From  £995
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Stay in our most popular three-star hotel in Ponta Delgada
  • Admire the historical buildings of Ponta Delgada
  • Enjoy guided day excursions of Furnas and Sete Cidades
  • Marvel at hot water springs and magnificent lakes
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Sao Miguel - Hotel Vila Nova

8 Day Tour, from £995 per person

Enjoy a seven-night stay on the island of Sao Miguel, the largest of the nine Azores islands and home to the capital. Ponta Delgada is the largest city in the Azores and is the perfect base for touring the beautiful surrounding hills, lakes and volcanic craters. This holiday includes three excursions: visits 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. Choose from a variety of hotels located in Ponta Delgada. Speak to an Azores Travel Specialist for more suggestions and to tailor-make your trip.

 

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO SAO MIGUEL ISLAND
FLY TO SAO MIGUEL ISLAND

Transfer to the Hotel Vila Nova and check in for seven nights.

Accommodation
Hotel Vila Nova
DAY 2
PONTA DELGADA
PONTA DELGADA

Today is free for you 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)

Accommodation
Hotel Vila Nova
DAY 3
FURNAS VALLEY - DAY EXCURSION
FURNAS VALLEY - DAY EXCURSION

After breakfast take a drive into the mountains, making a stop at the viewpoint at Caloura. Continue on to Vila Franca which was the island's very first capital in the fifteenth century. Admire the historical architecture before travelling to the beautiful Furnas valley, where a visit to the lake at the centre of the volcanic crater with its volcanic hot springs are awe-inspiring. You’ll also see the holes where meals are cooked underground by natural, hot 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 with plenty of photo stops en-route. (B,L) 

Accommodation
Hotel Vila Nova
DAY 4
HALF DAY WHALE WATCHING EXCURSION
HALF DAY WHALE WATCHING EXCURSION

After breakfast sail out to the open sea to search for sperm whales and dolphins. The sperm whale, or cachalot, is the largest of the toothed whales and the largest toothed predator, and 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)

Accommodation
Hotel Vila Nova
DAY 5
SETE CIDADES - DAY EXCURSION
SETE CIDADES - DAY EXCURSION

Start the morning by exploring a pineapple plantation at Faja de Baixo, where the pineapples are grown in hot houses. Afterwards, your journey continues 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. According to local ledged, the lakes were formed from the tears of a shepherd and a princess who shared a forbidden love. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue on to Lagoa do Fogo– the dramatic ‘fire lake’ and admire the fantastic view of the island at an altitude of 900 metres (B,L) 

Accommodation
Hotel Vila Nova
DAY 6
PONTA DELGADA
PONTA DELGADA
Spend a relaxing day exploring Ponta Delgada, or take an optional excursion. Ask our travel specialists for more details or suggestions. (B)
Accommodation
Hotel Vila Nova
DAY 7
PONTA DELGADA
PONTA DELGADA
Spend a relaxing day exploring Ponta Delgada, or take an optional excursion. Ask our travel specialists for more details or suggestions. (B)
Accommodation
Hotel Vila Nova
DAY 8
FLY TO THE UK
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

8 day tour, from £995 per person

Price Includes

  • Round trip international flights between the UK and the Azores
  • All airport taxes
  • 7 nights accommodation at the Hotel Vila Nova 
  • Meals as specified (B= Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Return private airport transfers
  • Excursions as specified

Price Excludes

  • Tips and gratuities
  • Meals other than those specified
  • Optional excursions 

Price Includes

Price Excludes

Price Notes

  • International flights from the UK are based out of London Heathrow via Lisbon with TAP Portugal or Azores Airlines direct from London Gatwick (From Saturday - Saturday). Regional flights are available (supplement may apply)
  • All flights are in economy class

Tour Route Map


  1. 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 Sao Francisco square......

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