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Lisbon, The Azores and Madeira

12 Nights | £969 pp

Outward Date: 15/09/2017 - Depart Manchester 0815 arrive Lisbon 1115

Return Date: 27/09/2017 - Depart Funchal 1120 arrive Manchester 1515

Departing from Manchester

At a glance itinerary:

Day 1: Fly direct to Lisbon. On arrival join the transfer to your hotel where you will spend 4 nights.

Day 2: Lisbon: The city has a compact centre which contains many of the important sights, including Sao Jorge castle and the Royal Palace. A little further out is the suburb of Belém with its famous Tower overlooking the River Tagus and the wonderful Jeronimos Monastery.  Above all, it’s worth taking time to explore the different districts which make up the city centre including Baixa with its elegant squares, broad avenues and rectangular layout.

Day 3: Lisbon: There are a wealth of excellent museums to explore, including the National Museum of Contemporary Art, the Military Museum which contains Vasco da Gama’s sword and the Maritime Museum in Belém, which tells the story of Portugal’s pioneering role in world exploration by sea.

Day 4: Lisbon: It’s difficult to visit Lisbon without trying a Pastel de Nata, a type of creamy custard tart. The best  place to eat the tarts is the Antiga Confeitaria de Belém, a tile-decorated bakery where the recipe originated and where they are known as Pasteis de Belém. Here the delicious tarts can be eaten warm, straight from the oven.

Day 5: Join the transfer to the airport for the flight from Lisbon to Ponta Delgada where you will spend 4 nights.

Day 6: Ponta Delgada: São Miguel is the largest of the nine islands that make up the Azores archipelago, with Ponta Delgada making up the tourist heart of the island.

Day 7: Ponta Delgada:  White-washed houses and buildings, 17th and 18th Century convents and churches are dotted around the rolling hills of Ponta Delgada.  Staying closer to the centre you will find cobbled streets and small squares and a large boulevard, which is perfect for evening seaside walks.

Day 8: Ponta Delgada

Day 9: Join the transfer to the airport for the flight from Ponta Delgada to Funchal where you will spend 4 nights.

Day 10: Funchal: Situated in central Funchal and today more commonly known as Blandy’s Wine Lodge, this historic Madeira wine producer takes its original name from the convent that once stood on this site. A tour here offers an insight into the history of the wine and its development and evolution over its 200-year history, as well as an opportunity to taste various styles and vintages of Madeira.

Day 11: Funchal: The Jardim Botânico is set amidst the grounds of the former Quinta do Bom Sucesso plantation just a few kilometres outside Funchal, the city’s Botanical Gardens cover 35,000 square metres of terraced hillside and are awash with riotous floral colours and scents.

Day 12: Funchal: Be sure to visit the Sé Cathedral. Dating from the late 15th and early 16th centuries when it was commissioned by King Manuel I of Portugal, the beautiful Manueline Sé Cathedral represents Funchal’s most visited landmark and boasts intricate geometric designs across its distinctive wooden ceiling and an Arabic influence throughout. Inside the cathedral, you’ll find a silver processional cross, donated by the Portuguese king whilst outside is a statue of Pope John Paul II.

Day 13: Join the transfer to Funchal airport for the return flight to the UK.

Your Holiday Hotels

Our opinion…This hotel offers good facilities at a very affordable price. It is very popular due to its great location, walking distance to Marques de Pombal square and other main attractions.

Location... Set in a historical building facing the delightful park Eduardo VII, this city hotel is conveniently located just off Marquês de Pombal Square and close to Avenida da Liberdade with its elegant shops and boutiques

Accommodation… All the rooms are decorated in a classical style. Facilities include insulated windows, a working space and free Wi-Fi and are equipped with LCD TV, telephone, mini-bar, safe-box and hair dryer in the bath-room.

 Facilities... The hotel bar offers a wide variety of sandwiches, soft drinks, wines and local beers.

21 Reviews

Our opinion... Nice hotel in a good location.

Situated in the historical centre of Ponta Delgada, near all the public services main attractions.

Accommodation... All rooms are modern and functional, with en suite bathroom featuring a shower, bath and a hairdryer. Amenities include a direct dial telephone, LCD TV with cable/satellite channels, a safe and individually regulated air conditioning/heating.

24 hour reception and breakfast room.

 No Reviews

Our opinion… Good location just five minutes from Funchal sea front.

Location… The Orquidea Hotel is perfectly positioned for tourists, as it's close to all the major sights of the Old Town, such as the Town Square, Madeira Story Centre and the Botanical Gardens. The Monte Palace Gardens and the Funchal Sacred Art Museum are also nearby, as are the city's shops, restaurants, bars and cafes.

Accommodation… All room come with air conditioning, cable TV, internet access, telephones and a hairdryer. Certain amenities may be payable locally.

Facilities… The hotel has a restaurant serving international cuisine. There is also a sun-deck and snack bar.

2 Reviews

Your Holiday Price Includes

 Return direct flights from Manchester to Lisbon returning from Funchal
 Direct flight on 19/09/17 from Lisbon to Ponta Delgada departing at 1630 and arriving at 1755
 Direct flight on 23/09/17 from Ponta Delgada to Funchal departing at 0905 and arriving at 1210
 4 nights at the 3* Miraparque Hotel in Lisbon in a twin or double room
 4 nights at the 3* Matriz Hotel in Ponta Delgada in a twin or double room
 4 nights at the 3* Orquidea Hotel in Funchal in a twin or double room
 Return private airport transfers throughout
 UK Air Passenger Duty
 Airport Taxes
 Services of Our 24 hour duty manager
 Checked Baggage


01242 536900
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