Escape to Lisbon for Just $1,039 New Flights from Boston

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Lisbon, Portugal has been rated as one of the most affordable and exciting capitals in Europe. Now, Azores Express is offering airfare and six-night hotel packages from Boston to Lisbon this from $1,039 to $1,329 per person, departing Tuesdays, to mid-June 2009.

Azores Express will add a flight between Boston and Lisbon starting in April. The addition means travelers will have a flight option between the two cities every day of the week for the first time. One hotel included in the package is Lisbon's new Hotel Azores Lisboa, a modern 4-star hotel in the city's business and shopping district. Hotel Mundial is also included, located in city's center. The Mundial was recently restored and has a history as a center of espionage during World War II. Friday departures are $120 more per person. Each package includes a choice of two hotels and daily breakfast. Children under 6 pay only child's airfare. Children under 10 pay just 10% of the hotel rate, plus airfare. Prices will be slightly higher on holidays and after April 1, 2009. For more information and reservations, contact Azores Express at 800-762-9995, http://www.sata.pt.

Additional SATA/Azores Express flights means daily summer service from Boston to Lisbon; more year-round flights to Portugal's Azores Islands.

On April 5, 2009 SATA/Azores Express, which is known as Grupo SATA in Portugal, will begin this new Sunday flight to Lisbon, with a stop in the city of Ponta Delgada on the Azores island of San Miguel, for $710 plus tax. SATA/Azores Express currently runs only two flights per week year-round between Boston and Lisbon.

Also, starting on July 1 and running throughout the summer, SATA/Azores Express will add a third nonstop flight between Boston and Lisbon. The new nonstop flight runs on Wednesdays for $816 plus tax.

Total flights between Boston and Lisbon will be three non-stop, plus five flights with a stop in Ponta Delgada. For the summer months, flights will run from Boston to Lisbon via Ponta Delgada on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays; and nonstop to Lisbon on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

SATA/Azores Express specializes in flights to Portugal's Azores Islands, an autonomous region of Portugal some 800 miles from the mainland. This summer the airlines will offer more flights direct to those islands. The Lisbon flights mentioned above which stop in Ponta Delgada have connections to all of the islands. In addition, SATA/Azores Express will offer one flight a week, on Thursdays, from Boston direct to the Azores island of Terceira, for the summer only. SATA/Azores Express also offers a weekly Terceira flight from Oakland, California for the summer.

Another summer-only option is a flight from Boston to Porto, Portugal via Ponta Delgada, on Fridays.

The flying time to the Azores is just four hours from Boston. If heading on to Lisbon, a flight takes 5 and half hours from Boston.

Lisbon, Portugal's capital and largest city, sits on the north bank of the Tejo River, where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean. It is the warmest and westernmost capital in Europe, with a climate strongly influenced by the Gulf Stream. Hotels.com recently voted Lisbon as the most affordable capital city in Western Europe.

The Azores Islands are series of nine islands, an autonomous region of Portugal. Sitting some 800 miles west of the mainland, they are Europe's closest point to the United States. The islands are characterized by volcanic mountains, seaside villages, black sand beaches and steaming geysers. SATA/Azores Express is the only airline to fly directly to the Azores from the United States.

SATA/Azores Express offers weeklong packages to dozen of hotels and inns in the Azores, Lisbon, and Madeira starting at just $769 per person for roundtrip air and six nights hotel, plus tax.

For as little as $464, passengers can upgrade to SATA's business class. SATA/Azores Express business class passengers have access to first class lounges in Boston, Ponta Delgada, Lisbon, Porto and Funchal. SATA business class service includes a reclining extra wide seat with lots of leg room and a footrest, catered meals, a selection of Portuguese wines, in-flight entertainment, priority boarding and baggage handling, an amenities kit and SATA's "white glove service".

SATA International operates 222 seat Airbuses A310s on the Boston route.

SATA/Azores Express has connected New England with the Azores and mainland Portugal for more than 20 years. The carrier is part of the SATA Group, which connects the Azores, an autonomous region of Portugal, with the world. For more information and reservations, contact your travel agent or SATA/Azores Express at 800-762-9995, http://www.SATA.pt.

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