Detours and Discoveries on the Douro
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Today, we disembarked Viking River Cruises Viking Torgil in Pinhao, Portugal on the second-last day of our 10-day Portugal’s River of Gold journey. Pinhao (pronounced peen-yow) would mark the jumping-off point for a fabulously memorable day of touring Portugal’s UNESCO-protected Douro River Valley.
Unfortunately, most guests were so wiped out from our full day of touring Salamanca, Spain yesterday that there was a noticeable amount of empty space on the coach this morning. It’s too bad – they missed out on one of the most entertaining, confounding and intriguing days on our journey.
To start with, our coach was detoured off the freeway by road closures, which meant it took nearly two hours to reach the Village of Favaios that would be our first stop this morning. The plus side of this inconvenience? Some of the most spectacular scenery we’ve seen this trip, highlighted by the lightly