Portugal & Its Islands
Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais, Estoril, St. Michael, Ponta Delgada, Terra Nostra Botanical Park, Furnas Valley, Ribeira Grande, Nordeste, Funchal, Monte, Porto Moniz
The gems of Portugal await! On your adventure to discover the best of Portugal, relax and enjoy multi-night stays on the remote islands of São Miguel, Azores and Madeira: the "Pearl of the Atlantic." Marvel at the geothermal wonders of the Furnas Valley, and take in the beauty of the twin lakes of Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lake). In Madeira, uncover charming coastal villages and beautiful botanical gardens. Take part in a wine tasting and an interactive cooking demonstration that lets you experience Azorean culinary traditions first hand. Explore charming Cascais and chic Estoril on Portugal's stunning Riviera, and tour the grand capital of Portugal, Lisbon.
Our prices start from2,799 LAND ONLY
13 Days • GUIDED • 18 MealsOperated Tour
- 12 nights accommodation
- On some dates additional accommodations may be used.
- Services of a tour manager
- All on-tour transportation and related fees
- Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
- Round trip home to sedan airport service provided when you purchase airfare through Member Choice Vacations. One transfer per person, per reservation. (Restrictions apply)
- 11 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 6 dinners
Day 1 - 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, 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. Today dinner will be included.
Day 3 - 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 Praça do Comércio next to the Tagus River, or maybe take the historic tram to the vibrant Alfama district. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 4 - 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). Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 5 - 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. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 6 - 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. Today breakfast and lunch will be included.
*Bathing suits are required if partaking in the thermal water pool choice in Terra Nostra Botanical Park and if choosing to swim in the pools at Porto Moniz.
Day 7 - 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. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 8 - 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. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 9 - 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. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 10 - 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. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
**The levada walk is approximately 45 minutes on a flat surface.
Day 11 - Funchal - Monte - Câmara de Lobos - Porto Moniz - Funchal
Begin your day with a stop in Monte, perched on the hills overlooking Funchal. Continue to Câmara de Lobos, a traditional village with a picture-perfect bay that 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. Today breakfast will be included.
*Bathing suits and towels are required if partaking in the thermal water pool choice in Terra Nostra Botanical Park and if choosing to swim in the pools at Porto Moniz.
Day 12 - 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. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 13 - Lisbon- Tour Ends
Depart for home with Portugal in your heart as your tour draws to a close today. Today breakfast will be included.
Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land only, based on August 28, 2021 travel date. Single supplement from $750. International airfare is additional. Call AAA for current airfare rates and availability. Itinerary featured is for May 2021 - April 2022 tour departures. Departures prior will vary. On some dates alternate hotels may be used. Rates do not include the on-tour flights..
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