Discover the Douro

Discover the Douro

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Joan Cochrane, Advisor

Truro Mall, NS
jcochrane@maritimetravel.ca

 “A river cruise along Portugal’s delightful Douro River means journeying far from the crowds to discover uniquely unspoiled scenery and charming historic communities.”  

Sandy beaches framed by golden cliffs … deserted islands and rocky coves … terraced vines and whitewashed villages – Portugal is one of the few remaining European countries with many exotic attractions and fewer crowds.

“A river cruise, taken on the Douro River, is the best way to discover all that Portugal has to offer,” says Joan Cochrane, Maritime Travel advisor, Truro Mall. “As well as some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe, your cruise will glide by the country’s oldest wine-producing region, where vineyards make everything from award-winning port (wine fortified with brandy) to Muscatel.”

Other highlights on a Portugal river cruise itinerary include excursions to ancient Portuguese villages and towns, as well as a visit to Spain’s charming university city of Salamanca. Here are just two of Joan’s suggestions for your next river cruise.

Enticing Douro—7-Night Cruise with AMA Waterways

Sail roundtrip from Porto, the beautiful “City of Bridges”; visit Barca d’Alva, the last Portuguese village along the Douro; and marvel at Salamanca, the UNESCO-designated “Golden City.” Taste wines from historic wineries and soak up the genuine beauty of one of Europe’s most unadulterated landscapes.

Joan Says …


The scenery is second to none on this itinerary, especially as you cruise through the Douro River Valley towards Barca d’Alva. Don’t pass up the opportunity to visit Castelo Rodrigo, a small fortified village perched high on a hilltop with centuries-old walls, steep narrow streets and fantastic views.

Portugal, Spain & the Douro River Valley—11-Day Cruise with Uniworld

An extraordinary journey designed for culturally curious travelers, this scenic and all-inclusive river cruise follows the Douro River through Portugal and into Spain. Quaint villages and acres of ripe orchards, along with private tastings and innovative regional dining are all on the menu. And with visits to the lively cosmopolitan cities of Lisbon and Salamanca book-ending your trip, you’ll soon be the Douro River expert yourself!

Joan Says …

You’ll literally feels the centuries fall away as your ship meanders through the dramatic UNESCO-protected landscapes and villages of the Douro River Valley. One highly recommended excursion is a vineyard hike and wine-tasting at a family-owned quinta, high in the hills of Pinhao.

Ask Joan