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14 days, 13 nights - Visit the beautiful and spectacular Asores 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 accomodations, breakfast buffet daily, roundtrip airport-hotel trandfers, 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 .

Day 2 - Flores

Half day tour of Flores. Departure is 9:00am. Meet driver at hotel reception. Private car with English speaking driver/guide. Depart 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. 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.

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 pick up 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 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 minutes 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. 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 pick up 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. 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. 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 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. 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 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 pick up 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 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

Half day tour to Sete Cidades. Departure at 9:00am. Meet driver at hotel reception. Private car with English speaking driver/guide. After meeting your driver/guide in the hotel lobby, head west to one of the most awesome sights in the Azores, 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. The pineapples are small but very sweet. You will find them in restaurants, shops and at the airport. Afternoon free in Ponta Delgada.

Day 14 - 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 pick up time. Time to say farewell to these lovely islands!
  • Rates are per person in US dollars
  • 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
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Departure DateSolo ComfortSolo BoutiqueSolo SuperiorSingle ComfortSingle BoutiqueSingle SuperiorDouble ComfortDouble BoutiqueDouble SuperiorTriple ComfortTriple BoutiqueTriple Superior
2/17/2018 - 3/31/2018$3521$3582$3784$2076$2137$2339$1641$1647$1794$982$1167$1266
4/1/2018 - 5/31/2018$3715$3828$4242$2270$2383$2797$1733$1793$2034$997$1187$1267
6/1/2018 - 9/30/2018$4138$4240$4889$2693$2795$3444$1950$2000$2355$1062$1228$1431
10/1/2018 - 10/31/2018$3715$3828$4242$2270$2383$2797$1733$1793$2034$997$1187$1267
11/1/2018 - 12/31/2018$3499$3634$3992$2054$2188$2547$1620$1683$1898$1242$1187$1254

Included

  • 13 Night Accommodations
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • Hotel tax and hotel service charge
  • Roundtrip airport-hotel transfers
  • Sightseeing by private car with English speaking driver/guide
  • Full day tour of Pico
  • Roundtrip ferry tickets Faial-Pico
  • Transfers Hotel/harbor/hotel
  • Half day tour of Faial
  • Full day tour of Furnas, Sao Miguel
  • Half day tour to Sete Cidades, Sao Miguel
  • Full day tour of Terceira (4 & 5 Island Packages)
  • Half day tour of Flores (5 Island Package)

Not included

  • Airfare (contact us for a quote)
  • Meals other than breakfast and lunch during the full day tours
  • Entrances fee at Terra Nostra park
Hydrangeas in S. Miguel Azores
Horta bay - Faial island - Azores
Flores island - Azores - Portugal
S. Miguel road with trees - Azores
Angra do Heroismo town center - Azores
Sete Cidades Lake - S. Miguel - Azores
Sete Cidades lake - Azores

Comfort Hotels

Angra do Heroísmo - Azoris Angra Garden Plaza Hotel

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The Azoris Angra Garden Plaza Hotel is just a 4 minute walk from the beach. With a central location on Angra's Main Square, the hotel is in the perfect place to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site. It features a panoramic terrance bar and is surrounded by the Municipal Gardens. 

Set in a listed building, Angra Garden Hotel offers renovated rooms, entirely air conditioned and soundproofed. Each is equipped with TV, while some include a lounge and open out on to patios.

Guests can benefit from on-site spa treatments, from steam bath to sauna and hot tub. They can also swim in the indoor pool or rent a bike and discover the green surroundings of Monte Brasil.

Traditional specialities from Portugal’s Azores islands are served at the restaurant of the hotel Angra Garden. Special diet menus are also available upon request.

The property is 12.9 miles from Lajes Airport.

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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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Ponta Delgada - Hotel Apartamentos Gaivota

Located in the center of Ponta Delgada and next to Portas Do Mar, this hotel offers panoramic views of the marina right in the capital of the Azores Archipelago.

All rooms at Hotel Apartamentos Gaivota have hardwood floors and elegant furnishings. Each of the air conditioned rooms features a cable TV, and a minibar.

Guests can enjoy their breakfast in the privacy of their room, while using the free internet. The hotel is surrounded by restaurants and cafés with terraces. Packed lunches are also available.

The ocean pools of Ponta Delgada and the city's public pools are less than 165 ft away. Ponta Delgada Airport is 2 miles away, and the hotel offers a car rental service on site.

Santa Cruz das Flores - Hotel das Flores

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Surrounded by green hills on the island of Flores, the Inatel features rooms with balconies offering panoramic ocean views. 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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Boutique 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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Santa Cruz das Flores - Hotel das Flores

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Surrounded by green hills on the island of Flores, the Inatel features rooms with balconies offering panoramic ocean views. 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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Ponta Delgada - Hotel Talisman

Located in Ponta Delgada's historic center, this charming hotel overlooks a beautiful park and boasts a rooftop pool. Modern facilities include a fitness center and a solarium.

Reflecting São Miguel’s rich past with its traditional interior, Hotel Talisman has a cozy lounge with a fireplace and a winter garden. Guests can also relax on the terrace or in the spacious flower garden.

With its 2 large dining rooms and an outdoor area, the Palm Terrace Restaurant offers a broad variety of regional and international flavors. There is a poolside bar and sports pub for informal drinks.

The Talisman’s air-conditioned rooms come with cable TV and minibars. Each unit is spacious and bright. Some feature separate living rooms.

The hotel’s 24-hour staff can advise on Ponta Delgada’s attractions including local architectural treasures, such as palaces, churches and the Carlos Machado Museum, situated 600 meters away.

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 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.

Premier Hotels

Praia da Vitoria - Atlantida Mar

Atlantida Mar is a contemporary hotel featuring designer guest rooms with panoramic views. It is on Terceira Island, with direct access to the Atlantic Ocean Promenade and has a health spa.

Rooms have been carefully designed and are equipped with minimal furnishings. They all open out onto a balcony, have a sitting area with LCD cable TVs and some have hi-tech cooking facilities.

Every morning the Mar Hotel serves a buffet breakfast. Guests can relax in the sauna or plunge in the hot tub, work out in the gym, or cycle to the beach thanks to on-site free bikes.

Ponta Delgada - Azor Hotel

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Featuring 123 rooms overlooking the Atlantic, the Azor Hotel is a lively and modern hotel with an outdoor swimming pool located in Ponta Delgada, São Miguel.

Each modern room is equipped with air conditioning, soundproofing, a minibar and a flat-screen cable TV. Private bathrooms come with a bath or shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.

Guest may enjoy a revitalizing breakfast every morning and the À Terra restaurant serves a varied à la carte menu with typical delicacies. In the evening guests may relax at the on-site bar.

Spa and Wellness facilities as well as a conference centre will be opening soon. Taking advantage of the natural surroundings of the São Miguel Island, a great variety of outdoor adventures and local experiences may be arranged.

Within a 15-minute walk, guests will find landmarks like São Brás Fort and São Sebastião Mother Church. Sete Cidades Lagoon is 15.5 miles away and Ponta Delgada Airport is 4.7 miles away. 

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Santa Cruz das Flores - Hotel das Flores

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Surrounded by green hills on the island of Flores, the Inatel features rooms with balconies offering panoramic ocean views. 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 - Pousada Forte da Horta

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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. 

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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

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Cancellation Policy - Land Portion

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  • 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
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