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Description

Visit four of the most intriguing and scenic islands the Azores have to offer. See breathtaking crater lakes in the old volcanoes of Sao Miguel; explore the city of Angra do Heroismo in Terceira, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; visit the quaint port of Horta, Faial; and stand below the awesome Pico Mountain on the Island of Pico. Enjoy the striking volcanic scenery, rich flora and fauna, and the peaceful way of life these islands are known for. Gain insight into the culture, history, and geography of these mystical islands. Our agents will make sure that you are well taken care of once you arrive. Remove the stress from travel and leave all the planning and details to us!

Itinerary

Day 1 - Terceira

Arrival to Terceira airport (aka Lajes) and pickup the rented car. Head to Angra do Heroismo, about 24 kilometers away. Spend 3 nights at a Hotel  (4 stars) with daily buffet breakfast included. Terceira translates as "third", the third island to be discovered in the Azores archipelago. It's also the third largest in size. Walk the streets of Angra do Heroismo and you will feel transported back in time. This museum quality city is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It's snug harbor is protected by a volcanic cone which made Angra a major staging point for European ships bringing back the wealth of their New World colonies during the 16th to 18th centuries. In Angra, ships formed convoys to Europe as protection from pirates. Climb the hill behind the pretty public gardens for a grand view of the city and the volcanic cone of Monte Brasil.

Day 2 - Terceira

Suggestion: Depart by the south coast to Praia da Vitoria via Porto Judeu, a small fishing village. Then stop at Sao Sebastiao and its 15th parish church. Nearby is an "Imperio", a small chapel that is characteristic of the towns in the Azores. Imperio are central to the religious festivals of the Holy Ghost (Espirito Santo) popular throughout the Azores. These festivals are of medieval origin but are now seldom seen in mainland Europe. Terceira boasts the most colorful imperio. Praia da Vitoria is a charming town with a main square and a pedestrian shopping street. Time for lunch (not included) in Praia. 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 the harbor of Praia in the distance. Then to Algar do Carvao, a huge lava tube about 300 feet long with stalactites and stalagmites. The cave is open June 1 through September 30. 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 typical villages of Altares, Doze Ribeiras and Sao Mateus.

Day 3 - Terceira

Suggestion: Visit Monte Brasil for a panoramic view of the city and follow walking trails past several old fortresses and a castle.

Day 4 -Terceira/Faial

Check out from the Hotel, return the car at the airport and flight to Faial. Arriving and pickup the car at the airport.  Spend 3 nights at a Hotel  (4 stars) in Horta with daily buffet breakfast included. Since their discovery in the 14th century, the Azores Islands have played an important role as a staging and victualing point for ships crossing the Atlantic, an enviable location for nations with New World colonies. Many conflicts between colonizing nations (Portugal, Spain, England) took place near Horta. Today now peaceful Horta is famous for its yacht harbor, a haven for trans-Atlantic yachts and sailboats. Visiting crews paint the harbor walls with names and pictures of their vessels.

Day 5 - Faial

Suggestion : Depart the hotel via the mountain road overlooking the Valley of Flamengos, toward Caldeira, the highest point on the island. Continue north to Capelinhos, site of the last volcanic eruption in the Azores. This 1957-58 event added 2 square km to the island. Earthquakes and ash destroyed much of the west side of the island prompting many islanders to emigrate to North America. The elements are slowly eroding the ash. There is a nearby museum detailing the eruption.

Day 6 - Faial

Day at leisure in Faial. Horta is a wonderful city to explore. Optional trip to Pico Island.

Day 7 - Faial / S. Miguel

Check out from the Hotel, return the car at the airport and flight to Sao Miguel. Arrival and pickup the car at the airport.   Sao Miguel is the largest and most geographically diverse of the islands. Upon arrival in Ponta Delgada, pickup the rented car. Spend 3 nights at a Hotel  (4 stars). Ponta Delgada is the largest city as well as the capital of the Azores. Urban sprawl is beginning to set in but the historic central part of the city is still charming. The hotel is well located for walks through the old section. Balance of the day at leisure.

Day 8 - S. Miguel

Suggestion: Trip to Furnas. Just outside of Ponta Delgada, the rural life of Sao Miguel dominates. Depart along the south road passing the village of Lagoa for a viewpoint at Caloura. Continue to Vila Franca, once the capital. Upon arrival in the Furnas area, visit the lake and hot springs, and see the holes in the ground where meals are cooked by underground steam. Pots full of various meats, sausages, potatoes, and vegetables are steamed for 7 hours to produce "Cozido das Furnas" (Caldeira Stew). Continue to the charming town of Furnas for a lunch stop. Visit the beautiful botanical gardens established in the 18th century (entry fee not included) with the opportunity to swim in the hot springs swimming pool. Cross the island to the north coast, stopping for a fine view of both the south and north coasts from an interior highland. On the way, visit a tea plantation, the only one in Europe.

Day 9 - S. Miguel

Suggestion: Trip to the twin Lakes, Lagoa das Sete Cidades. Head west to one of the most awesome natural sights in the world, the twin caldeira lakes of Sete Cidades. The view from "Vista do Rei" (King's View) high on the crater's rim is stunning. Far below, next to the lakes, is the pretty village of Sete Cidades (Seven Cities, named for a mythical kingdom). Descend into the caldeira to visit the town. Before returning to Ponta Delgada, stop at a pineapple plantation. The Azores are not warm enough to grow pineapples in the open but they thrive in the greenhouses with careful cultivation methods.
Suggestion for the afternoon : Head to the city of Ribeira Grande. Have a short stop in Ribeira Grande to explore this city. Continues by way of the mountain road towards the beautiful lake of Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lake). Stops at a viewpoint, 900 meters high to view the island and the Lake. Continues southward towards the village of Lagoa. Visits the local ceramic factory ( check opening hours)

Day 10 - S. Miguel

Check out from the Hotel and return the car at the airport.
Flight back home.
  • Rates are per person in US dollars
  • These packages can start any day of the week and all year round
  • 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 includes Airfare only: Faial/Terceira/Sao Miguel.
Departure DateSolo ComfortSolo BoutiqueSolo SuperiorSingle ComfortSingle BoutiqueSingle SuperiorDouble ComfortDouble BoutiqueDouble SuperiorTriple ComfortTriple BoutiqueTriple Superior
1/1/2019 - 3/22/2019$1987$2001$2261$1395$1409$1670$1173$1169$1329$952$982$1131
3/23/2019 - 5/22/2019$2872$2593$2984$2068$1788$2179$1616$1484$1702$1262$1226$1408
5/23/2019 - 9/30/2019$3786$3362$3924$2753$2329$2891$2059$1850$2185$1565$1510$1781
10/1/2019 - 10/31/2019$3052$2783$3174$2120$1852$2243$1689$1579$1797$1311$1290$1472
11/1/2019 - 12/31/2019$3001$2196$2698$2103$1501$2004$1664$1277$1548$1289$1060$1306

Included:

  • 9 Night accommodations
  • Daily buffet breakfast and hotel taxes
  • 10 Days car rental ( including Pico Island)
  • Automatic transmission vehicle
  • Unlimited mileage
  • CDW, PAI basic insurance
  • 24 hours assistance
  • Ferry tickets Faial/Pico/Faial
  • Airfare: Faial/Terceira/ Sao Miguel

Not included:

  • Airport taxes
  • Meals other than breakfast
  • Super CDW insurance and liability fee
  • Gas

Note:

Pousada Forte da Horta ( Hotel Premier package) will be closed December 1 to March 22. Bookings will be replaced by Hotel Azoris Faial during that period.
Village of Furnas - S. Miguel - Azores
Sete Cidades lake - Azores
Pico island - Azores as seen from Faial
Hydrangeas in S. Miguel Azores
Horta bay - Faial island - Azores
Cabrito - Pico - Azores
Angra do Heroismo town center - Azores

Comfort Hotels

Angra do Heroísmo - Azoris Angra Garden Plaza Hotel

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The Azoris Angra Garden Plaza Hotel is just a 4 minute walk from the beach. With a central location on Angra's Main Square, the hotel is in the perfect place to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site. It features a panoramic terrance bar and is surrounded by the Municipal Gardens. 

Set in a listed building, Angra Garden Hotel offers renovated rooms, entirely air conditioned and soundproofed. Each is equipped with TV, while some include a lounge and open out on to patios.

Guests can benefit from on-site spa treatments, from steam bath to sauna and hot tub. They can also swim in the indoor pool or rent a bike and discover the green surroundings of Monte Brasil.

Traditional specialities from Portugal’s Azores islands are served at the restaurant of the hotel Angra Garden. Special diet menus are also available upon request.

The property is 12.9 miles from Lajes Airport.

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Ponta Delgada - Hotel Apartamentos Gaivota

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.

Horta - Hotel Horta

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Located in Horta, 26 miles from Pontas Negras, Hotel Horta features free WiFi access and free private parking. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property. The hotel also provides bike rental. Horta Airport is 5 miles away.

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Boutique Hotels

Ponta Delgada - Hotel Do Colegio

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Hotel Do Colegio offers accommodations in Ponta Delgada. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant.

Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and is equipped with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Some units include a sitting area for your convenience. Each room comes with a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hairdryer.

There is a 24-hour front desk at the property.

The nearest airport is João Paulo II Airport, 1.2 miles from the property. 

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Horta - Hotel Horta

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Located in Horta, 26 miles from Pontas Negras, Hotel Horta features free WiFi access and free private parking. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property. The hotel also provides bike rental. Horta Airport is 5 miles away.

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Angra do Heroismo - Quinta das Merces

Quinta das Merces is a peaceful country house offering luxury accommodations next to the sea. It is situated on Mount Brasil, 20 minutes' from the center of Angra do Heroísmo.

This small pension has just 13 beautifully presented and classically furnished guest rooms. Some of the rooms have their own private garden, some of the rooms feature a sea view.

Quinta das Mercês is surrounded by 376737 ft² of grounds and woodlands and offers some great walking circuits. Other recreational facilities include a seawater pool, tennis, fishing and Turkish bath.

Breakfast is included in the room rate and is served buffet style each morning. Lunch and dinner is also available on a request basis.

Premier Hotels

Ponta Delgada - Azor Hotel

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Featuring 123 rooms overlooking the Atlantic, the Azor Hotel is a lively and modern hotel with an outdoor swimming pool located in Ponta Delgada, São Miguel.

Each modern room is equipped with air conditioning, soundproofing, a minibar and a flat-screen cable TV. Private bathrooms come with a bath or shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.

Guest may enjoy a revitalizing breakfast every morning and the À Terra restaurant serves a varied à la carte menu with typical delicacies. In the evening guests may relax at the on-site bar.

Spa and Wellness facilities as well as a conference centre will be opening soon. Taking advantage of the natural surroundings of the São Miguel Island, a great variety of outdoor adventures and local experiences may be arranged.

Within a 15-minute walk, guests will find landmarks like São Brás Fort and São Sebastião Mother Church. Sete Cidades Lagoon is 15.5 miles away and Ponta Delgada Airport is 4.7 miles away. 

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Angra do Heroísmo - Pousada Castelo de S. Sebastiao

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This property is a 8-minute walk from the beach. Set on top of a cliff, Pousada de Angra do Heroismo Castelo de S. Sebastiao is a modern hotel housed in a 16th century Fortress known as Saint Sebastian's Little Castle.

The Pousada offer rooms and one suite with modern décor and furnishing. The suite and some rooms include terraces with views over the sea and the Monte Brasil. All living units contain LCD TV and internet connection.

There are 2 swimming pools: one for adults and the other for children. Guests can enjoy the regional cuisine while taking in views of the sea and pool area.

The Pousada is located in the village centre of Angra do Heroísmo was classified World Heritage by UNESCO. Angra do Heroísmo also offers many activitiy options, such as marine hunting, diving, sport fishing and boat tours.

Pousada de Angra do Heroismo Castelo de S. Sebastiao is located at a 23-minute drive from the Lajes International Airport.

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Horta - Pousada Forte da Horta

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Just an 8 minute walk from the beach, The Pousada Forte da Horta is set in a 16th century fortress with a view of Horta Bay and Pico island. This Pousada features air conditioned rooms, a swimming pool, and a regional restaurant. Most of the rooms offer a view of the marina. 

Classified as a National Monument since 1947, the Pousada Forte da Horta offers modern rooms with cable TV and a minibar. Each private bathroom is stocked with a hairdryer and bathrobe.

A breakfast buffet is served daily on the poolside veranda terrace. Guests may taste fried pork, tuna and passion fruit pie in Pousada Forte da Horta’s restaurant.

The swimming pool area is furnished with sun beds, tables and parasols. Indoors, there is a lounge with various seating areas and a bar with a piano.

The 24-hour reception offers car rentals and free on-site parking. The Horta Airport is just 5.4 miles from the Pousada Forte da Horta. 

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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

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Booking Conditions

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

Cancellation Policy - Land Portion

  • $350 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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