Join us on this custom-designed week-long journey to Madeira. In the company of Marguerite Harrison, associate professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Smith College, and Pamela Petro, currently the Lucille Geier Lakes Writer in Residence in the Department of English, you will visit every part of this “Garden Island of the Atlantic,” learning about the culture, gardens and vineyards. Famous throughout the world for its natural beauty, Madeira has been described as the “island of eternal spring”. Your home for the week will be the famed Belmond Reid’s Palace set in subtropical gardens overlooking the Atlantic. For more than a century, Reid’s has been attracting visitors, including Sir Winston Churchill, who relish both the beautiful surroundings and the delicious English High Tea! Escape this winter to experience the full flavor of Portugal’s very own floating botanical paradise.

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Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy leisure walks along Madeira’s most famous levadas (man-made canals)—the Riberio Frio
  • Discover Funchal with a walking tour of the Mercado dos Lavradores museum, a spectacular collection of silver and antiquities, an optional visit to the Museum of Natural History, or a shopping trip at the famous Casa do Turista, a vast collection of genuine Madeiran products including fine wines, exquisite embroidery, ceramics and more
  • Experience the high-energy of the Mercado dos Lavradores—the colorful, open-air market featuring island specialties of fresh fish and vegetables, exotic flowers, and local crafts
  • Spend time in traditional fishing village of Câmara de Lobos—a location of inspiration for Winston Churchill’s paintings
  • Dine at the local favorite restaurant, Almirante, and hear a traditional performance of fado, the hauntingly sad folk music of Portugal
  • Appreciate Madeira’s most beautiful parks and Botanical Gardens in Quinta do Palheiro, and admire the spectacular award-winning orchid display at Quinta da Boa Vista

Smith Faculty Speaker

Marguerite Itamar Harrison, Ph.D., associate professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies and Pamela Petro, 2016 Lucille Geier Lakes Writer in Residence in the Department of English at Smith College
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Trip Details

  • Duration: 8 days
  • Activity Level: Moderately active
  • Cost: $4,460 per person, based on double occupancy
  • Single Supplement: $980 per person
  • Deposit: $500 per person, payable to Discover Europe Ltd.
  • On-tour Air: Round-trip air is included from Boston to Madeira

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