TRIP AT A GLANCE
Experience the unique sites and culture of Portugal with a taste of Spain on this combination land and river cruise Main trip. We start our journey by flying into Lisbon and we stay there for two nights in a four-star hotel. We then travel to Fatima and sightsee in Coimbra and then board the brand new, exclusively chartered river vessel the MS Emerald Radiance for our seven-night river cruise along the Douro River. We also venture to Rodrigo, Vega Terron, and Salamanca Spain. We end the Main trip in the home of Port wine, Porto, and fly back to the US. Or there is an optional three-night, four-day post trip to Barcelona for an additional cost estimated to be $1,489 which includes airfare but doesn’t include a Barcelona city tax (approximately $3 per person per day).
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
DAY 1 –Depart the USA Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Lisbon, Portugal.
DAY 2 –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 staff and fellow travelers for an included dinner. Included Meal: Dinner
DAY 3 –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. Included Meal: Breakfast
DAY 4 –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. Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 5 –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. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6 –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. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7 –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. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8 –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. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 9 –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. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 10 –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. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 11 –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.’ Included Meal: Breakfast
Please note that the pricing is still under negotiation and will probably need adjustments. Also, since this trip includes a river cruise, there are different cabin levels on the ship and pricing will vary based on cabin levels. This is a TSC trip so there will be other clubs selecting cabins. Because of this, there will be others vying for the cabin choices. Sign up early for your best chance at the cabin of your choice!!
The pricing includes airfare provided that you register on-line and pay the non-refundable deposit of $400 per person before September 30. Currently, I only have a few spaces left for this trip. The deposit is non-refundable unless the date changes and/or you do not receive your desired cabin level. In those two circumstances, the deposit will be refunded to you if you cancel off the trip before September 30th. The deposit is also refundable if you buy the trip insurance from the Tour Operator, Mayflower, and the non-refundable cost of the trip insurance for the Main trip is $429. If you register after September 30th, the cost will go up significantly ($675 or more) to cover airfare.
Best Current Estimates for each cabin based on per person, two in a cabin with airfare if registered and deposit received prior to September 30th.
The color refers to the ship diagram below. Additional cabin details can be found in the Trip Presentation link.
Riverview Suite, $6,143 per person, 2 cabins, Dark Blue
(300 sq ft, floor to ceiling windows that open with screen)
Owners Suite, $5,896 per person, 2 cabins, Burgundy
(285 sq ft, floor to ceiling windows that open with screen)
Horizon Deck Cat P, $5,585 per person, 2 cabins, Yellow
(170 sq ft, large balcony type window that opens with screen)
Horizon Deck Cat A, $5,482 per person, 18 cabins, Dark Green
(160 sq ft, large balcony type window that opens with screen)
Vista Deck Cat R, $5,285 per person, 6 cabins, Dark Purple
(188 sq ft, large balcony type window that opens with screen)
Vista Deck Cat B, $4,883 per person,16 cabins, Light Blue/Green
(160 sq ft, large balcony type window that opens with screen)
Riveria Deck, $4,479 per person, 7 cabins, All Colors
(lowest level cabin 153 to 170 sq ft, at river level with small window that does not open)
All cabins have bathroom with shower and hair dryer; complimentary WiFi; two twin beds that can be put together,16 dresser, closet, telephone safe, individual climate control, flat screen TV; mini-fridge.
If your are interested in this trip, please decide on your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice of cabins, and take a survey by clicking on the button below. These questions are non-binding, and are only being used for SCSC to gauge interest in this trip:
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