Stretching from the UNESCO city of Porto to the Spanish border, the Douro might be one of river cruising’s lesser travelled waterways, but it is easily one of the most charming. Steep hillsides are filled with port wine grape vineyards, carpets of poppies and lavender, and the odd whitewashed quintas and port houses. Gorgeous scenery, medieval villages and historic towns make for a tempting escape; add almost daily wine and port tastings to the mix and you’re onto a winner.
When Laura from river cruise line APT set sail on the Royal Collection Douro Delights itinerary aboard AmaVida, we knew we were in for some envy inducing photographs of her travels. What we didn’t expect however, was for her adventures to look so enticing that we couldn’t help but share them with you. From Porto to Lamego, Salamanca to Madrid; here’s a taste.
Laura sailed the Douro Delights on a Royal Collection River Cruise, which includes private home-to-airport transfers, all meals, all-inclusive drinks, sightseeing excursions and gratuities. The itinerary features Porto; Caldas de Aregos; Regua; Lamego; Pinhao; Barca d’Alva; Salamanca; and an overnight hotel stay in Madrid.