Portugal's Douro River Cruise Full Ship Celebration Bike Tour
Magical Salamanca to Timeless Porto
Set sail on an exclusive Backroads celebration of epic proportions. Cruise west on the Douro River into Portugal's legendary wine region. Ride through sunlit terraced vineyards and villages that seem lost in time. Then join your fellow active travelers on board for a brilliant sunset and decadent meal. It's said that it matters not where you are but who you're with. Come celebrate with us!
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Ship
Portugal & Spain
Start Salamanca, Spain / End Porto or Lisbon, Portugal
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
- Revel in the splendor of the Douro Valley by bike and elegant river ship on this exclusive Backroads charter
- Cycle across the illustrious Douro wine region's undulating countryside of terraced vineyards and old-world villages
- Discover Portugal's rich history and culture, from wistful Fado music to World Heritage sites and landscapes
- Taste luscious port in its birthplace and raise a glass to an extraordinary biking journey with friends, old and new
DAY 1 Journey through the Spanish countryside from the World Heritage site of Salamanca to quaint Lumbrales | Ride through the Spanish highlands past pastures and sleepy villages on wonderfully tranquil roads | With views of Portugal unfolding before you, descend into the Douro Valley and arrive at our ship.
DAY 2 Pedal amid a patchwork of pastures, almond orchards and olive groves | Cycle to a fortified hilltop village for epic vistas into Portugal and Spain | Kick back on the Sun Deck as you cruise along the upper Douro River, marked by steep and sparsely inhabited slopes.
DAYS 3-4 Bike along the water and the lovely terraced vineyards of the Alto Douro, a World Heritage region with a 2,000-year-old wine-making history | Savor breathtaking views as you spin through postcard-perfect landscapes | Explore Lamego, home of one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Portugal.
DAYS 5-6 A glorious ride offers perfect vantage points overlooking the river—you might even spot our ship as it passes below you | Bike and cruise the final stretch of the Douro into Porto, renowned for its namesake wine | This alluring World Heritage city charms with its splendid architecture, winding alleyways and ever-changing views.
DAYS 7-8 Spin along the Atlantic Ocean and get a feel for local life in the Vila Nova da Gaia neighborhood | Back at our ship, take in the beautiful vistas of Porto.
This beautiful ship envelops you in timeless elegance, whether you're soaking up views from the Sun Deck, relaxing with a massage or enjoying fine cuisine alfresco with new friends. (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
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Activity Level: 2-4
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do. LEARN MORE.
- All breakfasts, 8 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
- Gratuities on ship and on shore handled by your Backroads Leaders
- Exploring lesser known routes away from busy ports
- Dedicated support vans
- Custom Titanium bike
- 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
- Off-ship lunches and dinners in genuine settings
- Private tastings to partake in the region's best
- Exceptional dining experiences
- Private cocktail/wine receptions
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 AmaWaterways ship is your floating luxury hotel, letting you visit new cities or countries without having to pack up your bags! This 102-passenger ship is custom-designed with a variety of inviting common spaces so you'll have plenty of room for both relaxing and socializing. All dinners are prepared by the ship's classically trained chefs and are served on board in the ship's dining rooms.
Backroads has booked the entire ship for this special sailing. This trip is a unique celebration of cycling and offers a much different Backroads experience with up to 150 guests (compared to an average of 16 guests on a typical Backroads trip). We anticipate couples, solo travelers, families and perhaps some small groups traveling together. You can look forward to a very social atmosphere with active travelers who share a common interest in seeing the world in the most interesting way possible. You'll also be supported by a team of 20 Backroads leaders—8 on board and 12 land-based—plus 11 vans ready when you need them. Note: If a minimum group size is not met nine months prior to departure, this trip will proceed with non-Backroads guests sharing our ship.
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. 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.
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.
Each day you'll have your own exclusive Backroads Trip Leaders, shuttles and fantastic biking routes, in addition to the AmaWaterways staff and activities. This trip is designed to be flexible, so if you prefer to take a day off from riding, you're always welcome to shift gears and relax on the ship, explore on your own or check in with your Backroads leaders regarding other activities.
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.
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.