- Blue whales
- Pico Island
- Visit four islands
- Watch for whales and dolphins
Whale Watching in the Azores
Watch for whales and dolphins on this special holiday in the Azores
Fin whales, humpback whales, sperm whales and dolphins are just some of the wonderful cetaceans that you'll be watching out for on this magical wildlife holiday in the unspoilt islands of the Azores.
Set off with your expert host for three half-day whale watching trips in the waters of three of the islands that make up this North Atlantic archipelago. Spring and early summer are good times for spotting both migrating and resident whales and dolphins. You may even be fortunate to see blue whales in the spring as they make their annual migratory journey northwards.
You'll also visit Pico island's whaling museum and cetaceans observation base, and discover the island of Terceira on a full-day tour. The islands of the Azores are also a Geopark – a nationally protected area which works closely with UNESCO – and recognised as an important area for whale and dolphin watching with some 25 different species passing through or frequenting the waters. If you’ve always longed to see these stately and increasingly rare inhabitants of the deep then join us for a chance to perhaps make that dream come true.
26 meals: 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 12 dinners
- Expert Host
- Included themed activities
- Expert Host Talks
- Hosted welcome drinks reception
- Meet and greet with expert host
- Leisure time
- 20kg checked-in luggage
- Free hotel Wi-Fi
- Hotel porterage
- Return flights and transfers
- Five wildlife talks from your host
Included excursions and visits
- Three half day whale watching trips
- Full day tour of the island of Terceira with lunch
- Full day visit to Pico island, the whaling museum and cetaceans observation base
- Full day tour to Furnas and Nordeste with lunch
Diarmid ‘Dee’ Doody
Your host for this special interest holiday, ‘Dee’ to his friends, is a passionate naturalist. Having provided his expertise to the reintroduction of the red kite to Scotland and monitored the species’ population in Wales, Dee has also worked as a television presenter and filmmaker for a selection of wildlife programmes shown on ITV.
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.
Day 2 São Miguel
After a morning welcome meeting, look forward to your first whale watching trip this afternoon in the waters off Ponta Delgada. São Miguel is the largest island of the Azores and its capital, Ponta Delgada, lies on the southern coast. Cruise the clear waters of its bay as you embark on your first quest for sightings of whales. Humpback and fin whales have been sighted off Ponta Delgada as well as the lesser known sei whale, bottlenose and common dolphins, so have your binoculars at the ready. B, L, D
Day 3 São Miguel
Enjoy today at leisure or perhaps join an optional half-day excursion to the Sete Cidades lake. B, D
Day 4 São Miguel
Head into the beautiful Furnas valley to visit the village of Furnas and Nordeste, an attractive town with a famous seven-arched bridge built in 1883. Lunch is included. B, L, D.
Day 5 São Miguel-Faial
Today, travel to the airport for your flight to the island of Faial. Continue to Horta where you stay four nights at the locally-rated 4-star Hotel do Canal (4Q). Horta became an important port and whaling centre during the 19th century. Look out for the seawall decorated with paintings by seafarers who visited the port. B, D
Day 6 Faial
Look forward to a morning whale-watching excursion when you visit the feeding grounds of humpback, sei, fin, pilot, sperm and blue whale, the largest mammal on earth. After your trip take time out with an afternoon at leisure, and a talk from your expert host to look forward to this evening. B, D
Day 7 Island tour
Join an optional full-day tour of this island including Capelinhos Museological Nucleus and the crater, or perhaps explore the island independently. B, D
Day 8 Pico
Travel to neighbouring Pico Island, home of Portugal's highest mountain. It's also where you'll visit the cetaceans observation base and Pico's whaling museum, with its three nineteenth-century boat houses and fascinating range of exhibits. This evening look forward to a talk from your host. B, L, D
Day 9 Faial-Terceira
Travel to the airport and fly to Angra do Heroismo on the island of Terceira, where you stay four nights at the locally rated 4-star Terceira Mar Hotel (4Q). B, D
Day 10 Terceira tour
Your day starts with a whale watching trip when you'll take to the waters around the island. Keep a lookout for sperm whales, as well as dolphins and fin whales, which may be frequenting the waters. Afterwards enjoy the afternoon at leisure, when you might like to explore the town. Angra do Heroismo was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983, reflecting its importance as a port of call for some 400 years, as well as its impressive military fortifications. This evening look forward to a talk from your host. B, D
Day 11 Terceira
Explore the island on a full-day tour, taking in rural scenery, the Monte Brasil peninsula and the summit of Serra do Cume. You'll see the Monte Brasil peninsula, the port of Praia da Vitória and the summit of the volcanic crater of Serra do Cume, plus look forward to an included lunch in the village of São Sebastião. B, L, D
Day 12 Terceira
Enjoy a day at leisure or perhaps join an optional half day tour that visits the volcanic cave of Algar do Carvão. B, D
Day 13 Terceira-UK
Travel to the airport for your flight back to the UK. B
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.
Optional on 12 nights itinerary
Capelinhos Museological Nucleus
Visit the Capelinhos Museological Nucleus, where you can learn about the dramatic eruption of the Capelinhos volcano in 1957, and afterwards, 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.
Optional on 12 nights itinerary
West Island tour
Enjoy a visit to one of the most astonishing sights of the Azores – the volcanic cave of Algar do Carvão. It's actually a tunnel left when lava poured out of it. Once inside and having descended a lot of steps you'll see magnificent stalagmites, stalactites and a lake. The Algar do Carvão cave is normally closed until late April. You should bring comfortable footwear as it can be slippery and a jacket – it's quite cold inside the cave. Afterwards, visit the natural swimming pools, created by a lava stream that flowed to the coast. Then continue along the coastal road to see the beautiful woodlands of Serreta. You'll also visit a small cheese producer in Cinco Ribeiras.
Optional on 12 nights itinerary
While we hope you will be fortunate to see an exciting variety of whales and marine life on this holiday, we obviously cannot guarantee sightings and sailings are dependent upon weather conditions.