Douro River Cruise

Porto, Douro Valley and Salamanca

tour only from
9 days
with flights from
10 days


We’ll explore the Douro River from the port city of Porto through one of Europe’s oldest wine regions to Barca D’Alva. We’ll have three-and-a-half days to explore picturesque Porto with its lovely Old Town and visit a quinta, or wine cellar, where we can enjoy a wine tasting before we set sail through the vineyard-laced Douro Valley. We’ll tour Vila Réal and enjoy a pastry tasting, visit the beautiful Mateus Palace, and cross into Spain for a full day of exploration of dazzling Salamanca! On our return to Porto, we’ll visit two small towns set among the vineyards of the Rio Torto Valley, see the stunning Nossa Senhora dos Remédios Sanctuary in Lamego, and take in the streets of Guimaraes, an incredible example of a medieval settlement and its transformation into a modern-day town.

Did you know you can make this tour private? Find out about pricing and options for groups of 15 or more travelers.

Itinerary at
a Glance

Tour Itinerary:

  • 1 night in Porto
  • 7-night Cruise from Porto to Porto
  • Porto
  • Regua
  • Vega De Terron
  • Barca D’Alva
  • Pinhão
  • Porto

Tour Highlights

  • Porto Historic Center Walking Tour
  • Guided Tour of Porto with Wine Tasting
  • Sailing through vineyard-lined Douro Valley
  • Flamenco Entertainment
  • Vila Real and Mateus Palace
  • Guided Tour of Salamanca with lunch
  • Wine Trails of Porto with port tasting
  • Fado Entertainment
  • Guided Tour of Lamego
  • Traditional folk entertainment
  • Guimaraes Excursion

Your Tour Includes

  • Optional round-trip airfare from the New York area (varies by departure) including taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Ground transportation in an air-conditioned motor coach
  • 1-night accommodation at a superior first-class hotel in Porto
  • 7-night cruise on the  Douro River
  • 21 meals: 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Local house white and red wine, beer, sodas, coffee/tea for all onboard lunches and dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in the itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking Cruise Manager and local English-speaking guides throughout

What to Expect

Max Group Size: 30 travelers

Activity Level: Recreational

Expect most included touring to require walking and standing periods up to 3 hours at a time (up to 2 times per day) on easy terrain with some light stairs. Learn More

Pacing Level: Leisurely

Expect half-day tours most days with a free day in most cities to explore independently. There are few to no early mornings and/or long travel days by bus (don’t worry—there are always comfort stops!), and you may expect to stay in most accommodations for 4+ nights. Learn More

No Additional Entry Requirements for U.S. Passport Holders

A valid passport is required for international tours. Currently, there are no additional entry requirements for U.S. passport holders, but this can change at any time. Before travel, both U.S. and non-U.S. passport holders should visit our Passports & Visas page to reconfirm entry requirements.

For more detailed information about this tour and destination, visit our Before You Depart section.

Tour Itinerary


Passengers who purchase flights will depart 1 day before the tour starts and return on the same day as the tour ends.

For flight details, see Before You Depart.

Day 1: Arrive in Porto

The Old City in Porto, Portugal

Arrive in Porto, Portugal today. Located on the steep banks of the Douro River, Porto is the country's second-largest city and northern hub. Check into our hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Accommodations: Porto Palácio Hotel & Spa or similar

Day 2: Porto

Day 3: Porto

Day 4: Vila Real and Mateus Palace Excursion

Day 5: Salamanca Excursion

Day 6: Rio Torto Valley Excursion

Day 7: Lamego Excursion

Day 8: Guimaraes Excursion

Day 9: Depart Porto

Guided Tour Pricing

Book by Jun. 2, 2023 to get the best price.

Prices listed as “with flights” below include round-trip airfare from one or more airports in the USA. Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination. Please note this may change your tour start date.

2023 Tours With Flights  
Sat — Mon
Oct 28—Nov 6
$4,499 $3,999
 Book with Flights
2023 Tours Tour Only  
Sun — Mon
Oct 29—Nov 6
$3,399 $2,899
 Book Tour Only

* Departures designated as "Guaranteed" may be canceled or rescheduled only under Extraordinary Circumstances, for example in situations deemed to be unsafe or nonviable due to local conditions. See Terms & Conditions for full details.

Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single supplement applies when not sharing a room. Select a date above to see the rates for that specific departure.

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Monday-Friday from 9:00 am - 7:00 pm Eastern) at 1.800.337.7773.

Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made online or by phone (1.800.337.7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $300 per person. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.