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.
With the success of our cruises between Amsterdam and Budapest and beyond, the Douro is another destination featuring a brand new Emerald Star Ship for 2017. All the luxuries you are used to such as drop down glass balconies, indulgent one bedroom suites, the club pool on the Sky Deck, extensive dining choices and included excursions are all featured for your enjoyment whilst cruising in our award-winning 'Star Ships'.
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 the Spanish language included in your itinerary.
Special "You're Invited" 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.