a natural border between Spain and Portugal for nearly 70 miles (112 kilometers) along the river’s route. Many Douro River cruises embark or disembark in Lisbon or Porto, Portugal or in Madrid, Spain. Due to the proximity of Portugal, Spain, and Morocco, many itineraries create an experience exploring both or all three countries, with a few river cruises and tours offering experiences that will focus all of your attention on Portugal.
  • Many wineries in Portugal don’t offer walk-in tastings. Book a wine cruise or tour or make appointments at select wineries ahead of your visit.
  • During the warmer months – June through August – in the Douro Valley, the sun is bright and hot. Pack a hat, sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen along with comfortable casual clothes, jeans are perfect, and comfortable walking shoes.
  • During wetter months – November through February and some lighter rain from March to May – pack a small umbrella or rain poncho to help you stay dry. This way it will be pleasant as you enjoy strolling through Porto’s hilly cobblestone streets, the vineyards, historical sites, and the trails in the Douro International Natural Park.
  • When exploring one of the many monasteries, such as the Alcobaça Monastery, churches or other religious sites, it is customary to cover your shoulders and bare legs.

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Douro Valley vs Douro River - What's the Difference?

There’s more than one way to enjoy the Douro valley and river. What’s your pleasure? Floating through the “enchanted valley,” on the “river of gold,” or simply falling under the spell of the valley entirely traversing its land?

The Douro River

If floating past centuries old vineyards and stopping off in quaint villages to taste the food and wine, exploring historic sites, or taking a day hike through the Douro International Natural Park sounds appealing floating down the “river of gold” on a Douro River cruise might float your boat.

The Douro Valley

If taking a slower pace driving, strolling or pedaling through the Douro Valley, known as the “enchanted valley,” stopping at your leisure at wineries, towns, historical sites, and nature reserves sounds delightful then a tour of the Douro Valley might suit you.

What To Wear on Your Douro River Cruise

During the warmer months – June through August – in the Douro Valley, the sun is bright and hot. Pack a hat, sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen along with comfortable casual clothes, jeans are perfect, and comfortable walking shoes. 

During wetter months – November through February and some lighter rain from March to May – pack a small umbrella or rain poncho to help you stay dry. This way it will be pleasant as you enjoy strolling through Porto’s hilly cobblestone streets, the vineyards, historical sites, and the vineyards at the quintas or trails in the Douro International Natural Park.

When exploring one of the many monasteries, such as the Alcobaça Monastery, churches or other religious sites, it is custom to cover your shoulders and bare legs.

Weather in the Douro Valley

Summer months – June through August – is hot in the upper 70s to low 80s Fahrenheit during the day with lows at night ranging from mid- to high-50s Fahrenheit.

Winter months – November through February – is wet with average temperatures in the high 50s Fahrenheit during the day and mid- to high-40s Fahrenheit.

Perhaps the best time to travel is during the shoulder seasons – September and October and March through May. There might be more travelers in the Douro Valley in September and October during harvest season, but the experience might be worth it. Travelers to Portugal, particularly to the Douro Valley, in March through May might experience light showers.

Best time to take a Douro River Cruise

The best times to take a Douro River Cruise or tour the Douro Valley for food and wine lovers is during crush season in September and October. During the harvest you can participate in the creation of the wine to simply enjoy tasting it.

The fall and spring are also wonderful times to explore the valley or float down the river to experience the estate wineries (quintas), castles, churches and monasteries, and natural wonders.

While the valley and river can be traversed throughout the year, peak travel times are in May and June and again in September and October.

What Languages are Spoken In Portugal?

There are two official languages spoken in Portugal: Portuguese and Mirandese. Portuguese is spoken by 250 million people worldwide. Mirandese is spoken by about 15,000 around the frontier city of Miranda do Douro.

Note that english is not commonly spoken in Portugal. 

Spanish and Portuguese are both romantic languages and may sound similar at first, they are two very different languages. The majority of Portuguese people do not understand Spanish.

Learn some common phrases and have a language app handy.

What are the Physical Level Requirements for a Douro Valley tour?

The Douro Valley is majestic with its steep inclines and impressive with its medieval edifices surrounded by millennium old cobblestone streets. Be prepared for hilly terrain when traversing through vineyards and steep inclines in medieval castles, monasteries, narrow city and town streets, and quintas (winery estates) with few if any aides to help scale the terrain.

The Douro Valley, especially in the wine regions and Douro International Natural Park, is increasingly becoming a destination for outdoor enthusiasts, particularly cyclists and hikers. Activity and fitness levels vary from casual walkers to extreme outdoor adventurers.

What to Pack for a Douro River Cruise tour to the Douro Valley?

During the warmer months in the Douro Valley, the sun is bright and hot. Pack a hat, sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen along with comfortable casual clothes, jeans are perfect, and comfortable walking shoes. During wetter months, pack a small umbrella or rain poncho to help you stay dry. This way it will be pleasant as you enjoy strolling through Porto’s hilly cobblestone streets, the vineyards, historical sites, and the trails in the Douro International Natural Park.

Safety

Portugal is highly ranked as a safe destination for travelers with the common exception of pickpockets in the most popular tourist destinations Algarve, Lisbon, and Porto

Where does the Douro River flow?

The Douro River is the third largest river in the Iberian Peninsula. Known as the “river of gold,” due to its hue at sunset, the Douro River originates in Porto’s sister city Duruelo de la Sierra, Spain.

The river winds its way through the Douro Valley, famous for the sweet wine, Port wine, and other red wines, to Portugal’s second largest city, Porto, before entering the Atlantic Ocean. The river runs from East to West for 557 miles (897 kilometers), with nearly 70 miles (112 kilometers) of the river providing a natural border between Spain and Portugal.

Douro River Cruise Routes

A majority of Douro River cruise routes, especially 6- to 8-day itineraries, embark from and return to Porto, Portugal, and offer one day to explore Salamanca, Spain. Many of the 11- to 14-day Douro River cruise itineraries embark either from Lisbon or Madrid.

The 6- to 8-day itineraries mostly stop in Regua, Coimbra, Pinhao, Óbidos, Évora, Guimaraes, Braga, and Sintra with slight variations depending on the cruise line. Cruises that follow 11- to 14-day itineraries spend the first two to three days in Lisbon, Portugal before embarking to Porto and the Douro Valley where the ships stop at Bitetos, Foz,Guimarães, Régua, Pinhão, Barca D’Alva, Entre-Os-Rios, and Salamanca, Vega de Terrón, and Madrid, Spain.

Classic Ports of Call Along a Douro River Cruise

  • Porto
  • Lisbon
  • Regua
  • Pinhao
  • Guimarães
  • Salamanca, Spain

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