Azores and Madeira – Atlantic Island Exploration

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Duration: 11 Days

Departure:
April 30, 2021
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$ 4,156 per person
  • Learn about Portugal’s rich and diverse history with our Expedition Team
  • Explore the lush green volcanic islands of the Azores
  • Discover the charm of Lisbon, Funchal, and Porto Santo
  • Enjoy a warm and sunny subtropical climate
Golden sands at Porto Santo.
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Azores and Madeira
See Lisbon by tram.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
See Lisbon by tram.
Discover hidden gems.
Photo: shutterstock

Itinerary

This voyage explores the history and culture of Portugal from the mainland to verdant volcanic islands in the Atlantic. Our route offers a fascinating mix of cities, villages, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and natural beauty, including gems such as Madeira and the golden beaches of Porto Santo.
Day 1
Lisbon
Legendary Lisbon
Visit the famed Tower of Belem in Lisbon.
Visit the famed Tower of Belem in Lisbon.
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Built on seven hills along the shores of the River Tejo, Lisbon is a legendary city with centuries of history. Take some time to explore the city and experience world famous sites such as the Tower of Belém before embarkation.

Visit the famed Tower of Belem in Lisbon.
Visit the famed Tower of Belem in Lisbon.
Photo: shutterstock
Ride the tram to see the best of the city.
Ride the tram to see the best of the city.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Enjoy the ever-changing light at sea.
Enjoy the ever-changing light at sea.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Relax and enjoy time on the ship.
Relax and enjoy time on the ship.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Day 2-3
At Sea
Toward Volcanic Beauty
Enjoy the ever-changing light at sea.
Enjoy the ever-changing light at sea.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

We sail west toward the volcanic archipelago of the Azores. Our expert lecturers will prepare you for the upcoming visit. Take a little time to chat with your fellow travelers or just enjoy the deep relaxation of being at sea.

Day 4
Ponta Delgada, São Miguel
The Green Island
Get to know Ponta Delgada.
Get to know Ponta Delgada.
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Known as the `Green island,´ São Miguel is the largest of the nine islands, studded with lakes, rolling hills, mountains, and green plains. The island’s capital is the charming university town of Ponta Delgada.

Get to know Ponta Delgada.
Get to know Ponta Delgada.
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Breathtaking natural beauty on the island.
Breathtaking natural beauty on the island Sao Miguel.
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Explore unforgettable natural beauty.
Explore unforgettable natural beauty.
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Experience the deep blue waters of Faial.
Experience the deep blue waters of Faial.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Day 5
Horta, Faial
The Blue Island
Explore unforgettable natural beauty.
Explore unforgettable natural beauty.
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Colors on this island are not confined to green vegetation, blue sea, and white houses.  The breakwater is covered in murals, paintings, and ships’ names, part of a tradition that holds that good luck will follow sailors who leave their mark before setting off across the Atlantic.

The island´s long history of seafaring is evident everywhere.
Day 6
Angra do Heroísimo, Terceira
The Purple Island
Day 6
Angra do Heroísimo, Terceira
The Purple Island
The island´s long history of seafaring is evident everywhere.
The island´s long history of seafaring is evident everywhere.
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Visit lovely and historic Angra do Heroísmo on Terceira Island. Angra was founded in the 15th century, prospering from its location as an ideal trading port.

Charming Angra welcomes you.
Charming Angra welcomes you.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
The lounges are a great place to share photos.
The lounges are a great place to share photos.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Get to know your fellow explorers in a friendly atmosphere.
Get to know your fellow explorers in a friendly atmosphere.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Day 7
At sea
Madeira Bound
The lounges are a great place to share photos.
The lounges are a great place to share photos.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

Enjoy another idyllic day at sea, taking in the fresh sea air, relaxing with a drink or a book, and scanning for wildlife.

Welcome to Funchal.
Day 8
Funchal, Madeira
The Garden of the Atlantic
Day 8
Funchal, Madeira
The Garden of the Atlantic
Welcome to Funchal.
Welcome to Funchal.
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Funchal is a modern, cosmopolitan city that offers inviting cafés, interesting shops, cobblestone streets, and a magnificent natural setting to explore.

Quaint villages dot the coast.
Quaint villages dot the coast.
Photo: shutterstock
Discover hidden gems.
Discover hidden gems.
Photo: shutterstock
Golden sands at Porto Santo.
Golden sands at Porto Santo.
Photo: shutterstock
Explore the dramatic terrain.
Explore the dramatic terrain.
Photo: shutterstock
Day 9
Porto Santo
Golden Sand
Golden sands at Porto Santo.
Golden sands at Porto Santo.
Photo: shutterstock

Enjoy a visit to the golden beaches of Porto Santo. The rugged interior of Porto Santo is perfect for exciting excursions, and has much to offer history buffs.  After all, Christopher Columbus made his home on the island´s capital: Vila Baleira

Optional Excursions
  • Included
    Porto Santo Island Tour
    Your comfortable coach will take you to Portela, which overlooks the golden beach and the small town of Vila Baleira below.
Day 10
At Sea
Relax and Reflect
Indulge in the onboard amenities.
Indulge in the onboard amenities.
Photo: Oscar Farrera

We sail for Portugal´s mainland. Our lecturers will hold many interesting presentations to put your trip in historical context. Enjoy a final opportunity to relax and reflect with new friends.

Indulge in the onboard amenities.
Indulge in the onboard amenities.
Photo: Oscar Farrera
See Lisbon by tram.
See Lisbon by tram.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Visit the famed Tower of Belem in Lisbon.
Visit the famed Tower of Belem in Lisbon.
Photo: shutterstock
Ride the tram to see the best of the city.
Ride the tram to see the best of the city.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Day 11
Lisbon
Cruising up the Tejo
Visit the famed Tower of Belem in Lisbon.
Visit the famed Tower of Belem in Lisbon.
Photo: shutterstock

Early risers will be rewarded with a lovely view of Lisbon as we cruise up the Tejo river, ending our journey in the capital of Portugal.

Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.
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What's Included

Included in Your Expedition

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board.
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included excursions

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center, which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science program allows guests to assist with current scientific research
  •    Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  •    Use of the ship’s hot tubs, sauna with floor-to-ceiling window, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track
  •    Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come
  •   Loan of trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  •    Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
  •    Expedition photographers help with yourcamera settings before landings

Not Included In Your Expedition

  • International flights
  • Travel protection
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
  • Optional treatments in the onboard Wellness and spa area

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
  • No gratuities expected
A large boat in a body of water with a mountain in the background
Pool area on MS Fridtjof Nansen
Photo: Oscar Farrera
Science Center
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

Your Ship

MS Fridtjof Nansen

Year built 2020
Shipyard Kleven Yards, Norway
Passenger capacity 530 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m / 459 ft
Beam 23.6 m / 77 ft
Speed 15 knots
A large boat in a body of water with a mountain in the background

MS Fridtjof Nansen is the latest addition to Hurtigruten’s fleet of custom-built ships – and represents the next generation of expedition ships. She will explore some of the most spectacular corners of the globe.

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Suite MD on MS Roald Amundsen
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

Optional Excursions

Some expedition cruises may include excursions that can be reserved for no additional charge. These included excursions can often be combined with other excursions available in port.

Please note excursions are subject to change and are not yet available for booking for departures after March 2021.

A body of water with Porto Santo Island in the background A body of water with Porto Santo Island in the background

Porto Santo Island Tour Included

Duration

5h

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-PXO1

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