Travel Bulletin - - RIVER CRUISING -

POR­TU­GAL is the lat­est hot des­ti­na­tion for river cruis­ing, and Vik­ing Cruises has a great deal to take ad­van­tage of. The Por­tu­gal’s River of Gold 10-day itin­er­ary is on of­fer from $5.149 per per­son (based on 8 De­cem­ber 2017 de­par­ture from Lis­bon) and in­cludes re­turn econ­omy class air­fare to Europe.

The jour­ney trav­els through Por­tu­gal and Spain, start­ing with two days and two nights in the Por­tuguese cap­i­tal of Lis­bon. Guests will then board one of Vik­ing Cruises’ cus­tom built Douro ships. These ves­sels are smaller than their Long­ship cousins ply­ing other Euro­pean wa­ters, mean­ing they make for a more in­ti­mate ex­pe­ri­ence.

The cruise then fol­lows the Douro River past steeply ter­raced vine­yards, ports of call with colour­ful cas­tles, baroque man­sions and his­toric monas­tries.

Pas­sen­gers will also visit the me­dieval Span­ish city of Sala­manca and sam­ple Por­tuguese spe­cial­ties like salt cod, hearty soups and the area’s sen­sa­tional port and tawny wines.

Duoro Val­ley, Aires Almeida

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