Viking Expands into Spain, Portugal in 2013

As river cruising grows in popularity, river cruise companies are continually looking to offer their guests the chance to explore more corners of the world by creating itineraries and opportunities like never before. Celebrating its 15-year anniversary this year, Viking River Cruises is taking the plunge by offering an all-new itinerary in Portugal and Spain, allowing guests to experience these magnificent countries firsthand.

Built in 2011, Viking Douro carries passengers in comfort and style along the famed Douro River. Photo courtesy of Viking River Cruises

New for 2013, these 10-day Rivers of Gold cruise and land journeys sail the Douro River that runs through Portugal’s famed Douro Valley.

Beginning in Lisbon, Portugal, guests will have the chance to experience one of the world’s oldest cities and take in the authentic Portuguese culture before heading to the city of Porto, where they will board Viking Douro, the newest member of the Viking River Cruises fleet. Famous for its sumptuous port wines, Porto is a true gem, and a place that is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on travellers.

“We always love creating new cruise programs, and we are especially proud to launch our first offering on the Douro River, where we can help immerse our guests in the rich cultures of Spain and Portugal,” says Torstein Hagen, Founder and Chairman of Viking River Cruises. “The cities along the Douro offer a true diversity of experiences, from serene villages to bustling cities, and from baroque palaces to historic castles. We know travelers will be eager to discover these captivating destinations in the intimate way that only Viking can provide.”

The city of Porto is framed by Viking Douro's upper deck. Photo courtesy of Viking River Cruises

Aboard the new Viking Douro, guests will be left wanting little: She features elegant and refreshing interior design, spacious staterooms with French balconies, and a panoramic sun deck with a pool and Jacuzzi tub. We’ll have a full profile of this exciting ship posted here shortly on River Cruise Advisor.

To provide additional incentive, for a limited time Viking is offering guests wishing to book this new itinerary early booking discounts; 2-for-1 cruise and land pricing plus $1,100 per couple off the posted brochure airfare rate.

One of the comfortable staterooms aboard Viking Douro. Photo courtesy of Viking River Cruises

More information on Viking River Cruises can be found by reading our detailed Viking River Cruises Line Overview right here on River Cruise Advisor!