Exploring the volcanic landscapes, hot springs and luxuriant flora of the enchanting islands of São Miguel, Terceira, Faial & Pico
São Miguel - 1 night
Terceira - 2 night
Faial - 2 nights
São Miguel - 2 nights
The Azores are a collection of nine striking volcanic islands under the Portuguese flag, named after the hawks (Açores in Portuguese) that constantly circle the archipelago. Scattered in the North Atlantic Ocean, they combine wild and green landscapes with a great variation in language, cuisine and traditions. Each island has its own natural landscape but one aspect in common, the presence of luxuriant and exuberant vegetation that radiates all the colours of the spectrum, speckled here and there by bright wild flowers.
Wonderful placid lakes that were once volcanic craters, soaring cliffs, undulating countryside, a confection of flora and fauna, geysers, spouting mineral springs, and secluded coves are in abundance throughout. Inland the islands are dotted with white cottages glistening against the shifting Atlantic light.
São Miguel offers bubbling ground 'ovens' and thermal waters, including hot springs in Furnas, surrounded by fantastic scenery, whilst Faial boasts the impressive and grand 'caldeira' a protected nature reserve made from a volcanic crater. Known for its whaling industry throughout the archipelago until 1984, the main focus now is on watching rather than hunting the various species, which in season (Apr-Oct) range from sperm whales, to mighty blues, to bottlenose dolphins. The Azores still remain relatively remote and have continued in a time capsule - timeless, dramatic, unspoiled and profoundly beautiful.
Jules Verne Sightseeing
2 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 6 - 25
Day 1 Fly direct from London Gatwick to São Miguel, for overnight at the 4-star Hotel Marina Atlantico.
Day 2 Visit a pineapple plantation and Vista do Rei, the Sete Cidades and Lagoa de Fogo lakes. Continue to Ribeira Grande. Fly to Terceira Island for two nights at the 4-star Terceira Mar Hotel. (B)
Day 3 Travel through small, quaint villages to Praia. Tour Biscoitos and its natural pools with volcanic origins. (B, L)
Day 4 Walking tour of UNESCO Angra do Heroísmo, the archipelago’s oldest city. Fly to Faial. Optional whale watching excursion (£55). Two nights at the 4-star Hotel do Canal. (B, D)
Day 5 Boat trip to Pico Island from Horta Harbour. Drive through UNESCO vineyards and visit the Whalers’ Museum with free time in Lajes. Visit the rock formation of ‘Arcos do Cachorro’ with a tasting in Madalena. (B)
Day 6 Full-day tour of Faial Island including the harbour, windmill areas, caldeira, Capelinhos volcano and Ponta Furada. Fly to São Miguel for two nights at the 4-star Hotel Marina Atlantico. (B, L)
Day 7 Visit a tea plantation and the Furnas Valley. Opportunity to swim at the thermal water pool of the Terra Nostra Park hot springs. Lunch at the Terra Nostra Garden Hotel. Continue to Povoação, Ponta de Madrugada, Ponta do Sossego, Nordeste and Ribeira dos Caldeirões. (B, L)
Day 8 Morning at leisure. Return flight. (B)
The order in which the islands are visited is subject to change depending on flight schedules.
8 Jun & 7 Sep will be accommodated at the Azoris Faial Garden Hotel instead of the Hotel do Canal.
A 4-star hotel in the centre of Ponta Delgada overlooking the marina and Port of Cruises. Restaurant, bar, indoor pool and WiFi (free). 159 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
A 4-star hotel in Angra do Heroísmo overlooking Fanal Bay and Mount Brazil. Restaurant, bar, outdoor sea water pool and 139 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, balcony, satellite TV, hairdryer and mini-bar.
A 4-star hotel located on the ocean front of Horta with a view towards Pico Island and the bay. Restaurant, bar, jacuzzi, sauna and 103 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, satellite TV, mini-bar and hairdryer.
per person in a twin/double room
SATA Airlines from Gatwick
Supplements per person
Single supplement £365
(Jul/Aug £395; Oct £280)
Whale watching £55
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 7 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 3 lunches and 1 dinner, itinerary as described, services of local guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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