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Sao Miguel Guided Tour 2024


From $1175!

Description

9 Days, 8 Nights. Sao Miguel is the largest island of the archipelago with many hidden beautiful places. This is a comprehensive package built with the intention of having our clients returning home with the highest knowledge possible of Fauna, Flora and History of the island.

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1- Arrival

Arrival and private transfer to the hotel. Free rest of the day
 

Day 2 - Full day City Tour and Fire Lake

Pick up at the hotel for a learning walk thru the city and its historical Monuments, churches and Fort, while experiencing a bit of the local city life. After lunch (not included), your guide will pick you up again for a half day tour to the Fire Lake.  The Fire Lake is a crater lake located in the center of the island, with an unique vegetation for being the youngest volcano formed 15000 years ago. This lake has become a Natural reserve and habit for many birds and endemic plant species.
 

Day 3 - Full day Furnas

Your driver/guide will pick you up at your Hotel. Being one of the island's ex-libris  famous for its geysers, fumaroles and different natural sources, this tour is a visit to a mystic Valley.
Outside of Ponta Delgada, the rural life dominates, along the road, the tour will go thru several villages and cities, like Vila Franca do Campo, Lagoa, Caloura and viewpoints.  You'll notice when you're about to arrive to Furnas, the scenario changes into this green lush vegetation with traces of yellow ochre colors on the trees caused by the sulfur, and suddenly it opens up to a meadow and soon after, Furnas lake will be on your left.
Stop for a visit to the lake and  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" (Caldeira Stew). From the lake to charming town, it's a few minutes drive. Time for 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 4 -Free day

Take a break from being driven around and use this day to explore yourselves or request to book optional tours like: Half day whale watching, Half day swimming with dolphins, Half Day hiking tour etc. Please let us if you'd like optional tours, price will be an additional to the package.
 

Day 5 -Full day Sete Cidades

Meet your guide at the lobby.  For this tour, we have prepared a brunch so you can fully enjoy the tour and eat by the lake.  The Twin Lakes is one of the most famous lakes associated not just to the island but also to the Archipelago itself. From the belvedere "Vista do Rei" (King's View) high on the crater's rim with a view to the Lake and the pretty and unique village of Sete Cidades (Seven Cities, named for a mythical kingdom). Descending into to the caldeira, you'll be greeted by Hydrangeas (blooming season: June to September) and a bridge will welcome you into 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. Afternoon free in Ponta Delgada.
 

Day 6 - Full day Nordeste

Meet your guide at the lobby. This tour will take you to the North side of the island being the first stop at Miradouro de Santa Iria from where the volcano of Sete Cidades and the highest point of the island, Pico da Vara, can be seen. A few miles ahead, the volcano of Furnas and the village of Povoacao will be another beautiful scenario seen at Salto do Cavalo viewpoint. Next stop, it's an experience of what the first settlers back on 1432 had, with a touch of modernization in this village called Povoacao. Ponta do Sossego is beautiful well-tended garden surrounded by old mountains and ocean view. This time is a lighthouse from 1873 called "Farol do Arnel" that will welcome to the Village of Nordeste, village that is proud for its beautiful gardens, once winning the Gardens of Europe prize in 1994, now proudly displayed at the village's Town Hall. Lunch time ( lunch not included). To end this lovely day and before heading down back to the hotel, a walk thru the Natural Park of Ribeira dos Caldeiroes where again you'll feel immersed in gardens and waterfalls.
 

Day 8 - Free day

Take this last day on the island to rest before going home, last minute shopping or add any tour.
 

Day 9 - Departure

Check out in the morning. You may request the hotel to store your luggage, if necessary. Your guide will meet you at the lobby and take you to the airport.

What's Included

Included:

  • 8 Nights Accommodations;
  • Full day City Tour and Fire Lake
  • Full day tour to Furnas
  • Full day tour to Sete Cidades with Brunch
  • Fulll day Nordeste
  • Airport-hotel-airport transfers;
  • Daily buffet breakfast 
  • Airfare: For assistance with airfare, please inform the departure airport on the comment box when filling the request. 

  • One complimentary small food crate with local products (Sao Miguel Island only)
  • Not included:

    • International flights. Please contact us for additional price.
    • Entrance fees to museums and parks;
    • Meals other than breakfast.

     

Dates & Rates

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 DateDouble StandardSolo StandardTriple StandardSingle Standard
4/19/2024 - 6/6/2024$1497$2788$1239$1874
6/7/2024 - 7/11/2024$1682$3104$1344$2189
7/12/2024 - 8/26/2024$1759$3319$1441$2405
8/27/2024 - 9/29/2024$1682$3104$1344$2189
9/30/2024 - 10/7/2024$1759$3319$1441$2405
10/8/2024 - 10/31/2024$1497$2788$1239$1874
11/1/2024 - 12/31/2024$1420$2658$1175$1743

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.

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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

Standard Hotels

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.

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