(Faial Island, São Miguel Island)
From the wine and embroidery of Madeira, to the volcanic islands of the Azores, this exploration showcases the best of Portugal's wholly unique archipelago. Watch the modern-day intrepid come and go in the cosmopolitan yacht harbour of Horta, and visit Machigo where the early explorers first landed. Tour picturesque villages, gaze out at the sea from hilltop lookouts, and sip Port at small street side cafes. See an incredible diversity of landscape on this journey, from dramatic coastline to rolling green pastures - even tread upon Capelinhos - a new land mass formed a mere 50 years ago through marine volcanic eruptions. Explore a compelling cuisine, from trout hatched locally to pineapple from nearby plantations and tour lakes of vivid blues and electric greens.
Enjoy a private airport transfer in a chauffeur driven vehicle between the airport and your accommodation.
Enjoy a private guided half day your tour through Eira do Serrado, Curral das Freiras and Monte. Your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel and escort you to Pico dos Barcelos for a superb view of Funchal. You will wind your way up the mountain to the Eira do Serrado lookout, with a superb view over the village of Curral das Freiras. From here you will travel through the hills to Monte, the delightful picturesque village situated above Funchal, famed for its beautiful Church, pretty public gardens & the Toboggan run. Those who wish may be whisked down the 2 km run in this unique & infamous form of transport. Rounding off this delightful excursion is a visit to a local embroidery producer and where there will be time for a little wine tasting. No entrance fees included.
Enjoy a private vehicle and driver to chauffeur you on your full day tour of Camacha, Pico do Areiro, Ribeiro Frio, Santana and Machico. Visit Camacha, home to the famous wickerwork warehouse and see the breathtaking Pico do Arieiro, which is at 1810 metres above sea level the second highest summit on the island. Continue on to Ribeiro Frio and the notable trout hatchery, and venture to Santana, home of the ‘A’ framed cottages. Later in the day, follow the stunning north coast, visiting Porto da Cruz, Portela and its dramatic mountain views, and Machico where the explorers first landed. This tour does not include any entrance fees.
Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.
Depart your hotel with a private vehicle, driver and guide for a tour through the town of Horta, unique on the Azores, because of its cosmopolitan yacht harbour, which is the encountering point of the yachts sailing from all over the world, in their transatlantic voyages. Stop at Espalamaca Belvedere to enjoy the view over Horta, the harbour and its surroundings. Visit Caldeira located in the center, which is one of the most beautiful landscapes on the island. Caldeira is a natural protected area because of its unique vegetation. Continue on towards Capelinhos, a new land resulting from the marine volcanic eruption occurred in the ocean 1957 / 58. Have youre lunch at Varadouro, a Spa and summer Resort, with interesting natural swimming pools. Return to Horta, along the Coast, stopping at Ponta Furada.
Board the ferry and set over to Pico. From Pico with a private vehicle, driver and guide continue on to Arcos do Cachorro, which are impressive rock formations that create in combination with the ocean an exciting show of sound and colour. Your next stop is in the area of Misterios., where you will have lunch on route at a local restaurant. After lunch, visit the Whalers Museum and Madalena. On the way back, see a cheese factory and a wine cellar. You will also have the opportunity to taste the products. The ferry leaves at approximately 8.00 a.m., please ensure to be at harbour at least 15 minutes before departure.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.
Depart your hotel in a private vehicle with driver accompanied by a guide and head towards the most western part of the Island, where the Mountains and Lakes of ‘Sete Cidades’ are situated. Drive through the Southwest road, along the Coast through green pastures where cattle are grazing. Stop at the Belvedere of ‘Vista do Rei’, one of the most important panoramic spots of the Island, where the Blue and the Green Lakes, an enormous volcanic crater can be seen. Return to ‘Ponta Delgada’ through a Mountain Road, on the North Western part of the Island, stopping at ‘Pico do Carvão’ where the North and South coasts of the Island can be seen. In the outskirts of ‘Ponta Delgada’ stop to visit the Pineapple Plantations greenhouses to observe how this tropical fruit grows. Pineapple liqueur can be tasted at the Plantation. At the end of the tour you will be transferred to your hotel.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Pestana Bay has a magnificent view over the Atlantic Ocean and direct access to the beach. The Pestana Bay is one of the best situated hotels in Madeira. Sitting over Praia Formosa, which is considered by many as one of the best beaches in Madeira, the hotel has a panoramic view of the mountain slope rising above Câmara de Lobos. Pestana Bay provides free transport service to Funchal town, where there are dozens of bars and restaurants. The air-conditioned rooms at Pestana Bay include furnished balconies with ocean views and well-equipped kitchenettes. All rooms include cable TVs and a colourful bathroom with shower and bath. This hotel was named as the only Portuguese hotel group in the European Top 50, and has received the Environmental Quality Certificate.
Pousada Santa Cruz (4*) set in a 16th century fortress overlooking Horta Bay and Pico island. The Faial Airport is just 10 km from the hotel. Classified as a National Monument since 1947, the Santa Cruz Fortress offers modern rooms with cable TV and a minibar. This Pousada hotel features a swimming pool and regional restaurant. Most of the air-conditioned rooms have views of the marina. A breakfast buffet is served daily on the poolside veranda terrace. The swimming pool area is furnished with sun beds, tables and parasols. Indoors, there is a lounge with various seating areas and a bar with a piano.
Royal Garden Hotel (4*) is located in Ponta Delgada, 250 meters from the comercial neighborhood and 500 meters from the City Gates. The hotel has 193 rooms equipped with air conditioning, Internet - phone line connection,etc. Other amenities include restaurant, Piano Bar, Coffee Shop where you will be able to enjoy the comfort of the hotel, the tranquility of São Miguel Island and taste the local gastronomy.
Vanessa Oquendo ,
April 21, 2014
"Melissa Field was extremely helpful! She was courteous, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! She kept me updated on the status of everything and provided timely correspondence. She took ownership for any problems I had and remedied them. I had the most amazing time of my life in Iceland and Paris! I would not have experienced everything without the help of Kensington Tours."
Marilynn Weaver ,
April 21, 2014
"All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!"
Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
Coby Scherr ,
November 05, 2013
"Everyone involved in our Portugal trip made it terrific. Exactly as advertised. Every event on time and most pleasant. Guides were well-informed, courteous and friendly. Really made for a great journey every time. Each hotel was clean, upgraded and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly folks. Breakfasts were complete -- almost too much to eat. It will always be a wonderful memory thanks to Kensington Tours."
Couples Dellinger & Hubbell ,
November 06, 2013
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John Edstrom ,
October 22, 2013
"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
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October 19, 2013
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November 07, 2013
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October 07, 2013
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September 24, 2013
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