Classic Journeys takes river cruising to a whole new level when you join us on the Douro River in Portugal and Spain. Aboard your 5-star cruise ship, you unpack just once—and embark on a daily collection of cultural and walking experiences handcrafted exclusively for our guests. A full-time local guide—dedicated to your small group only—is a super well-connected companion who introduces you to experiences and people that other passengers can only envy. You enjoy privileged wine-tastings, forays into dramatic national parks, a special welcome from the food artisans at a hundred-year-old sardine cannery, and private explorations of Porto and Salamanca. Throughout, you enjoy scenic country walks and village visits that the ship’s other passengers can only dream about. Of course, you have unfettered use of all of the onboard amenities from observation lounge to wellness center and rooftop deck. Your luxuriously appointed stateroom has a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows, and the ship’s own crew is hospitable to the Nth degree. To take your cruise another step beyond the usual, Classic Journeys treats you to a delicious variety of on-shore dining experiences in some of the regions’ finest cafes and restaurants.
You board your 5-star ship on the banks of the Douro in Porto. Your first exclusive Classic Journeys highlight is a welcome dinner onshore in the city. As you fall into cruise tempo in the opening days, you enjoy a privately guided visit to a traditional artisanal sardine factory, a 4x4 drive to prehistoric rock art at Penascosa, and an authentic Portuguese dinner in a white-washed rural village.
DAYS 4-6 – SALAMANCA / UCANHA / ALVAO NATURAL PARK
As the Douro reaches into the Iberian Peninsula, you set off for a privately guided tour of Salamanca, Spain’s golden city. On a quieter note, you sip sparkling wines in the blue granite Murganheira Cellar and amble amid the small stone houses of Uncanha. For a glimpse of untamed Portugal, you visit Alvão Natural Park and its impressive Fisgas de Ermelo waterfall.
DAYS 7-8 – PORTO
Heading back downriver, you return to Porto where your guide leads you on an exclusive tour of the historic town. The red tile roofs, the streets shaded by lines of laundry, the homes decorated with vivid tiles all give you a wonderful feel for local life. The finale of your trip is an exclusive Classic Journeys dinner in one of Porto’s top restaurants.
Starting Point:Porto – 4:00 pm – On board the MS Douro Splendour
Ending Point:Porto – 9:00 am – Port of Porto
Dates & Prices
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Select our “Family Departure” to travel with other families.
- All meals are included
- Full-time experienced guide
- Admissions to scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary
- Gratuities for cruise, meals, and baggage
- All land transportation during the trip
Above & Beyond Benefits
- When your group arrives, we whisk you and your bags to your room immediately. No waiting – no tipping.
Perfect Pairings Dinners
- A special dinner prepared by one of our favorite chefs with a procession of wines tailored to each course.
Wine on Us
- In many regions, we uncork wonderful local wines at every dinner, compliments of Classic Journeys.
Privileged Access Events
- One-of-a-kind access to remarkable people, places and activities arranged just for you.