- Return flights to Madrid & from Porto
- 14 breakfasts (B), 9 lunches (L) & 9 dinners (D)
Wonders of Spain & Portugal
$8,390 per person, twin share*
*The fare displayed above is a from price, based on a tour departure in low season and is correct as at . Surcharges may apply to some departure cities & dates. Visit our website or call us for all of our current available departure dates & prices from your departure city.
15 days | Departs Jul to Oct 2019 –
Sail down the Duoro, Portugal’s river of gold aboard a luxury river cruise! See the world’s oldest demarcated wine region – the UNESCO listed Duoro River Valley.
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Depart Australia on your flight tonight.
Welcome to Madrid! You will be met and transferred from the airport to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore the vibrant Spanish capital. A Viking host is available to help you plan your time in Madrid so you can make the most of your visit. Early evening, we will have a Welcome Briefing to learn more about the next three days.
❱ Hotel stay: Intercontinental Madrid or similar (3 nights)
After breakfast, depart on a comprehensive tour of Madrid. A panoramic drive takes you past the lush Royal Botanical Garden and the Royal Palace, the official home of the Spanish royal family. Later, alight your coach for a walking tour through Madrid of the Hapsburgs, rich in baroque and Renaissance buildings along winding streets that lead to grand churches and picturesque fountains. You will also visit the famous Prado Museum, a splendid repository of Spanish art, from Velázquez to Picasso. This evening, you might enjoy a night out for an optional tapas dinner and wine tasting.
Explore Madrid on your own today. You might return to the Prado Museum to browse its collections in depth or linger a while in a café to tap into the city’s social scene. Alternately, take an optional full-day journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Toledo, Spain’s open air museum of magnificently preserved architecture and art spanning Christian, Moorish and Jewish cultures.
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and fly to Lisbon, where you will be transferred to your hotel. Relax this afternoon and evening or explore the city a bit on your own.
❱ Hotel stay: Hotel Tivoli Lisboa or similar (2 nights)
In the morning we arrive in Dürnstein, one of the most enchanting villages of the Wachau wine region. This is the site of the castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned after returning from the crusades in the 12th century. Thereafter, you will drive through the picturesque landscape of this district to the 900–year old Benedictine Abbey of Melk, which features Austria’s finest Italian baroque architecture.
Have breakfast, then check out of your hotel and take a scenic ride to Porto. 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.
❱ River cruise: Viking Helgrim, Hemming, Osfrid or Torgil (7 nights)
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 cobblestone streets.
This afternoon you have time to explore Porto on your own, or take an optional excursion to Guimarães and its medieval quarter. Perhaps experience an evening of culinary delights as you indulge in traditional fare paired with wine at Porto’s famed Graham’s 1890 Lodge and sample a selection of their award-winning ports. Sample wines that have been in the making for generations at the historic Quinta da Aveleda estate, or soar over the historic “City of Bridges” on a thrilling helicopter sightseeing tour.
Enjoy your evening at leisure in Porto, where your ship remains docked overnight.
This morning we sail along the Douro, arriving at Régua in early afternoon. Disembark for an excursion to Vila Real, site of the extraordinary Mateus 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 one of the area’s iconic port wine–making institutions. See its 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.
This morning, we sail east along the Douro. See dramatic, sheer rock formations, picturesque terraced vineyards, and graceful bridges and trestles along the way; you also pass through two of the river’s locks at the Valeira and Pocinho Dams. We arrive at Barca d’Alva, not far from the Spanish border, in mid-afternoon.
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 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 will stop along the way to admire panoramic views.
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. 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.
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 Pinhão and set sail to Régua, where you remain docked overnight.
After breakfast, 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. After arriving in port, enjoy a festive farewell dinner; we are docked overnight, so feel free to take an evening stroll or join the activities in the Lounge.
Sadly today marks the end of your Europe holiday. After breakfast, you will be transferred to Porto Airport in time for your flight home.
Arrive back in Australia this morning on your flight from Europe.
Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
19 Jul 2019, 05 Aug 2019, 14 Aug 2019, 21 Oct 2019, 25 Oct 2019
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Standard Cabin – F, French Balcony Cabin – D, Middle Deck Verandah Cabin – B, Upper Deck Verandah Cabin – A
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- Flights are included from all departure cities shown as required. These are based on Emirates ‘U’ Class Economy airfares, and are subject to availability at the time of your booking confirmation.
- The following fees apply for cancellations made once your booking is confirmed:
After deposit is received – loss of deposit;
71 to 130 days before departure – 50% of total booking value plus deposit;
Within 70 days of departure – 100% of total booking value.
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