Viking launches river cruise in Portugal
The world's largest river cruise company - Viking River Cruises - reported about the opening of a new route in 2013 on the largest river of Portugal - Douro.
Douro River in Portugal is called the "Golden River". The river has its origins in Spain, crosses the north part of Portugal and flows into the Atlantic Ocean. The second largest city of Portugal - Porto stands on the Douro, as well as included into the UNESCO World Heritage List wine-making region of Alto Douro, where is produced the world-famous port wine.
Of course, these beauties, as well as a huge number of attractions were noticed by the Viking Cruises. From 2013 the company will offer combined cruises on the Douro through Spain and Portugal. The program of the cruise also includes visiting of the second largest Portuguese city of Porto and the Spanish city of Salamanca. The cruise passengers will be offered a two-day stay in a first class hotel in Lisbon and a wide range of excursions across the sights of the Portuguese capital.
The cruise will be served by The Viking Douro river boat, a ship that was specially designed and built for traveling on the "Golden River". The Viking Douro was launched in 2011. It has 62 cabins, 59 of which are equipped with balconies. In total the ship is able to receive up to 124 guests. Each cabin offers a magnificent river view. The crew is English speaking.
New cruise in Spain and Portugal from the Viking Cruises also provides for special accommodation conditions and other bonuses. Thus, the cruise price includes food, wine and onshore excursions. Special offers and prices for those, who prefer early cruise booking, starts on February 29, 2012.
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More cruises in Northern Europe
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Norwegian: free cruises for children
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