Portugal and the Douro River Cruise

An 11-Day Mayflower Tours tour starting from $4,399

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Tour Length: 11 Days
Countries Visited: Portugal, Spain
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Tour Category: First Class
Tour Operator: Mayflower Tours
Tour Code: MT-400
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Spend two nights exploring Lisbon, then set sail through the Portuguese Frontier. Visit Spain’s walled city of Salamanca with an included Flamenco show and luncheon. Your holiday includes all shore excursions and two nights in Lisbon. Also included – dinners ashore at a monastery and a historic vineyard estate.

Spend two nights exploring Lisbon, then set sail through the Portuguese Frontier. Visit Spain’s walled city of Salamanca with an included Flamenco show and luncheon. Your holiday includes all shore excursions and two nights in Lisbon. Also included – dinners ashore at a monastery and a historic vineyard estate.

 

The Mayflower Tours Way

  • 23 Meals (8 dinners, 6 lunches and 9 breakfasts)
  • Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Tours
  • International Cruise Director and Mayflower Tours expert staff onboard
  • Spend two nights in Lisbon, Portugal before the cruise
  • Stop in Fatima and included sightseeing in Coimbra
  • Visit to the oldest university of Portugal in Coimbra
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Monument to the Discoveries, Bekem Tower, Guimaraes, Porto and Salamanca, Spain
  • Experience the Douro River aboard the brand new exclusively chartered river vessel, the MS Douro Serenity
  • Once aboard, unpack just once in your river view stateroom
  • All shore excursions included with English-speaking guides
  • All meals included while on the river cruise featuring local and international specialalties served at one leisurely seating
  • All onboard dinners are served with complimentary local wines
  • Spacious public areas, lounge with bar and dance floor, and Sun Deck with swimming pool
  • Complimentary WiFi on the ship (public areas only)
  • Enhanced tour experience with the use of individual audio headphones
  • $55 in Mayflower Money

Local Insights

  • Dinner at the 13th-century monastery
  • Wine tastings at local venues
  • Dinner at a working vineyard estate
  • Lunch of local specialities and Flamenco show while ashore in Spain
  • Culinary demonstration onboard by the ship's chef
  • Portuguese folklore and Fado show onboard
  • Onboard dinner of barbequed Portuguese specialities
 

DAY 1 – Depart the USA-
Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Lisbon, the capitol city of Portugal.

DAY 2 – Lisbon, Portugal-
Upon arrival you'll be met by a Mayflower Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore Lisbon. This evening, join Mayflower Tours staff and fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner

DAY 3 – Discover Lisbon-
After breakfast, enjoy a guided city tour including Lisbon's famous sites ofJerónimos Monastery.‘Monument to the Discoveries,’ and Belem Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy the remainder of the day to shop, dine and experience Lisbon on your own

DAY 4 – Fátima / Coimbra -
Visit Fátima, home to one of the most important Catholic shrines. The city's fame orignates from the apparitions of Our Lady of the Rosary, that appeared to three shepherd children in the nearby fields. Continue on to Coimbra and visit the amazing library of its famous university. Upon arrival in Porto, board the MS Douro Serenity, your home for the next seven nights. This evening enjoy a Welcome Reception and dinner onboard

Day 5 - Regua / Pinhao -
Enjoy the first morning onboard sailing through the picturesque Douro River Valley. This afternoon, visit the magnificent 18th-century manor house depicted on Mateus Rosé wine bottles. Stroll the amazing grounds and enjoy a guided tour through the rooms of the historic Chateau. At the end of the tour, return to the ship in Pinhão.This evening, visit Quinta Avessada, a family owned working vineyard estate. You will learn about the making of Muscatel wine and enjoy tasting, dinner and local entainment at the estate

DAY 6 – Pinhão / Castelo Rodrigo -
On the afternoon’s excursion, travel to the medieval village of Castelo Rodrigo. An inside visit to the well-preserved Church of Our Lady of Rocamador showcases relics of the period. See the ruins of the castle and clock tower as well as the former prison house, medieval well and pillory, as you stroll through the cobblestone lanes

DAY 7 – Salamanca, Spain-
Today’s excursion takes you to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Salamanca, Spain. During the guided walking tour you’ll 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 and enjoy a lunch of deliciously authentic cuisine and a Flamenco show in a local restaurant. Return to the ship in Portugal for a dinner of barbeque Portuguese specialties

DAY 8 – Régua and Lamego -
An afternoon excursion to the countryside visits the wine château Quinta do Seixo.Learn about the wine-making process of Port wine before sampling the vintage for yourself. Touring continues in Lamego, home to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies, and one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Portugal. Special entertainment is presented onboard this evening with a local folklore and Fado show

DAY 9 – Régua and Entre-os-Rios -
Following a morning at leisure in Régua, enjoy a final day of cruising along the Douro. This evening, in Entre-os-Rios, visit the 13th-century, Benedictine, Alpendurada Monastery for our included dinner. On a guided tour, learn about the art and architecture of the monastery

DAY 10 – Porto -
Experience the beautiful views of the “French Riviera of Porto” on the drive along the coastal road of the Atlantic Ocean. During a short walking tour, see the city’s cathedral and São Bento train station. Visit a Port wine cave and enjoy an included wine tasting. The final excursion visits Guimarães. On the included walking tour, see the Castelo de Guimarães, former palace of the Dukes of Bragança, quaint town squares and picturesque residential lanes

DAY 11 – Porto / USA -
This morning, disembark the MS Douro Serenity, and bid a fond farewell to Portugal filled with memories of this remarkable river cruise along the 'river of gold'

 
         
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TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Necessary Travel Documents such as Passports and Visas is the responsibility of the traveler. Passports must be valid six months from your return travel date.

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