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Exciting Azores Island Hopping
When in Lisbon
Charming Portugal
The Wines of Portugal
Port Wine & Flamenco
Spectacular Azores Island Hopping
Portugal's Lisbon & Algarve

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  1. 1. 2014 Exciting Azores Island Hopping When in Lisbon Charming Portugal The Wines of Portugal Port Wine & Flamenco Spectacular Azores Island Hopping Portugal's Lisbon & Algarve Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  2. 2. 7 Days / 6 Nights EXCITING AZORES ISLAND HOPPING Sao Miguel - Faial The amazing islands of the Azores are just waiting to be discovered. Your tour begins in Sao Miguel, nicknamed the "Green Island", where you will see everything the Azores has to offer. Don't miss a visit of the Sete Cidades, a place filled with legends and myths, with two twin lakes, the Green and the Blue, paired together by a bridge. You can also choose to visit the Furnas Valley, home of dozens of thermal springs, fumaroles and carbonated water. Then it is on to Faial, the "Blue Island". Faial is an important center for whale watching, swimming with dolphins, diving and boat rides. You can also visit the westernmost point of the island, where the Capelinhos Volcano majestically rises up to the sky. This area is witness to the last volcanic eruption that took place in the Azores and that added new land to the existing one. Day 1 - Sao Miguel Arrival in Ponta Delgada. After check-in at your hotel, the balance of the day is at leisure to start discovering Sao Miguel Island. Nicknamed the ''Green Island'', Sao Miguel is the largest and most populated island of the Azores. You can enjoy the evening in Ponta Delgada city and relax in a historical and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Day 2 - Sao Miguel Full day at leisure. Imagine Sao Miguel as rows of small volcanic cones and stretches of undulating green land that abruptly come to an end in the blue of the sea. Don't miss a visit of the Sete Cidades, a place filled with legends and myths, with two twin lakes, the Green and the Blue, paired together by a bridge. You can also choose to visit the Furnas Valley, home of dozens of thermal springs, fumaroles and carbonated water, where it is possible to taste the traditional Cozido nas Caldeiras, a meal cooked by placing a pot under the earth. (B) Day 3 - Sao Miguel/Faial After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Faial, the ''Blue Island''. Check in at your hotel and the rest of the afternoon is at leisure to relax. Faial's main town is Horta. Its harbor, resting place for thousands of transatlantic sailors, is one of the most colorful harbors in the world with a tapestry of sailor's artwork painted on every spare piece of wall and path. One should not leave without a stop by Peter's Cafe Sport, an emblematic bar made famous worldwide by sailors. (B) Day 4 - Faial After breakfast, start exploring the island. Faial is an important centre for whale watching, swimming with dolphins, diving and boat rides. It is also possible to visit the island of Pico, known for its Mountain, the highest point of Portugal and vineyards. A short boat ride will take you there. (B) Day 5 - Faial Full day at leisure. After breakfast, consider a visit to the westernmost point of the island, where the Capelinhos Volcano majestically rises up to the sky. Entering this area is like landing on the moon. This area is the witness to the last volcanic eruption that took place in the Azores and that added new land to the existing one. If you want to know more about the Volcano, take some time to visit The Interpretation Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  3. 3. Center. (B) Day 6 - Faial/Sao Miguel Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Sao Miguel. Arrive at Ponta Delgada and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the afternoon is at leisure for some last minute shopping or to relax. (B) Day 7 - Sao Miguel to USA (or extend your stay) Say ''adeus'' to Portugal or extend your stay. (B) Included Features: 6 nights hotel accommodation Daily breakfast Flight from Sao Miguel to Faial Flight from Faial to Sao Miguel Transfer from hotel in Sao Miguel to airport Transfer from airport in Faial to hotel Transfer from hotel in Faial to airport Transfer from airport in Sao Miguel to hotel Travel bag, one per person Document holder and luggage tags Hotel taxes and service charge Excludes: Airfare, Airport taxes & Fuel Surcharges Visa upon arrival (and upon re-entry) if required Tips and Personal items Travel Insurance Optional Tours Best Price starting at $1034(Based on per person in Double Occupancy) Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  4. 4. WHEN IN LISBON Lisbon Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal, like Rome, lies on seven hills. Located near the Tagus River, it offers unparalleled vistas. The wealth of monuments, churches and museums along its tree-lined avenues will fascinate even the casual student of history. Beautiful public gardens, squares with decorated pavements, and patterned tile walls form a pleasant vista of natural and artistic beauty as you tour the city. Stop in the superb shops, visit colorful markets and refresh yourself at one of the numerous sidewalk cafes. Included Features: TRAVEL IN LUXURY ... FROM $2,133 Deluxe class hotel accommodation for 5 nights Daily buffet breakfast Full day excursion to Pena, Sintra, Cabo Roca, Cascais and Estoril, including lunch Private half day excursion to Quinta da Regaleira Full day excursion to Evora, including lunch Private half day excursion to Parque das Nacoes, including entrance fee for the Tile Museum Private Lisbon by night tour, including dinner and Fado Show Travel bag, one per person Document holder and luggage tags Hotel taxes and service charges TRAVEL IN STYLE ... FROM $1,495 First class hotel accommodation for 5 nights Daily buffet breakfast Full day excursion to Evora, including lunch Full day excursion to Pena, Sintra, Cabo Roca, Cascais and Estoril, including lunch Private half day excursion to Quinta da Regaleira Private Lisbon by night tour, including dinner and Fado Show Travel bag, one per person Document holder and luggage tags Hotel taxes and service charges TRAVEL IN SIMPLICITY ... FROM $691 Tourist class hotel accommodation for 5 nights Daily buffet breakfast Half day city tour Half day excursion to Cabo Roca, Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Lisbon by night tour, including dinner and Fado Show Travel bag, one per person Document holder and luggage tags Hotel taxes and service charges Best Price starting at $691(Based on per person in Double Occupancy) Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  5. 5. 8 Days / 7 Nights CHARMING PORTUGAL Lisbon - Porto - Estremoz - Coimbra Experience the wonder of Portugal's authentic cultural treasures as you travel through some of the picturesque towns, sampling local gastronomy and staying in magnificent castles, monasteries and boutique hotels. This special itinerary provides you a great opportunity to discover charming locations, romantic settings and a unique opportunity to experience local flavor firsthand for a memorable journey you are sure to treasure. Day 1 - Lisbon Arrival in Lisbon. After check-in at your hotel, the balance of the day is at leisure to venture out to admire this legendary city built upon seven hills. Day 2 - Lisbon Full day at leisure to enjoy Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. See the Royal Coaches Museum, Jeronimos Monastery, Belem Tower, and the Monument of Discoveries, or simply sit back and relax in one of the many outdoor cafes. (B) Day 3 - Lisbon/Evora/Estremoz (approx. 112 miles) After breakfast, pick up your car rental and head towards Portugal's picturesque Alentejo wine region. Stop in Evora (approx. 82 miles) and admire the Roman Temple of Diana. Enjoy lunch on your own at a colorful cafe and experience the locally-produced red wine. Afterwards, continue on to your 13th century castle hotel in Estremoz for the evening (approx. 30 miles). (B) Day 4 - Estremoz/Marvao/Castelo de Vide/Coimbra (approx. 195 miles) Begin your day with a drive to the medieval mountaintop village of Marvao (approx. 47 miles) where whitewashed houses lead to a magnificent 13th century castle for a spectacular view of the city. Afterwards, continue towards Castelo de Vide (approx. 7 miles) for a visit of the medieval Judiaria, or Jewish quarter. Continue on to Coimbra (approx. 141 miles) and settle in at your hotel. (B) Day 5 - Coimbra/Porto (approx. 76 miles) Spend time exploring romantic Coimbra, one of Portugal's oldest cities. Visit the historic 13th century University and continue on towards the ''Baixa'' (downtown) for some shopping. Afterwards, make your way to Portugal's second largest city, Porto. (B) Day 6 - Porto/ Guimaraes/Braga/Porto (approx. 91 miles) Drive northwest towards the medieval city of Guimar?es (approx. 34 miles), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the 12th century castle and afterwards continue towards Braga (approx. 21 miles), considered one of Portugal's most impressive cities. Highlights include various Baroque monuments and the Bom Jesus Sanctuary. Drive back to Porto (approx. 36 miles) for your overnight stay. (B) Day 7 - Porto After breakfast, take in Porto's architectural highlights including the Romanesque, Baroque and Gothic Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  6. 6. monuments of the city. Continue with a visit to the Stock Exchange Palace and Sao Francisco Church. In the afternoon, visit a local port wine cellar where you can savor a special tasting. (B) Day 8 - Porto to USA (or extend your stay) Drop-off your car and say ''adeus'' to Portugal or extend your stay. (B) Included Features: 7 nights hotel accommodation Daily breakfast Half day tour of Lisbon 5-day car rental -Category C. Car Rental includes unlimited mileage, CDW (Collision Damage Waiver), TP (Theft Protection), Third Party Liability (including passengers), airport surcharge, 24 hour-a-day road assistance and VAT (Value Added Tax) Travel bag, one per person Document holder and luggage tags Hotel taxes and service charges Excludes: Airfare, Airport taxes & Fuel Surcharges Visa upon arrival (and upon re-entry) if required Tips and Personal items Travel Insurance Optional Tours Best Price starting at $1100(Based on per person in Double Occupancy) Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  7. 7. 8 Days / 7 Nights THE WINES OF PORTUGAL Lisbon - Porto - Coimbra - Evora Explore Portugal's incredible vintages on an 8 day adventure for wine lovers. Begin in Lisbon to acclimate to the Portuguese lifestyle and visit major attractions within the capital city. Then travel to Alentejo, a rural region that is famous for bright fruity red wines. Explore Portuguese history in Evora, once an ancient Roman settlement and later the city of Portuguese royalty, and romantic Coimbra, a thriving university town. More wines beckon in the fertile winegrowing areas of Dao and Bairrada in the Beira Province. Savor notes of bell peppers and black currants in these drinkable reds before tasting port wine in Porto. Excellent port is all about quality vintages, and greatness comes in a variety of colors, sweetness, and textures. Traditionally a dessert wine, in Portugal port has emerged as the sipping alternative to wine. So sip on a glass while enjoying the tranquil beauty of vineyards, terraces, waving pastures, and babbling streams in Douro Valley and Minho Province. Day 1 - Lisbon Upon arrival into Lisbon's Airport, you'll be met by your English speaking driver. Transfer to your hotel. Time to relax before meeting with your driver for a panoramic tour of Lisbon. See Jeronimos Monastery, the city's most prominent monument; Torre de Belem, ex-libris of Lisbon and jewel of Manueline art; Padrao dos Descobrimentos or Monument to the Discoveries, built in honor of Henry the Navigator, who was instrumental in the success of the Portuguese explorations during the 15th century, a period now known as the Age of Discoveries. Admire Black Horse Square, Rossio and Avenida da Liberdade before returning to your hotel for overnight. Day 2 - Lisbon/Evora Your driver will meet you after breakfast. Today we drive to Alentejo. It is here that Portugal's climate finally escapes the Atlantic influence and the scenery changes to large, gently undulating plains. Aside from the many tourist attractions in the region, it is wine that is currently putting the Alentejo region on the map, and more specifically, its red wines. There are two distinct styles of Alentejo red. First, there is what can loosely be termed the traditional style. These often combine earthy, herby, undergrowth-like savory flavors and aromas with the fruit. Traditional Alentejo wines are often complex and reasonably age worthy. Then there is the modern style, perhaps best demonstrated by the wines of Esporao, Joao Portugal Ramos or Sogrape's new Alentejo Reserva. These wines show lots of intense fruit, with a richness that is quite 'new world' in character. Continue to Evora, the capital of Alentejo Province. This museum-city, whose roots go back to Roman times, reached its golden age in the 15th century, when it became the residence of the Portuguese Kings. Its unique quality stands in the whitewashed houses decorated with azulejos and wrought-iron balconies dating from the 16th to the 18th century. Overnight in Evora. (B) Day 3 - Evora/Obidos/Batalha/Coimbra After breakfast, we head north to Coimbra. On our way, we stop in the charming village of Obidos and in Batalha for a visit of its imposing 14th century Monastery. Coimbra, known as Portugal's most romantic city, was the inspiration for the song "April in Portugal." On the weather-washed right bank of the muddy Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  8. 8. Mondego, this city of medieval churches is also the educational center of the country, and is at its best when the university is in session and the city radiates youthful energy. Overnight in Coimbra. (B) Day 4 - Coimbra/Bairrada and Dao/Porto After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to the fertile winegrowing areas of Dao and Bairrada. In the western part of the Beiras, between the mountainous Dao region and the surfwashed Atlantic beaches, Bairrada has a mild, maritime climate with abundant rainfall. Although much of the Bairrada region is hilly, the majority of the vineyards are on flatter land. Here, two main types of soil (clay-limestone and sandy), each influencing style of wine, and vineyards are often divided into a multitude of small plots. Continue to the Dao region. This area is a fine example of the changes that are driving the rapid improvement in Portuguese wines. Once home to mostly large cooperative wineries that churned out wine en masse, it's now blossoming into a premier wine region with several small, quality minded producers. Overnight in Porto. (B) Day 5 - Porto Start your day with an orientation tour of Porto, Portugal's second largest city. Sitting pretty among the hilly landscape at the mouth of the Douro River, Porto welcomes visitors looking for history, culture and a good glass of port wine. Porto's historic center is the Ribeira district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See its narrow, cobbled streets, pause for a cup of coffee and ''pastel de nata'' at one of many inviting cafes. Walk across the 19th century Ponte de Dom Luis Bridge to visit Porto's other half - the port-soaked Vila Nova de Gaia. Here you can tour one of the many ancient port wine cellars, learn about the beverage's history and sample some of the rich red liquid for yourself. Traditionally served as a dessert wine, port wine has emerged as the sipping alternative to wine Evora and cocktails at luncheons, after work outings and at- home get togethers. The alcohol in port wine is produced under very specific conditions that result from natural and human factors. While aging in wood, port wine's fruity aroma develops through oxidation to create a bouquet that is reminiscent of dried fruit, toasting, wood and spices. Overnight in Porto. (B) Day 6 - Porto/Douro Valley/Porto Today we drive to the Douro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The valley is spectacularly beautiful with the hills falling steeply down to the water's edge becoming more and more sparsely populated and wild the further inland one travels, with more of the land being given over to terraces of vines and, to a lesser extent, olive groves. This is port country and was, in fact, the world's first demarcated wine region being established in 1756. Overnight in Porto. (B) Day 7 - Porto/Minho Province/Porto Today we drive to the province of Minho. A rolling province of lush river valleys, forested hillsides, trailing vines and long, sandy beaches, it is certainly pleasing to the eye, especially in the mountainous east, where you can still see wooden-wheeled ox-carts creak down cobbled lanes. Our first stop is in Guimar? es. First capital of Portugal, this lovely city has preserved a medieval atmosphere in its core. Continue to Ponte de Lima, which is exactly what one hopes a Portuguese village will be like. Spread lazily along the tree-lined banks of the Lima River, it's named for the Roman Bridge with 27 arches spanning the water. This is also the area where the famous Vinho Verde (green wine) is produced. Overnight in Porto. (B) Day 8 - Porto to USA (or extend your stay) Today say ''adeus'' to Portugal or extend your stay. (B) Included Features: Hotel accommodation for 7 nights Daily buffet breakfast Assistance of an English speaking professional driver/ escor t for the entire length of the program Transportation by private sedan/minivan Travel bag, one per person Document holder and luggage tags Hotel taxes and ser vice charges Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  9. 9. Best Price starting at $3880(Based on per person in Double Occupancy) Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  10. 10. 14 Days / 13 Nights PORT WINE & FLAMENCO Lisbon 14 days of combined river cruising and ground tours bring you the lively culture, dynamic history, and food heritage of Spain and Portugal! Kick off your trip to the Iberian Peninsula in Madrid, Spain's capital, and explore the world-renown arts galleries, public spaces, designer shops, and nightlife that make Madrid a premiere international destination. In UNESCO-recognized Toledo and Salamanca, explore the Arabic, Moorish, Byzantine, Roman, and Christian influence that marked Spanish architecture for centuries. Then cruise into fertile Portugal. Disembark for rich port wines, romantic 16th century castles, and pastoral hillsides. Day 1 - Madrid Arrive in Madrid and check-in to your hotel. The balance of the day is yours to start exploring Madrid. Day 2 - Madrid Today you will have a guided tour of Madrid, the capital and largest city in Spain. Known for its many historic districts as well as its modern infrastructure, the city's top landmarks include the elaborate Royal Palace, Buen Retiro Park, Plaza Mayor, and renowned art galleries such as the Prado Museum and Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. (B) Day 3 - Madrid Today, you'll take an excursion to the walled city of Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and ancient capital of Spain. Populated since pre- Roman times, its landmarks include the Alcazar of Toledo, Cathedral of Toledo and the El Greco Museum. (B) Day 4 - Madrid/Salamanca/Vega Terron This morning, you will depart Madrid for a full day tour of Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located at the center of Spain's Castilla y Leon region. Your guided city tour includes the university buildings, the 12th century Romanesque church of San Martin, the House of Shells, and a lunch featuring authentic Spanish cuisine at a local restaurant. Enjoy some free time to explore the city on your own. Later, you will be transferred to Vega Teron to board your luxurious ship. This evening, meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner. (B,L,D) Day 5 - Vega Terron/Barca D'Alva/Pinhao After breakfast, tour Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a fortified 16th century village perched high on a hilltop with many steep, narrow streets. Be sure to stop in the market square to admire the Chafariz dos Pretos, a striking fountain decorated with black faces. Rejoin the ship in Barca D'Alva and enjoy a ''sail away'' mimosa as your ship departs early this afternoon for Pinhao. Arriving this evening, you will enjoy a wine- tasting and dinner at Quinta Avessada in Favelas. The ship moors overnight in Pinhao. (B,L,D) Day 6 - Pinhao/Regua This morning, enjoy an excursion to ancient and picturesque Lamego, home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Portugal, the Nossa Senhora dos Remedios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies). Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  11. 11. Other attractions include a gothic cathedral, a museum, and cafes known for local specialties such as bola de lamego (bread filled with smoked ham) and raposeira (sparkling wine). This afternoon, enjoy the wild, rugged scenery as your ship cruises through the dramatic gorges of the Douro river valley en route to Regua. After arriving this evening, you may visit the Douro Museum. The ship overnights in Regua. (B,L,D) Day 7 - Regua/Caldas de Aregos This morning, enjoy an excursion to the palace and gardens known as the Palacio de Mateus, located in the beautiful region of Tras-os-Montes near the city of Vila Real. This afternoon, your ship departs for Caldas de Aregos. After arriving this evening, enjoy a casual BBQ with your fellow passengers on the Sun Deck. The ship moors overnight. (B,L,D) Day 8 - Resende/Bitetos This morning, visit the historic town of Resende in Caldas de Aregos. Return to the ship for lunch and cruise to Bitetos. After arriving in Bitetos this evening, savor a pre-dinner glass of port wine and a breathtaking view of the river valley from the terrace of the 14th Century Alpendurada Monastery, followed by a traditional ''home cooked'' meal. The ship moors in Bitetos overnight. (B,L,D) Day 9 - Bitetos/Porto This morning, depart for Porto, arriving early afternoon. Your sightseeing tour of Porto will show you 16th century arcaded buildings, Baroque churches and the magnificent iron bridge built by French engineer Gustave Eiffel. You will also have a chance to see the elegant residential section along the Atlantic coast and enjoy some free time to explore the Old City on your own. For some modern culture, you may want to head to the Boavista area, where you will find the Casa da Musica and the Museum of Modern Art. Your ship overnights in Porto. (B,L,D) Day 10 - Porto/Guimaraes Today, enjoy an excursion to Guimar?es, one of the most historic towns in Portugal and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Say farewell to your friends at the Farewell Cocktail Reception. The ship moors in Porto overnight. (B,L,D) Day 11 - Porto/Fatima/Lisbon After disembarking your ship in Porto, you will be transferred to Fatima, a town renowned for its Basilica shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Explore the town and enjoy lunch on your own before continuing to Lisbon for your post-cruise stay. (B) Day 12 - Lisbon One of Europe's most beautiful cities, Lisbon sprawls across several hills along the Tagus River. Your city tour visits Old Town and the spectacular 16th Century Jer?nimos Monastery. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore the city at your leisure, perhaps visiting the Castle of S?o Jorge or the Santa Justa Elevator that overlooks the castle, the river and Rossio Square. (B) Day 13 - Lisbon/Sintra Enjoy an afternoon excursion to Serra de Sintra, one of the most picturesque mountain villages in Portugal, former home of the Portuguese royal family, and a source of inspiration for generations of poets. You will have a guided tour and a view of the Castelo da Pena, a fairy tale castle from Portugal's Romantic Period, situated high up on a rocky peak. (B) Day 14 - Lisbon Breakfast at hotel. (B) Included Features: First class hotel accommdation for 3 nights in Madrid 8 days/7 nights on AmaWaterways Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  12. 12. First class hotel accommdation for 3 nights in Lisbon 27 included meals consisting of: - 13 buffet breakfasts - 7 lunches - 7 dinners Complimentary wine, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board Sail Away Mimosa and Sun Deck BBQ Life-enriching tours and daily excursions as per itinerary with personal headset included Special highlights include lectures, theme dinners, cooking demonstration, onboard music and/or dance performances and live piano music every afternoon & evening Best Price starting at $4419(Based on per person in Double Occupancy) Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  13. 13. 8 Days / 7 Nights SPECTACULAR AZORES ISLAND HOPPING Sao Miguel - Faial - Terceira Located in the Atlantic Ocean, and just over a four hour flight from the eastern United States these islands are nature's masterpiece. Your tour begins in Sao Miguel, where you will see everything the Azores has to offer. Don't miss a visit of the Sete Cidades, a place filled with legends and myths, with two twin lakes, the Green and the Blue, paired together by a bridge. Then it is on to Faial, the "Blue Island". Visit the westernmost point of the island, where the Capelinhos Volcano majestically rises up to the sky. This area is witness to the last volcanic eruption that took place in the Azores and that added new land to the existing one. Your next island is Terceira, the "Lilac Island". Visit the historic Old Town of Angra do Heroismo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its trademark architecture is colorful and heavily decorated so watch out for facades and balconies, some of which are real treasures. Don't miss the rich gastronomy of this island, from the famous "Alcatra" (beef stew) to the "Dona Amelia" (pastry). Day 1 - Sao Miguel Arrival in Ponta Delgada. After check-in at your hotel, the balance of the day is at leisure to start discovering Sao Miguel Island. Nicknamed the ''Green Island'', Sao Miguel is the largest and most populated island of the Azores. Day 2 - Sao Miguel Full day at leisure. Imagine S?o Miguel as rows of small volcanic cones and stretches of undulating green land that abruptly come to an end in the blue of the sea. Don't miss a visit of the Sete Cidades, a place filled with legends and myths, with two twin lakes, the Green and the Blue, paired together by a bridge. You can also choose to visit the Furnas Valley, home of dozens of thermal springs, fumaroles and carbonated water, where it is possible to taste the traditional Cozido nas Caldeiras, a meal cooked by placing a pot under the earth. (B) Day 3 - Sao Miguel/Faial After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Faial, the ''Blue Island''. Check in at your hotel and the rest of the afternoon is at leisure to relax. Faial's main town is Horta. Its harbor, resting place for thousands of transatlantic sailors, is one of the most colorful harbors in the world with a tapestry of sailor's artwork painted on every spare piece of wall and path. One should not leave without a stop by Peter's Cafe Sport, an emblematic bar made famous worldwide by sailors. (B) Day 4 - Faial After breakfast, start exploring the island. Faial is an important centre for whale watching, swimming with dolphins, diving and boat rides. Consider a visit to the westernmost point of the island, where the Capelinhos Volcano majestically rises up to the sky. Entering this area is like landing on the moon. This area is the witness to the last volcanic eruption that took place in the Azores and that added new land to the existing one. If you want to know more about the Volcano, take some time to visit The Interpretation Center. (B) Day 5 - Faial/Terceira Transfer to the airport to board your flight to Terceira. Upon your arrival in the ''Lilac Island'', transfer to Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  14. 14. your hotel. Rest of the afternoon is at leisure. (B) Day 6 - Terceira Full day at leisure. Vist the historic Old Town of Angra do Heroismo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its trademark architecture is colorful and heavily decorated so watch out for facades and balconies, some of which are real treasures. For those who enjoy exploring, the Algar do Carvao and the Gruta do Natal are two caves that offer extraordinary experiences in speleology. Surfing, sailing, whale watching can be practiced at Praia da Vitoria. Don't miss the rich gastronomy of this island, from the famous ''Alcatra'' (beef stew) to the ''Dona Amelia'' (pastry). (B) Day 7 - Terceira/Sao Miguel Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Sao Miguel. Arrive at Ponta Delgada and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the afternoon is at leisure for some last minute shopping or to relax. (B) Day 8 - Sao Miguel to USA (or extend your stay) Say ''adeus'' to Portugal or extend your stay. (B) Included Features: Hotel accommodation for 7 nights Daily buffet breakfast Transfer from Sao Miguel hotel to airport Flight from Sao Miguel to Faial Transfer from Faial airpor t to hotel Transfer from hotel to Faial airport Flight from Faial to Terceira Transfer from Terceira airport to hotel Transfer from hotel to Terceira airport Flight from Terceira to Sgo Miguel Transfer from Sgo Miguel airport to hotel Travel bag, one per person Document holder and luggage tags Hotel taxes and ser vice charges Excludes: Airfare, Airport taxes & Fuel Surcharges Visa upon arrival (and upon re-entry) if required Tips and Personal items Travel Insurance Optional Tours Best Price starting at $1421(Based on per person in Double Occupancy) Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  15. 15. 7 Days / 6 Nights PORTUGAL'S LISBON & ALGARVE Lisbon - Algarve Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal, like Rome, lies on seven hills. Located near the Tagus River, it offers unparalleled vistas. The wealth of monuments, churches and museums along its tree-lined avenues will fascinate even the casual student of history. Beautiful public gardens, squares with decorated pavements, and patterned tile walls form a pleasant vista of natural and artistic beauty as you tour the city. Stop in the superb shops, visit colorful markets and refresh yourself at one of the numerous sidewalk cafes.The Algarve boasts more than 150 miles of superb beaches and averages more than 3,300 hours of sunshine per year. Its privileged location, facing south along the Atlantic, means its coast is entirely unpolluted and the summers are never too hot. Here you will find small coves with interesting rock formations interspersed with busy fishing ports, quaint villages, luxury hotels and tasteful villa communities. Play golf or tennis, go windsurfing, sailing, water skiing or just lie on the beach and soak up the sun. Day 1 - Lisbon Arrival in Lisbon. After check-in at your hotel, the balance of the day is at leisure to venture out to admire this legendary city built upon seven hills. Day 2 - Lisbon This morning enjoy your city tour of Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. See the Royal Coaches Museum, Jeronimos Monastery, Belem Tower and the Monument of Discoveries before returning to your hotel and enjoying the balance of your day at leisure. (B) Day 3 - Lisbon Today stroll along the city's intimate alleyways, lined up with white bleached limestone buildings, or take an optional tour to the picturesque towns of Estoril, Cascais or Sintra. (B) Day 4 - Lisbon/Algarve (approx. 184 miles) This morning, pick up your car rental and drive to your chosen hotel in the Algarve where the remainder of the day is at leisure to become acquainted with this scenic coastline. (B) Day 5 - Algarve Continue your relaxing vacation in the Algarve with a walk to the shops at the marina. If you prefer touring, you may drive to Monchique on the southern slopes of the Monchique mountains, where the Romans built impressive thermal baths with waters that have been famous ever since. Sit at one of the cafes in the large shaded square and try the spicy barbecued chicken with Piri Piri. (B) Day 6 - Algarve Continue your relaxing vacation in the Algarve with a walk to the shops at the marina. If you prefer touring, you may drive to Monchique on the southern slopes of the Monchique mountains, where the Romans built impressive thermal baths with waters that have been famous ever since. Sit at one of the cafes in the large shaded square and try the spicy barbecued chicken with Piri Piri. (B) Day 7 - Algarve to USA (or extend your stay) Drop-off your car and say ''adeus'' to Portugal or extend your stay. (B) Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  16. 16. Included Features: 6 nights hotel accommodation Daily breakfast Half day tour of Lisbon 3-day car rental -Category C. Car Rental includes unlimited mileage, CDW (Collision Damage Waiver), TP (Theft Protection), Third Party Liability (including passengers), airport surcharge, 24 hour-a-day road assistance and VAT (Value Added Tax) Travel bag, one per person Document holder and luggage tags Hotel taxes and service charges Excludes: Airfare, Airport taxes & Fuel Surcharges Visa upon arrival (and upon re-entry) if required Tips and Personal items Travel Insurance Optional Tours Best Price starting at $606(Based on per person in Double Occupancy) Contact: Name: Steven Email: steven@vacationside.com Phone: 855-822-8747 Fax: 615-800-8069 Notes Terms & Conditions Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.

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