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Call free on 0800 707 6229 for huge extra savings on Regent Explore the Azores Tour

This small-group tour will introduce you to four of the best Azores Islands. Starting with São Miguel, then Terceira Island, Faial Island, and finishing in Pico Island. On your travels across these beautiful islands, you will visit national parks, see impressive fumaroles, bubbling mineral hot springs and extinct volcano craters. There may also be the chance to spot some incredible whales and dolphins by boat.

Tour Highlights
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  • Have an in depth introduction to the Azores
  • Visit the Furnas lagoon
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage towns
  • Embark on a whale and dolphin watching tour
What's Included
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  • Round trip international flights between the UK and the Azores
  • All airport taxes 
  • 9 night's accommodation in 4-star hotels
  • Meals as specified (B= Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • All transfers and transportation
  • Sightseeing tours with English speaking guide
Tour Itinerary
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Day 1: Fly to São Miguel Island

Fly to Ponta Delgada, the capital of São Miguel Island  and transfer to your hotel for check-in. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. In the evening enjoy a welcome dinner and folklore concert in a traditional, local restaurant. (D)

Day 2: Furnas & Lagoa Do Fogo Lakes

Head south towards the valley of Furnas, stopping at impressive viewpoints and a small villages along the way. In Furnas, visit the Furnas lagoon and taste the traditional cozido, which is an Azorean meal of meat and vegetables which is buried in a large pot in the ground for several hours and cooked naturally by volcanic heat. After lunch, visit the botanical garden, see the many geysers and mineral water springs and perhaps bathe in a natural hot water swimming pool. Visit a tea plantation for a tasting and see the old machinery used for processing the tea. Travelling via the mountain road reach Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lake), a lake in the interior of a crater of an extinct volcano and the highest point above sea level on Sao Miguel Island. Transfer back to Ponta Delgada and overnight. (B,L)

Day 3: Sete Citades

Today, explore the valley of Sete Cidades, the most popular national park in the islands, composed of two lakes in the centre of a volcanic crater measuring about three miles across. Enjoy a leisurely walk along the lake shore or relax in a local café. Stop for a buffet lunch at a typical Azorean restaurant and, in the afternoon, visit the Ethnographical Museum in Capelas, before continuing to Faja de Baixo to visit a plantation, which grows pineapples in hothouses. (B,L)

Day 4: São Miguel to Terceira

Transfer to the airport for an internal flight to Terceira Island. On arrival embark on a full day tour of Terceira, also known as Lilac Island, beginning with a stop at the Serra Do Cume viewpoint and then in Praia Victoria for a short panoramic walk. After lunch continue towards Angra do Heroísmo, nominated by UNESCO as a World Heritage town. En-route visit the Algar do Carvao cave and the natural swimming pools of black volcanic rock in Boscoitos. In the evening check-in to your hotel in Angra do Heroísmo. (B,L)

Day 5: Terceira Island

This morning enjoy a walking tour of Angra do Heroísmo. Visit the main church of Se Cathedral and the City Museum before a stroll through the shopping district and botanical garden. End the tour tasting some delicious local calorie-laden pastries. (B)

Day 6: Terceira to Pico

This morning transfer to the airport for the short flight to Pico Island, also known as the Grey Island and the second largest island in the Azores Archipelago. Transfer to the Hotel Caravelas in the tiny capital of Madalena. In the afternoon a short drive will bring you to the picturesque fishing village of Lajes do Pico. After a talk on the marine conservation and history of whale watching, set out for the open seas in the anticipation of seeing dolphins at play and, or course, those magnificent creatures of the deep, whales. (B)

Day 7: Pico Island

Travel north to the village of Cachorro where wine production has been the main economic activity since 1852. The wine museum, housed in a former vineyard, depicts the importance of wine production to the island’s development. Due to the strong sea breezes protecting walls of volcanic rock had to be painstakingly constructed around the precious vines. Here, taste different local drinks such as verdelho, blackberry liquor or honey rum. Continue to Sao Roque village and stop at the old whale factory before heading towards Lajes village to visit the Whaler’s Museum. After lunch return to Madalena along the south coast and stop at the Wine Museum. (B,L)

Day 8: Pico to Faial

After breakfast make the short walk to the ferry terminal for the 30 minute trip across to Faial. Check in to the Hotel Faial Resort before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant - Genuino, named after the owner’s yacht in which he sailed around the world. This restaurant is in an ideal location overlooking the sea and prides itself on only using local produce and wines. (B,L)

Day 9: Faial Island

Awake in Horta and start a full day tour of Faial, also known as the Blue Island. Faial was the last location of major volcanic activity in the Azores, when Capelinhos erupted in 1957, adding 1km of land to the island. This area, resembling the surface of the moon, is in stark contrast to the hydrangea-lined lanes of the rest of the island. After lunch, pass by Caldeira, the highest point on the island, and on the way to Horta stop in the Espalamaca for a view over Horta. (B,L)

Day 10: Fly to UK

After breakfast transfer to Faial airport for your flight back to the UK. (B)

 

Price Information
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Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote. 

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