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DOURO RIVER CRUISES
This extraordinary river in Portugal and Spain will take you to new treasures!


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A river cruise down Portugal's Douro River is simply spectacular. In fact it is so stunning that the entire Douro River Valley has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Douro River cruises have it all: mile after mile of vineyards lining the steep hills overlooking the river; small, picturesque towns and quaint villages that line the banks of the river; quintas, the traditional wine farms, many of which have been converted to upscale bed and breakfast getaways, clinging to the almost vertical slopes; and a beauty and serenity that make this Europe’s most unspoiled and least traveled river valley. 

For many years, only a few knew about the beauty and charm of the Douro River, now that is no longer the case. There have been many additions to the number of river ships plying the Douro, including; Viking, Uniworld, AmaWaterways and most recently, Scenic River cruises in now sailing the Douro.

As we look forward into 2017, we will have one new, very affordable product sailing the Douro, that being the strikingly beautiful new Emearld Radiance which begins sailing the Douro in the spring of 2017.  She will epitomize what a state-of-the-art river ship should be with only 112 pampered guest, enjoying spacious staterooms, a wonderful swiming pool and of course, something no river should be without, an outdoor barbecue on the top deck.  Even better are the introductory EARLY BOOKING pricing on the all-inclusive Radiance which begin at a mere, $2195pp including all gratuities, wines and beers at lunch and dinner, shore excusions in each port, transfers to/from the ship and, even your port taxes.  Hope on this product quickly before she sells out. 

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The Douro River itself begins in the mountains of Northern Spain and flows westward for about 550 miles through Spain and Portugal before it enters the Atlantic Ocean at Porto. For part of its length it actually serves as the border between the two countries. For river cruise purposes, the only navigable section of the river lies almost totally in Portugal.

Before we continue let’s clear up one item that continually confuses people. A Douro River cruise does not, I repeat, does not spend any significant amount of cruising in Spain. The cruise companies that promote and market Douro River cruises always mention Spain but the truth is the only time the cruise ship will be in Spain is when you dock at the tiny, tiny town of Vega de Terrón, located just across the river from the Portuguese town of Barca D’Alva, — and this is really for operational purposes as it is from here that cruise passengers leave for their overland tour to Salamanca, Spain.

A river cruise on the Douro is the perfect blend of sightseeing, cruising, and relaxing. It may be my most favorite itinerary for all river cruises. It is a 130 mile journey through a landscape quite different from what you will experience on any other river cruise journey in Europe. The panoramic visits from the sun deck of your river cruise ship will provide extraordinary photo opportunities. This is a cruise that if you are into landscape and travel photography you’ll want to bring along a lightweight tripod.   

 

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