By Susan Hanson
Splurge: Porto, Portugal
Fifteen days, $12,400
, terraced vineyards and cozy quintas
(estates) line the slopes of the Douro River Valley, the world’s oldest demarcated wine region. Viking River Cruises
sails through on a ten-day Lisbon-to-Porto adventure
on the 106-passenger Viking Torgil
. Visit wineries in Régua and Pinhão – plus Salamanca, Spain – then uncork a bottle on your Veranda Suite’s balcony. A pair of overnights in Porto allow plenty of time for sampling the city’s renowned ports. Departures: Multiple dates, March 21 through December 19, 2017; Veranda Suites from $4,499 per person.
See more of Spain with three pre-cruise days in Madrid
and two more after in Santiago
. Both packages include accommodations, guided tours, and ship transfers. From $1,198 per person.
Everything at A Vida Portuguesa
(Rua Anchieta 11
) is made in Portugal. Pick up a pair of Ideal & Co leather messenger bags, perfect for toting the rest of your purchases. $517 each.
From $12,428 per couple
Steal: Portland, Oregon
Eight days, $7,400
may not typically conjure images of the French countryside, but the Willamette Valley shares a similar climate with Burgundy, making its pinot varietals a worthy contender. A wine expert leads daily tastings on board and at local vineyards during UnCruise Adventures
’ eight-day, round-trip-from-Portland cruise
along the Columbia River on the 88-passenger Legacy
. A pre- or post-cruise deep dive into Portland’s diverse restaurant scene pairs well with the voyage. Departures: Multiple dates, April 15 through October 21, 2017; from $3,695 per person.
While at port in Hood River, take in panoramic Columbia River Gorge views during a vineyard and wine-cave tour at Maryhill Winery
. Included in fare.
A Portland can’t-miss: the International Rose Test Garden. Local perfumer Olo Fragrance’s Cedar & Rose scent, available at Milk Milk Lemonade
(1407 SE Belmont Street
), will trigger olfactory memories for months to come. $45.
TOTAL: From $7,435 per couple
*Prices were accurate when the article appeared in the February/March 2017 issue of
Virtuoso Traveler. Check with your travel advisor for current rates.
Photo Credits: (Verandah Balcony) Mary Quincy