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3 Island Tour of the Azores - PT409

São 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.

8 days/ 7 nights - Daily departures 2020

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
Depart on a half day tour to the famous Sete Cidades Lakes. These spectacular crater lakes were former volcanoes. We will drive along the mountain road, where you will 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 we will visit a pineapple plantation. Afternoon free for own activities.

Day 3 - São Miguel
Departure from Ponta Delgada to a full day tour 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 of traditional "cozido" included. Return to Ponta Delgada via the north coast. On the way we will  visit a tea plantation and the Santa Iria view point.

Day 4 - São Miguel
Free day to relax or to visit the lovely town of Ponta Delgada on your own with its promenades and impressive buildings.

Day 5 - São Miguel - Faial 
Transfer to the airport. Flight to Faial Island (1 hour), transfer from the airport to Hotel Azoris or Faial Garden Resort. Free Day to explore the city. Faial is a former whaling center with its lively harbor. It is 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. Ferry 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 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.

Day 7 - Faial
Departure from Horta on a full day tour of Faial Island. It begins by heading to the village of Flamengos to visit the Botanical Garden. Next, the tour heads up to the Natural Reserve of the Caldeira of Faial, surrounded by the blue hydranges. We then continue towards Ribeira das Cabras viewpoint, along Serra of Feteira. Stop for lunch. After lunch we decend to the Fajã in Praia do Norte. Here we visit the Capelinhos Volcano Interpretation Centre. The Volcano erupted from 1957-1958. On the way back to Horta we make a quick stop at Varadouro to admire the Morro of Castelo Branco. We end the day in Monte da Guia, to admire one of the best views of the city and the Bay of Porto Pim. Return to the hotel.

Day 8 - Faial
Transfer to the airport.

Includes:

  • 7 nights standard rooms accommodation Bed & Breakfast

  • 4 nights Hotel Vila Nova

  • 3 nights Hotel Azoris Faial Garden Resort

  • Arrival & departure transfers between airport or harbour & accommodations as mentioned on the program

  • Half day tour to Sete Cidades with english speaking driver/guide

  • Full day tour to Furnas with english speaking driver/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 Pico with english speaking driver/guide

  • Lunch in Pico

  • 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 tour Faial with english speaking driver/guide

  • Lunch in Faial

  • Entrance fee to the Interpretation Center of Capelinhos Volcano (closed: on Mondays and bank holidays)

  • Boat tickets HOR/PIX/HOR

  • Flight ticket PDL/HOR - issuing of ticket 15 days prior to departure

  • Symbolic contribution to social & environmental institutions: Rabo de Peixe Sabe Sonhar & Life Priolo: 1€

Excludes:

  • Meals other than those mentioned

  • Supplement to regular fare (if applicable)

  • Supplements to reservations in hotels other than those mentioned on the program

 Price per person in Euros - 2020

(US$ rate varies depending on the exchange rate)

Note:

  • The days of the tours may be changed

  • The tours may have to be in a taxi with English speaking driver guide

  • Optional whale watching on Sao Miguel, Faial & Pico - Transfers to whale watching base not included 
 

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