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Walking Madeira: Portugal’s Isle of Flowers By Foot

Program Number: 20367RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/11/2013 - 3/21/2013; 3/16/2015 - 3/26/2015; 10/5/2015 - 10/15/2015;
Duration: 10 nights
Location: Portugal
Price starting at: $3,432.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Walking/Hiking Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 19; 9 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian    

With its reputation as the “Isle of Flowers,” Madeira’s rich, volcanic soil and lavedas — or carriage ways and mini-canals — offer pristine walkways that wind along its coastlines, weave through gardens and lead to the islands most scenic vistas. Meander along one of Portugal’s most beautiful regions as you join local experts for a walking exploration of Madeira’s capital city of Funchal, a city wedged between the sea and mountain slopes.




Highlights

• Admire the indigenous plants of the Botanical Gardens on the grounds of the Quinta do Bom Sucesso.
• Savor Portuguese BBQ during an excursion to the pristine island of Ponta de Sao Lourenco.
• Visit the colorful market where local purveyors offer fresh fish, vegetables and fruit.



Activity Particulars

Low level walks of 3-5 miles, approximately 2-4 hours per day. Elevations up to 5964 feet, with 500-800 feet elevation change over two miles. Private coach or local transportation to travel to different day locations. Sturdy walking/hiking shoes are required (ankle-high shoes are not required, but highly recommended).



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Lisbon, 1 night; fly to Funchal, 7 nights; fly to Lisbon, 1 night; departure.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Lisbon
1 night
Fly to Funchal (Madeira)
7 nights
Fly to Lisbon
1 night
Departure

Begin your exploration of Madeira with a walk to the town center, taking in the breathtaking coastline and sunset. Walk along the Levada and delight in the local gardens, vineyards and neighborhoods before stopping to admire the steep Cabo Girao coast. An excursion to the Botanical Gardens allows for an opportunity to study indigenous plants while a visit to Camacha offers a look into the local basket-making industry. Stroll along the plateau of Paul de Serra and relax in the natural pool in Porto Moniz. Savor the flavors of traditional Portuguese BBQ in Ponta de Sao Lourenco and admire the thatched cottages of Santana. Walk through the markets of Funchal where fresh vegetables, seafood and fruit are sold before paying a visit to the city’s cathedral. Enjoy an independent afternoon to explore the city of Lisbon before departure.




Portugal

This small Iberian country has much to brag about, being home to the first modern Europeans to set sail and conquer the globe. Enjoying what would be called today super-power status in the 15th and 16th centuries, modern Portugal is a country where the past is remembered on the streets of its quiet cities, sung amid its vineyards, and toasted to in bars and restaurants.



Accommodations
Lisbon: Hotel convenient to the airport. Funchal: Four-star hotel with views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Meals and Lodgings
   Holiday Inn Lisbon
  Lisbon, Portugal 1 night
   Pestana Village
  Funchal - Madeira, Portugal 7 nights
   Holiday Inn Lisbon
  Lisbon, Portugal 1 night
 Holiday Inn Lisbon
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Holiday Inn Lisbon is a modern hotel located in the bustling city center of Lisbon. It is situated near many metro stations and is only a 15-minute drive from the airport.
  Contact info: Av. Antonio Jose De Almeida, 28-A
Lisbon,  1000-044 Portugal
phone: +351 210 044 000
web: www.holidayinn.com/hotels
  Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, coffee & tea maker, mini bar, wireless Internet access (for a fee) and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: This hotel offers a restaurant, bar, fitness center, air conditioning, business center, safe available at reception and wireless Internet access throughout the hotel (for a fee).
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior:  Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404
  Check in time: 2:00 PM
  Additional nights after:  Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

 Pestana Village
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Surrounded by an award-winning tropical garden, and the decor is typical of Madeira. Grassy spaces and superb indigenous trees with the traditional buildings makes for a relaxing and familiar atmosphere. Located only 15 minutes from the center of Funchal.
  Contact info: Estrada Monumental 182-194
Funchal,  9000-098 Portugal
phone: +351291701600
web: www.pestana.com
  Room amenities: Safe deposit box (for a charge), radio, TV, ceiling fan/AC, hairdryer, bathrobes, telephone, and kitchenette.
  Facility amenities: 2 cocktail lounges, 5 restaurants (two typical Madeira food, one Mediterrean cuisine, one that is open for lunch only and the speciality is fish, and Italian), WI-FI access or internet usage for a charge. laundry service, 2 pools (indoor/outdoor), garden. Wellness center with massages and beauty treatments, fitness center, Turkish bath, jacuzzi, sauna, billiards, table tennis, access to the sea, game and reading rooms.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Arrival in Lisbon. Meet in hotel lobby at 11:00 AM. Hotel check-in is at 2:00 PM. You will be staying at Holiday Inn Lisbon that night.
  End of Program:
Departure from Lisbon. Hotel check-out is at 11:00 AM. You will be staying at Holiday Inn Lisbon the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. A visa is not required for this program for U.S. citizens. Participants who are not U.S. residents must contact your embassy or consulate to determine visa requirements, if any, for the country(s) you will be entering during the ROAD SCHOLAR program.
  Parking availability:
No parking.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Local transportation.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Lisbon
  Nearest airport:  Lisbon
  Transportation to site: Take a taxi from the airport to the hotel. It takes about 15 minutes, and costs approximately 20 Euro (depending on traffic).
  From End of Program
  Location: Lisbon
  Transportation from site: Take a taxi from the hotel to the airport. It takes about 15 minutes, and costs approximately 20 Euro (depending on traffic).
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Equipment Requirements: Walking boots or sturdy walking shoes required. Please be advised that tennis shoes or Teva sandals (or similar) are NOT acceptable for walking or hiking.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Overnight flight to Lisbon.
(Monday, March 11)
   
 In Transit: Depart US/Canada on international overnight flight to Lisbon.

Day 2: Arrival Lisbon.
(Tuesday, March 12)
   
 Arrive To: Upon arrival at the airport the EWT group leader will meet the group and transfer by private coach to the selected hotel in Lisbon.
 Afternoon: Depending on the time the group leader will either lead the people downtown by public transportation or a short walk in the area of the hotel pointing out the local transportation depots.
 Evening: Welcome drink at the hotel, remainder of the evening is independent. The group leader will be happy to assist you regarding eating places and activities.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Lisbon

Day 3: Arrival day in Funchal, Portugal.
(Wednesday, March 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: This morning coach transfer to the Lisbon airport for the flight to Funchal. Upon arrival in Funchal a private coach awaits the group for the transfer to the hotel in Funchal (112 feet) Madeira.
 Afternoon: Orientation walk and welcome drink along the Lido Promenade. This area is absolutely lovely and the locals consider this a leisure zone. It is lined with palm trees and bordered by splendid botanical gardens, offering wonderful views of the sea and magnificent sunsets.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Pestana Village
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Southwest Coast - approximate walking time is 3 hours. Field lectures will be "How the Fertile Region is Cultivated" and the wine of the region.
(Thursday, March 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet served at the hotel.
 Morning: Walking field trip along the Levada through one of the most fertile regions of the island where vineyards alternate with vegetable gardens. Breathtaking views along the steep Cabo Girao (1932 feet) coast, and the second highest sea cliff in the world.
 Lunch: Lunch will be taken along the walking trail.
 Afternoon: Below this terrace are small vineyards and vegetable patches that can only be reached by boat, for the natives every bit of land is precious.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Pestana Village
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Botanical Garden - approximate 2 hours of walking. Field lectures will educate the participants regarding the plants indigenous to the area and the Azores. Basket weaving will also be introduced as one of the strong industries of this region.
(Friday, March 15)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast served at the hotel.
 Morning: Today an excursion to explore the Botanical Gardens created in the 1960s on the grounds of the Quinta do Bom Sucesso, overlooking the town, with most of the plants being indigenous to the area or from the Azores. The next destination is Camacha (1200 feet) where upon approaching the village bundles of long canes will be noticed as this is basket country where wicker working is a strong industry.
 Lunch: Time will be given in Camacha for the participants to enjoy lunch on their own at one of the local establishments.
 Afternoon: An excursion to the church of Monte, the twin towers of the church are visible from all over the town of Funchal. The afternoon will end with a fun toboggan run sitting on baskets!
 Dinner: Dinner will be served at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Pestana Village
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Porto Moniz - approximately 1.5 hours of walking, and a chance to swim in the natural pool. Field lectures regarding the region of the Paul da Serra and the Porto Moniz natural bathing pool.
(Saturday, March 16)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast served at the hotel.
 Morning: Travel by coach in the direction of Ribeira Brava, a seaside resort at the mouth of a steep valley. The walk begins on the plateau “Paul da Serra” (6100 feet) for a romantic walk through a wooded area.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch while on the trail.
 Afternoon: At this point the coach will transfer the group to Porto Moniz to relax in its large natural bathing pool. A stop will also be made at the sea side before the coach transfers the group back to the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Pestana Village
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Ponta Sao Lourenco - approximately 2.5 hours of walking. Field lectures regarding the "first spot where humans set foot on the island". Portuguese BBQ on the trail.
(Sunday, March 17)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast served at the hotel.
 Morning: Machico is the spot where humans first set foot on the island and it’s a perfect base for a vacation. A very nice Levada walk is planned through the fertile landscape before continuing on to Ponta de Sao Lourenco, here the landscape becomes drier and it looks almost lunar.
 Lunch: Special Portuguese BBQ will be served during the walk.
 Afternoon: Volcanic grit, shale patterned with fossils, cacti, and various desert flowers. Stride along a serrated line of cliffs tapering into jagged rocky islets. Coach return to the hotel.
 Dinner: Upon returning to the hotel feel free to take the shuttle into the town and try out one of the local establishments.
   
Accommodations: Pestana Village
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Garden's of the North - approximately 2.5 hours of walking. Field lectures will include the geological and botanical aspects of the Pico do Areiro, Ribeiro Frio, and the thatched cottages (huts) of Santana.
(Monday, March 18)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast served at the hotel.
 Morning: Private coach to the green north coast, with a stop on the Pico do Areiro (5937 feet) to experience the magnificent views of the region before continuing on to Ribeiro Frio where hydrangeas and agapanthus line the way for most of the year. A brief walk in the woods will be made in this area, where many other indigenous plants and bushes reside.
 Lunch: Lunch will be taken at a local establishment.
 Afternoon: Continue to the next stop, Santana, known for its triangular thatched cottages (huts). These eye-catching cottages have become an island icon.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Pestana Village
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Market Day in Funchal - approximate 2 hours of walking. Field lecture regarding the inhabitants live styles, and the economics of Funchal. History of the Funchal cathedral.
(Tuesday, March 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet served at the hotel.
 Morning: Today begins with a walking field trip to the colorful market in Funchal; selling fish, vegetables and fruit. After the market, walk along the harbor with an excursion to the cathedral.
 Lunch: Lunch is independent in the town of Funchal.
 Afternoon: Independent in the town of Funchal, or return to the hotel for a relaxing afternoon around the pool. Group leader will give further ideas of optional sightseeing in the area.
 Dinner: Special farewell dinner with wine will be served at the hotel. The farewell includes Portugal's most famous style of music, fado (melancholic chants).
   
Accommodations: Pestana Village
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Flight from Funchal to Lisbon for an overnight.
(Wednesday, March 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet served at the hotel.
 Morning: Private coach transfer to the Funchal airport for flight to Lisbon.
 Afternoon: Remainder of the day is independent...the group leader will be able to suggest ideas of what to do and see in Lisbon.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Lisbon
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 11: Departure Day - end of program.
(Thursday, March 21)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast served at the hotel.
 Morning: Private coach transfer to the Lisbon airport. Program ends.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Lisbon Tram 28
Vintage tram 28 offers the ultimate of Lisbon's blockbuster sights from Basilica da Estrela to the backstreets of Baixa. The ticket price is approximately EU 2.00, and be prepared for a rock n' roll ride as the tram goes up and down the hills of the city. Approximate time is 1 hour.
  Oceanario
Europe's second largest aquarium with 8000 species in 7 million litres of seawater. The cost is approximately EU 6.00 per person. Huge wraparound tanks make you feel underwater as you view zebra shrks, honeycombed rays, mantas, schools of neon fish, filigree seadragons, ocean sunfish, many types of jellyfish, and of course the stars - the sea otters Eusebio and Amalia. There is also a rain-forest, Indo-Pacifice coral reef and Magellan penguins on ice. For additional information, visit www.oceanario.pt
  Mosteiro Dos Jeronimos
UNESCO listed is this fantastical Manueline cloisters located 6 kilometers from the center of Lisbon in Belem. This monastery is pure fantasy entering from the west there are tree-trunk like columns seem to grow into the ceiling of stone. Vasco da Gama is interred in the lower chancel, and the rows of seats are Portugal's first Renaissance woodcarvings. Walk into the honey-stone cloisters, driping with organic detail in the scalloped arches, turrets and columns. Approximate entrance fee is EU 6.00. For additional information, visit www.mosteirojeronimos.pt
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