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Meet APT Cruise Director – Isabel Janela

Everything is shipshape on a Douro River cruise with dedicated Cruise Director Isabel Janela, who has worked with APT since 2017.

"Like a maestro conducting his orchestra I make sure that everything and everyone involved is playing the same music for the best performance for our guests," she says.

It's also about fun! Some of Isabel's favourite on-tour moments have been the Captain's dinners and after-parties on board with the guests and the late Captain Antonio. "Together we turned them into the best dancing and singing nights ever," she recalls.

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A Douro River cruise takes you through Portugal's dramatic Douro Valley. This stunning waterway is dotted with family-run quintas (estates) and hilltop vineyards, before opening out into the Atlantic Sea beyond the ancient city of Porto. Hear Isabel talk of her love for the delights of the Douro River and why she can't wait to welcome you back. 

Travel is calling. Let’s get back out there!

Answer the Call

Experience Portuguese history and a touch of Spanish culture on this 9 Day Douro Delights cruise. Arrive into Porto and board the MS AmaVida. As you cruise eastward over the next seven days:


Explore – the history of medieval settlement in Guimaraes, and historic Regua, famous for its port wines.


Taste – wine and cheese in the gardens of the family-owned Quinta da Avelada; delicious smoked ham, home-baked bread and cheese in Lamego, and sit down to lunch and a port wine tasting at the vineyard of Quinta da Roeda.


SeeCasa de Mateus, an 18th-century Baroque palace; the castle ruins of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, and the ancient Spanish city of Salamanca.


Stay – in Spain’s capital Madrid at the Gran Melia Fenix.