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Portugal's Douro River Cruise Walking & Hiking Tour

Stunning Salamanca to Vibrant Porto

From $6,198 - $8,698 pp dbl. occ. | 8 days / 7 nights

(+$3,100 to $4,300 for sgl. occ.)
Plus $168 to $182 pp port fees.

Oh, the wondrous places your feet will take you in this region so rich in beauty and charm. Ancient Spanish trails, Portuguese city streets, World Heritage terraced vineyards and glorious river gorges. Then walk aboard your floating hotel, sit back and sip a glass of port as you watch old-world Europe drift slowly by.

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Spain & Portugal

Salamanca/Lisbon

Douro River Cruise Bike Tour Map

Highlights

  • Hike in the rolling Douro Valley amid terraced vineyards cascading to the rushing river below
  • Find pure bliss in a bottle—from famed, luscious Port to the hidden aromatic treasures of the Douro wine region
  • Discover historic riches in vibrant Porto, one of the oldest cities in Europe, brimming with architectural and cultural gems
  • Photograph off-the-beaten-path sights in Spain's Salamanca and northern Portugal's heartland
Spain & Portugal

Salamanca/Lisbon

Douro River Cruise Bike Tour Map

Itinerary

Day 1 From Salamanca, journey near the border of Spain and Portugal | Hike through the Arribes del Duero Natural Park along historic railway lines | Descend into the Douro Valley amid olive and almond trees, and cross into Portugal on foot.

Day 2 Hike to the fortified hilltop village of Castelo Rodrigo | Experience the Douro lock system's feat of engineering as you sail through.

Day 3 Gaze at the lovely azulejos in Pinhão, a mecca for wine lovers | Descend into the Torto Valley, lush with orange and apple trees.

Day 4 Explore the stunning granite landscape that inspired Miguel Torga, one of Portugal's most prolific writers | Relax during an afternoon cruise on the Douro.

Day 5 Hike within the Serra da Aboboreira, an absolute hidden gem | Be awed by historic water mills, stone villages and enormous rock formations.

Day 6 Walk along the wooden walkways of Passadiços do Paiva to admire the rugged Paiva River gorge | Delight in the scent of eucalyptus and rosemary on the Rota dos Aromas.

Days 7-8 Discover the enchanting World Heritage city of Porto on a private guided walking tour | Taste your way through the wine lodges of Vila Nova de Gaia | Enjoy an unforgettable farewell dinner and morning journey to Lisbon.

Please note: Due to the multiple stateroom options available on this trip, reservations can only be made by contacting one of our Trip Consultants at 800-462-2848 or via email.

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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Prices

From $6,198 - $8,698 pp dbl. occ.
8 days / 7 nights

(+$3,100 to $4,300 for sgl. occ.)
Plus $168 to $182 pp port fees.

Premiere Ship

AmaWaterways River Ship
AmaWaterways Ship

AmaVida (7 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 2-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Portugal

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Premiere Ship

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

AmaWaterways River Ship

AmaWaterways Ship

AmaVida (7 nights)

This beautiful ship envelops you in luxury, whether you're soaking up views from the balcony of your plush and spacious stateroom, relaxing with a massage or enjoying fine cuisine alfresco with new friends. (pool)

View the deck plans. See Dates & Prices for specific ship, stateroom category availability and embarkation/disembarkation details.

This Trip Is Rated Levels 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.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 4* 100 6 200 8 500
2 3* 300 4* 600
3 4* 1600 6 1800 11 1900
4 6* 500 7 600 8 600
5 4* 1500 7* 1600 9* 1700
6 5 1500 7 1600 9 1700
7 Porto Guided Walking Tour (2.5 Hours)
8 Disembarkation in Porto, transfer to Lisbon
 

Note: The terrain on this trip varies from relatively level to rolling hills with some steeper climbs and descents on dirt paths, cobblestones, wooden walkways and occasionally, stairs. We will likely encounter sections of uneven footing in the form of rocks, roots and possibly mud.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Meals

All breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners

Also Included

  • 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 hiking 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
  • 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
  • Exceptional dining experiences
  • Off-ship dinners in genuine settings
  • Wine included with all onboard meals
  • Private tastings to partake in the region's best
  • Off-ship lunches in genuine settings

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

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.

Accommodations & Group Size

The ships we sail on are your floating luxury hotel for the entire trip, letting you visit a new city or country each day without having to unpack and pack up your bags! These 50- to 150-passenger ships are custom‐designed with a variety of inviting common spaces so you'll have plenty of room for both relaxing and socializing.

Due to the unique nature of our active River Cruise trips, we welcome more guests on each departure than on our land-based trips, which are limited to 20 guests for Walking & Hiking and 26 guests for Biking and Multi-Adventure trips. This allows us to create our own robust active community with that special Backroads camaraderie during our week-long journey. Sometimes walkers and bikers—and occasionally families—will travel aboard the same ship, but participate in separate activities with their own dedicated leaders.

With our usual choice of fantastic route options each day, rest assured that you'll have plenty of like-minded travelers with whom to ride, hike or enjoy cultural interests. Our unique logistics model—which includes both onboard and onshore Backroads staff, plus additional leaders and vans—allows for meals and shore activities to be organized into smaller groups, ensuring the same unparalleled support and service as on any other Backroads trip.

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.

Why Travel with Backroads in Portugal

We Reinvented the River Cruise

Backroads pioneered the active river trip, partnering with AmaWaterways, the leader in river cruising, to create a new kind of travel experience featuring biking and walking explorations from an elegant floating hotel. Read more about this ideal way to discover the heart of a region.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Douro River trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

Our Cultural Roots Run Deep

Thanks to our extensive connections in Spain and Portugal, Backroads takes you off the beaten track and deep into the region's culture in ways that traditional travel can never hope to do. We know the people and their customs, the legacy of art and architecture, the complex history and politic—and if we're not sure, our amazing local experts can fill in the blanks.

The Best Leaders in Portugal

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Portugal, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

In Europe Since 1988

Backroads has been welcoming active travelers to Europe since before the Berlin Wall came down. Today it's virtually our second home. We know the perfect roads and trails, the most scenic valleys and hilltop towns, the hidden churches and gem-like museums, the up-and-coming vintners and celebrated chefs—and, of course, all the best places to stay.

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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.

Accommodations & Group Size

The ships we sail on are your floating luxury hotel for the entire trip, letting you visit a new city or country each day without having to unpack and pack up your bags! These 50- to 150-passenger ships are custom‐designed with a variety of inviting common spaces so you'll have plenty of room for both relaxing and socializing.

Due to the unique nature of our active River Cruise trips, we welcome more guests on each departure than on our land-based trips, which are limited to 20 guests for Walking & Hiking and 26 guests for Biking and Multi-Adventure trips. This allows us to create our own robust active community with that special Backroads camaraderie during our week-long journey. Sometimes walkers and bikers—and occasionally families—will travel aboard the same ship, but participate in separate activities with their own dedicated leaders.

With our usual choice of fantastic route options each day, rest assured that you'll have plenty of like-minded travelers with whom to ride, hike or enjoy cultural interests. Our unique logistics model—which includes both onboard and onshore Backroads staff, plus additional leaders and vans—allows for meals and shore activities to be organized into smaller groups, ensuring the same unparalleled support and service as on any other Backroads trip.

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.
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