Experience the best of Portugal as you explore its capital city, coastal villages, and remote islands. Marvel at the geothermal wonders of the Furnas Valley, and take in the beauty of the twin lakes of Sete Cidades. Explore charming Cascais and chic Estoril on Portugal's stunning Riviera. Tour the grand capital of Portugal, Lisbon. Get swept away by the melancholy sounds of Fado and visit the fairy-tale town of Sintra. Choose how you spend your day in Madeira - in the vibrant Botanical Gardens or on a walking tour along colorful streets. Relax and enjoy multi-night stays on the Azorean island of Sao Miguel and sunny Madeira, the 'Pearl of the Atlantic.'
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- Offer valid through 9/30/2020
- 12 Days
|Day 1||Lisbon||Overnight Flight: Experience the beauty of Portugal as you travel through the capital Lisbon, the Azorean island of St. Michael, and the island of Madeira.|
|Day 2||Lisbon||Lisbon, Portugal - Tour Begins: Your adventure opens in Lisbon where Old World traditions still thrive. Experience Portuguese cuisine, regional wines and folkloric entertainment among colorful buildings and winding pathways. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.|
|Day 3||Lisbon||Lisbon - Belem - Lisbon: Set out on a tour of Lisbon featuring Jeronimos Monastery (UNESCO), the Monument to the Discoveries, and the Tower of Belem (UNESCO). The remainder of the day is yours. Perhaps you'll wander around the sprawling Praca do Comercio next to the Tagus River, or maybe take the historic tram to the vibrant Alfama district.|
|Day 4||Lisbon||Lisbon - Sintra - Cascais - Estoril - Lisbon: Explore the town of Sintra (UNESCO), the summer residence of Portuguese kings, and visit the National Palace. Continue to the coastal resorts of Cascais and Estoril on the Riviera. Return to Lisbon or, perhaps you'll decide to stay in Cascais or Estoril on your own, (your Tour Manager can provide you with local transportation tips). This evening, indulge in Portuguese cuisine and wine while local artists perform the traditional Fado (UNESCO).|
|Day 5||Lisbon||Lisbon - St. Michael, Azores - Ponta Delgada: To the Azores! Fly to St. Michael, the largest of the nine volcanic islands that form the Azores archipelago. On a brief walking tour of Ponta Delgada's town center, see the Portas da Cidade (the City Gates), Saint Christ's Church, St. Sebastian Church, and the coastal promenade. Enjoy dinner this evening at a local restaurant featuring traditional Azorean cuisine.|
|Day 6||Ponta Delgada||Terra Nostra Botanical Park - Furnas Valley - Ponta Delgada: Today, it's your choice! Take a stroll through the natural beauty of Terra Nostra Botanical Park - OR - rest and relax in the park's thermal water pool.* In Furnas Valley, experience a cozido das Furnas lunch, cooked in the heat of the volcanic earth. Then head to the verdant pastures of a tea plantation, one of the only in Europe, and delve into its timeless cultivation methods and trade. Later explore a local pineapple plantation before relaxing with a refreshing pineapple drink in hand. The evening is yours to do as you please.|
|Day 7||Ponta Delgada||Ponta Delgada: Make the most of a day at leisure. Perhaps you will take an optional whale watching adventure and cruise over the waves on a catamaran with an expert biologist followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Regardless of your Azorean activities during the day, gather in the evening for a cocktail and dinner set in one of the best family-run restaurants of Ponta Delgada.|
|Day 8||Ponta Delgada||Sete Cidades - Ribeira Grande - Nordeste - Ponta Delgada: Visit the Sete Cidades volcanic crater and peer down at its twin lakes. The lakes appear to be different colors - one blue (reflecting the sky) and the other green (reflecting the ground). Take a leisurely hike inside the crater before journeying to Ribeira Grande, known for its historic buildings. Visit a family-owned liqueur shop to taste some of the local liqueurs. Continue to the highest part of the island, Nordeste, and explore the famous waterfalls of Ribeira dos Caldeiroes.|
|Day 9||Ponta Delgada||Ponta Delgada - Funchal, Madeira: Fly to Madeira, the 'Pearl of the Atlantic.' Enjoy free time to explore, perhaps stopping for lunch at one of the many outdoor restaurants. Then, it's your choice! Discover the Madeira Botanical Gardens on your own and make your way through a terraced landscape of more than 2,000 exotic plants -OR- embark on a walking tour of Funchal and wander along the colorful Rua de Santa Maria, decorated with vibrant murals and brightly painted doors. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.|
|Day 10||Funchal||Funchal: The day is yours. Perhaps you'll embark on an optional trek along the island's levadas**, wandering through lush greenery or simply relax and enjoy the amenities that your hotel has to offer. No matter how you spend the day, gather in the evening for a traditional dinner known as an espetada. Folk dancers and lively music entertain you as you feast on a favorite local dish cooked over an open fire.|
|Day 11||Funchal||Funchal - Monte - Camara de Lobos - Porto Moniz - Funchal: Begin your day with a stop in Monte, perched on the hills overlooking Funchal. Continue to Camara de Lobos, a traditional village with a picture-perfect bay which served as a special retreat for Sir Winston Churchill. It is here where he admired Madeira's natural beauty and became captivated by the region painting various images of the village. Drive along mountain roads, pass banana plantations and vineyards while en route to the world's second-highest cliff, Cabo Girao. Arrive in the lively fishing village of Porto Moniz, enjoy free time for a swim* (weather permitting) in the natural volcanic pools before returning to Funchal.|
|Day 12||Funchal||Funchal - Lisbon: Board your flight and return to the metropolitan energy of Lisbon. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. Later, bid 'adeus' to Portugal during a farewell dinner.|
|Day 13||Lisbon||Lisbon - Tour Ends: Depart for home with Portugal in your heart as your tour draws to a close today.|
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- * NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.