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Cruise on the Douro in Portugal

From Porto

You won’t be short of ideas for things to discover and activities to enjoy in Portugal, and especially the Porto region. By choosing to explore all this aboard one of our houseboats, you can rest assured that you’ll meet the expectations of every member of your crew.

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From Porto to the Douro Valley, a fully planned itinerary for a customisable holiday

A vis­it to the city of Por­to, before being trained on how to steer the house­boat you’ve rent­ed, will be your first enchant­i­ng hol­i­day expe­ri­ence. With its beach­es and his­tor­i­cal mon­u­ments, live­ly dis­tricts and shop­ping streets, the city of Por­to has no short­age of attrac­tions to enjoy.

Take the time to enjoy the sim­ple things in life aboard your house­boat, nav­i­gat­ing at a sooth­ing pace to allow you to admire the land­scapes you trav­el through. The Douro mean­ders for more than 200 kilo­me­tres through spec­tac­u­lar scenery : a World Her­itage Site. This is the place that, since 1756, has pro­duced one of the old­est appel­la­tions in the world : Port wine.

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Every vil­lage you pass dur­ing your water­way cruise will pro­vide an oppor­tu­ni­ty to vis­it one of the region’s winer­ies. And with 40,000 hectares of vines, this is cer­tain­ly an inter­est­ing wine-pro­duc­ing area. Bring some of the pre­cious bev­er­age back on board with you, along with local culi­nary spe­cial­i­ties. Your water­way cruise will thus become a real gas­tro­nom­ic voyage.

Admire the pata­mares, cul­ti­va­tion ter­races that have shaped the land­scape of the val­ley, and soak up the mag­i­cal expe­ri­ence of trav­el­ling through the locks. Along the Douro, there are 5 locks punc­tu­at­ing your jour­ney to Barça d’Al­va, one of which is the high­est in Europe. You’ll be able to enjoy a vari­ety of activ­i­ties, allow­ing your most adven­tur­ous crew mem­bers to go off on a cycle ride, while his­to­ry buffs will delight in a vis­it to the Coa Val­ley archae­o­log­i­cal park.

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suggested itineraries Tested and approved

Set off from Porto and navigate as your desires see fit, or follow our itinerary ideas:

Aller-retour 150km - 4 locks 16h Porto > Caldas de Aregos > Porto
Aller-retour 250km - 6 locks 24h Porto > Pinhao > Porto
One week
Aller-retour 320km - 8 locks 40h Porto > Senhora da Ribeira > Porto
Two weeks
Aller-retour 420km - 10 locks 56h Porto > Barca d'Alva > Porto