Enjoy a seven-night stay on the island of São Miguel, the largest of the nine Azores islands and home to the capital.
This holiday includes three excursions to the island's most popular attractions including a visit to the iconic blue and green crater lakes at Sete Cidades, an exploration of the geothermal Furnas valley and a half-day whale watching boat trip.
Speak to an Azores Travel Specialist about which hotel will be best for you and for suggestions on how to tailor-make your perfect holiday.
Fly from the UK to the Azorean island of São Miguel. Upon arrival transfer to My Story Vila Nova hotrel and check in for seven nights. The remainder of the day is free to explore the city of Ponta Delgada.
Enjoy a free day to explore Ponta Delgada at your leisure. Despite being the main town and port on the island, Ponta Delgada has wonderfully preserved its historic beauty. Every turn of its narrow, cobbled streets brings in to view delightful buildings, cafes and shops, interspersed with some fascinating examples of brutalist architecture. Evidence of the recent economic woes are visible in abandoned building projects – both halted restoration of the old and construction of the new. Nevertheless, Ponta Delgada is an extremely pleasant town to cover on foot. There are no big stores and virtually no international chains, so linger over an espresso in one of the many cafes around the Praça Gonçalo Velho Square and watch local life pass by. If you tire of walking, perhaps choose to take a horse-drawn carriage ride or catch the Lagarta Tourist Train that travels along the city's cobbled streets. (B)
Join a full day excursion to Furnas. Travel along the south road passing the village of Lagoa and the viewpoint of Caloura and make a stop at Vila Franca, the island's historical capital before continuing to the beautiful valley of Furnas. Here, visit the lake, hot springs and surrounding holes where meals are cooked by underground thermal vapours. After lunch, visit the botanical gardens where you can swim in a natural hot water pool before heading north for a tour of a tea plantation (Gorreana Tea Factory); with plenty of photo stops en-route. (B,L)
After breakfast sail out to the open sea to search for sperm whales and dolphins. The sperm whale is the largest of the toothed whales, is a native of the Azores. This magnificent creature puts 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. Take this half day tour in either the morning or the afternoon. (B)
Start the morning by exploring a pineapple plantation at Fajã de Baixo. Afterwards, continue on to the valley of Sete Cidades. One of the seven natural wonders of Portugal, Sete Cidades is an extinct volcano crater which showcases two magnificent green and blue lakes. After lunch visit Lagoa do Fogo– the dramatic fire lake and admire the fantastic view of the island at an altitude of 900 metres. (B,L)
Spend a relaxing day exploring Ponta Delgada, or take an optional excursion. Ask our travel specialists for more details or suggestions. (B)
Enjoy one final day relaxing in Ponta Delgada or opt to take another optional excursion to one of the other impressive sights on the island. Ask our travel specialists for more details or suggestions. (B)