The Beauty of the Azores

  • 8 Days

  • The Azores

  • Steady pace

Lush green valleys, sleepy villages and lake-filled calderas characterize the easy charm and natural beauty of São Miguel. Wander the atmospheric streets and Church of São Sebastião of Ponta Delgada, explore Terra Nostra's garden of lakes, and visit the Gorreana Tea Factory.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

Accommodation
Flights
14 meals
Porterage
Services of a tour director
All local and airport taxes/service charges
Transfers
VIP private home pick-up
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

of 8 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 08th September 2018

Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners

Overview

Lush green valleys, sleepy villages and lake-filled calderas characterize the easy charm and natural beauty of São Miguel. Wander the atmospheric streets and Church of São Sebastião of Ponta Delgada, explore Terra Nostra's garden of lakes, and visit the Gorreana Tea Factory.

At a glance

  • Gorreana Tea Factory See traditional tea-cultivating techniques in a beautiful hilltop setting.
  • Terra Nostra Park Explore this 200-year-old garden paradise of lakes, bridges and century-old trees.
  • Caldiera Velha Take an exclusive dip in its waterfall of warm, iron water.
  • Ponta Delgada Visit the ornate 16th century Church of São Sebastião and the colourful flower market.
  • Sete Cidades A sightseeing tour which includes the famous view of the Sete Cidades Lake.
  • Pineapple Plantation Discover the organic growing techniques and pick up some jam from the shop.

Day 1

UK - Sao Miguel Island

Fly to Sao Miguel today and transfer to your hotel.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Ponta Delgada - Lagoa do Fogo - Furnas - Ponta Delgada

Furnas is situated in a wonderful valley that rests upon a crater of an extinct volcano where flowers and intense green vegetation grow. Our first stop is at Gorreana Tea Factory, to visit this living museum where, today, machines of the XIX century still function and produce the world-wide known Gorreana Tea. Before descending towards Furnas and its lovely block of white houses enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the Azores at Pico do Ferro Belvedere. Stop at Furnas Village for lunch (included). Today you'll taste one of the most typical dishes of this region - the famous "Cozido das Furnas", made of different sorts of meat, sausage and vegetables. After lunch visit to Terra Nostra Park - a paradisiacal garden with lakes, bridges and luxuriant vegetation - a visit your heart will never forget (entrances included). Continuing the tour, we go up through the south coast to Pico da Barrosa. Stop at Lagoa do Fogo Belvedere - it offers you a magnificent view over this lake. It seems time has stopped. One feels very small before this beautiful big blue lake…one of the finest jewels of nature. Going down to the north coast, stop at Caldeira Velha (optional visit - depending on time - entrances not included, around € 2,50). A magnificent and romantic place, with a natural hot water pool, inside luxuriant vegetation.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Days 3 - 4

Ponta Delgada

Enjoy two full day's at leisure to explore the lush green landscapes and admiring breath-taking panoramic views.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Ponta Delgada

After we pass through the City Gates, our first visit will be to the Church of São Sebastião - built in the XVI century with elements of Gothic and Manuelino styles. In the XVIII century, alterations were made in the facade according to the dominant style of the time, the Baroque. Passing on the main narrow streets of Ponta Delgada, where you can explore the locals and take the chance to acquire some wonderful gifts. The visit continue to the local market, where you can buy flowers, fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fresh fish, animals, cheese, local handicraft etc. It's a very typical place. A visit to the local museum it's also include. Afternoon at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Ponta Delgada - Sete Cidades - Ponta Delgada

Breakfast at the hotel. We invite you to visit this legendary scenery. It will remind you of stories with princes and princesses already forgotten in the lake's depth. Our first stop is at Vista do Rei Belvedere, so-called because it is where King Carlos and Queen Amélia could appreciate Sete Cidades Lake when they visited S. Miguel in 1901. The tour continues going down to the Sete Cidades village and then to the northwestern route. Crossing the Island's central mountain range, passing through Bretanha - an old village established by French fishermen. In the outskirts of Ponta Delgada we will visit Pineapple Plantations (FREE ENTRANCES) where all phases of its growth will be explained to you. Besides, you can taste its delicious liquor.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Ponta Delgada

Enjoy a whole day at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Sao Miguel - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Sao Miguel Sao Miguel Park Hotel;

Notes

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