Riviera Travel returned to the water for the first time in 18 months on 20 August.

Riviera Travel returns to cruising on the Douro river

Riviera Travel returned to the water for the first time in 18 months on 20 August.

A total of 120 passengers were on-board two Douro, Porto and Salamanca eight-day sailings.

The cruises featured excursions to a Porto vineyard and the old city of Salamanca, as well as guided tours of local landmarks including Castelo Rodrigo and Mateus Palace gardens.

Health & safety consultant Ian Greaves said: “The controls on board are excellent. But it’s not intrusive.

“The staff are really helpful and are more than willing to go the extra mile and make sure everyone’s holiday is a safe one.”

Riviera Travel head of product river and ocean cruise Katja Hildebrandt said: “Our Douro cruises were the perfect first sailings back, as our guests really did feel they were away from it all as they visited some of Iberia’s most beautiful towns, gardens and vineyards.

“We can’t wait to welcome more people back on board, as our European river cruises return to some of the most beautiful destinations along the likes of the Seine, Rhone and Danube.”

Sally Harper, a guest on-board, added: “The organisation that Riviera have put into this has been absolutely second to none – I can’t fault it.

“This is the second trip we’ve done with Riviera, the first one was Croatia, but this is the first river cruise I’ve ever done and it’s gone beyond my expectations.

“The river is spectacular. Everybody told us to expect a beautiful river and this has just blown me away. The food is great and the staff are so friendly, everywhere is so immaculately clean. We’ve felt really safe and secure at all times.”

Riviera will now operate a series of river cruises across Europe up to early November.

All Riviera river cruises include complimentary inbound and outbound testing and a free drinks package.

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