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Explore 2 of the most iconic Portuguese Islands, Madeira and São Miguel (Azores) and experience one of the largest religious festivity of the Azores. On this tour you will enjoy 9 Days in the Islands of Madeira and São Miguel. Your sight and your senses will be indulged with the Islands lush vegetation. Volcanic scenery, marvelous waterfalls, epic hiking trails and hot springs await for you. You will also indulge tasting its traditional cuisine and locally produced tea and liquors to make the most of your experience! 

  • Private tour and guides.
  • Explore Madeira's iconic Santana houses. 
  • Delight your senses on a traditional Madeiran Folkloric Dinner.
  • Explore Ponta Delgada, admire the city's picturesque architecture and taste local delicacies. 
  • Discover the mountains and emerald lakes of ‘Sete Cidades’.
  • Visit the mystic Furnas lake, delight savoring the famous cozido das Furnas and visit the only tea plantation in Europe. 
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.

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Itineraries

Day 0

Date : May 7, 2023

Overnight Flight

Evening departure aboard Azores Airlines for our transatlantic overnight flight to Funchal via Ponta Delgada. Dinner will be served onboard accompanied by a selection of Portuguese wines to complement your meal.

Day 1

Date : May 8, 2023

Arrival to Funchal

You will arrive in the morning at Madeira’s Airport. After clearing customs, you will be transferred to the five stars Hotel Pestana Casino. You will have the rest of the day to relax and explore. We meet in the evening for a welcome dinner.

Day 2

Date : May 9, 2023

Full Day Tour Santana

Today is your full day tour of Santana with lunch in a typical restaurant. Santana is characterized by small thatched triangular houses and is a beautiful village on the north coast. These small houses built of natural stone and thatched with straw have served the locals for centuries as stables and dwellings. You head off for the cultural village of Camacha, where you visit the wicker works factory.

Day 3

Date : May 10, 2023

Full day tour of Porto Moniz

Today is your full day tour of the Western part of the island of Funchal. You begin by taking the Estrada Monumental to Camara de Lobos; you then cross the island in a south to north direction passing along the steep coastline until you arrive to Porto Moniz, there you will be served lunch. On your return to Funchal you will pass through São Roque do Faial, Ribeiro Frio, and Terreiro da Luta before returning to your hotel in the early evening.
This evening a Madeira style dinner of “Carne de Espeto” will be served, and you will be entertained by a local folklore group. On the return to your hotel, you can see the magical effect that the lights create upon the harbor of Funchal.

Day 4

Date : May 11, 2023

Half Day Sete Cidades

After checkout, we will be transferred to the airport, for our quick flight to the Azores. Once in Ponta Delgada, we stop for a quick lunch after dropping off our luggage at the hotel. You then proceed to visit the Lagoa dos Canários and Lagoa de Santiago. After that you make a climb to the Vista do Rei for a panoramic view of the two lakes of Sete Cidades, before returning to your hotel in the evening.

Day 5

Date : May 12, 2023

Full Day Tour of Furnas

You will have a full day tour. We begin by traveling along the southern coast heading toward Vila Franca, where we will stop to sample some “Queijadas da Vila”. We will also stop at the pottery factory in Lagoa, followed by stops at scenic points along the coast. We then head towards the Lagoa das Furnas to view the geothermic ovens that cook the traditional cozido, afterwards we head towards the village of Furnas where lunch will be served. After lunch we will walk around the village to view the “Caldeiras. . On our return to Ponta Delgada, we will make a stop at the Gorreana Tea Plantation, one of the oldest tea plantations in Europe and we will be able to sample their teas. in the evening we will head to “Solar da Graça” restaurant, where we will have dinner, followed by an Azorean folkloric dancing show.

Day 6

Date : May 13, 2023

Santo Christo

Today the city of Ponta Delgada becomes alive with activities. In the afternoon, there will be a procession of Senhor Santo Cristo around the Campo de Sao Francisco. In the evening the statue of Senhor Santo Cristo will be relocated from the Igreja da Esperanca to Igreja de São Jose, the festivities will continue late into the night.

Day 7

Date : May 14, 2023

Santo Cristo Dinner

In the morning the streets of Ponta Delgada become decorated with greens and flowers for the afternoon procession. At four in the afternoon the procession begins in front of the Convento da Esperanca and continuing throughout the streets of Ponta Delgada returning to the Convento da Esperanca in the early evening. We will meet at the hotel Talisman at 8PM for dinner.

Day 8

Date : May 15, 2023

Departure

In the afternoon we return home, with memories of our trip.

  • Roundtrip airfare from Boston to Portugal on Azores Airlines, including domestic flights.
  • 3 nights at Pestana Casino Park
  • 3 nights at Hotel Marina Atlantico
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Full day tour of Porto Moniz Including lunch
  • Full day tour of Santana including lunch
  • Madeiran Folkloric Dinner.
  • Full Day Tour of Furnas including lunch
  • Half Day Sete Cidades with lunch.
  • Folkloric Dinner in Ponta Delgada.
  • Santo Christo Dinner
  • Single supplement not included. Please call for rates. 
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