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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/ Pico / Faial

Leave the car at Horta harbor. Day trip to Pico Island, pick up the car at Madalena do Pico harbor and return by the end of the day. Ferry back to Faial.

 

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 Boutique Solo SuperiorSingle ComfortSingle BoutiqueSingle SuperiorDouble ComfortDouble BoutiqueDouble SuperiorTriple ComfortTriple BoutiqueTriple Superior
10/5/2022 - 10/31/2022$3297$3400$3614$2365$2468$2681$1781$1917$2001$1442$1288$1597
11/1/2022 - 12/31/2022$2834$2941$3133$2016$2123$2315$1600$1626$1761$1321$1125$1362
1/1/2023 - 3/23/2023$2834$2893$3133$2016$2075$2315$1600$1626$1761$1321$1106$1437
3/24/2023 - 4/23/2023$3391$3494$3707$2412$2515$2728$1922$1964$2048$1536$1337$1628
4/24/2023 - 9/30/2023$4080$4227$4227$2970$3116$3240$2267$2300$2496$1766$1551$1927
10/1/2023 - 10/31/2023$3297$3400$3614$2365$2468$2681$1781$1917$2001$1442$1288$1597
11/1/2023 - 12/31/2023$2834$2941$3133$2016$2123$2315$1600$1626$1761$1321$1125$1362

Included:

  • 9 Night accommodations
  • Daily buffet breakfast and hotel taxes
  • 10 Days car rental ( including Pico Island)
  • Ferry tickets Faial/Pico/Faial
  • Airfare: Terceira/Faial /Sao Miguel
  • 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
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

Horta - Azoris Faial Garden Resort Hotel

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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. 

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Angra do Heroismo - Hotel Cruzeiro

Hotel Cruzeiro ( Terceira)

Hotel Cruzeiro, a 4 star Hotel, is the latest hotel unit to open in Angra do Heroísmo, Unesco World Heritage city, located 5-minute walk from various points of interest, such as the Angra bay, Sé Church, Old Town Square (Praça Velha), Museum, Pico da Memória, among others. Wi-Fi access is available in all areas of the hotel. The hotel has a restaurant and a bar, where lunches, dinners and snacks are served and private parking.

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Ponta Delgada - Neat Hotel Avenida

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Featuring free WiFi and a fitness center, Neat Hotel Avenida offers accommodations in Ponta Delgada.

Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV. Certain units have a sitting area where you can relax. All rooms come with a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hairdryer.

There is a hairdresser's at the property.

Car rental is available at this hotel and the area is popular for horseback riding and windsurfing. Portas da Cidade is 1,000 feet from Neat Hotel Avenida, and Santuario Nossa Senhora da Esperanca is half a mile away. The nearest airport is João Paulo II Airport, 1.9 miles from Neat Hotel Avenida.

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Boutique Hotels

Ponta Delgada - Hotel Do Colegio

hotel do colegio bed room

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

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.

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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 non airconditioned 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.

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.

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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Booking your vacation

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  • Order of islands visited may need to be altered due to flight schedule changes
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