Portugal's Azores Islands & Madeira with Oporto & Lisbon extension

Portugal At Its Best

Portugal's Azores Islands & Madeira with Oporto & Lisbon extension

Portugal At Its Best

The opportunity to visit either Madeira or the Azores Islands is rare. Seeing them both during the same trip is extremely rare. That is why Coda Tours has chosen to combine these two mysterious destinations into one trip. The Madeira Archipelago, located about 350 miles from the northwest coast of Africa and 520 miles southwest of Portugal itself, consists of the main island of Madeira and a smaller one, Porto Santo. The islands have been claimed by Portugal since 1419. Our visit includes the main island of Madeira, best known for its majestic mountains and winding levadas (irrigation canals) as well as its rich cultural offerings in Funchal, the main city (markets, museums, galleries and gardens).
The Azores is an archipelago of nine islands located about 840 miles away from Portugal and 420 miles from Madeira. The main islands is Säo Miguel, our destination on this tour, is known for its crater lakes, bubbling hot springs, black sand beaches, and stunning hiking routes. The island is also home to Ponta Delgada, the largest city in the Azores, filled with tasty restaurants and charming cobblestone streets. Each destination is unique and gorgeous.
Continue on to the mainland of Portugal to Oporto, home to Port Wine and a rich medieval history. Travel to Lisbon and tour this exciting city full of wonderful restaurants, bars and shops.
This trip is Portugal at its best!

 

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Trip Overview

Countries Visited: Portugal
Starts In: Ponta Delgada, Azores (PDL)
Ends In: Lisbon (LIS)
Duration: 13 Days / 11 Nights
Int'l Air Route: USA/PONTA DELGADA (DLG)...LISBON (LIS)/USA
Group Size: Min 4; Max 16
Accommodations: Deluxe (4★) & Luxury (5★)
Activity Level: Moderate
Experiences: Culture, Food, Outdoor, Music

Highlights

  • Coda Tours signature small group size
  • Coda Tours signature comprehensive sightseeing programs
  • Coda Tours signature inclusive meal plan
  • Coda Tours signature deluxe accommodations
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Guimarães, Pena National Palace, and village of Sintra
  • City Tours of Funchal, Oporto, and Lisbon with Jeep Tours of the Azores and Madeira
  • Natural wonders of Sete Cidades (7 Cities), Janelo do Inferno, Furnas, and Geothermal Pools

Dates & Prices

Your TripDepart USAReturn USADouble Occupancy PriceSingle Occupancy PriceIntra Tour Air
FULL PROGRAMJune 9, 2023June 21, 2023$7590 - Full Program$9090 - Full ProgramTBA
Azores & Madeira onlyJune 9, 2023June 16, 2023$4895 - Azores & Madeira only$5895 - Azores & Madeira onlyTBA
Oporto & Lisbon onlyJune 14, 2023June 21, 2023$2995 - Oporto & Lisbon only$3495 - Oporto & Lisbon onlyTBA
A deposit of $750 is required to hold a reservation. This may be charged to a credit card. Final payment is due 60 days prior to Start Date of the tour. Final payment may be made by personal check or wire transfer. Credit card payments are assessed a 4% fee.
Special Notes:
  • Single Occupancy rates can be avoided if you wish to be matched with another single traveler who also wishes to share. If no share is available, the single rate will apply.
  • Rates are based on current rates and currency exchange rates at the time of publishing the tour online.
  • Rates are subject to change until final payment has been made. Rates are based on a minimum participation and if the minimum participation is not met rates may need to be revised.

 

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Tour Map

Itinerary

  • Day 1 – Depart USA

    Depart the USA on any regularly scheduled flight to Azores Airport (PDL) in Ponta Delgada, located on the island of São Miguel, in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores. Arrive early and relax before the start of your tour. See rates for additional hotel night cost.

  • Day 2 – Arrive in Azores | Nordeste Jeep Tour

    Upon arrival in the Azores, you are met with a private transfer to the hotel. Today we will embark on an exciting jeep tour with our expert guide to the easternmost part of the island, Nordeste, one of the region’s most beautiful and flower-rich areas. This evening we dine in one of the island’s most famous restaurant at our Welcome Dinner.

    Hotel: Azor Hotel ★★★★
    Room: Sea View
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 3 – Sete Cidades (Seven Cities)

    Today, we proceed on tour to the famous Sete Cidades (Seven Cities.) One of the Seven Natural Wonders of Portugal, this massive crater showcases the Green and Blue Lakes, which according to legend, were formed from the tears of a shepherd and a princess who shared a forbidden love.

    Hotel: Azor Hotel ★★★★
    Room: Sea View room
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 4 – Janelo do Inferno | Furnas

    This morning we have an exhilarating, yet moderate hiking tour of Janelo do Inferno, a nature preserve with marvelous views of the coast. After refueling with more local cuisine and wine, lunch today is a traditional Portuguese cozido (or stew).

    Explore the Furnas, one of the most exotic areas of São Miguel. Furnas, as well as the nearby volcanic complex of geothermal springs, which we will have an opportunity to enjoy. They are situated beside the easternmost of the three spectacular caldera lakes on the island of São Miguel - Lagoa das Furnas. Apart from other places in Azores, Furnas, as one of the main tourist attractions on São Miguel, is extraordinary yet still very authentic and less crowded than mainland Portugal.

    Hotel: Azor Hotel ★★★★
    Room: Sea View
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Day 5 – Madeira

    Arrive in Funchal, the capital city of the island of Madeira just in time for lunch. The rest of the day is free for exploring.

    Hotel: Savoy Palace Hotel ★★★★★
    Room: Oceanview room
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Day 6 – Nordeste Jeep Tour

    It’s a Jeep thing – tour the most beautiful sites that Madeira has to offer with our expert guide. Stop at various picturesque towns nearby before enjoying a delicious Madeiran lunch paired with local wines. Then bask in the stunning views of the Boca da Corrida and Cabo Girão.

    Hotel: Savoy Palace Hotel ★★★★★
    Room: Oceanview room
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Day 7 – Funchal

    A panoramic tour of the city center takes us first to a family-owned embroidery factory to discover some trade secrets. After lunch, we are guided through the mercado to admire the colorful array of fresh fruit, vegetables, and fish, then admire the beautiful chapel of Santa Catarina and the Sé Cathedral before we tour the lush foliage of the Botanical Gardens. Then, a private visit and wine tasting with a local sommelier before a dinner this evening that showcases the elegance of aromatic Mediterranean and Iberian cuisine. Dinner is on your own this evening.

    Hotel: Savoy Palace Hotel ★★★★★
    Room: Oceanview room
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 8 – Oporto

    Depart the Azores on a flight to Oporto. After setting in at the hotel, meet a local guide for a city tour of Oporto. The rest of the evening is at leisure.

    Accommodations: Monumental Hotel Porto ★★★★
    Room: Standard
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 9 – Guimarães and Braga

    After breakfast, meet our guide in the lobby and depart for a full day tour to Guimarães and Braga. Guimarães is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed town. See the 10th-century castle and the Dukes of Braganza Palace. Next, venture to Braga, where you will learn about its extensive Roman history.

    Accommodations: Monumental Hotel Porto ★★★★
    Room: Standard
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 10 – Lisbon

    Depart after breakfast by 1st class Fast Train to Lisbon. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel and spend the first day in Lisbon at leisure.

    Accommodations: Inspira Libertade Boutique Hotel ★★★★
    Room: Standard
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 11 – Discover Lisbon

    After breakfast, enjoy a half day Lisbon city tour. On a tour of Portugal’s lively capital city, visit the waterfront area of Belém. See the medieval Belém Tower, the Jeronimos Monastery, and the Monument to the Discoveries, which commemorates Portugal’s storied explorers. Walk the narrow streets of the picturesque Alfama district.

    Accommodations: Inspira Libertade Boutique Hotel ★★★★
    Room: Standard
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 12 – Sintra | Cascais

    Today, we spend the day exploring Sintra and Cascais with a driver and local guide, including entrance to one of the Palaces and travesseiro tasting. Marvel at the UNESCO-listed Pena National Palace; explore the UNESCO-listed village of Sintra; visit Cabo da Roca, Europe’s westernmost point; and discover the charming fishing village of Cascais. Return to Lisbon for our last night.

    Accommodations: Inspira Libertade Boutique Hotel ★★★★
    Room: Standard
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 13 – Departure to USA

    After check-out, take a private airport transfer for return flights to the USA.

    Meals: Breakfast

What's Included

What's Included

  • Eleven (11) nights in 4-5 star Luxury Accommodations
  • Breakfast daily, with five (5) lunches and/or dinners
  • Private transportation and tours throughout the tour
  • 1st Class Fast Train between Oporto and Lisbon
  • Sightseeing excursions and entry fees, as stated in the itinerary
  • Professional, English-speaking local guides
  • Coda Tour Representative, with minimum participation
  • Pre-departure assistance and Information Portfolio from Coda Tours

What's Not Included

  • International airfare and baggage fees
  • Intra-tour airfare and baggage fees
  • Passport and visa fees; no visa is required for American or Canadian passport holders
  • Trip Cancellation & Interruption insurance (highly recommended)
  • Gratuity for local guides, drivers and Coda Tour Manager
  • Items of a personal nature (laundry, phone, drinks, etc.)

Travel Prep

TAP is the best airline you can use to book international airfare for this tour. Otherwise, you may use Iberian, American or other airlines through Spain or England.
We recommend booking at least 7 months in advance if you want to use Frequent Flyer Miles or the American Express Platinum card 2-4-1 program. Please request a quote if you would like Coda Tours to assist with international airfare bookings. We often can offer favorable rates for Business or Economy class at a standard fee of $35 per ticket.

Intra-tour flights are at an additional cost and are outlined below. Coda Tours will book these on your behalf.

  • June 13, 2023 | The Azores / Madeira
  • June 16, 2023 | The Azores / Oporto

A valid passport is required for international travel and must be valid for 6 months after the return date of travel. No visa is required for travel to Portugal for US and Canadian passport holders.

All travelers must be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines and have proof of vaccination that is verified by a medical professional. No other immunizations are required for travel on this tour; however, the Center for Disease Control suggests that all travelers be up to date on routine vaccines, including Chickenpox (Varicella), Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis, Flu (influenza), Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR), Polio, and Shingles. For this tour, it is especially important to be up to date on your Hepatitis A and B vaccines.

Coda trips are casual at all times. There is no need for a jacket or tie. Pack for a variety of weather. Bring a light jacket or sweater. Jeans, khakis and shorts are fine for daily wear. Comfortable shoes are a must. There will be opportunities for hiking, biking, and walking. All hotels offer laundry service but it can be expensive.

Expect variable weather while traveling in the Atlantic Islands. Early summer is typically warm and sunny, but rain is frequent, and it can become cold quickly and unexpectedly. You should pack for a variety of temperatures. If it is average, the temperature will hover around 70 degrees during the day and 60 degrees at night.

All departures and rates are guaranteed on a minimum number of participants. A Coda Tour Manager will accompany a tour also based on a minimum number of participants. This tour can be operated as a Private Tour or customized and repriced based on a final itinerary.

A portfolio of pre-departure information will be mailed approximately three weeks prior to departure.

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