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Portugal's River of Gold

9 nights from £2245

  • Return Flights from 14 Regional Airports
  • Free Shore Excursions
  • Complimentary Drinks with Lunch and Dinner Onboard
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Unlimited Free Wi-Fi

23 July 2019

Portugal's River of Gold

Cruise Highlights

Viking River Cruises - VIking Torgil - 9 Nights - 23 July 2019

Discover one of Europe’s most pristine destinations—Portugal. Begin with two fascinating days and nights exploring the 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.

Cruise Map

Portugal's River of Gold Map

Your Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Lisbon, Portugal

    Transfer you to the superior first class Hotel Tivoli Lisboa (or similar) in the heart of Lisbon.

  • Day 2

    Lisbon, Portugal

    After breakfast, embark on a half-day tour of Lisbon. Begin at Belém with a tour of the Jerónimos Monastery, a Hieronymite monastery that is arguably the city’s most beautiful building. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the Tower of Belém which you also visit. 

  • Day 3

    Porto, Portugal

    Have breakfast, then check out of your hotel and take a scenic ride up the Portuguese coast to Porto. You will stop at Coimbra, birthplace of six Portuguese kings and home to one of Europe’s oldest universities, for lunch. Upon arrival in Porto, proceed to the dock at Vila Nova de Gaia to board your ship.

  • Day 4

    Porto & Bitetos, Portugal

    After breakfast, take a city tour of Porto, a charming riverside community whose historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will see Foz, an old fishing village where wealthy Porto families keep their summer homes. Visit a typical port wine-making facility, then return aboard for lunch.

  • Day 5

    Régua & Pinhão, Portugal

    This morning we sail along the Douro, arriving late morning in Régua. Disembark for a visit to Lamego, a small town famous for its baroque Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies. 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.

  • Day 6

    Barca d’Alva, Portugal

    This morning, 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. Arrive at Barca d’Alva, not far from the Spanish border, during lunchtime.

  • Day 7

    Salamanca & Vega de Terrón, Spain

    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. 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 at a local restaurant and features an unforgettable flamenco show.

  • Day 8

    Pinhão, Portugal

    After arriving in Pinhão this afternoon, drive up a scenic road to the little village of Favaios and make your way to one of the last traditional bakeries in the Douro Valley. Discover how bread was made in the old days and enjoy a fresh sample. Visit the local museum for wine and bread and explore a typical village not yet discovered by mass tourism. This evening, dine at Quinta da Avessada, a beautiful century-old winery in the heart of the Douro Wine District (a UNESCO Site)

  • Day 9

    Régua, Portugal

    Arrive in Régua during breakfast, then take a morning tour to Vila Real, site of the extraordinary Mateus 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 façade, grand stairway, richly appointed interiors and priceless objects on display will amaze you, as will the palace’s enchanting formal gardens featuring cedar-lined walkways, exquisite sculpted hedges and statuary and serene bodies of water.

  • Day 10

    Porto, Portugal

    After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.

          

Highlights

  • Lisbon

    Lisbon Tour

    Embark on a half-day tour of Lisbon. Begin at Belém with a tour of the Jerónimos Monastery—a Hieronymite monastery that is arguably the city’s most beautiful building. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the Tower of Belém which you also visit. Then you will ride up a steep hill for a walking tour of the maze-like Bairro Alto (old town) during which you learn about Lisbon’s long, multicultural history; explore the narrow streets of the Alfama as you walk back down toward the water’s edge.

  • Porto

    Porto Tour

    Take a city tour of Porto, a charming riverside community whose historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See its graceful bridges, baroque cathedrals and romantic 16th- through 19th-century buildings set among narrow cobbled streets. You will see Foz, an old fishing village where wealthy Porto families keep their summer homes.

  • Régua Tour

    Arrive in Régua during breakfast, then take a morning tour to Vila Real, site of the extraordinary Mateus 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 façade, grand stairway, richly appointed interiors and priceless objects on display will amaze you, as will the palace’s enchanting formal gardens featuring cedar-lined walkways, exquisite sculpted hedges and statuary and serene bodies of water.

  • Salamanca

    Salamanca Tour

    Enjoy 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 a cosmopolitan, 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 at a local restaurant and features an unforgettable flamenco show. 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 is still there and can be visited during free time.

Your Ship

VIking Torgil

VIking Torgil

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Package fares from £pp

  • Standard

    F

    £2245

  • Balcony

    C

    £2945

  • Veranda

    B

    £3195

  • Suite

    AA

    £4295

Itinerary may operate in reverse

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