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.
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. Your day ends with wonderfully scenic views from Caldeira and the Miradouro da Espalamaca.
Day 5 Faial Island - at Leisure
If you love wildlife, this morning’s optional whale and dolphin-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.
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.
Day 8 São Miguel - UK
Today you'll fly back to the UK.Meals included: B
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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.