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Azores Island Hopping

Azores

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Discover the unspoilt islands of the Azores

The Portuguese 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.

Including...

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Bed14 nights (2022 departures)/12 nights (2021 departures) in hotels

Dinner plate30 meals: 14 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) and 14 dinners (D) (2022 departures)

26 meals: 12 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) and 12 dinners (D) (2021 departures)

PersonSaga tour manager

Plus...

  • Return flights and transfers
  • Welcome drinks reception
  • Porterage at all hotels

MapIncluded excursions and visits

  • View 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

HeadphonesUse of audio headsets on guided tours

Whale watching

The Azores are currently one of the world’s largest whale sanctuaries, and here more than 20 different types of cetaceans can be spotted in the surrounding ocean. Cruise the clear waters off the coast of São Miguel on this optional excursion to look for whales and dolphins. Visit the feeding grounds of humpback, sei, fin, pilot, sperm and blue whale, the largest mammal on earth. You'll travel on a boat that carries approximately 65 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, so have your binoculars ready!

2022 Departures - 14 nights

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Day 1 UK-São Miguel

Sao Miguel

Fly to Ponta Delgada on the island of São Miguel. Continue to the 4-star Hotel Marina Atlantico (4Q) for a four-night stay. D


Day 2 Sete Cidades

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 São Miguel

Furnas

An optional full-day excursion takes you to the village of Furnas and Nordeste. B, D


Day 4 São Miguel

St Sabastian church and main square of Ponta Delgada

This morning, 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.

This afternoon, an optional excursion to go whale and dolphin watching is available. B, D


Day 5 São Miguel to Faial

Faial

Today, travel to the airport for your flight to Faial (55 minutes).

Continue to Horta where you stay four nights at the 4-star Hotel do Canal (4Q). B, D


Day 6 Faial

whale

Enjoy the day at leisure. B, D


Day 7 Island tour

Volcanic crater

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, L, D


Day 8 Faial

Pico

An optional excursion uncovers the sublime beauty of Faial’s neighbouring island. B, D


Day 9 Faial to Terceira

Terceira

Travel to the airport and fly to Angra do Heroismo (35 minutes), where you stay four nights at the 4-star Terceira Mar Hotel (4Q). B, D


Day 10 Terceira tour

Angra do Heroismo, Terceira island

This morning, 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.

This afternoon, you could join an optional excursion to West Terceira and Algar do Carvão cave. B, D


Day 11 Terceira

Terceira

Enjoy a day at leisure to go exploring or to relax at your hotel. B, D


Day 12 Terceira

Serra de Cume

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 13 Terceira-São Miguel

Ponta Delgada, Azores

Transfer to the airport and fly back to São Miguel (45 minutes).

Return to the 4-star Hotel Marina Atlantico (4Q) for a two-night stay. B, D


Day 14 São Miguel

Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel

Spend the day at leisure, or choose from optional excursions including a half day tour of Fire Lake and a whale watching trip. B, D


Day 15 São Miguel-UK

After breakfast, travel to the airport for your flight back to the UK. B


2021 Departures - 12 nights

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Day 1 UK-São Miguel

Sao Miguel

Fly to Ponta Delgada on the island of São Miguel. Continue to the 4-star Hotel Marina Atlantico (4Q) for a four-night stay. D


Day 2 Sete Cidades

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 São Miguel

Furnas

An optional full-day excursion takes you to the village of Furnas and Nordeste. B, D


Day 4 São Miguel

St Sabastian church and main square of Ponta Delgada

This morning, 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. This afternoon, an optional excursion to go whale and dolphin watching is available. B, D


Day 5 São Miguel to Faial

Faial

Today, travel to the airport for your flight to Faial (55 minutes).

Continue to Horta where you stay four nights at the 4-star Hotel do Canal (4Q). B, D


Day 6 Faial

whale

Enjoy the day at leisure. B, D


Day 7 Island tour

Volcanic crater

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, L, D


Day 8 Faial

Pico

An optional excursion uncovers the sublime beauty of Faial’s neighbouring island. B, D


Day 9 Faial to Terceira

Terceira

Travel to the airport and fly to Angra do Heroismo (35 minutes), where you stay four nights at the 4-star Terceira Mar Hotel (4Q). B, D


Day 10 Terceira tour

Serra de Cume

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

This morning, 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. B, D


Day 12 Terceira

Terceira

Enjoy a day at leisure to go exploring or to relax at your hotel. This afternoon, you could join an optional excursion to West Terceira and Algar do Carvão cave. B, D


Day 13 Terceira-UK

After breakfast, travel to the airport for your flight back to the UK. B


Furnas and Nordeste

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.

Full day
Nordeste
Nordeste Sao Miguel Azores Portugal Europe Furnas
  • Optional on 2022 Departures - 14 nights itinerary
  • Optional on 2021 Departures - 12 nights itinerary

Whale and dolphin watching

Visit the feeding grounds of humpback, sei, fin, pilot, sperm and blue whale, the largest mammal on earth. You'll  travel on a boat that carries approximately 65 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.

Three hours
Go whale watching
Azores Portugal Europe
  • Optional on 2022 Departures - 14 nights itinerary
  • Optional on 2021 Departures - 12 nights itinerary

Pico

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.

Full day
Pico Island
Pico Azores Portugal Europe
  • Optional on 2022 Departures - 14 nights itinerary
  • Optional on 2021 Departures - 12 nights itinerary

West island tour of Terceira

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 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.

Half day
Terceira
Algar do Carvao Terceira Azores Portugal Europe
  • Optional on 2022 Departures - 14 nights itinerary
  • Optional on 2021 Departures - 12 nights itinerary

Fire Lake

Tour Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lake), located in the centre of the island of São Miguel. The lake fills an extinct volcanic crater, whose caldera formed during an eruption in 1563, and surrounded by endemic vegetation and white-sand beaches.

Half day
Fire Lake, São Miguel, Azores
  • Optional on 2022 Departures - 14 nights itinerary
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