Spring Escape Packages to the Azores, Lisbon, and Madeira: 6 Nights from $939

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Tired of all that snow or cold? Azores Express/SATA has air and hotel packages from Boston to Portugal this spring that start at $939 per person. The Azores Express 7-day/6-night air and hotel packages to the Azores, Madeira and Lisbon are priced between $939 to $1,599 per person (not including taxes) for travel through June 15, 2009. Prices vary depending upon choice of the more than 30 hotels offered.

All flights depart and return from Boston on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Package includes six nights hotel, with breakfast each day. Kids under 6 stay free and pay only a child's airfare. Passengers can upgrade from coach to SATA Plus Business-Class for just a few hundred dollars each way. To reserve, call 800-762-9995 or visit http://www.sata.pt for more details.

In the Azores, there are packages offered to the islands of Terceira, Faial, Santa Maria, Sao Miguel and Pico. Flying time is just 4-hours direct to Sao Miguel - and spring temperatures reach the 70s. The National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations recently named the Azores Islands as the world's second most appealing island destination in its fourth annual Destination Scorecard survey. A panel of 522 experts reviewed conditions on 111 islands and archipelagos. The Azores are noted as "Authentic, unspoiled, and likely to remain so."

For $1,239 to $1,399 escape to Lisbon and choose between the Hotel Azores Lisboa, a modern 4-star hotel in the city's business and shopping district or the Hotel Mundial is also included, located in city's center. Lisbon sits on the north bank of the Tejo River, where the river meets the Atlantic. It is Portugal's largest city and its capital, with the added distinction of being the warmest and western-most capital in Europe. Its climate is strongly influenced by the Gulf Stream.

Or, relax on Sunny Madeira Island about 400 miles west of North Africa, with a year-round average temperature of 70 degrees. Air and 6-night hotel packages starting at just $1,399 per person to Portugal's Madeira islands. Hotels included in the package deal are the new CS Madeira, Cliff Bay, Tivoli Madeira, and the Madeira Regency Palace--all 5-star properties. Four-star hotels include Alto Lido and Baia Azul. All hotels offer seaside views, outdoor saltwater pools and resort faculties Madeira's landscape is characterized by volcanic cliffs that rise dramatically from the sea. The steep rise creates six unique climate zones, each with its own beautiful flora and fauna that are often compared to the Hawaiian Islands.

Azores Express (part of the SATA Group) connects New England with the beautiful islands of the Azores. Year-round flights are available from Boston, with connecting service to Lisbon, Porto and Madeira. In season, Azores Express offers direct flights to Lisbon from Boston, and seasonal service to the Azores from Oakland, California. For information call 800-762-9995 or visit http://www.sata.pt.

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