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Azores 2 Island Self-Drive Getaway Pico and Faial


From $570!

7 Days, 6 Nights. Visit at your own pace these two islands, driving surrounded by the presence of volcanoes and wineries. Pico Island has the tallest mountain of Portugal with an elevation of 7713'  and it's considered the youngest island of the Azores for its many young lava flows and another reason why this island is not a beach destination. Faial, famous for its Marina and paintings, a former port for ships on transatlantic routes between Europe and the Americas. This island is an obligatory stop for yachtsmen and sailors. 

Day 1 - Pico

Arrival and pickup the car (automatic transmission) at the airport. Check in at the hotel for 3 nights in Pico with breakfast included.

Day 2 -  Pico 

Points of interest not to be missed among others:

  • Pico Mountain with an altitude of 7713' stands as a challenging hike.
  • Whaler museums in Lajes, Sao Joao, and Sao Roque are worth visiting and depict an important historic and era of Pico.
  • Wine tasting in Madalena and visiting the UNESCO protected wine country in Lajido, Cabrito, and Madalena.
  • Gruta das Torres. A must-do in Pico features the longest lava tube in Europe.
  • Pico features the best natural swimming holes in the Azores. Worth mentioning are the ones in S. Prainha, S. Roque, Santo Antonio, and Madalena.
  • Wine tasting in Madalena and Lajido’s “Museu do Vinho”.
  • Whale observation in Sao Joao and Lajes.

Day 3 -  Pico

Day to explore. (Optional tours available: Tours, hikes and sea activities. Please contact us for prices)

Day 4 -  Pico/ Faial

Check out from the hotel and leave the car at the harbor. Ferry trip from Pico to Faial, 30 minutes duration. Arrival to Horta harbor and pick up the car (automatic transmission).
Check in at your hotel in Horta for  3 nights with breakfast included.
Day 5 -  Faial 
Points of interest:
  • Cabecao Gordo – Located at the center of the island with an altitude of 3422 feet (1043 meters),  offers amazing views of the neighboring islands of Pico and Sao Jorge.
  • The Caldeira – An enormous crater with 6560 feet (2 km) diameter and 1300 feet (400 m) deep, classified as a natural reserve.
  • Monte da Guia – A mountain from where you can have a look over the town; also a protected natural reserve.
  • Ponta dos Capelinhos – One of Faial’s main tourist attractions. Here visitors can see the results of the eruption of 1957/8 which transformed the landscape, burying fields and houses. The old lighthouse can still be seen.
  • Lajinha and Ponta Furada – Great attraction for their caves and strange lava arches, where the sea crashes violently against the rocks.
  • Vale de Flamengos – Attractive area full of colorful plantations, flowers and picturesque houses.
  • Scrimshaw Museum – This is a private collection belonging to the owner of the popular Peter’s. Over a hundred pieces are exhibited here, engraved with beautiful sailing boats, mermaids, images of whale-hunting, among many others.
  • Horta Museum – Housed in the former Jesuit College, the museum is noted for its collection of fig wood, one of the island’s traditional handicrafts.
  • Port of Horta – Built in 1876, this important sea-port is a principal port-of-call for many transatlantic yachts. The sea wall is of special interest as it is covered with hundreds of paintings and messages left by the sea-travelers who call in at the port.

Day 6 - Faial

Free day to continue exploring. (Optional tours available: Tours, hikes and sea activities. Please contact us for prices)

Day 7 - Faial

Check out from the hotel and drop off the car at the airport.  

Note to our Visitors and Potential Customers: One of the most frequent questions is if we book other than customers in the USA, Canada and Portugal. Yes, we do. We have been booking online globally since 1996 including customers from the UK, EU, Australia, Brazil, UAE and many other lovely countries around the world. Our pricing is based on USA dollars as it is the accepted international currency for trade, we accept payments in American and Canadian Dollars and Euros. Happy Travels!

  • Third person on the Superior category cannot be older than 18 years old.
  • 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 SuperiorSingle ComfortSingle SuperiorDouble ComfortDouble SuperiorTriple ComfortTriple Superior
5/24/2022 - 6/9/2022$1587$1860$1046$1318$842$881$673$662
6/10/2022 - 9/30/2022$1824$2200$1248$1625$973$1089$772$801
10/1/2022 - 10/31/2022$1416$1462$989$1035$757$744$616$570

Included:

  • 3 nights at a Hotel  in Pico
  • 3 nights at a Hotel  in Faial
  • Daily buffet breakfast and hotel taxes
  • 7 Days car rental
  • Automatic transmission vehicle
  • Unlimited Mileage
  • CDW, PAI basic insurance
  • 24 hours assistance
  • One Way ferry tickets Pico/Faial
  • Airport taxes

Not included:

  • Meals other than breakfast
  • Super CDW insurance and liability fee
  • Gas
  • Airfare
Rosto do cao - Cachorro - Pico island Azores Portugal
Madalena village - Pico island Azores Portugal
Pico lava fields - Azores Portugal

Comfort Hotels

Madalena - Hotel Caravelas

Located on Madalena’s waterfront, Caravelas is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on 3 sides and overlooks Faial Island. It features an outdoor pool, a 24-hour front desk, and car rental.

The air conditioned rooms at Hotel Caravelas open out onto private balconies with views of the ocean or Pico Mountain. All rooms include a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a minibar, and a private bathroom.

Guests can enjoy a daily buffet breakfast at the restaurant of the hotel, or discover the many cafés that surround the property, serving traditional Azorean specialties. The in-house bar offers soft drinks and the renowned Pico Wine.

Horta - Hotel Horta

hotel horta front view

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.

hotel horta guestroomhotel horta lobbyhotel horta pico mountain

Superior Hotels

Madalena - Baia da Barca

Boasting panoramic views of the Atlantic, these apartments are tucked away in a quiet bay and provide guests with a great base during their stay on Pico Island.

Striking architecture and a comfortable atmosphere awaits guests at Baia Da Barca - Apartamentos Turísticos Lda. Wake up to vistas of Ponta de Pico, Portugal’s highest mountain. If you get up early enough you can watch the sunrise from your own balcony or terrace.

All apartments have a private entrance and impress with their stylish décor. Relax in front of your unit’s fireplace and enjoy a drink from the minibar. Soundproofing ensures a good night’s rest.

Spend the day exploring the island or pay a visit to the central Madalena. Upon your return, you can make the most of the facilities offered, including the Jacuzzi. Baía Da Barca also features an outdoor pool and sauna for your convenience.

Horta - Hotel do Canal

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.

Booking your vacation

  • While prices are shown in $USA, we can convert and charge in British Pound, Euro and Canadian dollar
  • 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)
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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 arrival plus any other additional fees
  • 25% of total reservation if canceled 15 to 45 days from day of arrival plus any other additional fees
  • 50% of reservation if canceled 7 to 14 days from day of arrival plus any other additional fees
  • No refunds if canceled less than 7 days from date of arrival

Cancellation Policy - Airfare

  • Airfare cancellation terms and conditions will be provided to you before ticket is booked

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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. 
  • If the change increases the value of the booking, the $35 per person fee will be waived

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