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A view off the beautiful coast of Madeira.

The Azores & Madeira

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The first part of your trip will be in the Azores, with a boarding in Ponta Delgada. Situated on the island of São Miguel, the capital of the Azores boasts a beautiful natural environment including hot springs, lakes and volcanic craters. Your ship will then set a course southward to carry you to Madeira, a paradise for hiking enthusiasts. On this steep island covered in luxuriant vegetation, the variety of landscapes, including sheer cliffs, levadas, banana plantations, and laurisilva listed with UNESCO, never ceases to amaze visitors. Here you will discover Funchal, the capital of the Madeira Islands. Before disembarking in Lisbon, you will call at Porto Santo, a tiny island edged with a superb fine-sand beach, home to a few windmills and some traditional houses.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ponta Delgada, Azores (Portugal) | Embark
Day 2 : Vila do Porto (Portugal)
Day 3 : At Sea
Day 4 : Funchal, Madeira (Portugal)
Day 5 : Funchal, Madeira (Portugal)
Day 6 : Porto Santo Island, Madeira (Portugal)
Day 7 : At Sea
Day 8 : Lisbon (Portugal) | Disembark

Highlights

  • Discover two Portuguese archipelagos in the Atlantic: the Azores & Madeira
  • Take a trip off the beaten track, combining nature and culture
  • Visit Lisbon, the Portuguese capital and its rich cultural offering
  • Enjoy Madeira, where you can see the picturesque botanical garden

Ship

Le Champlain

Places Visited

  • Europe
  • Portugal
  • Azores
  • Funchal
  • Lisbon
  • Madeira
  • Ponta Delgada
  • Porto Santo
  • Vila do Porto

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A view off the beautiful coast of Madeira. Birds of the Azores Terraces in the Azores Islands Typical streets found in the Azores island chain Stunning landscapes of the Azores Islands

Day 1 Ponta Delgada, Azores (Portugal) | Embark

The coastal city of Ponta Delgada stands on the southern coastline of São Miguel Island, in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores. On your way to the town center from the port, youメll pass through the Doors to the Sea, a contemporary architectural complex bordering the Atlantic. The historic district features a beautiful square framed by the three Baroque arches of the City Gates. A few steps from the shore you'll find the Gothic church of Sao Sebastiao and the Renaissance fortress, Fortaleza de Sao Brásainsi. 

Day 2 Vila do Porto (Portugal)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 3 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call is an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they are able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 4 Funchal, Madeira (Portugal)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This attractive capital of Madeira is located on the southern coast of the island. The walkways of the old town are lined with azulejos, or multi-colored mosaics. If you follow these patterns, they lead you to the appetizing Mercado dos Lavradores market stands, the Frederico de Freitas Museum, and the golden paneling of the Cathedral de la Sé. Along the waterfront, the palm tree-shaded promenade leads you to the teleféricos de Monte, Madeira's cable cars. Its panoramic cabins transport you over the city to top of Monte, where you can see the picturesque botanical garden.

Day 5 Funchal, Madeira (Portugal)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 6 Porto Santo Island, Madeira (Portugal)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Porto Santo Island is a Portuguese island situated fifty kilometers northeast of Madeira Island in the North Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the most beautiful, peace and quiet islands in Europe, and its long sandy beaches and ochre-yellow colored soil earned it the name of “Golden Island”. Due to these various shades of brown and yellow, Porto Santo has a beauty of its own and is very different from Madeira. The island was discovered by the Portuguese in 1418 who appreciated its sheltered anchorage. Christopher Columbus the famous explorer lived in Porto Santo for a while.

Day 7 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the Ponant photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 8 Lisbon (Portugal) | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Portugal’s capital city located on the banks of the Tagus, only a few kilometers from the Atlantic coast, is a city of exceptionally rich cultural diversity. At the mouth of the river harbor, impose two UNESCO World Heritage monuments, Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Tower. Sample the local delicacies such as the pasteis de nata—delicious creamy bakery flans. On the Alfama hillside, as you explore the Moorish streets, you may well hear sounds of fado drifting from the bars. Along Chiado’s elegant streets, big fashion labels will entice in you for a bit of luxury shopping.

Le Champlain

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Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and subject to change without notice.

*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while on board the ship 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h Room service (special selection)
  • English speaking lecturer 
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Complimentary boot rental on select cruises
  • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi (Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control).​​​
     
Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
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