Portugal River Cruising


The Douro River winds its way from Spain into Northern Portugal, an area almost lost in time, scattered with quaint villages, working family farms and countless vineyards producing the specialties of the region.

Our Douro River cruises launched in 2017 with sister brand Emerald Waterways operating our boutique Star-Ship Emerald Radiance. Specifically designed to navigate the smaller locks in Portugal, Emerald Radiance features all the luxuries you expect such as drop-down glass balconies, indulgent suites, the club pool on the Sky Deck, extensive dining choices and included excursions

Visit the lively city of Porto, famous for its riverside cafés and extensive wine cellars in the area of Vila Nova de Gaia. Traditional villages of Pinhao, Pocinho and Regua have occupied the shores of the river for many centuries. It's like time has stood still, with secret methods in fortified wine-making being handed down by each generation. Salamanca lies just over the border in Spain. You'll enjoy a full day exploring this lively student town known as the “Oxford” of Spain included in your itinerary.

Special EmeraldPLUS events feature in your itinerary including a highlight dinner at a local wine estate and a cocktail lesson on board. You can also extend your stay and experience Lisbon for a three night stay in the thriving capital of the country with the oldest borders in Europe.

Tip: Make the most of your time in Europe by linking this exciting itinerary with our Sensations of Lyon & Provence cruise for a 15 day Three Rivers Discovery cruise through France and Portugal. This superb itinerary is exclusive to Evergreen & Emerald Waterways.


Emerald Waterways exceptional inclusive value

When you book an Emerald Waterways river cruise you’ll enjoy exceptional EmeraldVALUE, where all this is included:

  • Experienced Cruise Directors & Local Guides
    Our team of local experts will proudly show you all your destination has to offer. Our friendly Cruise Directors, coach drivers and local guides go out of their way to ensure you're totally satisfied with every sightseeing experience.
  • EmeraldACTIVE
    Included EmeraldACTIVE experiences on our European river cruises give you the opportunity to enjoy a guided hike, bike tour, onboard yoga or canoeing, just as the locals do.
  • Unique EmeraldPLUS experiences
    Enjoy authentic included adventures that take you into the cultural heart of each destination with our exclusive EmeraldPLUS events. Enjoy a home-hosted afternoon tea with a family in Bratislava, experience a Provencal highlight dinner with a renowned local chef in France, learn the art of tile painting in Portugal, and so much more.
  • Five-star dining on board
    With all meals included while cruising, you’ll enjoy the finest flavours of Europe prepared by our expert culinary team including a full five course à la carte dinner in Reflections Restaurant. Café style breakfasts and lunch can also be enjoyed at The Terrace.
  • Complimentary wine and beer
    served with lunch and dinner, and complimentary tea and coffee is available throughout the day
  • All tipping & gratuities, airport transfers, port charges and taxes, and Wi-Fi
  • Activity Managers
    Our onboard Activity Manager can secure your place on one of the many EmeraldACTIVE experiences during your cruise as well as suggest sightseeing off the regular tourist routes. They will also keep you entertained in the evenings with activities in the Horizon Bar.
  • Deluxe cruising with river views
    All suites and staterooms on board have a river view so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the picturesque views.
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Discover the delights of Portugal's Douro River

Evergreen Cruises & Tours partners with sister company, Emerald Waterways, to offer you a deluxe onboard experience on their award-winning Star-Ships. Together we look forward to making your European river cruise tour a seamless and relaxing way to explore Europe.

To plan your next holiday call us on 1300 383 747, contact your Evergreen Specialist Agent or
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