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Portugal’s Rivers of Gold 9 Night River Cruise from Lisbon to Porto

Set sail with Viking River Cruises along the Douro River in Portugal to discover stunning beauty and rich history. You can visit Lisbon to explore its trendy galleries and restaurants and see the renaissance of this modern hub. Take the opportunity to discover two of Iberia's oldest university towns, Coimbra, Portugal, and Salamanca, Spain. The highlight of your journey is a cruise through the Douro River Valley. This is the world's oldest demarcated wine region and a UNESCO site that ends your memorable experience.

Portugal’s Rivers of Gold 9 Night River Cruise from Lisbon to Porto

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DEPARTURE DATE: November 24, 2024
Countries Visited: Portugal, Spain
Departure Port:Lisbon, Portugal

OVERVIEW

Enjoy the Douro’s beauty & history

Experience the renaissance of Lisbon, newly invigorated with trending galleries and restaurants. Explore two of Iberia’s oldest university towns: Coimbra, Portugal and Salamanca, Spain. Roam the port warehouses of Porto. Enjoy traditional cuisine, wine and fado singing. Cruise the Douro 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 a visit to Spain.

Travel Dates & Pricing

TRAVEL DATEPRICETYPE
November 24, 2024from $5,799 CAD - standard stateroomPer Person

What's Included

  • 9 night river cruise from Lisbon to Porto
  • One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • 24-hour specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • Visits to UNESCO Sites
  • Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances
  • Access to The Nordic Spa & state-of-the-art fitness center
  • Self-service launderettes
  • Alternative restaurant dining at no extra charge
  • 24-hour room service
  • Transfers
  • Taxes and port charges

Itinerary

DAYDATEPLACE
1Sun Nov 24Lisbon, Portugal
2Mon Nov 25Lisbon, Portugal
3Tue Nov 26Porto, Portugal
4Wed Nov 27Régua, Portugal
5Thu Nov 28Scenic Sailing: Douro River
6Fri Nov 29Salamanca, Spain
7Sat Nov 30Pinhão, Portugal
8Sun Dec 1Régua, Portugal
9Mon Dec 2Porto, Portugal
10Tue Dec 3Porto, Portugal

Day 1 – Lisbon, Portugal

Arrive and check in to your hotel. Lisbon has inspired explorers for centuries with its stunning setting at the Tagus River’s mouth. Its labyrinthine streets carry echoes of 16th-century navigators who sailed on the winds of the Age of Discovery. The city prospered greatly from its trade. And today’s streets are lined with the legacies of wealthy builders, including the Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower, stunning works that introduced Manueline architecture. Savoring local cuisine and port wine are favorite pastimes here. On any evening, the strains of fado spill from clubs in the historic Alfama District.

Day 2 – Lisbon, Portugal

Throughout Lisbon, fascinating monuments tell this proud city’s story. Along the riverfront, in Praça do Comércio, an equestrian statue at its center represents Portugal’s King José I, who capably rebuilt the city following the devastating 1755 earthquake. Among the most recognized of Lisbon’s monuments is the grand Monument to the Discoveries on the banks of the Tagus River, displaying statues of more than 30 contributors to exploration, whose bravery and spirit still shape the culture of this vibrant European capital.

Day 3 – Porto, Portugal

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and begin your journey to your embarkation city. Porto holds a place of great traditional importance. The town lends its name to the port wine produced in the region and throughout the nation. Located along a rocky embankment, the city boasts picturesque neighborhoods, fashionable restaurants and lively markets. Like Lisbon, Porto has a rich past; its historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site of narrow cobblestone streets brimming with romantic buildings spanning the centuries and a Romanesque cathedral. At the riverside, small barcos rabelos, boats once used to transport casks of wine, paint a charming scene.

Day 4- Régua, Portugal

The peaceful town of Peso da Régua, commonly known as Régua, overlooks the Douro River with the Serra do Marão mountains as a stunning backdrop. In 1756, the Marquês de Pombal proclaimed this city as the center of his newly demarcated wine region, and it has remained so since. As such, the town is steeped in the wine-making culture. This is particularly true at Casa do Douro, the headquarters of the Port Wine Institute. Its beautiful stained glass windows are a tribute in light and glass to the rich history of port wine and its cultural significance to the region.

Day 5 – Scenic Sailing: Douro River

Journey through the Douro River valley into the history of fine Portuguese wine. Surrounded by terraced hills, spot some of the area’s quintas, or wine estates, clinging to the slopes, nestled snugly among their vines. In this beautiful and largely unspoiled region, olive and almond groves share the river’s banks with vineyards. And it is hard to ignore the fact that this journey follows in the wake of traditional barcos rabelos that once transported wine downriver to the waiting casks in Vila Nova de Gaia.

Day 6 – Salamanca, Spain

Founded by a Celtic tribe before the rise of the Roman Empire, Salamanca was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988 due to its beautifully preserved buildings. It is home to one of Europe’s oldest universities, founded in 1134, and its main square, bustling with students, is often called the most beautiful in Spain. The beauty of this richly historic city, besides the enormous Romanesque cathedral whose profile dominates the town, is the grace with which Salamanca retains a traditional Spanish village feel. It is a living museum that takes visitors back to the Middle Ages.

Day 7 – Pinhão, Portugal

Pinhão is surrounded by picture-postcard terraced hillsides that are synonymous with the Douro River Valley. Its slow pace and quiet atmosphere belie the fact that it produces world-renowned port wines; some of the most recognizable names in port production operate wine estates near here. One of the “station towns” along the Douro River, Pinhão boasts a relaxing and scenic promenade along the river, perfect for strolling and drinking in the beauty of vineyard-clad hills. The village’s railway station is decorated with 24 spectacular scenes depicted in azulejos, Portugal’s distinctive blue-and-white tiles.

Day 8 – Régua, Portugal

In Portuguese cuisine, pork plays a central role, appearing in paio, a pork loin sausage, and chouriço, a spicy sausage often flavored with paprika or wine. These cured meats are nicely complemented by the smooth and creamy cheeses of the region. Among main dishes, the addictive pastéis de bacalhau (small cod cakes) are enjoyed hot or cold. And Portugal’s famed soup, caldo verde, gets its deep green color from a variant of kale. At meal’s end or just as a treat, the city’s pastelarias are well worth a visit for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Day 9 – Porto, Portugal

Along the Douro River, the prosperous future of Porto was sealed when the distinctive, single-masted barcos rabelos delivered the first wine shipments here from vineyards upriver. Before the advent of the railroad, these wooden cargo boats provided the fastest and most efficient transport of wines between the Douro River valley’s wineries and the city, from which bottles were exported all over the world. Today, the vessels are owned by port wine companies along the Douro. Though no longer in use, they grace the river’s edge nonetheless, contributing immeasurably to the city’s character and cultural identity.

Day 10 – Porto, Portugal

Along the Douro River, the prosperous future of Porto was sealed when the distinctive, single-masted barcos rabelos delivered the first wine shipments here from vineyards upriver. Before the advent of the railroad, these wooden cargo boats provided the fastest and most efficient transport of wines between the Douro River valley’s wineries and the city, from which bottles were exported all over the world. Today, the vessels are owned by port wine companies along the Douro. Though no longer in use, they grace the river’s edge nonetheless, contributing immeasurably to the city’s character and cultural identity. After breakfast, disembark your ship and journey home.

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