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Portuguese Highlights

Explore historic, colourful Lisbon, and discover a verdant mid-Atlantic island idyll, on this two-centre holiday to Portugal.

This interest-packed Portuguese tour combines the colour, modern-day bustle and rich maritime history of Lisbon with the laid-back, sun-kissed elegance and style of Atlantic resorts Estoril and Cascais, and the lush, volcanic scenery of the main island of the Azoreas, São Miguel. Visit Europe's only working tea plantation and explore the scenic Furnas Valley from the delightful Azorean capital, Ponta Delgada, rest and relax in style, and make the most of a opportunity to join an optional whale-watching cruise.

What does this price include?

  • Three nights' bed and buffet breakfast accommodation at a four-star hotel in Cascais
  • Five nights' bed and buffet breakfast accommodation at a four-star hotel in Ponta Delgada
  • Two included dinners
  • Return flights to Lisbon
  • Return flights from Lisbon to São Miguel
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout

Your Itinerary

  • Arrive in Lisbon airport, meet your tour manager and transfer to your first hotel. Settle in, rest and relax, and spend your first Portuguese evening as you wish.

  • Join your tour manager for a guided excursion that will bring to life the Portuguese capital and its elegant neighbours. Discover Lisbon, the historic maritime city set on the bank of the River Tagus. See the ornate grandeur of the Belém quarter, or the Baixa’s tree-lined avenues. Perhaps hitch a ride on an historic tram, or sip a coffee in a pavement café.

    Your next stop will be Estoril, where the promenade and casino, palm-fringed lawns and dazzling flowerbeds still radiate an air of gentility and old-fashioned charm. From there it's back to chic Cascais, a Portuguese Royal retreat that has lost none of its allure despite the end of monarchy and its increasing popularity.

  • Enjoy a day of rest and relaxation in your hotel and its surroundings. The energetic might take a stroll along the promenade towards Estoril, while others head for the beach or Cascais' charming Old Town. You'll have the chance to explore more of Lisbon, or nearby, UNESCO-listed Sintra National Park, with its Moorish Royal Palace and ornate, colourful Pena Palace.

  • Early today we'll return to Lisbon Airport to catch the two-and-a-half-hour flight to the Green Island - largest and easternmost of the Azores. Once here you'll have a short transfer into the heart of Azorean capital, Ponta Delgada, and your hotel for the next five nights.

    An elegant, cosmopolitan city, Ponta Delgada boasts grand buildings, marbled squares, several ornate churches and a sweeping promenade overlooking its busy port and the ocean beyond. Enjoy an included dinner at your hotel this evening.

  • The first of your island excursions takes you, first, to the Santa Iria viewpoint. Take in the panorama of the northern coast, before calling at Europe’s only working tea plantation and factory, at Gorreana. Another spectacular view reveals the Furnas Valley and its beautiful lake, at the edge of which the village of Furnas and the Terra Nostra botanical gardens wait to welcome you. Enjoy a traditional lunch of Cozido das Furnas, a meaty stew prepared in underground ovens, and enjoy the beautiful gardens. Complete a wonderful day with a dip in a thermal pool before returning to Ponta Delgada.

  • Explore Ponta Delgada under your own steam, today, and discover a city that combines centuries-old traditions with the comforts of a modern metropolis. Several beautiful churches draw the eye, while the historic city centre is a treasure chest of elegant 17th- and 18th-century architecture and richly decorated merchants’ houses. Why not pause for lunch in one of the many restaurants, pass a pleasant hour or two in a café or bar, or take a stroll along the quayside?

    You'll also be able to join our optional whale-watching excursion for a chance to see some of the world’s largest mammals in their natural habitat.

  • Join your tour manager for a half-day visit to São Miguel's most striking natural phenomenon – the legendary Sete Cidades (Seven Cities) Lagoons, two lakes of differing blue-green hues formed by a dramatic volcanic caldera. Take in the sight from the King’s Viewpoint above, then descend to the lake shores and end a wonderful few hours with a visit to Europe’s only pineapple plantation.

    Back at the hotel, a second included dinner will be served this evening.

  • Spend a last day enjoying the amenities of the hotel or exploring Ponta Delgada once again.

  • Make the short transfer back to the airport to begin your journey home. Arriving back in Lisbon, you'll have time to enjoy two final holiday highlights, as you pay a visit to a wine cellar and then enjoy a last lunch, in the chic beach resort of Sesimbra, with its stretch of golden sand and fishing harbour.

    Return to the airport via the 17km-long Vasco da Gama Bridge - Europe’s second-longest - to catch your flight home at the end of a marvellous Portuguese holiday.

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Hotels

Lisbon and The Beautiful Azores Touring Hotels

You will be staying in two comfortable, conveniently located hotels.

Further Information

  • The transfer time to your hotel in Cascais will be approximately one hour and the transfer time in Sao Miguel will be approximately fifteen minutes.

  • We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

  • If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

  • The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

  • Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

  • Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

  • Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

  • Please note: The flight from Lisbon to Sao Miguel will depart midday and the return flight to Lisbon will land mid morning.

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