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THE PICTURESQUE Douro River in Portugal is a hidden gem of Europe, flowing through a landscape steeped in history and culture.

For those seeking an intimate and luxurious exploration of this enchanting region, Avalon Waterways’ new river cruises on the Douro in 2024 offer an experience like no other.

From breathtaking landscapes to rich cultural encounters, let’s embark on a journey to discover the magic of Douro River cruising with Avalon Waterways.

Scenic Beauty Unveiled:

One of the most striking aspects of a Douro River cruise with Avalon Waterways is the breathtaking scenery.

As guests leisurely glide along the river, they’ll be treated to panoramic views of terraced vineyards, charming villages, and rolling hills adorned with almond and olive trees.

The Douro Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it’s easy to see why – the sheer beauty of the region is awe-inspiring.

Luxury Afloat:

Avalon Waterways is renowned for its commitment to providing guests with an unparalleled level of comfort and luxury.

Onboard their brand-new Suite Ship – Alegria – launching next year, guests can expect spacious and elegantly appointed staterooms, many with panoramic windows that transform the cabin into a unique Open-Air Balcony, allowing guests to savour the stunning views from the comfort of their room.

As the newest addition to Avalon’s fleet of Suite Ships, Avalon Alegria certainly lives up to its name meaning happiness, with a spacious capacity of just 102 passengers.

The ship’s amenities, gourmet dining options, and attentive staff ensure that every moment of the journey is nothing short of exceptional.

Expert Guided Excursions:

Avalon understands that true exploration goes beyond the riverbanks. Guided excursions are led by knowledgeable local experts who provide insights into the history, art, and culture of the region. 

Guests can choose from a selection of daily Classic, Active or Discovery excursions to suit their own interests.

With opportunities to visit charming Portuguese villages, explore historic towns by foot or guided bicycle tour, take an azulejos (traditional Portuguese tile) painting class, and savour the flavours of the Douro through wine tastings at local quintas (wineries).

Delectable Dining:

Avalon Waterways offers a remarkable onboard dining experience in Portugal that seamlessly combines culinary excellence with stunning river views.

Guests can savour the rich and diverse flavours of local cuisine, known for its fresh seafood, hearty stews, and delectable pastries.

Whether enjoying a meal in the elegant glass-walled dining room or al fresco on the ship’s Sky Deck, the carefully crafted menus showcase locally sourced ingredients and regional specialties.

With a dedicated team of skilled chefs, each dish is a delightful journey through Portugal’s culinary heritage.

From traditional bacalhau dishes to sweet custard tarts, dining on an Avalon river cruise is a gastronomic adventure that perfectly complements the breathtaking landscapes along the Douro River.

Cultural Immersion:

Avalon Waterways immerses guests in the rich cultural tapestry of Portugal’s Douro region by curating authentic and enriching experiences.

From visits to historic wine cellars for tastings of world-renowned Port wines to guided tours of charming villages and medieval castles that unveil the country’s captivating history, every moment is an opportunity to connect with the heart and soul of Portugal.

Onboard, cultural enrichment activities like pastry cooking demonstrations and traditional Fado music performances enhance the immersive journey.

With expert local guides and an emphasis on showcasing the customs, flavours, and traditions of the Douro Valley, Avalon Waterways ensures that guests leave with a profound understanding and appreciation of this captivating corner of Portugal.

Avalon Waterways’ river cruises on the Douro offer an exquisite blend of natural beauty, luxury, and cultural immersion.

Whether your clients are seasoned travellers or embarking on your first river cruise, this journey promises to leave them with lasting memories and a deep appreciation for the treasures of the Douro region.

So, let’s set sail and let this enchanting river reveal its secrets, one scenic bend at a time.

Cruises for 2024 are almost sold out so get in quick to secure your clients sailings for 2025.

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