Portugal and Its Islands
13 Days Ï 18 Meals: 11 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 6 Dinners
HIGHLIGHTS Lisbon, Belem, Sintra National Palace, Portuguese Riviera, Fado Dinner Show, St. Michael Island-Azores, Ponta Delgada, Furnas Valley, Plantation Visits, Sete Cidades, Madeira Island, Espetada Dinner, Folkloric Show, Porto Moniz
Saturday, April 29, 2023 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.
Sunday, April 30, 2023 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.D
Monday, May 1, 2023 Lisbon - Belem - Lisbon Set out on a tour of Lisbon where we will see the 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 Praça do Comércio next to the Tagus River, or maybe take the historic tram to the vibrant Alfama district.B
Tuesday, May 2, 2023 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).B, D
Wednesday, May 3, 2023 Lisbon - St. Michael, Azores - Ponta Delgada To the Azores! Fly to St. Michael, the largest of the 9 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.B, D
Thursday, May 4, 2023 Terra Nostra Botanical Park - Furnas Valley - Ponta Delgada Today, take a stroll through the natural beauty of Terra Nostra Botanical Park. 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 and learn more about this species introduced to the island by Portuguese navigators. The evening is yours to do as you please.B, L
Friday, May 5, 2023 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.B, D
Saturday, May 6, 2023 Sete Cidades - Ribeira Grande - 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 Lagoa do Fogo, a shimmering crater lake that sits in the middle of the St. Michael IslandB
Sunday, May 7, 2023 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, discover the Madeira Botanical Gardens and make your way through a terraced landscape of more than 2,000 exotic plants.B
Monday, May 8, 2023 Funchal The day is yours to explore the “Madeira Flower Festival” which takes when the flowers are in bloom. Also known as the island of flowers or the floating garden, Madeira has the perfect climate for blossoms to thrive! Flowers grow everywhere. In backyards, gardens and even on the roadside. Just Imagine a city where everything is about flowers. Where the sidewalks are covered with flower carpets, where a wall of hope is lined with flowers, where a fantastic and beautiful parade is held in honor of flowers. During this flower festival everything in Madeira is about flowers and there are thousands and thousands of them, in exhibitions in decorations, on parade floats in store windows… Why say more? It is a show of sheer beauty that we are very proud of in Madeira! Currently this is one of the most sought after seasons for visitors and you have a free day to explore all that it offers. Later this evening gather 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.B, D
Tuesday, May 9, 2023 Funchal - Câmara de Lobos - Porto Moniz - Funchal Begin your day with a tour that will take you to Câmara 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 Girão. 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.B
Wednesday, May 10, 2023 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.B, D
Thursday, May 11, 2023 Lisbon - Tour Ends Depart for home with Portugal in your heart as your tour draws to a close today.B
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
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Out from Weis Markets - Closest to Sheetz
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