Sailing Portugal’s River of Gold with Viking River Cruises

Porto, Portugal. Portugal's Douro River is a hot cruise destination. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Porto, Portugal. Portugal’s Douro River is a hot cruise destination – and we’re heading there at the end of this month! Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

They call it Portugal’s “River of Gold.” The Douro River didn’t merely act a conduit between the Atlantic Ocean and the inner reaches of Portugal – it was a transportation system that enabled the region’s famous port wine production to flourish.

Port wine is produced exclusively in Portugal’s Douro River Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It derives its name from the city of Porto, Portugal – and that’s exactly where we’ll be heading on our next adventure with Viking River Cruises.

Beginning September 29, join us as we arrive in Lisbon for the start of our 10-day Portugal’s River of Gold itinerary that will take us through Portugal and the historic Douro River Valley all the way to Salamanca, Spain – and back.

Our entire journey, in handy map form:

Our 10-day cruisetour through Portugal with Viking River Cruises will take us from Lisbon through the historic Douro River Valley. Illustration courtesy of Viking River Cruises.

Our 10-day cruisetour through Portugal with Viking River Cruises will take us from Lisbon through the historic Douro River Valley. Illustration courtesy of Viking River Cruises.

Our Viking cruisetour begins with two nights at the Hotel Tivoli Lisboa, situated on Av. Da Liberdade in the heart of Lisbon. While the first day is completely free to enjoy at leisure, the second day kicks off Viking’s trademark extensive touring, with a half-day tour of Lisbon, including the famous Tower of Belem, and the promenades that line the Atlantic Ocean.

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Our full day-by-day Voyage Report from onboard Viking River Cruises’ Viking Torgil in Portugal will begin on September 29 from the beautiful city of Lisbon! If you have any questions for us about this itinerary, ask away – and be sure to follow along with our voyage reports on Twitter @deckchairblog.

 

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