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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