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Discover the Azores
Purpose: Relaxation, Discovery, Culture
No. of days: 6 days - 5 nights
First & Last Cities: Ponta Delgada
Other cities: Lagoa das Sete Cidades, Ponta Delgada, Lagoa do Fogo, Lagoa das Furnas, Angra do Heroísmo, Prais da Vitória, Biscoitos
Starting cost: $1,369

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Day 1: Ponta Delgada, Furnas

After passing Customs and Immigration at Ponta Delgada you’ll be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Furnas. The rest of the day is free to rest and relax. Overnight in Furnas.

 

Day 2: Furnas (Lagoa das Sete Cidades, Ponta Delgada)

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to the western part of the island, where the mountains and the Lagoa das Sete Cidades (Lake of the Seven Cities) are located. From Vista do Rei look-out you will enjoy a panoramic view of the lake, asleep inside a huge volcanic crater. Descent to the village of Sete Cidades, a faithful image of the rural life of the Azores. Overlooking a natural bay, the city of Ponta Delgada has a rich history and architectural heritage. The Portas da Cidade (City Gates) are the perfect starting point for exploring the city. They are quickly identified by their three arches that link the sea front area and the Praça da República. Note the typical architecture that emphasizes the contrast between the white walls and the details in basalt, embellished with lacy iron balconies. While in São Miguel island, we suggest you enjoy a whale watching experience. Overnight in Furnas. [B]

 

Day 3: Furnas (Lagoa do Fogo, Lagoa das Furnas)

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Lagoa do Fogo. On the way, we will be able to appreciate the beauty of the lagoon, with its crystalline waters that reflect the surrounding landscape. We continue the visit, but this time on the north coast to Ribeira Grande where the ba-roque architecture of the 17th and 18th centuries characterizes this city. From the viewpoint of Pico do Ferro we will see the breath-taking landscapes of the oldest and largest volcanic crater on the island, in which lies the Lagoa das Furnas. Overnight in Furnas. [B]

 

Day 4: Furnas, Ponta Delgada, Angra do Heroísmo

Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Delivery of the rental car at Ponta Delgada airport. Embark on the flight to Angra do Heroísmo (not included). Arrival at Terceira airport and pick-up of the rental car. Overnight in Angra do Heroísmo. [B]

 

Day 5: Angra do Heroísmo (Prais da Vitória, Biscoitos)

Breakfast at the hotel. What makes the island of Terceira so special is the magnificent contrast between the natural beauty of this volcanic island and the admirable work that man has done in the historical center of Angra do Heroísmo, his capital city founded in 1534, the first town in the Azores to enjoy the status of city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Angra is an ideal starting point for exploring the coastal area of the island. Take a drive to Praia da Vitória, with the Ilhéus das Cabras (islets) in the background, through the bay of Salga and the black sand beaches surrounded by cliffs such as Porto Novo. Continue to Biscoitos, home of the famous Verdelho wine, where you can visit the Wine Museum and the seaside area with natural pools, such as Ponta do Queimado. Overnight in Angra do Heroísmo. [B]

 

Day 6: Angra do Heroísmo, Ponta Delgada, USA

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and be ready for check-out. At the appointed time you’ll be met by your driver and transferred to Terceira airport for your connecting flight to Ponta Delgada where you’ll board your flight back to the USA. [B]
 

 

[B] = Breakfast