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Portugal River Cruises

Porto skyline along the Douro River in Portugal (Photo: StevanZZ/Shutterstock)

About Portugal River Cruises

A Portugal river cruise, taken on the country's Douro River, takes passengers past some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe, as well as vineyards that make everything from port to Muscatel. Besides small towns on the river, you'll visit Spain's Salamanca, a university city with historic buildings and charm to spare.

  • What is the best time to cruise to Portugal River?

  • Which cruise lines go to Portugal River?

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What is the best time to cruise to Portugal River?

Thanks to Portugal's largely temperate weather, Portugal river cruises have a relatively long season. The main river in Portugal is the Douro, and cruises are typically available from March through November, but some lines sail into December. Sailing early or late in the season will offer better bargains on cruise fares. For more information, check out Douro River Cruise Tips.

Which cruise lines go to Portugal River?

Portugal's Douro River is becoming increasingly popular for cruising, with lines including Scenic, Emerald Waterways, AmaWaterways, CroisiEurope, Uniworld and Viking --among others -- offering Portugal river cruises.

What are some things to do in Portugal River?

Touring the vineyards of the Douro Valley and wine tastings are hugely popular excursions on Portugal river cruises. Exploring the historic and fascinating cities of Porto (home of port wine) and architecture in Salamanca, Spain is also worthwhile. In Porto, Harry Potter fans should definitely visit the Livraria Lello bookstore, one of the local sites which inspired author J.K. Rowling.

Do you need a passport to take a cruise to Portugal River?

A passport is required to travel to Portugal and cruise the region.

What should I pack for a cruise to Portugal River?

Weather in the region is generally mild, but near the Atlantic coast temperatures might be cooler. It's a good idea to pack light layers, including a jacket for evenings. A swimsuit is also highly recommended; it can get hot in the summertime. Also, think about packing a checked bag in case you want to bring home a bottle of the region's famous port wine.

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