9 days from $2,322 per person*
  • Private tours of the scenic village and mountain peaks of Madeira.
  • Explore Faial Island and its yacht harbor with private guide.
  • Walk around the stunning Lagoa do Capitao on Pico Island.
  • Discover the mountains and emerald lakes of ‘Sete Cidades’ on.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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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 take a mountain pass to Cabo Girão, the 2nd highest sea cliff in the world. Tour picturesque villages, gaze out at the sea from hilltop lookouts, and sip Port at small street side cafes. See an incredible diversity of landscapes 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 personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Funchal (Madeira)
    Funchal (Madeira)
    • Transfer - Private - Airport with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Assistant/Driver (Weekend & Bank Holidays)(2)
    • Portugal - Welcome Package(2)
    • Evening in Madeira with Dinner & Entertainment (Guide) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver (3)
  • Day 2 Funchal (Madeira)
    Funchal (Madeira)
    • Tour - Private - Camara de Lobos, Cabo Girao, Paul da Serra, Porto Moniz (Guide) (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver - Weekday(3)
  • Day 3 Funchal (Madeira) to Faial Island
    Funchal (Madeira) to Faial Island
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(3)
    • Flight (Not Included)
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Horta at Leisure
  • Day 4 Faial Island
    Faial Island
    • Tour - Private - Faial Discovery (6-7 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
  • Day 5 Faial Island
    Faial Island
    • Tour - Private - Pico (with Lunch) (7-8 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide/Ferry
  • Day 6 Faial Island to São Miguel Island
    Faial Island to São Miguel Island
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Flight (Not Included)
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Sete Cidades (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
  • Day 7 São Miguel Island
    São Miguel Island
    • Tour - Private - Furnas (with Lunch) (6-7 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
  • Day 8 São Miguel Island
    São Miguel Island
    • Tour - Private - Lagoa Do Fogo (with Lunch) (6-7 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
  • Day 9 São Miguel Island
    São Miguel Island
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Funchal (Madeira)

Meet your driver for a private airport transfer. For your added comfort, we will have an English speaking assistant waiting for you outside the customs with a sign with your name on it. Your representative will help you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.

A private vehicle, guide and driver will escort you to a carefully selected restaurant where you may indulge in the simple delights of Madeiran cuisine. Experience the culinary delights of Espetada, marinated beef cooked over the open fire on a skewer, milho frito, delicious golden fried maize or even the mouth-watering homemade garlic bread. Put these together with wine and energetic entertainment by a local folklore group and you can be assured of a very enjoyable evening out.

Accommodation: Suite Hotel Eden Mar (4*)

The first hotel of the chain, Suite Hotel Eden Mar, guarantees high levels of comfort and tranquility for its guests. Located next to the sea-side promenade that provides a scenic walk connecting the Lido area to the Câmara de Lobos town, it is close to the tourist area and shopping district. The Eden Mar is an integral part of the Vila Porto Mare resort and shares facilities with two other hotels - Porto Mare and The Residence – 5 pools, 4 restaurants, 6 bars, subtropical gardens and sports fields. The identity of each of the hotels is ensured though the separate reception areas and the types of rooms they offer. 

Funchal
Funchal
Suite Hotel Eden Mar
Suite Hotel Eden Mar

Day 2: Funchal (Madeira)

Enjoy a guided private full-day tour of Camara de Lobos, Cabo Girao, Paul da Serra, and Porto Moniz. After your guide and driver pick you up at your hotel, you will visit the fishing villages of Camara do Lobos and Ribeira Brava, travel along the south west coast as far as Pazeres, and climb the mountains to Paul da Serra (the famous mountain plateau). From the plateau you will descend to the north coast and the village of Porto Moniz, famed for its volcanic rock swimming pools, before experiencing the breathtaking drive along the infamous cliff-hugging north coast road to São Vicente. From this pretty village you will turn inland and travel up through a lush valley region to the mountain pass of Encumeada, and finally on to Cabo Girão (the 2nd highest sea cliff in the world). The day ends with a transfer back to your hotel. No entrance fees are included.

Accommodation: Suite Hotel Eden Mar (4*)
Camara de Lobos
Camara de Lobos

Day 3: Funchal (Madeira) - Faial Island

Enjoy a private airport transfer in a chauffeur driven vehicle. 

Flight is required, currently not included in the quote. Please contact your Destination Expert if you are interested in adding this service to the itinerary.

Meet your driver for a private airport transfer. 

Enjoy leisure time to explore Horta today. Wander down to the old harbor and view the paintings on the walls where captains of ships have left their mark. Browse the quaint shops or head to Porto Pim for a few hours. This quiet and idyllic beach is just a short walk from Hotel do Canal and features a soft sand beach and secure inlet for safe swimming.

Accommodation: Hotel Do Canal (4*)

On the seafront of the city of Horta on Faial Island, with stunning views of the Bay and the mountain of Pico, lies the Hotel Do Canal. The boutique hotel’s furnishings and décor are inspired by the water front; the marina, boats and seaplanes, telling the history of the island. The property offers several leisure facilities including a wellness area fitted with a Jacuzzi, steam bath, hairdresser, massage and gymnasium. The hotel restaurant and bar offers house specialties and refreshing cocktails for guests to enjoy.

Faial
Faial
Hotel Do Canal
Hotel Do Canal

Day 4: Faial Island

Depart your hotel with a private vehicle, and driver-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. Take a guided tour to the interpretation centre of the Capelinhos volcano. Afterwards, return to your hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Do Canal (4*)
Horta Harbour
Horta Harbour

Day 5: Faial Island

Meet your private driver-guide at the maritime station of Madalena. Your first stop on your tour is the Santa Luzia's Museum Center, a classified UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Whaling Industry Museum, and the whale watching tower in Sant'Ana, located 200 meters above sea level. Learn about the flora and fauna along a guided two hour walk in Sant'Ana. Next, visit Santo Antontio's Furna, classified as a nature reserve and an important nesting site for seabirds. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant (included), and afterwards take a small walk along the passage by Lagoa do Capitao. As you make your way back to Madalena, return by the plateau which offers a panoramic view of the Pico Mountain. Entrance fees are not included.

Accommodation: Hotel Do Canal (4*)
Pico Island
Pico Island

Day 6: Faial Island - São Miguel Island

Meet your driver for a private airport transfer. 

Flight is required, currently not included in the quote. Please contact your Destination Expert if you are interested in adding this service to the itinerary.

Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.

Depart your hotel with a private vehicle with a driver-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. Enjoy a hike along the Cumeeiras walking trail and keep your eyes open for exotic species of the Azorean flora. Afterwards you will travel back to the center of Sete Cidades Villages, and return to your hotel in Ponta Delgada.

Accommodation: Marina Atlantico (4*)

Hotel Marina Atlantico is located in the heart of Ponta Delgada. Ponta Delgada is the largest and most populated city of the Azores. The airport is just 4 kilometers from the city. The building is a modern property made of glass and volcanic stone located right in front of the marina, overlooking the sea. The hotel has beautifully appointed guestrooms, all of which have been nicely decorated and some of them have a balcony facing the sea and the marina. The restaurant Escuna serves international cuisine and Bar Palhabote serves snacks and drinks. Hotel Marina Atlantico features many leisure facilities including indoor heated pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, Turkish bath, Beauty salon and massage treatments.

Sao Miguel
Sao Miguel
Hotel Marina Atlantico
Hotel Marina Atlantico

Day 7: São Miguel Island

You will be picked up by your private driver-guide, and depart towards the northern region to Gorreana. Once you have arrived, you will visit the tea factory and its plantations. A stop at Pico do Ferro viewpoint will also be made, where you can observe the most ancient volcanic crater, the Lagoa das Furnas.  Next you will descend to the Frunas valley to Lagoa das Furnas, and have a chance to see how the famous dish “cozido das Furnas” is prepared. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before visiting the famous botanical garden Terra Nostra Park, with the possibility to swim in the thermal pool or have a guided tour (not included). Upon returning to your hotel, you will make a stop in Franca do Campo, the first capital of the island.

Accommodation: Marina Atlantico (4*)
Lagoa das Furnas
Lagoa das Furnas

Day 8: São Miguel Island

You will be picked up from your hotel, and depart towards Pico da Barrosa. Here you will take a hike to enjoy gorgeous views of the shimmering Lagoa do Fogo. Leaving Pico da Barrosa you will make a stop in Caldeira Velha (entrance not included), an important site of the fire volcano, and you may have the opportunity to have a thermal bath. For lunch you will dine in a local restaurant, before continuing to visit the regional liquors factory and the Ribeira Grande city which beholds beautiful baroque architecture from the XVII and XVIII centuries. (This in an active tour, the hike is medium difficulty for about 2hrs -2hrs 45 mins.)

Accommodation: Marina Atlantico (4*)
Lagoa do Fogo
Lagoa do Fogo

Day 9: São Miguel Island

Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.

Accommodation:
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Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Suite Hotel Eden Mar (4*): Funchal (Madeira)

The first hotel of the chain, Suite Hotel Eden Mar, guarantees high levels of comfort and tranquility for its guests. Located next to the sea-side promenade that provides a scenic walk connecting the Lido area to the Câmara de Lobos town, it is close to the tourist area and shopping district. The Eden Mar is an integral part of the Vila Porto Mare resort and shares facilities with two other hotels - Porto Mare and The Residence – 5 pools, 4 restaurants, 6 bars, subtropical gardens and sports fields. The identity of each of the hotels is ensured though the separate reception areas and the types of rooms they offer. 

Suite Hotel Eden Mar
Suite Hotel Eden Mar

Hotel Do Canal (4*): Faial Island

On the seafront of the city of Horta on Faial Island, with stunning views of the Bay and the mountain of Pico, lies the Hotel Do Canal. The boutique hotel’s furnishings and décor are inspired by the water front; the marina, boats and seaplanes, telling the history of the island. The property offers several leisure facilities including a wellness area fitted with a Jacuzzi, steam bath, hairdresser, massage and gymnasium. The hotel restaurant and bar offers house specialties and refreshing cocktails for guests to enjoy.

Hotel Do Canal
Hotel Do Canal

Marina Atlantico (4*): São Miguel Island

Hotel Marina Atlantico is located in the heart of Ponta Delgada. Ponta Delgada is the largest and most populated city of the Azores. The airport is just 4 kilometers from the city. The building is a modern property made of glass and volcanic stone located right in front of the marina, overlooking the sea. The hotel has beautifully appointed guestrooms, all of which have been nicely decorated and some of them have a balcony facing the sea and the marina. The restaurant Escuna serves international cuisine and Bar Palhabote serves snacks and drinks. Hotel Marina Atlantico features many leisure facilities including indoor heated pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, Turkish bath, Beauty salon and massage treatments.

Hotel Marina Atlantico
Hotel Marina Atlantico
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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