Portuguese for "river of gold", the Duoro River truly flows like liquid gold. On either side of the river are terraced vineyards that climb up and down the rolling hillsides which contribute to the region's unique landscape. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the river valley is home to vineyards with grape harvest and wine production that go back up to 2,000 years. Through this tour of the Duoro River, you’ll cruise past steeply terraced hillsides, quaint villages and acres of ripe vineyards. Dine on traditional fare in majestic Coimbra, the birthplace of six Portuguese kings; enjoy private tastings of Port; and explore Porto’s historic Ribeira district, home to iconic rabelo boats, cutting-edge cuisine and a thriving art scene. You will also be able to explore the fascinating cities of Lisbon and Porto where you'd experience first-hand Portuguese culture. There’s no better way to discover Europe’s best-kept secret than this scenic and all-inclusive river cruise!
Take a week and explore the beautiful historic city of Lisbon, Portugal. Explore on your own or take private tour and soak in the sights. After your time in Lisbon you'll take a train to Porto and stay one night prior to the start of your Uniworld Boutique River Cruise.
You embark on your river cruise beginning at Porto, the port city at the mouth of the Douro.
Explore - PORTO, CRUISING THE DUORO RIVER, PORTO ANTIGO
Portugal’s second city (after Lisbon), Porto gave its name to the nation’s most famous export, Port wine, and to the nation itself. The city is a fascinating combination of historic buildings and cutting-edge architecture, tradition and vivacious modernity. You must choose between two distinctive—and distinctively Portuguese—ways to explore Porto.
DAY 11 / CRUISING THE DUORO RIVER, REGUA, PINHÃO
Today we learn about wine, which has been cultivated in the Douro River Valley since ancient Roman times. Get a crash course on the history of Port during your visit to the Douro Museum.
DAY 12 / PINHÃO, VEGA DE TERRÓN
Feel the centuries fall away as your ship winds its way through the pristine, dramatic, UNESCO-protected landscapes of the Douro River Valley. Head ashore for a choice of excursions, a tasting at a prestigious port wine estate or a vineyard hike with a wine tasting at a local quinta.
DAY 13 / VEGA DE TERRÓN (SALAMANCA), BARCA D’ALVA
What adventures await you in Spain today? The ship docks near the Spanish border today, where you may head across the country to the historic university town of Salamanca—the “Golden City”—famous for its sand-colored buildings and abundance of churches.
DAY 14 / BARCA D’ALVA, POCHINO, CRUISING THE DUORO RIVER
A tiny village surrounded by mountains, Barca d’Alva is your base for today's adventures. Go medieval today at Castelo Rodrigo, both the name of a hilltop castle as well as the village that surrounds it. It has been singled out as one of Portugal’s 12 historic villages for its medieval beauty. The view from the top is incredible and the village is a charming place to ramble, relax and replenish.
DAY 15 / CRUISING THE DOURO RIVER, PORTO (GUIMARÃES)
Guimarães is the town where Portugal was born and its well-preserved architecture and stylish young residents make it a pleasure to visit. Or opt to explore one of Porto’s oldest neighborhoods, picturesque Ribeira, considered the soul of the city.
DAY 16 / DISEMBARK IN PORTO, PORTUGAL
You’ve experienced the best of Portugal, Spain and the pristine Douro River, but now the journey comes to a close and it’s time to disembark the ship.