The Santo Christo Feast is the most important religious festival in the Azores. Every year, thousands of immigrants return to the island of São Miguel to celebrate it. From May 24 to May 28 the city of Ponta Delgada is filled with music, flowers, lights and markets. Be a part of these important festivities, while you also visit the most relevant and breathtaking sites on the Island: Furnas, Ribeira dos Caldeirões , Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo.
- Round trip airfare from Boston-Ponta Delgada on Azores Airlines
- Round trip transfers from the airport to the hotel
- Six nights stay in Ponta Delgada
- Full American breakfast daily at your hotel
- Full day tour of the eastern side of the island (Furnas) including traditional lunch (Cozido)
- Full day tour of western side of São Miguel island (Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo) including lunch
- Two dinners (Folkloric Dinner and Sunday Dinner)
- Rates are per person, based on double occupancy (inclusive of taxes of approximately $145.00)
- Single supplement is additional
- Rates subject to hotel availability and only guaranteed when paid in full
- Deposit of $500.00 (non-refundable) per person is required to book
- Full payment due 60 days prior to departure (March 23, 2019)
- We recommend the purchase of travel insurance
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Tuesday BOSTON/PONTA DELGADA
Evening departure aboard AZORES AIRLINES for our transatlantic overnight flight to Ponta Delgada. Dinner will be served onboard accompanied by a selection of Portuguese wines to complement your meal.
Wednesday PONTA DELGADA
We will arrive in the early morning at João Paulo II Airport in Ponta Delgada. After clearing customs, we will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is to rest and relax from the overnight trip and for you to explore the city of Ponta Delgada.
Thursday PONTA DELGADA/FURNAS
Today we will be off on our first full day tour. We begin by traveling along the southern coast heading toward Vila Franca where we will stop to sample some “Queijadas da Vila”. We will also stop at the pottery factory in Lagoa, followed by stops at scenic points along the coast. We then head towards the Lagoa das Furnas to view the geothermic ovens that cook the traditional cozido, afterwards we head towards the village of Furnas where lunch will be served. After lunch we will walk around the village to view “Caldeiras”, then depart the village and make our way North stopping at the scenic points of “Pico de Ferro”, “Salto do Cavalo” and Ribeira dos Caldeirões in Nordeste. On our return to Ponta Delgada, we will make a stop at the Gorreana Tea Plantation, one of the oldest tea plantations in Europe and we’ll be able to sample their teas. (B, L)
Friday PONTA DELGADA/SETE CIDADES/LAGOA DO FOGO
Today we will be off on our full day tour of Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo. We begin by making a short visit to a pineapple plantation. There we will see how the pineapple is cultivated, followed by a sampling of the pineapple liquor. We then proceed to visit the Lagoa dos Canarios and Lagoa de Santiago. After that we make a climb to the famous “Vista do Rei” for a panoramic view of the two lakes of Sete Cidades. A typical lunch will then be served. After lunch we head to the Lagoa do Fogo, making stops in Ribeira Grande and Caldeira Velha. At the top of Lagoa do Fogo we are able to see both the north and south coasts of São Miguel and in the evening We will head to “Solar da Graca” restaurant, where we will have dinner, followed by an Azorean Folkloric dancing show. (B,L,D)
Saturday PONTA DELGADA
Today the city of Ponta Delgada becomes alive with activities. In the afternoon, there will be a Procession of Senhor Santo Cristo around the Campo de Sao Francisco. In the evening the statue of Senhor Santo Cristo will be relocated from the igreja da Esperanca to Igreja de Sao Jose, the festivities will continue late into the night. (B)
Sunday PONTA DELGADA
In the morning the streets of Ponta Delgada become decorated with greens and flowers for the afternoon procession. At four in the afternoon the procession begins in front of the Convento da Esperança and continuing throughout the streets of Ponta Delgada returning to the Convento da Esperança in the early evening. We will meet after the procession for dinner. (B, D)
Today is a day of leisure before our trip back home or if you prefer a shopping day in the city of Ponta Delgada. (B)
Tuesday PONTA DELGADA/BOSTON
Today we say goodbye to the beautiful island of Sao Miguel. We hope that on the flight back you reminisce of the good times that you had on the trip. (B)
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