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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.
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.
Day 3 São Miguel
Enjoy today at leisure or perhaps join an optional half-day excursion to the Sete Cidades lake.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Day 13 Terceira-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 Atlântico (4Q).
Day 14 São Miguel
Relax today or perhaps join an optional whale-watching excursion. This evening look forward to a final, farewell talk from your host as you enjoy your last evening in the Azores.
Day 15 São Miguel-UK
Travel to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
- 14 nights in hotels
- 30 meals: 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 13 dinners
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK Branch and additional cancellation rights on overseas holidays for over 50s, or a price reduction if not required (cover is subject to medical questions)
- Return flights and transfers
- Porterage at all hotels
- Expert wildlife host/tour manager
- Local guide
- Five wildlife talks from your host
- Three half-day whale watching trips
- Full-day excursion to Furnas and Nordeste
- Full-day tour of the island of Terceira with lunch
- Full-day visit to Pico island, the whaling museum and cetaceans observation base
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on a solo traveller. 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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