- Ribeira Grande
Explore this historic town located on a picturesque volcanic plateau.
- The lake of Fire
São Miguel, the’ Green Island’, is home to beautiful and diverse scenery including the Lagoa do Fogo, Fire Lake, a crater lake in the island’s centre, possibly the most beautiful spot in the archipelago.
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Discover the unspoilt islands of the Azores
The unspoilt islands of the Azores are famed for their stunning natural beauty of rugged cliffs, volcanic craters, towering peaks and bubbling hot springs. This tour offers a flavour of three of these islands – São Miguel, Terceira and Faial – which are scattered like jewels in the Atlantic Ocean.
30 meals: 14 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) and 14 dinners(D)
- Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a discount if not required
- Return flights and transfers
- Saga tour manager
- Porterage at all hotels
- See Sete Cidades Crater lakes
- Ponta Delgada island capital visit
- Visit Capelinhos Museological Nucleus and Capelinhos volcano
- Tour the island of Terceira
- Angra do Heroísmo town walking tour
Day 1 UK-São Miguel
Depart the UK for your flight to Ponta Delgada on the island of São Miguel. Continue to the locally rated 4-star Hotel Marina Atlantico (4Q) for a four-night stay. D
Day 2 Sete Cidades
An included half-day tour takes you to the Sete Cidades Crater lake. The Sete Cidades is an extinct volcano that rises approximately 580 metres above sea level. From the edge of the massive crater there's a magnificent view of the two lakes below, one blue and the other green. B, D
Day 3 Furnas and Nordeste
An optional full-day excursion takes you to the village of Furnas and Nordeste. B, D
Enjoy a short orientation tour of the inland village of Furnas this morning. Set in the beautiful Furnas valley, the village and lake are about 30 minutes from Ponta Delgada. The valley contains many hot springs, spas and geysers and local people bury pots of meat and vegetables in the hot ground around the lake to cook their famous 'cozido'. Afterwards, drive along the coast to Nordeste, with photo stops and a visit to a private garden. Travel via the scenic Salto do Cavalo Pass to Nordeste, an attractive town with a famous bridge. Lunch is included.
Day 4 São Miguel
Enjoy an included half-day excursion to Ponta Delgada, capital of São Miguel. Once just a tiny fishing village, it is now the largest town in the Azores, with its Portuguese-influenced architecture evident in its white houses, impressive churches and convents. Particular highlights include the 16th-century St Sebastião and Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Esperanca. B, D
Day 5 São Miguel to Faial
Today, travel to the airport for your flight to Faial. Continue to Horta where you stay four nights at the locally-rated 4-star Hotel do Canal (4Q). B, D
Day 6 Faial
Enjoy an optional half-day whale-watching excursion.
Visit the feeding grounds of humpback, sei, fin, pilot, sperm and blue whale, the largest mammal on earth. You'll travel on a small boat that carries a maximum of 45 passengers and the species you might see depends on the season. For example, it's only possible to see blue whales in the spring when they are migrating to Newfoundland, whereas orcas, sperm whales and pilot whales can potentially be seen all year round. However, no wildlife sightings can be guaranteed.
Day 7 Island tour
Today’s included full-day tour visits the Capelinhos Museological Nucleus, where you can learn about the dramatic eruption of the Capelinhos volcano in 1957, and the huge crater, or caldeira. The area surrounding the crater is protected and depending on the season, you may see colourful displays of agapanthus lilies or other flowers in bloom. B, D
Day 8 Pico
An optional excursion uncovers the sublime beauty of Faial’s neighbouring island. B, D
Travel by ferry to Madalena on Pico Island, accompanied by a local guide. You'll also stop at a church before pausing at a local restaurant in São João for lunch. Continue to the whaling museum in Lajes then, crossing the centre of the island, you'll see Portugal’s highest mountain, the 2,351-metre dormant Pico volcano. Your final stop is at São Roque do Pico, with its attractive rock pools.
Day 9 Faial to Terceira
Travel to the airport and fly to Angra do Heroismo, where you stay four nights at the locally rated 4-star Terceira Mar Hotel (4Q). B, D
Day 10 Terceira tour
Today you can enjoy a full-day included excursion, exploring both the east and west coasts and the summit of the Serra de Cume with panoramic vistas over Terceira. B, L, D
Day 11 Terceira
Spend the day at leisure. Later this afternoon, an included guided walking tour will reveal the 16th-century town of Angra do Heroísmo, whose highlights include the cathedral, city hall and General Captain's Palace. Alternatively, you could join an optional excursion to West Terceira and Algar do Carvão cave. B, D
Enjoy a visit to one of the most astonishing sights of the Azores – the volcanic cave of Algar do Carvão. Once inside and having descended a lot of steps you'll see magnificent stalagmites, stalactites and a lake. Afterwards, visit the wine museum at Biscoitos and the natural swimming pools, created by a lava stream. Continue along the coastal road to see the beautiful woodlands of Serreta and visit a small cheese producer in Cinco Ribeiras.
Day 12 Terceira
Enjoy a day at leisure or perhaps join in with some optional activities, which include birdwatching, horse riding and golf. B, D
Day 13 Terceira to São Miguel
Today you'll have some time at leisure before flying to São Miguel, where you stay a further two nights at the Hotel Marina Atlantico (4Q). B, D
Day 14 São Miguel
Enjoy a day of leisure. Alternatively, an optional excursion visits Ribeira Grande and Fire Lake. B, D
This excursion takes you inland to Ribeira Grande, the oldest and largest town on São Miguel’s north coast. A guided walking tour reveals the historic town, where the churches and attractive architecture show a strong Portuguese influence. Afterwards, to Lagoa do Fogo, enjoying spectacular views over the island. The so-called ‘Fire Lake’ is set in the crater of an extinct volcano and is considered the most beautiful lake in the Azores.
Day 15 São Miguel-UK
Travel to the airport for your flight back to the UK. B