Portugal & the Douro River Cruise

Wednesday, October 9 - Saturday, October 19, 2019

Highlights:   (Inclusions subject to change)
**Featuring Porto to Salamanca, Spain, and return**        
           11 Days · 23 Meals
• 23 Meals (9 Breakfasts, 6 Lunch, 8 Dinners )
• Round trip air and airport transfers
• International Cruise Director and Mayflower Tours expert 
   staff onboard
• Two-night hotel stay and touring in Lisbon, Portugal 
   before cruising
• Experience the Douro River aboard the exclusively chartered 
   MS Emerald Radiance
• Once onboard, unpack just once in your river view stateroom 
• Included shore excursions escorted by local, English-speaking guides in Salamanca, Pocinho, Lamego
   and Porto
• All onboard meals feature local and international specialties
• All onboard lunches and dinners are four courses and served with complimentary regional wines, beer
   and soft drinks
• Afternoon tea time and late evening snacks served daily in the lounge
• Complimentary WiFi onboard
• Spacious public areas with large picture windows 
• Enhanced touring experience with the use of audio headsets
• ‘Indoor balcony’ with drop-down window featured in the staterooms on Vista Deck
• Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
• Trip Cancellation & Interruption, Accident & Medical Insurance on package, not on airline tickets

Local Insights:
• Insightful presentation on the history of the Douro River
• Included visit to a quinta vineyard in the heart of the Douro Valley
• Off-ship dinner at a traditional vineyard estate
• Culinary demonstration by the ship's chef

Spend two nights exploring Lisbon, then set sail through the Portuguese Frontier.  Visit Spain’s walled city of Salamanca, and the quaint and historic towns of Portugal along the Douro River.

Departure Points:
Washington:  Depart TBD / Return TBD
Lowe’s in Kirkwood:  Depart TBD / Return TBD

Wednesday, October 9 – Depart the USA   
Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Lisbon, Portugal.

Thursday, October 10 – Lisbon, Portugal
Upon arrival, you will be met by a Mayflower Tours representative and transferred to your hotel.  The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore Lisbon.  This evening, join your Mayflower Tours staff and fellow travelers for an included dinner.   (Dinner)

Friday, October 11 – Discover Lisbon   
After breakfast, an included tour highlights the famous sites of the city.  See Jerónimos Monastery, ‘Monument to the Discoveries,’ and Belem Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a free afternoon to shop, dine and experience this cosmopolitan city on your own.  (Breakfast)

Saturday, October 12 – Fátima / Coimbra 
Enroute to the ship in Porto visit Fátima, home to the Sanctuary of Fátima, an important Catholic pilgrimage site.  The city’s fame originates from the apparitions of Our Lady of the Rosary that appeared to three shepherd children in the nearby fields.  Continue to Coimbra and its famous university before arriving in Porto to embark the MS Emerald Radiance, home for the next seven nights.  (Breakfast and Dinner)

Sunday, October 13 – Porto / Pinhão 
Today is a day of sailing through the twists and turns of the Douro Valley.  Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this area is sparsely populated by small quaint villages and typical communities with vineyards and small farms.  This afternoon, the ship arrives in the village of Pinhão, perfectly situated on a river bend surrounded by terraced hillsides that produce some of the world’s best Port wine. (Breakfast, Lunch and dinner)

Monday, October 14 - Pinhão / Vega de Terron 
Begin the day with a visit to a beautiful quinta vineyard with spectacular views of the Douro Valley. Learn about wine production and its importance to the culture and economy.  This afternoon, the ship sails for Vega de Terron, gateway to Spain.  (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Tuesday, October 15 – Salamanca, Spain
Today’s excursion takes you to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Salamanca, Spain.  During the guided walking tour, see amazingly detailed and intricately carved buildings of the university, the 12th century Romanesque church of San Martin and the house of Shells.  Regal splendor abounds in the Plaza Mayor, the heartbeat of the city.  You’ll have free time to explore independently before returning to the ship in Portugal.  (Breakfast, lunch and Dinner)

Wednesday, October 16 - Pocinho
Arrive in Pocinho and disembark for a morning excursion to the Coa Valley Museum.  Designed to blend in with its surroundings, the concrete structure houses prehistoric stone carvings made by the early inhabitants of the Douro which were uncovered during construction of a nearby dam project. Return to the ship for lunch and relax on deck as the ship sails through idyllic surroundings on the way to Régua.  This evening, enjoy an off-ship dinner at a traditional vineyard estate.  (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Thursday, October 17 – Régua
After arriving in Régua, journey to the marvelous baroque village of Lamego, home to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies - one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Portugal.  See the Sanctuary perched atop the hill, with its iconic 686-step granite staircase, decorated with the traditional Portuguese blue and white ‘azulejos’ tiles.  Return to the ship in Régua after the excursion. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)   

Friday, October 18 – Porto
Having traversed the Douro River, the ship returns to Porto – a city with an eclectic mix of modern and ancient architecture. An included tour highlights the sights from historic landmarks to the scenic beauty.  And it wouldn’t be complete without a visit to a wine cave for a tour and tasting of Port wine.  The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure in Porto.  (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) 

Saturday, October 19 – Porto / USA  
This morning, disembark the MS Emerald Radiance and bid a fond farewell to Portugal, filled with memories of this remarkable cruise along the ‘river of gold.’  (Breakfast)

Things to know
Tour Activity Level      1   2   3   4   5
LEVEL 3: A blend of longer and shorter days on this program with more walking tours mixed with some periods of standing. Expect more of the touring to be over uneven surfaces or involve stairs. 

Cruise and Hotel Accommodations
Days Two and Three – Hotel Sana Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
Days Four through Ten – Aboard the MS Emerald Radiance

Seven nights accommodations aboard the MS?Emerald Radiance
Built: 2017   Speed: 15.5 mph   Staterooms: 52   Suites: 4   Length: 292 ft.   Crew: 37

Panorama Stateroom categories B (160 sq ft): Vista Deck
Features an indoor balcony with open-air system; Bathroom with shower, hair dryer; Complimentary WiFi; Two twin beds that can be put together; Dresser; Closet; Telephone; Safe; Individual climate control; Flat screen TV; Mini-fridge

Emerald Stateroom (153 – 170 sq ft): Riviera Deck
Features small window (doesn’t open); Bathroom with shower and hair dryer; Complimentary WiFi; Two twin beds that can be put together; Dresser; Closet; Telephone; Safe; Individual climate control; Flat screen TV; Mini-fridge

Public Areas and Ship Amenities
• Dining Room
• Lounge
• Sun Deck featuring deck chairs and walking track
• Elevator
• Outdoor swimming pool and bar
• Fitness room, hairdresser, massage therapy room
• Voltage:  220V
• Complimentary WiFi


Tour Cost up until 6/30/18 with Free Airfare:
$5,728.00  - per person Double cabin on Vista Deck
$5,328.00  - per person Double cabin on Riviera Deck

Tour Cost after 6/30/18 with 2 for 1 Airfare:
$6,353.00  - per person Double cabin on Vista Deck
$5,953.00  - per person Double cabin on Riviera Deck

$829.00 per person deposit due with reservation
Final Payment due:  July 2, 2019

Book Early For Best Cabin Selection!

Rates are subject to change
Penalties will apply for early cancellation