Portugal's River of Gold
October 10-19, 2020
'"The little Douro River -- known as the River of Gold -- which waters the north part of Portugal, trundles down from central Spain for less than 600 miles. But what a history it carries down with it."
Day 1: Lisbon -- Welcome to Lisbon. Our Viking hosts will meet us at the airport and transfer us 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 -- Embark on a half-day tour of Lisbon. Begin at Belém with a tour of the Jerónimos Monastery. 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 -- Take a scenic ride to Porto. Stop for lunch in Coimbra, 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. Relax and get settled in your stateroom before a welcome cocktail and dinner is served. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Porto -- Take a city tour of Porto, this charming riverside community with its graceful bridges, baroque cathedrals and romantic 16th- through 19th-century buildings. Visit a port wine–making facility. Explore Porto on your own this afternoon, or take an optional excursion to Guimarães and its medieval quarter. Your ship remains docked overnight. (B, L, D)
Day 5: Régua -- Sail along the Douro, arriving at Régua in early afternoon. Disembark for an excursion to Vila Real, site of the extraordinary Mateus Palace. 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. (B, L, D)
Day 6: Barca D'Alva -- Sail east along the Douro. This afternoon, enjoy a tour to Castelo Rodrigo, one of Portugal’s 12 historic parishes. Here you see Sinagoga Street, a remembrance of the Jewish community established by refugees from the Spanish Inquisition. (B, L, D)
Day 7: Salamanca, Spain -- A full-day excursion to Salamanca. This ancient city 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. Spend some time exploring the shops and cafés of the Plaza Mayor 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. Rejoin your ship in Vega de Terrón. (B, D)
Day 8: Pinhão, Portugal -- Sail west along the Douro passing some of the area’s vineyards. Take a scenic drive up to the little village of Favaios, and visit one of the last traditional bakeries in the Douro River Valley. Discover how bread was made in the old days and sample it fresh from the oven. Explore a typical Portuguese village not yet discovered by the masses. Lunch at Quinta da Avessada, a rustic centuries-old winery. Rejoin your ship in Pinhão and set sail to Régua, where you remain docked overnight. (B, L, D)
Day 9: Régua -- Visit Lamego, a small town known for its baroque Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies, dating back to the 14th century. You also see the town’s Gothic cathedral and the ruins of 12th-century Lamego Castle. 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. (B, L, D)
Day 10: Porto: After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight.
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We will be traveling with Viking on our Duoro River cruise in Portugal. Viking is often described as the world's leading cruise line. Its intimate, inclusive cruise itineraries are designed to help guests explore and engage with their destination through its food, culture, countryside and customs.
Viking River Cruises has been recognized as the World’s Best by Travel + Leisure readers in the World’s Best Awards and has been recognized 14 times since 2004. Enjoy all the comfort and elegance of river cruising: attentive and professional staff, delicious onboard meals and spectacular scenery from every stateroom and public area.
What Will It Cost?
Please call GO TRAVEL (407) 774-7700- for the latest group pricing as many staterooms are already sold out. A daily excursion and all meals while on the longship are included with Viking, as is beer and wine with lunch and dinner. GO TRAVEL can handle all of your air reservations, trip insurance and any pre or post trip extensions you wish.
Your YMCA Alumni Hosts:
Each Travel Club Tour is hosted by YMCA Alumni members who have worked hand-in-hand with Go Travel to choose and refine their tour. They will be available to you throughout the trip to provide help and advice. Your hosts on this cruise are Craig and Ellen Schaefer of the Schreiner Chapter.
This trip is SOLD OUT.