Portugal River Cruises

Destination: Douro River, Portugal

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Luxury Portugal River Cruises

Experience the journey of a lifetime on the beautiful Scenic Azure as it cruises the sun-drenched waterways of the Douro River in Portugal.

Excite your senses as you transverse the spectacular beauty of the Douro Valley. Comprising of four World Heritage-listed Sites - the Alta Douro, Historic Centre of Porto, the old city of Salamanca and the prehistoric rock art sites of the Côa Valley - you’ll immerse yourself in timeless villages, terraced landscapes, family-run quintas (estates) and hilltop wine estates scattered among the steep hills.

As your Scenic Space-Ship weaves through the undulating hillside curves of the beautiful Douro Valley you’ll be treated to enchanting landscapes, rich cultures and all the produce of its wine country. This is what makes our Portugal River Cruises truly extraordinary.

The wonders you will find

Will you set out to explore your own palate in the vertiginous granite terraced vineyards of the Alto Douro? Or explore the restored walls of the ancient Monastery of Tarouca? We invite you to absorb all the must-see sights and uncover the tucked away treasures.

Cruising with Scenic is the finest way to experience all that Portugal has to offer. Purpose-built for the sparkling waters of the Douro, Scenic Azure offers you unparalleled all-inclusive luxury on the only ship on the waterways with full-size private outdoor balcony suites with Scenic Sun Lounges.

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All-inclusive luxury at your fingertips

As Scenic Azure journeys through Portugal you’ll enjoy a truly intimate river cruising experience.
  • Luxuriously Appointed Suites
    Enjoy your queen-size Scenic Slumber Bed, pillow menu, luxury bath products, Wi-Fi internet and Mac mini info-tainment system.
  • Scenic Sun Lounges
    Our all-weather private balconies ensure you won’t miss a minute of the sublime scenery. The world opens up at the touch of a button.
  • Scenic Freechoice
    Choose from a range of sightseeing activities that interest you most, from guided tours, museum visits to wine tasting - they’re all included.
  • Scenic Enrich
    This handpicked experience will allow you to be seduced by a spectacular private concert in dazzling surrounds at São Francisco Church.
  • All-Inclusive Wellness
    On board your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship, you will have access to a range of health and wellness amenities at the dedicated wellness centre.
  • Up to Five Dining Options
    World-class dining at a choice of up to five dining venues including Table la Rive and River Cafe. Enjoy everything we offer on board including a range of entertainment.
  • Unlimited Complimentary Beverages
    Choose from our extensive range of complimentary top-shelf beverages or enjoy your complimentary in-suite mini bar and try out our in-suite room service.
  • Butler Service
    Enjoy a nightly turndown service, shoe-shining or have your salon appointments organised, with hair, massage and beauty treatments^ available.
  • The Nth Degree
    We've thought about the details so you don't have to, from personal airport transfers, first-class transport and local guides. All tips and gratuities are included.
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Discover countless treasures

Discover the allure of this captivating country on one of our Portugal River Cruises.

You’ll experience fabulous treasures and extraordinary gastronomy at privately owned hilltop quintas, enchanting riverside communities and cosmopolitan ports. Whether your tasting the cuisine, ports or wines that the fertile soils bring forth, or simply watching the beautiful landscape pass by, the Douro is a true river of gold for any traveller.

Wherever you go, you can make the most of these breathtaking locations with our fully escorted Scenic Freechoice and Scenic Enrich activities on our Portugal river cruises. Together they guarantee an unforgettable journey, peppered with astounding discoveries.

Scenic Enrich experiences

Enjoy a decadent fine dining experience accompanied by a traditional Fado music performance at Taylor's Port wine cellars in Porto.

Taylors is a name synonymous with Port and has been making this delicious drop in the Douro Valley of Portugal since 1692.

Taylor’s Port wine cellars is located in the heart of the historic area of Vila Nova de Gaia, across the river from the old city centre of Porto.

Our dining location opens out to a balcony offering magnificent views over the Douro River and the city of Porto. A truly unforgettable experience, exclusive to Scenic guests.

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Scenic Freechoice activities

Scenic Freechoice is a collection of exciting escorted activities for you to choose from at a pace that suits you.

Acquaint yourself with the local fishing industry by meeting the fishermen of Afurada village as they return to port with the day's catch.

After lunch you can choose to visit the oldest remaining Canning Factory in Porto for an insight into their 100-year-old family business.

Alternatively, you could visit a local corking factory, or walk the fragrant terraces of Cristal Gardens.

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A magical day on a Portugal river cruise

You wake in your luxurious  Scenic Slumber Bed in the midst of Portuguese countryside.

You walk out onto to your private Scenic Sun Lounge to greet the morning and your personal butler pours another freshly brewed coffee as you look across the waters at the remarkable landscape. You wonder what incredible experiences today will bring.

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A gracious floating hotel

With innovative new technology, your Space-Ship Scenic Azure will be your gracious floating hotel as you cruise the waterways of Portugal.

Launched in April 2016, Scenic Azure is intimate and friendly, with every amenity you could wish for, Scenic Azure was designed with you in mind. From the moment you step on board you’ll be spoilt for choice. From our wide selection of dining options right down to your pillow menu, you’ll enjoy the ultimate in all-inclusive luxury, every moment of the day.

On board you’ll have full access to a gym, special on board entertainment, Wi-Fi internet and of course luxuriously appointed suites to retire to at the end of the day.

Your Cruise Director, as well as every member of our hospitable on board team, are on hand to make sure you make the most of every minute of your time on board your Space-Ship.

With only 48 cabins, Scenic Azure represents the next generation of river cruiser and has been custom built for this unique river. There are only 96 guests and an almost 2:1 guest-to-staff ratio, so you can look forward to a truly exceptional and intimate experience on a Portugal river cruise.

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