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Azores 2 Island Self-Drive Getaway Pico and Faial


From $738!

Description

 

 

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.  

Photos

Rosto do cao - Cachorro - Pico island Azores Portugal
Madalena village - Pico island Azores Portugal
Pico lava fields - Azores Portugal

What's Included

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
  • One Way ferry tickets Pico/Faial
  • Automatic transmission vehicle
  • Unlimited kilometers
  • Airport Taxes
  • CDW and TP basic insurance
  • 24 Hour assistance
  • 1 Brunch (Sao Miguel Only)
  • Complimentary Welcome Crate (Sao Miguel Only)
  • Not Included

  • Airfare (please contact us for a quote)
  • City taxes
  • Meals other than mentioned
  • Super CDW and other insurances
  • Liability fee
  • Gas

Dates & Rates

Choose a Package Type

For some packages you may be given a choice of different package types. They should be listed on the "Dates & Rates" tab:
  • Superior/Premier – Includes first class 4-star lodging. May include 5-star lodging.
  • Comfort/Standard – Includes 4-star tourist class lodging. May include first class 3-star lodging.
  • Boutique – Includes 4-star independent or small chain and more intimate lodging, characteristic of area being visited.

Room Type

  • Solo = Person traveling alone
  • Single = Person staying in a single room traveling with one or more persons. Single travelers share land services such as transfers and tours
  • Double = 2 Persons per room
  • Triple = 3 Persons per room

Departure DateSolo ComfortSingle ComfortDouble ComfortTriple Comfort
6/5/2023 - 9/30/2023$1674$1924$1558$841
10/1/2023 - 10/31/2023$1674$1924$1514$812
11/1/2023 - 12/31/2023$1463$1713$1417$738

General

Booking your vacation

  • While prices are shown in $U.S dollars, we can also charge in Euros at the prevailing currency conversion daily rate
  • 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 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

Refund Fees

  • A 3.9% credit card assessed fee will be subtracted from any refunded payment, including deposits refunded due to services requested not available for date of booking.

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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

Travel Insurance

  • We strongly recommend you purchase travel/cancellation insurance

Hotels

Comfort Hotels

Horta - Azoris Faial Garden Resort Hotel

azoris faial garden resort hotel room

The Azoris Faial Garden Resort Hotel is just a 7 minute walk to the beach. This property is situated in parkland on the edge of the city of Horta. The hotel features both indoor and outdoor pools and breathtaking views of the Horta marina and Pico Mountain. 

The hotel’s restaurant offers panoramic Atlantic Ocean views, as well as, a buffet breakfast and an à la carte lunch and dinner of Portuguese specialities. There is also a snack bar and an outdoor café.

The hotel’s guest rooms open onto balconies overlooking the pool area. Each is air conditioned and equipped with a minibar.

Azoris Faial Garden – Resort Hotel features a tennis court and a fitness centre. After a workout, guests can unwind in the spa pool or the sauna.

Azoris Faial Garden is just 6.2 miles away from Horta Airport. The town and marina of Horta is within walking distance of the hotel. 

azoris faial garden resort hotel patioazoris faial garden resort hotel poolazoris faial garden resort hotel bar

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.

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