Explore the Douro River on this delightful river cruise across Portugal! Discover why the river’s name translates to ‘River of Gold’ as you sail on its gleaming waters through Portugal’s breathtaking panoramic beauty. Marvel at the world’s oldest demarcated wine region, little towns, and charming villages, as you sail through one of the most stunning views of Portugal.
You’ll board your Avalon Suite Ship in Porto, the second largest city in Portugal. Begin your experience with a guided tour to Braga and Guimarães. Alternatively, you can choose a tour focused on the Romanesque architecture, including a visit to the Interpretation Centre of the Romanesque. Enjoy a guided tour in the charming towns of Peso da Regua and Lamego, where historical sights are mixed with delicious tastings. As an alternative, meet the owner of one of the oldest farms in the Douro Valley who will share with you the family history and let you taste some of the oil and wine made. Take a guided tour of Freixo de Numão, a village well-known for its vineyards overlooking the horizon and its granite houses. Alternatively, join a guided tour to Vila Nova de Foz Côa, famous for its Côa Valley Paleolithic Art, declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Visit Freixo de Espada à Cinta, a cozy village with narrow streets and flowered houses with grand Gothic Manueline windows. Should you wish to opt for a full-day experience, take part in guided sightseeing in Salamanca. During a guided sightseeing tour of Amarante, you will immerse yourself in the rich history, the unforgettable places, and the emotionally stirring experience of the city.
Your Douro River cruise returns to Porto with more time to explore the captivating city. Feel Porto’s true essence along a pleasant guided walk through the scenic mysteries of this city’s Historical Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage site.