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Lisbon/Porto
9-night Portugal's River of Gold Cruise/Land Package
May 15, 2024
Viking: Viking Torgil
Lisbon/Porto
Vacation Offer ID 1474840
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Cruise Inclusions

  • One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call
  • Unlimited free Wi-Fi
  • Visits to UNESCO Sites
  • Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances
  • Cultural Curriculum
  • Meals including regional specialties
  • Most alfresco dining on the rivers
  • Welcome Cocktails & Farewell Dinner
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • 24-hour specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • Walking track & sports deck
  • Curated library
  • 24-hour guest services
  • All port taxes & fees
  • Airport transfers on embarkation/disembarkation day with Viking Air purchase
  • Viking Service Guarantee
YOUR STATEROOM INCLUDES:
  • River-view stateroom Hotel-style bed with optional twin-bed configuration; luxury linens & pillows
  • 40" flat-screen LCD TV with complimentary Movies On Demand
  • 110/220 volt outlets & USB ports
  • Refrigerator; security safe; hair dryer
  • Spacious glass-enclosed shower
  • Heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirror
  • Premium Freyja® toiletries; plush robes & slippers
  • Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeeping

Available Add-Ons

  • Optional air add-ons are available from Viking River Cruises' designated gateway cities in the U.S. and Canada, and include all government fees and taxes.
  • Pre- or Post- cruise hotel stay
  • Optional shore excursions
9-night Portugal's River of Gold Cruise/Land Package
  • Destination Guide
  • Suggested Shore Excursions
Destination Arrival Departure
Lisbon

Lisbon 05/15/2024

Welcome to Lisbon; we will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in the heart of Lisbon. Relax this afternoon and evening or explore the city a bit on your own.,

Optional Private Excursions

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Let us personalize your experience!

Lisbon: Artistic Half Day City Tour

Visit the Jeronimo’s Monastery of Manueline architecture, the Monument of Discoveries, the Belen Tower, Baixa quarter, the National tile museum and the Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceiçao Velha,
 
4 hours tour
Morning or afternoon tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified



The Jerónimos Monastery, masterpiece of the Manueline style and a tribute to the king that welcomed and protected the Jews that fled from Spain and then expelled them in 1496. The Monument to the Discoveries where you will have the opportunity to see the faces of Jewish men that participated actively in the Portuguese Golden Age of the Discoveries.
 
The Monument to the Discoveries celebrates the Portuguese who took part in the Age of Discovery. It is located on the estuary of the Tagus river. The monument consists of a 52 metre-high slab of concrete, carved into the shape of the prow of a caravel with its sails unfurled.
 
Belém Tower is a fortified tower located in the Belém district of Lisbon. It was built in the early 16th century in the Portuguese late gothic style, the manueline, and is one of the symbols of the city.
 
The Commerce Square with the beautiful façade of the Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceiçao Velha. The Church’s greatest highlight is its Manueline Portal representing Our Lady of Mercy, which was part of the ancient Misericórdia Church, featuring a tympanum with the images of the king D. Manuel the 1st, the Queen D. Leonor (sister of King Manuel and founder of the Order of Mercy) and Pope Leo X, the Rossio square and the gothic revival elevator de Santa Justa. The heart of the city is the Baixa or city centre; this area is being considered for UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
The Museu Nacional do Azulejo or National tile museum is renowned for not only for its Azulejo (tile) collection but also for its location. Azulejo is a cherished Portuguese tradition that has enjoyed uninterrupted production for five centuries. Azulejo is glazed, ceramic tilework that is usually blue. It is a major component of Portuguese architecture and is found throughout the country on ceilings, floors, walls of churches, palaces, and homes. This museum occupies the ancient Convent of Madre de Deus (Mother of God), built in 1509 by Queen D. Leonor, and adjoining buildings including Saint Antony’s Chapel and a church noted for its Baroque style.

Lisbon: Historical Half Day City Tour

Visit the Saint George’s Castle with a magnificent view over the city, the medieval and old Jewish quarter of Alfama, the Church of Sao Domingos, the Cathedral and the Shaaré Tikvá synagogue if available.

4 hours tour

Morning or afternoon tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port

 

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified



 
The castle of Sao George is located on one of the seven hills of Lisbon, to the east of the Baixa. In the context of the Christian Reconquista the castle and the city of Lisbon were retaken from the Moors by King Alfonso Henriques with the help of Northern European crusaders taking part on the Second Crusade. The castle was dedicated to Saint George in the late 14th century by King John I.
 
Lisbon's ancient cathedral was built by Portugal's first king on the site of an old mosque in 1150 for the city's first bishop, the English crusader Gilbert of Hastings. From outside (with two bell towers and a splendid rose window) it resembles a medieval fortress, while inside it appears predominantly Romanesque, with a Gothic choir and ambulatory.
 
Jewish people were the advisors of Kings and Queens, doctors and even some of the explorers, geographers and mathematicians. The tour will start with a general introduction to the Jewish presence of the city, followed by a nice walk in the city centre passing by the site of the 1506 Jewish Massacre near the Church of Sao Domingos and the most well preserved Alfama Jewish and medieval Quarter. Alfama is a village within a city still made up of narrow streets, tiny squares, churches, and whitewashed houses with tile panels and wrought-iron balconies adorned with pots of flowers, drying laundry, and caged birds. 
 
With the abolition of the Inquisition in 1821, families of Sephardic Jews decided to return to Portugal. Most of these Jews were merchants from Morocco and Gibraltar. These were people with a cultural level greatly above average. They could read, speak and write in liturgical Hebrew, Arabic, English and Hakitia, the Moroccan judeo-hispanic dialect.
 
We will continue our tour with a visit to the only Synagogue of Lisbon (Shaaré Tikvá), passing by the Commerce Square, the place where thousands of Jews were forced to be baptized in the 15th century.

Lisbon: Half Day Excursion to Sintra, Cascais & Estoril

Visit the pretty and charming village of Sintra, former residence of the Portuguese Kings and aristocracy
with the National Palace and continue to the fishing village of Cascais and the famous cosmopolitan town of Estoril.

5 hours tour
Morning tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified

 

Sintra is one of the most
delightful places to be found in Portugal. With its extensive range of green
bills with its crags - the Serra de Sintra - so picturesquely situated and offering
stupendous views of the coastline with its impressive beauty, Sintra is indeed
"a garden of the earthly paradise". The artistic heritage of the Old Town, described
by Byron as "the most pleasing in Europe", also include valuable archaeological
remains, particularly from the Roman period, ancient manor houses, churches
of personalised artistic value and characteristic villages.

 

The National Palace is consisting
of various bodies built during the course of successive epochs on the so-called
"Chão da Oliva", the Paço da Vila de Sintra is one of the most important examples
of regal architecture in Portugal and for that reason is classified as a National
Monument. This gradual multiplication of buildings, with different styles, is
largely responsible for the enigmatic enchantment of this ancient palace, dominated
by great twin chimneys atop the kitchen that constitute as authentic ex-libris
of Sintra.

 

Cascais was a small fishing
port throughout early history as it lies protected from nature's elements at
the mouth of the Rio Tejo. When in 1870 the King, Luís I, chose to convert the
17th Century building of the Citadela into his summer residence Cascais soon
became a very fashionable town and aristocratic palaces and mansions followed.
The Citadel or Fort of Cascais is a 16th century fortress built to protect the
Bay of Cascais. Today, Cascais now boasts smart new Marina with lovely yachts.

 

Just outside the town is
the famous Boca do Inferno in which the sea on rougher days hammers into the
rock and creates a booming noise and a spectacular spray thus creating its name
which in English means "mouth of hell".

 

Estoril town was really
created from the curious needs of the two World Wars. It became a prime location
for European royal exiles forced to leave their own countries. It has been the
residence of King Umberto II of Italy, Juan de Bourbon of Spain, Karl Hapsburg
of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and King Carol of Rumania. The many modest yet
architecturally interesting mansions still remain to indicate their royal owners.
At its height its visitors referred to Estoril as the "Portuguese Riviera".
A Casino with wide surrounding avenues and spacious gardens, a golf course,
all of which soon appeared and then flanked by large hotels and impressive private
homes.

Lisbon: Full Day to Sintra, Cascais & Estoril
Visit the pretty and charming village of Sintra, former residence of the Portuguese Kings and aristocracy with the beautiful Pena Palace, drive to Boca do Inferno, and continue to the fishing village of Cascais and the famous cosmopolitan town of Estoril.

8 hour tour

Morning tour
No wheelchair
Moderate physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port 

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified


Sintra is one of the most delightful places to be found in Portugal. With its extensive range of green bills with its crags - the Serra de Sintra - so picturesquely situated and offering stupendous views of the coastline with its impressive beauty, Sintra is indeed "a garden of the earthly paradise". The artistic heritage of the Old Town, described by Byron as "the most pleasing in Europe", also include valuable archaeological remains, particularly from the Roman period, ancient manor houses, churches of personalized artistic value and characteristic villages.

It will be time to visit to one of the highlights of the day: the Pena Palace. Driving around the mountain passing by amazing chalets and aristocratic residences you will reach the 19th century Pena Palace in the most incredible combination of architectural styles, colors and shapes that you will find in Portugal.

Cascais was a small fishing port throughout early history as it lies protected from nature’s elements at the mouth of the Rio Tejo. When in 1870 the King, Luís I, chose to convert the 17th Century building of the Citadela into his summer residence Cascais soon became a very fashionable town and aristocratic palaces and mansions followed. The Citadel or Fort of Cascais is a 16th century fortress built to protect the Bay of Cascais. Today, Cascais now boasts smart new Marina with lovely yachts.
Just outside the town is the famous Boca do Inferno in which the sea on rougher days hammers into the rock and creates a booming noise and a spectacular spray, thus creating its name which in English means "mouth of hell".

Estoril town was really created from the curious needs of the two World Wars. It became a prime location for European royal exiles forced to leave their own countries. It has been the residence of King Umberto II of Italy, Juan de Bourbon of Spain, Karl Hapsburg of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and King Carol of Rumania. The many modest yet architecturally interesting mansions still remain to indicate their royal owners. At its height its visitors referred to Estoril as the “Portuguese Riviera”. A Casino with wide surrounding avenues and spacious gardens, a golf course, all of which soon appeared and then flanked by large hotels and impressive private homes.
Lisbon: An Exploration of Lisbon - 8 Hours
Lying north of the River Tagus estuary and stretching over seven hills, Portugal's capital city has much to offer.  Receive a warm welcome at the port by your private guide and driver and from here commence your engaging tour of Lisbon.

Explore the Belem district with its magnificent Jerónimos Monastery, an extraordinary example of Portugal's 'Manueline' style of architecture. Once populated by monks, the UNESCO-listed monastery was commissioned by King Manuel I to celebrate Vasco da Gama's discovery of a sea route to India in 1498. Time permitting, visit Torre de Belém (Belém Tower), one of Lisbon's most iconic buildings and symbolic of Portugal's great Age of Expansion.

Next, it's time for a refreshment stop, where you may wish to sample the famous and scrumptious Pastéis de Belém (custard tarts). From here you return to you cruise ship.

Highlights:
  • Discover the beautiful Belem district with its magnificent Jeronimos Monastery
  • Behold the priceless treasures on display at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and try the exquisite pasteis de nata local pastries

Tour Duration: 8 Hours

Tour Can Operate: Morning / Afternoon

Wheelchair Accessible: Please enquire for more information

Physical Activity Level: Light

Inclusions:
  • Private transport by luxury car or minivan
  • An expert local guide for 8 hours
  • Entrance fees to all sights and museums
    All taxes
Exclusions:
  • All cruise travel, personal items, meals and associated costs
  • Gratuities
Lisbon: Queluz, Sintra and Estoril – 8 hours
Venture outside of Lisbon to explore Queluz, Sintra and Estoril during your private shore excursion. Take the short driver to the sumptuous 18th-century Queluz Palace, where you can admire the magnificent formal gardens and azulejo-lined canals.

Afterwards visit Sintra, the summer retreat of Portuguese monarchs and Moorish emirs before them. Today, this town, nestling on the north side of the Sintra Mountain, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Stroll through the town where charming streets are filled with fine handicraft shops. You then descend
to Guincho beach for a fabulous view of Cape Rock, the westernmost point of the European continent and continuing to the resort town of Estoril on the scenic coastal road with fantastic views, en route back to your cruise ship.



Highlights:
  • Explore Queluz Palace, the summer residence of the Portugese Royal Family
  • Take a short drive to Sintra, the summer retreat of Portuguese monarchs and a UNESCO Word Heritage Site
Tour Duration: 8 Hours

Tour Can Operate: Morning / Afternoon

Wheelchair Accessible: Please enquire for more information

Physical Activity Level: Light

Inclusions:
  • Private transport by luxury car or minivan
  • An expert local guide for 8 hours
  • Entrance fees to all sights and museums
  • All taxes
     
Exclusions:
  • All cruise travel, personal items, meals and associated costs
  • Gratuities
05/15/2024 05/15/2024
Lisbon

Lisbon 05/16/2024

After breakfast, embark on a half-day tour of Lisbon. Guests sailing on Viking Hemming or Viking Torgil will begin at Belém with a tour of 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, where you will stop for a photograph. Guests sailing on Viking Osfrid and Viking Helgrim will enjoy a guided tour of the Maritime Museum, located in the monastery's west wing. This afternoon, you may join an optional tour to explore more of Lisbon or get a taste of its cuisine. (Breakfast),

Optional Private Excursions

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Let us personalize your experience!

Lisbon: Artistic Half Day City Tour

Visit the Jeronimo’s Monastery of Manueline architecture, the Monument of Discoveries, the Belen Tower, Baixa quarter, the National tile museum and the Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceiçao Velha,
 
4 hours tour
Morning or afternoon tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified



The Jerónimos Monastery, masterpiece of the Manueline style and a tribute to the king that welcomed and protected the Jews that fled from Spain and then expelled them in 1496. The Monument to the Discoveries where you will have the opportunity to see the faces of Jewish men that participated actively in the Portuguese Golden Age of the Discoveries.
 
The Monument to the Discoveries celebrates the Portuguese who took part in the Age of Discovery. It is located on the estuary of the Tagus river. The monument consists of a 52 metre-high slab of concrete, carved into the shape of the prow of a caravel with its sails unfurled.
 
Belém Tower is a fortified tower located in the Belém district of Lisbon. It was built in the early 16th century in the Portuguese late gothic style, the manueline, and is one of the symbols of the city.
 
The Commerce Square with the beautiful façade of the Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceiçao Velha. The Church’s greatest highlight is its Manueline Portal representing Our Lady of Mercy, which was part of the ancient Misericórdia Church, featuring a tympanum with the images of the king D. Manuel the 1st, the Queen D. Leonor (sister of King Manuel and founder of the Order of Mercy) and Pope Leo X, the Rossio square and the gothic revival elevator de Santa Justa. The heart of the city is the Baixa or city centre; this area is being considered for UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
The Museu Nacional do Azulejo or National tile museum is renowned for not only for its Azulejo (tile) collection but also for its location. Azulejo is a cherished Portuguese tradition that has enjoyed uninterrupted production for five centuries. Azulejo is glazed, ceramic tilework that is usually blue. It is a major component of Portuguese architecture and is found throughout the country on ceilings, floors, walls of churches, palaces, and homes. This museum occupies the ancient Convent of Madre de Deus (Mother of God), built in 1509 by Queen D. Leonor, and adjoining buildings including Saint Antony’s Chapel and a church noted for its Baroque style.

Lisbon: Historical Half Day City Tour

Visit the Saint George’s Castle with a magnificent view over the city, the medieval and old Jewish quarter of Alfama, the Church of Sao Domingos, the Cathedral and the Shaaré Tikvá synagogue if available.

4 hours tour

Morning or afternoon tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port

 

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified



 
The castle of Sao George is located on one of the seven hills of Lisbon, to the east of the Baixa. In the context of the Christian Reconquista the castle and the city of Lisbon were retaken from the Moors by King Alfonso Henriques with the help of Northern European crusaders taking part on the Second Crusade. The castle was dedicated to Saint George in the late 14th century by King John I.
 
Lisbon's ancient cathedral was built by Portugal's first king on the site of an old mosque in 1150 for the city's first bishop, the English crusader Gilbert of Hastings. From outside (with two bell towers and a splendid rose window) it resembles a medieval fortress, while inside it appears predominantly Romanesque, with a Gothic choir and ambulatory.
 
Jewish people were the advisors of Kings and Queens, doctors and even some of the explorers, geographers and mathematicians. The tour will start with a general introduction to the Jewish presence of the city, followed by a nice walk in the city centre passing by the site of the 1506 Jewish Massacre near the Church of Sao Domingos and the most well preserved Alfama Jewish and medieval Quarter. Alfama is a village within a city still made up of narrow streets, tiny squares, churches, and whitewashed houses with tile panels and wrought-iron balconies adorned with pots of flowers, drying laundry, and caged birds. 
 
With the abolition of the Inquisition in 1821, families of Sephardic Jews decided to return to Portugal. Most of these Jews were merchants from Morocco and Gibraltar. These were people with a cultural level greatly above average. They could read, speak and write in liturgical Hebrew, Arabic, English and Hakitia, the Moroccan judeo-hispanic dialect.
 
We will continue our tour with a visit to the only Synagogue of Lisbon (Shaaré Tikvá), passing by the Commerce Square, the place where thousands of Jews were forced to be baptized in the 15th century.

Lisbon: Half Day Excursion to Sintra, Cascais & Estoril

Visit the pretty and charming village of Sintra, former residence of the Portuguese Kings and aristocracy
with the National Palace and continue to the fishing village of Cascais and the famous cosmopolitan town of Estoril.

5 hours tour
Morning tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified

 

Sintra is one of the most
delightful places to be found in Portugal. With its extensive range of green
bills with its crags - the Serra de Sintra - so picturesquely situated and offering
stupendous views of the coastline with its impressive beauty, Sintra is indeed
"a garden of the earthly paradise". The artistic heritage of the Old Town, described
by Byron as "the most pleasing in Europe", also include valuable archaeological
remains, particularly from the Roman period, ancient manor houses, churches
of personalised artistic value and characteristic villages.

 

The National Palace is consisting
of various bodies built during the course of successive epochs on the so-called
"Chão da Oliva", the Paço da Vila de Sintra is one of the most important examples
of regal architecture in Portugal and for that reason is classified as a National
Monument. This gradual multiplication of buildings, with different styles, is
largely responsible for the enigmatic enchantment of this ancient palace, dominated
by great twin chimneys atop the kitchen that constitute as authentic ex-libris
of Sintra.

 

Cascais was a small fishing
port throughout early history as it lies protected from nature's elements at
the mouth of the Rio Tejo. When in 1870 the King, Luís I, chose to convert the
17th Century building of the Citadela into his summer residence Cascais soon
became a very fashionable town and aristocratic palaces and mansions followed.
The Citadel or Fort of Cascais is a 16th century fortress built to protect the
Bay of Cascais. Today, Cascais now boasts smart new Marina with lovely yachts.

 

Just outside the town is
the famous Boca do Inferno in which the sea on rougher days hammers into the
rock and creates a booming noise and a spectacular spray thus creating its name
which in English means "mouth of hell".

 

Estoril town was really
created from the curious needs of the two World Wars. It became a prime location
for European royal exiles forced to leave their own countries. It has been the
residence of King Umberto II of Italy, Juan de Bourbon of Spain, Karl Hapsburg
of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and King Carol of Rumania. The many modest yet
architecturally interesting mansions still remain to indicate their royal owners.
At its height its visitors referred to Estoril as the "Portuguese Riviera".
A Casino with wide surrounding avenues and spacious gardens, a golf course,
all of which soon appeared and then flanked by large hotels and impressive private
homes.

Lisbon: Full Day to Sintra, Cascais & Estoril
Visit the pretty and charming village of Sintra, former residence of the Portuguese Kings and aristocracy with the beautiful Pena Palace, drive to Boca do Inferno, and continue to the fishing village of Cascais and the famous cosmopolitan town of Estoril.

8 hour tour

Morning tour
No wheelchair
Moderate physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port 

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified


Sintra is one of the most delightful places to be found in Portugal. With its extensive range of green bills with its crags - the Serra de Sintra - so picturesquely situated and offering stupendous views of the coastline with its impressive beauty, Sintra is indeed "a garden of the earthly paradise". The artistic heritage of the Old Town, described by Byron as "the most pleasing in Europe", also include valuable archaeological remains, particularly from the Roman period, ancient manor houses, churches of personalized artistic value and characteristic villages.

It will be time to visit to one of the highlights of the day: the Pena Palace. Driving around the mountain passing by amazing chalets and aristocratic residences you will reach the 19th century Pena Palace in the most incredible combination of architectural styles, colors and shapes that you will find in Portugal.

Cascais was a small fishing port throughout early history as it lies protected from nature’s elements at the mouth of the Rio Tejo. When in 1870 the King, Luís I, chose to convert the 17th Century building of the Citadela into his summer residence Cascais soon became a very fashionable town and aristocratic palaces and mansions followed. The Citadel or Fort of Cascais is a 16th century fortress built to protect the Bay of Cascais. Today, Cascais now boasts smart new Marina with lovely yachts.
Just outside the town is the famous Boca do Inferno in which the sea on rougher days hammers into the rock and creates a booming noise and a spectacular spray, thus creating its name which in English means "mouth of hell".

Estoril town was really created from the curious needs of the two World Wars. It became a prime location for European royal exiles forced to leave their own countries. It has been the residence of King Umberto II of Italy, Juan de Bourbon of Spain, Karl Hapsburg of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and King Carol of Rumania. The many modest yet architecturally interesting mansions still remain to indicate their royal owners. At its height its visitors referred to Estoril as the “Portuguese Riviera”. A Casino with wide surrounding avenues and spacious gardens, a golf course, all of which soon appeared and then flanked by large hotels and impressive private homes.
Lisbon: An Exploration of Lisbon - 8 Hours
Lying north of the River Tagus estuary and stretching over seven hills, Portugal's capital city has much to offer.  Receive a warm welcome at the port by your private guide and driver and from here commence your engaging tour of Lisbon.

Explore the Belem district with its magnificent Jerónimos Monastery, an extraordinary example of Portugal's 'Manueline' style of architecture. Once populated by monks, the UNESCO-listed monastery was commissioned by King Manuel I to celebrate Vasco da Gama's discovery of a sea route to India in 1498. Time permitting, visit Torre de Belém (Belém Tower), one of Lisbon's most iconic buildings and symbolic of Portugal's great Age of Expansion.

Next, it's time for a refreshment stop, where you may wish to sample the famous and scrumptious Pastéis de Belém (custard tarts). From here you return to you cruise ship.

Highlights:
  • Discover the beautiful Belem district with its magnificent Jeronimos Monastery
  • Behold the priceless treasures on display at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and try the exquisite pasteis de nata local pastries

Tour Duration: 8 Hours

Tour Can Operate: Morning / Afternoon

Wheelchair Accessible: Please enquire for more information

Physical Activity Level: Light

Inclusions:
  • Private transport by luxury car or minivan
  • An expert local guide for 8 hours
  • Entrance fees to all sights and museums
    All taxes
Exclusions:
  • All cruise travel, personal items, meals and associated costs
  • Gratuities
Lisbon: Queluz, Sintra and Estoril – 8 hours
Venture outside of Lisbon to explore Queluz, Sintra and Estoril during your private shore excursion. Take the short driver to the sumptuous 18th-century Queluz Palace, where you can admire the magnificent formal gardens and azulejo-lined canals.

Afterwards visit Sintra, the summer retreat of Portuguese monarchs and Moorish emirs before them. Today, this town, nestling on the north side of the Sintra Mountain, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Stroll through the town where charming streets are filled with fine handicraft shops. You then descend
to Guincho beach for a fabulous view of Cape Rock, the westernmost point of the European continent and continuing to the resort town of Estoril on the scenic coastal road with fantastic views, en route back to your cruise ship.



Highlights:
  • Explore Queluz Palace, the summer residence of the Portugese Royal Family
  • Take a short drive to Sintra, the summer retreat of Portuguese monarchs and a UNESCO Word Heritage Site
Tour Duration: 8 Hours

Tour Can Operate: Morning / Afternoon

Wheelchair Accessible: Please enquire for more information

Physical Activity Level: Light

Inclusions:
  • Private transport by luxury car or minivan
  • An expert local guide for 8 hours
  • Entrance fees to all sights and museums
  • All taxes
     
Exclusions:
  • All cruise travel, personal items, meals and associated costs
  • Gratuities
05/16/2024 05/16/2024
Porto

Porto 05/17/2024

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. This evening, you can join an optional tour to experience culinary delights at Porto's famed Graham's 1890 Lodge and sample a selection of their award-winning ports. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner),

Optional Private Excursions

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Let us personalize your experience!

Porto: Cultural Porto Walking City Tour

Visit the Church of São Francisco and its Catacombs, the Lello Bookshop store with an excellent neo-gothic façade, the Clerigos Tower, an architectural landmark of the city, Episcopal palace, Capela das Almas and the old Jewish quarter.

4 hours tour
Morning or afternoon tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port 

Included: Guided Tour; Entrance Fees. 

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified

 The Church of São Francisco and its Catacombs with its Gothic exterior reflects the modest, earthy mentality of the Franciscan order, while the extreme wealth of the patrons influenced the interior's gilded styling. Below the church's three interior chapels, catacombs hold tombs for members of the Franciscan order as they await judgment day. Discreetly tucked in a corner of the crypt, in front of an hellish door to nowhere lies a glass, grated window in the floor allowing visitors to view the piles of human bones below their feet.
 
The Lello Bookshop store has an excellent neo-gothic façade, where you can see two figures painted by José Bielman, representing the Science and the Art. This facade is only surpassed by its stunning interior, designed by Xavier Esteves. The building was inaugurated on January 13th, 1906, in an important social event for both Portuguese and Brazilian societies, attended by famous people from different spheres.
 
The Clerigos Tower is one of the paradigmatic architectural landmarks of Porto. The structure is, in fact, part of the Clerigos Church, representing its bell tower. The church proper was built between 1732 and 1750, but the construction works at the Clerigos Tower started no sooner than 1754, only to be completed in 1763.
 
Capela Das Almas is a charming blue and white chapel that was given a remarkable tiled decoration all over its exterior walls by painter and ceramist Eduardo Leite.
 
The Episcopal Palace is the former residence of the bishops of Porto. The palace is located on a high elevation and dominates the skyline of the city. The palace is an important example of late baroque and rococo civil architecture in the city.
 
The Rua Sant'ana, in the heart of the old Jewish quarter and where the first Synagogue was located. The Rua dos Mercadores where Jews began to live and trade beyond the limits of the old Jewish Quarter. The Praça da Riberia, the business center for more affluent Jews. The Rua do Comercio do Porto where the second Synagogue was located and Largo de S. Domingos  Square, where Jewish commerce shops and stalls existed in this area.
 
Don Luís I Bridge, in accordance with the Law of 11/02/1879, the government determined the opening of the competition for the "construction of a metal bridge over the Douro River, in the place considered the most convenient in front of the city of Porto, for the replacement of the current suspended bridge". The winning proposal was the project of engineer Teófilo Seyrig, from the Belgian company Societé de Willebroeck.

 

Porto: Full Day Excursion to Braga and Guimarães

Drive north Porto to the city of Braga with the Cathedral, Palace do Raio and the Archbishop Palace. Continue to the lovely town of Guimarães to visit the Castle, the medieval quarter, the church of Sao Francisco and the fomer Monastery of our Lady of Oliveira.

8 hours tour

Morning tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port 

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified

Braga is a very important trading centre since recorded times and was given the name "Bracara Augusta" by the Romans in c.296 BC. During the 5th Century it was the capital of Suevian Kingdom but in 456 it was captured by Theodore II who later converted to Catholicism. The Moors took possession in about 730 and then later in 1040 Fernando I of Castile eventually liberated the city from these occupiers. In the 12th Century, Braga gained importance during the reign of King Dom Afonso Henriques.

The 14th Century Torre de Menagem that stands in the City's square is all that remains of the original fortifications. The much altered and extended 12th Century Cathedral was built on the site of an older church destroyed in the 6th Century. Another building of note is the 16th Century Palácio dos Biscainhos that was originally an aristocratic lavish home with ornate interesting gardens. On display within the palace is a museum of Portuguese period furniture and many other ethnographic items. In one of the minor streets close to the 17th Century Baroque Church Santa Cruz is the ornate and blue tiled façade of the building known as Palácio do Raio.

On the overlooking forested slope to the east of the town is one of Portugal's most famous tourist attraction, Igreja de Bom Jesus de Monte. Construction of this building was in 1776 and it's impressive Baroque staircase is symbolic of the Fourteen Stations of the Cross that lead the many visitors upwards to the Church. Archbishop's Palace (14th-18th centuries): Gothic, mannerist and baroque wings. Houses the Library of the City.

Guimarães, King Alfonso de León in 840 convened a Council of Bishops and Counts in this town. Some 28 years later a nobleman named Vimara Peres established the town as a centre to be ruled as a Burgh in Germanic tradition. In the 10th Century this town was said to be ruled by a woman named Mumadona. She constructed a wooden castle from which she successfully defended her surrounding large estate. In the 11th Century a Monastery was founded and a castle was built.

Between 1095-96 Count Henry of Burgundy the father of the first King of Portugal maintained his court in this town. It follows that when Dom Afonso Henriques was first proclaimed King of Portugal in 1139 he chose this attractive town as his capital. The elegant castle that has since always featured on the Portuguese coat of arms is reputed to have been his actual birthplace and within the small Romanesque church within its grounds is the font in which he was supposedly baptized.

The Rua de Santa Maria in the old medieval quarter of the city declared World Heritage Site is still a tight narrow street with cobbles and lined with facades adorned with statues. The Palace of the Dukes of Bragança; the originally 14th Century church of São Francisco was reconstructed in the 18th Century and contains a chancel with impressive scenes from the life of "St Anthony". In the former monastery of Nossa Senhora da Oliveira there are excellent examples of religious artwork through the centuries. Other interesting exhibits are the battle tunic worn by Dom João I at the battle of Aljubarrota in 1385, and a 14th Century silver altarpiece said to be taken from the defeated Spanish King.

Porto: Historical Porto Walking City Tour
It is the second largest city in Portugal and a very important commercial and industrial area by the Douro river. Visit the Cathedral, the Stock Exchange Palace, the Ribeira medieval quarter and San Bento station.

4 hour tour
Morning or afternoon tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port

Included: Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals, Taxis or other services not specified

Porto is the country´s second largest city. The cathedral was built in the 12th century, inside, it is worth admiring the paintings by Nicolau Nasoni, the silver altarpiece of the Holy Sacrament, the João Gordo ("Fat John") Chapel and the cloister.
 
San Bento Station built on the site of an ancient convent, it was completed in 1916. Now, only regional trains pass through here. Inside, the immense panels of tiles creted by Jorge Colaço, reproducing historical scenes, add a rare artistic beauty to the station.
 
The Stock Exchange Palace is a Baroque 18th century construction by Nicolau Nasoni. Worthy of notice are the church's interior decorated with Baroque-rococo gilt carvings, the polychromatic retable by Manuel Porto and the impressive 75.60-metres tower.
 
Don Luís I Bridge, in accordance with the Law of 11/02/1879, the government determined the opening of the competition for the "construction of a metal bridge over the Douro River, in the place considered the most convenient in front of the city of Porto, for the replacement of the current suspended bridge". The winning proposal was the project of engineer Teófilo Seyrig, from the Belgian company Societé de Willebroeck.
 
The genuine city is visible at the quarter of Ribeira ("River-bank"), right by the river. Narrow and winding streets, dark arcades, typical houses with colourful façades set in a place which preserves the charm of sites marked by history, full of contrasts and curious characteristics. This is the most picturesque spot in the city and declared a World Heritage Site. 

 
Porto: Full Day Excursion to Aveiro & Coimbra

Visit the charming town of Aveiro, the Venice of Portugal and its Art Nouveau buildings, then we drive to Coimbra, once the capital of the country and famous World Heritage Site campus University.

Tour Details:
8 hour tour
Morning tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified

Charming Aveiro is commonly known as the Portuguese Venice, that gained this denomination because of the canals generated by the Vouga River estuary, with its colorful gondolas, natural lagoons, elegant 19th century architecture and traditional cobblestone passageways. In this water-dominated labyrinth your local guide will be sure to highlight the Art Nouveau influence on the city’s architecture, as well as the importance of the traditional and fascinating blue and white tile work in the 16th century Renaissance church. This is also the perfect opportunity for you to peek into one of Aveiro's pastry shop and taste the famous Ovos Moles (traditional sweet) that you really cannot miss.
 
Once the capital of Portugal, Coimbra is now a major cultural center and home to the University of Coimbra, an UNESCO World Heritage Site campus, Founded in 1290 by King Dinis it now displays a tremendous amount of history and knowledge that has been accumulated within its walls, with its old quarter, Roman aqueduct and cathedral.
 
A must see is the University's library with an incredible collection of over 200.000 books stored in incredible carved and gilded bookshelves. The chapel of Saint Michael next door is also worth the visit as well as a nice walk within the old medieval streets of Coimbra's ancient historical centre and Santa Clara Monastery.

 
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Cruise Starts (Embarkation)

Cruise Starts (Embarkation) 05/17/2024

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. This evening, you can join an optional tour to experience culinary delights at Porto's famed Graham's 1890 Lodge and sample a selection of their award-winning ports. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner),
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Coimbra

Coimbra 05/17/2024

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. This evening, you can join an optional tour to experience culinary delights at Porto's famed Graham's 1890 Lodge and sample a selection of their award-winning ports. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner),
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Lisbon

Lisbon 05/17/2024

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. This evening, you can join an optional tour to experience culinary delights at Porto's famed Graham's 1890 Lodge and sample a selection of their award-winning ports. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner),

Optional Private Excursions

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Let us personalize your experience!

Lisbon: Artistic Half Day City Tour

Visit the Jeronimo’s Monastery of Manueline architecture, the Monument of Discoveries, the Belen Tower, Baixa quarter, the National tile museum and the Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceiçao Velha,
 
4 hours tour
Morning or afternoon tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified



The Jerónimos Monastery, masterpiece of the Manueline style and a tribute to the king that welcomed and protected the Jews that fled from Spain and then expelled them in 1496. The Monument to the Discoveries where you will have the opportunity to see the faces of Jewish men that participated actively in the Portuguese Golden Age of the Discoveries.
 
The Monument to the Discoveries celebrates the Portuguese who took part in the Age of Discovery. It is located on the estuary of the Tagus river. The monument consists of a 52 metre-high slab of concrete, carved into the shape of the prow of a caravel with its sails unfurled.
 
Belém Tower is a fortified tower located in the Belém district of Lisbon. It was built in the early 16th century in the Portuguese late gothic style, the manueline, and is one of the symbols of the city.
 
The Commerce Square with the beautiful façade of the Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceiçao Velha. The Church’s greatest highlight is its Manueline Portal representing Our Lady of Mercy, which was part of the ancient Misericórdia Church, featuring a tympanum with the images of the king D. Manuel the 1st, the Queen D. Leonor (sister of King Manuel and founder of the Order of Mercy) and Pope Leo X, the Rossio square and the gothic revival elevator de Santa Justa. The heart of the city is the Baixa or city centre; this area is being considered for UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
The Museu Nacional do Azulejo or National tile museum is renowned for not only for its Azulejo (tile) collection but also for its location. Azulejo is a cherished Portuguese tradition that has enjoyed uninterrupted production for five centuries. Azulejo is glazed, ceramic tilework that is usually blue. It is a major component of Portuguese architecture and is found throughout the country on ceilings, floors, walls of churches, palaces, and homes. This museum occupies the ancient Convent of Madre de Deus (Mother of God), built in 1509 by Queen D. Leonor, and adjoining buildings including Saint Antony’s Chapel and a church noted for its Baroque style.

Lisbon: Historical Half Day City Tour

Visit the Saint George’s Castle with a magnificent view over the city, the medieval and old Jewish quarter of Alfama, the Church of Sao Domingos, the Cathedral and the Shaaré Tikvá synagogue if available.

4 hours tour

Morning or afternoon tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port

 

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified



 
The castle of Sao George is located on one of the seven hills of Lisbon, to the east of the Baixa. In the context of the Christian Reconquista the castle and the city of Lisbon were retaken from the Moors by King Alfonso Henriques with the help of Northern European crusaders taking part on the Second Crusade. The castle was dedicated to Saint George in the late 14th century by King John I.
 
Lisbon's ancient cathedral was built by Portugal's first king on the site of an old mosque in 1150 for the city's first bishop, the English crusader Gilbert of Hastings. From outside (with two bell towers and a splendid rose window) it resembles a medieval fortress, while inside it appears predominantly Romanesque, with a Gothic choir and ambulatory.
 
Jewish people were the advisors of Kings and Queens, doctors and even some of the explorers, geographers and mathematicians. The tour will start with a general introduction to the Jewish presence of the city, followed by a nice walk in the city centre passing by the site of the 1506 Jewish Massacre near the Church of Sao Domingos and the most well preserved Alfama Jewish and medieval Quarter. Alfama is a village within a city still made up of narrow streets, tiny squares, churches, and whitewashed houses with tile panels and wrought-iron balconies adorned with pots of flowers, drying laundry, and caged birds. 
 
With the abolition of the Inquisition in 1821, families of Sephardic Jews decided to return to Portugal. Most of these Jews were merchants from Morocco and Gibraltar. These were people with a cultural level greatly above average. They could read, speak and write in liturgical Hebrew, Arabic, English and Hakitia, the Moroccan judeo-hispanic dialect.
 
We will continue our tour with a visit to the only Synagogue of Lisbon (Shaaré Tikvá), passing by the Commerce Square, the place where thousands of Jews were forced to be baptized in the 15th century.

Lisbon: Half Day Excursion to Sintra, Cascais & Estoril

Visit the pretty and charming village of Sintra, former residence of the Portuguese Kings and aristocracy
with the National Palace and continue to the fishing village of Cascais and the famous cosmopolitan town of Estoril.

5 hours tour
Morning tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified

 

Sintra is one of the most
delightful places to be found in Portugal. With its extensive range of green
bills with its crags - the Serra de Sintra - so picturesquely situated and offering
stupendous views of the coastline with its impressive beauty, Sintra is indeed
"a garden of the earthly paradise". The artistic heritage of the Old Town, described
by Byron as "the most pleasing in Europe", also include valuable archaeological
remains, particularly from the Roman period, ancient manor houses, churches
of personalised artistic value and characteristic villages.

 

The National Palace is consisting
of various bodies built during the course of successive epochs on the so-called
"Chão da Oliva", the Paço da Vila de Sintra is one of the most important examples
of regal architecture in Portugal and for that reason is classified as a National
Monument. This gradual multiplication of buildings, with different styles, is
largely responsible for the enigmatic enchantment of this ancient palace, dominated
by great twin chimneys atop the kitchen that constitute as authentic ex-libris
of Sintra.

 

Cascais was a small fishing
port throughout early history as it lies protected from nature's elements at
the mouth of the Rio Tejo. When in 1870 the King, Luís I, chose to convert the
17th Century building of the Citadela into his summer residence Cascais soon
became a very fashionable town and aristocratic palaces and mansions followed.
The Citadel or Fort of Cascais is a 16th century fortress built to protect the
Bay of Cascais. Today, Cascais now boasts smart new Marina with lovely yachts.

 

Just outside the town is
the famous Boca do Inferno in which the sea on rougher days hammers into the
rock and creates a booming noise and a spectacular spray thus creating its name
which in English means "mouth of hell".

 

Estoril town was really
created from the curious needs of the two World Wars. It became a prime location
for European royal exiles forced to leave their own countries. It has been the
residence of King Umberto II of Italy, Juan de Bourbon of Spain, Karl Hapsburg
of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and King Carol of Rumania. The many modest yet
architecturally interesting mansions still remain to indicate their royal owners.
At its height its visitors referred to Estoril as the "Portuguese Riviera".
A Casino with wide surrounding avenues and spacious gardens, a golf course,
all of which soon appeared and then flanked by large hotels and impressive private
homes.

Lisbon: Full Day to Sintra, Cascais & Estoril
Visit the pretty and charming village of Sintra, former residence of the Portuguese Kings and aristocracy with the beautiful Pena Palace, drive to Boca do Inferno, and continue to the fishing village of Cascais and the famous cosmopolitan town of Estoril.

8 hour tour

Morning tour
No wheelchair
Moderate physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port 

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified


Sintra is one of the most delightful places to be found in Portugal. With its extensive range of green bills with its crags - the Serra de Sintra - so picturesquely situated and offering stupendous views of the coastline with its impressive beauty, Sintra is indeed "a garden of the earthly paradise". The artistic heritage of the Old Town, described by Byron as "the most pleasing in Europe", also include valuable archaeological remains, particularly from the Roman period, ancient manor houses, churches of personalized artistic value and characteristic villages.

It will be time to visit to one of the highlights of the day: the Pena Palace. Driving around the mountain passing by amazing chalets and aristocratic residences you will reach the 19th century Pena Palace in the most incredible combination of architectural styles, colors and shapes that you will find in Portugal.

Cascais was a small fishing port throughout early history as it lies protected from nature’s elements at the mouth of the Rio Tejo. When in 1870 the King, Luís I, chose to convert the 17th Century building of the Citadela into his summer residence Cascais soon became a very fashionable town and aristocratic palaces and mansions followed. The Citadel or Fort of Cascais is a 16th century fortress built to protect the Bay of Cascais. Today, Cascais now boasts smart new Marina with lovely yachts.
Just outside the town is the famous Boca do Inferno in which the sea on rougher days hammers into the rock and creates a booming noise and a spectacular spray, thus creating its name which in English means "mouth of hell".

Estoril town was really created from the curious needs of the two World Wars. It became a prime location for European royal exiles forced to leave their own countries. It has been the residence of King Umberto II of Italy, Juan de Bourbon of Spain, Karl Hapsburg of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and King Carol of Rumania. The many modest yet architecturally interesting mansions still remain to indicate their royal owners. At its height its visitors referred to Estoril as the “Portuguese Riviera”. A Casino with wide surrounding avenues and spacious gardens, a golf course, all of which soon appeared and then flanked by large hotels and impressive private homes.
Lisbon: An Exploration of Lisbon - 8 Hours
Lying north of the River Tagus estuary and stretching over seven hills, Portugal's capital city has much to offer.  Receive a warm welcome at the port by your private guide and driver and from here commence your engaging tour of Lisbon.

Explore the Belem district with its magnificent Jerónimos Monastery, an extraordinary example of Portugal's 'Manueline' style of architecture. Once populated by monks, the UNESCO-listed monastery was commissioned by King Manuel I to celebrate Vasco da Gama's discovery of a sea route to India in 1498. Time permitting, visit Torre de Belém (Belém Tower), one of Lisbon's most iconic buildings and symbolic of Portugal's great Age of Expansion.

Next, it's time for a refreshment stop, where you may wish to sample the famous and scrumptious Pastéis de Belém (custard tarts). From here you return to you cruise ship.

Highlights:
  • Discover the beautiful Belem district with its magnificent Jeronimos Monastery
  • Behold the priceless treasures on display at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and try the exquisite pasteis de nata local pastries

Tour Duration: 8 Hours

Tour Can Operate: Morning / Afternoon

Wheelchair Accessible: Please enquire for more information

Physical Activity Level: Light

Inclusions:
  • Private transport by luxury car or minivan
  • An expert local guide for 8 hours
  • Entrance fees to all sights and museums
    All taxes
Exclusions:
  • All cruise travel, personal items, meals and associated costs
  • Gratuities
Lisbon: Queluz, Sintra and Estoril – 8 hours
Venture outside of Lisbon to explore Queluz, Sintra and Estoril during your private shore excursion. Take the short driver to the sumptuous 18th-century Queluz Palace, where you can admire the magnificent formal gardens and azulejo-lined canals.

Afterwards visit Sintra, the summer retreat of Portuguese monarchs and Moorish emirs before them. Today, this town, nestling on the north side of the Sintra Mountain, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Stroll through the town where charming streets are filled with fine handicraft shops. You then descend
to Guincho beach for a fabulous view of Cape Rock, the westernmost point of the European continent and continuing to the resort town of Estoril on the scenic coastal road with fantastic views, en route back to your cruise ship.



Highlights:
  • Explore Queluz Palace, the summer residence of the Portugese Royal Family
  • Take a short drive to Sintra, the summer retreat of Portuguese monarchs and a UNESCO Word Heritage Site
Tour Duration: 8 Hours

Tour Can Operate: Morning / Afternoon

Wheelchair Accessible: Please enquire for more information

Physical Activity Level: Light

Inclusions:
  • Private transport by luxury car or minivan
  • An expert local guide for 8 hours
  • Entrance fees to all sights and museums
  • All taxes
     
Exclusions:
  • All cruise travel, personal items, meals and associated costs
  • Gratuities
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Pinhao

Pinhao 05/18/2024

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 façade, 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. 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner),
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Vila Real

Vila Real 05/18/2024

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 façade, 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. 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner),
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Peso da Regua

Peso da Regua 05/18/2024

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 façade, 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. 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner),
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Castelo Rodrigo

Castelo Rodrigo 05/19/2024

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 façades. 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner),
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Barca d'Alva

Barca d'Alva 05/19/2024

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 façades. 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner),
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Vega de Terron

Vega de Terron 05/20/2024

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. At the local market, enjoy sampling regional cuisine. Your guided city tour takes you to the Gothic House of Shells, 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. (Breakfast, Dinner),
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Salamanca

Salamanca 05/20/2024

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. At the local market, enjoy sampling regional cuisine. Your guided city tour takes you to the Gothic House of Shells, 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. (Breakfast, Dinner),
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Barca d'Alva

Barca d'Alva 05/20/2024

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. At the local market, enjoy sampling regional cuisine. Your guided city tour takes you to the Gothic House of Shells, 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. (Breakfast, Dinner),
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Peso da Regua

Peso da Regua 05/21/2024

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 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 local fortified wine such as muscatel. Rejoin your ship in Pinhão and set sail to Régua, where you remain docked overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner),
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Quinta da Avessada

Quinta da Avessada 05/21/2024

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 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 local fortified wine such as muscatel. Rejoin your ship in Pinhão and set sail to Régua, where you remain docked overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner),
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Favaios

Favaios 05/21/2024

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 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 local fortified wine such as muscatel. Rejoin your ship in Pinhão and set sail to Régua, where you remain docked overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner),
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Pinhao

Pinhao 05/21/2024

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 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 local fortified wine such as muscatel. Rejoin your ship in Pinhão and set sail to Régua, where you remain docked overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner),
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Lamego

Lamego 05/22/2024

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 as you head back toward Porto. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner),
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Peso da Regua

Peso da Regua 05/22/2024

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 as you head back toward Porto. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner),
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Porto

Porto 05/23/2024

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, grand cathedral, 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. 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. This evening, your ship remains docked overnight. Dine onboard or choose to join us to sample an array of culinary delights paired with wine at Porto's famed Graham's 1890 Lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner),

Optional Private Excursions

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Let us personalize your experience!

Porto: Cultural Porto Walking City Tour

Visit the Church of São Francisco and its Catacombs, the Lello Bookshop store with an excellent neo-gothic façade, the Clerigos Tower, an architectural landmark of the city, Episcopal palace, Capela das Almas and the old Jewish quarter.

4 hours tour
Morning or afternoon tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port 

Included: Guided Tour; Entrance Fees. 

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified

 The Church of São Francisco and its Catacombs with its Gothic exterior reflects the modest, earthy mentality of the Franciscan order, while the extreme wealth of the patrons influenced the interior's gilded styling. Below the church's three interior chapels, catacombs hold tombs for members of the Franciscan order as they await judgment day. Discreetly tucked in a corner of the crypt, in front of an hellish door to nowhere lies a glass, grated window in the floor allowing visitors to view the piles of human bones below their feet.
 
The Lello Bookshop store has an excellent neo-gothic façade, where you can see two figures painted by José Bielman, representing the Science and the Art. This facade is only surpassed by its stunning interior, designed by Xavier Esteves. The building was inaugurated on January 13th, 1906, in an important social event for both Portuguese and Brazilian societies, attended by famous people from different spheres.
 
The Clerigos Tower is one of the paradigmatic architectural landmarks of Porto. The structure is, in fact, part of the Clerigos Church, representing its bell tower. The church proper was built between 1732 and 1750, but the construction works at the Clerigos Tower started no sooner than 1754, only to be completed in 1763.
 
Capela Das Almas is a charming blue and white chapel that was given a remarkable tiled decoration all over its exterior walls by painter and ceramist Eduardo Leite.
 
The Episcopal Palace is the former residence of the bishops of Porto. The palace is located on a high elevation and dominates the skyline of the city. The palace is an important example of late baroque and rococo civil architecture in the city.
 
The Rua Sant'ana, in the heart of the old Jewish quarter and where the first Synagogue was located. The Rua dos Mercadores where Jews began to live and trade beyond the limits of the old Jewish Quarter. The Praça da Riberia, the business center for more affluent Jews. The Rua do Comercio do Porto where the second Synagogue was located and Largo de S. Domingos  Square, where Jewish commerce shops and stalls existed in this area.
 
Don Luís I Bridge, in accordance with the Law of 11/02/1879, the government determined the opening of the competition for the "construction of a metal bridge over the Douro River, in the place considered the most convenient in front of the city of Porto, for the replacement of the current suspended bridge". The winning proposal was the project of engineer Teófilo Seyrig, from the Belgian company Societé de Willebroeck.

 

Porto: Full Day Excursion to Braga and Guimarães

Drive north Porto to the city of Braga with the Cathedral, Palace do Raio and the Archbishop Palace. Continue to the lovely town of Guimarães to visit the Castle, the medieval quarter, the church of Sao Francisco and the fomer Monastery of our Lady of Oliveira.

8 hours tour

Morning tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port 

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified

Braga is a very important trading centre since recorded times and was given the name "Bracara Augusta" by the Romans in c.296 BC. During the 5th Century it was the capital of Suevian Kingdom but in 456 it was captured by Theodore II who later converted to Catholicism. The Moors took possession in about 730 and then later in 1040 Fernando I of Castile eventually liberated the city from these occupiers. In the 12th Century, Braga gained importance during the reign of King Dom Afonso Henriques.

The 14th Century Torre de Menagem that stands in the City's square is all that remains of the original fortifications. The much altered and extended 12th Century Cathedral was built on the site of an older church destroyed in the 6th Century. Another building of note is the 16th Century Palácio dos Biscainhos that was originally an aristocratic lavish home with ornate interesting gardens. On display within the palace is a museum of Portuguese period furniture and many other ethnographic items. In one of the minor streets close to the 17th Century Baroque Church Santa Cruz is the ornate and blue tiled façade of the building known as Palácio do Raio.

On the overlooking forested slope to the east of the town is one of Portugal's most famous tourist attraction, Igreja de Bom Jesus de Monte. Construction of this building was in 1776 and it's impressive Baroque staircase is symbolic of the Fourteen Stations of the Cross that lead the many visitors upwards to the Church. Archbishop's Palace (14th-18th centuries): Gothic, mannerist and baroque wings. Houses the Library of the City.

Guimarães, King Alfonso de León in 840 convened a Council of Bishops and Counts in this town. Some 28 years later a nobleman named Vimara Peres established the town as a centre to be ruled as a Burgh in Germanic tradition. In the 10th Century this town was said to be ruled by a woman named Mumadona. She constructed a wooden castle from which she successfully defended her surrounding large estate. In the 11th Century a Monastery was founded and a castle was built.

Between 1095-96 Count Henry of Burgundy the father of the first King of Portugal maintained his court in this town. It follows that when Dom Afonso Henriques was first proclaimed King of Portugal in 1139 he chose this attractive town as his capital. The elegant castle that has since always featured on the Portuguese coat of arms is reputed to have been his actual birthplace and within the small Romanesque church within its grounds is the font in which he was supposedly baptized.

The Rua de Santa Maria in the old medieval quarter of the city declared World Heritage Site is still a tight narrow street with cobbles and lined with facades adorned with statues. The Palace of the Dukes of Bragança; the originally 14th Century church of São Francisco was reconstructed in the 18th Century and contains a chancel with impressive scenes from the life of "St Anthony". In the former monastery of Nossa Senhora da Oliveira there are excellent examples of religious artwork through the centuries. Other interesting exhibits are the battle tunic worn by Dom João I at the battle of Aljubarrota in 1385, and a 14th Century silver altarpiece said to be taken from the defeated Spanish King.

Porto: Historical Porto Walking City Tour
It is the second largest city in Portugal and a very important commercial and industrial area by the Douro river. Visit the Cathedral, the Stock Exchange Palace, the Ribeira medieval quarter and San Bento station.

4 hour tour
Morning or afternoon tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port

Included: Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals, Taxis or other services not specified

Porto is the country´s second largest city. The cathedral was built in the 12th century, inside, it is worth admiring the paintings by Nicolau Nasoni, the silver altarpiece of the Holy Sacrament, the João Gordo ("Fat John") Chapel and the cloister.
 
San Bento Station built on the site of an ancient convent, it was completed in 1916. Now, only regional trains pass through here. Inside, the immense panels of tiles creted by Jorge Colaço, reproducing historical scenes, add a rare artistic beauty to the station.
 
The Stock Exchange Palace is a Baroque 18th century construction by Nicolau Nasoni. Worthy of notice are the church's interior decorated with Baroque-rococo gilt carvings, the polychromatic retable by Manuel Porto and the impressive 75.60-metres tower.
 
Don Luís I Bridge, in accordance with the Law of 11/02/1879, the government determined the opening of the competition for the "construction of a metal bridge over the Douro River, in the place considered the most convenient in front of the city of Porto, for the replacement of the current suspended bridge". The winning proposal was the project of engineer Teófilo Seyrig, from the Belgian company Societé de Willebroeck.
 
The genuine city is visible at the quarter of Ribeira ("River-bank"), right by the river. Narrow and winding streets, dark arcades, typical houses with colourful façades set in a place which preserves the charm of sites marked by history, full of contrasts and curious characteristics. This is the most picturesque spot in the city and declared a World Heritage Site. 

 
Porto: Full Day Excursion to Aveiro & Coimbra

Visit the charming town of Aveiro, the Venice of Portugal and its Art Nouveau buildings, then we drive to Coimbra, once the capital of the country and famous World Heritage Site campus University.

Tour Details:
8 hour tour
Morning tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified

Charming Aveiro is commonly known as the Portuguese Venice, that gained this denomination because of the canals generated by the Vouga River estuary, with its colorful gondolas, natural lagoons, elegant 19th century architecture and traditional cobblestone passageways. In this water-dominated labyrinth your local guide will be sure to highlight the Art Nouveau influence on the city’s architecture, as well as the importance of the traditional and fascinating blue and white tile work in the 16th century Renaissance church. This is also the perfect opportunity for you to peek into one of Aveiro's pastry shop and taste the famous Ovos Moles (traditional sweet) that you really cannot miss.
 
Once the capital of Portugal, Coimbra is now a major cultural center and home to the University of Coimbra, an UNESCO World Heritage Site campus, Founded in 1290 by King Dinis it now displays a tremendous amount of history and knowledge that has been accumulated within its walls, with its old quarter, Roman aqueduct and cathedral.
 
A must see is the University's library with an incredible collection of over 200.000 books stored in incredible carved and gilded bookshelves. The chapel of Saint Michael next door is also worth the visit as well as a nice walk within the old medieval streets of Coimbra's ancient historical centre and Santa Clara Monastery.

 
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Porto

Porto 05/24/2024

After breakfast, disembark and proceed to the airport for your return flight. Or, extend your time in the region with a two-night extension to Braga, Portugal, and Santiago de Compostela, Spain. (Breakfast); Note: Ground transfers are included with Viking Air purchase.,

Optional Private Excursions

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Let us personalize your experience!

Porto: Cultural Porto Walking City Tour

Visit the Church of São Francisco and its Catacombs, the Lello Bookshop store with an excellent neo-gothic façade, the Clerigos Tower, an architectural landmark of the city, Episcopal palace, Capela das Almas and the old Jewish quarter.

4 hours tour
Morning or afternoon tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port 

Included: Guided Tour; Entrance Fees. 

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified

 The Church of São Francisco and its Catacombs with its Gothic exterior reflects the modest, earthy mentality of the Franciscan order, while the extreme wealth of the patrons influenced the interior's gilded styling. Below the church's three interior chapels, catacombs hold tombs for members of the Franciscan order as they await judgment day. Discreetly tucked in a corner of the crypt, in front of an hellish door to nowhere lies a glass, grated window in the floor allowing visitors to view the piles of human bones below their feet.
 
The Lello Bookshop store has an excellent neo-gothic façade, where you can see two figures painted by José Bielman, representing the Science and the Art. This facade is only surpassed by its stunning interior, designed by Xavier Esteves. The building was inaugurated on January 13th, 1906, in an important social event for both Portuguese and Brazilian societies, attended by famous people from different spheres.
 
The Clerigos Tower is one of the paradigmatic architectural landmarks of Porto. The structure is, in fact, part of the Clerigos Church, representing its bell tower. The church proper was built between 1732 and 1750, but the construction works at the Clerigos Tower started no sooner than 1754, only to be completed in 1763.
 
Capela Das Almas is a charming blue and white chapel that was given a remarkable tiled decoration all over its exterior walls by painter and ceramist Eduardo Leite.
 
The Episcopal Palace is the former residence of the bishops of Porto. The palace is located on a high elevation and dominates the skyline of the city. The palace is an important example of late baroque and rococo civil architecture in the city.
 
The Rua Sant'ana, in the heart of the old Jewish quarter and where the first Synagogue was located. The Rua dos Mercadores where Jews began to live and trade beyond the limits of the old Jewish Quarter. The Praça da Riberia, the business center for more affluent Jews. The Rua do Comercio do Porto where the second Synagogue was located and Largo de S. Domingos  Square, where Jewish commerce shops and stalls existed in this area.
 
Don Luís I Bridge, in accordance with the Law of 11/02/1879, the government determined the opening of the competition for the "construction of a metal bridge over the Douro River, in the place considered the most convenient in front of the city of Porto, for the replacement of the current suspended bridge". The winning proposal was the project of engineer Teófilo Seyrig, from the Belgian company Societé de Willebroeck.

 

Porto: Full Day Excursion to Braga and Guimarães

Drive north Porto to the city of Braga with the Cathedral, Palace do Raio and the Archbishop Palace. Continue to the lovely town of Guimarães to visit the Castle, the medieval quarter, the church of Sao Francisco and the fomer Monastery of our Lady of Oliveira.

8 hours tour

Morning tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port 

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified

Braga is a very important trading centre since recorded times and was given the name "Bracara Augusta" by the Romans in c.296 BC. During the 5th Century it was the capital of Suevian Kingdom but in 456 it was captured by Theodore II who later converted to Catholicism. The Moors took possession in about 730 and then later in 1040 Fernando I of Castile eventually liberated the city from these occupiers. In the 12th Century, Braga gained importance during the reign of King Dom Afonso Henriques.

The 14th Century Torre de Menagem that stands in the City's square is all that remains of the original fortifications. The much altered and extended 12th Century Cathedral was built on the site of an older church destroyed in the 6th Century. Another building of note is the 16th Century Palácio dos Biscainhos that was originally an aristocratic lavish home with ornate interesting gardens. On display within the palace is a museum of Portuguese period furniture and many other ethnographic items. In one of the minor streets close to the 17th Century Baroque Church Santa Cruz is the ornate and blue tiled façade of the building known as Palácio do Raio.

On the overlooking forested slope to the east of the town is one of Portugal's most famous tourist attraction, Igreja de Bom Jesus de Monte. Construction of this building was in 1776 and it's impressive Baroque staircase is symbolic of the Fourteen Stations of the Cross that lead the many visitors upwards to the Church. Archbishop's Palace (14th-18th centuries): Gothic, mannerist and baroque wings. Houses the Library of the City.

Guimarães, King Alfonso de León in 840 convened a Council of Bishops and Counts in this town. Some 28 years later a nobleman named Vimara Peres established the town as a centre to be ruled as a Burgh in Germanic tradition. In the 10th Century this town was said to be ruled by a woman named Mumadona. She constructed a wooden castle from which she successfully defended her surrounding large estate. In the 11th Century a Monastery was founded and a castle was built.

Between 1095-96 Count Henry of Burgundy the father of the first King of Portugal maintained his court in this town. It follows that when Dom Afonso Henriques was first proclaimed King of Portugal in 1139 he chose this attractive town as his capital. The elegant castle that has since always featured on the Portuguese coat of arms is reputed to have been his actual birthplace and within the small Romanesque church within its grounds is the font in which he was supposedly baptized.

The Rua de Santa Maria in the old medieval quarter of the city declared World Heritage Site is still a tight narrow street with cobbles and lined with facades adorned with statues. The Palace of the Dukes of Bragança; the originally 14th Century church of São Francisco was reconstructed in the 18th Century and contains a chancel with impressive scenes from the life of "St Anthony". In the former monastery of Nossa Senhora da Oliveira there are excellent examples of religious artwork through the centuries. Other interesting exhibits are the battle tunic worn by Dom João I at the battle of Aljubarrota in 1385, and a 14th Century silver altarpiece said to be taken from the defeated Spanish King.

Porto: Historical Porto Walking City Tour
It is the second largest city in Portugal and a very important commercial and industrial area by the Douro river. Visit the Cathedral, the Stock Exchange Palace, the Ribeira medieval quarter and San Bento station.

4 hour tour
Morning or afternoon tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port

Included: Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals, Taxis or other services not specified

Porto is the country´s second largest city. The cathedral was built in the 12th century, inside, it is worth admiring the paintings by Nicolau Nasoni, the silver altarpiece of the Holy Sacrament, the João Gordo ("Fat John") Chapel and the cloister.
 
San Bento Station built on the site of an ancient convent, it was completed in 1916. Now, only regional trains pass through here. Inside, the immense panels of tiles creted by Jorge Colaço, reproducing historical scenes, add a rare artistic beauty to the station.
 
The Stock Exchange Palace is a Baroque 18th century construction by Nicolau Nasoni. Worthy of notice are the church's interior decorated with Baroque-rococo gilt carvings, the polychromatic retable by Manuel Porto and the impressive 75.60-metres tower.
 
Don Luís I Bridge, in accordance with the Law of 11/02/1879, the government determined the opening of the competition for the "construction of a metal bridge over the Douro River, in the place considered the most convenient in front of the city of Porto, for the replacement of the current suspended bridge". The winning proposal was the project of engineer Teófilo Seyrig, from the Belgian company Societé de Willebroeck.
 
The genuine city is visible at the quarter of Ribeira ("River-bank"), right by the river. Narrow and winding streets, dark arcades, typical houses with colourful façades set in a place which preserves the charm of sites marked by history, full of contrasts and curious characteristics. This is the most picturesque spot in the city and declared a World Heritage Site. 

 
Porto: Full Day Excursion to Aveiro & Coimbra

Visit the charming town of Aveiro, the Venice of Portugal and its Art Nouveau buildings, then we drive to Coimbra, once the capital of the country and famous World Heritage Site campus University.

Tour Details:
8 hour tour
Morning tour
No wheelchair
Light physical activity
Pick up and drop off at the Port

Included: Transportation by Deluxe Vehicle; Guided Tour; Entrance Fees

Not Included: Any meals or other services not specified

Charming Aveiro is commonly known as the Portuguese Venice, that gained this denomination because of the canals generated by the Vouga River estuary, with its colorful gondolas, natural lagoons, elegant 19th century architecture and traditional cobblestone passageways. In this water-dominated labyrinth your local guide will be sure to highlight the Art Nouveau influence on the city’s architecture, as well as the importance of the traditional and fascinating blue and white tile work in the 16th century Renaissance church. This is also the perfect opportunity for you to peek into one of Aveiro's pastry shop and taste the famous Ovos Moles (traditional sweet) that you really cannot miss.
 
Once the capital of Portugal, Coimbra is now a major cultural center and home to the University of Coimbra, an UNESCO World Heritage Site campus, Founded in 1290 by King Dinis it now displays a tremendous amount of history and knowledge that has been accumulated within its walls, with its old quarter, Roman aqueduct and cathedral.
 
A must see is the University's library with an incredible collection of over 200.000 books stored in incredible carved and gilded bookshelves. The chapel of Saint Michael next door is also worth the visit as well as a nice walk within the old medieval streets of Coimbra's ancient historical centre and Santa Clara Monastery.

 
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Viking: Viking Torgil
Viking Torgil was custom built to sail Portugal's Douro River, with state-of-the-art engineering, a patented corridor design* and deluxe accommodations featuring streamlined Scandinavian interiors.

Small and intimate, the ship carries just 106 guests. Similar to the Viking Longships®, you can choose from a variety of stateroom classes, all with sweeping river views. Veranda Suites offer two full rooms with a private veranda off the living room and a French balcony in the bedroom, and hotel-style beds, spacious closets and amenities like 40-inch flat-panel TVs. These ships feature public spaces bathed in light, with imaginative and innovative features such as the Observation Lounge with floor-to-ceiling glass doors and the indoor-outdoor Aquavit Terrace®, located at the bow of the ship and perfect for al fresco dining. Sleek and sophisticated, the elegantly understated interiors offer a serene environment in which to unwind and take in the spectacular scenery.

*Corridor configuration designs U.S. Patent # 1832106-0001 to 1832106-0011.

Ship Statistics
Year Built
2014
Year Refurbished
Year Entered Present Fleet
2014
Previous Name
Country of Registry
Portugal
Tonnage (GRT)
1,615
Guests (Lowers)
106
Total Guests
106
Passenger Decks
4
Number of Crew
36
Officers' Nationality
International
Cruise/Hotel Staff Nationality
International
Total Rooms
53
Suites
11
Balconies
34
Ocean/River View
53
Interior
–
Accessible
–
Let Viking's staff treat you to personalized service, fine wines, and delicious, regional cuisine. Engage in immersive cultural activities, and take advantage of a wide array of amenities, from the onboard Congierge to shipwide Wi-Fi and 24-hour beverage bar.
Tipping Policy
It is customary to give cruise gratuities, subject to the guest's satisfaction of services rendered. Gratuities on board and on land are not included in the full fare.
Shipboard Policies
  • Pregnancy Policy
    Viking reserves the right not to accept passengers who are in an advanced state of pregnancy either upon commencement of or at any time during the river or ocean cruise.

  • Smoking Policy
    All Viking ship interiors, staterooms, and verandas are non-smoking. Each ship has an outdoor smoking area, generally on the sun deck.

  • Special Dietary Needs - Advance Notice Required
    Viking will make every effort to accommodate special dietary needs. Every meal has vegetarian options on the menu, and chefs are able to prepare low-salt or gluten-free cuisine. Guests requiring special diets, such as diabetic or low-cholesterol meals, must alert Viking Cruises one month prior to departure and inform the Maitre d’ when on board, and the chefs will make make reasonable efforts to fulfill these requests.

  • Wheelchair Access & Special Needs
    Guests must report any disability requiring special attention while on their Viking Cruises itinerary to Viking at the time the reservation is made. All vessels and motorcoaches are equipped to European standards. Most transportation services, including the vessels and motorcoaches, are not equipped with elevators or wheelchair ramps. Viking will make reasonable attempts to accommodate the special needs of disabled travelers, but is not responsible in the event it is unable to do so nor is it responsible for any denial of services by vessel operators, air carriers, hotels, restaurants, or other independent suppliers. Viking cannot provide individual assistance to a vacation participant for walking, dining, getting on and off vessels, motorcoaches and other vehicles, or other personal needs. A qualified and physically able companion must accompany travelers who need such assistance and must assume full responsibility for their well being. The guest assumes the full risk of use and of any prohibitions imposed by vendors. Motorized scooters are not typically suitable on international cruises and cannot be accommodated.

    Guests who have any medical, physical, or other special needs should contact Viking River Cruises directly at 1-877-668-4546 (1-877-66VIKING) with additional questions, and to obtain a copy of Viking's Policy Statement.

Public Rooms
  • Bar(s)/Lounge(s)
  • Internet Café
  • Library
Stateroom Amenities
  • Bath Amenities/Toiletries
  • Bath Robes
  • Complimentary Bottled Water (and/or Other Beverages)
  • Direct Dial Phone
  • Hair Dryer
  • In-Stateroom Movies
  • Minibar and/or Refrigerator
  • Private Safe
  • Slippers
  • Television / Radio
Entertainment
  • Internet Access
    For guests' convenience, all Viking ships have Internet access, as follows:

    • Ships in Europe, Russia and Ukraine - There is free Wi-Fi available, so you can bring your laptop and get online at any time. Alternatively, each ship has a few computers for guest use; there are desktop machines in Russia and laptops in Europe that guests may use free of charge. Guests who bring laptops to Russia may wish to bring a LAN cable for use in their stateroom; this may work a bit better than the wireless LAN in rural areas along the river.
    • Ships in China - There is an Internet café with desktop stations for guest use, free of charge. There is no onboard wireless network in China or Southeast Asia, so you will not be able to get Internet service on your personal computer while on the ship, although you may be able to do so during hotel stays.
    • Please note - Shipboard service may be unreliable during certain parts of the journey. The Internet connection functions via cellular service or satellite downlink, and there may be times when reception is not possible and/or when the connection is quite slow. For this reason, it is recommended that guests use the internet connection checking and sending email only, and not for downloading large files or watching video online.

  • Classes and Workshops
  • Educational/Enrichment Programs
  • Local Entertainment
Dining
  • Al Fresco Dining
  • All Beverages Included In Cruise Fare
  • Dining Style: All Casual
  • Dining Style: Open Seating
Other Facilities
  • Boutique(s) (duty-free)
  • Concierge Desk
  • Laundry Service (nominal fee)
Sports, Health and Fitness
  • Mini-Golf
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool(s)

Information provided within these pages has been updated as of August 2019. While we do our best to ensure that stateroom descriptions and deckplans appearing in this website are complete and accurate, we cannot be responsible for inaccurate representations, which may or may not be under our control. Please reconfirm stateroom accommodations and deck placement prior to booking.

French Balcony

French Balcony Stateroom (C) $6,699
French Balcony Stateroom
  • Category: C
  • Upper Deck
  • Square Feet: 150
  • Stateroom size: 150 sq. ft.
  • River-view stateroom with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door to create a French balcony
  • Hotel-style bed 79 in x 63 in (with optional twin-bed configuration); luxury linens and pillows
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • 40" flat-screen TV with infotainment system featuring Movies On Demand, plus CNBC, CNN, National Geographic, and more
  • 110/220-Volt outlets and USB ports
  • Telephone, safe, refrigerator, hair dryer, and individual climate control
  • Private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower
  • Premium Freyja® toiletries; plush robes and slippers available upon request
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • Stateroom steward and twice-daily housekeeping
  • Space under bed for storing suitcases
  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers
  • View the French Balcony Stateroom in our360° Douro Ship Tour
French Balcony Stateroom (D) Limited Availability
French Balcony Stateroom
  • Category: D
  • Middle Deck
  • Square Feet: 150
  • Stateroom size: 150 sq. ft.
  • River-view stateroom with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door to create a French balcony
  • Hotel-style bed 79 in x 63 in (with optional twin-bed configuration); luxury linens and pillows
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • 40" flat-screen TV with infotainment system featuring Movies On Demand, plus CNBC, CNN, National Geographic, and more
  • 110/220-Volt outlets and USB ports
  • Telephone, safe, refrigerator, hair dryer, and individual climate control
  • Private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower
  • Premium Freyja® toiletries; plush robes and slippers available upon request
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • Stateroom steward and twice-daily housekeeping
  • Space under bed for storing suitcases
  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers
  • View the French Balcony Stateroom in our360° Douro Ship Tour

Balcony

Veranda Stateroom (B) $6,799
Veranda Stateroom
  • Category: B
  • Middle Deck
  • Square Feet: 185
  • Stateroom size: 185 sq. ft.
  • River-view stateroom with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door opening to a full-size veranda
  • Hotel-style bed 79 in x 63 in (with optional twin-bed configuration); luxury linens and pillows
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • 40" flat-screen TV with infotainment system featuring Movies On Demand, plus CNBC, CNN, National Geographic, and more
  • 110/220-Volt outlets and USB ports
  • Telephone, safe, refrigerator, hair dryer, and individual climate control
  • Private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower
  • Premium Freyja® toiletries; plush robes and slippers available upon request
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • Stateroom steward and twice-daily housekeeping
  • Space under bed for storing suitcases
  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers
  • View the Veranda Stateroom in our360° Douro Ship Tour
Veranda Stateroom (A) $6,999
Veranda Stateroom
  • Category: A
  • Upper Deck
  • Square Feet: 185
  • Stateroom size: 185 sq. ft.
  • River-view stateroom with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door opening to a full-size veranda
  • Hotel-style bed 79 in x 63 in (with optional twin-bed configuration); luxury linens and pillows
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • 40" flat-screen TV with infotainment system featuring Movies On Demand, plus CNBC, CNN, National Geographic, and more
  • 110/220-Volt outlets and USB ports
  • Telephone, safe, refrigerator, hair dryer, and individual climate control
  • Private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower
  • Premium Freyja® toiletries; plush robes and slippers available upon request
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • Stateroom steward and twice-daily housekeeping
  • Space under bed for storing suitcases
  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers
  • View the Veranda Stateroom in our360° Douro Ship Tour

River View

Standard Stateroom (F) Limited Availability
Standard Stateroom
  • Category: F
  • Main Deck
  • Square Feet: 155
  • Stateroom size: 155 sq. ft.
  • River-view stateroom with half-height picture window
  • Hotel-style bed 79 in x 63 in (with optional twin-bed configuration); luxury linens and pillows
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • 40" flat-screen TV with infotainment system featuring Movies On Demand, plus CNBC, CNN, National Geographic, and more
  • 110/220-Volt outlets and USB ports
  • Telephone, safe, refrigerator, hair dryer, and individual climate control
  • Private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower
  • Premium Freyja® toiletries; plush robes and slippers available upon request
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • Stateroom steward and twice-daily housekeeping
  • Space under bed for storing suitcases
  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers
  • View the Standard Stateroom in our360° Douro Ship Tour
Standard Stateroom (E) Limited Availability
Standard Stateroom
  • Category: E
  • Main Deck
  • Square Feet: 155
  • Stateroom size: 155 sq. ft.
  • River-view stateroom with half-height picture window
  • Hotel-style bed 79 in x 63 in (with optional twin-bed configuration); luxury linens and pillows
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • 40" flat-screen TV with infotainment system featuring Movies On Demand, plus CNBC, CNN, National Geographic, and more
  • 110/220-Volt outlets and USB ports
  • Telephone, safe, refrigerator, hair dryer, and individual climate control
  • Private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower
  • Premium Freyja® toiletries; plush robes and slippers available upon request
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • Stateroom steward and twice-daily housekeeping
  • Space under bed for storing suitcases
  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers
  • View the Standard Stateroom in our360° Douro Ship Tour

Suite

Veranda Suite (AB) Limited Availability
Veranda Suite
  • Category: AB
  • Middle Deck
  • Square Feet: 302
  • Suite size: 302 sq. ft.
  • River-view suite with full-size veranda off the spacious, separate sitting room and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door, known as a French balcony, in the sleeping quarters
  • Hotel-style bed 79 in x 63 in (with optional twin-bed configuration); luxury linens and pillows
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • Two 40" flat-screen TVs with infotainment system featuring Movies On Demand, plus CNBC, CNN, National Geographic, and more
  • 110/220-Volt outlets and USB ports
  • Telephone, safe, refrigerator, hair dryer, and individual climate control
  • Large private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower
  • Premium Freyja® toiletries; plush robes and slippers
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • Stateroom steward and twice-daily housekeeping
  • Space under bed for storing suitcases
  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers
  • Early check-in (no later than 12 PM)
  • Complimentary Viking Air Plus, laundry, and shoe shine services
  • Welcome champagne; mini-bar with wine, beer, and soft drinks (replenished daily); daily fruit plate
  • Binoculars
  • View the Veranda Suite in our360° Douro Ship Tour
Veranda Suite (AA) Limited Availability
Veranda Suite
  • Category: AA
  • Upper Deck
  • Square Feet: 302
  • Suite size: 302 sq. ft.
  • River-view suite with full-size veranda off the spacious, separate sitting room and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door, known as a French balcony, in the sleeping quarters
  • Hotel-style bed 79 in x 63 in (with optional twin-bed configuration); luxury linens and pillows
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • Two 40" flat-screen TVs with infotainment system featuring Movies On Demand, plus CNBC, CNN, National Geographic, and more
  • 110/220-Volt outlets and USB ports
  • Telephone, safe, refrigerator, hair dryer, and individual climate control
  • Large private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower
  • Premium Freyja® toiletries; plush robes and slippers
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • Stateroom steward and twice-daily housekeeping
  • Space under bed for storing suitcases
  • Roomy wardrobe with wooden hangers
  • Early check-in (no later than 12 PM)
  • Complimentary Viking Air Plus, laundry, and shoe shine services
  • Welcome champagne; mini-bar with wine, beer, and soft drinks (replenished daily); daily fruit plate
  • Binoculars
  • View the Veranda Suite in our360° Douro Ship Tour

All fares and offers are for new bookings only, as of May 1, 2014, are subject to availability, may not be combinable with other offers except Viking Explorer Society Travel Credit and Referral Rewards Credit, are capacity-controlled and may be withdrawn at any time without prior notice.

Cruise fares listed are cruise only in U.S. dollars, per person, based on double occupancy. Cruise fares listed are valid for U.S. and Canadian residents only. Cruise ship fuel surcharge may apply. 2-for-1 fares are based upon published full brochure fares; cruise fares do not include pre-paid charges, optional facilities and service fees, and personal charges, as defined in the terms and conditions of the Passenger Ticket Contract. Full brochure fares may not have resulted in actual sales in all stateroom categories and may not have been in effect during the last 90 days. Promotional fares may remain in effect after the expiration date. Viking reserves the right to correct errors or omissions and to change any and all fares, fees and surcharges at any time. Please call for the most up-to-date prices, as pricing and availability may change at any time. The cruise ship fuel surcharge is additional revenue to Viking River Cruises, as are any additional charges relating to currency fluctuation other than for fully paid cruise fares and full fares, which fluctuations are beyond our control. Additional terms and conditions may apply. Complete terms and conditions may be found in the Passenger Ticket Contract.

All fares are quoted in US Dollars.

Sun Deck

Stateroom Key

  • Veranda Suite (AA)
  • Veranda Suite (AB)
  • Veranda Stateroom (A)
  • Veranda Stateroom (B)
  • French Balcony Stateroom (C)
  • French Balcony Stateroom (D)
  • Standard Stateroom (E)
  • Standard Stateroom (F)
Upper Deck

Stateroom Key

  • Veranda Suite (AA)
  • Veranda Suite (AB)
  • Veranda Stateroom (A)
  • Veranda Stateroom (B)
  • French Balcony Stateroom (C)
  • French Balcony Stateroom (D)
  • Standard Stateroom (E)
  • Standard Stateroom (F)
Middle Deck

Stateroom Key

  • Veranda Suite (AA)
  • Veranda Suite (AB)
  • Veranda Stateroom (A)
  • Veranda Stateroom (B)
  • French Balcony Stateroom (C)
  • French Balcony Stateroom (D)
  • Standard Stateroom (E)
  • Standard Stateroom (F)
Main Deck

Stateroom Key

  • Veranda Suite (AA)
  • Veranda Suite (AB)
  • Veranda Stateroom (A)
  • Veranda Stateroom (B)
  • French Balcony Stateroom (C)
  • French Balcony Stateroom (D)
  • Standard Stateroom (E)
  • Standard Stateroom (F)