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Featuring year-round balmy weather and a trademark fortified wine, the Portuguese island of Madeira boasts a lush beauty that earned its label as the “Floating Garden of the Atlantic.” During your three-day stay in the lovely island capital of Funchal, you’ll enjoy a half-day city tour and immersion into local island life. Peruse the covered market at the edge of the Old Town and visit a local wine cellar where you’ll savor the island’s Madeira wine. Raise a glass to this oceanic outpost — the perfect complement to your Mediterranean cruise!
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Board an overnight flight to Funchal, Madeira
Today you’ll board an overnight flight to the lush Portuguese island of Madeira, arriving on Day 2.
Welcome to Funchal, historic capital of the lush “Garden Island” of Madeira, Portugal. If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, a representative will meet you at the airport and assist with the transfer to your hotel. In the early 1400s, the discovery of the island 323 miles off the coast of Africa was a catalyst for the Age of Discovery. Join your Vantage City Host for a briefing and a short orientation walk of the city. During time at leisure, perhaps you’ll explore the highlights of this lovely town, including its 15th-century cathedral and the scenic Santa Caterina Park, and stop at a café to sip some of the island’s eponymous wine. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner at the hotel.
Tour Madeira’s marketplace and Old Town
Set out this morning for a half-day city tour. Browse the fragrant stands of the marketplace brimming with produce carted in from all over the fertile island and stroll the cobbled lanes of the Old Town. Then, ascend to the town of Monte, 1,800 feet above the sea. Splendid views greet you from here, but you might thrill more to the mode of transport you’ll use to return to Funchal: a traditional two-seater wicker toboggan or “basket sled.” A pair of pilots—skilled and expert Carreiros—guide you downhill for the steep mile-long journey. Back in the city, your afternoon is free. Perhaps you'll stop at one of Madeira's old wine cellars to sample a local vintage. Later, experience more of Funchal on your own with a night at leisure.
Explore Madeira’s lushness on your own
Craft your own itinerary with a day at leisure. Perhaps you'll explore this magnificent island’s interior by visiting the famed Madeira Botanical Gardens, or take in the panoramas from the 5,430-foot Pico do Arieiro.
Fly to Lisbon
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Lisbon, where your main cruise tour begins. There’ll be time to explore this wondrous cultural capital on your own.
From its start around 1000 AD as a Viking trading hub and its heyday as a Northern Renaissance maritime power, to its current position as Sweden’s cultural and political capital, beautiful Stockholm is the place to go for anyone wishing to understand Scandinavia. It’s also a clean, safe, modern and delightful haven that is easy to explore, thanks to its design-forward infrastructure, cosmopolitan cuisine, and friendly people. Your centrally located hotel is the perfect base from which to explore this beautiful capital built on 14 small islands filled with parks, medieval squares, picturesque footbridges, and more. An included Swedish cultural tour and a food tour give you a jump-start on getting oriented to the Nordic world. Then, you’ll have ample time to explore on your own. This is the perfect way to enhance your Baltic experience, and a tremendous value in a region known to be costly to visit.
From ABBA to Z: A Swedish cultural tour
Today, you’ll get an in-depth taste of life in Sweden’s capital. Visit Abba: The Museum, an interactive experience dedicated to the iconic Swedish pop quartet and their global impact. Then, tour the Skansen Open-Air Museum to see how people lived in Sweden before the Industrial Revolution. This afternoon, enjoy time at leisure to explore.
Inside Sweden's food culture
Enjoy the morning following your own whims and desires, perhaps exploring the waterfront or stopping by the Nobel Museum to learn about the prestigious prize. In the afternoon, an included tour presents Swedish Food Culture. Walking with your guide you’ll stop at food markets, stalls and eateries to sample tasty Swedish delicacies and learn about the national cuisine. Your tastings include great local dishes based on the season — perhaps a fika coffee break with pastry, a sampling of artisanal smoked meats, local beer, or a cutting-edge New Nordic version of Swedish meatballs. The balance of the day is at leisure. This evening, gather to celebrate your Scandinavian discoveries during a Farewell Dinner at your hotel.
After breakfast, transfer to the Stockholm airport for your return flight home.