The Treasures of Portugal

Lisbon - Atlantic Islands - Lisbon

This voyage explores the richness of Portugal, from the historic mainland to verdant volcanic islands, including UNESCO World Heritage sites. Our route gives you the chance to discover gems like lovely Madeira and the isolated, golden beaches of Porto Santo. This journey offers a great mix of cities, villages and natural beauty, all enhanced by the expertise of our friendly Expedition team.

  • Explore the verdant, volcanic islands of the Azores
  • Discover the charm of Lisbon, Funchal and Porto Santo
  • Choose from among a wide selection of exciting excursions
  • Learn about the rich history of exploration at every turn from our Expedition team

Overview

Portugal offers so much to travellers: from rich history and exquisite architecture, to hidden natural pearls in the remote Azores. This journey offers the best of Lisbon and the fascinating Azores in a round trip expedition.

Seven hills of history

Starting and ending in Lisbon, this voyage gives you the chance to discover the steep streets and charming neighbourhoods of the Portuguese capital.

The Azores – the colours of nature

Each of our Azores destinations are unique and disctinctive. Explore the “green”, “purple” and “blue” islands with us!

São Miguel is studded with lakes and rolling hills, mountains and green plains. The island’s capital is the charming university town of Ponta Delgada.

Ilha do Faial´s amazing landscape is rich with the life that has sprung from it´s recent (1950´s) volcanic activity. The “blue” island is famed for its colourful hydrangeas and volcanic caldera.

Lovely and historic Angra was founded in the 15th century, an ideal stopping place for traders from the New World.

Also known as the “pearl of the Atlantic”, Madeira is a veritable floating garden in the Atlantic ocean, hosting rare and lush plant and animal life. Funchal is a modern, cosmopolitan city that offers inviting cafes, interesting shops, cobblestone streets and a magnificent natural setting.

The volcanic sand of Porto Santo has been said to have curative powers, prompting visitors from all over to this remote island. Enjoy a visit to these golden beaches.

Price includes: 

  • Hurtigruten Expedition in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanies landings and activities
  • Free tea and coffee

Not included: 

 

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Excursions and Gratuities

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Itinerary

The itinerary

This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather and wind conditions will determine our final schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience, and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

Departure 31 March or 17 September 2018

Departs From Lisbon, Portugal
Day 1
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Legendary Lisbon


Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is a legendary city with centuries of history, built on seven hills along the shores of the River Tejo. Take some time to visit world famous sites like Tower of Belém before embarkation on MS Midnatsol.

Day 2-3
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Towards volcanic beauty


Location: At sea

We sail west towards the volcanic archipelago of the Azores. These nine islands are the western frontier of Europe, and each has its own unique character. Our expert lecturers will prepare you for the upcoming visit. Take a little time to chat with your fellow travellers or just enjoy the deep relaxation of being at sea.

Day 4
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The green island


Location: São Miguel Island

Known as the “green island”, São Miguel is the largest of the 9 islands, studded with lakes and rolling hills, mountains and green plains. The island’s capital is the charming university town of Ponta Delgada. 

Join an excursion to the Sete Cidades Massif to see a volcanic crater and lake-filled caldera, and tour the otherworldly landscape of cones, pumice deposits, and lava domes. The scenic Lagoa das Sete Cidades is a highlight of this protected landscape, considered one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal.

 

Day 5
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The blue island


Location: Ilha do Faial

Ilha Azul – or the blue island – draws its nickname from the profusion of colourful hydrangeas that dot the landscape. This pearl of natural beauty is home to a thriving culture with rich heritage and traditions.

As a result of the the volcanic eruptions of 1957, the landscape here is a sublime mixture of lava rock and exotic vegetation, making Faial ideal for hiking, walking and bird watching.

On a clear day, we can spot the 2,351-metre high volcano, Ponta de Pico, Portugal’s highest mountain, on the neighbouring island of Pico.

Horta, on the east coast, is Ilha´s hub with a population of around 7,000, located on a charming bay.

Day 6
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The purple island


Location: Angra do Heroismo, Ilha de Terceira

Visit the lovely and historic capital of the archipelago. Angra was founded in the 15th century, prospering from its location as an ideal stopping place for traders from the New World. Take in the historic 16th century fortress of São João Baptista. Beyond the edge of town, with the Serra de Santa Barbara massif looming in the west, the island hosts a wild and hilly scenic landscape.

Day 7
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Madeira bound


Location: At sea

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

Day 8
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The floating garden


Location: Funchal, Madeira

Also known as the “pearl of the Atlantic”, Madeira is a veritable floating garden in the Atlantic, hosting rare and lush plant and animal life. The Laurissilva Forest, tracing back to the Tertiary period, is composed of evergreen species that were dominant in Europe 20 million years ago, but today is only found here and a few other isolated spots. Funchal is a modern, cosmopolitan city that offers inviting cafes, interesting shops, cobblestone streets and a magnificent natural setting.

Day 9
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The magic of golden sand


Location: Porto Santo Island

This place has been called “one long beach, with a bit of land attached”. The volcanic sand of Porto Santo has been said to have curative powers, prompting visitors from all over to this remote island. Enjoy a visit to these golden beaches. The rugged interior of Porto Santo is perfect for exciting excursions, walks, and has a lot to offer history buffs. After all, a little-known explorer named Christopher Columbus made his home on the island´s capital: Vila Baleira.

Day 10
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Relax and reflect


Location: At sea

The day is yours. Relax on deck or indoors, learn more from our lecture series, and compare memories with your fellow explorers as we sail towards mainland Europe.

Day 11
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Cruising up the Tejo


Location: Lisbon

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.

Arrival 10 April or 27 September 2018

Location Lisbon
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Excursions

Challenge your inner explorer and experience everything that Europe has to offer with our diverse range of optional excursions.

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