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Tours of The Azores 3 Islands - Tour #PT409

Sao Miguel - Faial - Pico

Blue lakes bordered by lush flowers, country roads fenced by hydrangea bushes, dazzling views of the sea from high in the hills and lush green landscapes of ancient volcanic craters - these are the beautiful islands of the Azores

2019
8 days/7 nights
Daily departures small groups or privately escorted

Azores Island hopping tour- Azores tours

Day 1 SÃO MIGUEL
Arrival at Ponta Delgada airport on your own from where you will be transferred to the hotel Vila Nova or similar. Rest of the day at leisure to recover from jet lag.

Day 2
SÃO MIGUEL
Departure to the famous Sete Cidades Lakes that fill up two of the craters of former volcanoes with spectacular vistas.. We will drive along the mountain road, where you get a very nice view of the flat part of the island. Stop at the "Vista do Rei" belvedere and the village of Sete Cidades with its fantastic emerald lake views. On the way back, visit a pineapple plantations. Afternoon free for own activities.

Day 3: SÃO MIGUEL
Departure from P. Delgada to Furnas by the south road. Stop at the village of Vila Franca do Campo. Arrival in Furnas valley famous for its hot geysers, mud pools and spring, passing by the scenic lake. Visit to the lush botanical garden with its fern forest and swan lakes where you will have time to swim in the natural hot water swimming pool. (Lunch included). Return by the north coast visiting a tea plantation and Santa Iria view point.

Day 4: SÃO MIGUEL
Free day to visit the lovely town on your own with its promenades and impressive buildings. Also the best place to shop for souveniers.

Day 5: SÃO MIGUEL - FAIAL 
Transfer to the airport. Flight to Faial Island (1 hour), transfer to Hotel Faial or similar. Free Day to explore the city a former whaling center with its lively harbor, an international meeting place for Transatlantic yachting with a lovely old historic town dating back to the 17th century.

Day 6: FAIAL - PICO - FAIAL
Transfer to the harbor. Boat trip to Pico Island (30 minutes). Full Day excursion to the island of 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 to São Mateus to visit the church. Continue in direction of Criação Velha where Pico's vineyards are, part of UNESCO's World Patrimony sites since 2004. Return to Madalena. Return trip by boat back to the island of Faial. Transfer to the hotel. - lunch on your own.

Day 7: FAIAL
Departure on a full day tour of the island of Faial in direction to Espalamaca, taking the mountain road overlooking the extensive Valley of Flamengos, towards Caldeira, the highest point on the island its craters covered by lush vegetation. Continue north to Capelinhos (the remains of the last volcanic eruption in the Azores, 1957) and visit to the excellent Vulcan Interpretation Center that shows the evolution and history of the eruption. Return to the hotel. - lunch not included.

Day 8: FAIAL
Transfer to the airport. our can be modified to accommodate international flights.

2018 Prices per person in Euros
($ rate varies depending on the exchange rate)

 

Includes:

-  Airfare Ponta Delgada - Horta on Faial
- 7 nights standard rooms accommodation with daily breakfasts ((4 nights Hotel Vila Nova + 3 nights Hotel Faial)
- Arrival & departure transfers between airports or harbors & accommodation 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 during the full day tour to Furnas
- Entrance fee at the Monitoring and Research Centre of Furnas
- Lunch of  Cozido, at Furmas a typical stew of vegetables and meats cooked underground in volcanic steam 
- Full day tour Pico with English speaking driver (no guide)
- Full day jeep tour Faial with English speaking driver guide
- Lunch during the Faial tour
- Entrance fees to 2 museums (Whalers Museum or Museum of the Whaling Industry or 1 museum and the volcanic cave of Gruta das Torres during the full day excursion to the island of Pico.
- Entrance fee to the Volcanic Interpretation Centre/Museum (closed on Mondays)

- Boat tickets Horta Pico Horta return
- Flight ticket Punta Delgada Horta. If booking class is not available for air pass fare, there will be a supplement to the normal airfare.

Excludes:
- meals other than those mentioned on the program
- local guide on the islands of Faial & Pico
- supplement to regular fare (if applicable)
- supplements to reservations in hotels other than those mentioned on the program


NOTE:
- The days of the tours may be changed
- The Tours may have to be in a taxi with English speaking driver guide

If it is not possible to apply air pass fare there will be a supplement. (air pass is only applicable for passengers holding an international ticket and residing outside of Portugal) - no cancellation / rerouting or changes are subject to a fee
  

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

 

 

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