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Cultural Treasures & Enchanting Azores

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Experience the best of Portugal on a spellbinding journey through its most inspiring destinations. Explore Lisbon and the fairytale castles of Sintra before traveling to Fatima, filled with spiritual landmarks. Uncover the heart of Porto, known for its delicious wine before heading to the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores to discover its volcanic landscapes and enchanting culture. 

1st Day: Canada - Night on board

Ready to discover the spectacular cities and landscapes of Portugal? Arrive at your departure airport, ready to catch a flight to Lisbon.* Night on board.

* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: Lisbon

Touch down in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, known for its dramatic coastline and pastel-colored buildings. Transfer to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Why not explore the oldest parts of the city to admire the ornate architecture or simply enjoy the views of the River Tagus from one of the many riverside cafes and bars. Overnight stay in Lisbon.

3rd Day: Lisbon

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, set off on a full day tour of Lisbon for an eye-opening overview of this incredible city. Begin with a fascinating walking tour of Alfama, one of the oldest areas in the city, perched upon the hillside with spectacular views across the sprawling cityscape. End your morning tour at the church of the Monastery of Jeronimos, home to the tomb of Vasco da Gama and the famous poet Camões. Stop for a moment to contemplate the incredible Belem Tower before heading to the Pasteis de Belem for a mouth-watering pastry tasting session. Be sure to try a delicious Portuguese Tart, perhaps the most famous pastry in the country. In the afternoon, explore the city center on a walking tour around the Praça do Comércio Square and Rossio Square before enjoying some free time to discover the city at your own pace. Overnight stay in Lisbon.

4th Day: Lisbon - Sintra - Lisbon

Breakfast at the hotel. Set off on an excursion to Sintra, an unforgettable town and UNESCO World Heritage Site, filled with 19th-century Romanticist architecture, fairytale castles and exquisite gardens. Here you'll visit the Quinta da Regaleira Gardens and Palace considered the most enigmatic of all the estates in Sintra. The palace is a fusion of ornate and colorful architectural styles but the main attraction is the extensive gardens, filled with symbolism and intriguing constructions. After the tour, enjoy free time in Sintra to explore at your own pace. In the afternoon head to Cape Roca, the most westerly point of the European continent. Here you can soak up the views of the Atlantic Ocean and explore the village of Cascais, once the chosen beach destination of the aristocracy. Return to Lisbon and enjoy the remainder of the day exploring the delights of this cosmopolitan city at your leisure. Overnight stay in Lisbon.

5th Day: Lisbon - Obidos - Nazare - Fatima

Breakfast at the hotel. Head to Obidos today, one of the best-known villages in Portugal thanks to its magical cobblestone streets and charming architecture, enclosed within medieval city walls. Next, visit Nazare, a surfers paradise, home to some of the largest waves in the world and the most popular beach destination on the Silver Coast. Finish the day in the historic and fascinating city of Fatima, one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Catholics. Sacred sights here include the Capelinha das Aparições, where the Virgin Mary is believed to have appeared to local children in 1917, the Basílica de Nossa Senhora do Rosário, with its golden angels, and the modern church of Igreja da Santíssima Trindade. Spend the evening at your leisure, discovering the sights and sounds of this beautiful city at your own pace. Overnight stay in Fatima.

6th Day: Fatima - Coimbra - Aveiro - Porto

Breakfast at the hotel. Bid farewell to Fatima today as you set off for Coimbra, once the capital of Portugal and today a student city, home to the oldest university in the country. Explore the historic center and see the Romanesque Coimbra Cathedral. We recommend, an optional tour of the University of Coimbra Library* said to be one of the most beautiful in the world. In the afternoon, head for the Bussaco Forest to explore the ancient woodland, a natural haven used by Franciscan monks for solitude and meditation. Make time for some unforgettable photo opportunities before proceeding to Aveiro to enjoy free time admiring the canals and Art Nuevo buildings of this unique city. As the day draws to a close, travel to Porto, in northern Portugal on the banks of the Douro River. With its stunning Old Town, Porto is one of the highlights of any trip to Portugal. Spend the evening at your leisure, exploring the city's atmospheric streets. Overnight stay in Porto.

*Optional University of Coimbra Library Excursion: Visit the captivating University of Coimbra Library, a historic center for learning with a spectacular interior, home to many rare and important books and manuscripts. 

7th Day: Porto

Breakfast at the hotel. Begin the day with a panoramic tour of Porto to see the main attractions of the city such as the exterior of Clérigos Tower, Aliados Avenue and the impressive Sao Bento train station. Afterwards, visit Bolsa Palace, a stunning 19th-century neoclassical Stock Exchange and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to the Church of Saint Francis, decorated with ornate golden gild work, typical of the Portuguese Baroque era. In the afternoon, soak up the delights of Porto at your own pace, admiring the famous tiled facades or sampling the authentic local port in a cosy cafe. Alternatively, we recommend an unforgettable boat tour on the River Douro.* Overnight stay in Porto.

*Optional River Douro Boat Tour: In the afternoon, set off on an unforgettable boat tour on the Douro River to enjoy spectacular views of the city. After cruising on the river, visit a local port wine cellar and enjoy a tasting session of this typical Portuguese drink. 

8th Day: Porto - Lisbon

Breakfast at the hotel. Leave Porto this morning, headed for Tomar to visit the famous Convent of Christ complex, once a stronghold of the Templars in the 12th-century. Uncover the history of the Templars in Portugal, including the beautiful medieval chapel and the ornate cloister, a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture. Explore this fascinating UNESCO World Heritage site before enjoying some free time in the city center. In the afternoon, return to the capital of Lisbon and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure to soak up the ambience of this lively city or to do some last-minute shopping. Overnight stay in Lisbon.

9th Day: Lisbon - Sao Miguel Island, Azores

Breakfast at the hotel.* At the indicated time, transfer to Lisbon airport to catch a flight to Sao Miguel Island in the Azores.* The largest island in the Portuguese Azores archipelago, Sao Miguel is known for its breathtaking volcanic scenery, beautiful flora and captivating marine life. Arrive and transfer to the hotel in Ponta Delgada. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure, soaking up the striking Gothic architecture of this capital of the Azores. Overnight stay in Ponta Delgada.

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

10th Day: Sao Miguel Island, Azores

Breakfast at the hotel. Set off this morning for Sete Cidades, a three-mile-long volcanic crater lake, home to all kinds of fascinating sights. Begin with a tour of a pineapple plantation to observe the growing phases of this delicious tropical fruit and to taste a local pineapple liqueur. Continue to stunning Pico do Carvao, which boasts brilliant views across the central part of Sao Miguel island. At Vista do Rei viewpoint you can enjoy the epic landscapes of Sete Cidadaes. Descend into the crater to admire Lagoa de Santiago before returning to Ponta Delgada. In the afternoon, enjoy a half-day tour to Lagoa do Fogo, a volcanic crater lake in the center of the island. Journey down the south coast in the direction of Pico da Barrosa and admire the captivating views of the lake from the viewpoint. Descend to Caldeira Velha, where you have the opportunity to bathe in the hot water springs before heading to historic Riberia to enjoy a walking tour of its old town, admiring the architecture and stopping to sample the traditional local liqueurs. Return to Ponta Delgada via the picturesque north coast of the island. Overnight stay in Ponta Delgada. 

11th Day: Sao Miguel Island, Azores

Breakfast at the hotel. Get ready for an action-packed day of sightseeing in the Furnas Valley, known for its volcanic activity and hot springs. Set off to Vila Franca do Campo, once the capital of the Azores, where you can sample the delicious traditional pastries known as 'Queijadas da Vila'. Next, descend into the Furnas Valley, starting with a visit to Terra Nostra Park, a shining example of the romantic 18th-century gardens of the Azores. Admire the rich and fragrant vegetation with the option to enjoy a relaxing dip in a thermal pool. Afterwards, head to the Caldeiras, situated next to the famous Furnas Lake, to watch a cooking demonstration where you'll learn how to cook using the natural heat of the caldeiras. Tuck into traditional cozido for lunch at a local restaurant before exploring more of the sights of the Furnas Valley such as the hot springs and fumaroles as you learn about everyday life in this volcanic environment. On the way back to Ponta Delgada, stop at the Pico do Ferro Viewpoint for unforgettable views of this unique landscape. Overnight stay in Ponta Delgada. 

12th Day: Sao Miguel Island, Azores

Breakfast at the hotel. Take a day at your leisure to explore the delights of the Azores at your leisure. Get to know the local culture, enjoy the unique climate of this Atlantic archipelago and take some time for sightseeing in the capital. We recommend an optional Dolphin and Whale-Watching excursion or a City Tour of Ponta Delgada.* Overnight stay in Ponta Delgada.

* Optional Dolphin & Whale Watching Excursion: Set off on a 4-hour dolphin and whale watching excursion to discover the most famous inhabitants of the Azores wildlife-rich waters. The most frequently sighted whales in the Azores are the sperm whale, sei whale and fin whale, whilst both bottle-nosed dolphins and common dolphins are also numerous.

Optional City Tour of Ponta Delgada: Get a great overview of this unique and historic city on a 4-hour city tour. See all the unmissable landmarks such as the church of St. Sebastian, the Convent and Chapel of Our Lady of Hope and much more as you soak up the atmosphere of this striking island capital. 

13th Day: Sao Miguel Island, Azores - Canada

Breakfast at the hotel.* At the indicated time, transfer to the Azores airport for your return flight back to Canada.* Arrive in Canada and end your trip.

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

13 days trip including flights*

12 days and 11 nights in destination

1

YTO - LIS

2

YTO - LIS

Lisbon

3

Lisbon

4

Lisbon

5

Fatima

6

Porto

7

Porto

8

Lisbon

9

Ponta Delgada

10

Ponta Delgada

11

Ponta Delgada

12

Ponta Delgada

13

PDL - YTO

* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.

The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.

Accommodation: 11 Nights

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Included activities

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Included

Full day tour of Lisbon

An eye-opening overview of this incredible city. Walking tour of Alfama, Monastery of Jeronimos, Belem Tower, Pasteis de Belem for a mouth-watering pastry tasting session and explore the city center.
Included activity for day 3
Included

Excursion to Sintra

Visit the Quinta da Regaleira Gardens and Palace considered the most enigmatic of all the estates in Sintra. In the afternoon head to Cape Roca and explore the village of Cascais.
Included activity for day 4
Included

Bussaco Forest

Explore the ancient woodland, a natural haven used by Franciscan monks for solitude and meditation.
Included activity for day 6

Available Activities

Activities availability is subject to departure dates and itinerary selected.
See the price of optional activities after selecting the date in the next step
Optional

University of Coimbra Library Excursion

Visit the captivating University of Coimbra Library, a historic center for learning with a spectacular interior, home to many rare and important books and manuscripts.
Suggested activity for day 6
Optional

River Douro Boat Tour

Set off on an unforgettable boat tour on the Douro River to enjoy spectacular views of the city. After cruising on the river, visit a local port wine cellar and enjoy a tasting session of this typical Portuguese drink.
Suggested activity for day 7
Optional

City Tour of Ponta Delgada

Get a great overview of this unique and historic city on a 4-hour city tour. See all the unmissable landmarks such as the church of St. Sebastian, the Convent and Chapel of Our Lady of Hope and much more
Suggested activity for day 12
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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. 
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  • Departures from main canadian airports.
  • International flights: Canada - Lisbon; Sao Miguel Island, Azores - Canada.
  • Internal flight: Lisbon - Sao Miguel Island, Azores.
  • 11 nights accommodation in Charm category hotels. *
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  • 11 breakfasts and 1 lunch.
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary with an English-speaking guide. **
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  • Air taxes and fuel surcharge.

Not included

Tax*, drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

* Approximately €2 per person, per night in Lisboa and Porto.

Please note: Travelers are required to pay a municipal tax (approximately €2 per person, per night) directly to the hotels in Lisbon and Porto upon departure. A credit card must be presented as a guarantee to the hotels upon arrival.

* Hotel rooms in Portugal are usually equipped with one double bed. If you require twin beds, please let us know at the time of booking and we will try our best to accommodate your request, although it cannot always be guaranteed.

** In the event of closures or special events, the order of the itinerary may change. In this case, all tours and excursions mentioned in the itinerary will go ahead, but possibly in a different order.

  • Entry requirements
    Identity Card.
  • Visa
    No visa is required.
  • Currency
    Euro.
  • Language
    Portuguese.
  • Electricity
    230 V. No adapter required.
  • Health
    There are no mandatory vaccinations for travellers from EU countries.
  • Time zone
    UTC.
  • Other useful information
    The price of petrol is much higher than in Spain.
  • Tourist Office website
    http://www.visitportugal.com

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or canceled without prior notice.

 

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