Relax on a short break in Sao Miguel, the largest of the Azores Islands. Staying at the 4-star Royal Garden Hotel in the city of Ponta Delgada, this holiday allows you to have a comfortable base while enjoying an excursion every day, ensuring that you see the best of the island's highlights. We have including three of our favourite excursions below, but this tour can be tailor made to suit your requirements.
Today, embark on an exciting jeep tour of the volcano-rich Furnas Valley. Marvel at the giant crater lake, Lagoa das Furnas, which is populated by aquamarine water, several fumaroles and mud pools. Visit the village that sits in the valley and witness hot springs and geysers while touring the region by jeep (7 hours). (B,L)
After breakfast, embark on a jeep tour of Sete Cidades and discover the highlights of the western side of Sao Miguel. 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 enjoy the thrill of a jeep ride through spectacular scenery, rolling hills and picturesque villages (7 hours). (B,L)
Today join a morning or afternoon whale watching tour. 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. For the rest of the day explore historic Ponta Delgada. Visit the three arched city gates and stroll around the Praça Gonçalo Velho square with its array of cafes and coffee shops, embark on a horse-drawn carriage ride or take the Lagarta Tourist Train that travels along the city's cobbled streets. (B