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Discover the beauty of Portugal and the island of Madeira

Discover the beauty of Portugal and the island of Madeira on this breathtaking holiday. Explore charming Porto and the Douro Valley, ride the iconic yellow tram through vibrant Lisbon, sip Madeira wine and stroll through the stunning gardens of Quinta do Palheiro on a delightful Fly:Rail tour.

Highlights
  • Douro Valley
  • Pastéis de Belém
  • Quinta do Palheiro Gardens
  • Tours of Porto, Madeira & Lisbon
  • Sintra
  • Santana
What’s Included
  • First Class Rail
  • 4-5* Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
    1 Lunch
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Portugal and Madeira 2017Tour Details

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Days 1-2 Porto
Porto

London to Porto

Our tour begins with a flight from London to Porto, our base for the next 3 nights. We settle in and enjoy dinner together this evening, beginning our explorations on Day 2 with a guided tour of Porto, the city which was once the very edge of the known world and a port from where daring explorers risked their lives to discover the New World.

Includes:
  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast
  • Day 2 - Guided City Tour
Day 3 Douro Valley
Douro Valley

The Douro Valley and Taylor’s Cellars

Today we travel by train along the delightful Douro Valley, the scenic region where much of Portugal's famous port wine is produced. Enjoy free time to explore this stunning UNESCO World Heritage site, before returning to Porto for a special dinner at Taylor's Cellars.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Douro Valley
  • Taylor's Cellars
Days 4-6 Lisbon
Lisbon

Lisbon by historic tram

Today we travel by First Class rail to Lisbon. On arrival, we enjoy a guided tour of this colourful city by historic tram. Considered to be one of the best ways to explore Lisbon, the iconic tram travels through the highlights of the city, using classic bright yellow carriages. We conclude our tour at Pastéis de Belém, a historic bakery that has made traditional treats since 1837. Day 5 is free, and on Day 6 we visit picturesque Sintra by Standard Class rail. This old Moorish city was recaptured by the Portuguese King Alfons I in 1147, and has since been the summer residence of the Portuguese kings and the aristocracy for more than 600 years. The most recognisable landmark here is the National Palace - or Palacio Nacional - with its huge white chimneys that are visible from across the city.

Includes:
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Days 5-6 - Breakfast
  • Day 4 - Guided City Tour
  • Day 5 - Free Day
Days 7-8 Funchal
Funchal

Madeira and Santana

We leave the mainland behind, with a flight to the archipelago of Madeira. This afternoon, we explore the capital city of Funchal on a guided tour, followed by a tasting of Madeira wine in a local cellar. On Day 8 we explore the villages of Madeira, including attractive Santana, with a local guide.

Includes:
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, dinner
  • Day 7 - Guided Tour of Funchal
  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 8 - Madeira & Santana
Days 9-10 Funchal Monte Palace Tropican Garden
Funchal Monte Palace Tropican Garden

Madeira’s Gardens

Today is free to explore at your own pace. On Day 10, we visit the glorious Quinta do Palheiro Gardens, famed for their wide variety of subtropical plants, set in the steep hills above Funchal.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 9 - Free Day
  • Day 10 - Quinta do Palheiro Gardens
Days 11-12 Flights
Flights

Return to London

We return to Lisbon today, where we overnight. On Day 12, we fly back to the UK.

Includes:
  • Day 11 - Breakfast, dinner
  • Day 12 - Breakfast
Special Event Madeira Flower Festival
Madeira Flower Festival

Madeira Flower Festival

Experience the best of Madeira's flora, with a visit to the vibrant Madeira Flower Festival included on our April 29th departure. Parading through Funchal with bright displays of flower-covered floats at the time of year when blooms are at their best, the festival celebrates spring with a dedication to the incredible array of flora that grows on the island, owing to a natural climate that sees plant life species from both cold and tropical regions thrive here.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included
What's Included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager
  • Flights from London to Porto, return flights from Lisbon to Madeira and from Lisbon to London
  • First Class rail unless otherwise described

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 11 nights' hotel accommodation, including 3 nights at the 4-Star Eurostars Heroismo in Porto, 4 nights at the 4-Star Portobay Marques in Lisbon, and 4 nights at the 5-Star Quinta das Vistas Panoramicas in Funchal

Delicious meals included

  • 19 meals, including 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 7 dinners, including dinner in Taylor's Port Cellars, where we enjoy traditional Portuguese dishes served with local wines and Taylor's port

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Discover Porto on a guided tour
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed Douro Valley
  • Guided tour of Lisbon by historic tram
  • Visit to the Pastéis de Belém bakery
  • Excursion to Sintra
  • Tour of Madeira with a local guide, followed by a wine tasting
  • Visit to the villages and valleys of east Madeira, including Santana
  • Visit to Madeira's glorious Quinta do Palheiro Gardens
Not Included
  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged.
Kathryn Cambridge
Kathryn
Lori Mcclaren
Lori
James Eaton
James
Phil Conde
Phil
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