Winding through terraced vineyards and remote, rustic villages, Portugal’s dreamy Douro River serves up medieval castles, cinematic scenery, and all the wine, bread, olives, and cheeses your heart desires. Discover why the Douro’s name translates to ‘River of Gold’ as you sail on our newest Suite Ship - the Avalon Alegria. With 14 deluxe staterooms and 37 Panorama Suites, the Alegria carries a capacity of just 102 passengers, giving you the room to relax and the space to savour the spectacular panoramas of the Douro Valley.
From Porto to Porto be dazzled with dreamy excursions that speak to you. Drink in Portugal’s port wine paired with stunning scenery. Glide by kayak through the spectacular canyons of the Gorges de l’Ardèche – called the “European Grand Canyon”. Or join a professional painter to learn the art of azulejos (Portuguese tile). Cruise your way by choosing to add extra nights in lovely Lisbon before your cruise.
Wine tastings? Your cruise through the Douro River Valley has them in spades! Sip a glass or two with tapas, pastries, or local olive oil straight from the farm!
Stroll through the riverside lanes of Matosinhos and up Avenida da Boavista to admire some of the modern charms of Porto – from ancient avenues to iconic Azulejo tiles to avant-garde graffiti and marvellous murals.
Hop on a bike tour along Porto’s picture-postcard coastline and the picturesque pathways of Vila Nova de Gaia – with an expert biologist.
Join a professional painter to learn the art of azulejos (Portuguese tile). Paint your own authentic tiles in the traditional way with blue paint on glazed tilework so intrinsic to Portuguese culture, architecture, and craftsmanship.
Marvel at Vila Nova de Foz Côa where prehistoric rock art remains as the most important collection of Paleolithic figurations known today.
Pay a visit to Spain’s Salamanca and have your breath taken away by resplendent Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, and Renaissance architecture, before digging into a tempting platter of traditional Castilian Toston Asado!