Azores Grand Tour - São Miguel / Flores / Faial / Pico / Terceira - OPEI
Come and experience the best of what the Azores has to offer! We will take you from the breath-taking views of Sete Cidades Crater and its idyllic Lakes to the relaxing thermal waters of the mystical Furnas Valley in São Miguel Island. In Flores Island you will be delighted by the pristine lush green landscapes with its spectacular waterfalls and lakes. In Pico Island you will witness the highest Mountain of Portugal while wandering in the UNESCO Heritage site vineyards landscape and in Faial Island you will visit the world renown Hortas Marina and the most recent Azorean eruption site, Capelinhos Volcano, where the dark volcanic rock contrasts with the deep blue ocean. In Terceira Island you will explore the historical city centre of Angra do Heroísmo, UNESCO Heritage site, and descend the Algar do Carvão volcanic chimney. What are you waiting for?
Day by Day
Day 1 - São Miguel
Arrival at Ponta Delgada. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 2 - São Miguel
Departure to a Half Day Tour to Sete Cidades Lakes by the mountain road, where you get a very nice view of the flat part of the island. Stop at the "Vista do Rei" belvedere. Stop at the village of Sete Cidades. On the way back to Ponta Delgada, visit the pineapple plantations. Free afternoon.
Day 3 - São Miguel
Departure from Ponta Delgada to a Full Day Tour Furnas by the south road. Stop at the village of Vila Franca do Campo. Arrival in Furnas valley, passing by the lake. Visit to the botanical garden (time for a swim in the thermal natural hot water swimming pool) and the hot springs. Lunch of traditional cozido included. Return to Ponta Delgada by the north coast visiting a tea plantation and Santa Iria viewpoint.
Day 4 & 5 - São Miguel
Free days to visit the town. Suggestions for the free days: whale watching, swimming with the dolphins, guided walk tours. Please consult us.
Day 6 - São Miguel / Flores
Transfer to the airport. Flight to the island of Flores. Transfer from the airport to the hotel. Free Day.
Day 7 - Flores
Departure from Santa Cruz to a Full Day Tour Flores, with stop at Ribeira da Cruz belvedere and visit to several lakes "Lomba", "Funda" and "Rasa". During the trip from Fajãzinha to Ponta da Fajã Grande there are many beautiful waterfalls. You have the possibility to walk to Poço da Alagoinha (optional), where you have a small lake and you see all the waterfalls from close by (800m walk from the road, around 45 minutes RT, walking boots needed). Visit to "Rocha dos Bordões", a lava solidification that created a very high vertical fluting. On the return to Santa Cruz, stop at the Caveira belvedere.
Day 8 - Flores
Day 9 - Flores / Faial
Transfer to the airport. Flight to the island of Faial. Transfer from the airport to the hotel. Free Day.
Day 10 - Faial
Departure from Horta to a Full Day Tour Faial. It begins heading to the village of Flamengos to visit the Botanical Garden of the Island. Next, the tour heads up to the Natural Reserve of the Caldeira of Faial, surrounded by the blue hydrangeas. It keeps going towards Ribeira das Cabras viewpoint, along Serra of Feteira. Stop for lunch. Descent to the Fajã in Praia do Norte. Visit to the Capelinhos Volcano Interpretation Centre. The Volcano erupted from 1957-1958. On the way back to Horta, quick stop at Varadouro to admire the Morro of Castelo Branco, ending the day in Monte da Guia, already in Horta, to admire one of the best views of the city and the Bay of Porto Pim.
Day 11 - Faial/ Pico / Faial
In the morning, transfer to the harbour. Ferry to Pico Island (30 minutes). Full Day Pico: Departure from Madalena through the north coast in direction of Cachorro and Lajido. Continue to São Roque to visit the Whale Factory and the natural swimming pools. Continue by the mountain road towards the lake of Capitão, at 900m. Stop at Lajes to visit the Whalers Museum. Stop for lunch. Continue along the south coast, short stop at Mistérios de São João, then continue to São Mateus to visit the church. Continue in direction of Criação Velha, where Pico's vineyards are UNESCO World Patrimony since 2004. Return to Madalena. Ferry back to the island of Faial. Transfer from the harbor to the hotel.
Day 12 - Faial
Free day to visit the town.
Day 13 - Faial / Terceira
Transfer to the airport. Flight to Terceira. Transfer from the airport to the hotel. Free Day.
Day 14 - Terceira
Full Day Terceira. On this tour you will visit the best of the island and other places off the beaten track not so well known but with amazing landscapes, the center of the island, Biscoitos Vineyards and Natural swimming pools, Raminho, Serreta, Algar do Carvão and Serra do Cume viewpoint. Discover the history and culture of Terceira, connect with nature and enjoy a traditional lunch at a small local restaurant (typical Alcatra lunch). This is a slow pace full day tour and a very special experience. Return to the hotel.
Day 15 - Terceira
Transfer from the hotel to the airport.
Included / Not Included
- 14 nights (breakfast included depending on the hotel selected)
- Arrival & departure transfers between airport or harbour & accommodations as mentioned on the program
- Half day tour to Sete Cidades with English speaking driver/guide
- Full day tour to Furnas with English speaking driver/guide
- Entrance fee to the Terra Nostra Botanical Garden
- Entrance fee to the Monitoring and Research Centre of Furnas
- Lunch of cozido
- Full day tour Flores with English speaking driver/guide
- Entrance fee to the Museum of Santa Cruz das Flores
- Entrance fee to the Interpretation Center of Boqueirão
- Full day tour Faial with English speaking driver/guide
- Entrance fee to the Interpretation Center of Capelinhos Volcano (closed: on Mondays and bank holidays)
- Full day tour Pico with English speaking driver/guide
- Entrance fee to two museums or one museum and the volcanic cave of Gruta das Torres (the museums are: Whalers Museum and Museum of the Whaling Industry)
- Full day tour Terceira with English speaking driver/guide
- Lunch of "alcatra".
- Entrance fee at the volcanic cave Algar do Carvão the entrance to this cave might be cancelled due to low number of visitants
- Boat tickets Faial/Pico/Faial
- Flight ticket São Miguel/Flores/Faial/Terceira
- Issuing of ticket 15 days prior to departure
- Cancellation before departure: 50% refund
- Cancellation after departure date non-refundable
- Rerouting after departure: no refund unless due to death of passenger or family member
- Voluntary routing changes after issuing ticket permitted to upgrade to normal fare
- Change name after issuing ticket permitted with penalty
- Symbolic contribution to social & environmental institutions: Rabo de Peixe Sabe Sonhar & Life Priolo: 1€
- Meals other than those mentioned on the program
- Supplements for private tours
The day, route, schedule and mode of transportation are subject to change without notice due to operating conditions
The Tours may have to be in taxi with English speaking driver
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic some of the entrances and activities on the program may have to be cancelled or done in private (subject to supplements) for safety reasons according to the number of participants. Updated information will be provided with the confirmation of the reservation.