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Portugal & Its Islands featuring the Estoril Coast, Azores & Madeira Islands tour

Portugal & Its Islands featuring the Estoril Coast, Azores & Madeira Islands

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Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
13 days
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Highlights (Bullets)

  • Experience a truly unique cozido das furnas lunch in Furnas Valley.
  • Learn the secrets of Azorean cuisine with an interactive cooking demonstration.
  • Celebrate your Madeiran adventure with entertainment and a traditional dinner known as an espetada.
  • Enjoy a tasting of Madeira wine, known for its sweet, fortified flavors.
  • Experience the beauty of Portugal’s Riviera with visits to Cascais and Estoril.
  • Discover the bountiful crops of the region at pineapple and tea plantations.
  • Gaze upon the pristine twin lakes of Sete Cidades.
  • Tour Lisbon and uncover its treasures including the impressive Tower of Belem.
  • Discover stunning St. Michael, the largest of the Azorean islands.
  • Explore the island of Madeira, known as the "Pearl of the Atlantic."
  • Immerse yourself in the vast history of Sintra’s National Palace.

Short Description

Enjoy a tour through the beautiful remote islands of Portugal with their medieval towns, charming coastal villages and breathtaking landscapes.

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3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Comfort (4*)
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Portugal

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Lisbon

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Itinerary

Day 1 Lisbon, Portugal - Tour Begins

Your adventure opens in Lisbon where Old World traditions still thrive. Experience medieval towns, coastal villages, Portuguese cuisine, regional wines and folkloric entertainment. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Day 2 Lisbon - Sintra - Cascais - Estoril - Lisbon

Set out on a tour of Lisbon featuring the Moorish Alfama Quarter, Jeronimo’s Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage site), the Monument to the Discoveries, and the Tower of Belem (UNESCO). Later, explore the town of Sintra (UNESCO), the summer residence of Portuguese kings for six centuries. Enjoy a visit to the National Palace. Continue to the coastal resorts of Cascais and Estoril on the Portuguese Riviera. This evening, indulge in Portuguese cuisine and wine while local artists perform the traditional Fado.

Day 3 Lisbon - Batalha - Nazare - Obidos - Lisbon

Travel to the “Silver Coast,” a region of sleepy villages, vineyards and age-old castles. You visit three distinct villages, each with its own cultural character. Venture to Batalha to see the magnificent Batalha Monastery (UNESCO), built to commemorate the Portuguese victory over the Castillians in 1385. Experience Nazare, a seaside community named for a small wooden statue of the Virgin Mary that arrived here in the 4th century. Then it is on to picture-perfect Obidos, where whitewashed houses are guarded by a hilltop castle. Return to Lisbon and enjoy an evening at leisure.

Day 4 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. A brief walking tour of Ponta Delgada’s town center highlights the Portas da Cidade (The City Gates), Saint Christ’s Church, St. Sebastian Church, and the seashore promenade. Later, take in the beautiful vistas of the mystical Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lake), and join an Azorean at a pineapple plantation, where an expert leads you through the farm's greenhouses.

Day 5 Ponta Delgada-Terra Nostra Botanical Park-Furnas Valley-Ponta Delgada

Today, it’s your choice! You may take a stroll through the Terra Nostra Botanical Park, home to the world’s largest collection of camellias -OR- you can rest and relax in the park’s mineral rich thermal water pool.* In Furnas Valley, experience a cozido das furnas lunch in which meat and vegetables are stewed in the heat of the volcanic earth; you’ll also explore Caldeiras das Furnas, the town’s famous hot springs area. Afterwards, head to a tea plantation where you will learn about timeless methods of production. The day ends as you delve into the art of hand-painted ceramics during a studio visit.

Day 6 Ponta Delgada

The morning is yours to explore Ponta Delgada or perhaps take an optional tour…maybe you will choose to swim with dolphins, take a whale and dolphin watching boat trip, or kayak and hike around Sete Cidades. Later, discover the secrets of Azorean cuisine during an interactive cooking demonstration at one of the island’s most popular restaurants. Your evening finishes with an incredible dinner.

Day 7 Ponta Delgada-Sete Cidades-Ribeira Grande-Nordeste-Ponta Delgada

Today, gaze at the twin lakes of Sete Cidades (Seven Cities). Composed of two lakes inside a volcanic crater, it is the island’s most iconic national park. From the edge of the crater, one lake appears blue (reflecting the sky) and the other looks green (reflecting the ground). At Sete Cidades, it’s your choice! You can explore the Sete Cidades Interpretation Center -OR- you may prefer to take a leisurely hike inside the crater and admire the pristine Bay of Silence. Afterwards, journey to Ribeira Grande, known for its historic 16th- and 17th-century buildings. See City Hall, the Church of Our Lady, and the eight-arch bridge, a symbol of the town. Visit a family-owned liqueur shop to taste some of the local liqueurs. Continue to the highest part of the island, Nordeste. Here, explore the natural beauty and famous waterfalls of Ribeira dos Caldeiroes.

Day 8 Ponta Delgada - Funchal, Madeira - Monte - Funchal

Fly to Madeira. The “Pearl of the Atlantic” boasts a subtropical climate, majestic mountain ranges and volcanic caves. Visit the Botanical Garden of Madeira with its collection of more than 2,500 plants from all continents. Stop in Monte, perched on the hills overlooking scenic Funchal. Discover Madeira’s history during a panoramic tour of Funchal’s plazas, Colonial mansions, 15th-century cathedral and the local market. Tonight, celebrate with a traditional dinner known as espetada. Folk dancers and music entertain as you feast on a favorite local dish cooked over an open fire.

Day 9 Funchal - Câmara de Lobos - São Vicente - Porto Moniz - Funchal

Begin your day with a visit to Câmara de Lobos, a traditional village and picture-perfect bay. Along mountain roads, pass banana plantations and vineyards while en route to the world’s second-highest cliff, Cabo Girão. Stop in São Vicente, a charming agricultural town with dramatic views of the coast. In the lively fishing village of Porto Moniz, enjoy free time for a swim* (weather permitting) in the natural volcanic pools.

Day 10 Funchal - Camacha - Funchal

Set out on a winding trip through the mountains to Camacha and Pico do Arieiro, the island’s third-highest point. Visit a family-owned embroidery shop and meet local artisans who offer a first-hand look at their delicate craft. Then, it’s time to sample some world-famous Madeira wine. This afternoon you may choose to join a local guide on an exhilarating optional levada walk** and follow the paths that run along the water channels that flow through the mountains.

Day 11 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 12 Lisbon - Tour Ends

Your tour ends today.

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Sete Cidades Kayaking & Hike tour - $90

Sao Miguel, Azores
Set out on an adventure to get to know one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Portugal — Sete Cidades Lake. This caldera has two lakes that touch and uniquely, one appears to be green and the other blue. According to legend, they were formed from “the tears of a shepherd and a princess who shared a forbidden love.” See the beauty and feel the tranquility of the lake on a kayaking excursion followed by a hike through the surrounding area. This pristine landscape formed by what was once a volcano is truly a magical place, and the perfect place to unwind and get close to nature. Duration approximately 3 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 4 passenger(s) is required to operate this option. Option will operate weather permitting. Please bring comfortable clothes and shoes, a sweater, raincoat, bathing suit, towel, change of clothes, hat, sunblock, backpack and water. This excursion includes a nature guide, sit-on-top kayak, life jacket, paddle, dressing rooms with hot water showers, pickup and drop off at your hotel.

Swimming with Dolphins - $120

Sao Miguel, Azores
Dive into the world of the dolphins when joining these friendly, playful and intelligent mammals in their natural habitat. Board a small boat, and begin by learning from an expert how to respect and harmoniously swim with the dolphins. Then you’ll enter the clear blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean donning your mask, snorkel and wetsuit and be transported into another world. You’ll immediately be drawn in by their unique personalities and be overcome in the excitement and wonder this experience provides. This personal adventure will be in small groups and will use zodiac (RIB) boats with a maximum of 8 participants aboard. Only two people are allowed in the water at the same time. Duration approximately 3 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 4 passenger(s) is required to operate this option. Option will operate weather permitting. It is recommended that you bring comfortable clothes and shoes, bathing suit, towel, wind jacket, hat, sunblock and water. Restrictions may apply for pregnant women and guests with lower back problems. Participants must feel comfortable swimming in the open sea and know how to properly use the mask and snorkel. Children over 8 years old are allowed to participate as long as they meet these requirements. This excursion includes: Pre-tour briefing, mask and snorkel, shorty wetsuit, raincoat and pants, life jacket, marine biologist or nature guide aboard and refreshment after the trip.

Whale-Dolphin Watching - $99

Sao Miguel, Azores
Welcome to a unique experience in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean! The isolated archipelago of the Azores has a reputation as one of the best whale watching destinations in the world. The islands are a permanent or temporary home to more than a quarter of all known cetacean species. In addition to the sperm whale, other migrating species include baleen whales, blue whales (especially during early spring to late summer), pilot whales and even killer whales. The Azores are also ideal for spotting many different dolphin species, including resident dolphins such as the short beaked common dolphin, the common bottlenose dolphin and Risso’s dolphin, as well as yearly summer guests like the Atlantic spotted dolphin and the striped dolphin. Your amazing journey begins with a briefing where your naturalist guide explains the historical background of the whale hunting industry and its modern conversion to whale watching. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to learn about the biodiversity of the islands. Duration approximately 3 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 10 passenger(s) is required to operate this option. Option will operate weather permitting. Depending upon the number of passengers booked, this option will operate utilizing a Catamaran or Zodiacs.

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