Find your cruise

Salamanca River Cruises

About Salamanca 

Situated in the west of Spain, close to the country’s border with Portugal, Salamanca is located in the south west of the Spanish region of Castile and Leon and enjoys a lofty location on Spain’s northern plateau by the Tormes River. Though it lies on this river and not the Douro, it’s a focal point of most itineraries which explore Portugal’s River of Gold as it is situated a relatively short distance from the town of Vega de Terron, which sits on the Douro. Salamanca is steeped in a diverse and interesting history, being that it has played such a central role in many of Spain’s most influential historical events, including occupations by the ancient Romans and Arabs, whose legacies can still be explored to this day. 

Exploring Salamanca 

The city is home to the prestigious University of Salamanca, alongside a wide range of stunning buildings and intriguing architecture. Populated by both friendly locals and students, the city centre is an excellent place to explore and discover more about the region’s culture and history, as nearly every location of importance can be reached on foot. The majority of Salamanca’s centre is pedestrianised, a fact which allows you easy access to the many monuments, museums, shops, bars and restaurants which can be found throughout the city. 

A fantastic starting point from which to explore the city is the elegant Plaza Mayor. It is the city’s large central square and encapsulates the region’s marvellous culture and heritage, alongside a variety of excellent restaurants and cafes. On the square you’ll find not only the finest architecture in Salamanca but also some of the finest in Spain, with elegant colonnaded and balconied buildings lining an always bustling square, which is regarded by many as the most beautiful in the country. 

Salamanca boasts two majestic cathedrals, the Old Cathedral, built during the 12th century, and the New Cathedral constructed from the 16th to the 18th century. These two key faith buildings are located next to one another and each has its own fabulous design and impressive architecture faithful to the period in which it was created. Another faith building of great interest to visitors is St Stephen’s Convent, a beautiful Dominican monastery which dates back to the 16th century. Inside you’ll find some breath-taking architecture including an impressively ornate altar and stone-carved staircase. Another historic structure in the region is the ancient Roman Bridge over the Tormes River, which was built by the Roman Empire and dates back as far as the year 89AD. 

Of course, Salamanca is synonymous with study and its storied university is also one of its most popular attractions. Around 800 years old, it certainly boasts a wealth of history not least in its architecture. Its elegant façade is one of the most immediate things you’ll note but inside you’ll find the incredible library, which is Spain’s oldest and home to over a quarter of a million books. 

Salamanca tips 

Lunch is a big deal in Spain so if you’ve time to eat during your visit, you’ll be able to sample some of the city’s best fare. It’s worth noting though that you’ll pay more for a seat outside.

Salamanca Itineraries

Peso Da Régua

Secrets of the Douro & Sevilla

5 sailing dates April 2023 to November 2023
10 Nights From Porto, Portugal to , Seville
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £2649pp
Seville

Sevilla & Secrets: Seville - Porto

5 sailing dates April 2023 to November 2023
10 Nights From Seville, to Portugal , Porto
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £2549pp
Lyon

Discover the Rivers of France & Portugal

4 sailing dates April 2023 to September 2023
14 Nights From Nice (Villefranche), France, France to Beaune
Emerald Cruises logo CALL
Pinhao

Douro Discovery with Lisbon

4 sailing dates April 2023 to September 2023
10 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to Porto
APT Cruising logo CALL
Madrid

Madrid & Secrets of the Douro - Madrid to Porto

15 sailing dates May 2023 to October 2024
9 Nights From Madrid, Spain to Portugal , Porto
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £2989pp
Peso Da Régua

Secrets of the Douro with Porto

31 sailing dates April 2023 to November 2024
10 Nights From Porto, Portugal to Lisbon
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £2379pp
Pinhao

Unforgettable Douro with Lisbon & Madrid

21 sailing dates March 2023 to November 2024
16 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to Spain , Madrid
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £5799pp
Lisbon

Madrid to Lisbon with Secrets of the Douro

7 sailing dates May 2023 to October 2023
12 Nights From Madrid, Spain to Portugal , Lisbon
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £3419pp
Pinhao

Unforgettable Douro - Porto to Madrid

21 sailing dates April 2023 to November 2024
13 Nights From Porto, Portugal to Spain , Madrid
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £4219pp
Salamanca

Enticing Douro - Roundtrip Porto

83 sailing dates March 2023 to December 2024
7 Nights From Porto, Portugal to Porto

EXCLUSIVE €100pp FREE to spend on-board for any new 2023 European bookings ENDS 28th February. Save up to £1,200 per couple PLUS FREE flights from London and FREE overseas transfers* on selected sailings. Regional supplements from just £75pp.

AmaWaterways logo FROM £2699pp
Pinhao

Three Rivers Discovery Porto To Nice

2 sailing dates June 2023 to July 2023
14 Nights From Porto, Portugal to France , Nice (Villefranche), France
Emerald Cruises logo CALL
Salamanca

Lisbon & Secrets of the Douro Lisbon - Porto

26 sailing dates April 2023 to October 2024
10 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to Porto
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £2769pp
Pinhao

Douro Discovery

6 sailing dates May 2023 to October 2023
7 Nights From Porto, Portugal to Porto

Includes savings of up to £1,000 per couple | Includes flights and overseas transfers

APT Cruising logo FROM £2299pp
Salamanca

Secrets of the Douro

65 sailing dates April 2023 to November 2024
7 Nights From Porto, Portugal to Porto

NEW reduced prices - save up to £2,200 per couple. Book and pay in full to receive these prices. Call us to find out about Business Class flight upgrades and Premium drinks packages.

Emerald Cruises logo FROM £1949pp
Salamanca

Unforgettable Douro with Lisbon

31 sailing dates April 2023 to November 2024
14 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to Pinhao
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £4839pp
Guimarães

The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca

124 sailing dates March 2023 to October 2024
7 Nights From Porto, Portugal to Porto

Enjoy drinks on Riviera this summer! Unlimited soft drinks, Warsteiner draft beer, red, white, rose & sparkling house wines from 10am to midnight* - available for a limited time only!

Riviera Travel logo FROM £1619pp
Peso Da Régua

Secrets of the Douro & Sevilla

5 sailing dates April 2024 to November 2024
10 Nights From Porto, Portugal to , Seville
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £3439pp
Seville

Sevilla & Secrets of the Douro

6 sailing dates May 2024 to November 2024
10 Nights From Seville, to Portugal , Porto
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £3439pp
Peso Da Régua

Madrid & Secrets of the Douro

5 sailing dates May 2023 to August 2024
9 Nights From Porto, Portugal to Spain , Madrid
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £3239pp

General Enquiry

Title
First Name
Last Name
Phone Number
Email Address
Adult
Children
Infant
Cruise Destination
Departure Month
Duration
Cruise Line
Cabin Type
Call back time
Special
requirements
Airport
preference

By providing your email address and clicking the Submit button, you consent to us sending you cruise holiday deals by email. For further details, please see our Privacy Policy here .