Portugal river cruises

Portugal River Cruises

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

Our Secrets of the Douro river cruise takes you on an unforgettable journey through the picturesque northern stretches of beautiful Portugal.

The roundtrip from the ancient city of Porto slowly curves around the dramatic landscapes of the Douro Valley, with seemingly endless rows of peaceful vineyards gazing down over the water.

Visit tiny villages and family-owned wineries, steeped in tradition, which produce some of the world’s finest and fortified wines.

The famous port wine of the Douro Valley has been grown and produced here for centuries, and has helped to cultivate the most delightful of landscapes.

As the Douro winds towards the Spanish border, you’ll continue your journey onto Salamanca, Spain’s golden city. The glow of the ancient sandstone buildings of Salamanca welcomes you to one of the continent’s most charming settlements, which feature some of the Europe’s best examples of medieval architecture.

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.

During your picturesque river cruise through the beautiful Douro Valley, you will have the opportunity to explore traditional wineries and sample the finest port wines.

Experience villages and cultures seemingly untouched and untroubled by the outside world, whilst you have time to relax and watch the world go by on the beautiful Sun Deck of Emerald Radiance.

Our Emerald Waterways excursions are led by experienced, knowledgeable guides and to ensure you don't miss a second of the tour, we will provide all of our guests with a personal headset.



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

In Porto enjoy a Sunset Illumination Cruise 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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Discover Europe's magnificent waterways on a boutique river cruise with Emerald Waterways.  Request your free 2020 Europe River Cruising brochure to start planning your unforgettable European holiday.

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.

Your journey on this rousing waterway begins and ends in Porto, one of Portugal’s oldest and most beautiful cities, and sees you travel upstream through the twists and turns of the World Heritage-listed Douro Valley, calling at charming destinations like Pinhao, Vega de Terrón and Pocinho.

The Magnificent Douro River

Flowing from the heart of central Spain to the splendour of the Portuguese city of Porto, the Douro, one of the Iberian Peninsula’s major river highlights, is steeped in history, effortless beauty and enormous amounts of grandeur.

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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 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.

Explore the Ship

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

Emerald Radiance boasts extensive, exceptional open-air public-spaces - so guests can enjoy a barbeque on the Sun Deck or take a plunge in the open-air pool.

Emerald Radiance is our most intimate ship to date, with a capacity of just 112 guests. Paired with the crew-to-guest ratio of 1:3, this low capacity accommodates incredible levels of service.

From the generously-proportioned suites and staterooms to the contemporary, chic Horizon Bar and Lounge, no aspect of the ship has been compromised by its moderate size.