Azores and Madeira – Atlantic Island Exploration

Resort: Azores and Madeira – Atlantic Island Exploration
Operator: Hurtigruten
Destination: Europe
Price From: £2465.00

Overview

This voyage explores the history, culture, and influence of Portugal, from the mainland to its verdant volcanic islands in the Atlantic. Our route offers a mix of cities, villages, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and natural beauty, including gems like Madeira and the isolated, golden beaches of Porto Santo.

Itinerary

Day 1 Lisbon

Built on seven hills along the shores of the River Tejo, Lisbon is a legendary city with centuries of history. Take some time to explore the city and experience world famous sites like the Tower of Belm before embarkation.

Day 2-3 At sea

We sail west towards the volcanic archipelago of the Azores. Our expert lecturers will prepare you for the upcoming visit. Take a little time to chat with your fellow travelers or just enjoy the deep relaxation of being at sea.

Day 4 Ponta Delgada, So Miguel

Known as the green island, So Miguel is the largest of the nine islands, studded with lakes and rolling hills, mountains and green plains. The islands capital is the charming university town of Ponta Delgada.

Day 5 Horta, Faial

Colours on this island not confined to green vegetation, blue sea and white houses. The breakwater is covered in murals, paintings and ships names, part of a tradition that holds that good luck will follow sailors who leave their mark before setting off across the Atlantic.

Day 6 Angra do Herosimo, Terceira

Visit lovely and historic Angra do Herosmo on Terceira Island. Angra was founded in the 15th century, prospering from its location as an ideal trading port.

Day 7 At sea

Enjoy another idyllic day at sea, taking in the fresh salt air, relaxing with a drink or a book, and scanning for wildlife in the living ocean.

Day 8 Funchal, Madeira

Funchal is a modern, cosmopolitan city that offers inviting cafs, interesting shops, cobblestone streets and a magnificent natural setting to explore.

Day 9 Porto Santo

Enjoy a visit to the golden beaches of Porto Santo. The rugged interior of Porto Santo is perfect for exciting excursions, and has much to offer history buffs. After all, a little-known explorer named Christopher Columbus made his home on the islands capital: Vila Baleira.

Day 10 At sea

We sail for Portugals mainland. Our lecturers will have many interesting presentations to put your trip in perspective. Enjoy a final chance to relax and reflect with new friends about the adventures of the past weeks.

Day 11 Lisbon

Early risers will be rewarded with a lovely view of Lisbon as we cruise up the Tejo river, ending our journey in the capital of Portugal.

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