Porto at dusk

Viking River Cruises has announced a brand new route for 2013 – Portugal’s Duoro River – following customer demand.

Named River of Gold for the striking quality of its light, the Duoro winds its way through the heart of Portugal, through steeply terraced vineyards, rolling landscapes and pretty towns with castles, baroque mansions and historic monasteries, into Spain.

The itinerary will include stops at Porto, the medieval Spanish city of Salamanca and Lisbon, with excursions within the capital, including a tour of the 15th century Jerónimos Monastery.

Throughout the journey the ship will serve Portuguese cuisine as well as the region’s famous port and tawny wines.

Viking will operate the Viking Douro, which was built specifically for this route.

Spacious and supremely comfortable with panoramic views, large staterooms with French balconies and 360 degree views from the public areas, guests can sit back and relax as they immerse themselves in the glorious scenery.
Wendy Atkin-Smith, managing director of Viking River Cruises UK Limited said:

“The Douro is truly breathtaking and offers such a wide range of scenery as it meanders through incredible valleys, past ancient vineyards and into bustling Portuguese towns brimming with culture.”

• More details 0208 780 7995 or visit www.vikingrivercruises.co.uk