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3 Island Budget Package

Please note that airfare is an extra to be added to the price.

We have tailored this package to accommodate the schedule of direct flights from London Gatwick from where SATA, the Azorean airlines flies.

7 days, 6 nights in 2 star hotels - Sao Miguel is the main island and the most scenic. Faial is well known for its international Marina, a stopover for modern yachts and sailing vessels. Pico, enchants with the magnificent Mountain, ideal for hiking and to explore its unusual landscape and small villages. The budget programs were created in similarity to our Top selling Island Tours using two stars hotels. Friendly hosts will be welcoming you in this one week getaway.

Day 1 - Horta, Faial Island

Arrival transfer service from the airport to lodging, Residencial Sao Francisco in Horta for 3 nights with daily buffet breakfast included.

Day 2 - Faial Island Tour

Your driver/guide will meet you in the lobby for your half-day island tour. Depart the Residencial on the mountain road overlooking the Valley of Flamengos, toward Caldeira, the highest point on the island. Continue north to Capelinhos, site of the last volcanic eruption in the Azores. This 1957-58 event added 2 square km to the island. Earthquakes and ash destroyed much of the west side of the island prompting many islanders to immigrate to North America. The elements are slowly eroding the ash. There is a nearby museum detailing the eruption.

Day 3 - Full day tour to Pico Island

Transfer from the Residencial to the harbor for a 30 minutes trip to Pico. Pronounced "Peak" by Azoreans, the translation is exactly that. Meet your driver at the ferry dock in Madalena on Pico for a full day tour of the second largest island in the Azores. The island is dominated by the great bulk of Pico Mountain. Islanders make good use of the black volcanic rocks to build houses and walls in a distinctive fashion. Pico was an important whaling station and there is a museum showing how islanders took to the seas in open boats in pursuit of the leviathans. Fortunately, tourists are now the only ones who go to sea to see the many species of whales in the island. An unusual feature of Pico is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of acres of vineyards encircled by small, black volcanic rock walls to protect them from the salt winds and to collect extra heat. Return to Madalena in the afternoon for the ferry trip back to Horta and transfer back to the Residencial.

Day 4 - Faial to Sao Miguel Island

Transfer service from your Residencial to the airport for the short flight to Sao Miguel, the largest and most geographically diverse of the islands. Upon arrival in Ponta Delgada, you will be transferred to your hotel, Residencial Sete Cidades for the next 3 nights with daily buffet breakfast. Ponta Delgada is the largest city as well as the capital of the Azores. Urban sprawl is beginning to set in but the historic central part of the city is still charming. The hotel is well located for walks through the historic section.

Day 5 - Full day tour to Furnas

Your driver/guide will pick you up at your lodging for your full day trip to Furnas. Just outside of Ponta Delgada, the rural life of Sao Miguel dominates. Depart along the south road passing the village of Lagoa for a viewpoint at Caloura. Continue to Vila Franca for a coffee break (not included). Upon arrival in the Furnas area, visit the lake, hot springs and to see holes in the ground where meals are cooked by underground steam. Pots full of various meats, sausages, potatoes and vegetables are steamed for 7 hours to produce "Cozidos nas Caldeiras" (Caldeira Stew). Continue to the charming town of Furnas for a lunch stop (lunch not included). Visit the beautiful botanical gardens begun in the 18th century (entry fee not included) with the opportunity to swim in the hot springs swimming pool (Botanical Park fee not included). Cross the island to the north coast, stopping for a fine view of both the south and north coast from an interior highland. On the way, you will visit a tea plantation, the only one in Europe. Return to your lodging about 5:30pm.

Day 6 - Half day tour to Sete Cidades

After meeting your driver/guide in the hotel lobby, head west to one of the most awesome natural sights in the world, the twin Caldeira lakes of Sete Cidades. The view from "Vista do Rei" (King's View) high on the crater's rim is stunning. Far below, next to the lakes is the pretty village of Sete Cidades (Seven Cities, named for a mythical kingdom). Descend into the Caldeira to visit the town. Before returning to Ponta Delgada, stop at a pineapple plantation. The Azores are not warm enough to grow pineapples in the open but they thrive in the greenhouses with careful cultivation methods. The pineapples are small but very sweet. Afternoon free in Ponta Delgada.

Day 7

Check out in the late morning. The lodging will store your baggage for you.

Day free for last minute shopping and sightseeing in Ponta Delgada before your transfer to the airport.

An optional half-day morning tour to Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lake) with a stop at a ceramics factory in the town of Lagoa is available. Please let us know if you want to add it to your program. Price to be informed.

What You'll Do

3 nights at Residencial Sao Francisco (2 stars) in Horta, Faial

3 nights at Residencial Sete Cidades (2 stars) in Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel

Half day tour of Faial

Full day tour of Pico

Full day tour to Furnas, Sao Miguel

Half day tour to Sete Cidades, Sao Miguel

Airport-hotel-airport transfers

Round trip ferry tickets from Faial to Pico

Transfers hotel/harbour/hotel

Daily buffet breakfast and hotel taxes

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Prices

Adults in Double/Twin Rooms from 1374.00 each

Adults in Single Occupancy Rooms from 1674.00 each

Children sharing room with parents from 774.00 each

Infants sharing room with parents from 60.00 each

Duration 7 nights

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