Holidays

Azores Islands Hopping

Azores Islands Hopping

Purpose: Eco-Tourism, Relaxation, Discovery
No. of days: 10 days - 9 nights
First & Last Cities: Horta (Faial Is.), Ponta Delgada (São Miguel Is.)
Other cities: Pico Island, Angra do Heroismo (Terceira Is.)
Starting cost: $1,979
 
Day 1: Horta (Faial Island)
Arrival at Horta Airport (Faial). Transfer to the hotel. We suggest a walking tour of “Sea City” downtown. Start at largo Dr. Manuel de Arriaga and pass through Peter Café Sport, Santa Cruz fortress (16th century) currently a hotel, Infante Square, Church of St. Francis (16th Century), Largo Duque D 'Ávila e Bolama and Jesuit College (Mother Church of the Most Holy Savior (16th century). Visit to the Horta Museum, Love of the Fatherland Society, Empire of the Nobles (18th century), Republic Square, Municipal Market, 25 of Abril Avenue, Horta’s marina and visualization of the famous murals. Return to the hotel for accommodation.
 
Day 2: Horta
Departure for a full day tour, visiting the main tourist attractions of the island: Nossa Senhora da Conceição viewpoint, where we can admire the view over Almoxarife Beach, Horta city, Marina, Monte Queimado and Monte da Guia. In the center of the island we have the Caldeira, one of the island’s ex-libris. It has a diameter of about 3,280 feet, a depth of around 1,300 feet and is covered with laurel forest vegetation (Lauris Silva). It has been classified as a nature reserve since 1972. We continue to Praia do Norte and stop at Ribeira das Cabras viewpoint where we can see Fajã da Praia do Norte and part of the Capelo Peninsula volcanoes alignment. Lunch at a local restaurant. We continue to the area of Capelinhos Volcano, where the landscape, houses and fields were covered by the volcanic ash from the 1957/58 eruption. Visit to the Capelinhos Volcano interpretation center. Pass through the Capelo Forest Park, Capelo Handicraft School and return to the city of Horta. Overnight at the hotel. [B/L]
 
Day 3: Horta (Pico Island)
Transfer to the pier for a ferry trip to Pico Island. Discover the admirable Vineyard Culture Landscape, classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. We continue to S. Mateus and visit the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus Milagroso in the church of S. Mateus which is one of the oldest on the island. Visit to a craft house and then to a traditional cheese shop. Then we will go to Lajes do Pico, the first place on the island to be populated and where we will visit the whaling museum. Continue to S. Roque and stop at Lagoa do Capitão, one of the best known and the largest lagoons of Pico. Here we have a view of the village of S. Roque, the Pico Mountain and the island of S. Jorge. Descend to the village of S. Roque and continue towards the parish of Bandeiras. We will go to Arcos do Cachorro, where we can observe magnificent sea caves. Return to Vila da Madalena and ferry back to Horta. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation. [B/L]
 
Day 4: Horta, Angra do Heroismo (Terceira Island)
Transfer to Horta Airport to board your flight to Angra do Heroismo. Transfer from Lajes Airport to hotel in Angra do Heroísmo. Rest of the day at Leisure. Accommodation at the hotel. [B]
 
Day 5: Angra do Heroismo
Discover the south and east coast of the island. Stop at Monte Brasil, a volcanic peninsula with viewpoint to the city of Angra. Then visit one of the oldest churches on the island (1455) and the Empire of the Divine Holy Spirit in São Sebastião. We will go up to Serra do Cume (stop at a viewpoint overlooking one of the largest boilers in the Azores – “Patchwork” landscapes. Stop for a Regional Lunch. After lunch visit to Algar do Cravão (empty volcano). Next visit to the sulfur furnas (fumaroles field). Continuation towards the Biscoitos Natural Pools. Stop at Raminho viewpoint with the possibility of sighting three other islands of the central group. Visit to a cheese factory and tasting at the end of the visit. Return to Angra do Heroismo. Accommodation at the hotel. [B/L/T]
 
Day 6: Angra do Heroismo, Ponta Delgada (São Miguel Island)
Transfer to Angra do Heroísmo Airport to board you flight to Ponta Delgada. Arrival at Ponta Delgada Airport and transfer to the hotel located in the island’s capital. Ponta Delgada is a modern city that retains its original design with its narrow streets full of traditional shops, markets and “delicatessen” shops. Accommodation at the hotel. [B]
 
Day 7: Ponta Delgada
The best way to explore the wild side of the island of São Miguel is definitely our tour to the west of the island, where we not only invite you to take alternative routes, but also show you one of São Miguel's biggest tourist attractions: Sete Cidades! The panoramic views that characterize this excursion offer you countless photo opportunities as you travel the northern ridge of this gigantic volcanic crater, with the Sete Cidades Lake and its different colors as a backdrop. Come and enjoy the “Vista do Rei” viewpoint over the entire lagoon, passing by its banks, on a promenade that still shows you the narrowest part of the island from a completely different angle. Stops at Vista do Rei and Lagoa de Santiago viewpoints and Silêncio Bay, Parish of Sete Cidades to visit the Pineapple Plantations. Return to Ponta Delgada. Free afternoon. Accommodation at the hotel. [B]
 
Day 8: Ponta Delgada
Departure to Furnas Valley (one of the main motivations for visiting the Azores) which is inserted in one of the three active central volcanoes of S. Miguel island. Here the smell of sulfur and bubbling fumaroles are characteristic. Stop at the Furnas Lagoon where the famous Furnas Stew is cooked on the ground, which we will have the opportunity to taste at lunch in one of the local restaurants. On the west bank of Furnas Lagoon is the Chapel of Our Lady of Victories, an impressive example of the neo-Gothic style, unique throughout the archipelago.  In the afternoon, visit the volcano boilers and the village. The next stop is Terra Nostra Park, a bicentennial garden with unique species and a splendid thermal pool (bathing possibility). The park is a unique repository of trees, plants and other plants species from around the world. Return to the hotel at the end of the day. Accommodation. [B/L]
 
Day 9: Ponta Delgada (Cetacean watching)
Enjoy a fun boat trip to see and learn about majestic whales and fun dolphins, the great diversity of sea life from turtles, to fish and also birds. It is also an opportunity to see the breathtaking coastline of these Volcanic Islands and discover the best kept secrets of Azorean Sea Life. This adventure begins with a 20-minute briefing with an introduction to Cetaceans (Whales and Dolphins), their natural habitat, communication and behaviors. A Naturalist / Marine Biologist Guide will always be available throughout the tour to inform you of everything you are observing and to answer all your questions.  Cetaceans are sighted from land by our Watchman, who provides their VHF radio location information to the vessels, which then head there. So have fun and enjoy the coast of the island in the company of the Atlantic Whales and Dolphins! Free Afternoon. Accommodation at the hotel. [B]
 
Day 10: Ponta Delgada, USA
Maybe some free time for last minute shopping. At the appointed time you’ll be picked-up for your transfer to the airport to board you flight back home. [B]
 
[B] = Breakfast | [B/L] = Breakfast and Lunch | [B/L/T] = Breakfast, Lunch and Tasting


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Tour includes
  • All airport transfers
  • 9 nights’ accommodation:
    • Horta 3 nights
    • Angra do Heroismo 2 nights
    • Ponta Delgada 4 nights
  • Meals:
    • Breakfast daily
    • 4 lunches (drinks included)
    • 1 cheese tasting
  • Faial Island:
    • Walking tour of Horta
    • Full-day island tour
    • Excursion to Pico Island
  • Terceira Island:
    • Half-day island tour
  • São Miguel Island:
    • Morning excursion to Sete Cidades
    • Full-day excursion to Furnas Valley
    • Cetacean Watching
  • Private vehicle for excursions and transfers
  • English-speaking driver-guide
  • English-speaking guide for walking tours
  • Entrance fees where required by program
  • Ferry from Faial to Madalena (Pico Island) + Return
  • Economy class. Ticket HOR/TER/SMG (taxes included + max 20 Kg luggage)
  • All local taxes
Not included in tour
  • International airfares
  • Taxes related to airfares
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned under inclusions
  • Guide service
  • Porterage service
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Any item not mentioned as “Included”
  • Tips to guides or drivers
  • Other services not mentioned in the program

Hotels in your Tour

Category Island Hotel Name Tripadvisor
First Class
Horta Faial Azoris Faial Garden 4
Angra do Heroismo Terceira Terceira Mar Hotel 4
Ponta Delgada São Miguel Azoris Royal Garden 4
Hotels will be confirmed at time of booking

Tour Pricing

Season 2/3 Pax 4/5 Pax 6/7 Pax Single Suppl.
2020-21 Departures
April $2,635 $2,199 $1,979 $659
May - September $2,829 $2,405 $2,169 $835
October $2,635 $2,199 $1,979 $659
Prices. Are per person. And may. Change without notice
 
Tour Code: PT11HOR20OT