The Azores: Volcanic Island Adventure

The Azores: Volcanic Island Adventure

  • 10 Days
  • From : Ponta Delgada, Sâo Miguel Island
  • To : Ponta Delgada, Sâo Miguel Island
  • Tour
  • Guide : English
  • Minimum age : 10 Years Old

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Join this awe-inspiring ten-day tour to discover four islands of the exotic and remote Azores archipelago, the perfect destination for nature lovers and a world-leading example of sustainable tourism. Discover their dramatic landscapes: peaks bursting through the sea covered in vegetation, inhabited with a plethora of birdlife in diverse habitats, which range from lakes to forests, mountains and fields. Witness countless forms of aquatic life, oceanic dolphins, blue whales, sperm whales and killer whales. Wander around their cities, and learn about their rich culture and folk traditions that remain very much alive and authentic until today.  

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

São Miguel Island: also name ‘Ilha Verde’ (Green Island), is the biggest island in the Azores archipelago. It’s known for its volcanic scenery, flora and rich marine life, including whales. 

Terceira Island: a perfect balance between the natural beauty of this volcanic island and the admirable work of man in the historic centre of Angra do Heroísmo make this place one of a kind. 

Pico Island: the second largest island of the Azores archipelago, boasting an incredible variety of landscapes, all dominated by the colossal Pico Alto, the highest peak in Portugal. 

Faial Island: one of the best places in the world for spotting ones of the world’s most intriguing creatures: the whales. 

What’s included?

TOUR GUIDE:

  • Operated with English-speaking tour escort throughout the itinerary

ACCOMMODATION:

  • 9 night’s accommodation

MEALS:

  • 9 Breakfasts 
  • 1 Dinners at local restaurants (Day 9)

TRANSPORT:

  • Arrival & departure unescorted shared transfers in an air-conditioning bus from/ to Ponta Delgada-João Paulo II Airport
  • Shared transportation in an air-conditioning bus throughout the tour
  • Inter-island flight Ponta Delgada to Terceira SP480 (Day 3)
  • Inter-island flight Terceira to Pico SP626 (Day 5)
  • One-way ferry ticket Pico Island – Faial Island (Day 6)
  • Inter-island flight Horta to Ponta Delgada Flight SP571 (Day 8)

ENTRANCE FEES & ACTIVITIES:

  • All entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary: Pineapple Plantations and Sete Cidades Crater half-day tour (Day 2); Half-day Biscoitos and Praia da Vitoria tour (Day 3); Angra do Heroismo half-day walking tour (Day 4); Morning Whale & Dolphin Watching (Day 6); Capelinhos for a half-day tour, Horta walking tour (Day 7)

OTHER:

  • Meet & Greet (Day 1, 3, 5, 6, 8)
  • Welcome meeting

Exclusions

  • Algar do Carvão visit on Day 3
  • International flights 
  • Drinks during meals (unless specified otherwise)
  • City tax not included, payable on the spot
  • Any visit not mentioned in the program
  • Porterage and gratuities  
  • Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals or items not stated explicitly in the program
  • Any alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, mineral water, camera/video camera fee (if any)
  • Travel Insurance or any loss or extra cost arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as flight delays, 

Please note

  • The inter-island flights might change due to unforeseen circumstances. Clients will be informed on the destination by our team
  • Day 3: Please note that October 5th (Monday) is a bank holiday, therefore, the shops might be closed or some locations can be overcrowded
  • Day 4: Please note that São Gonçalo Convent closes on Saturdays, Sunday mornings and during public holidays. The Cathedral closes on Saturdays and Sundays. The visits are conditioned by the religious services
  • Day 6: The boat for the whale & dolphin watching tour will depend on supplier’s availability. This activity is a regular tour, shared with other visitors
  • Itinerary will be adapted according to the flights confirmation, it might be needed to change the daily program to maintain the advertised program
  • The excursions itineraries can change to avoid crowds or to respect opening hours, but all the visits will be guaranteed
  • We reserve the right to change itineraries and activities due to weather conditions, technical problems or security reasons. Visibility at the viewpoints depends on the weather conditions
  • Early check-in, late check-out, connecting or adjoining rooms in the hotel are subject to availability and not guaranteed 
  • No refund for unused services. Splitting of the package is not allowed  

What do I need to bring?

Comfortable footwear and suitable clothing for weather conditions is the most suitable for travelling in Portugal.

Accommodation options

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

Day 1, 2 Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island

  • Superior Hotel Category = Hotel São Miguel Park or similar 4*

Day 3, 4 Angra do Heroismo, Terceira Island

  • Superior Hotel Category = Hotel Azoris Angra or similar 4*

Day 5 Madalena, Pico Island

  • Superior Hotel Category = Hotel Caravelas or similar 4*

Day 6, 7 Horta, Faial Island

  • Superior Hotel Category = Hotel Horta or similar 4*

Day 8, 9 Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island

  • Superior Hotel Category = Hotel São Miguel Park or similar 4*

Cancellation policy

    Once ordered, this tour cannot be cancelled or refund or amended at any circumstances.

Day 1 :  ARRIVAL SÃO MIGUEL ISLAND – PONTA DELGADA (5 Km – 20 Min)

Upon landing at Ponta Delgada-João Paulo II Airport, make your own way to the arrivals hall where a representative will meet you. Hop on the shared transfer to the hotel, for check-in. In the afternoon, join the group for a welcome meeting with the tour escort. 

Overnight in Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island.

Day 2 :  PONTA DELGADA – FAJÃ DE BAIXO – SETE CIDADES – PICO DO CARVÃO – PONTA DELGADA (35 Km – 1 Hr)

Wake up to breakfast at the hotel followed by a Pineapple Plantations and Sete Cidades Crater half-day tour. Departure from the hotel to Fajã de Baixo to stop at the pineapple plantations. You will continue to Vista do Rei viewpoint in Sete Cidades Mountains, where you can observe the magnificent crater and the twin lakes, famous for its colors, blue and green, reflecting the sky and the surrounding vegetation. Start to go inside the crater, visit Santiago viewpoint, a secondary lake, and visit the village center, where you will have some free time for snack or coffee (not included). Return to Ponta Delgada with stop at Pico do Carvão belvedere where you can get great panoramic view is São Miguel Island. Return to the hotel in the early afternoon; and time for lunch (not included), relax and unwind. 

Overnight in Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island.

Day 3 :  PONTA DELGADA, SÃO MIGUEL ISLAND – ANGRA DO HEROISMO, TERCEIRA ISLAND (40 min by flight)

Have an early breakfast at the hotel and hop on the transfer back to Ponta Delgada-João Paulo II Airport, to get on the flight to Terceira Island (included inter island-flight SP480 07:30-08:10). The included flights will be booked by our team immediately after the tour confirmation. Upon landing at Lajes Airport, a driver will be meet and transfer you to the hotel, for check-in and lunch (not included). At around 02:00 pm, get ready for a half-day Biscoitos and Praia da Vitoria tour. On the way to Praia da Vitória (short walk), pass by Monte Brasil, São Sebastião and Porto Martins. The tour follows to Serra do Cume, 545 meters and panoramic view of the beach and bay. Next stop will be Caldeira de Guilherme Moniz, a crater with 15 km of perimeter and the widest in the Azores. Passage through the region of lava and cattle breeding. Next stop will be in the Algar do Carvão (optional visit, not included) considered a geological natural reserve, Furnas do Sul, followed by Biscoitos with a visit to the Wine Museum and the bathing area. You will return to the hotel in the afternoon, for a well-deserved rest. Please note that October 5th (Monday) is a bank holiday, therefore, the shops might be closed or some locations can be overcrowded.

Overnight in Angra do Heroismo, Terceira Island.

Day 4 :  ANGRA DO HEROISMO

Charge your batteries with a tasty breakfast at the hotel and get ready for an Angra do Heroismo half-day walking tour. Leaving on foot from your hotel you will be guided by some of the places of more interest such as São Gonçalo Convent, the Cathedral, the Public Garden and City Hall. (Please note that São Gonçalo Convent closes on Saturdays, Sunday mornings and during public holidays. The Cathedral closes on Saturdays and Sundays. The visits are conditioned by the religious services). Return to the hotel in the early afternoon, for lunch (not included), and rest of the afternoon at leisure. 

Overnight in Angra do Heroismo, Terceira Island.

Day 5 :  ANGRA DO HEROISMO, TERCEIRA ISLAND – MADALENA, PICO ISLAND (35 min by flight)

Have an early breakfast at the hotel and be ready for another exciting day. In the afternoon, hop on the transfer back to Laje Airport, to get on the flight to Pico Island (included inter-island flight SP626 16:15-16:50). Upon landing at Pico Airport, a driver will be meet and transfer you to the hotel, for check-in. Enjoy your evening strolling around Madalena Village and find out more about its rural legacy – farming and wine making. 

Overnight in Madalena, Pico Island.

Day 6 :  MADALENA, PICO ISLAND – HORTA, FAIAL ISLAND (30 min by ferry)

Indulge in a delicious breakfast at the before beginning today´s adventure, Whale & Dolphin Watching in Pico. Early morning check in for once in a life time experience. After briefing you will go out on the ocean for about 3 hours to spot some cetacean species present in Azores, one of the best destinations in the world for whale and dolphin watching. Returned from sea, is time to pack and head to Faial Island. Hop on the ferry and enjoy the guided trip (included one-way ferry ticket Pico Island – Faial Island). Upon arrival at the port, a driver will be meet and transfer you to the hotel, for check-in and lunch (not included). The rest of the day is at leisure. 

Overnight in Horta, Faial Island.

Day 7 :  HORTA, FAIAL ISLAND

Enjoy a tasty breakfast at the hotel and depart to Capelinhos for a half-day tour to see the consequences of one of the latest volcanic eruptions in the Azores, which left behind a moon-like surface. Visit to the Interpretative Centre. Continue along the north coast towards Caldeira to enjoy the spectacular view of the inside of a crater 400m deep and 2km wide. Drive along the fields of hydrangeas (bloom in early summer) overlooking the Flamengos Valley, the first Flemish settlement of Faial and stop at Espalamaca with view over the city of Horta and the islands of Pico, São Jorge and Graciosa (at clear days). In the early afternoon, free time for lunch (not included). In the afternoon, join the Horta walking tour, famous for its cosmopolitan marina, which is the encountering point of the yachts sailing from all over the world, in their transatlantic voyages. Stroll around the city visiting the Horta Museum which includes a collection of fig pith artwork, Promenade and the Horta Marina with its colorful paintings. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon. 

Overnight in Horta, Faial Island.

Day 8 :  HORTA, FAIAL ISLAND – PONTA DELGADA, SÃO MIGUEL ISLAND (50 min by flight)

Wake up to breakfast at the hotel and hop on the transfer to Horta Airport, to get on the flight to São Miguel Island (included inter-island flight SP571 Departure: 12:50-13:40). The included flights will be booked by our team immediately after the tour confirmation. Upon arrival at Ponta Delgada-João Paulo II Airport, a driver will be meet and transfer you to the hotel, for check-in. 

Overnight in Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island.

Day 9 :  PONTA DELGADA, SÃO MIGUEL ISLAND

Have a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, as this day is at your own pace. In the evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant (included). 

Overnight in Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island. 

Day 10 :  DEPARTURE PONTA DELGADO, SÃO MIGUEL ISLAND (5 Km – 20 Min)

Wake up to one last breakfast at the hotel before enjoying some free time for you to spend at leisure before the unescorted transfer back to Ponta Delgada-João Paulo II Airport, where you’ll catch your onward flight to your following destination (At least 2 hours before flight schedule).