Portugal river cruises

Charming destinations of Portugal

Explore the spectacular Douro Valley on board Emerald Radiance taking in the sights and sounds as you cruise by.

The best way to discover the heart of Portugal and Spain is with an Emerald Cruises Portugal and Spain deluxe river cruise. Immerse yourself in the cuisine, delightful scenery and UNESCO World Heritage Sites through Portugal and Spain.With its tiny villages and delightful vineyards, the Douro Valley will mesmerise you as you cruise along its curves.

When you cruise through Portugal and Spain with Emerald Cruises, you know you’ll get value for money with premium river cruising experiences. From the ancient city of Porto to Portugal’s Port of Vega de Terron (city of Salamanca) located where the Douro and Agueda Rivers meet.

Your picturesque river cruise along Portugal and Spain’s iconic Douro River will be the trip of a lifetime. Emerald Waterways Portugal and Spain river cruises have been crafted so you experience the delights, wonders, sights and sounds of everything that makes Portugal and Spain memorable.

Immerse yourself in the history, culture and stunning scenery of Portugal

Experience the best of Portugal with our on-shore excursions and on board activities.
With an Emerald Waterways European river cruise, you’ll experience the breathtaking Douro Valley in Portugal. Sometimes referred to as Portugal’s “river of gold” the Douro River valley is rich in history, culture and abundantly terraced vineyards. Emerald Waterways’ wide range of Portugal river cruises take you on trip of a lifetime through the delights of Portugal. The Douro Valley is home to Portugal’s famous port wine district where you’ll enjoy port wine tasting. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Portugal’s “river of gold” is resplendent with culture, history and stunning scenery. 

Emerald Waterways’ onshore excursions and onboard activities have been crafted so you get the best river cruising experience possible. From sampling the best port wines to exploring wineries that have been run by their families for generations. As you cruise the Douro Valley in sun-drenched comfort, you’ll ask yourself why you didn’t book this deluxe river cruise sooner.



Experience the authenticity of Portugal through our EmeraldPLUS experiences that take you right into the heart of the culture of each destination.

Enjoy a cruise through Porto's enchanting waters as well as a cooking demonstration and cocktail lesson on board the ship. You can also look forward to a highlight dinner hosted at a traditional rural wine estate in the Regua area.


We have a great range of EmeraldACTIVE experiences, geared towards the more active and outgoing guests and are completely optional.

Relax with a yoga lesson on board the ship, whilst on land why not enjoy a guided walk through the vineyards in Pinhão, a guided canoeing experience in Pocinho or a guided active walking tour in Porto.

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Charming destinations of Portugal

Elegantly cruise along the Douro River and take in the charming towns of Porto, Pinhao, Salamanca and Regua along the way.

Our “Secrets of the Douro” luxury river cruise takes you on a memorable journey through the scenic northern reaches of picturesque Portugal. Board your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship in the city of Porto before cruising towards Pinhao. With centuries of wine-making history, you’ll delight as you cruise by picturesque villages and family-owned vineyards drenched in sunshine.

Next stop is the port city of Vega de Terron (Salamanca) in the heart of Portugal’s Douro Valley. This UNESCO World Heritage-listed city has a rich history with Carthaginian, Roman and Moor influences. With an enjoyable stroll through the picturesque 18th century estate housing vineyards during the day, you’ll relax at night with a port wine sampling and cooking demonstration onboard your Star-Ship.

From Salamanca you’ll cruise to Pocinho and either visit the Coa Valley Museum or enjoy a canoeing excursion. Cruising onwards to Regua, you’ll marvel at the picturesque Baroque village of Lamego with its marvellous Shrine of Our Lady Of Remedies graceful structure.

Completing your Portugal river cruise where you started, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the fascinating city of Porto, located at the mouth of the Douro River. Take an on-shore tour and immerse yourself in the history of this coastal town.


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Famous Port-Producing Vineyards

Traditional wineries have long enriched this beautiful part of the world, helping to shape local culture and drive Portugal’s economy.

You'll have the chance to explore this wine-making history region and visit the delightful family-owned vineyards honouring centuries-old techniques.



Visit Salamanca as part of a river cruise through the beautiful Douro, and experience the beautiful delights of an ancient city.

A guided tour through the grand squares and medieval buildings of this old Roman city is packed full of intrigue and interest.

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An optional City Escape, Portugal’s stylish capital, Lisbon, is the perfect place for relaxed exploration, with charming streets criss-crossing its squares and plazas.

Traditional shops, restaurants, bars and cafés line the cobbled streets of Lisbon, welcoming you with rustic cooking, warming spirits and ornate, hand-made souvenirs.



History and culture interweave in the ancient and beloved city of Porto. As one of the oldest cities in Europe, it has a lot of stories to tell, most of which are connected to the waterways we will take you down.

This has created a unique setting, where the charms of the cityscape are as subtle as the nuances of one of the fine Port wines that come from the sun-drenched vineyards of the Douro River Valley.

When you want to get a first-rate experience on a Portugal river cruise, you can’t go past Emerald Waterways. Since 2014, we’ve forged a reputation and consistently won awards for being the “best river line for value”. Our Portugal river cruise itineraries have been crafted so you get to experience the best of Portugal for excellent value. We work tirelessly to ensure your Portugal river cruise is a trip of a lifetime.

Your Emerald Waterways Portugal river cruise includes:
Complimentary wine and dinner with lunches and dinner onboard.
All your meals onboard
An onboard heated pool, bicycles and cinema
Exclusive access to cultural events and experiences
All onboard tips and gratuities. All taxes and transfer costs* including port charges

How much are Portugal river cruises?

Emerald Waterways’ wide range of Portugal river cruises include “Secrets of the Douro”, an 8 day cruise and “Secrets of the Douro and Lisbon” 11-day cruise and tour. When you book a Portugal river cruise with us you cruise onboard the Emerald Radiance, a cruising vessel launched in 2017. With a Sun Deck, open air pool and a capacity of only 112 guests, Emerald Waterways’ Portugal river cruises are renowned for delivering the best value Douro Valley cruising experience. 

When you board an Emerald Waterways Portugal river cruise, you get peace of mind that you’ll be immersed in the best experiences, culture and history Portugal offers. Cruising down the Douro Valley (Portugal’s “River of Gold”) onboard your Star-Ship, you’ll be immersed in the stunning scenery, picturesque villages and bucolic vineyards. 
A Portugal river cruise with Emerald Waterways means you only need to unpack your bags once in your spacious, luxurious onboard accommodation with ensuite bathroom. 

How to book Portugal river cruises at Emerald Waterways

Book your Portugal river cruise with Emerald Waterways today. With special offers, solo traveller deals and discounts for early payment, Emerald Waterways Portugal Spain river cruises are the ultimate trip of a lifetime.

Explore the Ship

Launched in 2017, Emerald Radiance navigates the beautiful Douro, giving guests the chance to enjoy the famous Portuguese climate and the beautiful vineyard-strewn panoramas.

In 2017, we introduced the magnificent Emerald Radiance to our fleet of Star-Ships, custom-built to navigate the waters of the Douro Valley and make the most of the delightful Portuguese climate. Our most intimate European ship to date, the Emerald Radiance has been carefully designed to reflect the beauty of its surrounds.

Boasting a spacious open-air Sun Deck, wonderful dining areas and generously appointed suites and staterooms, every inch of this vessel has been designed for your comfort and enjoyment. Settle in and relax as the on-board team takes care of everything, from answering any questions that you may have about your itinerary to helping with your independent exploration.



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