Winner of the 2015 World Travel Award for Leading Island Destination, Madeira is “an exuberant botanical garden” with a balmy, subtropical climate and breathtaking scenery. We’ll settle into Funchal (Madeira’s capital) with accommodations at the five-star Pestana Casino. Enjoy a walk through the colorful market, the outstanding Botanical Gardens and sample world-famous wine at the Madeira Wine Company. We’ll have free time to explore the narrow streets of old town or the café-lined marina; discover the painted doors of Rua de Santa Maria or take a cable car ride up the mountain. Highlights of the next two days include: Camara de Lobos—a working fishing village beloved by Winston Churchill—the stupendous sea cliff at Cabo Girao, the natural swimming pools at Porto Moniz, the pastoral village of Santana and a traditional Espetada (cooked-over-an-open fire) dinner. Leaving behind our “paradise island,” a short flight brings us to mainland Portugal and our home for the next three nights, Cascais, on the Portuguese Riviera. We’ll visit the pilgrimage site of Fatima, medieval Obidos, the glorious walled city of Sintra and take a full-day excursion to historic Lisbon.
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- Round-trip regularly scheduled flights from Boston to Funchal and Lisbon to Boston, via a connecting city
- Seven nights' accommodations
- Twelve meals: seven breakfasts, five dinners
- Escorted, private, round-trip airport/hotel transfers
- Services of professional local Tour Manager
- DAY 1 Overnight flight from Boston
- DAYS 2–5 Pestana Casino Park, Funchal, Madeira
- DAYS 6–8 Vila Gale Hotel, Cascais, Portugal
- DAY 9 Return flight to Boston
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Madeira Island: Funchal tour highlighting markets, Botanical Gardens, Madeira Wine Company; tour including Camara de Lobos, Cabo Girao sea cliff, Porto Moniz; tour including Camacha, Pico do Areeiro, Santana, traditional dinner with entertainment. Portuguese Riviera: Cascais tour, visit to Fatima, Obidos, Sintra. Lisbon tour.
PRICING AND DEPOSIT
Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. $2,899 per person triple occupancy; $3,359 for single reservations. Fuel surcharge, air taxes and fees subject to change. MH Ross Travel Protection Plan is $175. Although not required, we recommend purchasing the insurance. Purchase must be made at time of booking. Passport required. Per person deposit is $450.