What to Expect
You'll visit 2 of the main cities of Portugal as well as 2 cities in Spain during your 14-day tour, as well as 5 ports of call during your 7-night Douro River cruise aboard the ms Douro Serenity.
This ship is not Vantage-owned, and while it meets local high standards, the ship itself is much smaller and shorter than most cruise ships in order to fit the locks on the Douro River. Accordingly, cabins are smaller and public areas are also limited in space. There will be plenty of time to enjoy the wonders of the Douro River Valley, with its history, port-producing wineries, and many cultural highlights. This itinerary features overnight stays in ports, with the ship sailing in the morning or afternoon.
The many included walking tours on this river cruise result in a moderate physical activity level. The Douro River can be steep and many of the places visited rise up along the riverbanks. Therefore, you can expect short uphill walks from the ship as you set out to visit town centers (at the most, 5 minutes). Most of the walking on tours is approximately 2-3 miles in length and is over uneven terrain, cobblestone walkways, and flagstone paths. However, this cruise features more motorcoach time in order to reach many quintas
and towns. These air-conditioned private motorcoaches will bring you as close to the pedestrian centers as the historic preservation of these older towns and cities allow. Please note: Vantage European river cruise ships are not wheelchair accessible and there are steps on board.
A Douro river cruise is the perfect way to take in the region's incredible beauty and fully realize the river's historic importance to Portuguese heritage. In fact, the Douro River was unnavigable until dams were built during the 1960s, so your Portugal river cruise is possible thanks to grand technological feats! Vantage's exclusive "Cultural Connections" activities, wine tastings, and traditionally prepared local meals ashore provide you with opportunities to truly experience the cultures and traditions of the places you visit.
Important Notice: The above day-by-day itinerary is preliminary and subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Cruise Director or regional expert. In addition, should there be an extreme change in water levels, Vantage will do everything possible to provide either the included excursion or an alternate excursion at Vantage’s discretion.
Please Note: Port times & itineraries are subject to change. Fluctuating water levels may affect itinerary.
*Note that on our special harvest itineraries, winery visits may occur on days other than advertised.