7 days
from $2,299

GROUP SIZE   ?

16 people max

ACTIVITY LEVEL   ?

 
2

Portugal: São Miguel to Faial Island

A tropical, volcanic wonderland


Welcome to the Azores! Prepare for an adventure that will captivate your senses as you explore the stunning landscapes of the Azores Islands. A land rich in tradition and cultural history only to be matched by its natural wonders.

 

 

Tour Highlights

  • Stand in awe of the Sete Cidades crater

  • Hike to the Caldeira Velha waterfall

  • Ferry to Pico Island for wine and food tastings

Trip code: 7AZORES

Activity Level:
 
2

Unscripted experiences, insider access and authentic local flavors


Our team of travel specialists and local contacts have curated some of the best, most exclusive and authentic experiences, restaurants and accommodations in Portugal to truly immerse yourself in a way that wouldn't be possible in larger groups or just on your own.

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Azores Island Discovery

7 days

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Details

  • Countries Visited: Portugal
  • Accommodation: Hotel (6 nights)
  • Single Supplement: Starting at $500
  • Transportation: Air Conditioned Vehicle, Domestic Flight, Public Ferry
  • Airport Transfers: Arrival and Departure transfers available purchase
  • Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners
  • Passengers: Maximum 16, Average 12

Day-by-day itinerary from São Miguel to Faial Island

Day 1: São Miguel Island
Welcome to the Azores! The dramatic landscapes of this tropical, volcanic wonderland set the tone for your adventure. After your transfer to the hotel, settle in and enjoy a welcome meeting and dinner with your Local Leader and fellow travelers. (d)

  • Our hotel in São Miguel: Hotel Azor

Day 2: São Miguel Island
Our adventure begins today on São Miguel, the biggest of the islands. We start with a tour of Sete Cidades, a massive volcanic crater three miles across, recognizable for the breathtaking views provided by the twin lakes located in the crater. We follow this with a visit to a pineapple green house to see how the delicious fruit is grown. The afternoon is yours to enjoy, unscripted. (b)

  • Our hotel in São Miguel: Hotel Azor

Day 3: São Miguel Island
With our Local Leader, we set out to uncover the treasures of São Miguel on a full-day tour. From the capital of Ponta Delgada, we enjoy a hike to the waterfall and thermal baths at Caldeira Velha before taking in the views of the crater lake, Lagoa do Fogo. From there, we visit a tea factory, Terra Nostra Botanical Park and enjoy lunch at Cozido das Furnas. (b, l)

  • Our hotel in São Miguel: Hotel Azor

Day 4: São Miguel Island > Faial Island
We hop a short flight to the charming Island of Faial this morning — known as the “Blue Island” due to the countless hydrangea hedges dotting the landscape. Today, we spend time in the lively town of Horta and visit the Capelinhos Volcano Interpretation Centre, which was built underground to avoid interference with the natural landscape. Here, we learn the fascinating history of the Caldeira and the formation of the Azores. (b)

  • Our hotel in Faial Island: Pousada Forte da Horta

Day 5: Faial Island > Pico Island > Faial Island
A short ferry ride brings us to Pico Island. Here, we connect with the history of the whaling industry and learn about the impact that it has made on the islands. Then, we dive into another regional treasure — wine. Wander through Santa Luzia Vineyards, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and later visit a local vineyard for a wine tasting and tour. We return to Faial tonight to enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (b, d)

  • Our hotel in Faial Island: Pousada Forte da Horta

Day 6: Faial Island
This morning we head to the Capelinhos Volcano for a nature walk. The volcanic crater is filled with lush vegetation and vibrant plants native to the Azores. The afternoon is yours to relax, or partake in an optional whale watching cruise. (b)

  • Our hotel in Faial Island: Pousada Forte da Horta

Day 7: Faial Island
Our inspiring journey through the Azores islands ends today. (b)

Things to know before traveling to Portugal

CURRENCY:
The official currency of Portugal is the Euro (EUR).

The most convenient and cheapest way to acquire money is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) or Bancomat as they are often referred to. Check with your bank in advance concerning the suitability of your account / card overseas and any international fees that will be applied.

You can obtain local currencies easily at airports and major train stations, but be sure to bring some extra emergency cash in a major currency that can be exchanged if the ATMs are not functioning.

Credit cards are not always accepted in stores and restaurants. While traveling we recommend you carry some cash to pay for restaurant bills and other services. Change can be difficult to obtain so throughout the day, try to gain as many small denominations as you can.

AZORES FOOD:
Food in Europe is varied and differs significantly between countries and regions. Expect to sample delicious local meals in almost every location you’ll visit on this trip. However, if you do not feel like having a local delicacy, world type food is also widely available, especially in bigger cities. European diet is mostly meat based; vegetarians might find the menu selection less varied than they would see at home. Vegetarianism is not as common in this region and choices may be limited to soups, salads, bread, cheese, fruit, yogurt, eggs etc.

Vegans and those on gluten-free diets will find this region very challenging and may need to supplement meals with their own supplies from supermarkets and markets. Wherever possible we will cater for dietary needs for included meals, but there may be times when those with special requirements may need to provide their own.

European breakfasts are often basic and may simply include bread/toast or pastries, butter, jam, coffee/tea/juice (or similar.)

Azores cuisine tends to be much more country rustic than mainland Portugal’s. The foods are rich with the flavors of the main ingredients, rather than created with sophisticated blends of flavors. Its flavors sing of seafood, spicy stews, sweet desserts and rich dairy products, among many others.

SUMMER:
Summer temperatures can be extreme in many of the regions visited (over 100°F), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection and drink plenty of water. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.

SHOULDER SEASON:
In contrast, weather in shoulder season can be unpredictable, and snow is not unheard of at higher altitudes. If you travel at the start or towards the end of the European season please pack accordingly with warm and/or waterproof clothes (preferably layers). The advantage of travelling during this time is that there are less tourists around. Located in the temperate area of the Northern Hemisphere, the Azores are characterized by their mild climate throughout the year. Clouds and rain are a possibility any time of the year, although the summer months – between June and September/October – have longer periods of sunshine and higher temperatures. The average air temperature ranges between 13.6°C (minimum) and 22°C (maximum) throughout the whole year.

VISAS:
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it’s important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarize yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:
Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please ask your travel agent or Club Adventures team member for insurance options at time of booking.

Add-ons available before and after your trip to see the most of Portugal

Pre-Night Add-ons

Starting at $250, double occupancy; $230, single occupancy


Post-Night Add-ons

Starting at $190, double occupancy; $195 single occupancy


Optional Tours

We’ve already included everything you need to see! While there are no optional tours on this tour, your Local Leader can always point you in the right direction for you to write your own adventure.


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