The Azores

JEWELS OF PORTUGAL - SMALL GROUP TOUR

AZORES (1)
Package includes:
  • Round Trip Air from IAD
  • Local Transfers from Club office to Airport & Return
  • 8 Nights Hotel Accommodation
  • Hotel Transfers , Porterage & Taxes
  • 8 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch & 4 Dinners
  • Sightseeing per Itinerary
Accommodations:

Day 2 – 4 Grand Hotel Acores Atlantico , Ponta Delgada, Azores

Days 5, 6 Hotel Cruzeiro, Terceira, Azores

Days 7, 8 Aldeia da Fonte Nature Resort , Pico

Day 9 Grand Hotel Acores Atlantico , Ponta Delgada, Azores

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Friday, May 29, 2020 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: Saturday, May 30, 2020 São Miguel, Açores, Portugal - Tour Begins 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 the Azores, on a brief walking tour of the area. Celebrate the beginning of your journey with a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (D)
Day 3: Sunday, May 31, 2020 São Miguel Leave the main road behind and embrace an off-road adventure on the “Green Island.” Traverse the dirt
roads and pass by dairy farms before pausing at the highest point of the island, taking in the all-encompassing natural beauty at your feet. Venture to Sete Cidades, the striking blue and green mirror lakes, where you’ll navigate the rim of the entire crater. As you circle these bodies of water, gaze down upon the dazzling blue lake (reflecting the sky) and the adjacent green lake (reflecting the earth). Take a short hike to emerge at the peak of the island and take in the astounding viewpoint of Lagoa do Canario, the island’s most recognized landscape. Return to Ponta Delgada with free time to relax in a local café or meander through the streets. Or, continue your exploration with an optional tour…perhaps you’ll choose to swim with a pod of dolphins or embark on an intimate whale watching excursion. (B)
Day 4: Monday, June 1, 2020 São Miguel On your way to the dynamic volcano complex of Furnas, get a glimpse of Portugal’s sweet side at a family run queijadas (pastry) bakery. Trading the warm aroma that wafts through the air of the bakery for the encompassing scent of floral splendor, wander through the organic paradise of Terra Nostra Botanical Garden on a guided tour. Immerse yourself into a heated pool of rejuvenation in the natural thermal waters of the Furnas valley. Watch as your lunch is raised out of the heat of the volcanic earth and served as a traditional Cozido das Furnas meal. As you dig into your food, admire an exclusive viewpoint of Furnas Lake from the Terra Nostra Tea House. Continue on to the pastures of Porto Formosa, home to one of the only European tea plantations. Enjoy an evening of leisure in São Miguel. (B, L)
Day 5: Tuesday, June 2, 2020 São Miguel - Terceira Wish São Miguel goodbye and say hello to the colorful island of Terceira. Stand along the edge of the crater at Serra do Cume viewpoint and take in the island’s patchwork of infinite green. Continue your journey and swap the grassy fields for sandy shores at Praia Victoria, or “Beach of Victory.” Get to know Angra do Heroismo as you walk the streets this afternoon with a guide. Recently restored in traditional style, admire the white facades and colorful trims of the iconic buildings
in this UNESCO World Heritage site. Get a taste of Azorean culture during dinner at a local restaurant where you’re invited to try alcatra, the savory meat stew Terceira is known for. (B, D)
Day 6: Wednesday, June 3, 2020 Terceira Enjoy a free morning to choose how you experience Terceira. Maybe you’ll decide on an optional tour to a dairy farm, where you’ll get to milk a cow and taste the dairy products. Or perhaps strapping on your hiking boots and embarking on an adventurous trek along two volcanoes at Misterios Negros Nature Reserve is more to your liking. Next we gather and head underground to experience the ethereal Algar do Carvao, the “Cavern of Coal,” with an expert guide. Feel the quiet stillness around you as you descend into this ancient lava tube, gazing up at the looming stalactites hanging above you. Then, it’s your choice! Choose to swim* in the natural volcanic pools of Biscoitos -OR- hike along lava fields and vineyards. Enjoy leisure time in Angra afterwards or entice your taste buds on an optional Portuguese wine and tapas experience. (B)
Day 7: Thursday, June 4, 2020 Terceira - Faial - Pico Say bom dia (good morning) to Faial, the “Blue Island” of the Azores. With hydrangeas as far as the eye can see and stunning coastlines, discover the remarkable beauty of this island. Peek into the daily life of dairy production when you drop by the family-owned Morro cheese factory, where you’ll sample the fruits of their production. Encounter the volcanic vitality of Faial when you take in the collapsed Caldeira and the ash hills of the Capelinhos Volcano Interpretation Center. Your exploration continues as you embark on a ferry ride to Pico, the nearby island known for its lava fields and vineyards. Make a stop at Lagoa do Capitao, your eyes following along the landscape to spy Sao Jorge Island in the distance. Settle in amongst the lava stone houses of Aldeia da Fonte. Here, overlooking the sea, the sounds of rolling waves will serenade you to sleep for the next two nights. Enjoy dinner at this innovative cliff-side abode, stroll through the luxurious gardens, and let the incomparable
view of the Atlantic wash over you. (B, D)
Day 8: Friday, June 5, 2020 Pico Walk along the surreal landscape of grapes that grow between plots of rocky stone walls as you explore Pico vineyards (UNESCO). In the center of the vineyard, climb the bright red windmill and take in a new perspective of the stretching fields, lava rocks, and vines. Introduce yourself to the history of this island’s vineyards at the Pico Wine Museum. Next, taste these exclusive wines of limited production at a wine collaborative. Then, it’s your choice! In Lajes, choose to 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. (B)
Day 9: Saturday, June 6, 2020 Pico - São Miguel Depart Pico for São Miguel and enjoy some time at leisure. Whether you want to relax on the sandy shores, wander the streets of the capital city, or get one last taste of Portuguese pastries, spend the day however you please. Tonight, toast to the end of your Azorean adventure with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)
Day 10: Sunday, June 7, 2020 São Miguel - Tour Ends Say adeus (goodbye) to the Azores as you depart this Atlantic archipelago. (B)

Highlights to Include:
  • Off Road Sete Cidades Experience
  • Lagoa do Canario Viewpoint
  • Furnas Valley
  • Terra Nostra Botanical Garden
  • Natural Thermal Pools
  • Serra do Cume
  • Angra do Heroismo
  • Algar do Carvao