Hamilton Tours Ltd. with Collette Vacations presents…
We are pleased to promote the following Collette Program. Each pre-scheduled itinerary includes distinctive hotels, fabulous regional cuisine, local entertainment, sightseeing, ground transportation, directions, tickets and the services of a professional tour manager. You'll find that the price of these tours include so many features, that you pay less out-of-pocket money, meaning you get more value for your travel dollar on every Collette tour.
The Best of Portugal
featuring the Estoril Coast, Azores & Madeira Islands
March 15 – 27, 2013
Lisbon ● Folkloric/Fado Dinner Show ● Portuguese Riviera ● Fatima ● Obidos ● St. Michael Island-Azores ● Plantation Visits ● Ponta Delgada ● Sete Cidades ● Furnas Valley ● Nordeste ● Madeira Island ● Câmara de Lobos ● Cabo Girão ● São Vicente ● Porto Moniz ● Santana ● Monte ● Espetada Dinner/Show
13 Days ● 19 Meals: 11 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 7 Dinners
Day 1: Friday, March 15, 2013
Overnight Flight Your tour begins with Door to door sedan service with pick-up and transfer to airport within 100 km area of Pearson International Airport. Please note that we are limited to one pickup per room booking.
Day 2: Saturday, March 16, 2013
Lisbon, Portugal - Tour Begins Welcome to Portugal where Old World traditions continue to thrive. A three-night stay in Lisbon, four nights on the Azorean island of St. Michael and three nights in Madeira introduce you to medieval towns, coastal villages, natural landscapes, Portuguese cuisine, regional wines and folkloric entertainment. Tonight, begin your journey with a welcome dinner. (D)
Day 3: Sunday, March 17, 2013
Lisbon - Sintra - Cascais - Estoril - Lisbon A tour of Lisbon features the Moorish Alfama Quarter, Jeronimo’s Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage site), the Monument to the Discoveries, and the Tower of Belem (UNESCO World Heritage site). Later, explore the town of Sintra, another UNESCO World Heritage site and summer residence of Portuguese kings for six centuries. Continue to Cascais and Estoril, coastal resorts dotted with specialty shops. Tonight, enjoy regional cuisine complete with wine and Fado music. (B, D)
Day 4: Monday, March 18, 2013
Lisbon - Fatima - Nazare - Obidos - Lisbon Travel to Portugal’s “Silver Coast,” a region of sleepy villages, rich vineyards and age-old castles. Begin in the pilgrimage town of Fatima and see the famous Basilica. Next, view the magnificent Batalha Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage site). Continue to Nazare and picture-perfect Obidos, where white-washed houses are guarded by medieval city walls. (B)
Day 5: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Lisbon - St. Michael, Azores - Ponta Delgada - Sete Cidades Fly* to St. Michael, the largest of the nine volcanic islands that form the Azores archipelago. A walking tour of Ponta Delgada features the “Portas da Cidade” (The City Gates), the “Mosteiro da Esparança” with 17th century painted tiles, Saint Christ’s Church, the 16th century “Fortress of São Brás,” and the seashore promenade. A stop at a pineapple plantation is followed by a visit to the twin lakes of Sete Cidades (Seven Cities), one of the region’s most beautiful natural settings. Composed of two lakes inside a volcanic crater, it is the island’s most popular national park. From the edge of the crater one lake appears blue (reflecting the sky) and the other looks green (reflecting the ground). Your day concludes with a magnificent view of the coastal village of Mosteiros. (B, D)
Day 6: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Ponta Delgada - Lagoa do Fogo - Furnas Valley - Terra Nostra Park See the fascinating landscape of Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lake), a mystical lake surrounded by mountains. In Furnas Valley, experience a “cozido das furnas” lunch in which meat and vegetables are stewed in the heat of the volcanic earth. Afterwards, stroll through the botanical garden of Terra Nostra Park, home to the world’s largest collection of camellias. Next, explore caldeiras das Furnas, the town’s famous hot springs area. Finally, visit the Gorreana Tea Plantation to learn about timeless methods of tea production. (B, L)
Day 7: Thursday, March 21, 2013
Day at Leisure - Optional Whale and Dolphin Watching Excursion Enjoy a day at leisure exploring Ponta Delgada. An optional whale and dolphin watching excursion is offered. (B)
Day 8: Friday, March 22, 2013
Ponta Delgada - Ribeira Grande - Nordeste - Povoaçao Visit Ribeira Grande, known for its historic 16th and 17th century buildings. See the city hall, Church of Our Lady, and the eight-arch bridge, a symbol of the town. Next, discover the art of painted ceramics during a studio visit. Then, stop at a family-owned distillery to taste some of the all natural local liqueurs. Continue to the highest part of the island, scenic Nordeste. Your day ends in Povoaçao, home of the island’s first settlement and oldest church. (B, D)
Day 9: Saturday, March 23, 2013
St. Michael, Azores - Funchal, Madeira Fly* to Madeira Island, the “pearl of the Atlantic.” Madeira boasts a subtropical climate, majestic mountain ranges and volcanic caves. Discover Madeira’s history during a leisurely-paced walking tour of Funchal’s charming plazas, colonial mansions, 15th century cathedral and local market. Visit an embroidery factory for a first-hand look at this delicate craft. (B, D)
Day 10: Sunday, March 24, 2013
Funchal-Câmara de Lobos-Cabo Girão-São Vicente-Porto Moniz-Calheta Visit Câmara de Lobos, a traditional village with a wonderful bay. Continue along mountain roads, passing banana plantations and vineyards on your way to Cabo Girão, the world’s second highest cliff. São Vicente, a charming agricultural town, offers dramatic views. Travel the winding Gold Road and enjoy more spectacular scenery. Explore the lively fishing village of Porto Moniz, renowned for its natural volcanic pools. Also visit Calheta, home to a working sugar mill. Nearby Paul da Serra plateau offers additional amazing views. (B)
Day 11: Monday, March 25, 2013
Funchal - Camacha - Ribeiro Frio - Santana - Monte Wind through the mountains to Camacha, a village known for wicker crafts. In Poiso, visit the island’s third highest point, Pico do Arieiro. Next, visit Ribeiro Frio (“cold river”), famous for its trout farm. Continue to Santana, a village characterized by small triangular homes thatched with straw. Stop in Monte, perched on the hills overlooking Funchal. Celebrate your Madeira adventure with a traditional dinner known as “espetada.” Folk dancers and music entertain as you feast on a local dish of beef marinated in herbs and cooked over an open fire. (B, D)
Day 12: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Funchal - Lisbon Return to Lisbon and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Later, bid “adeus” to Portugal during a farewell dinner. (B, D)
Day 13: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Lisbon - Tour Ends (B)
Tour includes: Door to door sedan service with pick-up and transfer to airport within 100 km area of Pearson Airport, return flight from Toronto to Portugal and Interior flights, air taxes, hotel transfers and departure taxes, hotel accommodation, Hamilton Tours Ltd. Rep will accompany the group, 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners, admissions as outlined, Collette Tours Director, gratuity for Collette driver and Collette Tour guide & HST EXEMPT.
Cost per person: Twin $4495.00 & Single $5095.00
An initial deposit of $1000.00 is required at time of booking with the balance due on January 15, 2013
A valid Canadian Passport is required for this tour.
RBC Travel Insurance is available through our office at the time of booking at an additional charge.