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MADEIRA & THE AZORES

The Mysterious Islands of Portugal

MADEIRA & THE AZORES

The Mysterious Islands of Portugal

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 on, 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.

Extend your trip on the mainland of Portugal, visiting the main urban attractions of Porto & Lisbon. See the details our Optional Pre-Trip Extension to Portugal

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Trip Overview

Countries Visited: Portugal
Starts In: Funchal (FNC)
Ends In: Ponta Delgada, Azores (PDL)
Duration: 8 Days / 6 Nights
Int'l Air Route: USA/FUNCHAL (FNC)...PONTA DELGADA (DLG)/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
  • Madeira Jeep tour with Madeiran lunch with wines
  • Purchase the famous Madeiran lace
  • Private wine tasting
  • Nordeste Jeep Tour to the beautiful flower-rich areas of São Miguel
  • Janelo do Inferno Walking Tour
  • Tour of exotic Furnas

Dates & Prices

Your TripDepart USAReturn USADouble Occupancy PriceSingle Occupancy PriceIntra Tour Air
Madeira & the AzoresJune 10, 2022June 17, 2022$4395$5295100 approx.
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 Funchal (FNC), Madeira.

  • Day 2 – Arrive in Madeira

    Arrive in Funchal, the capital city of the island of Madeira; You are met with a private provide transfer to our 5-star accommodations. Remainder of this day is at leisure as we await everyone’s arrival.

  • Day 3 – Madeira Island 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. After a full day, return to the hotel for our Welcome Dinner.

  • Day 4 – Funchal City Tour | Wine Tasting

    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.

  • Day 5 – Flight to Ponta Delgada

    Today we take a private transfer to the airport for our flight to Ponta Delgada. Spend the afternoon at leisure.

  • Day 6 – Nordeste Jeep Tour

    This morning 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.

  • Day 7 – Janelo do Inferno Walking Tour | 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, explore the Furnas, one of the most exotic areas of São Miguel. Furnas, as well as the nearby volcanic complex of geothermal springs, is situated beside the easternmost of the three spectacular caldera lakes on the island of Sao Miguel - Lagoa das Furnas. Apart from other places in Azores, Furnas, as one of the main tourist attractions on Sao Miguel, is extremely extraordinary yet still very authentic and, comparing to mainland Portugal, visited by few.

  • Day 8 – Departure

    Transfer to the Ponta Delgada Airport (PDL) for departure flights home or join the post-trip to Porto & Lisbon.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodations, as stated in the itinerary
  • Most meals, as stated in the itinerary; lunches and dinners served with wine
  • Land transfers, as required by the itinerary
  • Sightseeing excursions and entry fees, as stated in the itinerary
  • 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 airlines 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.

Intra-tour flights are required if taking the optional extension to Lisbon. These will be arranged by Coda Tours. If taking the extension, your international air patter will be USA/Lisbon (LIS)/USA. Please check with Coda Tours before purchasing tickets.

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.

The Center for Disease Control suggests that all travelers make sure they are up to date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.

Coda trips all 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. Be prepared for all. 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 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, can be customized and repriced based on a final itinerary. Rates are based on a minimum participation, if the minimum is not met, rates may need to be revised.

A complete portfolio of pre-departure information will be mailed to you approximately 3 weeks prior to departure.

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