Custom dates available to explore the Azores all year round.
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Standard tour options start at 6 Days / 5 Nights (can customize to any tour length)
Choose between 3.5 – 4 Star or 4.5 – 5 Star hotel options.
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SAMPLE TRIP ITINERARY
8 Day / 7 Night Trip Daily Overview
Day 1: Arrival in São Miguel and explorations of Ponta Delgad
You’ll touch down at the Aeroporto João Paulo II in Ponta Delgada, the capital of the Azores archipelago. It’s not a big city – the transfer from the arrivals terminal to the hotel is usually under 20 minutes. Don’t hang around, though, because there’s plenty to explore. The afternoon is for getting lost between the mosaic-covered streets of the old center, spying out the prosaic black-and-white façade of the Igreja Matriz de São Sebastião (a church that dates from the 1500s) and wandering the bustling fishing marina (a fantastic place to sample local dishes like octopus in oil and hake fish stew with white wine).
Day 2: Sete Cidades and Ferraria
Escape the hustle and bustle of the town for the highlands of western São Miguel island. This is the home of iconic Sete Cidades, a small parish village that’s on the doorstep of not one, but two green-tinged crater lakes. They sit in the shadow of serrated volcanic ridges and are laced together by a spectacular hiking trail that’s 2-4 hours of pure sublimity. Later on, we’ll soothe the muscles and feet by cruising the dramatic coast roads to Ferraria, where natural hot springs bubble up from between the tide pools, offering relaxing H2O that’s a consistent 95 degrees.
Day 3: Nordeste, plus viewpoints
You’ve seen the west of São Miguel, now it’s time to head east. The route? The wiggling, winding EN1-A1 coast road, where gasps of awe happen on virtually every bend in the asphalt. The drive takes a little over an hour to get us to the charming village of Nordeste. First, though, we’ll hit the viewpoints of Ponta do Sossego and Miradouro da Ponta da Madrugada, where balconies overlook the sheer-cut cliffs through pockets of multicolored hydrangeas. Nordeste itself is a small cluster of traditional Azorean cottages and taverns, famed for its wonderful arched bridge of 1883.
Day 4: Furnas – a day of hot spring
Still on São Miguel island, we now delve inland to the high-up village of Furnas. As the name indicates, the spot is renowned for its setting right on the top of the active Furnas Volcano. That means hot springs abound. But first, we explore the center to see the whitewashed houses framed by the verdant hills, and enjoy a taste of Cozido das Furnas, a unique local dish of spicy sausage, chicken and bacon cooked using volcanic fumes. From there, we move to the Terra Nostra Botanical Garden, which has vast pools of tea-colored water that’s warmed to a consistent 104 degrees.
Day 5: Out to sea
There’s a whopping 25 cetacean species living in the waters of the Azores and Day 5 is your chance to catch a glimpse of them. We board a boat at Ponta Delgada and head out across the ocean. Year-round sightings include sperm whales, bottlenose dolphins, and sea turtles, while the spring and summer months are peak times for blue whales, fin whales, and pilot whales. Sticking to the coast, we head across to the islet of Vila Franca do Campo for the afternoon. It’s an incredible spot, formed by a submerged volcanic crater that’s ideal for snorkeling and swimming.
Day 6: Across to São Jorg
Catch a short-haul link across to São Jorge, one of the main islands of the Azorean Central Group. You’ll notice from the plane just how dramatic it is, rising like a knife-edge of rock and stone straight from the Atlantic Ocean. The whole afternoon is dedicated to exploring the backcountry. That means coastal hikes on gravity-defying paths above wave-battered fajãs, and rocky lookout spots that cling to the cliffs. The evening centers around the local cuisine, which includes tasty Queijo de São Jorge (the native hard cheese) and oodles of uber-fresh seafood.
Day 7: Pico
The ferry from São Jorge to Pico takes under an hour. It’s a jaw-dropping affair, as you sail straight towards the looming outline of Pico mountain, the highest in the whole of Portugal at over 2,300 meters above sea level. There’s no time to climb it, because the UNESCO Pico Vineyards beckon. They were carved into the steep hillsides here more than 500 years ago, and still produce unique, mineral-heavy, almost-salty wines. After a tasting, head to charming Madalena, a small coast town of white-painted cottages and churches that’s got a sleepy, ancient feel to it.
Day 8: Back to São Miguel
Get back in the air for a quick return connection to São Miguel island. If you have time before your departing flight, then you can delve back into the maze of fish kitchens, chapels, old guild houses, and wine shops that is Ponta Delgada for some final shopping and sightseeing.
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Accommodations in São Miguel
Grand Hotel | Ponta Delgada
Bringing a touch of Art Deco elegance to the marina of Ponta Delgada, the Grand Hotel is one of the most sumptuous options in the Azorean capital. From the Scandi-inspired indoor pool space to the suave lobby, where a grand piano sits next to a gold-glimmering staircase, the whole thing is set to impress. Many rooms have views out over the harbor and the ocean.
Octant Ponta Delgage | Ponta Delgada
The Octant Ponta Delgage is a curated boutique hotel that aims to showcase the maritime history and deep connection to the ocean that the Azores are known for. Rooms gaze straight out over the marina of Ponta Delgada – you can hear the waves from the comfort of your bed. There’s an on-site spa where salt-infused massages and aromatherapy treatments abound, plus the À TERRA restaurant specializing in fresh, local ingredients.
Accommodations in São Jorge
Hotel Sao Jorge Garden | São Jorge
The Hotel Sao Jorge Garden is nestled in a sea of sub-tropical gardens less than a mile from the heart of Velas town center. The rooms are charming and comfy, orientated so as to offer fantastic head-on views of the Pico volcano across the strait. The centerpiece of the resort is the large communal pool, which comes surrounded by sunning beds and lazing spaces.
Cantinho das Buganvilias Resort | São Jorge
Clutching the cliffs just opposite the main port of São Jorge, the Cantinho das Buganvilias Resort has rooms with sweeping 180-degree views of the south coast of the island, made possible thanks to high floor-to-ceiling windows. However, the piece de resistance has to be the combo of indoor and outdoor pools, along with a bubbling hot tub (a fine addition for your post-hike relaxations).
Accommodations in Pico
Vinhas do Calhau | Pico
Vinhas do Calhau has six spacious apartment suites with options that spill out onto balconies overlooking the sloshing waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Each comes with a kitchenette, a living space, and a private bathroom, done out in contemporary European styles. The hotel is a part of the Wine Tourism Project, offering prime access to the UNESCO vineyards of Pico island.
Alma do Pico | Pico
Perched on the high hills just east of lovely Madalena town, Alma do Pico is nestled between pockets of laurel forests and palm groves. It’s got sweeping views of the incredible Pico Volcano to the west, which are best from the stunning pool area and sunning terrace. Rooms channel a touch of local Azorean style and the on-site bistro serves artisan fish stews and fine regional wines.
Personal Attention Before Your Azores Trip
There is no other operator in the travel industry that will provide the same level of personal attention to you before your adventure in the Azores. We get very involved with our travelers before each trip by offering a series of pre-planning calls in the months and weeks before departure. This provides you with an opportunity to hear directly from us on preparation, trip experience, and training. It also gives you the platform to ask questions about any aspect of the trip.
Our knowledgeable support staff take care of the details of your in-country transportation, lodging, meals, tours, Azores fees, and activities. We’ve even scheduled in a bit of free time for you to explore, relax, shop, or eat on your own.