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Portugal and the Douro River Cruise 10.13.21

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11 Days
Availability : Oct 13’ - 23’ 2021
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Eastern Europe
Max People : 20

Free airfare when booked by January 31st, 2021

Portugal and the Douro River Cruise 

Portugal • Spain

 

Itinerary

Day 1Depart the USA

Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Lisbon, Portugal.

Day 2Lisbon, 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. Meal: D

Day 3Discover Lisbon

After breakfast, an included tour highlights the famous sites of the city. During a panoramic coach tour, see ‘Monument to the Discoveries,’ and Belem Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit Jerónimos Monastery and discover the history and unique architecture. Enjoy a free afternoon to shop, dine and experience this cosmopolitan city on your own. Meal: B

Day 4Fátima / 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. Meals: B, D

EmeraldPLUS: A cruise through Porto’s enchanting waters

Day 5Porto / 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 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. Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception and dinner. Meals: B, L, D

Day 6Pinhão / Vega de Terrón

Begin the day with a visit to beautiful Quinta do Tedo 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 Terrón, gateway to Spain.
Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldPLUS: Port wine cocktail lesson onboard
EmeraldPLUS: A Portuguese cooking demonstration onboard
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided walk through the vineyards

Day 7Salamanca, 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 for lunch and to explore independently before returning to the ship in Portugal. Meals: B, D

EmeraldPLUS: Local entertainment from a tuna music band
DiscoverMORE: Tour to Salzburg (additional expense)

Day 8Pocinho

Arrive in Pocinho and disembark for a morning excursion to the Coa Valley Museum OR take part in a canoeing experience. The museum is 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. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldPLUS: A Casa Painova product tasting onboard
EmeraldPLUS: Dinner and entertainment hosted at a traditional rural vineyard estate in the Régua area
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided canoeing experience

Day 9Régua

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. Meals: B, L, D

Day 10Porto

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. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure in Porto. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldACTIVE: A guided walking tour DiscoverMORE: Visit to Guimarães (additional expense)

Day 11Porto / 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.’ Meal: B

Itinerary is subject to change.

Tour Details

Departure Date

October 13, 2021

Arrive 3 Hours Before Flight Time

Airfare
After January 31st, 2021, travelers will qualify for the 2-for-1 airfare offer. Airfare will be in economy class. If traveler wants to be upgraded to a different class of service, an upgrade charge will apply. The 2-for-1 Airfare Offer is valid until 120 days prior to departure. Earned complimentary travel will receive 50% off bulk airfare for the travel planner, Free Airfare Offer is not applicable on complimentary travel.Air prices are net non-commissionable and inclusive of taxes and fuel surcharges which are subject to change based on fuel prices. Air prices are guaranteed until 90 days prior to departure. Air rates within 90 days prior to departure will need to be provided by our air department. In order to hold a group air contract the airlines require a minimum of 10 travelers departing from the same city. Should the group fall below 10 we will honor the fare quoted but the air schedule may change. If company air is canceled after final payment, all penalties will apply.

Price Includes

  • Transportation noted in itinerary
  • $55 in Mayflower money
  • All gratuities included
  • TIPS/PORT TAXES
  • Wifi onboard
  • 22 Meals (9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 8 dinners) .
  • Complimentary bicycles onboard for use ashore
  • Shore excursions with English-speaking local guides
  • Complimentary drinks to accompany onboard lunches and dinners
  • Included meals are clearly noted in the touring description
  • Deluxe hotel accommodations in Eastern Europe and selected accommodations on cruise vessel. Prices are based on two persons sharing a twin-bedded room. Single rooms/cabins are subject to availability and at an additional cost.
  • Round trip airport transfers on the tour departure and return dates (only) if air is purchased through Mayflower. You may request air transportation at an additional cost if air is not purchased through Mayflower.

Price Excludes

  • Passport Costs
  • Any inter-country air
  • Airline luggage charges
  • Accident and baggage insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not included on the itinerary
  • Baggage fees assessed by the airlines are not included in the air price if you purchased air from Mayflower Tours
  • Food and Beverages (including coffee and tea) not usually included with regular meals
  • Transfers between airport and hotel are not included unless you purchase air from Mayflower and travel on tour dates
  • The land price of your tour does not include airfare to the tour departure point
  • Sightseeing attractions listed as “optional excursions” and gratuities to the full time Tour Manager, motorcoach driver, all airport skycaps, van or limo drivers, local guides or ship crew
  • In the event it becomes necessary to overnight material due to late receipt of registration or final payments, traveler will be billed for these charges.
MS Emerald Radiance
Built: 2017 --- Speed: 15.5mph --- Staterooms: 52 --- Suites: 4 --- Length: 292ft
  • INURANCE
  • Acting only as agents for suppliers, Discovery Cruises and Tours is not responsible for damage, loss, or theft of luggage and/or personal belongings, or for personal injury, accident and/or illness. For your own protection, it is impor­tant that you have adequate insurance to cover these possibilities. You should carry proof of insurance in the event you need medical attention while outside the U.S. Additional information and application forms for all types of coverage will be supplied to you prior to departure. Please note, Medicare is not valid outside the U.S.
  • Travelers Protection Plan (TPP) for River Cruises - $429 per person (optional) This nonrefundable fee will provide a refund to you during the instance that you have to cancel your trip. The cancellation has to be for a covered reason (see Plan for details on coverage) and we have to be notified at least one day prior to departure. If you must leave the tour early due to personal illness or the illness or death of an immediate family member,TPP will provide a refund for any unused services after the departure of the tour. Other benefits include medical expenses for illness and injury, emergency transportation, 24 hour hot line and lost or stolen baggage assistance. Return air transportation is included ONLY if your air tickets are purchased through Mayflower. Please review the Plan for details on coverage.
  • Important! The Travelers Protection Plan must be purchased by the time of initial payment and may not be purchased at a later date. Not valid for residents of New York State.

Our Travelers Protection Plan consists of Pre-Departure and Post-Departure Travel Insurance Benefits. The following details apply to World Holidays that include a river cruise

INSURANCE BENEFITS

The following Benefits are offered and administered by Trip Mate, Inc. Should you have to cancel your river cruise or interrupt your river cruise enroute, we offer a non-refundable Travelers Protection Plan ( TPP) in our deposit schedule. If you cancel your Trip due to a covered Injury, Sickness or Death – your own or that of a Traveling Companion or Family Member – or for Other Covered Reasons, as defined, you will be reimbursed up to the Trip cost for the unused non-refundable prepaid expenses for Travel Arrangements provided by Mayflower Tours. If you interrupt your Trip due to a covered Injury, Sickness or Death – your own or that of a Traveling Companion or Family member – or for Other Covered Reasons, as defined, you will be reimbursed up to the Trip cost for the unused portion of the prepaid expenses for Travel Arrangements and/or the Additional Transportation Cost paid to return home or rejoin the Trip. This plan also provides the following travel insurance benefits. These benefits are offered and administered by Trip Mate, Inc., are underwritten by the insurance carriers listed below and are subject to the terms, conditions and exclusions of the policy:

• $25,000 Accidental Death & Dismemberment
• $500 Travel Delay (Up to $100 Per Day)
• $25,000 Medical Expense/Emergency Evacuation • 24 Hour Worldwide Assistance Service
• $2,000 Baggage / Travel Documents
• $500 Baggage Delay (Up to $100 Per Day)

Certain exclusions and limitations apply and are detailed in the Description of Coverage Brochure which will be enclosed with your deposit receipt and is also available to you, upon request, at any time prior to your purchase of the plan. For example, coverage does not apply to; suicide, normal pregnancy, war or any act of war, mental or nervous disorders. A Traveling Companion is defined as a person or persons with whom you have coordinated Travel Arrangements and intend to travel with during the Trip. Sickness or Injury must require care by a Physician and must commence while insurance is in force for you.This plan does not cover a loss that results from an illness, disease, or other condition (of you, an Immediate Family Member, Traveling Companion or Business Partner), event or circumstance which occurs at a time when this plan is not in force for you.

This plan is underwritten by United States Fire Insurance Company, Eatontown, NJ.

For complete details on the protection plan refer to the Description of Coverage Brochure enclosed with your deposit receipt and is also available to you online at www.tripmate.com/wpF431G.

Important! The Travelers Protection Plan must be purchased by the time of initial payment and may not be purchased at a later date. Not valid for residents of New York State.

Terms and Conditions

  • Medical RequirementsMany countries have immunization requirements. Some countries require foreign visitors to have valid medical insurance on entry. Requirements vary by country and can change. Please check with our office for details on which tours need these requirements. Specific instructions will be sent to you at 90 days prior to departure if your tour requires these conditions. Mayflower cannot be liable for delay or denial of entry due to missing documents.
  • Airline Security MeasuresThe Transportation Security Administration requires that travelers provide their name EXACTLY to their airline as it appears on their passport to be used while traveling, along with their date of birth and gender when making reservations to fly from the U.S. When making your flight reservations through Mayflower, you will be asked for this information by our staff. Due to airline security measures, your passport must match your airline ticket name and your tour reservation name or you may be denied aircraft boarding.
  • Itinerary Changes There may be times when we may have to alter the scheduled itinerary, cruise vessels, hotels, shore excursions etc. due to weather conditions or conditions on the river in regards to water levels, locks, or other delays. Any changes in the itinerary due to these conditions will not result in eligibility for a refund. All itineraries are subject to change without prior notice and may need to be altered due to water level and other weather conditions.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

PASSPORT: Each U.S. citizen must have a valid passport. Expiration date of passport should be at least six months after the return date of the tour. If you don’t have a passport, call our office and we’ll tell you how to apply for one. Some countries require visas for entry by U.S. citizens. We will send instructions for visa applications if a visa is required for your tour. Holders of non-U.S. passports should contact their nearest consulate and inquire about the necessary passport or visa documentation required for entry into the countries visited. Visa fees and cost of obtaining a visa are not included in the tour price and are the responsibility of the traveler.

REGISTRATION & DEPOSIT: A deposit of $400 per person is required at the time of registration.   The deposit may be charged to your Credit/ Debit Card or Check. Registrations received inside ninety (90) days must be accompanied by full payment. 

PAYMENTS: After you have registered for a tour, you will receive an invoice with final payment amount and date due. Final payments should be made payable to Discovery Cruises and Tours and must be received ninety (90) days prior to departure. Note:  All reservations not fully paid by the ninety-day deadline are subject to cancellation, for which Tour Operator is not to be held responsible.

CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS

CRUISE CANCELLATION OR ALTERATION OF ITINERARY: The cruise line (the Line) reserves the right to cancel any cruise, with or without notice, in which case the passage money will be refunded. It also reserves the right to alter the itinerary of any cruise or tour, if, for any reason, this becomes necessary or desirable. Additionally, the Line may, for the same reasons, substitute any other vessel (owned or managed by the Line) for the one named in this brochure. In both these cases, no refund is due to the passenger unless justified by the type of new accommodation offered. The Line also reserves the right to change or alter the sequence of ports or stops on land tours.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND: Payments for land, air and cruise arrangements (less the deposit amount) will be refunded when cancellations are received prior to the final payment due date 90 days prior to departure. Deposits are non- refundable unless the optional Travelers Protection Plan (TPP) is purchased at the time of booking. When the optional Traveler Protection Plan is purchased and it is necessary to cancel your reservation, you will be refunded all payments, including the deposit amount, less the TPP premium. All refunds will be processed by Trip Mate, Inc. Please go to www.tripmate.com/wpF431G for details on the coverage for the Traveler Protection Plan. All cancellation requests must be addressed to Discovery Cruises and Tours in writing. Phone calls for cancellations cannot be accepted.

If you purchase non-refundable airline tickets from Mayflower, the TPP does not provide a refund for the airline tickets in the event of a cancellation or a return transportation benefit if you must return home early. You will be charged the TPP premium for the land tour only. Any changes made to the reservation after final payment that alters the tour itinerary will result in cancellation charges as listed below. If you have purchased the Travelers Protection Plan, the premium will be applied to offset the cancellation charges. Should you choose not to purchase our TPP, the following per person cancellation charges will be assessed for all tours and optional excursion costs:

• 91 days or more prior to departure: Deposit Amount

• 90 days to day of departure: 100% of total tour

• No refund on unused portions of the tour. 

Exclusions for the Cancellation Fee Waiver: Mayflower reserves the right to alter its Refund and Cancellation Policy when a substantial amount of cancellation or postponement of travel is attributable to: conditions resulting from an act of God, natural or man-made disaster, fire, government action, civil disorder, war, hostilities between nations, or unavailability of transportation through no fault of Mayflower.

 

TOUR OPERATOR RESPONSIBILITY

Discovery Cruises and Tours (Tour Operator) agrees to arrange for the tour described in this brochure. This represents the entire agreement between the passenger and his agent, the Tour Host, the Tour Operator and its agents. Except as stated herein, no person is authorized to cancel, modify, or vary the tour arrangements or to make any representation of warranty concerning the tour. Except for the willful negligence of its direct employees, the Tour Operator assumes no liability or responsibility for any injuries, damages occasioned by circumstances beyond the control of Tour Operator, or by any person for any reason whatsoever, including but not limited to default or omission of and by any third party providing services or facilities related to or included in this tour or any part thereof, or in arranging for the same, or the acts or omissions of the Tour Host. Tour Operator reserves the right to refuse or revoke travel to anyone who is deemed incapable of group travel per the sole judgment of Tour Operator. Due to circumstances beyond the Tour Operator’s control, the sequence of touring sites may occasionally need to be altered. The airlines or cruise lines are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time the passengers are not on board planes, ships or conveyances. The passenger contracts, in use by the airlines and cruise lines, and the passenger or purchaser of this tour and/or passage and Tour Operator assume no liability or responsibility in connection therewith. Also, the Tour Operator WILL NOT BE responsible for: (a) flight schedule changes, mechanical breakdowns, government actions, weather, acts of God, acts of war or aggression, whether declared or undeclared, hijackings, or other circumstances beyond its control, including any connecting flights that may be missed as a result thereof (participants should consider the possibility of delays when arranging connecting flights); (b) the failure to follow instructions, including but not limited to check-in and check-out times and baggage handling; and, (c) charges incurred relating to single room/stateroom requirements either by the passengers themselves or their assigned roommates. Payment of the deposit or any partial or full payment for a reservation constitutes consent to all provisions listed in this brochure.

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