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Azores Islands Grand Tour # PT403

Sao Miguel - Flores - Faial - Pico - Terceira

Marvel at the volcanic beauty and remote mid-Atlantic setting of exotic Portuguese Azores with a grand tour of five of its lush green islands.
 
2019
15 days/14 nights
Daily Departures

Azores Grand Islands tour - Azores four island tour

DAY 1 - SÃO MIGUEL
Arrival at Ponta Delgada, capital of the Azores islands. Transfer to tyhe hotel. Rest of the day at leisure, overnight.

DAY 2 - SÃO MIGUEL
Departure to the spectacular lakes of Sete Cidadas to admire the landscape from the lookout overlooking the valley. Stop at the Belvedere Vista do Rei, then visit a pineapple plantation then transfer back to your hotel. Afternoon free.

DAY 3 - SÃO MIGUEL
Departure from Ponta Delgada to a Full Day Tour Furnas by the south road. Stop at the
village of Vila Franca do Campo. Arrival in Furnas valley, passing by the lake. Visit to the botanical garden (time for a swim in the natural hot water swimming pool) and the hotsprings. Lunch of traditional “cozido” included. Return to Ponta Delgada by the north coast visiting a tea plantation and Santa Iria view point.

DAYS 4 & 5 - SÃO MIGUEL
Free days to visit the town. Suggestions for the free days: whale watching, swimming with the dolphins, guided walk tours. Please consult us.

DAY 6 - SÃO MIGUEL/FLORES
Transfer to the airport. Flight to the island of Flores. Transfer to Hotel das Flores .

DAY 7 - FLORES
Departure from Santa Cruz to a Full Day Tour Flores, with stop at Ribeira da Cruz belvedere and visit to several lakes "Lomba", "Funda" and "Rasa". During the trip from Fajãzinha to Ponta da Fajã Grande there are many beautiful waterfalls. You have the possibility to walk to Poço da Alagoinha (optional), where you have a small lake and you see all the waterfalls from close by (800m walk from the road, around 45 minutes RT, walking boots needed). Visit to "Rocha dos Bordões", a lava solidification that created a very high vertical fluting. On the return to Santa Cruz, stop at the Caveira belvedere.

DAY 8 - FLORES - Free day.

DAY 9 - FLORES/FAIAL
Transfer to the airport. Flight to the island of Faial. Transfer to the Hotel Azoris Faial Garden Resort.

DAY 10 - FAIAL
Departure to a Full Day Jipe Tour Faial in direction to Espalamaca, taking the mountain road overlooking the Valley of Flamengos, towards Caldeira, the highest point on the island. Continue north to Capelinhos, the remains of the last volcanic eruption in the Azores, dated from 1957, and visit to the Interpretation Center of the
Volcano that shows the evolution of the eruption. Return to the hotel.

DAY 11 - FAIAL/PICO/FAIAL
In the morning, transfer to the harbour. Ferry to Pico Island (30 minutes). Full Day Pico: Departure from Madalena through the north coast in direction of Cachorro and Lajido. Continue to S. Roque to visit the Whale Factory and the natural swimming pools. Continue by the mountain road towards the lake of Capitão, at 900m. Stop at Lajes to visit the Whalers Museum. Stop for lunch (lunch not included). Continue along the south coast, short stop at Mistérios de São João, then continue to São Mateus to visit the church. Continue in direction of Criação Velha where Pico's vinyards are UNESCO World Patrimony since 2004. Return to Madalena. Ferry back to the island of Faial. Transfer from the harbor to the hotel.

DAY 12 - FAIAL – Free day to visit the town.


DAY 13 - FAIAL/TERCEIRA - Transfer to the airport. Flight to Terceira and transfer to Hotel Azoris Angra Garden.

DAY 14 - TERCEIRA - Full Day Jipe Tour Terceira around the island to visit hidden places out of the usual circuit. Along the coast or inside a volcano, discover the secrets of Terceira. Pass by a pasture and experience milking a cow or learn how wine is made in the village of Biscoitos. During lunch time, taste the delicious ‘Alcatra’, a dish of rump cooked for 12 hours to intensify all flavors and textures at the best typical food restaurant on the island, with a friendly and warm atmosphere. Take the opportunity also to visit the ancient ‘Algar do Carvão’ lava vent. This tour will show the entire island giving a better perception of the island as a whole. Return to the hotel.

DAY 15 - TERCEIRA - Transfer from the hotel to the airport.


Price per person in Euros
($ rate varies depending the exchange):

If more than 3 people are traveling together inquire about rates!

Possibility to do whale watching on the islands of S. Miguel, Faial & Pico - Transfers to/from whale watching base not included.

Includes:
- 14 nights standard rooms accommodation BB
· 5 nights Hotel Vila Nova
· 3 nights Hotel das Flores
· 4 nights Hotel Azoris Faial Garden Resort
· 2 nights Hotel Azoris Angra Garden
- arrival & departure transfers between airport or harbour & accommodations as mentioned on the program
- half day tour to Sete Cidades with portuguese/english speaking guide
- full day tour to Furnas with portuguese/english speaking guide
· entrance fee to the Terra Nostra Botanical Garden
· entrance fee to the Monitoring and Research Centre of Furnas, lunch of cozido
- full day tour Flores with english speaking driver/guide
- full day jipe tour Faial with english speaking driver/guide, lunch
· entrance fee to the Interpretation Center of Capelinhos Volcano (closed: on Mondays and bank holidays)
- full day tour Pico with english speaking taxi driver (without guide)
· entrance fee to two museums or one museum and the volcanic cave of Gruta das Torres (the museums are:
Whalers Museum and Museum of the Whaling Industry)
- full day jipe tour Terceira with portuguese/english speaking driver/guide, lunch of "alcatra". Sunday is  a different meal.
· entrance fee at the volcanic cave Algar do Carvão (opened from April until September only)
- boat tickets HOR/PIX/HOR
- flight ticket ticket PDL/FLW/HOR/TER
· Issuing of ticket 15 days prior to departure
· Cancellation before departure: 50% refund
· Cancellation after departure date non-refundable
· Rerouting after departure: no refund unless due to death of passenger or family member
· Voluntary routing changes after issuing ticket permitted to upgrade to normal fare
· Change name after issuing ticket permitted with penalty
- symbolic contribution to social & environmental institutions: Rabo de Peixe Sabe

Excludes:
- meals other than those mentioned on the program
- local guide in the island of Pico
- upgrades to superior rooms
- supplements to reservations in hotels other than those mentioned
- the half board price is not valid for dinners on special dates or Gala dinners and may have restrictive conditions.

 

 

 

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