Portugal and Its Islands

A 13-Day Collette Tours tour starting from $2,199

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Tour Length: 13 Days
Countries Visited: Portugal
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Tour Category: First Class
Tour Operator: Collette Tours
Tour Code: 121
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Discover the gems of Portugal few travelers have seen. Enjoy multi-night stays on the remote islands of São Miguel, Azores and Madeira, the “pearl of the Atlantic.” Take in breathtaking landscapes, marvel at the geothermal wonderland of Furnas Valley and the natural beauty of the twin lakes of Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lake). Explore medieval towns, charming coastal villages and beautiful botanical gardens. Azorean culinary traditions come to life during an interactive cooking class. Discover Portugal’s Riviera with visits to the fairytale town of Sintra, the charming fishing village of Cascais and chic Estoril. Tour Lisbon and see how the Old World blends with the modern. Visit 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the magnificent Batalha Monastery. Indulge in local cuisine, regional wines and traditional entertainment.

 
 
Hotel Accommodations
Lisbon: Altis Grand Hotel
St. Michael, Azores: Royal Garden Hotel, Ponta Delgada
Madeira Island: Pestana Casino Park Hotel, Funchal

17 Meals: 11 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 6 Dinner

Sightseeing listed in the itinerary.

 
 
Day1 Overnight Flight The jewels of Portugal come to life on this journey that takes you along some of Portugal’s most beautiful mainland and island coastlines. Relax and get to know Lisbon, the Azorean island of St. Michael, and the island of Madeira.
Day2 Lisbon, Portugal - Tour Begins Your tour opens in Lisbon where Old World traditions continue to thrive. Your journey will introduce you to medieval towns, coastal villages, natural landscapes, Portuguese cuisine, regional wines and folkloric entertainment. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.
• Dinner

Day3 Lisbon - Sintra - Cascais - Estoril - Lisbon Your tour of Lisbon features 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. Continue to Cascais and Estoril, coastal resorts on the Portuguese Riviera, dotted with specialty shops. This evening, savor Portuguese cuisine and wine while professional local artists perform the traditional Fado (UNESCO).
• Breakfast & Dinner

Day4 Lisbon - Fatima - Nazare - Obidos - Lisbon Travel to Portugal’s “Silver Coast,” a region of sleepy villages, rich vineyards and age-old castles. You’ll visit three distinct villages, each with its own cultural character. Begin in the pilgrimage town of Fatima. Discover the beauty of the famous Basilica and the magnificent Batalha Monastery (UNESCO). Continue to Nazare, a popular seaside community. According to legend, the town gets its name from a small wooden statue of the Virgin Mary that arrived here in the 4th century. And then it is on to picture-perfect Obidos, where white-washed houses are guarded by a hilltop castle and medieval city walls.
• Breakfast

Day5 Lisbon - St. Michael, Azores - Ponta Delgada 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 features the “Portas da Cidade” (The City Gates), Saint Christ’s Church, St. Sebastian Church with 17th-century painted tiles, and the seashore promenade. Later, gaze at the twin lakes of Sete Cidades (Seven Cities), one of the region’s most beautiful natural settings. Composed of two lakes inside a volcanic crater, it is the island’s most popular national park. From the edge of the crater, one lake appears blue (reflecting the sky) and the other looks green (reflecting the ground). Your day concludes with a magnificent view of the coastal village of Mosteiros.
• Breakfast & Dinner

Day6 Ponta Delgada - Terra Nostra Botanical Park - Furnas Valley It is your choice this morning! You may choose to take a stroll through the Terra Nostra Botanical Park, home to the world’s largest collection of camellias. Or, perhaps you would prefer to experience the sensation of rest and relaxation 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. Afterward, explore Caldeiras das Furnas, the town’s famous hot springs area. Your day comes to a close at a tea plantation where you will learn about timeless methods of production.
• Breakfast & Lunch

Day7 Ponta Delgada - Optional Tours - Cooking Demonstration Enjoy a morning at leisure to explore Ponta Delgada or perhaps take an optional tour…maybe you will choose to swim with dolphins, take a whale watching boat trip, or kayak at Sete Cidades. Late afternoon, discover the secrets of Azorean cuisine with an interactive cooking demonstration at one of the island’s most popular restaurants. Your evening concludes with a sumptuous dinner.
• Breakfast & Dinner

Day8 Ponta Delgada - Lagoa do Fogo - Ribeira Grande - Nordeste Witness the art of hand-painted ceramics during a studio visit. Next, take in the beautiful vistas of Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lake), a mystical lake surrounded by mountains. Journey to Ribeira Grande, known for its historic 16th- and 17th-century buildings. See City Hall, Church of Our Lady, and the eight-arch bridge, a symbol of the town. Then, stop at a family-owned liqueur shop to taste some of the all-natural local liqueurs. Continue to the highest part of the island, scenic Nordeste, where you will explore the natural beauty of Ribeira dos Caldeiroes Natural Park with its waterfalls, watermills and unique vegetation. Your final stop today is at a pineapple plantation where an expert will lead you through the farm’s greenhouses to explain the traditional methods they use.
• Breakfast

Day9 Ponta Delgada - St. Michael, Azores - Funchal, Madeira - Monte Fly to Madeira Island, the “Pearl of the Atlantic.” Madeira boasts a subtropical climate, majestic mountain ranges and volcanic caves. Stop in Monte, perched on the hills overlooking scenic Funchal. Visit the Botanical Garden of Madeira with its vast collection of more than 2,500 plants from all continents. Discover Madeira’s history during a panoramic tour of Funchal’s charming plazas, Colonial mansions, 15th-century cathedral and the local market.
• Breakfast

Day10 Funchal - Câmara de Lobos - São Vicente - Porto Moniz Begin your day with a visit to Câmara de Lobos, a traditional village with a picture-perfect bay. Continue along mountain roads, passing banana plantations and vineyards en route to Cabo Girão, the world’s second-highest cliff. Make a stop in São Vicente, a charming agricultural town that boasts dramatic views of the coast and surrounding villages. In the lively fishing village of Porto Moniz, enjoy free time for a swim (weather permitting) in the natural volcanic pools.
• Breakfast

Day11 Funchal - Ribeiro Frio - Trout Farm or Levada Walk - Santana Wind through the mountains to Poiso to visit the island’s third-highest point, Pico do Arieiro. Then it’s your choice! At Ribeiro Frio (Cold River), you may choose to explore the natural beauty of the fascinating trout farm. Or, perhaps you would prefer to join an exhilarating levada walk* and follow the paths that run along the water channels that flow through the mountains. Next, continue to Santana, a village characterized by small triangular homes thatched with straw. Make a stop at a family-owned embroidery shop where you’ll meet local artisans who will give you a first-hand look at their delicate craft. Then, it’s time to sample some world-famous Madeira wine. Celebrate your Madeira adventure with a traditional dinner known as “espetada.” Folk dancers and music entertain as you feast on a local dish of beef marinated in herbs and cooked over an open fire.
• Breakfast & Dinner

Day12 Funchal - Lisbon Return to the lively city of Lisbon and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. Later, bid “adeus” to Portugal during a farewell dinner.
• Breakfast & Dinner

Day13 Lisbon - Tour Ends • Breakfast
 
         
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TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Necessary Travel Documents such as Passports and Visas is the responsibility of the traveler. Passports must be valid six months from your return travel date.

 
Discover the beauty of Portugal’s Riviera with visits to Sintra, Cascais and Estoril.

Experience an entertaining evening featuring Portuguese cuisine, local wine, folkloric dances and the moving sounds of Fado.

Spend four nights exploring St. Michael, the “green island,” and largest of the Azorean Islands.

Explore the island of Madeira, known as the “Pearl of the Atlantic.”

Visit unique tea and pineapple plantations.

 

Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy.

Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions.

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 available through Collette Vacations at an additional cost.

To complete your vacation, we include roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers when purchasing Collette airfare with your tour.

If you have arranged for your own air, we are pleased to provide you the option of purchasing these transfers.

Please note that all transfers will leave at pre-scheduled times.

Included breakfasts are buffet breakfasts.

Single accommodations are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.

Flights from Lisbon to St Michael, Azores and Madeira Island to Lisbon are not included in the land-only price of this tour.

These flights need to be arranged and purchased separately if you arrange your own air.

Internal flights are included with the air portion of your vacation if you purchase air through us.

 
 

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