Portugal River Cruises

Generations have come and gone but Portugal's towns have remained locked in time.

Discover Portugal's hidden gems with a European river cruise

Explore the wonders of Portugal's towns with our all-inclusive European river cruise in Portugal. You'll step back in time and relive bygone years on board the luxurious Scenic Azure along the picturesque Douro River.

View the breathtaking wonders of the Douro Valley with Scenic Portugal river cruises, the ultimate in luxury river cruising. During your Douro River cruise, you'll experience the rich cultures of timeless villages, four of which are World Heritage-listed Sites: the prehistoric rock art sites of the Côa Valley, the Alto Douro, the ancient city of Salamanca and the historical city of Porto.

As you cruise along the Douro River valley in 5-star luxury, you'll marvel at the hilltop wine estates, terraced landscapes, and family-run Quintas (estates) as you indulge in the spectacular food and exquisite wines Portugal is renowned for.

Why cruise with Scenic?

From the moment you step on board you'll be spoilt for choice. You'll enjoy the ultimate in all-inclusive luxury every moment of the day.
  • Luxuriously Appointed Suites
    Enjoy your queen-size Scenic Slumber Bed, pillow menu, luxury bath products, Wi-Fi internet and Mac mini info-tainment system.
  • Scenic Sun Lounges
    Our all-weather private balconies ensure you won’t miss a minute of the sublime scenery. The world opens up at the touch of a button.
  • All-Inclusive Wellness
    On board your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship, you will have access to a range of health and wellness amenities at the dedicated wellness centre.
  • Up to Five Dining Options
    World-class dining at a choice of up to five dining venues including Table d'Or and River Café. Enjoy everything we offer on board including a range of entertainment.
  • Unlimited Complimentary Beverages*
    Choose from our extensive range of complimentary top-shelf beverages or enjoy your complimentary in-suite mini bar and try out our in-suite room service.
  • Butler Service
    Enjoy a nightly turndown service, shoe-shining or have your salon appointments organised, with hair, massage and beauty treatments^ available.
  • The Nth Degree
    We've thought about the details so you don't have to, from airport transfers, first-class transport and local guides. All tips and gratuities are included.
*All beverages are included except a very small number of fine and vintage wines, Champagnes and spirits. ^At an additional cost

Highlights for 2021 Portugal river cruises

At Scenic, we are always enhancing our itineraries, listening to our guest feedback and ensuring the best experiences. Here is a selection of highlights for 2021 in Portugal, to ensure your holiday is truly unforgettable.
Provesende Village, Portugal

Provesende Village

Scenic has been visiting the village of Provesende, a treasure perched high in the Douro Valley, for many years. So special is this village, we have made it a Scenic Enrich experience on our Unforgettable Douro river cruise for 2021. Take a walking tour to the local church for a short piano recital, bake traditional bôla at the bakery and explore the historic manor house. Meet local families and enjoy a home-hosted lunch and port - it's some of Portugal's best.

Freixo de Espada à Cinta, Portugal

Freixo de Espada à Cinta

In the North East region of Portugal, along the Douro River Valley, you will have the opportunity to explore the medieval-style village of Freixo de Espada à Cinta. This town is known for its high quality artisan silks and is the only municipality in Portugal where silk is still processed entirely by hand. From the silkworm eggs through to the extraction process, and then the weaving. Learn about this process and then wander through the quaint streets to a local home for a hosted lunch of delectable Portuguese delicacies.
Quinta da Aveleda

Quinta da Aveleda

Many are curious as to one of the most popular Scenic Freechoice activities in Portugal. A visit to the sparkling wine producer Quinta da Aveleda is top of the list. Along with the chance to sample the carefully created wines, you will also have time to wander through the enchanting gardens and explore the estate.
Ancestry of the Kitchen - Scenic Enrich, Portugal

Ancestry of the Kitchen

Culinary traditions and recipes have long been passed down generations and often kept as family secrets. With Scenic Freechoice, you can visit a local home for an authentic (and secret) family bread-making experience. Take this Portuguese tradition home to share with your family.
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Experience the ultimate in Portugal River Cruising on board the 5-star Scenic Azure

Innovators in design and technology for luxury river cruising vessels, your Scenic Space-Ship will be your gracious floating hotel as you cruise the waterways of Portugal.

Our 5-star Scenic Azure has set the standard for luxury river cruising, with only 48 cabins and an almost 1:2 staff to guest ratio. Specially designed to navigate the beautiful Douro River, 87% of the luxury suites have Scenic Sun Lounges so you can relax with a glass of wine stretching out in the warm Portuguese sun. 

With your own dedicated Cruise Director on board, the luxurious Scenic Azure features free Wi-Fi, an all-inclusive Wellness Centre, a wide choice of dining venues and unlimited complimentary beverages. During your Portugal River Cruise on-shore excursions you'll enjoy wine tasting from world-renowned wineries in Spain, Portugal and northern Portugal.

Your truly all-inclusive luxury European river cruise with Scenic includes all tips and gratuities, personal airport transfers to first-class transport and local guides. The only time you'll need to reach for your wallet is if you have any personal expenses.

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