Located 800 miles west of Portugal in the Atlantic ocean, the islands seem lost in time. The nine islands of the Azores are known for their spectacular volcanic scenery, abundant flora and peaceful way of life. This is an ideal destination for travelers looking for a new area to explore.
The Azores three island tour has no minimum of people required, and are usually small, rarely being more than 15 people during the peak season.
Arrival in Ponta Delgada on São Miguel and transfer to Hotel Vila Nova. Ponta Delgada is the capital of the island group. Lined with many impressive churches, convents and trim white houses the cobblestone streets recall the wealthy days when the port was a crucial staging post between Europe and the New World. Overnight in Ponta Delgada.
Departs at 9:30 AM from Ponta Delgada to Furnas via de South road; Stop at Vila Franca do Campo Village. Arrive at Furnas Valley passing by the Lagoa das Furnas lake n the way to the Furnas Village. Visit the beautiful and renown Terra Nostra botanical garden. Return via the north coast visiting the only tea plantation in Europe, and the town of Ribeira Grande. (Lunch is not included)
Depart at 9:30AM. Tour to Caldeira das Sete Cidades (Caldera of the 7 Cities) Lake by the Mountain Road. The Caldera holding the 3 dark green lakes is what is left of a large volcano that destoyed itself in an eruption in the 1440s. Stop at the "Vista do Rei" (King's View) for a panoramic view of the Caldera. Visit a pineapple plantation on the way back. Balance of day free.
Free day to visit Ponta Delgada and suburbs.
Transfer to the airport for a flight to Faial Island (one hour flight). Transfer to Hotel Fayal or depart to a half day tour. Half day tour (only available after 4/4/04) - Depart towards Espalamaca, taking the mountain road overlooking the Valley of Flamengos, towards Calderia, the highest point on the island. Continue north to Capelhinhos (evidence of the last volcanic eruption in the Azores , dating to 1957). Visit the museum to see the evolution of the eruption. Return to the hotel. Balance of day free.
Faial to Pico and back to Faial. Transfer to the harbor, and travel by boat to Pico Island (30 minutes). Travel via de mountain road (altitude 1,100 meters), crossing the island; arrival at the village of Lajes (note: this is not the Terceira Island Lajes where the air base is located). Visit the Whale Museum. Continue in direction of village of S. Roque and stop (lunch not included in price). Visit the black rocks of Cachorro. Arrive at Madalena and return via boat to Faial.
Faial - Free day to explore Horta City and Faial.
Transfer to airport for flight back home
|Note: For North America travelers - This tour starts in Ponta Delgada and ends in Horta, Faial. A price supplement
applies to USA travelers for the return from Faial to Sao Miguel to catch the flight back to North America.