Discover one of Europe’s most pristine destinations, Portugal. Begin with two fascinating days and nights exploring the capital city of Lisbon, then proceed to Porto at the mouth of the Douro River to embark your cruise ship. The river takes you on a winding easterly course between steeply terraced vineyards, stopping at ports of call largely unchanged for centuries with charming town squares, colorful castles, baroque mansions and historic monasteries. At the Spanish border you’ll indulge in a scenic ride into Spain to visit the medieval city of Salamanca before your leisurely voyage back to Porto. See unspoiled vistas and sample Portuguese specialties like salt cod, hearty soups and stews and of course the area’s sensational ruby and tawny ports. If you have never visited Portugal, you are in for a treat; or, see a dramatic new side of this beautiful country on the Douro River.
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Below is a sampling of ports, excursions and attractions that are featured on this Viking cruise.
Explore Lisbon, then see unspoiled vistas, stop at ports of call largely unchanged for centuries and sample the local cuisine and port wines on your Douro River cruise.
Portugal’s capital city is not only the country’s largest city with a population of more than 500,000 people, but it is also one of the oldest cities in the world, boasting over 20 centuries of continuous human habitation.
Porto is known not only for its wine, but also for a heritage that combines ancient churches and monuments. Visitors to Bitetos can explore sections that used to be a prosperous Roman village.
Along the Douro River, where grapes have been growing for two thousand years, sit the two pretty port-producing towns of Régua and Pinhão. A stone’s throw from Régua is Lamego, where the Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies resides.
This tranquil town is shadowed by mountains and surrounded by miles of gorgeous countryside filled with vineyards and orchards.
Portugal’s second largest city is a thriving economic center as well as a place of great traditional importance.
View the itinerary for the Portugal's River of Gold cruise, traveling from Porto to Porto. For additional details, browse the complete itinerary.