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Azores Islands - Sao Miguel, Pico, Terceira and Faial

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 11 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 6 people
Destination(s): Portugal  
Specialty Categories: Island Vacation  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 120 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 175 US Dollar (USD)

In the Azores Islands you will discover natural beauty at its best. On this trip you will visit 4 of the 9 islands. On each Island you with take a private tour and then have time on your own to explore the islands as you please. If you like walking and hiking or even whale watching. You will enjoy this trip. Accommodations on this trip have been selected for their rural beauty and location for wandering the islands.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Lisbon - Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel - Vila Franca Do Campo. Take a morning flight from Lisbon to Ponta Delgada Airport (PDL), Sao Miguel. Upon arrival you will be met by a chauffeur who will transfer you to your accommodation. Check in accommodation. Rest of the day at your own leisure. Lunch & dinner on your own. Overnight in Vila Franco do Campo.

Day 2: Vila Franca Do Campo - Tour of Sao Miguel Island.

Breakfast. Furnas with typical lunch "Cozido" and Park (Duration: 08h30). 9:00 AM: Departure from the Hotel towards the Island's north coast. The first stop is in the Miradouro Santa Iria where a vast area of the Island's northern coastal area can be observed. The next stop is at the Gorreana tea plantation and factory. Crossing the Achada das Furnas plateau we reach the Pico do Ferro where you will be able to enjoy views over the Furnas valley and lake at the bottom of a large volcanic crater. From there you will continue to the shores of the lake to watch the removal of the Cozido lunch.

Which had been buried, and cooked over a 6-hour period in the surrounding hot-springs area. Lunch at a local restaurant in the Furnas village. Following lunch visit the Terra Nostra park where you will be able to see various botanical species and a natural thermal swimming pool. Continue to the local hot-springs area to further observe volcanic phenomena. The Furnas valley, with its twenty-two thermal springs is considered one the richest hydrological areas of Europe. Return to Ponta Delgada passing the Furnas Lake, the village of Vila Franca, and the Agua d'Alto and Milicias beaches. Arrival at the Hotel around 5:30 PM. Lunch included. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Vila Franco do Campo. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 3: Vila Franca Do Campo - Tour of Sao Miguel Island.

Breakfast. Day free to explore Sao Miguel Island on your own. Lunch & Dinner on your own. Overnight in Vila Franco do Campo. Includes: (B).

Day 4: Vila Franca Do Campo - Punta Delgada - (Fly) Pico - Lages Do Pico.

Breakfast. Chauffeur transfer from accommodation to Punta Delgada Airport. Take a flight to Pico Island Airport (PIX). Upon arrival you will be met by a chauffeur who with transfer you to your accommodation. Lunch and Dinner on your own. Overnight in Lages do Pico. Includes: (B).

Day 5: Lages Do Pico - Tour of Pico Island.

Breakfast. Pico island with lunch (Duration: 08h30). 9:00 AM: Departure to Arcos do Cachorro, magnify geological formations. Through the area of Mistérios, extensive fields of lava, we reach S. Roque. Stop and visit the old Whales Factory. Continuing through an inner road we cross the Island to Lagoa do Capitão and then to Lajes. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, a visit to the village of old Whalers Men. Optional visit to Whalers Museum. Return to Madalena by the coastal road, visiting the Church of S. Mateus, a handicraft exhibition and a cheese factory. Return to hotel around 5:30 PM. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Lages do Pico. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 6: Lages Do Pico - Madalena Do Pico - (Ferry) Hota - Tour Of Faial Island - Hota - (Ferry) Madalena Do Pico - Lages Do Pico.

Breakfast. Faial island with lunch (Duration: 10h00 - 11h00). 7:15 AM: Pick up from hotel and transfer to Madalena do Pico where you will board the Ferry (costs 2.65 Euros per person) to take you to Horta - (leaving at 8:15 AM and arriving at 8:45 AM). Taking the coastal road, and always in the presence of the lush green mountain range Serra da Ferreira, we arrive at Castelo Branco, continuing on to the Varadouro, a magnificent bay with natural thermal fountains and pools. Short walk with lunch at a local restaurant. Following lunch, the tour continues towards the Capelo forest park for a short visit.

The next stop is in the Capelinhos area where the landscape was completely changed with village houses and fields covered with volcanic ash from the time of the sea volcanic eruptions of 1957-58. Visit the local exhibition. The tour continues on to the Caldeira, a crater 400 meters deep and 2 km wide, located in the central part of Island. This area, surrounded by exuberant vegetation, is classified as a natural reserve and is considered one the major attractions in the Island. Next stop at the Miradouro da Espalamaca where a bird's eye view of Horta including its marina and surrounding Monte Queimado and Monte da Guia mountain areas can be enjoyed. Take ferry back to Pico and return to the Hotel. Overnight in Lages do Pico. Includes: (B), (L);

Day 7: Lages Do Pico - Explore Pico Island

Breakfast. Free day to explore Pico Island as you please. Lunch and dinner on your own. Overnight in Lages do Pico. Includes: (B).

Day 8: Lages Do Pico - Pico - Terceira - Angra Do Heroísmo - Sao Mateus

Breakfast. Chauffeur transfer from hotel to Pico Airport. Take a flight to Terceira Island Airport. Upon arrival pick up your car rental. Lunch and dinner on your own. Overnight in Sao Mateus. Includes: (B);

Day 9: Sao Mateus - tour of terceira island

Breakfast. Terceira island with lunch (Duration: 08h30). 9:00 AM: departure from the Hotel. Passing by Serretinha, Salga and Porto Martins we reach Praia da Vitória. A visit to the Mother Church and to the town center. The tour continues to Serra do Cume, with an altitude of 545 meters and the most panoramic view over Praia da Vitória and its bay. Next stop will be at Caldeira de Guilherme Moniz, a crater with 15 kilometres perimeter and the largest at the archipelago. The drive goes on to the Fumarolas of Furnas do Enxofre. Return to Angra for lunch at a local Restaurant, passing by Terra Chã and S. Carlos.

After lunch the first stop will be at Monte Brasil, protected area, and Pico das Cruzinhas, with magnificent view over Angra do Heroísmo, classified by UNESCO as Historical Universal Patrimony. The tour continues to S. Mateus, Porto dos Cinco and from there to Pico da Bagacina, interesting lava region, where wild cattle are bred. The next stop will be at Algar do Carvão, considered a geological nature reserve, formed by caves with 100 metres deep, with curious geological formations and a lake. Continuing to Biscoitos to visit the Wine Museum and for a short walk on the natural swimming pools area. Return to the Hotel at 05:30 PM. Lunch included on day of tour, Dinners on your own. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 10: Sao Mateus - Explore Terceira Island.

Breakfast. Day free to explore Terceira island. Lunch and dinner on your own. Overnight in Sao Mateus. Includes: (B).

Day 11: Sao Mateus - Angra Do Heroísmo - (Drive) Lages, Terceira - (Fly) Lisbon.

Breakfast. Drive to Terceira Airport, drop off car rental. Take a flight to Lisbon Airport (LIS). Lunch & Dinner on your own. Includes: (B).

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Notes:
- Price above is a starting from per person, per night price guideline.
- For an itinerary quote please inquire for details.

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Location: Spain
Joined InfoHub: Jun 2001
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We are a specialty tour operator based in Galicia, Northwestern Spain, where our founder Sean O'Rourke is dedicated to personally escorting many of our food and wine tour departures to this intriguing corner of Spain. Our services include many types of unique tours and customized travel to Spain and Portugal....

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