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Mar 21 -Apr 2, 2014, Portugal & its Islands

Essential Experiences

13 Days
18 Meals: 11 Buffet Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 6 Dinners

Experience the Azores! The Azores, or Açores (Portuguese for goshawks), are the ultimate islands. Truly isolated, they rest some 900 miles west of Lisbon and 2,110 miles east of New York City. Their volcanic origins created mountains and valleys covered with rich and varied vegetation, lakes resting in ancient craters, hot springs, fumaroles and thermal fountains. Travelers experience spring-like temperatures year-round. Warmer weather sometimes lasts until late December, just right for exploring seaside villages, bustling harbors, and cities overflowing with architectural treasures. The islands offer churches, palaces and museums - all framed by a breathtaking landscape. Walk along stunning mountainsides, cool off in natural volcanic swimming pools or enjoy lush gardens. The island of St. Michael - perfect for those seeking nature and adventure - is known for its flowering vegetation and extraordinary lakes. St. Michael also features Europe's only pineapple and tea plantations. Join us and discover the natural wonders of these amazing islands!

  • Discover the beauty of Portugal's Riviera with visits to Sintra, Cascais and Estoril
  • Experience an entertaining evening featuring Portuguese cuisine, local wine, folkloric dances and the moving sounds of Fado
  • Spend four nights exploring St. Michael, the "green island" and largest of the Azorean Islands
  • Explore the island of Madeira, known as the "Pearl of the Atlantic"
  • Visit unique tea and pineapple plantations

Book Now and Save!

Book by September 21, 2013, and save $250 per person
Double - $4,169
Single - $4,819
Triple - $4,139

Regular Rates
Double - $4,419
Single $5,069
Triple - $4,389

Included in Price: Round Trip Air from Kansas City Int'l Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $220 per person, Hotel Transfers

* All Rates are Per Person and are subject to change

IMPORTANT CONDITIONS: Your price is subject to increase prior to the time you make full payment. Your price is not subject to increase after you make full payment, except for changes resulting from increases in government-imposed taxes or fees. Once deposited, you have 7 days to send us written consumer consent or withdraw consent and receive a full refund. (See registration form for consent.)


Your Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1 Overnight Flight
Days 2-4 Hotel Altis, Lisbon
Day 5-8 Royal Garden Hotel, Sao Miguel, Azores
Day 9-11 Pestana Casino Park Hotel, Funchal, Madeira Island
Days 12 Hotel Altis, Lisbon
*On some dates, alternate hotels may be used

Portugal & its Islands

Day 1: Friday, March 21, 2014
Overnight Flight
The natural wonders of Portugal and its islands await.
Day 2: Saturday, April 4, 2013
Lisbon, Portugal - Tour Begins
Welcome to Portugal where Old World traditions continue to thrive. A three-night stay in Lisbon, four nights on the Azorean island of St. Michael and three nights in Madeira introduce you to medieval towns, coastal villages, natural landscapes, Portuguese cuisine, regional wines and folkloric entertainment. Tonight, begin your journey with a welcome dinner. (D)
Day 3: Sunday, March 23, 2014
Lisbon - Sintra - Cascais - Estoril - Lisbon
A 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 World Heritage site). Later, explore the town of Sintra, another UNESCO World Heritage site and summer residence of Portuguese kings for six centuries. Continue to Cascais and Estoril, coastal resorts dotted with specialty shops. Tonight, enjoy regional cuisine complete with wine and Fado music. (B,D)
Day 4: Monday, March 24, 2014
Lisbon - Fatima - Nazare - Obidos - Lisbon
Travel to Portugal's "Silver Coast," a region of sleepy villages, rich vineyards and age-old castles. Begin the pilgrimage town of Fatima and see the famous Basilica. Next, view the magnificent Batalha Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage site). Continue to Nazare and picture-perfect Obidos, where white-washed houses are guarded by medieval city walls. (B)
Day 5: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Lisbon - St. Michael, Azores - Ponta Delgada - Sete Cidades
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, the Carlos Machado Museum with its fascinating exhibits, St. Sebastian Church with 17th century painted tiles, the Jesuit College, and the seashore promenade. A stop at a pineapple plantation is followed by a visit to the twin lakes of Sete Cidades (Seven Cities), one of the region's most beautiful natural settings. Composed of two lakes inside a 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. (B,D)
Day 6: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Ponta Delgada - Lagoa do Fogo - Furnas Valley - Terra Nostra Park
See the fascinating landscape of Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lake), a mystical lake surrounded by mountains. In Furnas Valley, experience a "cozido das furnas" lunch is which meat and vegetables are stewed in the heat of the volcanic earth. Afterwards, stroll through the botanical garden of Terra Nostra Park, home to the world's largest collection of camellias. Next, explore caldeiras das Furnas, the town's famous hot springs area. Finally, visit the Gorreana Tea Plantation to learn about timeless methods of tea production. (B,L)
Day 7: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Day at Leisure - Optional Wale and Dolphin Watching Excursion
Enjoy a day at leisure exploring Ponta Delgada. An optional whale and dolphin watching excursion is offered. (B)
Day 8: Friday, March 28, 2014
Ponta Delgada - Ribeira Grande - Nordeste - Povoaçao
Visit Ribeira Grande, known for its historic 16th and 17th century buildings. See the city hall, Church of Our Lady, and the eight-arch bridge, a symbol of the town. Next, discover the art of painted ceramics during a studio visit. Then, stop at a family-owned distillery to taste some of the all natural local liqueurs. Continue to the highest part of the island, scenic Nordeste. Your day ends in Povoaçao, home of the island's first settlement and oldest church. (B,D)
Day 9: Saturday, March 29, 2014
St. Michael, Azores - Funchal, Madeira
Fly* to Madeira Island, the "pearl of the Atlantic." Madeira boasts a subtropical climate, majestic mountain ranges and volcanic caves. Discover Madeira's history during a leisurely-paced walking tour of Funchal's charming plazas, colonial mansions, 15th century cathedral and local market. Visit an embroidery factory for a first-hand look at this delicate craft. (B)
Day 10: Sunday, March 30, 2014
Funchal - Câmara de Lobos - Cabo Girão - São Vicente - Porto Moniz - Calheta
Visit Câmara de Lobos, a traditional village with a wonderful bay. Continue along mountain roads, passing banana plantations and vineyards on your way to Cabo Girão, the world's second highest cliff. São Vicente, a charming agricultural town, offers dramatic views. Travel the winding Gold Road and enjoy more spectacular scenery. Explore the lively fishing village of Porto Moniz, renowned for its natural volcanic pools. Also visit Calheta, home to a working sugar mill. Nearby Paul da Serra plateau offers additional amazing views. (B)
Day 11: Monday, March 31, 2014
Funchal - Camacha - Ribeira Frio - Santana - Monte
Wind through the mountains to Camacha, a village known for wicker crafts. In Poiso, visit the island's third highest point, Pico do Arieiro. Next visit Ribeiro Frio ("cold river"), famous for its trout farm. Continue to Santana, a village characterized by small triangular homes thatched with straw. Stop in Monte, perched on the hills overlooking Funchal. Celebrate your Madeira adventure 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. (B,D)
Day 12: Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Funchal - Lisbon
Return to Lisbon and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Later, bid "adeus" to Portugal during a farewell dinner. (B,D)
Day 13: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Lisbon - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today. (B)
Included Meals Key: B= Buffet Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

Please Note:
To complete your vacation, we include roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers when purchasing Collette airfare with your tour. If you have arranged for you own air, we are pleased to provide you the option of
purchasing these transfers. Please note that all transfers will leave at pre-scheduled times.

Single accommodations are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.

*Flights from Lisbon to St. Michael, Azores (2-1/2 hours) and Madeira Island (2 hours) to Lisbon (90 minutes) are not included in the land-only price of this tour.

Air passengers will arrive into Edinburgh airport and depart from Dublin airport. All transfers will arrive into Edinburgh airport and depart from Dublin airport.

This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected. 

Book Now rates valid until Sept. 21, 2013, valid on air inclusive packages only.

Air rate and schedule are applicable for groups of 10 or more traveling on the same flights and dates.

Important Reservation Information

Cancellation Charges for this tour: After your seat reduction date has passed, a non-refundable deposit will be retained. For Cancellation between 60-16 days prior to departure: cancellation fee of 30% of total price. For cancellation between 15-1 days prior to departure: cancellation fee of 50% of total price. For cancellation on the day of departure and after: 100% of total price. For Ocean Cruises: For cancellation between 90-61 days prior to departure: cancellation fee of 35% of total price. For cancellation between 60-31 days prior to departure: 60% of total price. 30 or fewer days prior to departure: 100% of total price. For River Cruises: including Europe, Russia, Egypt and China, 90-61 days prior to departure: cancellation fee of 50% of total price. For cancellation between 60-31 days prior to departure: cancellation fee of 85% of total price. For cancellation 30 or fewer days prior to departure: cancellation fee of 100% of total price. For Galapagos and Antarctica: A cancellation fee of 60% will apply for cancellation between 120-90 days prior to departure; A cancellation charge of 100% will apply for cancellation less than 90 days prior to departure. Cancellation protection is highly recommended and must be purchased at time of deposit. Air rates are subject to change until tour is paid in full. If waivers have not been purchased and a reservation is cancelled for any reason prior to departure - Air is 100% non-refundable once paid in full. Cancellation charges also apply to reservations made for "pre" and "post" night accommodations. Purchase of Waiver and Insurance guarantees a full refund of all payments (including deposit), except the Waiver and Insurance fee itself, made to Collette Vacations for travel arrangements in case of cancellation of your travel plans for any reason prior to the day of departure. The Waiver and Insurance does not cover any single supplement charges which arise from an individual's Traveling companion electing to cancel for any reason prior to departure. Upon cancellation of transportation or travel services where you, the customer, are not at fault and have not cancelled in violation of the terms and conditions above, you will be refunded 100%. Please see your sales agent for more information, or review our brochure for details.

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Passports are required for this tour at your expense. Certain countries require a minimum of 6 months passport validity. You are strongly urged to contact the appropriate consulate for details. Visit for the U.S. State Department for the latest details about passports and visa requirements.

IMPORTANT: We recommend that our clients traveling abroad take a photocopy of their passport and applicable visas. It should be packed separately from your actual passport and visa. We also recommend leaving a copy at home with your emergency contact.

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*Airfare: For your convenience, we offer airfare for purchase with all vacation packages. If you purchase an air inclusive program, your airfare will be quoted inclusive of all fuel, taxes, and fees. Your rates are subject to change until paid in full. Seats are limited and may not be available on every flight or departure date.

Checked Baggage Charges: Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline's checked baggage policies.

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