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Self-Drive 3 Azores Islands: Faial, Pico and São Miguel


Tour Overview

Description

Visit the three islands with the most to offer and stay in 4-star and better hotels along the way. Sao Miguel, offering the largest geographic diversity and some of the most striking scenery, is perhaps the most attractive island in the archipelago. Faial, formerly a crucial staging port for ships on transatlantic routes between Europe and the Americas, is now a popular stop for modern yachtsmen and sailors. Pico, with its grand volcanic cone (the tallest mountain in Portugal), is the perfect destination for a day of exploration offering unique landscapes and quaint villages. Please note that ferry boats are limited between islands and rental car companies will not provide inter-island services. You have to pick up a car in each island.

Please Note

We created self-drive packages to provide our customers with pre-planned services that include accommodations, rental car, ferry and air tickets. We do not provide daily planning and itineraries. However we do recommend that you check information such as we have on our pages (click here) or purchase a guide book (click here). We also recommend you check our guided tours (click here) which are more descriptive of specific itineraries and places to visit.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Horta, Faial Island

Arrival and pick up the rental car at the airport. Spend 3 nights in Faial with breakfast included.

Day 2 - Faial/Pico/Faial

Explore Pico island on a day trip. Take a 30 minutes ferry trip to Pico island and pick up your car in Madalena. Return the rental car in Madalena and take the ferry back to Horta.

Day 3 - Faial Island

Explore Faial island.

Day 4- Faial Island / Sao Miguel Island

Check out from the Hotel in Horta, return the car at the airport and fly to Sao Miguel. Arrive and pickup the car at the Ponta Delgada airport.

Day 5 - Sao Miguel

Explore Sao Miguel island.

Day 6 - Sao Miguel

Explore Sao Miguel island.

Day 7 - Sao Miguel

Check out from the Hotel and return the rental car at the Ponta Delgada airport. Have a safe trip back! 

 

 

What's Included

Included:

  • 6 Night accommodations
  • Daily buffet breakfast and hotel taxes
  • 7 Days car rental
  • Airfare: Faial/Sao Miguel
  • Ferry Tickets Faial/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

  • International 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

* Packages are being modified after October 11, 2023. Bookings and requests made before this date remains as per the previous program*
    For some packages you may be given a choice of different package types.
    • Superior/Premier – Includes first class 4-star lodging and Sea view rooms. Triples Room won't be possible with sea view at Hotel do Canal, when this island is on the package.
    • Comfort/Standard – Includes 4-star tourist class lodging and standard rooms. May include first class 3-star lodging.
    • Each package has a Hotel small description. For more information please visit the Hotel's webpage directly

    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 ComfortSolo SuperiorSingle ComfortSingle SuperiorDouble ComfortDouble SuperiorTriple ComfortTriple Superior
7/17/2024 - 10/6/2024$2631$3150$1960$2479$1453$1706$1196$1362
10/7/2024 - 11/2/2024$2056$2581$1490$2015$1156$1421$988$1172
11/3/2024 - 12/23/2024$1830$2265$1284$1719$1040$1263$911$994
12/24/2024 - 12/31/2024$2056$3150$1960$2479$1453$1706$1196$1362

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 50 days before departure
  • Option to pay full price up front is available

Cancellation Policy - Land Portion

  • $350 per person if canceled up to 50 days prior departure.
  • 25% of total reservation if cancelled 49-39 days prior departure plus any other additional fee.
  • 50% of total reservation if canceled 38-31 days prior departure plus any other additional fee.
  • No refunds if canceled less than 30 days prior departure.

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.

I want to book. What do I do next?

  • Click on the Book Now button to send your reservation request
  • No payment will be collected at this time
  • Our travel Associate will contact you via email to answer any questions and book your Package
  • If you don't plan to book at this time please click here to contact us with any questions or concerns about your trip or your holiday

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 - Hotel Horta

hotel horta front view

Located in the old Azorean town of Horta, the newly-renovated Hotel Horta offers views of Pico Island. It features rooms with balconies, a large garden and an outdoor pool.

Horta’s rooms are decorated in neutral colors, and have wooden furniture. Each of the air-conditioned rooms has a cable TV and a private bathroom with a hairdryer.

The hotel’s panoramic restaurant offers international and regional dishes. The bar and the lounge offer views of the outdoor pool, the pool bar and the garden.

Guests can rent a bicycle to explore the surrounding area. Horta is famous for the whale watching and the volcanoes of Capelinhos and Caldeira.

Horta Airport is 4.3 mi away, and the hotel provides free private parking on site.

hotel horta guestroomhotel horta lobbyhotel horta pico mountain

Ponta Delgada - Hotel Ponta Delgada

Hotel Ponta Delgada is centrally located and only a 10-minute drive from the airport. Hotel Ponta Delgada features a family ambiance and comfortable furnishings. It features an indoor pool.

Air-conditioned rooms all open out on to a private balcony and are fitted with double-glass windows. All rooms include a TV set with cable channels and private bathrooms with walk-in shower or bathtub. Free WiFi access is available in all areas of the hotel.

The Ponta Delgada’s Baco Restaurant offers authentic cuisine from the Azores. The hotel’s bar has an esplanade, where guests can enjoy a refreshing drink or cocktail.

Guests can stroll in the narrow streets of the city center. Alternatively, they can dip in the hot tub or relax in the on-site hammam and sauna.

Superior Hotels

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.

Ponta Delgada - Hotel Marina Atlantico

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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