Douro River Cruises
Douro River Cruises
Cruising on the Douro River
Cruises on the Douro River through the Douro Valley reveal one of Europe’s most renowned and oldest wine regions. They sail by ancient wine estates, passing sublimely scenic landscapes that are just as impressive as the area’s food and wine. Known as the “River of Gold,” the130-mile route begins in Porto, traveling to Vega de Terron along the border with Spain. As the river is no longer navigable after that point, the vessels turn back here, but you’ll have time to absorb the architectural splendour in Salamanca which has a history dating back to the Celtic era.
The medieval city is known for its ornate sandstone architecture and is also a great place to attend a flamenco show and dine on authentic specialties like salt cod. Along the way, you’ll stop in the heart of port wine country at Regua to visit Lamego. Pinhao is another popular spot for port wine tastings.
You’ll fly in and out of UNESCO-listed Porto, which can be reached from many cities in North America via connecting flights. Or catch a non-stop flight to Lisbon from Boston, New York, Miami and other cities, then take the train to Porto. Here you may have the option for an excursion on a traditional rabelo, the wooden watercrafts that once carried the city’s famous port wine. Filled with charm, Portugal’s “second city” is worth spending more time in too for those who can arrive early.
Its historic streets are adorned with blue tiles and open up to reveal an incredibly scenic waterfront where one can cross the bridge to take in colorful sunsets, explore the architectural treasures or join a city tour led by a local. The Cais da Riberia riverside promenade is lined with restaurants and bars while just above is a kaleidoscope of vibrantly painted buildings ranging from tangerine to bright yellow.
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