From  £2270
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Adventure to five of the best Azore Islands
  • Explore one of the remotest islands in the world, Flores
  • See the last volcano to erupt in the Azores
  • Step inside the lava tube of an extinct volcano
  • Take a dip in a thermal pool
  • Taste the wine at volcanic vineyards
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Grand Tour of the Azores

15 Day Tour, from £2270 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 around popular Sao Miguel island or the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Terceira – and we’ll take you there – but we’ll also take you to some of the lesser visited, but no less extraordinary, sites of the archipelago. On our Azores Grand Tour, you’ll also explore the secluded islands of Flores, Pico and Faial, each of which is home to it’s own array of unique natural attractions.

Take Faial for example. While all of the Azorean Islands are volcanic, it is here that you’ll find the most memorable volcanic vistas. The eruption of Capelinhos volcano in 1958 created a stretch of ash dusted-earth reaching two kilometres long, where today you can explore craters, cones and lava tubes. Over on Pico, you’ll be one of the few people to taste wine grown from volcanic soil on the vineyards that climb Mont Pico. Flores in the west is the most secluded island 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 splashing in the waves.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
SAO MIGUEL
SAO MIGUEL

Fly to Ponta Delgada, the capital of Sao Miguel Island (via Lisbon) and check in to the Hotel Vila Nova or similar, 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 Sao Miguel pineapples.

Accommodation
Hotel Vila Nova
DAY 2
SAO MIGUEL
SAO MIGUEL

The highlight of any trip to Sao Miguel is to stand on the banks of Sete Cidades. These are the biggest pair of volcanic crater lakes in the Azores, although it’s their colour that brings in BBC film crews . Separated by a thin slice of land, one lake is a glowing turquoise green while the other is a deep blue. You’ll also have the opportunity to travel across the mountain roads and visit one of Sao Miguel’s famous pineapple plantations at the Vista do Rei Belvedere. (B)

Accommodation
Hotel Vila Nova
DAY 3
SAO MIGUEL & FLORES
SAO MIGUEL & FLORES

Today, fly to one of the remotest islands in the Azores—and indeed, the world—Flores. An hour’s flight further west across the Atlantic, you’ll enjoy stunning views over what Portuguese explorers called the island of flowers. And with less than 4,000 residents you’ll be free to enjoy the flowers and the rest of the stunning scenery on Flores all to yourself. Check in to the Hotel Das Flores or similar. (B)

DAY 4
FLORES
FLORES

Today embark on a full day tour of Flores. The lakes, streams and waterfalls on Flores are just a little crisper and sparkle a little more than anywhere else in the Azores. Your tour will stop at the beautiful Lomba, Funda and Rasa lakes at Riberia da Cruz, as well the waterfalls at Poco da Alagoinha where a collection of streams tumble off the cliffs into a crater lake below. Time your trip between May and September and you’ll also be able to see the hydrangea covered fields that gave the island its name. (B)

DAY 5
FLORES & FAIAL
FLORES & FAIAL

Take a short flight to Faial and enjoy more sweeping panoramas over the islands from the plane. Upon arrival transfer to the Hotel Faial or similar and check in. Home to a huge abundance of blue hydrangeas, Faial is known locally as the blue island, and is truly spectacular during July and August when the flowers are in bloom. The centre of the island is dominated by a scenic volcano caldera. This island was once popular with pirates but is now a favoured stopping off spot for travellers and yachtsmen embarking on an Atlantic crossing and seeking a place for lunch or a night ashore. This makes Faial a great spot to try windsurfing and kayaking. (B)

DAY 6
FAIAL
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. Much of the land here was formed by the 1958 eruption, and the ashen coloured dirt hides not only craters and volcanic cones but also the remains of a lighthouse.
DAY 7
PICO
PICO
On your day trip across to Pico by ferry keep your eyes peeled on the water for whales. There is a chance to learn more about the role whaling and now whale watching has played in the life of the Azores at Pico’s whale museum. Your tour will take you up the slopes of Mont Pico, the 7,700ft retired stratovolcano that dominates the island. Here you can sample wine at the famous UNESCO heritage wine vineyards that grow in the volcanic soil, and trace tidal pools crafted by the volcano along the Misterios de Sao Joao – including plenty of opportunities to jump in.
DAY 8
FAIAL
FAIAL

If you didn’t see the whales yesterday on the ferry ride, your free day in Faial should be spent on 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 viewing. 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.

DAY 9
FAIAL & TERCEIRA
FAIAL & TERCEIRA

Today, fly to Terceira and check in for a three-night stay at the Hotel Angra Garden. The hotel is set at the heart of the historical capital of Terceira, Angra do Herismo. 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. (B)

DAY 10
TERCEIRA
TERCEIRA

Today’s full day jeep tour of Terceira starts inside a 90 metre deep volcanic chimney. The lava tube at Algar do Carvao (summer only) was formed by receding lava thousands of years ago, and today you can step past the flowstones and stalactites to touch the burnt red walls of an extinct volcano. There is more volcanic fun at Carbito, where the eruption has served up natural swimming pools formed from black volcanic rock where you can take a dip. Your return to town will take you through the sleepy farming village of Doze Ribeiras and alongside the fishing fleet moored off Sao Mateus. (B,L)

DAY 11
TERCEIRA
TERCEIRA
Today enjoy a free day in Terceira to take in the grandeur of Angra do Herismo at leisure. Start at the Museu de Angra do Heroismo, 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)
DAY 12
TERCEIRA & SAO MIGUEL
TERCEIRA & SAO MIGUEL
Your final inter-island flight takes you from Terceira across the Atlantic to Sao 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.
DAY 13
SAO MIGUEL
SAO MIGUEL

Enjoy a free day to explore Sao Miguel at leisure or take an optional excursion. (B)

DAY 14
SAO MIGUEL
SAO MIGUEL

Today take a tour to Furnas and head for the bubbling waters of Furnas Crater Lake and dodge the hot springs and fumaroles that burst from the ground. Take a dip in the cooler geothermal pools or try one of the local stews that is literally cooked by the volcano – the locals bury it in the ground close to the caldera. (B,L)

 

 

DAY 15
FLY TO UK
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

15 day tour, from £2270 per person

Price Includes

  • Return flights in economy class with Sata International from London Gatwick (from Saturday - Saturday) or TAP via Lisbon
  • All airport taxes
  • Private return airport transfers
  • Accommodation with breakfast in twin/double room throughout
  • Guided excursions & entry fees as specified
  • Ferry boat & flight tickets as specified in itinerary

Price Excludes

  • Tips and gratuities
  • Meals other than specified

Tour Route Map


  1. Azores, Sao Miguel

Tour Accommodation

Hotel Vila Nova
Hotel Vila Nova
Hotel Vila Nova This modern hotel is set just a five minutes' walk from the Sao Francisco square and the Sao Bras military fort, and ten minutes' from the marina, from where many whale......

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