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Great tour, discover great places
During this trip visitors will have the opportunity to visit and experience these special areas. From Angra do Heroísmo Historical center to the smallest Island of the Azores, Corvo Island, passing through the vineyards of Pico Island and the Fajãs of São Jorge, perfect examples of how Azorean people adapted themselves to difficult conditions, to an experimental laboratory for biodiversity conservation due to Graciosa Island unique natural characteristics and visit Flores Island Natural Park.
Tour in English!
Van dag tot dag
Day 1 Arrival on Pico Island
Arrival at Pico Island. Transfer to Aldeia da Fonte.
Day 2 Pico
Departure for a Full Day Tour of Pico Island – Wine Tour. The tour will start with a
walking trail at Criação Velha vineyards (Difficulty: Easy / Extension: 6.9 Km / Time Average: 2h). Distinguished in 2011 by BootsnAll, this trail stands out for its scenic and cultural diversity. It thrives in an area of Protected Landscape for the Vine Culture, one of the most emblematic of the island, including a great active vineyard area, where the walls streaking is in perfect state of preservation. Classified as World Heritage by UNESCO since 2004, this trail is rich in elements associated to the vine culture such as ́”rola-pipas” (carved slopes to enable the sliding of the wine barrels to the boats), “relheiras” (tracks left by the wheels of the ox carts), the shelter houses, the wine cellars, the tide wells, among others. The tour will continue with a visit to the Wine Museum followed by lunch at a typical restaurant. In the afternoon the tour continues with visits to the coastal areas of Cachorro and Lajido followed by a visit to Adega a Buraca (liquors tasting). Return to the hotel.
Day 3 Pico
Departure for a Full Day Tour of Pico Island - Whales & Heritage. The Azores, and especially Lajes do Pico, is undoubtedly one of the best Whale Watching spots in the world, and for sure the best in the Azores. The quantity and diversity of the whales observed is high, there’s little visual pollution and Pico Mountain lies in the background. Before embarking for the Whale and Dolphin Watching trip (3h) there will be a short briefing about biology, animal behaviour, whale hunting history, ecology and legislation. The tour is done on Zodiac boats with the presence of a marine biologist. After the boat trip lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon walking tour at Lajes do Pico including a guided visit to the Whalers Museum and a short walking trail to Vigia da Queimada (whale spotting lookout point). Return to the hotel.
Day 4 Pico - São Jorge
Transfer to the harbor. Boat trip to São Jorge Island. Arrival and transfer to Hotel São Jorge. Free day at leisure.
Day 5 São Jorge
Departure for a Full Day Walk Serra do Topo / Caldeira de Santo Cristo / Fajã dos Cubres on the north coast. This walk goes through a magnificent trail descending to Fajã do Santo Cristo (Difficulty: Medium / Extension: 10 Km / Time Average: 2h30). São Jorge Island has a unique landscape consisting of remarkable geological, environmental and cultural assets. Due to its elongated shape, the island has an extensive coastline, the third-longest in the Azores Islands. Its hilly configuration is the result of the island’s rocky cliffs, which are located mainly on the island’s north side and create a steep landscape. The coastline is occasionally interspersed with flat areas known as fajãs (detritic fajãs and lavic fajãs), which are a distinctive feature of the island. The highlands of São Jorge are extremely windy and humid with high levels of rainfall and frequent fogs, even during the summer season. In combination with the island’s orographic features, this strong hydrological potential sustains large wetland areas of local and regional importance. In terms of biodiversity, São Jorge Island hosts a significant number of endemic animal and plant species belonging to several groups of organisms, such as mammals, birds, molluscs, arthropods, vascular plants and bryophytes. Caldeira do Santo Cristo nature reserve has an underground cave and a lake and is the only place in the Azores where clams can be found. This Fajã is one of the most isolated places in the Azores with some summer houses and only a few families living all year round. From this side of the island you can sight Graciosa and Terceira islands. Return to the hotel.
Day 6 São Jorge - Faial - Flores
Transfer to the harbor. Boat trip to Faial Island. If there is time available due to flight schedule, pick up at Horta’s harbor and departure for a Horta City Tour. Horta has a real genuine feel to it, located on an astonishing bay, with its famous and colorful Marina used as a stopover for many maritime adventures. It is a city with a strong connection to the sea, with its science and culture focused around it. These features make this a Historic and Cosmopolitan Centre, with a wealthy heritage, surrounded by amazing landscapes – such as the view of the highest mountain in Portugal, Mount Pico. This city tour will allow you to get to know the city’s several historic monuments and emblematic spaces, as well as the gardens and green parks. Transfer to the airport and flight to Flores Island. Arrival and transfer to Aldeia da Cuada.
Day 7 Flores
Departure for a Full Day Tour of Flores Island. On this tour you will visit the main attractions of the Island, stopping at breath taking belvederes that make Flores one of the most beautiful Islands of the Azores. Becoming a Biosphere Reserve has the objective of promoting management, research and education in ecosystem conservation. We will start the tour with a stop at Ribeira da Cruz viewpoint 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 will have the possibility to walk to Poço da Alagoinha (optional), a small lake with several waterfalls as background (800m walk from the road, around 45 minutes RT, walking shoes recommended). 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. Return to the Hotel.
Day 8 Flores - Corvo - Flores
Transfer to the harbor. Boat trip to Corvo Island. With only 17 Km2, the smallest of the Azorean Islands, Corvo is geographically placed at the western end of the archipelago and recognized by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve since 2007 due to its environmental, cultural and heritage value. Arrival and visit to “Caldeirão”, a huge Crater in the centre of the Island. Lunch at a local restaurant. Boat trip to Flores Island. Arrival to Flores and return to the hotel.
Day 9 Flores -Terceira
Transfer to the airport and flight to Terceira Island. Arrival and transfer to Azoris Angra Garden Hotel. In the evening transfer to Quinta do Martelo for a traditional dinner. Return transfer to the Hotel.
Day 10 Terceira
Departure for a Half Day Angra City Tour. The journey starts with a City Tour of Angra do Heroismo, Unesco World Heritage site since 1983, walking through the streets that were the center of the world in the XV and XVI centuries. Find out the origins of its name, discover the plan of the city and learn why there are so many fortresses and singularities on the churches that are related with the Portuguese Empire going back to the discovery of the Sea Route to India, to the discovery of Brazil, passing by Angra. Free lunch and afternoon at leisure.
DAY 11 - TERCEIRA - Departure for a Full Day Tour the Best of 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 such as Biscoitos, vineyards, 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 lunch at a small local restaurant. This is a slow pace full day tour and a very special experience. Return to the hotel.
Day 11 Terceira
Departure for a Full Day Tour the Best of 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 such as Biscoitos, vineyards, 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 lunch at a small local restaurant. This is a slow pace full day tour and a very special experience. Return to the hotel.
Day 12 Terceira - Graciosa
Transfer to the airport and flight to Graciosa Island. Arrival and transfer to Graciosa Resort - Biosphere Island Hotel. Departure for a Half Day Tour of Graciosa. With 60,7 Km2, the second smallest of the Azorean Islands, Graciosa Island has served, for over a decade now, as an experimental laboratory for biodiversity conservation and, due to its unique natural characteristics, it is frequently visited by national and international scientific expeditions. Past and ongoing experiments in resource management, eradication of introduced species and natural habitat restoration, as well as, the existing infrastructures, contribute to the proposed Biosphere Reserve as being an ideal site for executing research projects, natural resource demonstrative and management actions and for training researches and technicians in the field. Departure from Santa Cruz towards the fishing village of Praia, with its windmills, followed by Fenais, and Carapacho to visit to the thermal baths. The tour continues west by Serra Branca, Vitoria’s Volcanic Complex and Ponta da Barca Lighthouse viewpoint. Return to Santa Cruz, stopping at Monte da Ajuda to enjoy splendid views over Santa Cruz and the rest of the Island. Return to the hotel.
Day 13 Graciosa
Departure for a Full Day Walking Tour Around Caldeira. This trail begins and ends at the access path to Caldeira, in the southeast part of the island (Difficulty: Easy / Extension: 10.8 Km). You will walk around the Caldeira’s perimeter and along the way make a short detour to visit “Maria Encantada” Cave, that features several interesting geological formations. Further ahead you will find the viewpoint overlooking the Caldeira. Picnic lunch. After walking around the perimeter you will visit Furna do Enxofre (Sulphur Cave), a real ex-libris of the geodiversity of the island and one of the most remarkable lava cavities of basaltic nature in the archipelago. Return to the hotel.
Day 14 Graciosa - Terceira
Transfer to the airport and flight to Terceira Island. Arrival and transfer to Aparthotel Praia Marina. Free day at leisure.
Day 15 Terceira
Transfer to the airport.
Arrival & departure transfers between airports or harbors &
accommodations as mentioned on the program
- Full day tour of Pico Island – Wine Tour with English speaking guide * Lunch * Entrance fees to the Wine Museum, the Wine Cooperative (wine tasting) and Adega a Buraca (liquors tasting)
- Full Day Tour of Pico - Whales & Heritage Tour with English speaking guide * Whale & Dolphin Watching Tour * Lunch * Entrance fee to the Whalers Museum
- Full day Walk Serra do Topo / Caldeira de Santo Cristo / Fajã dos Cubres with English speaking guide * Picnic lunch
- Horta City Tour with English speaking guide
- Full day tour of Flores Island with English speaking guide * Lunch* Entrance fee to the Museum of Santa Cruz das Flores* Entrance fee to the Interpretation Center of Boqueirão
- Full day tour of Corvo Island with English speaking guide * Round trip transfers Aldeia da Cuada / Flores Harbor / Aldeia da Cuada * Boat trip Flores / Corvo / Flores *Tour to Caldeirão * Lunch
- Traditional dinner at Quinta do Martelo including round trip transfers.
Half day Angra City Tour with English speaking guide * Entrance fee at Museu de Angra * Entrance fee at Convento de São Gonçalo * Entrance fee at Sé de Angra do Heroismo * Entrance fee at Palacio dos Capitães Generais
- Full day tour of Terceira Island - The Best of Terceira with English speaking guide * Lunch * Entrance fee at the volcanic cave Algar do Carvão
- Half day tour of Graciosa Island with English speaking guide
- Full Day Walking Tour Around Caldeira with English speaking guide * Picnic lunch * Entrance fee at Furna do Enxofre
Boat ticktes Pico- Faial
Flight tickets Faial-Flores-Terceira-Graciosa-Terceira
Meals other than those mentioned on the program
upgrades to superior rooms
Supplements to reservations in hotels other than those mentioned
Flights from Amsterdam, Dusseldorf or Brussel
Prices on based on double rooms.
Program subject to change.
Tour can be booked from 01 March to 16 December 2020
14 nights standard rooms accommodation BB
3 nights Aldeia da Fonte
2 nights Hotel São Jorge
3 nights Aldeia da Cuada
3 nights Azoris Angra Garden Hotel
2 nights Hotel Graciosa Resort - Biosphere Island Hotel
1 night Aparthotel Praia Marina