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Highlights of the Azores

11 days from CAD6,320pp

What is tailor made? 100% custom | Exceptional experiences | Hand-picked guides | Lodging with character | Designed to your schedule, budget & interests

Places visited:

  • Portugal

Itinerary highlights

  • Enjoy a historic walking tour of Ponta Delgada with tastings in the local market.

  • Explore the twin lakes of Sete Cidades by bicycle and 4x4.

  • Try local cozido, food cooked in the hot springs of Furnas.

  • Hike through the lava stone vineyards of Pico.

  • Discover the island of Faial and its Capelinhos Volcano.

  • Learn about the history of Terceira on a walk through its capital city, Angra do Heroísmo.

Price includes

Fully insured vehicle rental
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  • Sao Miguel
  • Pico
  • Terceira

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Day 1 Sao Miguel

Sao Miguel

Arriving into the largest island of the Azores, São Miguel, you’ll pick up your car and drive into the capital city of Ponta Delgada. After a little bit of down time following your flight, you’ll meet your guide for a walking tour of the city’s sights and a tasting at Mercado da Graça.

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Day 2 Sao Miguel

Sao Miguel

Today your driver-guide will meet you at your hotel and bring you northwest of the city to the twin lakes of Sete Cidades, where you’ll get the chance to explore both by bicycle and 4x4 before returning to your hotel. The afternoon is yours to explore the island of São Miguel at your leisure, perhaps visiting some of the local tea factories.

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Day 3 Sao Miguel

Sao Miguel

This morning you’ll meet your driver-guide for a full day of hiking near Sanguinho on the eastern side of São Miguel, about an hour and a half from Ponta Delgada.

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Day 4 Sao Miguel

Sao Miguel

Today you’ll drive to Furnas, known for its hot springs. After arriving at your hotel you’ll join a shared tour to see how a traditional cozido is prepared and cooked using the hot springs as a heat source. You’ll spend the rest of the day at leisure before enjoying the same cozido for dinner.

Day 5 Sao Miguel

Sao Miguel

You have the entire day to spend at leisure. You might wish to visit the nearby towns of Povoação and Nordeste, or perhaps visit the beach at Ribeira Quente.

Day 6 Pico

Sao Miguel , Pico

You’ll have an early start today as you make your own way to the airport to catch a flight to your next island, Pico. In particular, Pico is known among the Azores for wine production, so you’ll spend the afternoon enjoying a light hike through its vineyards and tasting some local varietals.

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Day 7 Pico

Pico

Discover another island today by taking a ferry from Pico to nearby Faial. You’ll drive through the island’s tree-laden interior and along its coastline, also paying a visit to the Capelinhos Volcano, which developed from eruptions in the 1950s. You’ll finish the day in the main city of Horta, exploring local sights until it’s time to take your ferry back to Pico.

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Day 8 Pico

Pico

This morning you’ll enjoy a whale and dolphin watching trip off the coast of Pico. There'll be a fair amount of waiting in the boat while learning about the 28 various species that pass through the Azores each year, but hopefully your patience will be rewarded with a few sightings. The rest of the afternoon is yours to spend relaxing at your hotel.

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Day 9 Terceira

Pico , Terceira

This morning you’ll fly to your final island, Terceira, so named because it was the third island to be discovered. After picking up your car and settling into your hotel, you’ll head out with your guide for a walking tour of Angra do Heroísmo, the island’s historic capital.

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Day 10 Terceira

Terceira

You have the full day at leisure to explore Terceira. You might consider descending into Algar do Carvão, an ancient lava tunnel, or driving up Monte do Brasil on the edge of Angra for a picnic with a panoramic view of the city.

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Day 11 Return home

Terceira

Bid farewell to the Azores today as you drive to the airport for your onward flight.


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