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2019 The Best of the Azores: 4 Islands in 10 Days


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Like centuries of other intrepid travelers, you have set a course for the Azores. Portugal.com’s Best of the Azores package will ensure you experience the very best of these fascinating islands. Over ten days, you will roam four islands and see the full array of sights that have made the Azores a destination of both ancient and contemporary legend: The mystic volcanic crater lakes in São Miguel, the 15th century fortress of Angra in Terceira, the historic port of Horta on Faial and the perfectly conical volcano of Pico. Along the way, you will gain personal insight into the unique culture, history and geography of Europe’s westernmost paradise.

"We had a wonderful 10 days in the Azores on the tour you arranged for us. The islands are very beautiful, each with their own character, both scenically and culturally. The hotels were beyond our expectation; the local cuisine in cafes and small restaurants caused some increase to our girths. But perhaps the most enjoyable part of the trip was the personal interaction with our guides who provided insight into the local history, culture, family life, and politics." - John Jones, Australia

Itinerary

Day 1 - Terceira: Arrival in the Azores 

Angra do Heroismo marina - Terceira - Azores

Angra do Heroísmo marina - Shutterstock

Grab a window seat on the plane so you can be the first to spot the seven ancient volcanic peaks rising from the Atlantic that make up the Azores. You’ll land in Terceira, the third Azorean island to be discovered, the archipelago’s third largest island and, therefore, unsurprisingly, has a name that translates as “third.” On the streets of the 16th century UNESCO World Heritage village of Angra do Heroismo, you will swear you time traveled back to the Age of Discovery. Angra is a snug harbor protected by a volcanic cone that made the port a major staging point for European explorers on the way to the New World from the 16th to 18th centuries. In fact, ships laden with riches often moved in convoys from Terceira to Europe to ward off pirate attacks. You can climb the hill behind the pretty public gardens for a grand view of the city and the volcanic cone of Monte Brasil to complete your day.

Day 2 - Terceira: Tour Fishing Villages and Volcanic Wonders

Depart by the south coast to Praia da Vitoria via Porto Judeu, a small fishing village on your full day, private guided tour of the island. Make a stop at São Sebastiao to see its 15th parish church and the Azores’s most colorful “imperio,” a small chapel that is central to the religious festivals of the Holy Ghost (Espirito Santo) popular throughout the archipelago. Take time for lunch in Praia da Vitoria, a charming town with a main square and a pedestrian shopping street. Take the mountain road up to Serra do Cume for a view of the rolling, multi-hued green fields, bordered by stone walls and hydrangeas and a glimpse of Praia harbor in the distance. Move on to Algar do Carvao, a huge lava tube about 300 feet long covered in stalactites and stalagmites open only in summer. Continue to Biscoitos on the north coast to see the natural lava swimming pools and to visit the wine museum. Return to your hotel by way of the classic villages of Altares, Doze Ribeiras and São Mateus.

Day 3 - Terceira: Leisure Time on Terceira 

Angra do Heroismo - Terceira - Portugal

Terceira - Shutterstock

You’ll have today to uncover more of the unique attractions of Terceira. Angra is a wonderful city to explore on foot. Or take a taxi to Monte Brasil for a panoramic view of the city and follow walking trails past several old fortresses and a castle. Or taste local seafood and wine as you soak in the island atmosphere.

Day 4 - Terceira to Faial: Stroll Historical Horta  

Grab a window seat on the plane so you can be the first to spot the seven ancient volcanic peaks rising from the Atlantic that make up the Azores. You’ll land at Faial, one of the most strategic ports in history. The capital Horta has served as a hub for centuries of sailors - from explorers to pirates to whalers to today’s trans-Atlantic yachtsmen. Despite its formidable 16th century fortress, both the Spanish and England’s Sir Walter Raleigh attacked Horta. During the pre-wireless days, Horta was a strategic relay point for the trans-Atlantic cable communications. Today it is a traveler’s paradise of maritime legacy and a perfect place to enjoy whale watching, water sports or gazing at the sea.

Day 5 - Faial: Voyage to Pico Island 

Wake refreshed and ready for a short ferry ride to picturesque Pico. Dock in Madalena and meet your guide for a full day tour of the second largest island in the archipelago. You won’t miss the perfectly cone-shaped namesake volcano, Pico (pronounced “peak”) that serves as a backdrop for views across the island. Lava rock from ancient eruptions forms the walls of many homes and borders vineyards that grow the grapes for the local wine, Verdelho. Before returning to Horta by ferry, don’t miss the whaling museum which details the historic transition of Pico from a whaling station to a renown place to see whales in the wild.

Day 6 - Faial: Visit the Capelinhos Volcano 

Today you will get face-to-face with the island’s volcanic origins. Your private English-speaking guide will drive you through the mountains over the Valley of Flamengos, on to Caldeira, the highest point on the island, and north to Capelinhos, the site of the most recent volcanic eruption in the Azores. The 1957-58 offshore event added two square kilometers to the island! The extensive ash fields and earthquake aftershocks caused so much damage that many islanders emigrated to North America.

Day 7 - Faial to São Miguel: On Foot in Ponta Delgada 

Ponta Delgada - Turismo dos Acores

Ponta Delgada - Turismo dos Acores

 

Today you will enter the Azores of the 21st Century. Flying into the largest island of São Miguel, you will get glimpses of its geographical diversity and you will see the expanse of Ponta Delgada, the archipelago’s capital and largest city. But as you settle into your hotel for three nights in the old section of town, you will appreciate its charming historical center and marvel at the town’s intersection of old and new. Take the afternoon and evening to get acquainted with Ponta Delgada’s food, drinks and culture.

Day 8 - São Miguel: Tour Furnas’ Gardens & Hot Springs

Meet your private driver/guide and head beyond the homes of Ponta Delgada for a full day tour of São Miguel’s interior. The rural life of São Miguel dominates as you take the south road passing the village of Lagoa, a viewpoint at Caloura and the former capital of Vila Franca. Upon arrival in the Furnas area, the volcanic attractions take top billing: Don’t miss the lake, the hot springs and the holes in the ground where local specialty “Cozido nas Caldeiras” (Caldera Stew) is cooked for seven hours by underground volcanic steam. Continue to the charming town of Furnas for a lunch stop. Stroll the historic botanical gardens (additional charge) planted in the 18th century and take the opportunity to swim in the hot springs swimming pool. The Furnas hot springs and mineral waters were a popular and fashionable 19th century spa resort for Europeans that are now being revitalized. Cross the island to the north coast, stopping for a fine view of both the south and north coasts and visit Europe’s only tea plantation on the way. Return to your hotel for an evening of dining and relaxation in town.

Day 9 - São Miguel: Marvel at Sete Cidades  

Sete Cidades

Sete Cidades

Some say it is wise to save the best for last. We think you’ll agree. On your final full day you’ll take a half-day guided tour the famed view of Sete Cidades. The view of the twin blue and green caldera lakes from Vista do Rei on the crater’s rim is nothing short of spectacular. After catching your breath, you’ll travel to the tiny town of Sete Cidades down in the crater along the lake. On the way back to Ponta Delgada, be sure to stop at a plantation and taste one of São Miguel’s small, sweet pineapples – they’re the only ones grown in Europe. Absorb the glow of your last Azorean sunset before heading to dine on local specialties in town.

Day 10 - São Miguel: Enjoy Free Time before Departure

Wake one final morning in the salty Azorean air. Check out at your leisure, store your bags at the hotel, and spend your last hours on São Miguel doing some last minute shopping, strolling and sightseeing. An optional morning tour to Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lake for an additional charge) with a stop at a nearby ceramics factory is popular with many visitors. Bid a fond farewell to these storied isles – as centuries of travelers to the Azores have done before you.

 

 

 

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What's Included

Package At-A-Glance

Portugal.com’s Best of the Azores package includes 10 days/9 nights of accommodations, daily buffet breakfast, round-trip airport-hotel transfers, sightseeing tours and experienced local guides/drivers. Ample free time is allotted for relaxation and independent activities. Excursions can be arranged for an additional charge.

  • Terceira – 3 nights
  • Faial – 3 nights – Including one full-day trip to Pico
  • São Miguel – 3 nights

Included in this Package:

  • 3 nights at a Hotel  (4 stars) Terceira
  • 3 nights at a Hotel (4 stars)  Faial
  • 3 nights at a Hotel (4 stars) Sao Miguel
  • Full day tour of Terceira
  • Half day tour of Faial
  • Full day tour of Pico
  • Full day tour to Furnas, Sao Miguel
  • Half day tour to Sete Cidades, Sao Miguel
  • Airport-hotel-airport transfers
  • Roundtrip ferry tickets from Faial to Pico
  • Transfers hotel/harbor/hotel 
  • Daily buffet breakfast and hotel taxes
  • Airfare Terceira/Faial/Sao Miguel. Please inform dates of birth and names as per the passport when filling the request form.

 

Not Included in this Package:

  • International Airfare. Please contact us for the additional price. 
  • Entrance fees to museums and parks
  • Meals other than breakfast

Dates & Rates

  • Rates are per person in US dollars
  • Package can start any day of the week and all year round.
  • Private program
  • Dates shown are for tour land departure. If you are taking an overnight flight to reach the tour departure city plan to book your flight one day earlier than date shown on table
  • Rates do include inter island Airfare as per the program.

Departure DateSolo ComfortSolo BoutiqueSolo SuperiorSingle ComfortSingle BoutiqueSingle SuperiorDouble ComfortDouble BoutiqueDouble SuperiorTriple ComfortTriple BoutiqueTriple Superior
1/1/2019 - 3/21/2019$2565$2579$2840$1946$1960$2220$1576$1572$1732$1317$1346$1496
3/22/2019 - 5/21/2019$3131$2852$3243$2512$2232$2623$1859$1727$1945$1520$1484$1667
5/22/2019 - 9/30/2019$3703$3279$3840$3083$2659$3221$2131$1921$2257$1709$1654$1925
10/1/2019 - 11/1/2019$3121$2852$3243$2501$2232$2623$1837$1727$1945$1506$1484$1667
11/2/2019 - 12/31/2019$3121$2620$3123$2501$2001$2503$1837$1602$1874$1501$1374$1619

General

Booking your vacation

  • Early booking is advised. Availability of accommodations and inter-island flight is limited especially in summer months
  • If hotels named in itinerary are not available at time of booking, alternate similar same rating properties will be confirmed, and subject to new quote.
  • Order of islands visited may need to be altered due to flight schedule changes
  • Unless otherwise indicated, sightseeing tours are by private car with English speaking driver. Other languages are available upon request
  • Quotations with different hotels have a non refundable deposit of $50. Deposit will be credited towards final booking price

Booking your Vacation with Air

  • International airfare for this package is additional to price shown on Rates table. Departure cities are limited to those serviced by SATA International (Azores Airlines)
  • If you want a quote for airfare to be included make sure to check yes when prompted during the booking/reservation request process

Booking Conditions

  • A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $350 per person per vacation is required to book and hold space for you. Deposit includes airfare
  • Final payment is due 45 days before departure
  • Option to pay full price up front is available

Cancellation Policy

  • $200 per person if canceled up to 45 days from day of departure
  • 25% of total reservation if canceled 15 to 45 days from day of departure
  • 50% of reservation if canceled 7 to 14 days from day of departure
  • No refunds if canceled less than 7 days or less from date of departure

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Booking Changes

  • A fee of $35 per person, per transaction, will be charged for any revision or alteration made to a reservation after the booking is confirmed. 

Travel Insurance

  • We understand that there are unforeseeable circumstances, like flight cancellations, that prevent our clients from making their trips as planned. For that reason, we recommend purchasing travel insurance as we will not be able to refund any service which clients have not been able to utilize under these circumstances. Please click here for more information.

Hotels

Note: Hotels shown are for reference only. We reserve the right to change hotels based on availability, group size or other factors. Should alternate hotel be required, it will be of same or better rating .

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Photos

Village of Furnas - S. Miguel - Azores
Sete Cidades lake - Azores
Horta bay - Faial island - Azores
Cabrito - Pico - Azores
Angra do Heroismo town center - Azores
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