Exotic Portugal

The Azores & Madeira

Considered “Portugal’s best kept secret” (Condé Nast) and some of the “World’s Best Islands” (Forbes), the breathtaking islands of Madeira & the Azores are sure to amaze! Experience hot springs, volcanoes, whale watching, and charming coastal villages. Sample local wines, fresh cheeses, and “cozido”, a hearty stew cooked in the ground from geothermal heat.

Trip Dates

September 24-29, 2023


6 Days/ 5 Nights



Group Size

8 guests maximum

Price From

$2,195 per person

Exotic Portugal Tour Highlights

About the islands

The Azores and Madeira offer a perfect blend of awe-inspiring landscapes, outdoor adventures, and cultural experiences that will make for an unforgettable trip!

São Miguel, the largest island in the Azores archipelago, is a captivating destination that boasts stunning natural beauty and a sense of adventure. With its lush green landscapes, volcanic craters, and breathtaking lakes, São Miguel is a paradise for nature lovers. Explore the dramatic scenery of Sete Cidades, where the twin lakes nestled within a volcanic crater create a mesmerizing sight. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the Terra Nostra Park, with its botanical gardens and iron-rich thermal pools. Experience the thrill of hiking through the lush trails of Lagoa do Fogo, surrounded by pristine forests and panoramic vistas. And don’t forget to savor the delicious Azorean cuisine, with fresh seafood and local delicacies that will tantalize your taste buds. 

Madeira, a stunning Portuguese island located in the Atlantic Ocean, is a true gem for travelers seeking natural beauty and a vibrant cultural experience. Known as the “Pearl of the Atlantic,” Madeira captivates visitors with its lush landscapes, rugged cliffs, and breathtaking views. From the enchanting levada trails that wind through verdant forests and cascading waterfalls to the vibrant capital city of Funchal, where colorful markets, historical architecture, and lively streets come alive, Madeira offers a diverse range of experiences. Indulge in the island’s rich gastronomy, sampling traditional dishes and world-famous Madeira wine. 



This is a sample itinerary for the trip. Itineraries are subject to change based on weather, group preferences, and other circumstances. 

Welcome to the Azores, a breathtaking archipelago nestled in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean! This tour will take you on an unforgettable journey through the natural wonders and cultural treasures of this enchanting destination. Get ready to immerse yourself in stunning landscapes, indulge in delicious cuisine, and experience the warmth of Azorean hospitality.

Upon your arrival at Ponta Delgada, the capital city of the Azores, you will be greeted by the vibrant atmosphere and charming cobblestone streets. Take a leisurely stroll through the historic center where you can admire the beautiful architecture, visit local shops, and savor the delicious Azorean gastronomy at one of the traditional restaurants.

In the afternoon, experience the geothermal wonders of Furnas, a village famous for its hot springs, geysers, and volcanic activity. Take a relaxing bath in the thermal pools and savor the unique taste of Cozido, a traditional Azorean dish cooked underground using volcanic heat.

Today, we embark on an exploration of São Miguel Island, known as the “Green Island.” Our first stop is the Sete Cidades, a twin lake crater surrounded by lush green hills. Enjoy breathtaking views from Vista do Rei and explore the charming village nestled by the lakeside. Next, we head to Lagoa do Fogo, a stunning crater lake situated in the middle of a nature reserve. Hike along the trails surrounding the lake and take in the untouched beauty of the surroundings.

Later in the day, embark on a leisurely whale watching trip to try to spot some of the island’s most majestic visitors. If you’re looking for more adventure, opt to explore by kayak or stand up paddleboard!

After a delicious breakfast, we head to the airport for the short flight to Madeira. You’ll have the afternoon to explore Funchal, the capital city of Madeira. Wander around the charming Old Town (Zona Velha) of Funchal with its narrow cobblestone streets, historical buildings, and quaint local shops and art galleries. 

Enjoy a traditional dinner at a local restaurant in Funchal. Sample the delicious Madeiran cuisine, including specialties like Espetada (grilled skewered meat) and Black Scabbard fish. After dinner, stroll along the Avenida Arriaga waterfront promenade, and if you’re interested, visit one of the lively bars or cafes for a relaxing evening.

Take a cable car ride to Monte, a picturesque village located on the outskirts of Funchal. Enjoy the breathtaking views as you ascend, and visit the Monte Palace Tropical Garden, known for its stunning botanical displays and panoramic views. Experience the unique toboggan ride from Monte to Funchal. Hop into a wicker sled and let the carreiros (drivers) guide you down the narrow streets, providing a thrilling and unforgettable experience. We then continue to the Santana Coast, one of the most beautiful parts of Madeira. Santana is a charming village famous for its traditional thatched-roof houses. We will spend the next two nights at stunning hotel surrounded by vineyards overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the sea cliffs this area is famous for.

Embark on a thrilling adventure by taking a hike along one of Madeira’s levadas. Levadas are essentially aqueducts for irrigation that double as excellent walking/hiking trails  with breathtaking views of lush forests, waterfalls, and valleys. Then we will drive to Cabo Girão, one of the highest sea cliffs in Europe. Experience the stunning views from the glass skywalk platform, which extends out over the cliff and offers panoramic vistas of the coastline. We will also visit Porto Moniz and explore the main attraction, the natural swimming pools. These volcanic rock pools are filled with crystal-clear seawater, providing a unique and refreshing swimming experience. On the way back to Santana, we stop at a winery to sample the island’s famous fortified wines. In the evening, return to Santana to enjoy a relaxing dinner in one of the local taverns, savoring traditional Madeiran dishes and maybe even live folk music.

After one last breakfast overlooking the Atlantic ocean and sea cliffs of the Santana coast, we return to the capital of Funchal. You can extend your stay in Madeira or continue to mainland Europe. Funchal is well connected with direct flights to Lisbon, Porto, Madrid, London and more. 

Dates & Prices

Trip Dates

September 24-29, 2023
Contact us for private/custom trip options.


$2,195 per person*

*Prices are in US Dollars, based on double occupancy.

We pride ourselves on offering one of the smallest group sizes and best leader to guest ratios in the industry. This trip has a maximum of 8 guests plus a guide, allowing us to personalize the trip to best suit your travel needs and preferences. Larger groups are available as a custom/private tour.


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Additional Information

Accommodations: Accommodations are at comfortable four star hotels. Hotels are chosen based on their quality and location, allowing you to best experience the Azores and Madeira. Room upgrades may be available for some or all of the nights for an additional fee.  

Payment Terms & Conditions: If you are thinking about signing up for a trip but are not yet ready to commit, we offer a 5 day courtesy hold. To secure your space on a trip, a $500 per person deposit is required and can be paid by check or credit card. The remaining trip balance is due no later than 90 days prior to the start of the trip. If you decide to cancel more than 45 days prior to the start of your trip, you will receive a Carpe Mundo credit that is transferable with no expiration for the amount paid, or we will refund your payment less a $250/person cancellation fee.  If you decide to cancel less than 45 days prior to the start of your trip, no refunds or credits will be available.

Single Supplement: Single accommodations are available for an additional fee, based on availability. If you are willing to be placed in a room with someone else from the trip, we will match you with another traveler if possible and waive the single supplement. 

Packing List: A suggested packing list as well as additional information on travel to Greece can be found in our Customer Information packet. There are drawers and storage on the boat, but space is limited so we recommend packing wisely. You can store additional bags in Paros if interested (fees may apply).  

Release of Liability: We require that everyone participating in a Carpe Mundo trip completes and e-signs an Assumption of Risk/Liability Release waiver as well as a Medical Information Form. You will receive these after you have registered for a trip, and they must be completed prior to your trip.

Insurance: Due to the nature and locations of our trips, we highly recommend that everyone participating in a trip has medical insurance that provides coverage while abroad. Although not required, we highly recommend purchasing travel insurance or a travel protection plan for your trip. We adhere to our cancellation policy, and these plans will protect your trip purchase in the event you cancel under certain circumstances.


This trip is new for 2023, so no testimonials yet but we promise it will be an amazing trip!