Best of Portugal: Lisbon, Madeira Island and Costa do Sol (June 28 - July 9, 2016)

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Best of Portugal: Lisbon, Madeira Island and Costa do Sol (June 28 - July 9, 2016)

2,399.00

TOUR PRICE:  The package price for this eleven days, all air-inclusive tour is only $2799.00 per person plus approximately $153.00 in air taxes.  

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From the moment I discovered that our hotel in Lisbon was located near Araujo Street (the correct spelling of my last name is Araujo), I knew I was going to have a fantastic experience in Portugal.  And I was not disappointed!  Portugal is a land where Americans, whether they are of Portuguese descent or not, can truly feel at home in the hospitality of a people marked by their openness and eagerness to distinguish themselves from the much more temperamental Spaniards.  All too often, foreigners visit Spain as their primary travel destination and either treat Portugal as an afterthought or ignore it altogether.  What a mistake!  In Portugal you will experience remarkable monuments to the Age of Discovery, spectacular coastal and inland scenery, impressive historical architecture, a coffee culture that puts Starbucks forever to shame (coffee shops in Lisbon are hundreds of years old), the BEST fish in the world, delicious Porto wine,  expressive Faro dancing and an economy that still presents itself as a bargain to the beleaguered American greenback.  In short, Portugal has everything that makes for an amazing European vacation--often without the crowds of other parts of the Continent.  

The Best of Portugal tour is a package designed to appeal BOTH to first-time visitors of Portugal and to those who visited Portugal in the past and want to see a different part of the country this time around.  We will begin our tour with three nights in Lisbon, the historic capital of Portugal, where we will explore the city and enjoy some of the nightlife in the form of a Faro show.   Next,  we will board a plane and take the two hour flight to the magical island of Madeira off the coast of the Atlantic, where we will continue our tour with four more  nights of rest and relaxation in an atmosphere of lush beauty.  Our accommodations will be in Funchal, the capital of Madeira Island, which we will use as our base to explore this fertile volcanic mass.  Perhaps along the way, we will run into some Britons, who for a long time now have understood and appreciated this "secret" of the Atlantic.  Lastly, we will travel to the south of Portugal to stay along the beach on the Costa do Sol (Coast of the Sun) for three final nights.  Also known as the Algarve, this gorgeous region of Portugal is famous for its many top-notch resorts and its proximity to such lovely towns as Sagres and Lagos. If you are tired of the typical Paris, London or Rome tours (not to discredit them, for these locations have their own merits), then I highly recommend that you join us on this rather special early summer vacation.  I am confident that like me and many others, you will come to be impressed by the loveliness of the Portuguese way of life.

BEST OF PORTUGAL TOUR FEATURES: Round trip non-stop trans-Atlantic air from Newark to Lisbon on TP (Air Portugal) with a return from Faro;  all private motor coach transfers to/from the airports and hotels in Portugal ; three nights in the four star superior first class Turim Avenida de Liberdad Hotel with breakfasts daily; a half day guided tour of Lisbon; an optional Faro dinner and show performance and an optional full day tour to Sintra (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Cape Roca and Obidos; domestic air transportation on TP from Lisbon to Funchal, Madeira Island; FOUR nights in the five star deluxe Pestana Grand Hotel in Funchal with breakfasts daily; a half day tour of Funchal and its environs; an optional full day island tour of Madeira; domestic air transportation from Funchal to southern Portugal on TP; three nights in the four star superior first class Tivoli Marina Portimao Hotel in the Algarve with breakfasts daily; a full day guided tour to Sagres and Lagos with lunch; a pre-departure orientation and dinner; and the services of a full-time ArawjoTours tour leader.