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Azores 5 Island Classic Tour: Visit Flores, Faial, Pico, Terceira and São Miguel Islands


Tour Overview

15 days, 14 nights - Visit the beautiful and spectacular Azores Islands with this leisurely tour of Sao Miguel, Terceira, Faial, Pico, and Flores. Start at the westernmost point in Europe, the Island of Flores, and continue through the islands to Faial, Terceira, and Sao Miguel, and visit Pico by way of a ferry from Faial. In mid-summer Sao Jorge can be accessed by ferry from Faial and Corvo by ferry from Flores. Also included in this package are accommodations, breakfast buffet daily, roundtrip airport-hotel transfers, and sightseeing.

Itinerary:

Day 1 - Flores

Generally considered the most beautiful island of the Azores, Flores is only 10 ½ miles long and 7 ¾ miles at its widest. The island is spectacular, with craggy cliffs, a multitude of lakes and craters, high waterfalls, small pastures bordered by miles of hydrangea hedges and stunning vistas of every imaginable shade of green. Meet your driver, carrying a sign with your name, in the arrivals area. Transfer service from Flores airport in Santa Cruz to the Hotel. Please note that transfers may or not be private.

Day 2 - Flores

Full day tour of Flores. Departure is 9:00am. Meet the driver at hotel reception. Private car with English speaking driver/guide. Depart from your hotel and stop at Ribeira da Cruz belvedere. Visit several lakes before stopping at Fajazinha belvedere. There are many beautiful waterfalls between Fajazinha to Ponta da Faja Grande. Lunch not included. Visit Rocha dos Bordoes, a lava solidification creating very high vertical fluting known as columnar jointing. Stop at the Caveira belvedere before returning to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure. Please note that this tour may or not be private.

Day 3 - Flores

In the summer months, it may be possible to visit the island of Corvo by ferry (not included in the package).

Day 4 - Flores /Faial

Transfer service from the hotel to the airport for the short flight to Faial. You will be advised locally of the pickup time. Upon arrival in Faial, look for your driver (with sign) in the arrivals area for your transfer to Hotel. You will be given your ferry tickets and advised of which ferry to take to Pico for your tour. Horta was once the strategic relay point for early trans-Atlantic cable communications between the U.S. and Europe. Modern technology now bypasses the old cable network. 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. The town’s Santa Cruz fortress (now a Pousada) was attacked by the Spanish in 1583 and, a few years later, Horta was razed by England’s Sir Walter Raleigh. 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

Half day tour of Faial. Departure at 9:00am. Meet the driver at hotel reception. (Private car with English speaking driver/guide). Your driver/guide will meet you in the lobby for your half-day island tour. Depart the hotel on 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

Full day tour to Pico Island (ferry from Horta and private car). Transfer from the Hotel to the harbor for a 30 minute trip to Pico. Meet your driver at the ferry dock in Madalena on Pico for a full day tour of the second largest island in the Azores. The island is dominated by the great bulk of Pico Mountain. Islanders make good use of the black volcanic rocks to build houses and walls in a distinctive fashion. Pico was an important whaling station and there is a museum showing how islanders took to the seas in open boats in pursuit of the leviathans. Fortunately, tourists are now the only ones who go to sea to see the many species of whales around the island. Lunch not included. An unusual feature of Pico is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of acres of vineyards encircled by small, black volcanic rock walls to protect them from the salt winds and to collect extra heat. A local fortified wine, Verdelho, is once again being produced from these local grapes. Return to Madalena in the afternoon for the ferry trip back to Horta and transfer to the Hotel.

Day 7 - Faial

Day at leisure in Horta, Faial. During the summer months (June-September), it is possible to visit Sao Jorge Island on a day trip by ferry from Horta.

Day 8 -  Faial/Terceira

Transfer service from the hotel to Horta airport. You will be advised locally of the pickup time. Upon arrival in Terceira, look for your driver (with sign) in the arrivals area. Transfer to Hotel. 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, founded in the 16th century, and you will feel transported back in time. This museum quality city is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its 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. There is a U.S. airbase at Lajes, sharing the runways with commercial flights.

Day 9 - Terceira

Full day tour of Terceira. Departure at 9:00am. Meet the driver at hotel reception. Private car with English speaking driver/guide. Your driver/guide will meet you in the hotel lobby for a full day tour of the island. 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. Imperios 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. Return to your hotel by way of the typical villages of Altares, Doze Ribeiras, and Sao Mateus.

Day 10 - Terceira

Day at leisure in Angra. Angra is a wonderful city to explore on foot. Take a taxi to Monte Brasil for a panoramic view of the city and follow walking trails past several old fortresses and a castle.

Day 11 -  Terceira/Sao Miguel

Terceira to Sao Miguel Island. Departure transfer service from the hotel to the airport for the flight to Sao Miguel, the largest and most geographically diverse of the islands. You will be advised locally of the pickup time. Upon arrival in Ponta Delgada, look for your driver (with sign) in the arrivals area. Transfer service to your hotel. 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 12 - Sao Miguel

Full day tour to Furnas. Departure at 9:00am. Meet the driver at hotel reception. Private car with English speaking driver/guide. Your driver/guide will pick you up at your hotel for your full day 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 "Cozidos nas Caldeiras" (Caldera Stew). Continue to the charming town of Furnas for a lunch stop (lunch not included). 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, you will visit a tea plantation, the only one in Europe. Return to your hotel about 5:30pm.

Day 13 - Sao Miguel

Full-day tour of Sete Cidades ( Twin Lakes) and Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lake) with picnic lunch. After meeting your driver/guide in the hotel lobby, 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 greenhouses with careful cultivation methods. The pineapples are small but very sweet. Continue to the Fire Lake, the highest crater lake located in the center of the island, stop at Caldeira Velha, Ribeira Grande and return to Ponta Delgada.

Day 14 - Sao Miguel

Day at leisure in Ponta Delgada. Ponta Delgada is a wonderful city to explore on foot. There's two botanical Gardens that can be visited and a Museum ( not open daily).

Day 15 - Sao Miguel

Check out in the late morning. The hotel will store your baggage for you. Day free for last-minute shopping and sightseeing in Ponta Delgada before your transfer to the airport. You will be advised locally of the pickup time. Time to say farewell to these lovely islands!

What's Included

About this Package

  • Flores – 3 Nights – Time for optional tour to Corvo
  • Faial – 4 Nights – Includes a full-day trip to Pico and time for optional tour to São Jorge
  • Terceira – 3 Nights
  • São Miguel – 4 Nights

Included

  • 14 Nights Accommodations
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • Hotel tax and hotel service charge
  • Round trip airport-hotel transfers. ( Please note that transfers in Flores may or not be private)
  • Sightseeing by private car with English speaking driver/guide
  • Full day tour of Pico
  • Round trip ferry tickets Faial-Pico- Faial
  • Transfers Hotel/Harbor/Hotel
  • Full day tour of Flores ( may or not be private)
  • Half day tour of Faial
  • Full day tour of Terceira
  • Full day tour of Furnas, Sao Miguel
  • Full day tour to Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo with picnic, Sao Miguel;
  • Airfare: Flores/Faial/Terceira/Sao Miguel
  • One complimentary small food crate with local products (Sao Miguel Island only)
  • Not included

    • Meals other than breakfast
    • Entrances fee at Botanical parks and Museums.
    • City Taxes

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
6/29/2024 - 10/6/2024$5735$6937$4434$5636$3292$3783$2674$3034
10/7/2024 - 11/2/2024$5069$5662$3768$4361$2912$3209$2408$2626
11/3/2024 - 12/23/2024$4711$5333$3410$4032$2665$3021$2220$2477
12/24/2024 - 12/31/2024$5735$6937$4434$5636$3292$3783$2674$3034

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)
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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 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.

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Booking Changes

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

Travel Insurance

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Hotels

Comfort Hotels

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.

Bar Hotel CruzeiroHotel Cruzeiro ( Terceira)Hotel Cruzeiro ( Terceira)

Santa Cruz das Flores - Hotel das Flores

hotel das flores front

Surrounded by green hills on the island of Flores, the Inatel features rooms with balconies offering panoramic ocean views and standard land view rooms. It has an oceanfront garden with swimming pool and sun terrace.

All soundproofed rooms feature contemporary décor and hardwood floors. Each room is equipped with free Wi-Fi and satellite flat-screen TV, while the bathroom comes with bathrobes and a hairdryer.

Each morning, the Inatel Flores serves a buffet breakfast in the dining room. Its restaurant offers fine dining and the well-stocked bar is open well into the evening for drinks.

Guests are welcome to relax in the Flores’s garden with its poolside terrace and barbecue area overlooking the Atlantic. Many pretty hiking and cycling trails can also be found nearby.

Hotel Flores is half a mile from central Santa Cruz, the island’s capital. Calderas National Park is a 30-minute drive away and free on-site parking is available.

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Horta - Hotel Horta

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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.

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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

Santa Cruz das Flores - Hotel das Flores

hotel das flores front

Surrounded by green hills on the island of Flores, the Inatel features rooms with balconies offering panoramic ocean views and standard land view rooms. It has an oceanfront garden with swimming pool and sun terrace.

All soundproofed rooms feature contemporary décor and hardwood floors. Each room is equipped with free Wi-Fi and satellite flat-screen TV, while the bathroom comes with bathrobes and a hairdryer.

Each morning, the Inatel Flores serves a buffet breakfast in the dining room. Its restaurant offers fine dining and the well-stocked bar is open well into the evening for drinks.

Guests are welcome to relax in the Flores’s garden with its poolside terrace and barbecue area overlooking the Atlantic. Many pretty hiking and cycling trails can also be found nearby.

Hotel Flores is half a mile from central Santa Cruz, the island’s capital. Calderas National Park is a 30-minute drive away and free on-site parking is available.

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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

pousada angra do heroismo s sebastiao aerial view

Pousada Castelo de S. Sebastiao 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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