Monday, 09 April 2012 00:00
To launch their new website, Tours For You (TFY) designed brand new, as well as updated, self-drive tours through Portugal, a great option for those travelers who prefer to visit Portugal independently! These Self-Drive programs are packages including carefully selected accommodations (essential for a memorable holiday) together with a rented car and a suggested itinerary that Tours for You will provide as a beautiful, personalized brochure. These self-drive tours were designed based on TFY’s extensive knowledge of Portugal, and have the purpose of being easy to explore for a first-time Portugal visitor.
Of course, any itinerary can be customized for specific needs (including a hotel change), as usual with Tours For You travel. The company can design a new itinerary or, can adapt each proposed itinerary below. Another important advantage of these independent self-drive tours is that clients have the ability to change the day’s itinerary when they are already in Portugal because it is your tour! What you must remember is you'll always have your accommodation already booked for each night, and this is where you must end your day. Self-Drive Packages include: Essential Portugal (8 days), Portugal in Detail (12 days), or Complete Portugal (16 days) plus "Portuguese Hideaways (10 day)", "Relais & Chateauxv (12 days) or Portuguese Honeymoon (14 days). Also offered is Virtuoso Luxury Hotels (14 days), Small Luxury Hotels (12 days), Northern Manor Houses (10 days), Design Hotels (10 days) or Leading Hotels (14 days), as well as a Wine tour of Portugal (9 days).
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 00:00
Not just for Port lovers, this tour also features the Douro’s dynamic new wineries that are turning heads with their incredible table wines. Visit the historic lodges in Oporto, where Port is aged. Then move upstream to the grape-growing region where Port and the new unfortified wines are made. Fall in love with the Douro river valley, a World Heritage site.
Sunday, 25 September 2011 00:00
Lisbon is the hot place to be this winter with Portugal’s capital on the Tejo River. The city has been reborn with a host of new museums, restaurants, cultural venues and hotels. Taking in Lisbon is easy with new packages from Azores Express/SATA: A week long package from Boston, with six nights lodging and air, starts at just $859 per person this fall with a half dozen hotels to choose from.
Packages from Boston to Lisbon (via the Azores) depart Tuesdays and Fridays with six-night stays at a choice of four hotels all year. For Tuesday departures, packages range from $859 to $1,019 per person, double occupancy (plus tax). All packages include daily breakfast. Choose a package that combines a stay in São Miguel in the Azores for the same $859 base price. Children under 6 pay only child’s airfare. Children under 10 pay just 10% of the hotel rate, plus airfare.
New hotels this year is the Jorge V Lisbon, considered one of Lisbon landmarks, with a tradition of service and a central downtown setting. The recently updated hotel HF Fénix Lisboa, right in the heart of the iconic Marquês de Pombal Square, is a short walk to many sights and public transportation.
The other featured hotels include Lisbon’s stylish Hotel Azores Lisboa, a modern four-star hotel in the city’s business and shopping district. The downtown and elegant Tivoli Jardim is set near major sites and shopping. The Hotel Mundial is right in the heart of the city’s center. The Mundial, recently restored, was famed as a center of espionage during World War II. The modern Tivoli Oriente is a four-star hotel in the newest part of the city, the riverfront Nation’s Park
About Lisbon: Lisbon stands on the north bank of the Tejo River, where the river meets the Atlantic. It is Portugal’s largest city and its capital, with the added distinction of being the warmest and most western capital in Europe. Its climate is strongly influenced by the Gulf Stream. Built on seven hills, some of Lisbon’s streets are too steep for cars, but visitors can and should take in panoramic views of the city by traveling to the top via elevators or funicular.
Azores Express/SATA has connected New England with the Azores and mainland Portugal for more than 25 years. Today it offers direct flights on wide-body A310 aircraft to São Miguel, the main island in the Azores archipelago. Connecting flights from São Miguel to Lisbon and/or the island of Madeira are available. The carrier is part of the SATA Group. For more information and reservations, contact Azores Express at 800-762-9995, www.sata.pt.
The Green and Volcanic Islands of the Azores – air and six-night hotel from $699 just 4 hours away from the US
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 00:00
Europe (Unspoiled) just Four Hours Away: The Green and Volcanic Islands of the Azores – air and six-night hotel from $699 - Choose from 26 Hotels and Five Islands
The unspoiled nature, mild climate and European culture of the Azores Islands are just four hours from Boston with Azores Express/SATA’s new fall and winter packages. For 2011-2012 Azores Express has 26 different hotels on five islands starting at $699 for air and six nights hotel per person, less than in 2010-11.
The Azores are the closest and one of the more affordable destinations in Europe.
All packages depart from Boston’s Logan Airport and include roundtrip, non-stop air, six nights lodging and daily breakfast. Flights depart and return on Tuesday and Fridays and passengers can upgrade from coach to SATA Plus Business-Class for just a few hundred dollars each way. Children under six stay free, and pay only a child’s airfare.
The Azores Express/SATA packages cost $699 to $1,529 per person, before tax and are available through the fall of 2012. Availability depends on your choice of hotel (s), the islands you wish to visit and travel dates. To book a trip, call 800-762-9995 or visit www.sata.pt for more details.
There are five hotels offered on the island of Terceira, two on the island of Faial, one on the island of Santa Maria, two on the island of Pico, and 16 on the island of Sao Miguel.
Baia da Barca, Pico- with panoramic views of the Atlantic, these apartments are set on a quiet bay with vistas of Ponta de Pico, Portugal’s highest mountain. All apartments have a private entrance, fireplace and minibar.
Lince Hotel Azores, Sao Miguel - All rooms are non-smoking, with Mountain View/Sea View or City/Sea View, and the modern hotel offers a pool and restaurant.
Hotel Canadiano, São Miguel – A wonderful three star hotel situated in Ponta Delgada’s center with quality accommodations.
Hotel Vila Nova, São Miguel – A three star property in the heart of Ponta Delgada, close to many of the town's attractions such as the Convento da Esperança or the renaissance style Forte de Sao Bras.São Miguel - São Miguel, with its crater lakes, geysers, and seaside villages is the main island in the Azores and where all flights from Boston land in the fall, winter and spring. With easy access to the airport and major roads, Ponta Delgada is a great location to make day trips from to the rugged coastline. Venture to mountain crater lakes or visit the steaming thermal lakes and tea and pineapple plantations in the interior.
Terceira - Terceira’s lively and historic main city, Angra do Heroísmo, has been classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and has ample cultural offerings. The north coast offers black lava cliffs and a wine museum.
Pico - Meaning, "peak" in Portuguese; the steep volcanic mountain that often rises above the cloud cover characterizes Pico. Visitors can climb to a 7,700-foot summit, the highest point in Portugal, or stay closer to sea level and enjoy Pico’s signature wine known for carrying just a hint of lava.
Other Islands - Two of the other islands offered include Faial, famed for its harbors that are often filled with yachts from around the world, and sunny Santa Maria, known for having some of the best beaches in the Azores.
About the Azores:
The Azores is the closet point in Europe to North America. The islands were created by volcanic activity millions of years ago, which have created a stunning and dramatic environment. From the black lava cliffs of the island of Terceira, to mythical Mountain Lake of Fire on São Miguel, the Azores offers an intensely green and sculptured landscape. This ocean-enveloped land enjoys a mild climate year-round between 60°F and 80°F.
The National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations recently named the Azores islands as the world’s second most appealing islands destination in its fourth annual Destination Scorecard survey. A panel of 522 experts reviewed conditions on 111 islands and archipelagos. The Azores received the title of “Authentic, unspoiled, and likely to remain so.”
Azores Express (part of the SATA Group) connects New England with the beautiful islands of the Azores. Year-round flights are available from Boston, with connecting service to Lisbon, Porto and Madeira. For information call 800-762-9995 or visit www.sata.pt.
Monday, 29 August 2011 00:00
Warm Winter Escape, New Destination - Americans Rediscover Madeira Island with new packages from $939 for Air and Hotel
Looking for a new winter escape that is not the same old Caribbean, but that is affordable and warm? Madeira Island off the coast of North Africa is closer this fall and winter with new flights from Boston and expanded packages starting at a mere $939 for round-trip air and hotel. Portuguese airline Azores Express/SATA has new 6-night packages from Boston Logan Airport to Funchal (via the Azores) with more flights to choose from and eight hotels. Prices, including roundtrip air, hotel, and breakfast start at $939 per person, before taxes and fees. Hotel transfer can be added to the package at a nominal charge.
On the service from Boston to Madeira passengers can upgrade from coach to SATA Plus Business-Class for just a few hundred dollars each way. All packages include breakfast. Kids under 6 stay free, and pay only a child’s airfare.Madeira has a nearly perfect climate—warm and clear in winter with temperature in the 70s. Volcanic cliffs that rise dramatically from the sea characterize Madeira’s fascinating landscape. The islands steep rise creates six unique climate zones, each with its own beautiful flora and fauna that contribute to the comparison of Madeira with Hawaii.
Visitors come for the natural beauty, and they stay to experience the ocean, golf, hiking, deep sea fishing, diving, an old world charm of the island and its mountains and seaside towns. Madeira remains an uncrowned and sophisticated pearl of European charm, where visitors can experience the sea, mountain hiking, or city culture.
George Washington was a great fan of Madeira wine.
New this year is the Enotel Lido, with an all-inclusive package that starts at just $1,379 per person. Set on Madeira’s sunny southern coast, the Enotel Lido offers 5-star conveniences and hospitality. Guests have access to a wide selection of fun with swimming pools, the squash court, gymnasium, and the Thalassothys Spa. Also new is the Porto Bay Porto Santa Maria hotel from $1,469 pp. Porto Santa Maria is set on the sea in the middle of the historic heart of Funchal. Close by are the cable cars which link Funchal with Monte, Forte de São Tiago (a fortress built at the beginning of the 17thcentury) and the famous Mercado dos Lavradores
Hotels include the four-star Four Views, Estrelicia, Cliff Bay, Pestana Carlton, Porto Santa Maria, Baia Azul, and the new Pestana Prominade. All hotels offer seaside views, outdoor saltwater pools and full resort facilities.Azores Express has connected New England with Portugal for more than 20 years. Today it offers direct flights on a wide body A310 aircraft to São Miguel, the main island in the Azores archipelago. Connecting flights from São Miguel to Lisbon, Porto and/or the islands of Madeira are available. The company is part of the SATA Group. For more information and reservations, contact Azores Express at 800-762-9995, www.sata.pt.
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