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The Ultimate Azores Experience: 5 Islands/14 Days


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If you plan to voyage across the Atlantic to explore some of the world’s least-visited islands, you might as well see as many as possible! Portugal.com’s Ultimate Azores Experience package delivers the best of the Atlantic’s most verdant, volcanic and historic archipelago over two full weeks. Starting on Flores, the westernmost point in Europe, and journeying to San Miguel, Terceira, Faial and Pico – with optional summer excursions to São Jorge and Corvo – you will experience the remarkable variety of towns, cultures, landscapes, cuisines and natural attractions the Azores has to offer.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Flores: Arrive in the Azores

Landing on Flores make you feel as though you have dropped into the Garden of Eden. Generally considered the most beautiful of the Azorean isles, Flores’ landscape is spectacular, featuring craggy cliffs, a multitude of lakes and craters, high waterfalls, small pastures bordered by miles of hydrangea hedges and stunning vistas of every imaginable shade of green. Your driver will meet you at the airport and whisk you to your hotel in Santa Cruz.

Day 2 - Flores: Tour the Natural Beauty

Today you will experience a succession of gorgeous natural views, each more spectacular than the last. Your private English-speaking driver/guide will spend a half-day showing you the lush landscapes of Flores, including unforgettable views at the scenic lookouts of Ribeira da Cruz, Fajazinha, Ponta da Faja and Caveira. On the journey, you will see many of the lakes and waterfalls that made Flores famous. Don’t miss the Rocha dos Bordoes, a lava formation creating oddly high vertical flutes on your way back to the hotel. Enjoy the afternoon and evening at your leisure, taking a short trek through the hills or getting to know Santa Cruz and its local culture and cuisine.

Day 3 - Flores:  Enjoy Free Time or Visit Corvo

Enjoy a full day to explore Flores at your leisure. Many visitors head back to the hills for a hike or picnic in the countryside. Others take a day to bask in the sun with a good book and a glass of wine. In the summer months, lots of people take the chance to voyage to the tiny nearby island of Corvo (for an additional charge) to observe one of the Portugal’s most unique cultures, hear the unique dialect spoken by its 468 residents, visit the 16th century church or spot one of the Azore’s famous windmill.

Day 4 - Flores to Faial: Stroll Historical Horta 

Faial Island - Azores

Faial Island - Shutterstock

Board your flight to the island of Faial and disembark at 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: Visit the Capelinhos Volcano

Today you will get face-to-face with the island’s volcanic origins on a half day tour. 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. Enjoy a free afternoon to do as you please.

Day 6 - Voyage to Pico Island 

Pico sunset - Shutterstock

Pico sunset - Shutterstock

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 7 - Faial: Enjoy Free Time or Visit São Jorge

Take today for whatever form of activity or relaxation you like. In Horta, you can enjoy beach time, a visit to volcanic formations or a stroll along the fortress. Many visitors like to take a day trip to São Jorge Island (for an additional charge). The island boasts some of the best surfing in Portugal as well as many other water sports and outdoor adventures.

Day 8 - Faial to Terceira: Go Back in Time in Angra 

Angra do Heroísmo - Shutterstock

Angra do Heroísmo - Shutterstock

Fly to 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 Heroísmo, 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 9 - 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 10 - Terceira: Free Time on Terceira

Angra do Heroismo beach - Terceira - Azores

Beach on Terceira

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 11 -Terceira to São Miguel: On Foot in Ponta Delgada

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 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 12 - São Miguel: Tour Furnas’ Gardens & Hot Springs Sáo Miguel Geyser - Turismo dos Acores

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 13 - São Miguel: Marvel at 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 14 - São Miguel: Enjoy Free Time before Departure 

Lagoa do Fogo - S. Miguel - Azores

Lagoa do Fogo, Sáo Miguel - Shutterstock

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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Departure DateSolo ComfortSolo BoutiqueSolo SuperiorSingle ComfortSingle BoutiqueSingle SuperiorDouble ComfortDouble BoutiqueDouble SuperiorTriple ComfortTriple BoutiqueTriple Superior
12/10/2016 - 3/31/2017$2841$2777$2771$1859$1795$1790$1496$1456$1443$1353$1298$1307
4/1/2017 - 5/31/2017$3155$3016$3054$2174$2034$2072$1654$1587$1600$1458$1385$1411
6/1/2017 - 9/30/2017$3741$3564$3613$2759$2582$2631$1946$1861$1888$1653$1589$1603
10/1/2017 - 10/31/2017$3155$3016$3054$2174$2034$2072$1654$1587$1600$1458$1385$1411

Package At-A-Glance

Portugal.com’s Ultimate Azores Experience package includes 14 days/13 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, such as day tours to Corvo and São Jorge, can be arranged for an additional charge.

  • Flores – 3 Nights – Time for optional tour to Corvo
  • Faial – 4 Nights – Includes a full-day trip to Pico and time for optional tour to São Jorge
  • Terceira – 3 Nights
  • São Miguel – 3 Nights
Angra do Heroismo town center - Azores

Angra do Heroismo -Shuttertock

 

Included in this Package:

  • 13 nights of accommodations
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • Hotel tax and hotel service charge
  • Roundtrip airport-hotel transfers
  • Sightseeing by private car with English speaking driver/guide
  • Full day tour of Pico
  • Roundtrip ferry tickets Faial-Pico
  • Transfers Hotel/harbor/hotel
  • Half day tour of Faial
  • Full day tour of Furnas, Sao Miguel
  • Half day tour to Sete Cidades, Sao Miguel
  • Full day tour of Terceira 
  • Half day tour of Flores 

 

Not Included in this Package:

  • Airfare
  • Meals other than breakfast and lunch during the full day tours
  • Entrances fee at Parc Terra Nostra
Hydrangeas in S. Miguel Azores
Ponta Delgada - Turismo dos Acores
Horta bay - Faial island - Azores
Flores island - Azores - Portugal
S. Miguel road with trees - Azores
Angra do Heroismo town center - Azores
Sete Cidades Lake - S. Miguel - Azores
Sete Cidades lake - Azores
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 .

Comfort Hotels

Ponta Delgada - Hotel Apartamentos Gaivota

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Located in the center of Ponta Delgada and next to Portas Do Mar, this hotel offers panoramic views of the marina right in the capital of the Azores Archipelago.

All rooms at Hotel Apartamentos Gaivota have hardwood floors and elegant furnishings. Each of the air conditioned rooms features a cable TV, and a minibar.

Guests can enjoy their breakfast in the privacy of their room, while using the free internet. The hotel is surrounded by restaurants and cafés with terraces. Packed lunches are also available.

The ocean pools of Ponta Delgada and the city's public pools are less than 165 ft away. Ponta Delgada Airport is 2 miles away, and the hotel offers a car rental service on site.

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Horta - Hotel do Canal

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The 4-star Hotel do Canal is situated in Horta on Faial Island. It is just 100 meters from the beach and offers panoramic views of Pico Mountain and the bay.

Soundproofed rooms are bright and have modern wood furnishings. They come equipped with cable TV and a private bathroom with a hairdryer. Free fresh fruit and a bottle of mineral water are in the room upon arrival.

A well-equipped fitness center and massage treatments are available at the hotel. There is also a sauna and a Turkish steam bath. Staff at the 24-hour reception desk can arrange car rental.

Guests can enjoy a coffee and newspaper in the bar which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Clipper Restaurant offers all-day dining and local specialties.

Hotel do Canal is just 10 minutes’ walk from the Horta Marina and is a 10-minute drive from Horta Airport. Free private parking is possible on site.

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Boutique Hotels

Horta - Hotel do Canal

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The 4-star Hotel do Canal is situated in Horta on Faial Island. It is just 100 meters from the beach and offers panoramic views of Pico Mountain and the bay.

Soundproofed rooms are bright and have modern wood furnishings. They come equipped with cable TV and a private bathroom with a hairdryer. Free fresh fruit and a bottle of mineral water are in the room upon arrival.

A well-equipped fitness center and massage treatments are available at the hotel. There is also a sauna and a Turkish steam bath. Staff at the 24-hour reception desk can arrange car rental.

Guests can enjoy a coffee and newspaper in the bar which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Clipper Restaurant offers all-day dining and local specialties.

Hotel do Canal is just 10 minutes’ walk from the Horta Marina and is a 10-minute drive from Horta Airport. Free private parking is possible on site.

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Ponta Delgada - Hotel Talisman

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Located in Ponta Delgada's historic center, this charming hotel overlooks a beautiful park and boasts a rooftop pool. Modern facilities include a fitness center and a solarium.

Reflecting São Miguel’s rich past with its traditional interior, Hotel Talisman has a cozy lounge with a fireplace and a winter garden. Guests can also relax on the terrace or in the spacious flower garden.

With its 2 large dining rooms and an outdoor area, the Palm Terrace Restaurant offers a broad variety of regional and international flavors. There is a poolside bar and sports pub for informal drinks.

The Talisman’s air-conditioned rooms come with cable TV and minibars. Each unit is spacious and bright. Some feature separate living rooms.

The hotel’s 24-hour staff can advise on Ponta Delgada’s attractions including local architectural treasures, such as palaces, churches and the Carlos Machado Museum, situated 600 meters away.

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Superior Hotels

Horta - Hotel do Canal

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The 4-star Hotel do Canal is situated in Horta on Faial Island. It is just 100 meters from the beach and offers panoramic views of Pico Mountain and the bay.

Soundproofed rooms are bright and have modern wood furnishings. They come equipped with cable TV and a private bathroom with a hairdryer. Free fresh fruit and a bottle of mineral water are in the room upon arrival.

A well-equipped fitness center and massage treatments are available at the hotel. There is also a sauna and a Turkish steam bath. Staff at the 24-hour reception desk can arrange car rental.

Guests can enjoy a coffee and newspaper in the bar which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Clipper Restaurant offers all-day dining and local specialties.

Hotel do Canal is just 10 minutes’ walk from the Horta Marina and is a 10-minute drive from Horta Airport. Free private parking is possible on site.

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Ponta Delgada - Hotel Marina Atlantico

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Hotel Marina Atlantico is in the center of Ponta Delgada overlooking the marina and the harbor. There is an indoor pool and the rooms are modernly furnished with cable TV.

The spacious, contemporary guest rooms at Hotel Marina Atlantico are air conditioned and fitted with a minibar. The private bathrooms feature complimentary bathroom amenities.

The on-site fitness centre is well-equipped and features flat-screen TVs. Guests can relax in Marina Atlantico’s sauna, steam bath or with a massage.

With views of the marina, the hotel’s Escuna Restaurant serves traditional Portuguese meals. Palhabote Bar on the ground floor has refreshing drinks and light snacks.

Marina Atlantico also has a full-service business center, a 24-hour front desk and a car rental service.

Ponta Delgada Airport is just 3 km away.

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Booking your vacation

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  • 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
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