Viking River Cruises announce Douro River Cruise
Commencing March 2013, Viking River Cruises have launched a river cruise vessel on a brand new cruise itinerary: River Douro, Portugal's River of Gold.
The new ship, Viking Douro, has been specially designed and built to sail on this delightful river, named the 'river of gold' for the quality of light that is prevalent. During the river cruise, guests will sample local Portuguese cuisine, wine and entertainment, whilst viewing steeply terraced vineyards, picturesque towns, castles, mansions and historic monasteries. The Douro is truly breathtaking and offers a wide range of scenery as it meanders through incredible valleys, past ancient vineyards and into bustling Portuguese towns brimming with culture.
Ports of call include historic Porto, the medieval city of Salamanca, a tour of the 15th century Jerónimos Monastery, plus a 2-night hotel stay in Lisbon.
The Viking Douro was built specifically to sail the Douro River. Spacious and supremely comfortable with panoramic views, large staterooms with French balconies and 360 degree views from the public areas, guests can sit back and relax as they immerse themselves in the glorious scenery.
Fares include visits to UNESCO World Heritage sites, all excursions, on board meals and wine with lunch and dinner, offering guest exceptional value for money.
Day 1 Lisbon We meet you at Lisbon airport & take you to your hotel; free time
Day 2 Lisbon Panoramic city tour featuring the Tower of Belém, Jerónimos Monastery, a UNESCO site; free time; optional fado dinner show
Day 3 Porto Hotel check-out; scenic coach transfer via Coimbra; embark your ship; evening at leisure
Day 4 Porto Tour of city centre, a UNESCO site; port wine tasting; afternoon free time or optional Guimarães excursion. Bitetos Dinner at Alpendurada Monastery
Day 5 Régua Excursion to Lamego featuring the Sanctuary of Our Lady & its baroque staircase
- Pinhão Rejoin your ship; Portuguese folkloric music show
Day 6 Pinhão Morning at leisure, perhaps visit the railway station with its spectacular azulejos tilework
Barca d'Alva Quinta do Seixo excursion & wine tasting
Day 7 Salamanca Full-day excursion to Salamanca, a UNESCO site; guided city tour & lunch; afternoon free time.Vega de Terrón Evening at leisure.
Day 8 Vega de Terrón Castelo Rodrigo excursion; dinner & wine tasting at Quinta da Avessada in the Douro Wine District, a UNESCO site
Day 9 Régua Excursion to Vila Real; guided tour of Mateus Palace & Gardens. Porto Evening at leisure
Day 10 Porto We take you from your ship to Porto airport for your return flight to the UK
Viking River Cruises, offers scenic cruising along the rivers of Europe, Russia, China and Southeast Asia. The company has been honoured multiple times as the top river cruise line as well as being recognised as the World's Leading River Cruise Operator at the World Travel Awards and the "Best River Cruise Line" at the British Travel Awards.
With a $250 million investment in a fleet development programme, by 2013 Viking will have several refurbishments plus the introduction of 10 new ships beginning with Viking Emerald and Viking Prestige in 2011 and four ships in 2012.