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Azores 2 Island Self-Drive Getaway Pico and Faial


From $560!

$100 OFF  per Package if booked till October 31, 2019 to travel during 2019 and 2020

 

 

 

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.  

  • 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
11/12/2019 - 3/24/2020$1360$1544$995$1180$715$795$560$654
3/25/2020 - 6/8/2020$1738$2105$1270$1637$919$1075$715$841
6/9/2020 - 9/30/2020$2015$2440$1515$1940$1066$1243$833$953
10/1/2020 - 10/31/2020$1652$1666$1227$1241$876$856$686$694
11/1/2020 - 12/31/2020$1360$1544$995$1180$715$749$560$624

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 

Not included:

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

 

Note:

Superior package will NOT be able to be confirmed at Pousada Forte da Horta and at Baia da Barca between December 1 and February 28. Bookings will be replaced by different hotels. 

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 decor. 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 - Pousada Forte da Horta

pousada forte da horta room

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. 

pousada forte da horta pool marinapousada forte da horta common areapousada forte da horta view marina

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 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 from date of departure

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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