Castles, Cocktails and Cruising the Douro
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Our 10-day Portugal’s River of Gold itinerary aboard Viking River Cruises’ Viking Torgil entered Day 6 with guests enjoying a relaxing morning of sailing Portugal’s Douro River before disembarking in the early afternoon for a half-day tour of Castelo Rodrigo.
If there’s one complaint I have about river cruising, it is that it doesn’t include the “Day at Sea” that has become standard on many deep ocean cruise itineraries. In fact, I tend to shy away from port-heavy itineraries simply because, at a certain point, you tend to get burned out on runs that feature extended port calls every single day of the voyage. It’s nice to kick back and enjoy the ship too.
That’s why our morning of scenic cruising along the fabulous Douro River appealed to me so much: it offers the chance to relax, enjoy the ship, and appreciate the scenery – all rolled into one.
In that vein, I enjoyed a late breakfast taken at 9:00 a.m. in The Restaurant on Deck 2. Breakfast is one of my favorite mealtimes on any Viking ship, and here in Portugal thi