We are extending our Portugal sailing seasons – and here are a few reasons why you should join us on the Douro River in autumn or winter.

AmaWaterways has extended our sailing season on the Douro River. Cruise along the gorgeous Douro River as late as December. Here are just a few of the added sparkles that the autumn and winter seasons bring to journeys through this incredible region.

Portugal’s Second Most Popular Fruit

Olives are grown alongside grapevines at many Portuguese wineries. If you travel during the harvest (August-November), you may witness the locals striking tree branches with sticks and collecting fallen olives from the ground. Their scent and flavor are beyond compare — and bottles of Portuguese olive oil make terrific souvenirs.

Crimson Glory and Sweater Weather

The Douro Valley’s dramatic slopes and vineyards are blanketed in a sea of red and gold as autumn announces its presence in Portugal. Average temperatures range from about 45-58° F in November and December, so while you may not experience a “white Christmas,” you will be treated to wonderful weather for our included hikes in Castelo Rodrigo, at Lamego Holy Staircase and through Porto.

A Magical Manger Appearance

Throughout Portugal, nativity scenes typically outnumber Christmas trees. But do not expect to see Baby Jesus in the manger until after Missa do Galo (midnight mass) has ended. It is tradition for parents to place him there just before Father Christmas, known locally as Pai Natal, arrives with gifts — much to children’s delight!

Give Thanks and Be Merry in Portugal

Make special holiday memories with these festive Enticing Douro departures roundtrip from Porto.

November 23-30, 2024 or November 26-December 3, 2025

Count your blessings on board these departures during American Thanksgiving on November 28, 2024 or November 27, 2025 with delicious cuisine and some Portuguese Port wine.

December 21-28, 2024 or December 12-19, 2025 | December 9-16, 2025

Celebrate the Festival of Lights on board when Hanukkah begins the evening of December 25, 2024 or December 14, 2025 — and perhaps substitute Portuguese rabanadas or pastéis de nata for traditional holiday doughnuts!

December 21-28, 2024 or December 23-30, 2025

Deck the halls for Christmas and reflect during Kwanzaa while admiring elaborate nativity scenes throughout the Douro River Valley on these departures. Plus, visit intimate holiday markets in cities such as Porto (and Lisbon if you add our optional land package).

Space is available on board the golden AmaDouro through December in 2024 and 2025 and on our new AmaSintra in 2025 – contact your preferred travel advisor to learn more about cruising the Douro River.

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