Backroads Portugal's Douro River Cruise Bike Tour
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Portugal's Douro River Cruise Bike Tour

Splendid Salamanca to Historic Porto

Couples, Friends & Solos

8 days 7 nights

Activity Level: 2-4

Small Luxury Ship

From: $8,599 - $11,199 pp dbl occ

($4,300 - $11,199 for sgl occ)

The Douro River Valley—an idyllic place to venture off the beaten track. From Spain to Portugal, discover old-world Europe along this enchanting river. Jumbled hillside villages and sun-soaked vineyards. Churches clad in gleaming azulejos. Port wine in Porto. Experience one of Europe's best-kept secrets with us. 

Portugal Douro River Cruise Bike Tour map
Portugal Douro River Cruise Bike Tour map

Spain & Portugal

Start Salamanca, Spain / End Porto or Lisbon, Portugal

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.


  • Behold Porto's colorful history, with its splendid plazas, churches and houses adorned with brilliantly tiled façades 
  • Bike amid terraced vineyards along some of the wildest parts of the Douro River valley, which are best accessed by boat
  • Savor the full-bodied reds, crisp whites and luscious aromatic Port of this world-renowned wine region 
  • Connect with the rich history of Portuguese music and its fascinating Fado roots  

See our Active Cruise Terms & Conditions.

Ports of call
Vega Terrón
Peso da Régua


Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
8 Days Small Luxury Ship
Accommodations may vary based on departure.

DAYS 1-2 From Salamanca, a World Heritage site, venture to the sleepy village of Lumbrales | Savor sweeping views as you bike into the Douro Valley and arrive at our ship | Pedal amid a patchwork of pastures, almond orchards and olive groves | Cycle to a fortified hilltop village for epic vistas into Portugal and Spain. 

DAYS 3-4 View the dazzling tiles in Pinhão, a mecca for wine lovers | Ride through lush forests and the World Heritage Alto Douro region, with showstopping views | A scenic ride brings you to hilltop villages before descending back to the river | Enjoy lunch at a family-run quinta (winery) accompanied by beautiful views of the riverscape | Visit Lamego, known for its baroque architecture and fine wine. 

DAY 5 Ride along the Douro with a lovely backdrop of wine estates, perhaps catching a glimpse of the ship from high above | Relish stunning views of the countryside from the vantage point of our ship. 

DAY 6 Bike or cruise the final stretch of the Douro into Porto, where a private guided walking tour awaits | This alluring World Heritage city will charm you with its splendid architecture, winding alleyways and ever-changing views. 

DAYS 7-8 Breathe in fresh ocean air along a bike path that traces the Atlantic coast | Get a feel for local life in the Vila Nova da Gaia neighborhood | Back at our ship, take in superb vistas of Porto from the deck. 

AmaWaterways Douro Ship

An intimate custom-designed ship featuring comfortable private staterooms, panoramic windows, full balconies, an onboard team of passionate chefs and inviting areas to socialize with fellow passengers. (pool)

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

Note: You may only reserve one Stateroom Category at this time. Your stateroom will be assigned based on availability. Please contact us if you are interested in booking multiple Stateroom Categories for your party, selecting a specific stateroom, or Single Supplement pricing.

October 2023
Oct 3 - Oct 10
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Activity Level: 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Daily Route Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Level 2 | 23 miles* | 800 ft. gain
Level 4 | 42 miles* | 1400 ft. gain
Day 2
Level 2 | 21 miles* | 700 ft. gain
Day 3
Level 2 | 34 miles* | 1600 ft. gain
Level 4 | 42 miles* | 2900 ft. gain
Day 4
Level 3 | 28 miles* | 1100 ft. gain
Level 4 | 38 miles* | 2100 ft. gain
Day 5
Level 3 | 25 miles* | 2200 ft. gain
Level 4 | 43 miles* | 3200 ft. gain
Day 6
Level 2 | 28 miles* | 1600 ft. gain
Porto Guided Walking Tour (2 hours)
Day 7
Level 2 | 24 miles* | 800 ft. gain
Day 8
Disembarkation in Porto, transfer to Lisbon

What's Included

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Please note that bike requests are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.

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Backroads Performance Road Bike
Backroads Performance Road Bike
Performance Road Bike

Included in your trip price

This custom-designed titanium bike is lightweight and responsive, featuring Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting, 11-speed compact gearing, a premium Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheelset and a full carbon fork. 

Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike
Touring Bike

Included in your trip price

A proven classic, this custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

Keep pace or zip ahead, pedaling with an electric boost. This bike provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.
Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

Cannondale Synapse Pro Carbon Bike
Cannondale Synapse Pro Carbon Bike
Carbon Bike

Ride like a pro with the top-of-the-line carbon Cannondale Synapse Hi-Mod Red ETAP AXS. Delivering phenomenal acceleration and handling in a light and powerful package.
$650 rental fee; subject to availability

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Tandem Bike

This hand-built frame features Co-Motion's custom-designed cro-moly steel tubeset, powerful Avid disc brakes, Shimano Ultegra drive train, and a custom, upgraded wheelset. For experienced tandem riders.
$400 rental fee

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Expert Backroads Trip Leaders, on ship and on shore
  • Off-the-beaten path exploration
  • Access to all ship amenities
  • Impeccable and personalized service from ship staff and Backroads Leaders
  • Exclusive activities that amplify your appreciation and understanding of the local culture
  • Exclusive biking routes with multiple options at varied paces
  • Custom Titanium bike
  • Gratuities on ship and on shore handled by your Backroads Leaders
  • Exploring lesser known routes away from busy ports
  • Dedicated support vans
  • Easy-to-use route directions so you're free to explore independently
  • Private walking tours with expert guides
  • Access to all ship activities and excursions
  • Wine included with all onboard meals
  • Private cocktail/wine receptions
  • Off-ship lunches in genuine settings

Straight talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.


The ships we sail on are like a floating luxury hotel, so you can visit a new destination each day without touching your suitcase once you've settled in. Our ships are custom‐designed with a variety of inviting spaces that offer plenty of room for both relaxing and socializing. These ships are vastly smaller than most cruise ships, with up to just 150 passengers on our river trips and up to only 250 on our ocean trips.

Backroads Support on Board and on Shore

We sail with up to 30 Backroads guests per group. Occasionally there may be more than one Backroads group onboard and you may cross paths with the other group on routes or at restaurants. When this occurs, each group will have their own dedicated onboard Backroads leaders.

Backroads Cruising Life

If you're new to Backroads active cruise trips, there are a few things you need to know. Our cruises are smaller, and much more intimate than a typical cruise. They are also quite lively, social experiences, shaped by both our Backroads group and the larger ship community. Additionally, even with an itinerary subject to fixed nautical schedules that may occasionally limit our time on shore, we get out and explore far beyond the cruise norm. If you love meeting new people, enjoy the ease of unpacking once, and don't mind a set schedule of port departure times, you'll love our approach to active river and ocean cruising. Nobody does it like we do.


On our active cruises, we seek out diversity by including regionally authentic and inventive meals for onshore lunches, picnics and the occasional onshore dinner. On-ship meals, though delightful, are meant to appeal to a wide cross section of passengers and may at times feel more conventional for some, and less reflective of the region than on Backroads hotel trips.

Itinerary Flexibility: Going with the Flow

Our daily itinerary is based on scheduled sailing and port arrival times and as a result some days have more opportunities for exploring on land while other days have more sailing time. Every river has its own unique temperament and for centuries water levels have shifted due to rain, temperature and agriculture. High water levels may mean the ship cannot pass under a bridge, low water levels result in slower sailing, and a disabled lock can also lead to some extra cruising time. Should any unforeseen change happen during your river cruise, we will work closely with AmaWaterways' captain and staff, who are very experienced in going with the flow.

Stateroom Categories

In contrast to our usual land-based trips, which have similar room categories, the AmaWaterways ships offer a wide range of stateroom categories. The top-tier staterooms often fill fast so book as early as possible if this is important to you.


Most port conditions require that ships tie up alongside each other, in which case you may need to walk through another ship to access our ship. This is a part of river cruising due to its popularity. You may experience obstructed views from your stateroom when the ship is double-docked, but rest assured that as soon as we set sail again your beautiful views will be restored.

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