Northern Portugal
and Madeira

Tour Highlights

• Lisbon  • Fatima  • Oporto  • Deluxe All-Inclusive resort in Madeira

Portugal has so much to offer - a warm climate, a rich and unique culture, breathtaking scenery, fascinating history, not to mention delicious food and world-class wines. On this holiday we will tour the lively capital city of Lisbon, explore the beautiful cities in the north and enjoy a week at a Deluxe oceanfront resort on the magical island of Madeira - a lush oasis with a mild climate, dramatic seascapes and magnificent flowers that flourish only here.

We begin with a flight to the Portuguese capital, Lisbon. After an overnight there we’ll venture north to the ancient medieval walled city of Obidos and also Nazare - a picturesque seaside village on the Atlantic coast. We will visit the Batalha Monastery - one of Europe's greatest Gothic masterpieces and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will stay in Fatima - famous for the 1917 reported apparations of the Virgin Mary. In Coimbra we see the ancient university perched high above the Mondego River, and in Aviero we see the uniquely beautiful cathedrals, canals and beaches of the Peninsula de São Jacinto. Many consider the highlight of northern Portugal to be Oporto - built into the granite cliffs located on the beautiful river Douro. Oporto is a charming jumble of styles from different historic periods: narrow medieval alleyways and squares; extravagant baroque churches and wide boulevards lined with stately edifices. You'll see an array of architectural gems from the Roman, Gothic, Baroque, Neoclassic and Renaissance eras.

After Oporto we fly to the magical island of Madeira for a 7-night stay with touring included. Our hotel here is the Deluxe Enotel Lido Resort and Spa, situated right on the sea a short stroll from the popular Lido area of Madeira’s capital, Funchal. The hotel is connected to a lovely seaside promenade with a wide selection of restaurants, cafés and shopping. Hotel facilities include a large outdoor swimming pool with ocean views, ample sunbeds, an indoor heated pool, games room, gift shop and an entertainment program with activities ranging from Portuguese language lessons to water aerobics. The hotel spa offers luxurious body and beauty treatments as well as a whirlpool, Turkish bath and sauna. While in Madeira all meals (taken in a beautiful ocean-view dining room) are included daily, with complimentary wine, beer, local spirits, tea, coffee and soft drinks available all day. Guest rooms have air conditioning, TV, telephone, minibar, safe, bathrobes, coffee and tea making facilities, bathroom with shower and tub and Wi-Fi (extra charge).

After our stay in Madeira we return to Lisbon for a city tour and an afternoon at leisure in this fascinating, historic city.

*** Those joining any of our tours to Europe must be able to walk fairly long distances and climb stairs easily.

Tentative Itinerary

We depart for Lisbon - a direct non-stop flight from Toronto.
Upon arrival we transfer to our hotel. Our Welcome Dinner is this evening.
We drive along the scenic landscapes of windmills and fruit trees to the enchanting walled city of Obidos, which has some of the most well-preserved medieval architecture in Portugal. We will see the castle and main square, and then continue to the colourful fishing village of Nazare, and to Batalha to visit the Monastery of Santa Maria de Victoria - one of the best examples of original gothic architecture in Portugal. We continue to Fatima - a centre of Christian pilgrimage, famous for the shrine called the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary.
We depart for Coimbra where we visit one of the world’s oldest universities, including its magnificent baroque library. We stop at Saint Clara Monastery to view the exclusive ceramic of Coimbra before continuing to Aveiro, known as the “Portuguese Venice”, where we see the graceful “moliceiros” boats with their distinctively decorated prows, and have a chance to taste the local sweets “ovos moles”. Then we proceed to Oporto - one of the oldest European cities, for a 2-night stay.
Our city tour of Oporto will show us the San Francisco Church, Palacio da Bolsa (the Chamber of Commerce) with its splendid Arabian Hall, and a port wine cellar for a demonstration and taste of the famous and revered port. We will enjoy a scenic boat trip on the beautiful Rio Douro in the afternoon.
We return to Lisbon and transfer to the airport for our flight to the magical garden island of Madeira, for a 7-night stay at our Deluxe oceanfront resort.
Today we will have a welcome orientation of Funchal including the Cathedral, a visit of the beautiful botanical gardens with their unique island species, and a tasting of the famous Madeira wine.
A day at leisure to enjoy the facilities of the hotel or explore the charming town of Funchal. This evening we will enjoy a folklore dinner with local specialties and wine.
Today’s full day tour takes us first to the Point of Sao Lourenco, where you can see both sides of the island at once. We continue to Porto de la Cruz and Guindaste to enjoy the magnificent scenic views. Then we proceed to visit the village of Santana, famous for its small houses with thatched roofs set amongst the Cathedral flowers, vines and apple orchards. We visit the island’s interior, Ribeiro Frio, and a trout farm before continuing to Mount Poiso and the village of Santo da Serra, 1400m above sea level.
A day at leisure. Your Tour Manager will be on hand for suggestions and possible optional tours.
Todays tour takes us first to Estreito de Camara de Lobos to see its wonderful vineyards. We stop at the cliffs of Cabo Girao, the third highest in the world, for an unbeatable view of Funchal, and then continue to Ribeira Brava to see the church, and Madalena do Mar to visit a banana plantation. We descend the plateau of the island to Paul da Serra - a UNESCO protected nature park, before visiting Porto Moniz and its famous natural pools hollowed out of lava. On our return to Funchal we pass the beautiful Serra de Agua Valley and Laurissilva Forest.
At leisure for last minute souvenir shopping, strolling along the sea or on the streets of Funchal, or enjoying the facilities of our resort hotel.
We enjoy a final free morning in Madeira before we fly back to Lisbon and transfer to our hotel.
Our tour of the Portuguese capital will include the Old Quarter, Jeronimos Monastery, Belem Tower and the monument to Henry the Navigator. The afternoon is free to explore on your own or visit one of the many museums and galleries. This evening is our Farewell Dinner.
We fly home via Munich.

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