DAY 1 Lisbon, Portugal
Welcome to Lisbon; we will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the superior first- class Hotel Tivoli Lisboa (or similar) in the heart of Lisbon.* Relax this afternoon and evening or explore the city a bit on your own.
DAY 2 Lisbon, Portugal
After breakfast, embark on a half-day tour of Lisbon. Begin at Belém with a tour of the Jerónimos Monastery, one of the most prominent examples of Portuguese late Gothic Manueline style of architecture. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the Tower of Belém that you also explore. Then take a walking tour through the narrow streets of the Alfama District where you learn about Lisbon’s long, multicultural history. (B)
DAY 3 Porto, Portugal
Have breakfast, then check out of your hotel and take a scenic ride to Porto. You will stop for lunch in Coimbra, birthplace of six Portuguese kings and home to one of Europe’s oldest universities. Upon arrival in Porto, proceed to the dock at Vila Nova de Gaia to board your ship. Then, after boarding, you can relax and get settled in your stateroom before a welcome cocktail and dinner is served. (B, L, D)
DAY 4 Porto & Bitetos, Portugal
After breakfast, take a city tour of Porto, a charming riverside community whose historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire its graceful bridges, baroque cathedrals and romantic 16th- through 19th-century buildings nestled together on narrow cobbled streets. Visit a typical port wine–making facility, then return to your ship for lunch.
This afternoon you have time to explore Porto on your own, or take an optional excursion to Guimarães, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guimarães has a medieval quarter with narrow streets, a main square and palaces and monasteries dating back to the 10th century. In the 12th century, it was Portugal’s first capital and home to its first king, Afonso Henriques. Rejoin your ship in Bitetos, where it is docked.
This evening, disembark and proceed to the 11th-century Alpendurada Monastery, now a small inn and museum with a sweeping view of the river. Enjoy a leisurely dinner and fado(traditional folk music) concert. (B, L, D)
DAY 5 Régua & Pinhão, Portugal
This morning we sail along the Douro, arriving late morning in Régua. After lunch, disembark for a tour to Vila Real, site of the extraordinary Meteus Palace (the building depicted on the Mateus Rosé wine labels). This stunning baroque palace was the home of the last count of Vila Real; its pinnacled facade, grand stairway, richly appointed interiors and priceless objects on display will astonish you, as will the palace’s enchanting formal gardens featuring cedar-lined walkways, exquisite sculpted hedges and statuary and serene bodies of water. As you depart, catch glimpses of the town’s ornamental carvings and tiled walls. Visit Quinta do Seixo, one of the area’s iconic port wine–making institutions. See the vineyard and tour the facility to learn how these unique Portuguese products are crafted, then sample the libation in their tasting room. Rejoin your ship in Pinhão for dinner. (B, L, D)
DAY 6 Barca D’Alva, Portugal
This morning, we sail east along the Douro. You will see dramatic, sheer rock formations, picturesque terraced vineyards and graceful bridges and trestles along the way; you will also pass through two of the river’s locks at the Valeira and Pocinho Dams. We’ll arrive at Barca d’Alva, not far from the Spanish border, during lunchtime.
This afternoon, enjoy a tour to Castelo Rodrigo. Located approximately 2,200 feet above sea level and surrounded by almond trees, Castelo Rodrigo is one of Portugal’s 12 historic parishes; its streets are narrow and steep and its houses still present 16th-century facades and the distinctively Portuguese Manueline-style windows. Here you will see Sinagoga Street, a remembrance of the Jewish community established by refugees from the Spanish Inquisition; you can visit the local church as well. As we ride back to our ship, we’ll stop here and there to admire panoramic views. (B, L, D)
DAY 7 Salamanca & Vega de Terrón, Spain
Today you have a full-day excursion to Salamanca, Spain. This ancient city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a living museum that takes visitors back to the Middle Ages; yet it is also a cosmopolitan and multicultural city with a large population of international students. Take a ride through the Iberian countryside to Salamanca, then spend some time exploring the shops and cafés of the Plaza Mayor (Main Square) on your own. Lunch is served at a local restaurant featuring traditional Spanish music. Your afternoon guided city tour takes you to the Gothic House of Shells, the 13th-century Salamanca University and the New Cathedral, built from 1513 through 1733. The Old Cathedral still exists and can be visited during free time. Rejoin your ship in Vega de Terrón. (B, L, D)
DAY 8 Pinhão, Portugal
This morning, we sail west along the Douro passing some of the area’s quintas (vineyards), where you may catch glimpses of vintners tending their vines.
After breakfast, disembark for a scenic drive up to the little village of Favaios, and make your way to one of the last traditional bakeries in the Douro River Valley. Discover how bread was made in the old days and how it tasted with a sample fresh from the oven. Visit the local museum for a wine-and-bread repast, and explore a typical Portuguese village not yet discovered by the masses. Then continue for lunch at Quinta da Avessada, a rustic centuries-old winery in the heart of the Douro Wine District (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and sample some local varieties of port, such as moscatel. Rejoin your ship in Pinhao where you remain docked overnight. (B, L, D)
DAY 9 Régua, Portugal
Arrive in Régua after breakfast then disembark for a visit to Lamego, a small town known for its baroque Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies, dating back to the 14th century and still used by pilgrims today. Visit the shrine, decorated with exquisite tilework in the Moorish manner, and descend the grand baroque staircase. You also see the town’s Gothic cathedral and the ruins of 12th-century Lamego Castle with its unusual vaulted cistern. Return to your ship for lunch and scenic afternoon sailing along the Douro, back toward Porto. Arrive in port during a festive farewell dinner; we are docked overnight so feel free to take an evening stroll or enjoy the activities in the Lounge. (B, L, D)
DAY 10 Porto, Portugal
After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or, extend your time in the region with a 2-night extension to Braga, Portugal and Santiago de Compostela, Spain. (B)
Spend two fascinating days and nights exploring Portugal’s capital city of Lisbon. Then sail the Douro River past steeply terraced vineyards to ports of call with charming town squares, colorful castles, baroque mansions and historic monasteries. Visit the Spanish medieval city of Salamanca and sample Portuguese specialties like salt cod, hearty soups and of course the area’s sensational port and tawny wines.
8-day cruise with river-view stateroom
2 nights at Lisbon’s superior first class Hotel Tivoli Lisboa (or similar)
8 guided tours with audio headset
Most meals: 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches & 7 dinners, featuring regional specialties
Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch service
Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Culture Curriculum: Sample some local port wines; enjoy a folkloric music performance; learn about wine-making traditions and Portuguese history; attend a flamenco show
All port charges
Free Wi-Fi, connection speed may vary
2-night pre-extension - from $499 per person
One of Europe’s most romantic capital cities, Lisbon is both historic and cosmopolitan, offering gracious 18th-century squares and parks, fairy-tale castles, Art Nouveau architecture, panoramic city views and a distinctive take on Mediterranean cuisine. Two nights in the First-Class Hotel Tivoli Lisboa (or similar), daily breakfasts, a guided walking tour of the city and all transfers between your hotel and ship are all included in this fully escorted program.
Post-Extension: Road to Santiago
2-night post-extension - from $499 per person
Take a ride along the northern Portuguese coast; stop in Braga to visit the baroque pilgrimage church of Bom Jesus, with its spectacular zigzag staircase. Cross into Spain and visit the Galician capital of Santiago de Compostela, whose unforgettable Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Two nights in the First-Class NH Collection Santiago de Compostela (or similar), daily breakfasts, a guided walking tour of the city center and all transfers between your hotel and ship are included in this fully escorted program.
3-night pre-extension - from $699 per person
Explore Spain’s royal capital of grand plazas, elegant architecture and welcoming people. You will step into the city’s Hapsburg past on a walking tour and venture to the breathtaking city of Toledo—home to the masterful painter El Greco and a UNESCO World Heritage Site of immense significance—during an optional tour. Three nights in the First-Class InterContinental Madrid (or similar), daily breakfasts, a city tour of Madrid and all transfers between your hotel and ship are included, along with the services of a Viking host.
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