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Our Nine Island Tour gives you the most comprehensive visit to the Azores. During the tour you will be visiting all nine islands of the Azores, where you will get to experience each islands uniqueness and beauty. The tour consists on 17 day exploring, sightseeing and experiencing the islands in the Azores.
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Arrival to Flores Island
Evening departure from Logan Airport to Flores via Ponta Delgada aboard Azores Airlines. Complimentary meal served on board with beverages.
Welcome to the Island of Flores, where unspoiled nature and stunning waterfalls will greet you at every turn. Enjoy the day at leisure in the town of Santa Cruz das Flores. In the evening we will meet for a welcome dinner.
Today your journey takes you northeast where you will soak in stunning views of the neighboring island of Corvo. Shortly after a stop at the Caimbros viewpoint to witness the bird migration on the islet da Alagoa, you will make your way to the town of Ponta Delgada where locals still live the pastoral lifestyle. The journey continues to the Albarnaz lighthouse to view the Ilheu do Monchique, Europe's westernmost point, before returning to Santa Cruz for lunch. The afternoon will surround you with views of lakes, mountains, and waterfalls. You will have the opportunity to view the breathtaking Rocha dos Bordões, a geological treasure with approximately 570,000 years of history and perfect columns of about 20 meters. The day will end with a visit to the Nossa Senhora do Rosario Church and the town of Lajes.
Today’s journey takes you on a short boat ride to the neighboring Island of Corvo, the smallest of the 9 islands. Enjoy the stunning views of caves, faults, and cascading waterfalls along the shoreline of Flores before crossing over to the island of Corvo. Upon arrival in Vila do Corvo we head to the Monte Gordo “Caldeirão”, an enormous caldera with an unusual topography. We return to Vila do Corvo for lunch and enjoy the remaining day exploring the town and its windmills before returning to the island of Flores. This tour operates weather permitting.
Today make your way to the Island of Faial, known as the “blue island” for the hydrangeas that decorate the landscape of the island. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel, followed by lunch at Peters Café, one of the most symbolic restaurants/bars of the islands. The rest of the day is yours to explore the town of Horta.
This morning’s journey Start the tour with a visit to the Botanical Garden, established in 1986 to educate and protect the biodiversity common to Faial. You will visit the Caldeira, a volcanic caldera 400 meters deep and 2 kilometers wide, one of the biggest attractions on the island
End the day exploring Capelinhos Volcano, where you can still witness the effects of the eruption of 1957/58. Take the opportunity to stop by the interpretation center where you will learn about the social and economic consequences of that eruption.
This morning you will enjoy a scenic 30-minute ferry ride to the island of Pico. Towering over the island at 7713 ft. Montanha do Pico is Portugal’s highest mountain and at its base you will witness the basaltic landscapes where the vines grow intertwined with the volcanic rocks.
Upon arrival visit the Wine Museum housed in an old convent of the Carmelite religious order. After learning the island’s wine history, you will visit the Wine cooperative and indulge in a tasting.
Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the vineyards of Criação Velha, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, before visiting the Arcos do Cachorro (Dogs Arches) for some breathtaking views of the erosive influence of the ocean waves.
The day will end with a visit to the Azores Wine Company, a private winery that specializes in Premium Azores wines.
São Jorge Island
Today’s journey will have you embark on a ferry ride to the Island of São Jorge. The island is known for its rugged landscape and volcanic landscape, known as Fajãs. You will have the opportunity to visit these small volcanic peninsulas and admire the beauty that surrounds them.
Enjoy a tasting of locally grown coffee from the Fajã do Ouvidor, the only place in the country where coffee is produced.
The Island of São Jorge is also known for the production of the renowned São Jorge cheese, a hard spicy cheese made with raw cow milk. Enjoy a visit to one of the factories and learn about the process of production.
Today you will make your way back to the airport for a quick flight to the island of Terceira. Upon arrival you will be greeted and transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day will be at leisure to explore the historical center of Angra do Heroísmo, designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1983.
Today’s journey will take you on a full day tour of Terceira, also known as, the Lilac Island.
You will have the opportunity to visit some emblematic historical sites, as well as explore Algar do Carvão, a volcanic vent located in the central part of the island.
In the afternoon enjoy a sweet stop for some locally made Ice Cream.
Enjoy the morning with some last minute shopping before departing to the island of Graciosa. Known as the “White Island” due to its landscape, this gracious island is peaceful and the perfect retreat. You will have the rest of the day to enjoy the town of Santa Cruz da Graciosa.
Today we embark on a full day tour to explore the island of Graciosa. We head to Monte Nossa Senhora da Ajuda that has breath-taking views of the surrounding countryside. On our travels around the island, we stop to see windmills and the Farol da Ponta da Barca. Here, there are views of volcanic formations in the shape of a whale, (Ilheus). Afterwards we drive to the unique geological formation of Caldeira and Furna de Enxofre, (Sulphur Cavern). While we circle the island, we stop at various scenic areas to view the different points of the island as well as to have lunch. We depart in the afternoon to São Miguel Island. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your Hotel. The rest of the day will be spent at your leisure to either enjoy the pool or visit city of Ponta Delgada.
São Miguel Island
Today you will explore the western part of the island, stopping first at the pineapple plantations to observe how this tropical fruit grows on these islands in the middle of the Atlantic. Take the opportunity to indulge in a pineapple liqueur tasting.
On our way to Sete Cidades, a village known for its tales and beauty you will have the opportunity to take in the breathtaking view of the main lake, also known as, Blue and Green Lakes with a stop at Vista do Rei (Kings view).
Your tour ends with a quick visit to a local restaurant for a light fare of Azorean breads, cheeses, teas and desserts.
Santa Maria Island
This morning you will depart to Santa Maria. Your first stop is Anjos, the location of the first landfall of Christopher Columbus on his return from America. You will enjoy visits to the historical Church of São Pedro and the Church of Santa Barbara, before arriving in São Lourenço for a bird’s-eye view of the bay and its Cliffside vineyards. You will head to the pretty village of Santo Espirito, where you will visit the Ethnographic Museum and the XVI Century Church. According to legend this is where the first Mass was celebrated in the Azores.
The day is at your leisure. You have the option of taking a half-day hiking/walking tour or even a whale watching tour from your hotel. Check out our add on activities and tours for more information.
São Miguel Island
Today’s journey begins with the beautiful seaside town of Vila Franca do Campo, the island’s governmental town in the XV century. Enjoy a taste of the famous Queijadas da Vila, a traditional pastry developed by nuns during the XVI century, before making your way to Furnas Lake. Here you will witness a traditional Cozido das Furnas (a meal cooked in sealed pots using the islands hot springs known as fumarolas) and have the chance to indulge in the famous cozido dish at a local restaurant.
After lunch a visit to Terra Nostra Botanical Garden, an “English romantic garden” from the XVIII, where you will have a chance to soak in the geothermal hot springs.
The day will end with a visit to the Gorreana Tea Factory, where you will learn about the island’s tea industry, still operated by 19th century machinery. Enjoy a tasting of the famous green and black tea.
São Miguel Island
Today explore the central part of the island of São Miguel, mostly known for its volcano, which harbors Lagoa do Fogo, one of the most beautiful lakes on the island.
You will have the opportunity to visit Cerâmica Vieira, a XIX century pottery factory where you will learn the art of making the famous Portuguese Loiça, and a Liqueur Factory, where you will learn all about the history and production of fruit liqueurs in the Azores.
The day will end with a traditional Folklore farewell dinner.
Our final morning in the Azores will be at leisure, before making your way to the airport for the return flight home.
- Round trip transfers from the airports to hotels.
- Sixteen hotel nights with breakfast included.
- Twenty eight meals included.
- Round trip airfare from Boston to the Azores, including inter-island flights between island groups.
- Inter-island ferry tickets between the "Triangle Islands" and Flores and Corvo.
- Ten full day tours including lunch (one on each Island and two in Sao Miguel).
- Welcome and Farewell dinner on first and last night of the tour.
Airline fair taxes and single supplement not included.
Single supplement is $1,200.00
Tour Package without airfare starts at $3,299.00
Portugal and Madeira are on GMT time, or five hours difference between the east coast of the US. The time in the Azores is four hours ahead of Boston, and seven hours ahead of San Francisco.
Portuguese is the official language of Portugal and its islands. Most hotels, stores and restaurants have English speaking employees or menus written in English.
Portugal and its islands use the euro as its currency. You can exchange money at the airport, or in the major cities/towns.
Most major credit cards are accepted, just look for a sign that says “Multibanco” or the credit card sticker in a shop or restaurant window. When paying by credit card they will bring you a handheld machine that they insert the card or swipe. Just remember to press ok if you accept, as most times it will ask for a PIN.
Gratuities are common in Portugal and its islands, though not as common as the US. Below is a suggested guide as to what to leave behind as a gratuity.
Restaurants: Expect to leave a few euros of change of gratuity, as 15%-20% is not common.
Tour Guides: 5-10 euros tip per person on a full-day tour. Tour Bus Drivers: 2-5 euros tip per person on a full-day tour. Cab Drivers: No gratuity needed.
Electricity in Portugal and its islands is 220-240 volts, and it uses a different socket/outlet compared to the US. Check the voltage accepted, with whatever device that you use, should the device be built for that type of voltage, then an adapter would be needed to charge the device.
Portugal and its islands have many places to connect to the Internet. Most hotels have an Internet /Wi-Fi connection and provide you with the password to connect. Restaurants and cafes also have connections, though password protected, just be sure to ask for the password. Also, in some towns, there is a local Wi-Fi, where it is free to connect.
Please check with your cell phone provider. Mention that you are traveling to “Portugal” and they can let you know if you have coverage with your phone. You can also purchase a prepaid cell phone in Portugal, the cost is about 25 euros, and it provides you with a Portuguese number and a certain amount of credits to make calls. Some providers even have specials where the calls are free to landlines.