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Spain & Portugal in Depth 2015

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Post-trip: The Island of Madeira, Portugal

92% of our travelers rated this extension "Excellent" in 2014

After visiting Portugal’s mainland, discover the lush Atlantic island of Madeira, known as the “floating garden of the Atlantic.” From your base at a seaside hotel in Funchal, the island’s capital, you’ll enjoy a tour of this flower-bedecked and culturally rich city. Later, you can explore the east and west sides of the island on optional tours, or seek out the vineyards where Madeira wine is made.

It's Included:
Air transportation from Lisbon, Portugal, to Funchal, Madeira
Accommodations for 5 nights in Funchal at the Hotel Melia Madeira Mare or similar
5 meals: 5 breakfasts
Included tour: Funchal
Exclusive services of a Grand Circle Hospitality Desk representative
All transfers
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    After your discoveries of Spain & Portugal in Depth, fly to the stunningly beautiful island of Madeira, some 500 miles southwest of Lisbon, known as the "floating garden of the Atlantic." Enjoy the oldest tourist destination in Europe, known for the warm hospitality of the locals as well as its many scenic splendors. Fly from Lisbon to Funchal, Madeira's five-century-old capital. You'll be met at the airport and assisted to your hotel. After time to settle in, you're welcome to join a short orientation walk to get acquainted with your surroundings.

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    This morning, enjoy a tour of Funchal, as you stroll along cobblestone sidewalks that wind their way into plazas lined with statues, churches, and shops where embroidery and wicker ware are local specialties. You’ll be introduced to such traditions, particularly the famous embroideries of Madeira, on this tour. You'll also pass by historic monuments and museums that you may wish to revisit during your leisure time.

    You'll have free time this afternoon to relax or to get acquainted with Funchal at your own pace. Colorful houses and a profusion of flowers adorn the mountainsides above the city’s magnificent bay.

    Your evening is at leisure to discover Funchal’s wealth of cultural, entertainment, and dining possibilities.

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    Today is at leisure for you to discover the charms of Madeira on your own.

    Or join a full-day excursion to discover the best of western Madeira. First, you’ll visit a working fishing village, Camara de Lobos, to the south. Then view Cabo Girão, a point of striking beauty along the island’s shoreline, where the highest sea cliff in Europe rises over 1,900 feet from the ocean’s edge. Last, you’ll discover Porto Moniz, famed for its natural swimming pools.

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    Spend today as you please. Stroll among the many seaside cafes, shops, and gardens in Funchal. Perhaps you’ll visit one of the famed wineries—terraced vineyards on the island’s mountain slopes are the source of Madeira wine.

    Or join an optional full-day excursion to eastern Madeira. You’ll enjoy a closer look at three gems of the area on this excursion: Santana, a romantic village famed for its quaint cottages with their steep, thatched roofs; Ribeiro Frio, a natural park with its own trout hatchery; and the island’s second-highest peak, Pico de Arieiro.

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    Your final day in Madeira is for more discoveries at your own pace. You may choose to seek out the best gardens, admiring the profusion of color in plants like mimosa, bougainvillea, and bird of paradise.

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    • Meals included:

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.