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.

Inclusions

All-inclusive luxury at your fingertips

As Scenic Azure journeys through Portugal you’ll enjoy a truly intimate river cruising experience.

Spacious suites, a range of dining choices and a host of amenities akin to a 5-star hotel will further enhance your experience. Unwind with a glass of wine on deck or relax in the warmth of the luxurious on board vitality pool. The choice is yours.

  • World-class dining at a choice of six dining venues including Table la Rive and River Cafe
  • Unlimited complimentary top-shelf beverages and in-suite mini bar
  • Luxury suites with a queen size Scenic Slumber Bed, complimentary menu, mini bar, L’Occitane amenities and Mac mini infotainment system*
  • Butler for all guests
  • An almost 2:1 guest-to-staff ratio
  • Sun deck with vitality pool
  • Scenic Sun Lounges allow you to sit back and soak in the scenery on your own all-weather private outdoor balcony
  • On board entertainment, showcasing regional cultures as weave through Portugal
  • In-suite room service
  • On board entertainment and lectures
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet
  • Scenic Freechoice - choose from a range of sightseeing activities that interest you the most, at a pace that best suits you
  • Scenic Enrich - exclusive experiences ranging from private concerts to dining experiences in fabulous locations within Porto’s historic centre
  • Scenic Sundowners - exclusive cocktail events overlooking one of Portugal’s most remarkable locations
  • Fitness and Wellness centre, providing hair, massage and beauty treatments^
  • Personal airport transfers for any arrival or departure time
  • All tips and gratuities
  • ^ Treatments are at an additional cost

Discover countless treasures

The allure of Portugal River Cruises is the wealth of wonders we offer our guests.

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 Portugal's most breathtaking locations with our fully escorted Scenic Freechoice, Enrich and Sundowner activities. Together they guarantee an unforgettable journey, peppered with astounding discoveries.


Enrich experiences

Scenic Enrich activities take you deep into the heart of each region for something inaccessible to the ordinary traveller.

Enjoy a decadent fine dining experience accompanied by a traditional Fado music performance at the fabulous Burmester Cellars.

You can look forward to an evening at what is arguably Porto's most historic wine cave, situated at the foot of the iconic Dom Luis I pedestrian bridge.

A truly unforgettable experience, exclusive to Scenic guests.

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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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Scenic Sundowners

Scenic Sundowners are exclusive cocktail events that show you remarkable places few people ever see.

After the doors close to the public, you’ll get to soak in the expansive views of Regua's surrounding vineyards at an exclusive cocktail event hosted on the beautifully manicured terrace of the Douro Museum.

Savour a range of port wine varietals in the most wondrous setting. Be sure to try the Port Tonic.

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In days past they’d transport wine just by floating the barrels down the Douro River to the next town. Can you imagine? Talk about trust and honesty. The amazing thing is – it’s still like that.
Richard, 61
Destination: Douro River, Portugal
N 47 ° 29 ’ , E 19° 03 ’

A Magical Day On Board

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.

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 river cruise.