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per person
Tour Highlights
  • Our most popular individual holiday to the Azores
  • Explore of five of the nine Azorean Islands
  • Experience one of Azores' most remote islands - beautiful Flores
  • Step inside the lava tube of an extinct volcano
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Grand Tour of the Azores

15 Day Tour, from £2670 per person

Nine tiny islands set adrift in the Atlantic, the draw of the Azores is their remoteness and the unique landscapes this promises. Most trips here tend to centre on popular São Miguel island or the UNESCO World Heritage Sites sights of Terceira – and we’ll certainly take you there – but we’ll also show you some of the lesser visited, but no less extraordinary sites of the archipelago. On our Azores Grand program you’ll also explore the secluded islands of Flores, Pico and Faial, each of which is home to its own array of unique natural attractions. 

Take Faial for example. While all of the Azores Islands are volcanic, it is here that you’ll find the most memorable volcanic vistas. The eruption of Capelinhos volcano in 1957 created 2 kilometres of ash dusted earth, where today you can explore craters, cones and lava tubes. Over on Pico Island you’ll be one of the few people to taste wine grown  from volcanic soil on the vineyards that climb Mount Pico, while Flores, in the west, is the most secluded island of the lot and promises an Eden-like-interior of tumbling waterfalls, green carpeted cliffs and twinkling lagoons. 
 
The adventure also stretches to the transport. Inter-island flights let you spy the rims of volcanic calderas from above, while island-hopping by boat offers the chance to spot whales and dolphins playing in the waves.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO SÃO MIGUEL
FLY TO SÃO MIGUEL

On arrival in Ponta Delgada transfer to your hotel and check in to the Hotel Vila Nova, just minutes from the marina and the waterfront. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. The food and restaurants in Ponta Delgada are the best place for an introduction to Azorean cuisine - try grilled limpets with Molho Alfonso sauce, or a desert made from São Miguel pineapples.

Accommodation
Hotel Vila Nova
DAY 2
SETE CITADES
SETE CITADES

One of the main highlight of any trip to the Azores is to visit Sete Cidades and stand on the rim of these stunning volcanic crater lakes. Separated by a thin slice of land, one lake glows turquoise green while the other is a deep blue. On this half day trip travel along mountain roads to Vista do Rei Belvedere for one of the most magnificent panoramic spots in Azores. After visit one of Sao Miguel’s famous pineapple plantations for some pineapple liqueur. Free afternoon. (B)

Accommodation
Hotel Vila Nova
DAY 3
SÃO MIGUEL TO FLORES
SÃO MIGUEL TO FLORES

Today fly to one of the remotest islands in the Azores - Flores. More than one hour flight further west from São Miguel across the Atlantic, enjoy stunning views over what Portuguese explorers called the island of flowers as you arrive at its tiny airport. With only 4,000 residents you’ll have the flowers and the rest of the stunning scenery on Flores almost to yourself. Upon arrival into Flores Airport transfer to Hotel das Flores. The remainder of your day is at leisure. (B)

Accommodation
Hotel Das Flores
DAY 4
EXPLORE FLORES
EXPLORE FLORES

Depart from Santa Cruz on a full day tour of Flores, on route stop at Ribeira da Cruz belvedere and visit Lomba, Funda and Rasa lakes. During the trip from Fajãzinha to Ponta da Fajã Grande there are many beautiful waterfalls. There will be an opportunity to walk to Poço da Alagoinha, where you will find a small lake and waterfalls. Visit "Rocha dos Bordões", a lava solidification that created a very high vertical fluting. On the return to Santa Cruz,  stop at the Caveira belvedere to admire the view of this town. (B,L)

Accommodation
Hotel Das Flores
DAY 5
FLORES TO FAIAL
FLORES TO FAIAL

It’s back in the air for more sweeping panoramas over the islands as you fly to Faial. This island was once popular with pirates but is now a favoured stopping off spot for cross-Atlantic yachts and people looking to lunch. This makes Faial a great spot to try windsurfing, kayaking or any other form of splashing around in water. Upon arrival at your hotel the remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)

Accommodation
Hotel Azoris Faial Garden
DAY 6
EXPLORE FAIAL
EXPLORE FAIAL

Take in the best of Faial with a tour of the Valley of Flamengos and Caldeira - the highest point of the island that offers sweeping views over the Atlantic. Continue north to Capelinhos to walk across the remains of the last volcanic eruption in the Azores and to visit the fascinating Capelinhos Volcano Interpretation Centre. Much of the land here was formed by the 1957 eruption and the ashen coloured dirt hides not only craters and volcanic cones but also the remains of a lighthouse which now houses the museum. (B,L)

Accommodation
Hotel Azoris Faial Garden
DAY 7
EXPLORE PICO
EXPLORE PICO

After breakfast transfer to the harbour and take the ferry to Pico (approx. 30mins). Departure from Madalena in the direction of Cachorro and Lajido. Continue to S. Roque to visit the Whale Museum and the natural swimming pools. Continue on the mountain road towards lake Capitão. Continue along the south coast stopping at Mistérios de São João and then onto São Mateus to visit the church. Next stop is Criação Velha where you will find Pico's vineyards, a UNESCO world heritage site. Return to Madalena and catch your ferry back to the island of Faial. (B,L)

Accommodation
Hotel Azoris Faial Garden
DAY 8
FAIAL FREE DAY
FAIAL FREE DAY

Today is at leisure for you to explore Faial. If you didn't see the whales yesterday on the ferry ride, then perhaps head on down to the harbour to book a whale watching tour. The waters off the Azores are a sanctuary of marine life and you can hope to see marlin, sharks and bottlenose dolphins. But it’s the whales that remain blockbuster hit. Blue whales and killer whales are two of the more sought after sightings, while sperm whales can be found surfing through the waves year round. (B) 

Accommodation
Hotel Azoris Faial Garden
DAY 9
FAIAL TO TERCEIRA
FAIAL TO TERCEIRA

Today fly to Terceira for a three night stay at the Hotel Azoris Angra Garden. The hotel is set at the heart of the historical capital of Terceira, Angra do Heroísmo. This is one of the oldest settlements in the Azores, and the cobbled streets, whitewashed facades and terra cotta tiled roofs make for a picture postcard setting recognised by its UNESCO heritage listing. The remainder of your day is at leisure to explore this pretty town. (B)

Accommodation
Hotel Azoris Angra Garden
DAY 10
EXPLORE TERCEIRA
EXPLORE TERCEIRA

Today, enjoy a full-day tour around Terceira, visiting some of the hidden sites of the island. Follow coastal roads offering stunning panoramas, head inland to discover the volcanic heart of Terceira, see natural swimming pools, and visit the wine making village of Biscoitos. For lunch, head to a local Azorean restaurant and sample the delicious local dish, Alcatra - mouth-watering beef slow-cooked in a clay pot for 12 hours. One of the many highlights of today is a visit to the ancient Algar do Carvao lava vent - a 900 metre deep volcanic chimney that reaches deep into the earth, marking the path that lava once took to reach the earth’s surface. (B,L) 

Accommodation
Hotel Azoris Angra Garden
DAY 11
TERCEIRA AT LEISURE
TERCEIRA AT LEISURE

Use your free day in Terceira to take in the grandeur of Angra do Heroísmo. Start at the Museu de Angra do Heroísmo, which details the island's role as a stopping off point for Portugal’s keenest explorers and a bolt hole for deposed Portuguese princes and kings. The 16th century Se Cathedral is also an essential stop, while cobbled Rua de Se ranks as the best place to try the local Dona Amelia cake made with honey, cinnamon and a dash of cider and a tot of port. (B)

Accommodation
Hotel Azoris Angra Garden
DAY 12
TERCEIRA & SÃO MIGUEL
TERCEIRA & SÃO MIGUEL

Your final inter-island flight takes you from Terceira across the Atlantic back to São Miguel. You’ll enjoy a final three night stay at Hotel Talisman in the centre of historic Ponta Delgada. You’ll find modern facilities set inside a period Portuguese building, while the views from the hotel rooftop pool over the sea and mountains are truly spectacular. (B)

Accommodation
Hotel Talisman
DAY 13
FREE DAY IN SAO MIGUEL
FREE DAY IN SAO MIGUEL

Today has been left free so you can explore Ponta Delgada in greater depth, or venture out a bit further afield to one of the island's many attractions. Speak with your travel agent if you would like to add on an extra excursion to your holiday. (B)

Accommodation
Hotel Talisman
DAY 14
SAO MIGUEL
SAO MIGUEL

Today enjoy a full day trip to Furnas, stopping at the village of Vila Franca do Campo en-route for a view of Ilheu Da Vila, the remains of an old volcano crater, where the sea has breached part of the crater wall. Continue to Furnas valley, driving past the lake to the area of geothermal activity, just north of the lake, where caldeiras bubble and smoke. Watch local people and restaurateurs dig up huge pots of cozido nas caldeiras, which you will try for lunch - mountains of thermally cooked meats and vegetables! Take a relaxing swim in the hot natural water pool at the botanical gardens before making a stop at a tea plantation on the return to Ponta Delgada. (B,L)

Accommodation
Hotel Talisman
DAY 15
FLY TO THE UK

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

Pricing Information

15 day tour, from £2670 per person

Price Includes

  • Return international flights between the UK and the Azores
  • Domestic flights between the islands throughout the itinerary
  • All airport taxes
  • 14 nights accommodation in hotels as specified on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Meals as specified (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Arrival and departure transfers between airport or harbour & accommodation throughout the itinerary
  • Return ferry between Hora and Pico 
  • Excursion - Half Day Sete Cidades 
  • Excursion - Full Day Flores Tour 
  • Excursion - Full Day Faial Tour 
  • Excursion - Full Day Pico Tour 
  • Excursion - Full Day Terceira Tour
  • Excursion - Full Day Furnas Tour
  • English speaking driver/guide for all excursions and main entrance fees

Price Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Meals other than specified 
  • Optional excursions

Price Includes

Price Excludes

Price Notes

  • International flights are in economy class and based out of London Heathrow via Lisbon. Regional flights are available (supplements may apply)

Tour Route Map


  1. Azores, Sao Miguel
  2. Azores, Flores
  3. Azores, Faial
  4. Azores, Pico
  5. Azores, Terceira
  6. Azores, Sao Miguel

Tour Accommodation

Hotel Vila Nova
Hotel Vila Nova
Hotel Vila Nova This modern, three-star tourist hotel is set in a perfect central location and an ideal base for exploring Ponta Delgada - just a five minutes' walk from the São Francisco......
Hotel Azoris Faial Garden
Hotel Azoris Faial Garden
Hotel Azoris Faial Garden This four-star hotel is set in a large rolling garden (complete with 2 cows, when we last stayed there) with a main building overlooking the town, and several villas dotted......
Hotel Azoris Angra Garden
Hotel Azoris Angra Garden
Hotel Azoris Angra Garden Azoris Angra Garden is centrally located in the historical city centre of Angra do Heroismop, prestigiously positioned on the main city square and overlooks the beautiful......
Hotel Das Flores
Hotel Das Flores
Hotel Das Flores Stay in Flores in comfort at the island’s only 4 star hotel, with an ideal location just 1 mile from the airport and very near the centre of Santa Cruz, right on the coast,......
Hotel Talisman
Hotel Talisman
Hotel Talisman Hotel Talisman is a charming, four-star hotel located right in the heart of Ponta Delgada’s historic centre, with wonderful restaurants, shopping experiences and tourist......

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