Explore the highlights of the largest island in the Azores, the beautiful island of São Miguel on this 4-night short break. Stay in the charming Hotel Do Colegio - a restored music school which has retained some of its original Victorian period features.
This boutique hotel offers the perfect base to enjoy the historic city of Ponta Delgada and the highlights of São Miguel. Embark on exciting 4x4 tours of the island's volcanoes, turquoise crater lakes and sweeping views of São Miguel, and experience the thrill of whale watching on the open waters of the Atlantic. This short break is ideal for first time visitors to the Azores looking to get a taste of what this incredible archiepalgo has to offer.
Fly to Ponta Delgada Airport on the São Miguel Island and transfer to Hotel Do Colegio for a four-night stay. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
After breakfast head out on an exciting 4x4 tour to the stunning Sete Cidades and discover the highlights of the western side of the Island. Set in the centre of a huge volcanic crater, Sete Cidades is the largest parish in Ponta Delgada with traditional houses overlooking a vast turquoise crater lake. Marvel at awe inspiring views from viewpoints scattered across the west, and take in the spectacular scenery, rolling hills and picturesque villages. (B,L)
Sail out to the open waters of the Atlantic in search of sperm whales and dolphins. The sperm whale, native to the Azores, can put its head out of the water for a full eight minutes between dives, giving a great opportunity for everyone aboard to take some fantastic photos. Usually the boat is surrounded by playful dolphins leaping in and out of the waves. The afternoon is at leisure to explore the cobbled streets and historic buildings of Ponta Delgada. (B)
Enjoy another exciting full day 4x4 tour, this time to the volcano-rich Furnas Valley. Marvel at the giant crater lake, Lagoa das Furnas, which is populated by aquamarine water, and see several fumaroles and mud pools. Visit the village that sits in the valley and witness hot springs and geysers while touring the region. (B,L)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to the UK. (B)