Trip Type : River Cruise
Stunning Oceanside, Portugal

Portugal's River Of Gold

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
10 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Cruise Map : Explore Lisbon, then see unspoiled vistas, stop at ports of call largely unchanged for centuries and sample the local cuisine and port wines on your Douro River cruise.
  • Lisbon, Portugal : Portugal’s capital city, Lisbon, is not only the country’s largest city with a population of more than 500,000 people, but it is also one of the oldest cities in the world, boasting over 20 centuries of continuous human habitation.
  • Porto & Bitetos, Portugal :Portugal’s second largest city, Porto, is a thriving economic center as well as a place of great traditional importance.
  • Régua & Pinhão, Portugal : The peaceful town of Peso da Régua, commonly known as Régua, overlooks the Douro River with the Serra do Marao mountains at its rear.
  • Barca D’Alva, Portugal : This tranquil town is shadowed by mountains and surrounded by miles of gorgeous countryside filled with vineyards and orchards.
  • Porto, Portugal : Portugal’s second largest city, Porto, is a thriving economic center as well as a place of great traditional importance.

Short Description

Enjoy the Douro’s beauty & history

Spend two fascinating days and nights exploring Portugal’s capital city of Lisbon. Then sail the Douro River past steeply terraced vineyards to ports of call with charming town squares, colorful castles, baroque mansions and historic monasteries. Visit the Spanish medieval city of Salamanca and sample Portuguese specialties like salt cod, hearty soups and of course the area’s sensational port and tawny wines.

These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Trip Type River Cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Lodging Level Luxury - 5 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Lisbon
End City Porto

Trip Includes

  • 8-day cruise with river-view stateroom
  • 2 nights at Lisbon’s superior first class Hotel Tivoli Lisboa (or similar)
  • 8 guided tours with audio headset
  • Most meals: 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches & 7 dinners, featuring regional specialties
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch service
  • Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Culture Curriculum: Sample some local port wines; enjoy a folkloric music performance; learn about wine-making traditions and Portuguese history; attend a flamenco show
  • All port charges
  • Free Wi-Fi, connection speed may vary

 

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Itinerary

Day 1: Lisbon, Portugal

Accommodation : 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

Meals : B
Accommodation : UNESCO Porto & Bitetos, Portugal

After breakfast, embark on a half-day tour of Lisbon. Begin at Belém with a tour of the Jerónimos Monastery, a Hieronymite monastery regarded as the city’s most striking building. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the Tower of Belém which you also explore. Then jaunt up the hill for a walking tour of the maze-like Bairro Alto (Old Town) during which you learn about Lisbon’s long, multicultural history; afterward walk back down toward the water’s edge on the narrow streets of Alfama.

Day 3: Porto, Portugal

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Porto, Portugal

Have breakfast, then check out of your hotel and take a scenic ride up the Portuguese coast 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.

Day 4: Porto & Bitetos, Portugal

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : UNESCO Régua & Pinhão, 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, baroque cathedrals and romantic 16th- through 19th-century buildings nestled together on narrow cobbled streets. You will see Foz, an old fishing village where the wealthy families of Porto have always kept their summer homes. 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, Don Afonso Henriques. Rejoin your ship in Bitetos, where it is docked.

This evening, disembark and proceed to the 11th-century Alpendurada Monastery, now a small inn and museum with a sweeping view of the river. Enjoy a leisurely dinner and fado(traditional folk music) concert.

Day 5: Régua & Pinhão, Portugal

Meals : B, L, D

This morning we sail along the Douro, arriving late morning in Régua. 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. Visit Quinta do Seixo, one of the area’s iconic port wine-making institutions. See the 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.

Day 6: Barca D’Alva, Portugal

Meals : B, L, D

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 half-day tour to Figueira de 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 façades and the distinctively Portuguese Manueline-style windows. Here you will see Sinagoga Street, a memento of a 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.

Day 7: Salamanca & Vega de Terrón, Spain

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : UNESCO

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 that 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 still exists and can be visited during free time. Rejoin your ship in Vega de Terrón. Spend your evening at leisure as your ship remains docked overnight.

Day 8: Pinhão, Portugal

Meals :B, L, D
Accommodation : UNESCO Régua, Portugal

This morning, relax over a cup of coffee (or tea) and watch the world go by as we sail west along the Douro. Passing some of the area’s quintas (vineyards), you may catch glimpses of vintners tending their vines, or some barcos rabelos (wine boats), carrying casks of Port wine down the river to Porto.

After arriving in Pinhão this afternoon, have lunch at Quinta da Avessada, a rustic century-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. Later this afternoon enjoy a scenic drive up 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 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.

Day 9: Régua, Portugal

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Porto, 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 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, 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.

Day 10: Porto, Portugal

Meals : B

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.

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Along with a lot of other passengers, I was amazed at how uninhabited and quiet vast stretches of Russia are en route from Moscow to St. Petersburg. My wife and I enjoyed the big cities on either end of the trip, but the peaceful areas, the huge lakes and little villages, are what we'll remember the most. As always, Viking was a great way to see the rivers (and lakes, in this case). We've been on several Viking cruises but this may have been the most memorable.
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Ship Name

Viking Hemming

Ship Stats

  • All staterooms are outside with river view
  • Veranda Suites are 302 square feet, have separate sleeping & sitting quarters, a full veranda & French balcony & 2 flat-panel TVs
  • All Upper & Middle deck staterooms have a full veranda or French balcony
  • All staterooms & suites have hotel-style beds with optional twin-bed configuration
  • Private bathroom with shower; premium bath products; bathrobe & slippers upon request
  • 40" flat-panel TV with infotainment system featuring movies on demand plus FOX, National Geographic & more
  • Telephone, safe, hair dryer & individual climate control
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • The Lounge & bar with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that lead to an open air Aquavit Terrace
  • Restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows for panoramic views and an al fresco restaurant
  • Sun deck with shaded sitting area and al fresco dining area, swimming pool, organic herb garden, solar panels & putting green
  • Library corner & onboard boutique
  • Elevator
  • Free wireless Internet
  • Laundry service
  • Voltage: 220V & 110V (U.S. outlet) in stateroom

Ship Description

These intimate ships were custom built to sail Portugal's Douro River, with state-of-the-art engineering, deluxe accommodations and streamlined Scandinavian interiors. Like our Viking Longships, you can choose from a variety of stateroom classes, all with sweeping river views.

Deck & Cabin Plans

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Cancellation Policy:

For any cruise/land booking, whether under deposit, partially paid, or paid in full and air-inclusive packages paid in full, the following travel agent or guest-requested situations are considered cancellations and penalties will apply as noted below: changes to departure date; substitutions of itinerary; substitution of another person for original booked guest(s); or changing to a promotional fare. All cancellations must be in writing. For all air-inclusive packages cancelled after issuance of an airline ticket, the air portion of the refund, if any, will be processed only after the return of airline ticket to Viking. The following cancellation charges will be assessed for all written cancellations received prior to departure up to the scheduled time of departure.

Cancellation received | Following charges will apply: (Broken out by days before departure) 121 days or more is $100 per person | 120-90 days is 15% of full fare | 89-60 days is 35% of full fare | 59-30 days is 50% of full fare | 29-0 days is 100% of full fare.

Full Fare is defined as the full cost of any cruise, land or air component purchased from Viking.

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PorRivVik

Meals Included:

9 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 7 Dinners

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