River Cruising

Exploring the Douro, plus Lisbon & Madrid



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Journey Type
River Cruising
Time of Year
Apr - Oct
Cities & Landmarks
Madrid, Lisbon, Coimbra, Guimarães, Porto, Salamanca
Portugal River Cruise
Douro River Valley Portugal


Tour Overview

Experience with Tauck


TAUCK EXCLUSIVE  – Tour and private dinner in Queluz National Palace in Lisbon


Tauck Value Includes


7-night cruise aboard a brand new riverboat custom designed to sail on the Douro River


A choice of excursions that include active hikes, a port cocktail-making class, a tour of wine caves, bicycle rides and more valued at £2,321!


In-depth exploration of 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Spain and Portugal


Private wine tastings in quintas along the Douro River


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Guests should be able to easily walk one to two miles, which may include climbing one or two flights of stairs and walking over uneven pavement, groomed hiking trails or cobblestones. Standing up to one hour or more may be required.



Moderately paced, and may include some early morning hotel departures, one or two on-tour flights, and extended motor coach travel.

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Explore 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites and savor the gourmet cuisine of a famous chef complimented with famous wine on our Portugal river cruise along the Douro.

Exclusively inclusive river cruising

Centuries of wine-growing history and timeless Port traditions along an enchanting “river of gold”… white-painted quinta estates lined with terraced vineyards… Lisbon’s treasures from the Age of Discovery and beyond… art and architecture royally inspired and the joys of tapas in Madrid… 

Cruise through the heart of one of the world’s oldest and most beautiful wine regions on a 12-day journey between Lisbon and Madrid, featuring a 7-night cruise aboard Tauck’s new riverboat ms Andorinha, custom designed for exploring Portugal’s “golden” Douro River. Visit quintas for wine tastings, hike through vineyards and villages, and discover the UNESCO World Heritage city of Porto, where the Douro kisses the Atlantic and timeless Port traditions steal your heart. Spend two nights each in Lisbon, gate to the “New World,” enticing with palaces aplenty and azulejos chronicling life from Moorish times to present day – and Madrid, Spain’s bigger-than-life capital, with its bar culture and bevy of baroque and belle époque architecture. Read Less

Join us for a peek at Portugal's golden Douro River, home to our newest river cruises

Cruising the Douro River

Explore the Douro River Valley aboard ms Andorinha

Portugal’s Douro River Valley is one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world – especially famous for its Port wine – and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And there’s no better way to explore this beautiful corner of Europe… from its Atlantic port city of Porto at the mouth of the river, to the ancient villages, vineyards and quintas dotting its banks… than aboard Tauck’s newest riverboat, ms Andorinha, expressly designed for cruising the golden Douro.

A culinary experience at DOC

Savor the inventive cuisine of Rui Paula at DOC

With its terrace extending over the Douro River by means of an elegant wooden deck, the celebrated restaurant DOC – “Degustar, Ousar, Comunicar,” which translates to “Taste, Dare, Communicate” – is truly a “window on the Douro” and its valley. Set in Folgosa, DOC is the creation of renowned Portuguese chef Rui Paula, whose acclaimed gourmet cuisine marries traditional dishes with contemporary fare featuring genuine regional ingredients, and the Valley’s famous wines. Discover it for yourself at an exclusive culinary experience in this romantic setting.

Tapas walking tour in Madrid

Sampling Madrid's tapas bars on a walking tour

During his decades of European wanderings from the 1920s to the 1950s, American novelist Ernest Hemingway always came back to Madrid… and its bars, of which there are more per capita than any city on the Continent. In a way, “Don Ernesto” (as the locals called him) made Madrid's tapas bars famous… and though many today claim that “Hemingway was here,” you might come across a few where he actually was… on a tapas walking tour of the city with an expert guide.


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All Inclusive, One Upfront Price

Distinctively "inclusive" means just that – virtually every cruise cost is included in one upfront price, from shore excursions (private to Tauck), all gratuities, premier hotels on land stays, port charges and more. There are no options sold – no extra charges, no hidden costs, no "surprise" expenses.

Shore Excursion Choice

The choice is yours... We’re pleased to present an opportunity to customize and personalize your cruise by choosing your shore excursions on select days; choices have been carefully designed to appeal to different interests and preferences, with more active choices available on many days. 90 days prior to your departure date we'll contact you with the information you need to make your selections!

Book Your Air

International Air is additional. Contact Tauck for rates on international air for travel originating in the UK (subject to availability).

What you need to know

Before You Go


Travel Documents, Booking and Deposits, and more

No matter where your destination may be, you should bring identification with you; a valid passport is always an appropriate form of identification. Contact your booking agent for information about all necessary documents required for your journey, such as passport and visa information or documentation required for transportation security measures.

Important Information

Health and Activity

You'll find Activity and Pace Levels on all of our trips to give you a better idea of physical activity level – higher numbers mean a more active journey. To fully enjoy most journeys, you should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances; some of the most memorable sightseeing can only be accomplished on foot and may include unpaved and uneven surfaces. Please consult your physician for pre-departure health advice.

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Customer Protection

Customer Protection: Our UK-based agents comply with the bonding requirements of the Civil Aviation Authority and provide full financial protection for the package holidays that we sell in the UK. For flight-based holidays, this is through the Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (details of which are available from the UK-based agent with whom you book). When you buy a package holiday that doesn’t include a flight, protection of your monies paid to our UK-based agent will be provided by way of a bond.

The Tauck Experience

Tauck's River Cruise Guide

Douro River Facts

First Timer's Guide

Why Take A Tauck River Cruise

Choosing The Best European River Cruise For You


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Discover The World

Call us, or call your travel advisor, to book your preferred departure date today – and explore our beautiful brochures to find your inspiration for your next journey.