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!
After a long day of bus travel and multiple outings in Favois, we had a lazy morning on our new ship located roughly 120 miles east of Porto. The program director delivered a talk on the Douro River and its history, followed by a live cooking demonstration, where the ship’s chef had two volunteers try … Continue reading Castelo Rodrigo & Flamenca
I suppose it’s about time to dive back into a recap of our December, 2019 trip along the Douro River with Viking. (We explained in an earlier post why we’re calling this a trip and not a cruise.) Our last post from this trip was all about Port wine, with entries from Grahams in Porto, … Continue reading Favois: Nativity Scenes & Bread
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
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
Viking’s river cruise on the Douro is preceded by a two-night stay in Lisbon. It often feels like we don’t get to spend enough time in the stops on a Viking cruise, but it’s especially true of Lisbon; based on our limited exposure to the city we definitely need to come back here and explore … Continue reading Lisbon: Tour and Tiles
Happy New Year! If all you had to go on was the picture above, you might guess that we were back home in Montana. But this was just our layover on the way to our destination. Here, this might be a better clue: We had a nice, long layover at the Zurich airport (“Flughafen” is … Continue reading On the Road Again…