Azores Explorer

Mountain landscape with hiking trail, Ponta Delgada, Island, Azores, Portugal

DAY 1: Arrival/ São Miguel ~ Morning arrival to São Miguel. There is time for breakfast and rest before our Azorean adventure begins.   Late morning scenic drive to Sete Cidades, one of the most famous and legendary lakes of the islands.   Once at the bottom of the crater, you have the option of kayaking in the lake or exploring the lake’s shoreline and local community on foot. We’ll continue south along the coast to Ferraria for a relaxing thermal soak, the perfect way to end our first day in the Azores.

Accommodations: Azor Hotel or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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DAY 2: São Miguel ~ The islands of the Azores offer the equivalent of a cetacean safari. More than 25 species of whales and dolphins, one-third of all species, have been recorded in Azorean waters. The islands’ stunning geography offers visitors stunning views as you search for marine animals. Today brings our first whale watching excursion. Although there are no guarantees, April is prime time for baleen whales like blue, fin and humpback. Sperm whales are year-round residents. Dolphins, sea turtles, and a variety of birds make regular appearances. We’ll also visit a “vigia” (cliff-top lookout) to learn how whales and dolphins are spotted today compared to whaling times.

Accommodations: Azor Hotel or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

whale watching azores

DAY 3:  São Miguel/ Faial/ Pico Morning flight to Horta on Faial Island. Guided excursion at Capelinhos Volcano. Here we’ll see first-hand how volcanic activity has shaped the island just in the last 60 years. Enjoy a stop at famous Pete’s Café before our ferry to Pico Island where we’ll spend the next three nights.

Accommodations: Baía da Barca or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 4: Pico ~ Morning whale watching excursion followed by a visit to the Whaler’s Museum in Lajes. In 1987, the last sperm whale was caught in the Azores, by the same traditional process prior to the memorable times of Moby Dick, still using the hand harpoon and lance. Large-scale whaling is not part of Azorean history, but whaling shaped the islands’ lifestyle for more than a century.

Accommodations: Baía da Barca or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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DAY 5: Pico ~ Morning whale watching excursion. This afternoon, we’ll explore Pico’s famous vineyards, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Gruta das Torres, the largest lava cave in Portugal.

Accommodations: Baía da Barca or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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DAY 6: Pico/ São Miguel ~ Morning flight to São Miguel. This afternoon, our Azorean adventure continues with the opportunity to swim with wild dolphins. Encountering dolphins in their natural environment is an experience that is sure to create memories that last a lifetime. Evening arrival to the Furnas region of São Miguel, an area awash with thermal baths.

Accommodations: Furnas Boutique Hotel or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 7: São Miguel ~ Today, we’ll have the opportunity to enjoy Furnas as well as a visit to the Environmental Centre of the Azores Bullfinch, an endemic species.

Accommodations: Furnas Boutique Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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DAY 8: São Miguel/ Departure ~ For our last day in the Azores, we’ll visit Fogo (“Fire”) Lake, another of the island’s dramatic lakes as well as the island’s tea plantations where tea is still processed on vintage 19th Century English machinery. Transfer to the airport in time for flight home.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

DETAILS

Price: $3595* per person based on double occupancy.

Price includes accommodations, private ground transportation, full-time bilingual English-speaking guide, all meals starting with breakfast on Day 1 through lunch on Day 8, guided excursions as listed, biologist/naturalist guides for whale watching and dolphin excursions, entrance fees, and domestic flights (Ponta Delgado-Horta; Pico-São Miguel).

Exclusions: international flights, passport fees, personal expenses, and gratuities for driver and guides.