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4 Island Budget Package

Please note that airfare is included flying from Gatwick. Prices subject to availability.

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

10 days, 9 nights. Visit Terceira, Faial, Pico and Sao Miguel four of Azores's most interesting islands. Sao Miguel is the most geographically diverse and arguably the most scenic, Terceira boasts the historic and exquisite town of Angra do Heroismo. Faial was an important staging port for ships traveling between the Americas and Europe and is now a stopover for modern yachts and sailing vessels. Pico, dominated by its great volcanic cone, is ideal for a day's exploration of its unusual landscape and small villages.

Terceira - Faial / Pico - Sao Miguel

Day 1 - Terceira Island

Transfer service from Terceira airport (aka Lajes) to Angra do Heroismo, about 24 kilometers away. 3 nights at Hotel Beira Mar (3 stars) in Angra. Terceira translates as "third", the third island to be discovered in the Azores archipelago. It's also the third largest in size. Walk the streets of Angra do Heroismo and you will feel transported back in time. This museum quality city is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It's snug harbor is protected by a volcanic cone which made Angra a major staging point for European ships bringing back the wealth of their New World colonies during the 16th to 18th centuries. In Angra, ships formed convoys to Europe as protection from pirates. Climb the hill behind the pretty public gardens for a grand view of the city and the volcanic cone of Monte Brasil.

Day 2 - Full day tour of Terceira

Your driver/guide will meet you in the hotel lobby for a full day tour of the island. Depart by the south coast to Praia da Vitoria via Porto Judeu, a small fishing village. Then stop at Sao Sebastiao and its 15th parish church. Nearby is an "imperio", a small chapel that is characteristic of the towns in the Azores. Imperio are central to the religious festivals of the Holy Ghost (Espirito Santo) popular throughout the Azores. These festivals are of medieval origin but are now seldom seen in mainland Europe. Terceira boasts the most colorful imperio. Praia da Vitoria is a charming town with a main square and a pedestrian shopping street. Time for lunch (not included) in Praia. Take the mountain road up to Serra do Cume for a view of the rolling, multi-hued green fields, bordered by stone walls and hydrangeas and the harbor of Praia in the distance. Then to Algar do Carvao, a huge lava tube about 300 feet long with stalactites and stalagmites. The cave is open June 1 through September 30. Continue to Biscoitos on the north coast to see the natural lava swimming pools and to visit the wine museum. Return to your hotel by way of the typical villages of Altares, Doze Ribeiras and Sao Mateus.

Day 3 - Day at leisure in Angra

Angra is a wonderful city to explore on foot. Take a taxi to Monte Brasil for a panoramic view of the city and follow walking trails past several old fortresses and a castle.

Day 4 - Terceira to Faial Island

Arrival transfer service from the airport to hotel. 3 nights at Residencial Sao Francisco (2 stars) in Horta with daily buffet breakfast included. Since their discovery in the 14th century, the Azores Islands have played an important role as a staging and victualing point for ships crossing the Atlantic, an enviable location for nations with New World colonies. Many conflicts between colonizing nations (Portugal, Spain, England) took place near Horta. Today now-peachful Horta is famous for its yacht harbor, a haven for trans-Atlantic yachts and sailboats. Visiting crews paint the harbor walls with names and pictures of their vessels.

Day 5 - Faial Tour

Your driver/guide will meet you in the lobby for your half-day island tour. Depart the hotel 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 6 - Full day tour to Pico Island (by ferry from Horta)

Transfer from the lodging to the harbor for a 30 minutes ferry trip to Pico. Pronounced "Peak" by Azoreans, the translation is exactly that. Meet your driver at the ferry dock in Madelena on Pico for a full day tour of the second largest island in the Azores ( lunch not included). 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 islands. 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 Madelena in the afternoon for the ferry trip back to Horta and transfer back to the hotel.

Day 7 Faial to Sao Miguel Island

Transfer service from your hotel 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

Residencial Sete Cidades (2 stars) 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 lodging is well located for walks through the old section.

Day 8 - Full day tour to Furnas.

Your driver/guide will pick you up at your lodging or 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, once the capital. 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" (Caldera 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. Cross the island to the north coast, stopping for a fine view of both the south and north coasts from an interior highland. On the way, you will visit a tea plantation, the only one in Europe. Return to your hotel about 5:30pm.

Day 9 - Half day tour to Sete Cidades

After meeting your driver/guide in the lodging 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. Afternoon free in Ponta Delgada. 

Day 10

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 on request.

What You'll Do

3 nights at Hotel Beira Mar (3 stars) in Angra do Heroismo, Terceira

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

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

5 nights pre or post tour

Full day tour of Terceira

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

Transfers hotel/harbour/hotel

Roundtrip ferry tickets from Faial to Pico

Daily buffet breakfast and hotel taxes

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Prices

Adults in Double/Twin Rooms from 1795.00 each

Adults in Single Occupancy Rooms from 2495.00 each

Children sharing room with parents from 799.00 each

Infants sharing room with parents from 60.00 each

Duration 14 nights

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