Portugal’s River of Gold
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
It’s our last morning onboard Viking River Cruises’ Viking Torgil on Portugal’s Douro River. Everyone onboard seems very aware of that fact – particularly those of us who have the privilege of being on a Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt tomorrow morning that will require us to transfer to Porto International Airport at the almost-hypothetical hour of 3:30 a.m.
Yes, that means alarms will be set for 2:30 a.m. and continental breakfast will be “enjoyed” at three in the morning before that pleasant cruise glow evaporates in a haze of airport check-in queues, security lines and boarding groups. Fly the friendly skies!
Today however, we’ve got one last shot at enjoying the fabulous product that Viking has present aboard the Viking Torgil, with an entire afternoon of cruising the scenic UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the Douro River Valley before our arrival in Porto this evening just after 7:00 p.m.
First, though – it’s time for another tour! Our morning destination: the small town of Lamego, Portugal, population 26,000.
First founded during the Middle Ages, modern Lamego would still be mainly recognizable to those early inhabitants. The town castle dates back to the 5th century, a