Discover a new side of river cruising along Portugal's Douro River between steep hillsides coated in vines. Explore villages wedged on the river's edge, and sip the sweet fruits of the Douro Valley’s harvests at historic quintas. Sit back in the sunshine as a treasure trove of Portugal’s most magical sights come to you.
After cruising the delightful Douro, why not continue exploring the region? In Spain, discover Barcelona and Madrid as well as the cloistered streets of Granada and Seville, alive with lyrical conversations that flow from crowded tapas bars. Your Moroccan journey unfolds like a tale from One Thousand and One Nights as you slip behind ancient walls in Fez, Marrakesh and Casablanca.
Travel through Spain's sun-drenched landscapes by rail. Savour a tapas lunch in Seville, discover the artistic beauty of Barcelona and pass through rocky landscapes on your way to Madrid. A short ferry crossing over the Straits of Gibraltar takes you to Morocco and the legendary cities of Fez, Marrakesh and Casablanca.
Gateway to the Douro Valley, you'll find the vibrant city of Porto alive with colour and character. Fall in love with its narrow streets that meander past merchant houses and medieval buildings. Topped off with an amazing food and dining scene, it will no doubt become one of your favourite destinations.
Along the Douro River, you’ll visit villages where time has stopped, and family-owned quintas where vintners still stomp ruby-red grapes beneath their feet. Pinhao, Lamego, and Barca d’Alva; all are overflowing with character, and local smiles that fill you with joy.
Azulejos aren’t just a beautiful part of Portugal’s architecture, but offer cultural and historical insights. Brian Johnston explores the art form. Turn a street corner, step into a church or railway station and be startled and entranced by unfolding scenes in white and blue.
For more than 2,000 years, grapes have been harvested and wine has been produced in Portugal's Douro Valley. Vineyard boundaries were laid here in 1756, making this the oldest demarcated wine region in the world. Joe Boulous highlights why the Douro Valley remains the heart of Portugal’s wine country.