History of the Douro – from Portugal to Spain

History of the Douro – from Portugal to Spain

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  • Visit the star-shaped fortress of Almeida and learn more about the Siege of Almeida and the Peninsular War in the Military Museum.
  • Soak up stories from the region's history during on-board talks by experts. 
  • Tour Salamanca and see its nearby battlefields, where the Earl of Wellington earned his reputation as a prominent defensive general.
  • Explore historic Porto and learn more about the fierce Anglo-French battle, The Crossing of the Douro.
  • Savour the taste of Portuguese wine in a historic quinta and learn more about the historic ties between the UK and Portugal.
At a Glance
Superior drinks package included
7 nights on a five-star ship
7 visits & tours
Full board
Complimentary on-board tea & coffee
Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi
Expert Cruise Director
All port charges & taxes


The views from the sun deck of our luxurious ship are undeniably breathtaking but look a little closer and you'll see landmarks that chronicle the valley's tumultuous history. Famous battlefields, impenetrable fortresses (well, almost impenetrable) and opulent palaces await as local guides and experts bring history to life with tours and talks on the region's storied past. We’ll tour the ancient cities of Salamanca and Porto – visiting the sites of sombre battlefields – and learn more about the Peninsular Wars. There’s the chance to explore the grounds of the opulent Mateus Palace and the imposing fortress of Almeida. And, of course, we’ll be cruising through port wine territory – so we’ll stop for a tipple at a local quinta or two (it would be rude not to). 

This holiday is twist on our popular Porto, Douro and Salamanca river cruise ideal for history enthusiasts of every level, you’re bound to uncover something new. 

Your Itinerary

Price Includes

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin cabin with a limited number of sole occupancy cabins available on all decks, at the relevant supplement. The price includes:

  • All meals on board - from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day - including welcome cocktails and the Captain's dinner.
  • Complimentary on-board tea and coffee
  • All visits and excursions as mentioned 
  • Coach travel as mentioned
  • The services of a Riviera River Cruises cruise director

Useful Information

Fact File

  • Currency: Euro
  • Language: Portuguese, Spanish
  • Country: Portugal, Spain


Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship for the duration of your cruise. Please note that speeds may vary.


We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your vacation with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the vacation due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to contact us to discuss these concerns.

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