Douro River Cruise

The Enticing Douro River Cruise
11-night Lisbon Tour & Cruise: November 8-18, 2020
7-night Cruise Only: November 12-19, 2020

Douro Bodega and VineyardOur Madrona Vineyards Douro River Cruise of northern Portugal is now 32 strong! Most cabins are on a waitlist now, however you can register online with no deposit or obligation required.  IF and when your cabin clears you will be notified.  At that time you can choose to purchase and travel, or not.  There is a 4-night pre-cruise tour of Lisbon and Porto prior to boarding the ship AmaVida.

PINHAO – Alto Douro Valley

Our cruise along the winding Douro River is spectacular.  Boats on the river gleam in the sun.  Terraced vineyards, grand old quintas and little stone brick villages along the banks make this a truly magical ride.

Sandeman Port EstateThe Alto Douro Valley (“upper Douro”) is home to the oldest demarcated vineyards in the world, dating back over 2,000 year.  It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2001.  It’s a region with a Mediterranean climate, marked by hot, dry summers and cold winters.  Summer weather is generally warm to hot, with temperatures in the 80’s. However summer is a lovely, uncrowded time to experience this beautiful part of Portugal and taste the fabulous wines and ports produced in this region.

Pinhao town is a charming village of quiet cobbled streets and colorful narrow houses, situated in a perfect location at a wide bend in the river.  The surrounding terraced hillsides produce the world’s best port.  This is home to the great Portuguese wine estates of Sandeman, W.J. Graham, Taylor-Fladgate and other legendary port producers.  Old women in doorways chat away.  This is a proper rural European country town.

From Pinhao we will visit and enjoy a country lunch at Quinta da Avessada, a family owned winery famous for its hospitality.  The walk through their wine production facility is a stroll through centuries of Portuguese wine production in the Douro Valley, followed by a tastings at red wine producer Quinta do Seixo, then finishing at the Sandeman Estate.  The Sandeman 40 year old Tawny Port is extraordinary and the reasonable price will surprise you.  It’s well worth taking a bottle home.

TIP: The ship overnights here.  Weather permitting this is the best place on our cruise to enjoy a restaurant dinner off the ship, if only for a change of pace.  Evenings in Pinhao are full of wine and good cheer.  Our good ship AmaVida is a short walk from the town’s restaurants and cafes. 

Join us!   To register online visit:  We have an EXCLUSIVE $500 per cabin ($250 per person) discount for members of the Madrona Vineyards Group on board. A $500 deposit per person will hold your cabin.

NOTE: Special activities and meals are included.  You must book through our tour operator, Expanding Horizons of Tustin CA, to be part of the Madrona Vineyards Douro Group.

With questions call Georgia Shoemaker at our tour operator Expanding Horizons, email  or call 1-714-988-6408


Paul & Maggie Bush

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