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Wine, steep hills and a beautfiful landscape.
In the 19th century the Douro was used to transport iron ore, but there is nearly no commercial shipping on the river any more.
The Douro is the northernmost river dewatering the Iberian peninsula into the Atlantic Ocean. There are a lot of dams on the Douro, which block shipping.The cruiseable stretch of the Douro is rather short, so most cruises cruise from Porto up to Barca d'Alva and back. The Douro cut a deep valley into the landscape, from the river banks the mountains next to you rise up to 500m / 1500 feet.
Total of 5 locks. All below hydro dam of Saucelle at Vega de Terron. As most cruises circle from Porto upstream and back, you'll pass 10 locks.
Usually cruises start in Lisbon, overland transfer to Porto, board the ship and go upstream, visit Salamanca (another overland transfer) before returning to Porto. A lot of small villages, so this is definetely a foodie river cruise. For 2012 / 2013: There are not a lot of companies that provide Douro cruises yet, so consider cruising the Douro if you don't like the crowded places along the Rhine or Danube.
|Length||897 km / 558 mil|
|Length Airline||493 km / 307 mil|
|GPS Source||42° 0′ 37.92″ N, 2° 52′ 49″ W|
|Source Elevation||2080 m / 6 823 feet|
|Mouth Elevation||0 m / 0 feet|
|GPS Mouth||41° 8′ 35.74″ N, 8° 40′ 10.07″ W|
|Basin Area||117 054 km² / 45 183 mil²|
|Average Discarge||714 m³/s / 25 215 ft³/s|
|Waters Into||Douro - Atlantic Ocean|
|Cruise Line||Cruise Name||Days Total|
|Ama Waterways||Enticing Douro||12|
|Port Wine & Flamenco||15|
|Uniworld Boutique River Cruises||Jewels of Spain, Portugal & the Douro River||13|
|Portugal, Spain & the Douro River Valley||11|
|Vantage Deluxe World Travel||Portugal & the Douro River Wine Country||13|
|Viking River Cruises||Portugal's River of Gold||10|
|Upstream KM||Station Name||Yesterday Average|