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Scenic River Cruises in Portugal

The Douro travels through Portugal’s magnificent Golden River Valley, flowing past cosy quintas, charming villages and fertile farmland. This is where you’ll spend your days during a luxury cruise along the Douro with Scenic, savouring the sun-drenched wonders of this captivating corner of Europe.

Join Scenic for a river cruise on the Douro, and you’ll travel in 5-star luxury on board our intimate new Space-Ship, Scenic Azure. Custom-built to traverse the ebb of Portugal’s pristine Douro, this elegant ship boasts all the luxury amenities you’ve come to expect from Scenic.

From the unique heritage cities of Salamanca and Porto to time-forgotten towns and villages like Vega de Terron and Régua — the Douro’s banks boast a tapestry of cultural highlights just waiting to be discovered.

Perfect for:

  • Explorers: Lisbon, Porto and Salamanca

  • History buffs: Côa Valley Museum, Pochinho and the Douro Museum, Régua

  • Architecture enthusiasts: Ducal Palace, Entre-os-Rios

  • Wine-lovers: Quinta da Aveleda and Portogardens


Call us today on 0808 278 7213 to book

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Request your copy of Scenic’s brand new 2019 Europe Luxury River Cruise brochure and discover a selection of awe-inspiring itineraries on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers, plus insightful journeys across the rivers of northern and southern France, the Douro in Portugal and the waterways of Russia. Alternatively, view our online version now.


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Watch our insightful video and find out more about cruising the Douro with Scenic.

Enriching Events on the Douro

Adventure, discovery and exploration — that’s what you can expect during a luxury river cruise on the Douro from Scenic. Your Space-Ship, Scenic Azure, will make port in a series of charming destinations, allowing you chance to savour some of the river’s most esteemed beauty spots and cultural highlights. 

Each day of your Douro river cruise introduces new excursions, part of our Scenic Freechoice and Scenic Enrich offering. Enjoy a guided tour of the iconic Mateus Palace, which, thanks to the opulence of its architecture, stands as one of Europe’s finest 18th-century palaces. Visit the incredible Coa Valley Museum, an open-air heritage centre world-renowned for its collection of prehistoric artefacts. Experience the sheer beauty of Sao Francisco Church. Or simply explore the narrow, winding streets of Porto at your leisure, stopping occasionally to sample the local offering of traditional Portuguese cuisine and celebrated port wine.

Scenic Azure — Where Innovation Meets Luxury

Scenic is proud to welcome you on board the newest member of our luxury Space-Ship fleet, Scenic Azure — 80 metres of pure luxury and elegance custom-built to cruise the waters of the Douro. With the same level of luxury found on other Scenic Space-Ships, but with a capacity of just 96 guests, you’ll enjoy a heightened sense of intimacy and relaxation as you glide along the tranquil Douro waters. 

Elegant surroundings, innovative features and meticulous attention to detail — that’s what you can expect on board Scenic Azure. From the majestic Sun Deck with its luxurious Vitality Pool to the spacious suites, 87% of which benefit from the Scenic Sun Lounge system; Scenic Azure is designed to let you take full advantage of the Douro’s warm winds and gloriously sunny weather. 

The luxury of Scenic Azure is complemented perfectly by our signature all-inclusive service, which includes complimentary beverages and access to a range of exclusive dining areas. The pinnacle of gastronomy on board Scenic Azure is Table D’or, a six-course degustation dining experience offering expertly crafted regional dishes and sommelier-selected wines.

A Guide to Portugal's Traditional Fado Music

Browse our interactive guide to traditional Fado - the musical expression of Portugal.

We've detailed the rich history and enduring legacy of Fado and reveal the best sports in Lisbon to experience the Portugese blues.

Explore the beauty of Fado

“It was wonderful to be in a place where so little had changed for decades, in fact maybe even centuries. From the bakery to the taberna, daily village life in Pinhão carries on the way it did when Europe still had steam trains.”

Jennifer Tarrant

"We thoroughly enjoyed our recent cruise with Scenic down the Douro Valley in Portugal. The entire crew were fabulous and went out of their way to ensure every passenger had their needs and wants met. The interaction of the crew was appreciated by all guests and added to our experience of the people and culture of Portugal."

Christine Rochford

Portugal’s charming capital is a revelation. Its blend of the traditional and modern an unerring reflection of Portuguese culture. Visit Alfama, one of Lisbon's oldest districts with its hilltop castle and labyrinth streets. Or while away the hours along the seaside in Cascais.

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