The Treasures of Portugal (11 Days)

Cruise Line: Hurtigruten
Lisbon, Portugal to Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is a legendary city with centuries of history, built on seven hills along the shores of the River Tejo. Take some time to visit world-famous sites like Tower of Belém before embarkation on MS Midnatsol.


We sail west towards the volcanic archipelago of the Azores. These nine islands are the western frontier of Europe, and each has its own unique character. Our expert lecturers will prepare you for the upcoming visit. Take a little time to chat with your fellow travellers or just enjoy the deep relaxation of being at sea.

São Miguel, Azores, Portugal

Known as the "green island", São Miguel is the largest of the nine islands, studded with lakes, rolling hills, mountains, and green plains. The island's capital is the charming university town of Ponta Delgada. Join an excursion to the Sete Cidades Massif to see a volcanic crater and lake-filled caldera, and tour the otherworldly landscape of cones, pumice deposits, and lava domes. The scenic Lagoa das Sete Cidades is a highlight of this protected landscape, considered one of the seven Natural Wonders of Portugal.

Faial, Azores, Portugal

Ilha Azul – or the blue island – draws its nickname from the profusion of colourful hydrangeas that dot the landscape. This pearl of natural beauty is home to a thriving culture with rich heritage and traditions. As a result of the the volcanic eruptions of 1957, the landscape here is a sublime mixture of lava rock and exotic vegetation, making Faial ideal for hiking, walking, and bird watching. On a clear day, we can spot the 7,713-foot-high volcano, Ponta do Pico, Portugal's highest mountain, on the neighbouring island of Pico. Horta, on the east coast, is island's hub with a population of around 7,000, located on a charming bay.

Angra do Heroísmo, Portugal

Visit the lovely and historic capital of the archipelago. Angra was founded in the 15th century, taking advantage of its location as an ideal stopping place for traders from the New World. Take in the historic 16th-century fortress of São João Baptista. Beyond the edge of town, with the Serra de Santa Bárbara massif looming in the west, the island has a wild and hilly scenic landscape.


Enjoy another idyllic day at sea, taking in the fresh salty air, relaxing with a drink or a book, and looking for wildlife.

Funchal, Portugal

Also known as the "pearl of the Atlantic", Madeira is a veritable floating garden in the Atlantic Ocean, hosting rare and lush plant and animal life. The laurissilva forest, tracing back to the Tertiary period, is composed of evergreen species that were dominant in Europe 20 million years ago, but today are only found here and a few other isolated spots. Funchal is a modern, cosmopolitan city that offers inviting cafés, interesting shops, cobblestone streets, and a magnificent natural setting.

Ilha de Porto Santo, Madeira, Portugal

This place has been called "one long beach, with a bit of land attached". The volcanic sand of Porto Santo has been said to have curative powers, prompting visitors from all over to this remote island. Enjoy a visit to these golden beaches. The rugged interior of Porto Santo is perfect for exciting excursions, walks, and has a lot to offer history buffs. After all, a little-known explorer named Christopher Columbus made his home on the island's capital: Vila Baleira.

DAY 10

The day at sea is yours to enjoy. Relax on deck, learn more at our lecture series, or share stories and memories with your fellow explorers as we sail back toward mainland Europe.

DAY 11
Lisbon, Portugal

Early risers will be rewarded with a lovely view of Lisbon as we cruise up the Rio Tejo, ending our journey in the capital of Portugal.

The Treasures of Portugal map

About the Ship

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MS Midnatsol (Midnight Sun)

The name Midnatsol (Midnight Sun) is something to live up to, and this ship is dedicated to the Norwegian summer.The interior's bright, colourful décor is inspired by the warm sunny climate, a motif also reflected in the many pieces of Norwegian modern art on display.

What's Included


  • Cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis

  • Wind and water resistant jacket

  • Landings with Polarcirkel boats and activities onboard and ashore

  • Professional English speaking Expedition team

Not Included

  • International flights

  • Travel insurance

  • Luggage handling

  • Optional excursions and gratuities

About Us

Exploring since 1893, Hurtigruten operates premium exploration voyages to Norway, Antarctica, Iceland, Greenland, Spitsbergen, Europe, Africa, South/Central America and Arctic Canada. Our itineraries to these unique destinations focus on the stunning diversity of its wilderness, inhabitants, flora, and fauna. Hurtigruten’s unique heritage, combined with highly skilled crews and a diverse fleet of nimble, intimately-scaled expedition ships, enable us to offer guests unforgettable experiences in some of the most exciting corners of the world.

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