A cruise on the Douro River is not one of the most common European river cruises, but nonetheless, it has much to offer. The Douro is the third-largest river on the Iberian Peninsula, and a cruise along its waterways is a largely rural experience through Portugal and Spain. The climate of the region is a mild one, offering a long cruising season from March to November, with the spring and autumn proving to be the most popular times. Douro cruises are becoming increasingly in demand, and more river cruise operators are adding these trips to their schedules.
There is no night cruising on the Douro, so compared to other river cruises, you are likely to find yourself spending more waking time on the river, making this a relaxing experience as the magnificent countryside slips by. Sometimes, excursions will leave in the morning to re-join the boat for lunch at a different dock. You will also have the chance to enjoy some of the features of the river, including a series of locks.