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Douro – River of Gold Cruise

Pristine and picturesque, discover historic cities, quiet landscapes and charming villages. This enchanting 10 day holiday begins with two days and nights exploring Lisbon, from where you travel to Porto to embark your new Viking ship, Viking Douro.

Douro Viking river cruise guide

DAY 1 LISBON

From Lisbon airport Viking takes you to your hotel, where you can settle in and begin to explore the city.

DAY 2 LISBON

Enjoy a half-day tour of Lisbon with a visit to the Tower of Belem and the Monastery of Jeronimos, which comprise a UNESCO World Heritage site. Take a walking tour of the maze-like Bairro Alto (old town) and
discover Lisbon’s multicultural history. This evening you are free to discover Lisbon’s restaurants, or choose a Lisbon by Night evening with a visit to a fado club for dinner and a show of traditional music.

Included excursion: panoramic city tour.
Included meal: breakfast.

DAY 3 PORTO

After breakfast check out of your hotel and enjoy a drive along the coast to Porto, stopping for lunch at Coimbra. After boarding Viking Douro, settle into your stateroom before a Welcome Cocktail and dinner aboard.

Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 4 PORTO & BITETOS

Enjoy a city tour of Porto, whose historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage site. See its graceful bridges and baroque cathedrals set among narrow cobbled streets, and the old fishing village of Foz. This afternoon, visit a port wine–making facility before sailing to Bitetos. Or, after your Porto tour, take an optional excursion to Guimaraes with its medieval quarter. In the evening, disembark to visit the Alpendurada Monastery for dinner.

Included excursions: tour of Porto city center with port wine tasting, dinner at Alpendurada Monastery.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 5 REGUA & PINHAO

This morning sail along to Regua for a visit to Lamego, a town famous for its baroque Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies, dating back to the 14th century. Visit the shrine, decorated with exquisite tile work in the
Moorish manner. You will also see the town’s Gothic cathedral and the ruins of 12th-century Lamego Castle. Rejoin your ship in Pinhao for dinner and a Portuguese folk music show on board.

Included excursion: Lamego excursion.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 6 PINHAO & BARCA DALVA

Your morning is free to explore Pinhao – take a stroll or visit the railway station with its spectacular azulejos (Portugal’s distinctive blue and white tiles). Sail to Barca d’Alva for a visit to Quinta do Seixo, a renowned port wine-making institution. See the vineyard and sample their wares. Enjoy a festive Captain’s dinner on board.

Included excursions: Quinta do Seixo excursion and wine tasting.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 7 SALAMANCA

Drive to Salamanca in Spain where you can enjoy a full-day excursion of this ancient city that is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a living museum of the Middle Ages. Enjoy free time to explore Plaza Mayor (Main Square). Lunch is at a local restaurant and features a flamenco show. Your afternoon guided city tour takes you to the Gothic House of Shells, the 13th-century Salamanca University and the New Cathedral. Rejoin your ship in Vega de Terrón.

Included excursion: full-day excursion to Salamanca with guided city tour.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 8 VEGA DE TERRON & PINHAO

Enjoy a half-day tour to Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, one of Portugal’s 12 historic parishes. This evening, dine at Quinta da Avessada, a winery in the heart of the Douro Wine District and sample some varieties of port, such as Moscatel from nearby Favaios.

Included excursions: Castelo Rodrigo excursion. Dinner and wine tasting at Quinta da Avessada.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 9 PINHAO & REGUA

Arrive in Regua for a tour of Vila Real, site of the Mateus Palace, a stunning baroque building. Return to your ship for lunch and scenic afternoon sailing back toward Vila Nova de Gaia. Enjoy a festive farewell dinner; we are docked overnight and you are free to enjoy an evening stroll.

Today’s included excursion: excursion to Vila Real; guided tour of Mateus Palace and gardens.
Today’s included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 10 PORTO

After breakfast, Viking takes you to the airport.

Included meal: breakfast.

Douro River Cruise

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