Exploration, History and Fado in Lisbon

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

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

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Today, Viking River CruisesPortugal’s River of Gold itinerary kicked off in full force in Lisbon, as guests set out from the Hotel Tivoli Lisboa to explore this vibrant capital city on our first full day of touring.

Breakfast is included on this portion of the tour, and getting it is as easy as going down to the Brasserie Flo Lisboa Restaurant on the main lobby level of the (which, confusingly, is accessible by pressing the letter “H” in the elevator!)

Our fist stop of the morning: the striking Monument of the Discoveries, located in Lisbon's historic Belem district. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Our fist stop of the morning: the striking monument to soldiers that fell during the Portuguese Colonial War, located in Lisbon’s historic Belem district. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Fully caffeinated and buffet breakfast completed, guests were split into three groups that would board three separate coaches for our morning of touring. Lists for the busses are posted at the Viking Concierge desk in the main lobby of the Tivoli, and reflect the coloured luggage tags that you are given the day you arrive.

My coach was Coach A. It’s the bus group I will be placed in for the next nine days, and it’s worth pointing out that Viking doesn’t believe in crushing dozens of guests together in the same bus. Just because the Mercedes coach can hold 55 guests doesn’t mean Viking places that many onboard. After all, the Viking Torgil – our home on the Douro – carries but 106 guests. Split amongst three coaches, that means that each coach only has to carry roughly 35 guests total – and that means plenty of space to spread out.

With the mercury rising, the weather this morning was plenty agreeable. If you’re concerned that Portugal in the fall will be chilly, think again – temperatures today hovered around 26°C, or 78.8°F.

With temperatures rising, our next stop was the fantastic Belem Tower. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

With temperatures rising, our next stop was the fantastic Belem Tower. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

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Our Live Voyage Report from onboard Viking River Cruises’ Viking Torgil continues tomorrow as we spend the day touring Lisbon, Portugal! Be sure to follow along with our adventures on Twitter @deckchairblog.

 

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