Your Holiday Itinerary - Portugal & Its Islands

Day 1: Lisbon, Portugal - Tour Begins

Travel through some of Portugal’s most beautiful regions. Experience Lisbon, the Azorean island of St. Michael, and the island of Madeira. 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 travellers at a welcome dinner.

Day 2: 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), summer residence of Portuguese kings for six centuries. Continue to Cascais and Estoril, coastal resorts dotted with speciality shops.

Day 3: Lisbon - Fatima - Nazare - Obidos

Today you’ll visit Fatima, and discover the famous Basilica and Batalha Monastery before continuing to Nazare. Then it is on to Obidos, where whitewashed houses are guarded by a hilltop castle and medieval city walls.

Day 4: Lisbon - St. Michael, Azores - Ponta Delgada

Fly to St. Michael, the largest of the nine volcanic islands that form the Azores archipelago. A walking tour of Ponta Delgada features the ‘Portas da Cidade’ (The City Gates), Saint Christ’s Church, St. Sebastian Church with 17th century painted tiles, the Jesuit College and the seashore promenade. Later, visit 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.

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

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 choose to 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. Afterward, explore Caldeiras das Furnas, the town’s famous hot springs area. The day comes to a close at a tea plantation where you will learn about timeless methods of production.

Day 6: Optional Whale and Dolphin Watching - Cooking Class

Enjoy a morning at leisure to explore Ponta Delgada or take an optional whale and dolphin watching excursion. Late afternoon, discover the secrets of Azorean cuisine with an interactive cooking class at one of the island’s most popular restaurants. Learn how the Azoreans use traditional old recipes when making tasty soups, fish and meat dishes, and tasty desserts. Your evening concludes with a sumptuous dinner.

Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 7: Ponta Delgada - Lagoa do Fogo - Ribeira Grande - Nordeste

Delve into the art of hand-painted ceramics during a studio visit. Next, take in the beautiful vistas of the mystical Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lake). 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, visit a family-owned liqueur shop to taste some of the all-natural local liqueurs. Continue to Nordeste, the highest part of the island. Here, explore the natural beauty and famous waterfalls of Ribeira dos Caldeiroes. We make our final stop of the day at a pineapple plantation where an expert leads you through the farm’s greenhouses.

Day 8: Ponta Delgada - 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 Funchal. Visit the Botanical Garden of Madeira with its vast collection of exotic and indigenous birds and more than 2,500 plants from all continents. Discover Madeira’s history during a leisurely paced tour of Funchal’s charming plazas, colonial mansions, 15th century cathedral and local market.

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

Begin your day with a visit to Câmara de Lobos, a traditional village with a pictureperfect 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. Explore the lively fishing village of Porto Moniz, renowned for its natural volcanic pools. Then it’s on to Calheta, home to a working sugar mill. Nearby is the Paul da Serra plateau, sprinkled with scenic country landscapes.

Day 10: Funchal - Ribeiro Frio - Santana

Set out on a winding trip through the mountains to Pico do Arieiro, the island’s third-highest point. Then, it’s your choice! At Ribeiro Frio (Cold River), explore the natural beauty of a trout farm. Or you may join an exhilarating levada walk** and follow the paths that run along the water channels that flow through the mountains. Next we continue to Santana, a village of small triangular homes thatched with straw. 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. Celebrate 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.

Day 11: Funchal - Lisbon

Return to Lisbon and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Later, bid ‘adeus’ to Portugal during a farewell dinner at St. George’s Castle, beautifully situated on a hilltop overlooking the city of Lisbon.

Day 12: Lisbon Tour Ends

Your tour ends in Lisbon.

Departure Dates 2018/19 Portugal & Its Islands (12 Days) - 7% discount on all dates

Collette brochure price from £1974

Travel 55 discount price from £1836

Telephone Collette Holidays on 0800 804 8700 and quote Travel 55 code NYC2

Prices are ‘guide from’ prices only and do not include flights. To check the latest up to date tour prices and to check availability call Collette reservations on 0800 804 8700. Don't forget to quote the Travel 55 code NYC2 to receive your 7% discount that is availably on all Collette tours.

March 10 - 2018

July 7

November 3

April 14, 21, 28

August 11

March 23 - 2019

May 19

September 15, 22

April 27

June 16

October 6, 13

Please note: prices may change and will be confirmed when you call to make a booking. The discount will be applied accordingly to reflect the price. Departure dates are subject to availability. Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking.

NOTE: • On some dates alternate hotels may be used • Due to tour scheduling, flights should arrive prior to 4 p.m.

Must-See Inclusions

  • Traverse the Lisbon coast’s medieval towns and charming villages.
  • Explore the island of Madeira, known as the “Pearl of the Atlantic.”
  • Tour Lisbon and discover its treasures including the impressive Tower of Belem.
  • Discover stunning St. Michael, the largest of the Azorean Islands.
  • Spend time in the lively fishing village of Porto Moniz with natural volcanic pools.
  • Explore Caldeiras das Furnas, famous for its hot springs.


Portugal & It's Islands

12 Day Holidays - 7% Discount

Prices from only £1836

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.

This delightful 12 day tour Portugal & Its Islands comes with a 7% discount saving. To book call Collette Holidays direct on 0800 804 8700 and quote Travel 55 ref: NYC2.

Tour Highlights - Portugal & Its Islands

  • Discover Portugal’s Riviera with visits to Cascais and Estoril
  • Explore the crops of the region at pineapple and tea plantations
  • Visit the vast collection of exotic plants at the Botanical Garden of Madeira
  • Visit 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the pilgrimage sites at Fatima
  • Take a leisurely hike inside the crater of Sete Cidades. Or, explore its interpretation centre followed by free time in the town’s centre. Take a stroll through the Terra Nostra Botanical Park. Or, relax in the park’s mineral rich thermal water pool. Explore a trout farm in Ribeiro Frio. Or, take a walk following paths that run along the water.

What's Included In Your Tour

  • MEALS: 18 meals (11 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch & 6 Dinners)
  • ACCOMMODATION: Altis Grand Hotel, Lisbon. Royal Garden Hotel, Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, Azores. Pestana Casino Park Hotel, Funchal, Madeira Island.

PLUS:

  • Complimentary Private Airport Transfers*
  • Services of an experienced tour manager
  • Services of local expert guides
  • Luggage porterage throughout the tour
  • Complimentary WIFI on tour
  • On tour Audio Guides
  • TRANSPORT: Coach and internal flights
  • GROUP SIZE: Approx 40
  • SOLO TRAVELLERS: From £2,434

Booking flights is easy

...and we can be as flexible as you need to be. We can organise fl ights from most of the UK’s regional airports, with our preferred airline partners. We can advise you on the best airlines for each tour and the best routes, and you can choose who you’d prefer to travel with. We’ll fi nd the best price for you based on your chosen departure date and local airport.

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From Exeter to Inverness, we can fly you from your local airport to join our tours around the world minimising the need to travel to London. Let us find the best priced and most convenient fl ight for your holiday choice and your UK location.

More Comfort

We can also organise to upgrade your flight to premium economy, business or first class and arrive refreshed and ready for an adventure. We have great partnerships with many airlines and often have access to exclusive flight upgrade fares. Just let us know your preference at time of booking, and we will find the best priced flight for you.

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When you book a flight inclusive holiday with us, if your tour itinerary changes for any reason, or the flight schedule changes, we will manage all the changes for you. Your holiday will also be fully bonded under our ATOL licence giving you full protection for your holiday. If you choose to book your own flight, if anything does change you’ll be liable for any flight changes required.

Traveling in style

At Collette, we believe your holiday starts as soon as you leave your front door. So, when you book a flight inclusive holiday with us, you’ll be able to start your holiday in style with our exclusive private door to door service. Getting to the airport can often be one of the most stressful parts of your holiday, but don’t worry, we have it all in hand.

Bon Voyage

Your driver will collect you from your home and take you directly to your chosen UK departure airport. Your driver has access to the latest satellite navigation technology, to ensure that you have the most convenient, traffic free journey to the airport. Your transfer is
exclusively for you and no one else!

Welcome Home

When you return from your holiday, your driver will meet you as you come through into the arrivals hall after you have collected your luggage. You will then be whisked away from the airport and taken straight back home, without any diversions, in the comfort you have been accustomed to on your Collette tour.

Your Preference

If you prefer to drive yourself to the airport, you could take advantage of our complimentary hotel stay and airport parking at the airport of your choice. If you have an early morning flight, or you could extend your holiday for an extra night if you have a later flight back. Just let us know your preference at time of booking.


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