10 Day Portugal’s River of Gold - Lisbon to Porto

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Departure Dates

17th Apr 2021 - 28th Apr 2021 from $5,495PP

1st May 2021 - 30th Aug 2021 from $5,995PP

1st Sep 2021 - 29th Sep 2021 from $6,995PP

2nd Oct 2021 - 7th Nov 2021 from $4,795PP

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Overview

Experience the renaissance of Lisbon, newly revitalized with trending galleries and restaurants. Delve into two of Iberia’s oldest university towns: Coimbra, Portugal and Salamanca, Spain. Stroll around the port warehouses of Porto. Relish traditional cuisine, wine and fado singing. Cruise the Duoro River Valley, the world’s oldest demarcated wine region and a UNESCO Site. Our 10-day cruisetour includes a hotel stay in Lisbon and the added bonus of visit to Spain.

Highlights

  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Enjoy enrichment lectures & destination performances
  • Receive a complimentary shore excursion in every port
  • Revel in the tranquility of the town Barca d’Alva, shadowed by mountains, surrounded by miles of countryside
  • Visit the epicenter of the port wine-making town, Pinhao and explore the regions perfect grape growing conditions

Inclusions

  • 7 Night luxury cruise with river view stateroom
  • 2 Nights at Lisbon's Hotel Tivoli Lisboa (or similar)
  • Guided excursion in each port of call
  • All onboard meals
  • Complimentary beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • 24-hour specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • All port charges & taxes
  • All onboard gratuities and tipping
  • Complimentary transfers with Viking Air
  • Free WiFi
  • In Explorer Suite category, enjoy complimentary Silver Spirits package and private airport transfers

Options

  • Upgrade to a French Balcony Cabin from AU$200 per person
  • Upgrade to a Veranda Cabin from AU$1,900 per person
  • Upgrade to Business Class from $6495 per person
  • Extend your journey before or after your cruise including hotel, some meals and transfers:
  • 3 Nights Madrid from $1,199 per person
  • 2 Nights Lisbon from $669 per person
  • 2 Nights Road to Santiago from $799 per person
  • Tour operates on selected sailings March - November 2021
  • Extremely limited dates available in 2020, ask your Consultant for available dates and pricing
  • Receive a $200 discount per couple when you book your first Viking cruise.

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Itinerary

Day
1

Lisbon, Portugal

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.

Day
2

Lisbon, Portugal

After breakfast, embark on a half-day tour of Lisbon. Guests sailing with us on Viking Hemming or Viking Torgil will begin at Belém with a tour of 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 will also explore. Guests sailing on Viking Osfrid and Viking Helgrim will enjoy a guided tour of the Maritime Museum, located in the monastery’s West Wing. Afterward, take a walking tour through the narrow streets of the Alfama District, where you learn about Lisbon’s long, multicultural history. (B)

Day
3

Porto, Portugal

Have breakfast, then check out of your hotel and take a scenic ride to Porto. 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. (B, L, D)

Day
4

Porto, Portugal

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, grand cathedrals and romantic 16th- through 19th-century buildings nestled together on narrow cobblestone streets.
This afternoon you have time to explore Porto on your own, or take an optional excursion to Guimarães and its medieval quarter. Sample wines that have been in the making for generations at the historic Quinta da Aveleda estate, or soar over the historic “City of Bridges” on a thrilling helicopter sightseeing tour. This evening, enjoy a festive farewell dinner. (B, L, D)

Day
5

Régua, Portugal

After breakfast, 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. After arriving in port, enjoy a festive farewell dinner; we are docked overnight, so feel free to take an evening stroll or join the activities in the Lounge. (B, L, D)

Day
6

Barca D’Alva, Portugal

This morning, we sail east along the Douro. See dramatic, sheer rock formations, picturesque terraced vineyards, and graceful bridges and trestles along the way; you also pass through two of the river’s locks at the Valeira and Pocinho Dams. We arrive at Barca d’Alva, not far from the Spanish border, in mid-afternoon.
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. Here you 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 will stop along the way to admire panoramic views. (B, L, D)

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; 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. 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. (B, D)

Day
8

Pinhão, Portugal

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 local fortified wine such as muscatel. Rejoin your ship in Pinhão and set sail to Régua, where you remain docked overnight. (B, L, D)

Day
9

Régua & Pinhão, Portugal

This morning we sail along the Douro, arriving at Régua in early afternoon. Disembark for an excursion 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 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. (B, L, D)

Day
10

Porto, Portugal

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. (B)

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