Portugal and Its Islands

Aug 27, 2019

Portugal and Its Islands featuring the Estoril Coast, Azores, & Madeira Islands

March 27 to April 8, 2020 $4,499 (double occupancy); $5,099 (single); $4,469 (triple) Informational Meeting

Meet with representatives from Collette Vacations and Peoria Charter to learn more about the trip.

There is cost to attend the meeting and no obligation to travel. Bradley Global Communications Center Room 212 (map) Sept 16 5:30-6:30pm RSVP to Melissa Libert at 309-438-2257 or mmboehn@illinoisstate.edu.

Prices include roundtrip Bloomington-Normal/O'Hare transfers by Peoria Charter Travel, roundtrip air from O'Hare, air taxes and fees/surcharges, hotel transfers, 13 days, 18 meals, professional Collette tour managers and local guides, local transport, and 12 nights in centrally located hotels. 

For questions and to learn more about upcoming informational meetings, email WCBU's Melissa Libert or call (309) 438-2257. The travel agent handling bookings is Marci McCarrey with Peoria Charter Travel. You can reach her at (309) 662-6951, (800) 448-0572 or marcim@peoriacharter.com.

Travel through some of Portugal's most beautiful regions. Experience Old World traditions, coastal villages, regional wines, and folkloric entertainment. Visit the Tower of Belem as part of your Lisbon tour; explore Madeira Island, known as the "Pearl of the Atlantic"; and discover stunning St. Michael, the largest of the Azorean islands. You'll be surrounded by the natural beauty of Portugal's Riviera, with visits to Cascals and Estoril.

Lose yourself to the serenity of the twin lakes of Sete Cidades. You will also visit Sintra, one of the world's most magical towns (and a UNESCO Heritage site), the white-washed village of Obidos, and the pilgrimage town of Fatima. Unique culinary experiences include visits to pineapple and tea plantations, a "cozido das furnas" lunch cooked by volcanic steam in Furnas Valley, an Azorean interactive cooking demonstration, a traditional espetada dinner, and a Fado dinner show.

You'll be masterfully led by a Collette professional Tour Manager and joined by knowledgeable local guides throughout the region, all of whom can answer any questions about the history and traditions of the region.

Collette also does an excellent job of balancing guided time with free time and your guides will have lots of suggestions for where to explore.