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The Douro - Portugal's River of Gold

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Lisbon & Round Trip Porto Cruise 10 Days

10 day holiday combining 2 nights in Lisbon with a 7 night luxurious Douro river cruise aboard the delightful Viking Douro.

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Discover one of Europe's most pristine destinations - Portugal. Begin with two fascinating days and nights exploring the Portugese capital city of Lisbon, then proceed to Porto at the mouth of the Douro River to embark your cruise ship. The river takes you on a winding easterly course between steeply terraced vineyards, stopping at ports of call largely unchanged for centuries with charming town squares, colorful castles, baroque mansions and historic monasteries.

At the Spanish border you'll indulge in a scenic ride into Spain to visit the medieval city of Salamanca before the voyage back to Porto. See unspoiled vistas and sample Portuguese specialties like salt cod, hearty soups and stews and of course the area's sensational port and tawny wines. If you have never visited Portugal, you are in for a treat; or, see a dramatic new side of this beautiful country on the Douro River.

What's Included

  • 2 nights 5★ hotel accommodation in central Lisbon
  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom
  • French balconies and full outside balconies available
  • Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner onboard ship
  • Multiple dining options including al fresco dining on the sun deck
  • 8 included tours and excursions including 4 UNESCO world heritage sites
  • Services of professional Cruise Manager
  • Return scheduled economy class flights from London. Regional flight add-ons available.
  • All port charges, airport taxes and transfers from airport to ship
  • Free wifi - speeds may vary

Day 1: London, Lisbon

Map of the Douro
Map of the Douro River Valley

Welcome to Lisbon; we will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the superior first class Hotel Tivoli Lisboa (or similar) in the heart of Lisbon. Relax this afternoon and evening or explore the city a bit on your own.
Included Meals

Day 2: Lisbon

After breakfast, embark on a half-day tour of Lisbon. Begin at Belém with a tour of the Jerónimos Monastery, one of the most prominent examples of Portuguese late Gothic Manueline style of architecture. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the Tower of Belém that you also explore. Then take a walking tour through the narrow streets of the Alfama District where you learn about Lisbon’s long, multicultural history.
Included Meals B

Day 3: Lisbon, Coimbra & Porto Luxury Motorcoach Transfer

Have breakfast, then check out of your hotel and take a scenic ride to Porto. You will stop for lunch in Coimbra, birthplace of six Portuguese kings and home to one of Europe’s oldest universities. Upon arrival in Porto, proceed to the dock at Vila Nova de Gaia to board your ship. Then, after boarding, you can relax and get settled in your stateroom before a welcome cocktail and dinner is served.
Included Meals B L D

Day 4: Porto & Bitetos (Guimarães Luxury Motorcoach Transfer)

Coimbra
Port Ships, Rabelos, on the Douro

After breakfast, take a city tour of Porto, a charming riverside community whose historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire its graceful bridges, baroque cathedrals and romantic 16th- through 19th-century buildings nestled together on narrow cobbled streets. Visit a typical port wine–making facility, then return to your ship for lunch.

This afternoon you have time to explore Porto on your own, or take an optional excursion to Guimarães, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guimarães has a medieval quarter with narrow streets, a main square and palaces and monasteries dating back to the 10th century. In the 12th century, it was Portugal’s first capital and home to its first king, Afonso Henriques.

Enjoy your evening at leisure in Porto, where your ship remains docked overnight.
Included Meals B L D

Day 5: Régua & Pinhão (Mateus Palace, Vila Real Luxury Motorcoach Transfer)

Mateus Palace
Mateus Palace, Vila Real

This morning we sail along the Douro, arriving late morning in Régua. After lunch, disembark for a tour to Vila Real, site of the extraordinary Meteus Palace (the building depicted on the Mateus Rosé wine labels). This stunning baroque palace was the home of the last count of Vila Real; its pinnacled facade, grand stairway, richly appointed interiors and priceless objects on display will astonish you, as will the palace’s enchanting formal gardens featuring cedar-lined walkways, exquisite sculpted hedges and statuary and serene bodies of water. As you depart, catch glimpses of the town’s ornamental carvings and tiled walls. Visit one of the area’s iconic port wine–making institutions. See its vineyard and tour the facility to learn how these unique Portuguese products are crafted, then sample the libation in their tasting room. Rejoin your ship in Pinhão for dinner.
Included Meals B L D

Day 6: Barca d'Alva

This morning, we sail east along the Douro. You will see dramatic, sheer rock formations, picturesque terraced vineyards and graceful bridges and trestles along the way; you will also pass through two of the river’s locks at the Valeira and Pocinho Dams. We’ll arrive at Barca d’Alva, not far from the Spanish border, during lunchtime.

This afternoon, enjoy a tour to Castelo Rodrigo. Located approximately 2,200 feet above sea level and surrounded by almond trees, Castelo Rodrigo is one of Portugal’s 12 historic parishes; its streets are narrow and steep and its houses still present 16th-century facades and the distinctively Portuguese Manueline-style windows. Here you will see Sinagoga Street, a remembrance of the Jewish community established by refugees from the Spanish Inquisition; you can visit the local church as well. As we ride back to our ship, we’ll stop here and there to admire panoramic views.
Included Meals B L D

Day 7: Vega de Terrón (Salamanca Luxury Motorcoach Transfer)

Coimbra
Salamanca Cathederal

Today you have a full-day excursion to Salamanca, Spain. This ancient city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a living museum that takes visitors back to the Middle Ages; yet it is also a cosmopolitan and multicultural city with a large population of international students. Take a ride through the Iberian countryside to Salamanca, then spend some time exploring the shops and cafés of the Plaza Mayor (Main Square) on your own. Lunch is served at a local restaurant featuring traditional Spanish music. Your afternoon guided city tour takes you to the Gothic House of Shells, the 13th-century Salamanca University and the New Cathedral, built from 1513 through 1733. The Old Cathedral still exists and can be visited during free time. Rejoin your ship in Vega de Terrón.
Included Meals B L D

Day 8: Pinhão

This morning, we sail west along the Douro passing some of the area’s quintas (vineyards), where you may catch glimpses of vintners tending their vines.

After breakfast, disembark for a scenic drive up to the little village of Favaios, and make your way to one of the last traditional bakeries in the Douro River Valley. Discover how bread was made in the old days and how it tasted with a sample fresh from the oven. Visit the local museum for a wine-and-bread repast, and explore a typical Portuguese village not yet discovered by the masses. Then continue for lunch at Quinta da Avessada, a rustic centuries-old winery in the heart of the Douro Wine District (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and sample some local varieties of port, such as moscatel. Rejoin your ship in Pinhão where you remain docked overnight.
Included Meals B L D

Day 9: Régua

Coimbra
Sanctuary of Our Lady, Lamego

Arrive in Régua after breakfast then disembark for a visit to Lamego, a small town known for its baroque Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies, dating back to the 14th century and still used by pilgrims today. Visit the shrine, decorated with exquisite tilework in the Moorish manner, and descend the grand baroque staircase. You also see the town’s Gothic cathedral and the ruins of 12th-century Lamego Castle with its unusual vaulted cistern. Return to your ship for lunch and scenic afternoon sailing along the Douro, back toward Porto. Arrive in port during a festive farewell dinner; we are docked overnight so feel free to take an evening stroll or enjoy the activities in the Lounge.

As you depart, catch glimpses of the town's ornamental carvings, tiled walls and Manueline windows. Return to your ship for lunch and scenic afternoon sailing along the Douro, back toward Vila Nova de Gaia. Arrive in port during a festive farewell dinner; we are docked overnight so feel free to take an evening stroll or enjoy the activities in the lounge.
Included Meals B L D

Day 10: Porto, London

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight. Or, extend your time in the region with a 2-night extension to Braga, Portugal and Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Included Meals B


  • Included Meals  Included Meals - B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner.

  • Tour or Transfer by Luxury Motorcoach  Transfer or Tour via Luxury Motorcoach

Viking Torgil & Hemming



Overview

These new vessels are based on the award-winning Viking Longships, offering state-of-the-art engineering, an innovative corridor configuration, deluxe accommodations and Viking's signature Scandinavian décor. With more ways to personalize your trip, you can choose from a variety of stateroom classes, onboard entertainment options and ship locations where you can enjoy sailing through the scenery, all the while enriching your time in some of Portugal and Spain's most remarkable destinations.

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 53 comfortable outside staterooms (11 Veranda Suites, 23 Veranda Staterooms, 3 French Balcony Staterooms, 16 Standard Staterooms)
  • The Veranda Suites feature two rooms with a veranda off the living room and a French balcony in the bedroom
  • Sun deck with 360-degree views, a shaded sitting area and al fresco dining area; swimming pool, organic herb garden, solar panels & putting green
  • Aquavit Terrace with a revolutionary indoor/outdoor viewing area at the bow of the ship
  • Observation lounge & bar with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows for panoramic views
  • Free shipwide internet service
  • Library corner and onboard boutique
  • Elevator
  • Laundry service*

* Payable locally.


Viking Torgil & Hemming - deck plan
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All Staterooms & Suites Feature

  • Hotel-style beds (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Private bathroom with shower with premium bath products
  • Telephone, safe & hair dryer
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • Bathrobe and slippers available upon request
  • Individual climate control
  • Voltage: 220V in stateroom
  • 40-inch flat-panel TVs with an infotainment system featuring movies on demand plus CNBC, CNN, ESPN, FOX, National Geographic and more

Veranda Suite (Cat. AA & AB)

Viking Longship - Veranda Suite  Viking Longship - Veranda Suite Plan

Additional Features

  • Suite size: 302 sq. ft.
  • Full size outside balcony off the spacious living room
  • Living room with Sofa & Chairs with floor to ceiling french doors to the balcony
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, known as a French balcony, in the bedroom
  • Large private bathroom with shower

Veranda Stateroom (Cat. A & B)

Viking Longship - Veranda Stateroom  Viking Longship - Veranda Stateroom Plan

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 185 sq. ft.
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors open to a full size outside balcony

French Balcony Stateroom (Cat. C & D)

Viking Longship - French Balcony Stateroom  Viking Longship - French Balcony Stateroom Plan

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 150 sq. ft.
  • Floor to ceiling glass doors opening to a French balcony

Stateroom (Cat. E & F)

Viking Longship - Standard Stateroom  Viking Longship - Standard Stateroom Plan

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 155 sq. ft.
  • Half height picture window

Fine dining

Gourmet Dining onboard a Viking Vessel

The onboard chefs create a variety of tasty offerings for you, with freshly prepared seasonal local vegetables, local specialties adapted to satisfy the tastes of passengers, and homemade soups prepared daily.

For breakfast, choose from our selections of pastries, cereals, breakfast meats, egg dishes, fresh fruit and selected cheeses. At lunch, select from the soup and sandwich bar, or a choice of entrées and dessert. And for dinner, you are treated to a full menu with regional specialties.

You can also select from carefully chosen regional wines to perfectly complement your meal. And wherever you sail, you will find enhancements reflecting your itinerary-it is all part of experiencing the local culture.

Al fresco dining

Where possible al fresco dining is also available on the sundeck


Cultural Highlights

To complement your onshore excursions, take part in Viking's Cultural Highlights; immersive learning and enhancement activities both on board and ashore:

  • Visit port wine-making facilities along the Douro
  • Tour Lisbon's Bairro Alto (the old town area) and colorful Alfama district
  • Dine at a centuries old monastery converted to a museum
  • Enjoy a Portuguese folkloric show and a Spanish flamenco performance
  • Tour the Mateus Palace and its spectacular gardens

These in-depth experiences are included as an essential part of discovering more about the places through which you cruise, and each activity is planned specifically to illuminate each itinerary.

Culture Curriculum

Sometimes you want to dig a little deeper. We offer a series of onboard multimedia lectures to shed light on the history and culture of the places you visit. Learn about:

  • The long history of the Iberian Peninsula
  • Port wine viticulture
  • Cultural influences on the area's art and architecture
  • The European pilgrimage tradition
  • Fado, flamenco and other music and dance traditions

Onboard Staff

Viking is proud to partner with the world's best hosts to provide our guests with unparalleled accommodations on the Douro.

We manage everything

Best of all, there is no need to do research or make arrangements in advance. We take care of all the details; transportation, reservations, entry fees and more. You return home enriched with wonderful memories.

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Single Occupancy Supplements: Cat F: 50%, Cat E to ES: 100%
Club Europe / Business Class Flight Upgrade: From £250pp subject to availability


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Single Occupancy Supplements: Cat F: 50%, Cat E to ES: 100%
Club Europe / Business Class Flight Upgrade: From £250pp subject to availability



Prices are per person based on two sharing and are subject to availability at time of booking. Operators reserve the right to amend published prices prior to a confirmed booking being made.

Please call for latest prices and availability or Request a Callback ...

Extend Your Stay

polaroid style photo Church of Bom Jesus, Braga

Fancy a couple more days to explore Lisbon?

Or perhaps take a ride along the northern Portuguese coast.

Stop in Braga to visit the baroque pilgrimage church of Bom Jesus with its spectacular zigzag staircase. Cross into Spain and visit the Galician capital of Santiago de Compostela, whose unforgettable old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Two nights at the first class NH Obradoiro (or similar) in Santiago de Compostela, daily breakfasts, a guided walking tour of the city center and ship/hotel transfers are included, along with the services of a Viking host.

Please call 0800 471 4754 for further information and assistance.

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