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, 2 lunches and 14 dinners
- 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 spectacular island of São Miguel.
Continue to the 4-star Hotel Marina Atlantico (4Q) for a four-night half-board stay, which has received our one-rosette Good Food award. The hotel is situated across the road from the sea on the main avenue of Ponta Delgada.
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 and from the edge of the massive crater there is a magnificent view of the two lakes below, one blue and the other green.
Day 3 Furnas and Nordeste
An optional full-day excursion takes you to the village of Furnas and Nordeste. 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.
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).
Day 6 Faial
Enjoy an optional half-day whale-watching excursion.
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 that you visit, you may see colourful displays of agapanthus lilies or other flowers in bloom. Lunch is included.
Day 8 Pico
A full-day optional excursion uncovers the sublime beauty of Faial’s neighbouring island.
Day 9 Faial to Terceira
Today, travel to the airport for your flight to Terceira. Continue to Angra do Heroismo, where you stay four nights' half board at the locally rated 4-star Terceira Mar Hotel
Day 10 Terceira tour
Today you can enjoy a full-day included excursion of Terceira, exploring both the east and west coasts. Enjoy superb views of the island's unspoilt scenery and drive to the summit of the Serra de Cume for panoramic vistas over Terceira. Lunch is included.
Day 11 Terceira
Spend the day at leisure or later in the afternoon, an included guided walking tour will reveal this 16th-century town 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.
Day 12 Terceira
Spend the day at leisure. Optional activities include birdwatching, horse riding and golf.
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).
Day 14 São Miguel
Enjoy a day of leisure. Alternatively, an optional excursion visits Ribeira Grande, the oldest and largest town on São Miguel's north coast. Enjoy a guided walk here before continuing along the mountain roads for breathtaking views of Fire Lake, formed by a volcanic eruption.
Day 15 São Miguel-UK
Travel to the airport for your flight back to the UK.