Portugal's Islands & Capital | Lisbon, the Azores & Madeira

Explore a unique blend of Portugal by combining its bustling capital city with its magical islands.

Explore Portugal's archipelagos and capital with this amazing air-inclusive travel package!

What's Included?

All flights and connections
Accommodations for your destinations
Expert trip manager
All taxes & fees

Why we love this deal:

  • This travel package takes the stress out of having to plan everything yourself. All you have to do is pack your bags and bring your adventurous spirit;
  • This deal enables you to discover the center region of our beautiful country at your own pace, as well as the main islands of both archipelagos; 
  • In Lisbon, make sure you enjoy a typical fado show in one of Lisbon's Fado Houses in the famous Alfama district, accompanied by an elegant glass of Portugal's outstanding wine. Also, head to the Elevador de Santa Justa, Cristo Rei and the Moorish São Jorge Castle for some of the most amazing views of Lisbon;
  • Nicknamed the “Island of Eternal Spring,” Madeira is the perfect setting for anyone looking to reconnect with nature and experience something truly extraordinary. Boasting mild weather and equally moderate ocean temperatures year-round, Madeira is a unique destination offering an endless array of activities for you to enjoy as you discover the island’s stunning natural beauty--by land or by sea.
  • São Miguel Island is a beautiful green jewel in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean - the Azores. With stunning lush landscapes, exotic plants, dormant volcanoes, hot springs, and surrounded by clean waters, São Miguel is the perfect vacation destination for adventure seekers and those looking for an off-the-beaten-path European destination.

Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrival in Lisbon

We recommended booking an early check-in and airport transfers in advance. 

Take the afternoon to stroll around Lisbon’s city streets.

Visit the Chiado, Baixa, Belém and Bairro Alto district (Bairro Alto is known for its nightlife scene). Highlights: São Roque church, São Pedro de Alcântara garden, the ruins of Carmo church, Santa Catarina viewpoint, Luís de Camões Square, Torre de Belém, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Pastéis de Belém, Augusta street, Terreiro do Paço, Santa Justa lift. Or book here your Lisbon Foodie Walking Tour. 

Suggestion for dinner: Lisbon Fado Night With Dinner

The Alentejo region of Portugal is a feast for all the senses, from its northernmost tip to its sunkissed southern shores. While the north offers visitors pastoral scenery, like horses grazing in the flatland, the central portion of the region is marked by the vast plain with rows of cornflowers blowing in the wind. As one makes their way to the Alentejo coast, wild and unmarred natural beauty awaits to awe and inspire. 

Highlights:

  • Sé Cathedral
  • Roman Temple
  • Capela dos Ossos
  • Giraldo Square
  • Évora University
  • Água da Prata aqueduct
  • Cromlech of Almendres

Or book here your Évora guided tour.

Flight to Madeira Island. 

We recommended booking an early check-in and airport transfers or reserving a car rental. 

Take the afternoon to stroll around Funchal’s historical streets and gardens. 

Highlights:

  • Monte Palace Tropical Garden
  • Madeira Botanical Garden
  • Funchal Cable Car
  • Church of Nossa Senhora do Monte
  • Monte Toboggan Ride
  • São Tiago Fortress
  • Mercado dos Lavradores

Or book here your Food & Wine walking tour of Funchal. 

 

Highlights:

  • Ribeira Brava
  • São Vicente
  • Seixal
  • Porto Moniz
  • Calheta 
  • Ponta do Sol 

Or book here your southwest guided tour. 

or 

Discover Madeira’s Eastern wonders

Highlights:

  • Santana
  • Machico
  • Pico do Arieiro
  • Ponta de São Lourenço 

Or book here your full-day guided tour. 

 

Situated in the Atlantic between Portugal and the coast of Morocco, Madeira is in a unique location at the intersection of many different flavors and influences. What can you expect to find on the menu here? Fresh tuna steak, fried cornmeal, kabobs, breads, mackerel, octopus, homemade couscous, wheat soup, and of course, loads of fresh fruit and delicious Madeira wine! 

Recommended experiences:

Flight to São Miguel Island.

We recommended booking an early check-in and airport transfers (or getting a car rental)  in the Azores as well. 

Take the afternoon to stroll around Ponta Delgada’s city streets. Ponta Delgada, the main city, is not only the hub of the island but the capital of the Azores. Ponta Delgada evokes all the charms of Europe with cobbled streets, sidewalk cafes, and a thriving culinary scene. Or book here your Ponta Delgada City Tour. 

Not to miss:

  • Portas da Cidade
  • Louvre Michaelense
  • Pineapple Plantations
  • Matriz Church

or 

Embark on a whale and dolphin-watching experience.

The Azores Islands are known for their unparalleled beauty and biodiversity, adored by outdoor adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. But what people may not know is that the Azores is also one of the fastest-growing whale-watching destinations in the world. Located in the Atlantic Ocean between Portugal and North America, the Azores are a permanent home and natural point of passage to more than 20 different types of whale and dolphin species, making the islands one of the world’s largest whale sanctuaries.

Book here.

Visit Sete Cidades (Lagoa das Sete Cidades, Lagoa de Santiago, Lagoa do Canário and Boca do Inferno Viewpoint) and take this opportunity to visit the neighboring village of Mosteiros - ideal for sunset! Once you’re in the west part of the island you can also indulge in an ocean thermal bath at Ferraria. 

Book here a guided tour around the western part of the island that will have you discovering this and much more in the company of a local guide. 

or

Take the day for a hiking adventure. 

Recommended hikes:

 

Head to the north side of the island to visit the Protected Natural Reserve of Lagoa do Fogo and take this change to visit (and maybe bath) in the thermal pools of Caldeira Velha. Once you’re here you can also visit the Salto do Cabrito waterfall! On your way to Furnas, we recimmend that you stop at Porto Formoso and Gorreana Tea Plantations (the only ones in Europe). In Furnas there’s just so much to explore, such as the lake, the Pico do Ferro Viewpoint, the Grená Park, the caldeiras, the fumaroles, the Terra Nostra Park, the Dona Beija hot springs and so much more. Make sure to try out the local delicacies: the cozido das Furnas and the bolos lêvedos! 

Book a Furnas guided tour here

 

Flexibility Policy

No Amendment Fees on Our End
We don’t charge for our work in changing the initial itinerary.
Full flexibility on Land Arrangements
Change the initial itinerary or cancel your land arrangements for any reason until 14 days before the trip, without penalty.
Support 7 Days a Week
Our experienced travel agents are are available 7 days a week (16 hours per day) to help with any questions.

About the Destinations:

Lisbon

Lisbon, the cosmopolitan capital of Portugal and Europe's second-oldest capital (after Athens), has now become the new "it" destination for tourists visiting Europe. This is "The City of the Sea", "The City of the Explorers", once home to the world's greatest explorers like Vasco da Gama, Magellan and Prince Henry the Navigator. Lisbon is also the first true world city, the capital of an empire spreading over all continents, from South America (Brazil) to Asia (Macao, China; Goa, India). 

São Miguel Island, the Azores

Often referred to as Europe's “Best Kept Secret”, the Azores have become an increasingly popular destination with year-round appeal for travelers. Just four hours from Boston, the Azores are now easier to access and explore than ever before. 

Enjoy the island's quaint fishing villages, seaside restaurants, and delicious seafood. Taste a superb meal cooked underground, known as cozido, and sample the locally grown sweet pineapple. There are numerous vacation activities to be enjoyed on the island, so take advantage of this great vacation package and come have an amazing adventure!

Madeira 

Discover the charming port city of Funchal, a cruise-ship hub and a historical and colorful city teeming with restaurants, cafés, and friendly locals. Explore the narrow streets paved in black and white stones and the city’s colorful and lively markets, and also indulge in delicious Portuguese food. Try the local fish, savor bolo do caco, and sip poncha as you people-watch under the sunny skies of Madeira. Enjoy the thrill of going down a hill on a traditional wicker toboggan, and admire the island’s typical houses and architecture. The options truly are endless in magical Madeira.

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