Can anyone post a review.
Going on AMAREINA (new ship for 2014) Amsterdam to Budapest, but looking at booking the Douro for 2015.
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If you are booking you air yourself the easiest way to fly back from Porto is TAP Portugal to Lisbon then your normal airline home. TAP is a Star Alliance member so if you book through United or US Air it should show up.Thanks for the info. We fly Delta and have opted to fly into and out of Madrid and transport ourselves to Lisbon and from Porto.
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We did the Viking Douro trip this year and cant say we enjoyed it much. The boat itself wasnt great (non functioning air con in temps of 30 degrees+, poor food etc). However, that wasnt one of Viking`s own boats. I believe they will have their own ones soon so would hope things are better in that regard next season.Thank you for taking the time to post your review. So many times people forget to come back and give those of us who are interested in feedback your take on your experience. We are hoping that Uniworld's Isabel (a new ship) will be up to their standards and we will have the opportunity to see a good bit of this country. Bussing to different cities, vineyards, etc. seem to becoming an expected part of most of the river cruises, but its good to know before you go what the cruise will be like.
The cruise itself was v different from previous ones- this was due to the geography really. Steep sided valleys meant virtually all outings were on buses. The chance to just step off the boat into a little village and wander about as in France/Germany/ Holland etc wasnt possible.
We didnt like the enforced bus travel. The regimentation was such that we had to be on exactly the same bus each time. we found it a bit depressing.
We also found our fellow travellers to be quite a lot older (generally fine by me but very obviously much older than on eg Grand France/Grand European etc). It was very noticeable on our trip.
Additionally, there appeared to me to be far more people with mobility issues. This is despite clear warning in the brochures that this is not really suitable for those with restricted mobility. I have had mobility problems myself in the past and always hesitated to inconvenience others. On this trip we frequently found ourselves waiting on stairs, lifts being unavailable and shuffling round tours at the pace of the slowest. I know this sounds harsh. Unbelievably, we found ourselves considering trying to just leave and go home after almost a week. This has NEVER happened to us before. In all it added up to our deciding not to take this sort of trip again. It might be fine for others but just not us. Sorry!