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Portugal's Douro Full Ship Celebration River Cruise Walking & Hiking Tour

Magical Salamanca to Timeless Porto

From $6,198 - $8,498 pp dbl. occ. | 8 days / 7 nights

(+$3,100 to $4,200 for sgl. occ.)
Plus $182 pp port fees.

Raise a glass. To a festive voyage from Spain to Portugal on the dazzling Douro River. To hikes through terraced vineyards in one of the world's most beautiful wine regions, and promenades in sleepy pueblos and majestic plazas. To a World Heritage landscape illuminated in gold by the afternoon sun. Cheers to an incredible journey with friends, old and new!

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Portugal & Spain

Start Salamanca / End Porto or Lisbon

Douro River Cruise Bike Tour Map

Highlights

  • Celebrate the beauty of the Douro Valley by foot and luxurious river ship on this exclusive Backroads charter
  • Hike to off-the-beaten-path sights in Spain's Salamanca and northern Portugal's heartland
  • Delve deep into the valley's rich winemaking history, tasting complex aromatic port in its birthplace
  • Explore terraced vineyards, traditional pueblos and old-world plazas in one of the world's most stunning wine regions
Portugal & Spain

Start Salamanca / End Porto or Lisbon

Douro River Cruise Bike Tour Map

Itinerary

Day 1 From Salamanca, journey through rural Spain to Arribes del Duero Natural Park | Hike along the border between Spain and Portugal | Descend into the Douro Valley, arriving at our ship on foot.

Days 2-3 Hike from the fortified village of Castelo Rodrigo to a lovely viewpoint | Sail through the Douro lock system and marvel at this feat of engineering | Experience pretty Pinhão and its surroundings—the Douro Valley's most scenic and lush region!

Days 4-5 Ready to test your stamina? Climb the zig-zagging steps of Nossa Senhora Sanctuary—part of the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route | Venture into the Aboboreira Mountains for a hike through dense forests and ancient water mills.

Day 6 Walk on wooden boardwalks along the rushing Paiva River | Cascades and small beaches are among the highlights here, so don't forget your swimsuit!

Days 7-8 Explore Porto on a private guided walking tour | Toast a memorable voyage on the Douro with a festive farewell dinner.

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 - $8,498 pp dbl. occ.
8 days / 7 nights

(+$3,100 to $4,200 for sgl. occ.)
Plus $182 pp port fees.

Premiere Ship

AmaWaterways Ship
AMA Waterways

AmaPrima, AmaSerena, AmaSonata, AmaViola (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 Ship

AMA Waterways

AmaPrima, AmaSerena, AmaSonata, AmaViola (7 nights)

A luxurious custom-designed ship featuring stylish private staterooms, panoramic windows, expansive outdoor decks, an onboard team of classically trained chefs and inviting areas to socialize with fellow passengers. (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
  • 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

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.

Group Size

Backroads has booked the entire ship for this special sailing. This trip is a unique celebration of cycling and it's 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, multigenerational adult 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.

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.

Activity Options

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 one of the many AmaWaterways shore excursions.

About the Ship

The AmaWaterways ship is your floating luxury hotel, letting you visit new cities or countries without having to pack up your bags! This 150-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.

Double-Docking

Some 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 perfectly normal part of river cruising due to its popularity. You may occasionally 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.

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.

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.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Portugal you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Portugal trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the trail—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

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

We Know Where We're Going

Tom Hale has been keeping Backroads on track, with one eye on the horizon, since 1979. His passion for active travel, and for ensuring the highest-quality travel experience, is evident in every detail we add to make a guest's trip unforgettable—and the fact he's right there in the office, making it happen. To hear Tom describe his vision, watch our video.  

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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.

Group Size

Backroads has booked the entire ship for this special sailing. This trip is a unique celebration of cycling and it's 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, multigenerational adult 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.

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.

Activity Options

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 one of the many AmaWaterways shore excursions.

About the Ship

The AmaWaterways ship is your floating luxury hotel, letting you visit new cities or countries without having to pack up your bags! This 150-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.

Double-Docking

Some 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 perfectly normal part of river cruising due to its popularity. You may occasionally 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.

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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