O Porto!

This is the final posting from our Douro River cruise with Viking that we took in December 2019. We spent time in Porto at the beginning and end of the cruise portion of this trip, staying onboard the Helgrim for two nights at the beginning and at the Sheraton Porto Hotel & Spa our last … Continue reading O Porto!


On our last morning onboard the Viking Hemming, we were treated to the (false) promise of improving weather when a rainbow was spotted over the hills surrounding our docking location, upstream from a dam on the upper Douro. Looking downstream to the dam and upstream toward Spain, the Douro looked perfectly navigable: As we started … Continue reading Lamego

Sipping Port

It’s been a while since our last installment here on Halfway There Travelers. We’ve been back home for three months from our trip to Spain and Portugal for a Viking river cruise on the Douro, and it’s been nearly six weeks since our last post about the brief stop we made in Coimbra on our … Continue reading Sipping Port

Coimbra, Briefly

Viking’s Douro river cruise starts out with a two-night stay in Lisbon, followed by a bus transfer to the ship in Porto. Along the way, there’s a stop about midway in Coimbra where we visited Portugal’s prestigious Coimbra University. The college was established in 1290 in Lisbon and relocated multiple times, but it’s been permanently … Continue reading Coimbra, Briefly