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Lisbon River Cruises

About Lisbon

Though not situated on its banks or indeed close to it, Portugal’s capital is a common starting point for river cruises along the Douro, whereupon passengers will have a day to explore Lisbon before transferring to Porto and beginning their voyage along the picturesque River of Gold. One of the world’s oldest cities and indeed, the oldest in Europe, Lisbon can trace its history as far back as the Neolithic Period, though some historians believe the origins of the city itself lie in its earliest incarnation of a Phoenician trading post. Since then, it’s been under Roman, Muslim and Moorish rule, has enjoyed a reputation as one of the most important European trading centres in the world and has survived a major earthquake, after which most of it was rebuilt. Today, this long and varied history combined with its temperate climate and vibrant culture makes it a great city to explore and an enduring tourist destination with visitors the world over.

Exploring Lisbon

Another of the city’s most visited districts is Alfama, which offers the perfect way to get a taste of old Lisbon, with charming narrow streets revealing a blend of architectural styles at every turn. For a completely different kind of experience, you can immerse yourself in the contemporary side of the city by visiting the Chiado district, Lisbon's modern shopping hot-spot, which is home to all manner of chic boutiques and larger retail stores. With plenty of places to eat, it’s perfect to people-watch, pick up the perfect holiday gift or just sit with a snack and soak up the atmosphere.

Lisbon tips

If you have an overnight stay in Lisbon before you set sail, then it's the perfect time to indulge in a little retail therapy or pick up some souvenirs as a lot of the shops are open late, many until 10pm. If shopping in the day, be aware that the majority of stores are closed between 1pm and 3pm.

Suggested Read: Lisbon: A postcard-perfect river cruise destination

Lisbon Itineraries

Pinhao

Portugal’s River of Gold - Lisbon to Porto

225 sailing dates April 2019 to November 2020
9 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to Porto
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Pinhao

Lisbon to Madrid

1 sailing date April 2020
13 Nights From Bem-vindo, to Spain , Madrid
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Salamanca

Lisbon to Madrid

6 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2020
13 Nights From Bem-vindo, to Spain , Madrid
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Madrid

Lisbon to Madrid

1 sailing date March 2020
16 Nights From Bem-vindo, to Spain , Madrid
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Pinhao

Lisbon to Madrid

14 sailing dates April 2020 to November 2020
16 Nights From Bem-vindo, to Spain , Madrid
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Viviers

27 Day Best of Portugal & France

6 sailing dates May 2020 to June 2020
26 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to France , Paris
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Pinhao

Portugal’s River of Gold

2 sailing dates March 2020
9 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to Porto
Viking Cruises logo FROM £2495pp
Peso Da Régua

Lisbon to Leverinho via Coimbra, Porto

6 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
7 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to Porto
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Pinhao

Lisbon to Porto

2 sailing dates October 2019 to November 2019
7 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to Porto
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Peso Da Régua

Secrets of the Douro & Lisbon - Porto to Lisbon

12 sailing dates April 2020 to November 2020
10 Nights From Porto, Portugal to Lisbon
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £1979pp
Pinhao

Lisbon to Porto

13 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2020
10 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to Porto
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £2119pp
Peso Da Régua

Unforgettable Douro with Lisbon

25 sailing dates May 2019 to November 2020
14 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to Porto
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Pinhao

Lisbon and the Douro Valley Jazz

2 sailing dates October 2019 to October 2020
10 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to , Oporto
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Pinhao

Douro, Basque Country & Bordeaux Delights

6 sailing dates June 2019 to September 2019
22 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to , Versailles
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Guimarães

Douro, Basque Country And Bordeaux with Lisbon

9 sailing dates June 2019 to September 2020
19 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to France , Bordeaux
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Oporto

Gilbert & Sullivan on the Douro with Lisbon

1 sailing date July 2019
10 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to , Oporto
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Oporto

Douro Discovery

12 sailing dates May 2019 to September 2020
10 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to , Oporto
Saga Group logo FROM £1799pp
Lyon

Portugal & Spain Treasures With Rhone & Seine

1 sailing date August 2019
29 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to France , Paris
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Lisbon

Lisbon to Porto

1 sailing date August 2019
13 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to Porto
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Peso Da Régua

Lisbon to Porto

3 sailing dates July 2019 to August 2019
13 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to Porto
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