Recapping our Douro Journey with Viking River Cruises

Exploring Lisbon, Portugal today with Viking River Cruises - in the tradition of the great Portuguese explorers! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Over the course of 10 days, we discovered Portugal and its magnificent wine-producing Douro River Valley. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

It’s been almost a week since I returned from Portugal’s Douro River after a 10-day journey from Lisbon to Porto with Viking River Cruises. And in that time, I’ve had the chance to reflect on the adventures that were had in this fascinating country and in the UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the Douro River Valley.

Our full Live Voyage Report:

...on a stunning evening. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Viking River Cruises’ Viking Torgil in Pinhao, Portugal. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Portugal is very much an emerging river cruise destination, at least as far as North Americans are concerned. While Douro Azul – the company that operates the vast majority of river cruise ships in this area – has been operating here for decades, it’s only in the past three or four years that demand for Douro River sailings has actually increased to the point where river cruise lines are commissioning new ships.

In the past few years, Viking and their competitors AmaWaterways, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, and to perhaps a lesser extent France-based CroisiEurope have all launched new ships on the Douro. Australian operator Scenic will also set up shop here in 2016, without the help of Douro Azul. Our own ship – Viking Torgil – was christened in March 2014 in a dual ceremony with her sister, Viking Hemming. You can read all about that spectacular event by clicking here.

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Our Live Voyage Report from onboard Viking River Cruises’ Viking Torgil has sadly come to a close, but more adventures are just around the corner! Be sure to follow along on Twitter @deckchairblog.

 

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