The Azores Jewels Of Portugal

São Miguel, Terceira, Faial, Pico, Lisbon

Enter an untouched paradise on an adventure through the Azores, the archipelago gems of Portugal. Explore the entire rim of the Sete Cidades Caldera. Indulge in a traditional cozido das furnas meal, cooked by the heat of the volcanic earth. Descend into Algar do Carvao, the "Cavern of Coal" lava tube, with an expert guide. Sample local dairy goods at a family-owned cheese shop. Enjoy a light home-hosted lunch featuring local meats and cheeses. Spend 3 nights in a lava stone house. From thermal pools and lush craters to local farms and volcanic cuisine, delve into the culture of Portuguese island life.

Our prices start from

$ 2,649 LAND ONLY

10 Days • GUIDED • 17 Meals

Operated Tour

The Details

  • 11 nights accommodation
  • On some dates additional accommodations may be used.
  • Services of a tour manager
  • All on-tour transportation and related fees
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • Round trip home to airport sedan service provided when you purchase airfare through Member Choice Vacations. One transfer per person, per reservation. (Restrictions apply)
  • 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners

Itinerary

Engaging Experiences These special places and experiences are considered tour highlights. Look for them in the daily itineraries.

Day 1 - Overnight Flight

From volcanic craters and thermal waters to lush vegetation and picturesque coasts, enjoy the natural splendor of this Portuguese archipelago and see why the Azores are commonly referred to as "the Hawaii of Europe."

Day 2 - São Miguel, Açores, Portugal - Tour Begins

Grand Hotel Acores Atlantico, Sao Miguel, Azores

Dinner Included

This is the Azores, a set of islands virtually untouched by urban development. Your adventure begins on São Miguel, the largest of the nine volcanic islands. Sit along the seaside promenade and breathe in the mild air of the Atlantic. Get to know Ponta Delgada, the capital city of Sao Miguel, on a walking tour of the area. Celebrate the beginning of your journey with a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 3 - São Miguel

Grand Hotel Acores Atlantico, Sao Miguel, Azores

Breakfast Included

On an off-road adventure, traverse the dirt paths to the island's highest point. Venture to Sete Cidades, the blue and green mirror lakes, where you'll navigate the rim of the entire crater. On your way, gaze down upon the blue lake (reflecting the sky) and the adjacent green lake (reflecting the earth). Take a short hike to the viewpoint of Lagoa do Canario.* Return to Ponta Delgada with free time to relax and explore as you wish.

*Access to the viewpoint of Lagoa do Canario may be restricted due to weather conditions outside of our control.

Day 4 - São Miguel

Grand Hotel Acores Atlantico, Sao Miguel, Azores

Breakfast, Lunch Included

Glimpse into Portugal's sweet side at a family run queijadas (pastry) bakery. After sampling treats, head to the organic paradise of Terra Nostra Botanical Garden. Embark on a guided tour before relaxing in the park's rejuvenating thermal waters. For lunch, enjoy a traditional cozido das furnas meal, where your food is cooked in the earth's volcanic heat. Continue on to the green pastures of a nearby tea plantation before an evening of leisure in São Miguel.

Day 5 - São Miguel - Terceira

Hotel Cruzeiro, Terceira, Azores

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Say hello to the colorful island of Terceira. Stand along the edge of the crater at Serra do Cume viewpoint and take in the patchwork of infinite green. Swap the grassy fields for sandy shores at Praia Victoria, or "Beach of Victory." Get to know Angra do Heroismo (UNESCO) with a local guide. Restored in traditional style, the city features white facades and vibrant trims. Tonight, get a taste of the culture at a local restaurant.

Day 6 - Terceira

Descend into Algar do Carvao, an ancient lava tube, with a local expert.

Hotel Cruzeiro, Terceira, Azores

Breakfast Included

The morning is yours. Perhaps you'll take an optional off-road tour on a lively buggy ride, or maybe you'll strap on your hiking boots for an optional hike along two volcanoes at Misterios Negros Nature Reserve. Gather later and head underground with an expert guide to Algar do Carvao, the "Cavern of Coal." Feel the quiet stillness as you descend into this ancient lava tube. Then, it's your choice! Swim** in the natural volcanic pools of Biscoitos -OR- hike along lava fields. Enjoy a free evening or entice your taste buds on an optional wine and tapas experience.

Day 7 - Terceira - Faial

Azoris Faial Garden, Faial, Azores

Breakfast Included

Say bom dia (good morning) to Faial, the "Blue Island" of the Azores. Peek into the daily life of dairy production when you drop by the family-owned cheese factory, where you'll sample the fruits of their production. Encounter the volcanic vitality of Faial and take in the collapsed Caldeira and the ash hills of the Capelinhos Volcano Interpretation Center. Make the most of an evening at leisure.

Day 8 - Faial - Pico

Aldeia da Fonte Nature Hotel, Pico, Azores

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

Your exploration continues with a ferry to the nearby island of Pico. Get acquainted with the area on a brief walking tour before settling in for a light home-hosted lunch. Sample drinks paired with local cheeses and meats, snacking on different Azorean favorites. Make a stop at Lagoa do Capitao and spy Sao Jorge Island in the distance. End the day at the rustic lava stone houses of Aldeia da Fonte, your home for the next 3 nights. Enjoy dinner at this cliffside abode overlooking the ocean.

Day 9 - Pico

Aldeia da Fonte Nature Hotel, Pico, Azores

Breakfast Included

Explore Pico vineyards (UNESCO) and wander along grapes and rocky stone walls. Climb the vineyard's windmill and take in a new perspective of the stretching fields and lava rocks. Visit the Pico Wine Museum before tasting these exclusive wines at a wine collaborative. Then, it's your choice! In Lajes, visit the whaling museum highlighting the historical ties of the industry to the culture of the islands -OR- take advantage of free time in town to explore the area independently.

Day 10 - Pico

Breakfast, Dinner Included

The day is yours. Perhaps you will take to the waves on an optional ocean excursion, where you will watch for whales and dolphins before enjoying lunch back on land. No matter how you choose to spend the day, celebrate your Azorean adventure in the evening with a dinner of local flavors, folklore music, and captivating energy. "Bom proveito!"

Day 11 - Pico - Lisbon

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Depart Pico for Lisbon and enjoy some time at leisure. Whether you want to relax, wander the streets of the capital city, or take the historic tram to the vibrant Alfama district, spend the day however you please. Tonight, toast to the end of your trip with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 12 - Lisbon

Breakfast Included

Say adeus (goodbye) to Portugal and the Azores as you depart this coastal paradise.

Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land only, based on October 1, 2021 travel date. International airfare is additional. Call AAA for current airfare rates and availability. Itinerary featured is for May 2021 – April 2022 tour departures. Departures prior will vary. On some dates alternate hotels may be used..

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