The Beauty of the Azores

From £1,547.10
Duration 8 Days
Departures from Jun 2020 - Oct 2020
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From £1,547.10
Duration 8 Days
Departures from Jun 2020 - Oct 2020
Tour Overview

​The stunning Portuguese archipelago of the Azores offers a rich tapestry of splendid landscapes, from dormant volcanoes to therapeutic springs. Begin your discoveries on the island of São Miguel, where you visit Furnas and explore the Porto Formoso Tea Factory. You'll also discover Terra Nostra Park, a splendid botanical garden with thermal springs, visit the remarkable twin lakes of Sete Cidades, and embark on a spectacular journey across the island's central mountain range that finishes at a pineapple plantation for a tasting of pineapple liqueur. A highlight of the tour is an excursion to Faial Island, full of scenic highlights including a magnificent bay and natural thermal pools, and there's a chance to spot whales on an optional excursion. You'll then head to Pico Island for a day of exploration, including lunch in the old whaling village of Laies and a tour and tasting at a cheese factory.

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Your Holiday Includes

  • ​​Return flights from Gatwick with SATA Azores Airlines
  • 7 nights in 4-star hotels 
  • 10 meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches​ and welcome drink 
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Specialist Local Guide
  •  Overseas transfers, internal flights, other transportation and porterage 
  • Audio Guide ​​

Included Holiday Highlights

  • ​​​Stay on the islands of Sao Miguel and Faial 
  • Enjoy a tasting at Porto Formoso Tea Plantation 
  • Discover lava-rock landscapes and whaling history on Pico Islands 
  • Explore Furnas Valley including the bubbling thermal pools 
  • Terra Nostra Park Botanical Gardens 
  • Sete Cidades volcanic lakes 
  • Bretenha pinapple plantation with liqueur tasting​​

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Ponta Delgada, São Miguel

Today you'll fly to Ponta Delgada on the island of São Miguel, the largest of the nine islands of the Azores archipelago.

Day 2 Furnas

​Spend the day discovering Furnas, where your first stop is at Porto Formoso Tea Factory. A Local Guide will explain the history of this old factory as well as the process of tea making, before you sample freshly made tea and take in the amazing view over the plantations.
Then we'll continue to the Pico do Ferro Belvedere for stunning views. We take lunch in Furnas Village, located in the crater of an extinct volcano, where we'll try cozido das furnas, a combination of meats and seasonal vegetables cooked by the heat of volcanic ash.
Spend the afternoon at Terra Nostra Park, a splendid botanical garden which is home to thousands of species of plants and trees. The warm mineral springs here are known for their therapeutic qualities, so you may choose to take a dip. 

Meals included: B,L

Day 3 Sete Cidades

Today you’re going to see the remarkable twin lakes of Sete Cidades, carved into a volcanic crater. Enjoy a stroll and make your own discoveries before we take you on a spectacular journey across the island’s central mountain range. After lunch, the ancient village of Bretanha is our final stop, and it’s here that you’ll visit a pineapple plantation and maybe sample pineapple liqueur.

Meals included: B,L

Day 4 Faial Island

We fly to the small island of Faial, where you’ll stay in Horta. You’ll see the island’s scenic highlights on an included tour, which begins as we journey along the coast and past the Serra da Ferreira mountain range. Stretch your legs as you take in lovely views of the magnificent bay and natural thermal pools of Varadouro.
At Capelinhos you’ll see a mesmerising landscape formed by volcanic eruptions, and your day ends with wonderfully scenic views from Caldeira and the Miradouro da Espalamaca. 

Meals included: B

Day 5 Faial Island - at Leisure

​​If you love wildlife, this morning’s optional whale-watching excursion is for you. Firstly, an expert will tell you about the species you might encounter and why the waters surrounding the Azores are home to so many of these magnificent creatures.
The rest of your day can be spent at leisure.

Meals included: B

Day 6 Pico Island

A journey by boat takes you to the island of Pico today, for a full day of exploration. Highlights include the lava-rock landscape of Arcos do Cachorro and a former whaling factory at San Roque. Take in the scenery as we head across the centre of the island, stopping for lunch in the old whaling village of Laies. Your return route takes you along the coastal road, and includes visits to the Whalers' Museum and the Church of St Mateus. We'll round off the day with a tour and tasting at a cheese factory.

Meals included: B,L

Day 7 São Miguel - at Leisure

After flying back to São Miguel, spend the rest of the day here at leisure.

Meals included: B

Day 8 São Miguel - UK

Today you'll fly back to the UK.

Meals included: B

Additional Information

TAILOR YOUR TRIP

Marina Atlantico Hotel: Room Upgrade​

Sea view rooms ​are available at a supplement for the duration of your stay. Please speak to a Holiday Advisor for details.​

  1. Favourite Moment

    Treat yourself by relaxing in the warm mineral Springs at Terra Nostra Park, which are known for their theraputic qualities.

Accommodation

Hotel Marina Atlantico

Across the marina and the Port of Cruises, in the center of Ponta Delgada in S. Miguel Island, Hotel Marina Atlantico offers a superb view of the ocean in the horizon coloured by boat masts and flags. 184 rooms Wi-Fi Internet access (free of charge), Air conditioning, cable TV, Minibar, Health Club Top Fitness featuring gym, indoor heated pool, Sauna, Jacuzzi, Steam bath, massages

Hotel Canal

The Faial Island, Hotel do Canal is located on the ocean front of Horta. With breathtaking views over the city bay and Pico mountain. 103 rooms with air conditioning, telephone, cable TV, Mini bar, hairdryer, WiFi, Tea and Coffee service, restaurant and bar.

Prices shown are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room with private facilities unless otherwise stated. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.