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River Cruises in Portugal

Our Secrets of the Douro river cruise takes you on an unforgettable journey through the picturesque northern stretches of beautiful Portugal. The roundtrip from the ancient city of Porto slowly curves around the dramatic and awe-inspiring landscape of the Douro Valley, with seemingly endless rows of peaceful vineyards gazing down over the water.

Visit tiny villages and family-owned wineries, steeped in tradition, which produce some of the world’s finest and best-loved fortified wines. The famous port wine of the Douro Valley has been grown and produced here for centuries, and has helped to cultivate the most delightful of landscapes.

As the Douro ebbs towards the Spanish border, you’ll be given the chance to continue your journey onto Salamanca, Spain’s golden city. The glow of the ancient sandstone buildings of Salamanca welcomes you to one of the continent’s most beguiling settlements, which contain some of the continent’s finest examples of medieval architecture.

  • Explore traditional wineries and sample the finest port wines
  • Experience villages and cultures seemingly untouched and untroubled by the outside world
  • Relax and watch the world go by on the Emerald Radiance’s beautiful Sun Deck

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Explore the Spectacular Douro Valley


Flowing from the heart of central Spain to the splendour of the Portuguese city of Porto, the Douro, one of the Iberian Peninsula’s major river highlights, is steeped in history, effortless beauty and enormous amounts of grandeur.

Explore Famous Port-Producing Vineyards and UNESCO World Heritage Cities

Portugal Douro



The relaxed beauty of Portugal’s Douro river belies a rich history, which boasts cultural intrigue and historical significance. Traditional wineries have long enriched this beautiful part of the world, helping to shape local culture and drive Portugal’s economy. To this day, traditional methods and small-batch production reign supreme, with the delightful family-owned vineyards honouring centuries-old techniques. As part of an Emerald Waterways river cruise, you’ll have the chance to explore this wine-making history.

Visit Salamanca as part of a river cruise through the beautiful Douro, and experience the beautiful delights of an ancient city. A guided tour through the grand squares and medieval buildings of this old Roman city is packed full of intrigue and interest. 

Enjoy Portugal’s Charming Capital, Lisbon



Portugal’s stylish capital, Lisbon, is the perfect place for relaxed exploration, with charming streets criss-crossing its squares and plazas. Traditional shops, restaurants, bars and cafés line the cobbled streets of Lisbon, welcoming you with rustic cooking, warming spirits and ornate, hand-made souvenirs.

With monasteries, castles and museums aplenty to explore, a few days in Lisbon is a wonderful addition to a river cruise in Portugal. One of the city’s most special experiences arrives as the sun begins to set. Lisbon locals have a taste for ginjinha, a liqueur containing infused ginja berries. Small hole-in-the-wall ‘A Ginjinha’ bars specialise in serving short measures of the drink for the locals who will slowly make their way around the city from one A Ginjinha to the next, sipping the sweet liqueur and taking in the grandeur of the city.  

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From Design to Douro


This miraculous time-lapse showcases the impeccable care that goes into creating an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship - one of the most beautiful river cruising vessels in the world. Emerald Radiance took to the waves in Portugal in 2017, but the planning started many moons ago.

Our Emerald Waterways cabin was truly a home from home, well fitted and spacious. There was plenty of storage and we enjoyed the views our cabin’s enormous windows offered.

Mr Burnip

The Emerald Dawn is lavishly appointed, and tastefully modern. The cabin's balcony is a wonderful addition, which really added an extra dimension to our Emerald Waterways river cruise.

Jess Partridge

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of airport

Return economy flights from London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow or Edinburgh, seamless transfers to and from your ship and even our No Fly option on selected cruises.

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Excursions almost every day

Look forward to an excursion or guided tour on almost every day, our English-speaking guides will bring your destination to life.

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All meals included

Our experienced onboard chefs ensure that every dining experience showcases a combination of regional cuisine and seasonal produce. From a heartly buffet breakfast, to a five-course a la carte menu, it's all included in the price of your cruise.

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Travel in luxury

A cruise through Europe’s historic river system is the perfect way to unearth the enriching highlights of the continent. Travel in luxury on-board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship, and let the unforgettable sights come to you.
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