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.