Portuguese Islands | The Azores & Madeira

Discover the beautiful island chains of Portugal in one trip.

Discover these two beautiful archipelagos situated in the middle of the Atlantic!

What's Included?

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

Why we love this deal:

  • This is the perfect opportunity to explore two Portuguese archipelagos in one trip.
  • Our local team has hand-selected accommodations in the top locations for those who want to explore both islands.
  • Explore São Miguel Island's breathtaking views, enjoy the delicious regional cuisine, and mingle with the friendly locals! Go whale watching, discover the island by hiking its gorgeous trails, and relax on a black sandy beach;
  • Boasting mild weather year-round, unique traditions and culture, delicious cuisine, stunning landscapes, and exotic flora, and offering a variety of water and mountain sports, Madeira Island is a prestigious and multi-faceted European vacation destination;
  • You can customize your travel itinerary as you wish, adding more nights to your stay, additional experiences, or a car rental to make your trip even more special.

Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrival to Madeira Island

 It is recommended to book airport transfers (or to get a rental car) and an early check in.

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. Another alternative is to combine a jeep expedition with a short hike (book here).

Highlights:

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

Or book here your southwest guided tour. 

Highlights:

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

Or book here your full-day guided tour. Another suggestion is to combine a boat trip with a jeep tour (book here).

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:

It is recommended to book an early check-in and airport transfers (or to get 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 a ocean thermal bath at Ferraria. 

Book here a guided tour around the west 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 chance 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 recommend 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 Destination:

The Azores

The Azores are a stunning group of nine islands. Each with its own identity, beauty and charm, these jewels in the middle of the Atlantic are a must-visit destination. With this travel package, we take you to São Miguel, the largest island of the archipelago. Boasting lush landscapes that surround dormant volcanoes, exotic flora and beautiful crater lakes, and surrounded by clean waters, São Miguel is the perfect vacation destination for those looking for an off-the-beaten-path European destination.

Check out our Azores Travel Guide for more information and tips.

Madeira

Our flight and hotel package takes you also to exquisite Madeira - the Atlantic's pearl. With great warm weather all year round, a unique history and a ton of new flavors to explore, Madeira is the perfect combination for your Atlantic island vacation. Full of culture, amazing hiking possibilities and friendly locals, Madeira is a great island destination. Marvel at its scenic cliff views and enjoy the thrilling experience of coming down a hill on a traditional wicker toboggan. Taste the exotic fruits of Madeira and enjoy its delicious cuisine. Relax at a natural swimming pool and just have a grand time.

Check out our Madeira Travel Guide for more information and tips.

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Reviews

8.6 Based on 266 reviews
Barry, Virginia
04 Jun 2022
Wonderful. The staff at Azores Getaways was great. I actually got help from real people who spoke my language with no phone trees!
Jason, Nebraska
11 Nov 2019
Maderia and Sao Miguel were amazing places. The scenery was amazing as well as the people and culture.
Richard, New Hampshire
04 Nov 2019
A wonderful experience at a bargain price. Both Madeira and Sao Miguel deserve at least a week each but at least there was enough time at each to make one want to return to enjoy all the things we had to bypass for lack of time.
Barry, Virginia
04 Jun 2022
Wonderful. The staff at Azores Getaways was great. I actually got help from real people who spoke my language with no phone trees!
Jason, Nebraska
11 Nov 2019
Maderia and Sao Miguel were amazing places. The scenery was amazing as well as the people and culture.
Richard, New Hampshire
04 Nov 2019
A wonderful experience at a bargain price. Both Madeira and Sao Miguel deserve at least a week each but at least there was enough time at each to make one want to return to enjoy all the things we had to bypass for lack of time.
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Portuguese Islands | The Azores & Madeira
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