A tropical, volcanic wonderland
Welcome to the Azores! Prepare for an adventure that will captivate your senses as you explore the stunning landscapes of the Azores Islands. A land rich in tradition and cultural history only to be matched by its natural wonders.
Day 1: São Miguel
Welcome to the Azores! The dramatic landscapes of this tropical, volcanic wonderland set the tone for your adventure. After your transfer to the hotel, settle in and enjoy a welcome meeting and dinner with your Local Leader and fellow travelers. (d)
Day 2: São Miguel
Our adventure begins today on São Miguel, the biggest of the islands. We start with a tour of Sete Cidades, a massive volcanic crater three miles across, recognizable for the breathtaking views provided by the twin lakes located in the crater. We follow this with a visit to a pineapple green house to see how the delicious fruit is grown. The afternoon is yours to enjoy, unscripted. (b)
Day 3: São Miguel
With our Local Leader, we set out to uncover the treasures of São Miguel on a full-day tour. From the capital of Ponta Delgada, we enjoy a hike to the waterfall and thermal baths at Caldeira Velha before taking in the views of the crater lake, Lagoa do Fogo. From there, we visit a tea factory, Terra Nostra Botanical Park and enjoy lunch at Cozido das Furnas. (b, l)
Day 4: São Miguel > Faial Island
We hop a short flight to the charming Island of Faial this morning — known as the “Blue Island” due to the countless hydrangea hedges dotting the landscape. Today, we spend time in the lively town of Horta and visit the Capelinhos Volcano Interpretation Centre, which was built underground to avoid interference with the natural landscape. Here, we learn the fascinating history of the Caldeira and the formation of the Azores. (b)
Day 5: Faial Island > Pico Island > Faial Island
A short ferry ride brings us to Pico Island. Here, we connect with the history of the whaling industry and learn about the impact that it has made on the islands. Then, we dive into another regional treasure — wine. Wander through Santa Luzia Vineyards, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and later visit a local vineyard for a wine tasting and tour. We return to Faial tonight to enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (b, d)
Day 6: FaialIsland
This morning we head to the Capelinhos Volcano for a nature walk. The volcanic crater is filled with lush vegetation and vibrant plants native to the Azores. The afternoon is yours to relax, or partake in an optional whale watching cruise. (b)
Day 7: Faial Island
Our inspiring journey through the Azores islands ends today. (b)
b = breakfast, l = lunch, d = dinner
2019 departures offer a different itinerary.
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