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Madeira for Just $849 for a Week

Wednesday Oct 14, 2009
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Warm and sunny Madeira Island offers so much more than its wine. Madeira has a nearly perfect climate in the winter - warm and clear with temperature in the 70s. The island’s unique landscape is characterized by volcanic cliffs that rise dramatically from the sea. These steep and verdant mountains create six unique climate zones, each with its beautiful flora and fauna that people often compare to Hawaii.

This fall and winter, Azores Express/SATA will be offering six-night packages from Boston Logan Airport to the capital city of Funchal, via the Azores or Lisbon. Packages include roundtrip air, hotel, and breakfast. Prices start at $849 per person, before taxes and fees, a $300 discount from last year’s packages.

Flights depart and return on Tuesday and Fridays. Passengers can upgrade their Boston to Madeira flights from coach to SATA Plus Business-Class for just a few hundred dollars each way. All packages offer a choice of seven hotels and include breakfast. Kids under six stay free and pay only a child’s airfare.

New Hotel

New this year is the Ajuda Madeira Hotel, a four-star resort set in Funchal, just above the seaside promenade and less than two miles from the city center. Each of its 91 rooms features a balcony with sea views. Other amenities include a restaurant, bar, adults and children’s heated outdoor swimming pools, sauna, Jacuzzi, steam bath, massage, laundry service, games room, private parking and a complimentary shuttle to and from the city center.

The other hotels in the package are 4 and 5-star ranked and include the Alto Lido, Cliff Bay, Madeira Regency, Tivoli Madeira, Baia Azul, and the new CS Madeira. All hotels offer seaside views, outdoor saltwater pools and full resort faculties.

Visitors have been drawn to Madeira for centuries by the natural beauty and the old world charm of its seaside towns. Visitors today find that beyond the draw of the ocean are a number of activities, such as golf, hiking, deep sea fishing and diving. Madeira remains an uncrowded and sophisticated pearl of Europe where visitors can experience the sea, mountain hiking, or city culture.

Azores Express has connected New England with Portugal for more than 20 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, 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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