I’ve written before about my Portuguese heritage, mainly when it comes to food (as usual). I had the opportunity to visit Portugal with my family in 1989 or 1990 (the memory is slipping) when we spent time in the coastal resort, Cascais. I remember the octopus mainly (of course).
So when Viking River Cruises invited me to pick any European location to try out their line of river cruises, it took us less than ten minutes to decide, Portugal. We are leaving Jessica and the RV in my parent’s trusty hands in Phoenix and heading to Portugal at the end of May.
The cruise is ten days long and goes from Lisbon to Porto along the Duoro River. I am super excited, plus there are food excursions! Made for me I tell ya!
In addition, we’ll also be arriving in Lisbon a day and half before the cruise and staying in Lisbon two and a half days after, driving ourselves from Porto to Lisbon. That’s not a lot of time to take advantage of this captivating capitol.
That’s where Journy comes in.
A curated concierge travel service for travelers with recommendations coming from a tantalizing group of tastemakers, the fabulous Journyists – chefs, sommeliers, editors, and travel experts.
I went through the on-boarding experience in less than five minutes providing my likes and interests as well as budget and style. My concierge came back and asked a few clarifying questions and off she went to work on my itinerary. Journy creates custom itineraries with the local restaurants, bars, accommodations, attractions and activities (everything but the flight). The tailored plan costs $15/day.
I got my customized itinerary (you can see it here) and the choices the concierge selected for me are spot on. Places that I cannot wait to try. I am really looking forward to my meals! Lucky me, even though this plan is for one day, I have multiple options and I can try them all as I am actually staying four days.
The Journy concierges can handle reservations and bookings for your hotel and restaurants, I’m choosing to do it on my own, but I love that they have this option.
You can have your tailored travel plan created either chronologically (day-by-day) or in a flexible itinerary format with recommendations by activity type (that’s what I did).
$15/day which is very reasonable for handcrafted travel services, but I’ve got a DISCOUNT code for you! Use MISADVENTURES25 and you will get 25% off your entire trip itinerary. They can plan a trip for the US and beyond.
I am looking forward to my Viking River Cruise and now I know that my extra days in Lisbon are going to be filled with dining and activities designed to fit my travel-style and interests thanks to Journy. I will be reporting back after my trip to Lisbon to let you know how everything went!
How about you? Have you tried a curated/custom travel service before? Would you consider creating your own Journy?
Disclosure: Journy waived my $15 fee for the one day of planning they did for me. I just think the service is really cool, my opinion, and I will definitely be putting it to the test on my trip.