Overview

Porto and Madeira are two of Portugal’s most exciting destinations.

Capital of the north, Porto is perhaps most famous for it’s wines – sitting on the mouth of the Douro river, the city is the gateway to the country’s Douro wine region. It’s medieval footprint of narrow criss-crossing streets and beautiful baroque architecture clashes with modern 21st Century life, making Porto an energetic and inspiring place to be:

 

 

 

On Madeira, the pace of island-life is much more relaxed – everyone’s a little-more laid-back and unhurried, so it’s a great place to unwind. There’s a chance to head to sea on a whale and dolphin watching trip, and our resident guide will show you the island’s magnifcent mountain scenery:

 

 

 

We’ve suggested a seven night stay but there’s so much to see and do in Porto and Madeira, it’s easy for us to extend your holiday to ten nights or a full two weeks.

Just fill-in one of our enquiry forms and we’ll do the rest.

Itinerary

You'll begin your holiday by flying from the UK to Porto. Our driver will collect you on arrival, for your transfer into the centre of the city. Your accommodation is at the Porto River Apartments on the northern bank of the Douro River, close to Porto's most famous landmark: the Ponte Luiz I bridge.
Our resident guide Ana will take you on a half-day walking tour of Porto. It’s a great introduction to the city - you’ll visit Porto’s beautiful Sé Cathedral, the famous mosaics at São Bento train station, and there’s a chance to learn more about Porto’s most famous export with a visit to the Port Wine houses in Vila Nova da Gaia.
I've left today free, so you can spend more time exploring Porto under your own steam – including a visit to one of Portugal’s oldest bookshops, the Livaria Lello, followed by a climb up the baroque Clerigos Tower for the 360⁰ view of the whole city.
You'll leave Porto today, flying to the island of Madeira. Our driver will collect you from your flight once again, for your transfer into the island's capital Funchal.
You’ll spend today exploring Funchal: Portugal’s largest city outside of the mainland. In the morning, you can take the cable car up to the Monte Palace Tropical Gardens – returning on a Carro de Cesto – the famous wicker toboggans. In the afternoon, you’ll head to sea on a whale and dolphin watching trip – returning to dryland to end the day with a tour of the famous Blandy’s wine lodge.
You’ll spend today exploring the spectacular landscapes across eastern Madeira with our resident guide. Your day includes visits to Pico do Arieiro (one of the highest points on the island at 1816m), the forest park at Ribeiro Frio, the rum distillery at Porto da Cruz, and the Ponta de Sao Lourenco peninsula.
Your second tour will take you through the island’s central mountains to the magnificent seacliffs seacliffs on the north coast. You’ll begin the day with a visit to Camara de Lobos and the glass skywalk at Cabo Girao, before over the high Paul de Serra plain to the village of Porto Moniz – one of the best swimming spots on the island. In the afternoon, you’ll visit the Casacata Veu da Noiva waterfall and the Volcanism Centre in Sao Vicente where you can explore 800,000-year-old lava tunnels.
You'll be transferred to the airport for your (direct) flight home.

From £1700 per person

We can create a tailor-made holiday to suit your budget.

INCLUDED: International flights, accommodation in Porto and Madeira in twin/double en-suite rooms on B&B basis, return airport transfers, a walking tour of Porto, two full-day tours on Madeira and a whale and dolphin watching trip.

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