The Douro River winds its way from Spain into Northern Portugal, an area almost lost in time. Discover the mysteries of this charming and lovely niche of Europe, scattered with gorgeous family-run wine estates, quaint villages and working family farms producing world-famous port, wine and other specialties of the region.
Start your cruise in the lively city of Porto, famous for its fascinating Old World architecture, riverside cafés and extensive wine cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia. As you sail through the breathtaking Douro Valley, visit the traditional villages of Pinhão, Pocinho and the historic town of Regua that have stood on the Douro’s shores for centuries; sample the excellent regional port, created through secret fortified winemaking methods handed down through the generations; visit the Coa Valley pre-historic museum, with its fascinating stone carvings. Just across the border in Spain, take a day to explore Salamanca, a lively student town known for its amazing tapas and for being the seat of the Spanish language—as much as for the splendid Moorish, Roman and Celt-inspired sandstone architecture of Old Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Enjoy a hosted dinner at the family-run Quinta da Pacheca local wine estate in Pocinho; in Porto, make an exciting excursion to Guimarães, the seat of the first king of Portugal, or to the splendid Palacio da Bolsa.