Trip Type : N/A
The Azores Jewels of Portugal tour

The Azores Jewels of Portugal

Collette Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
4.5 . Excellent
94%
Travel Style: N/A
Physical Level: Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
10 days
From: $ 2,469 $ 247 / day
Checking price

Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Experience a truly unique Cozido das Furnas lunch in Furnas valley.
  • Sample cheeses and get an inside look into production at a family-owned cheese factory.
  • Visit a local bakery that makes queijadas, a pastry made with egg yolks.
  • Traverse the entire rim of the Sete Cidades caldera and gaze upon the twin lakes from Lagoa do Canario viewpoint.
  • Delight in an exclusive visit to the Terra Nostra Tea House for lunch.
  • Spend 2 nights in the eco-friendly lava stone houses of Aldeia da Fonte.
  • Discover Pico’s volcanic vineyards and sample its exclusive wines.
  • Descend into Algar do Carvao, an ancient lava tube, with a local expert.
  • Admire views of Pico Volcano, the highest point in Portugal.

Short Description

Enter an untouched paradise on an adventure through the Azores, the archipelago gems of Portugal.

Trip Type N/A
Array
Itinerary Focus N/A
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Comfort (4*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions N/A
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Travel Theme

N/A

Destinations

Portugal

Attractions & Cities Visited

N/A

Activities & Interests

N/A

N/A
See more

Itinerary

Day 1 São Miguel, Açores, Portugal - Tour Begins

This is the Azores. A set of islands virtually untouched by urban development. Your adventure begins on São Miguel, the largest of the nine volcanic islands. Sit along the seaside promenade and breathe in the mild air of the Atlantic. Get to know Ponta Delgada, the capital city of the Azores, on a brief walking tour of the area. Celebrate the beginning of your journey with a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 2 São Miguel

Leave the main road behind and embrace an off-road adventure on the “Green Island.” Traverse the dirt roads and pass by dairy farms before pausing at the highest point of the island, taking in the all-encompassing natural beauty at your feet. Venture to Sete Cidades, the striking blue and green mirror lakes, where you’ll navigate the rim of the entire crater. As you circle these bodies of water, gaze down upon the dazzling blue lake (reflecting the sky) and the adjacent green lake (reflecting the earth). Take a short hike to emerge at the peak of the island and take in the astounding viewpoint of Lagoa do Canario, the island’s most recognized landscape. Return to Ponta Delgada with free time to relax in a local café or meander through the streets. Or, continue your exploration with an optional tour…perhaps you’ll choose to swim with a pod of dolphins or embark on an intimate whale watching excursion.

Day 3 São Miguel

On your way to the dynamic volcano complex of Furnas, get a glimpse of Portugal’s sweet side at a family run queijadas (pastry) bakery. Trading the warm aroma that wafts through the air of the bakery for the encompassing scent of floral splendor, wander through the organic paradise of Terra Nostra Botanical Garden on a guided tour. Immerse yourself into a heated pool of rejuvenation in the natural thermal waters of the Furnas valley. Watch as your lunch is raised out of the heat of the volcanic earth and served as a traditional Cozido das Furnas meal. As you dig into your food, admire an exclusive viewpoint of Furnas Lake from the Terra Nostra Tea House. Continue on to the pastures of Porto Formosa, home to one of the only European tea plantations. Enjoy an evening of leisure in São Miguel.

Day 4 São Miguel - Terceira

Wish São Miguel goodbye and say hello to the colorful island of Terceira. Stand along the edge of the crater at Serra do Cume viewpoint and take in the island’s patchwork of infinite green. Continue your journey and swap the grassy fields for sandy shores at Praia Victoria, or “Beach of Victory.” Get to know Angra do Heroismo as you walk the streets this afternoon with a guide. Recently restored in traditional style, admire the white facades and colorful trims of the iconic buildings in this UNESCO World Heritage site. Get a taste of Azorean culture during dinner at a local restaurant where you’re invited to try alcatra, the savory meat stew Terceira is known for.

Day 6 Terceira - Faial - Pico

Say bom dia (good morning) to Faial, the “Blue Island” of the Azores. With hydrangeas as far as the eye can see and stunning coastlines, discover the remarkable beauty of this island. Peek into the daily life of dairy production when you drop by the family-owned Morro cheese factory, where you’ll sample the fruits of their production. Encounter the volcanic vitality of Faial when you take in the collapsed Caldeira and the ash hills of the Capelinhos Volcano Interpretation Center. Your exploration continues as you embark on a ferry ride to Pico, the nearby island known for its lava fields and vineyards. Make a stop at Lagoa do Capitao, your eyes following along the landscape to spy Sao Jorge Island in the distance. Settle in amongst the lava stone houses of Aldeia da Fonte. Here, overlooking the sea, the sounds of rolling waves will serenade you to sleep for the next two nights. Enjoy dinner at this innovative cliff-side abode, stroll through the luxurious gardens, and let the incomparable view of the Atlantic wash over you.

Day 7 Pico

Walk along the surreal landscape of grapes that grow between plots of rocky stone walls as you explore Pico vineyards (UNESCO). In the center of the vineyard, climb the bright red windmill and take in a new perspective of the stretching fields, lava rocks, and vines. Introduce yourself to the history of this island’s vineyards at the Pico Wine Museum. Next, taste these exclusive wines of limited production at a wine collaborative. Then, it’s your choice! In Lajes, choose to visit the whaling museum highlighting the historical ties of the industry to the culture of the islands -OR- take advantage of free time in town to explore the area independently.

Day 8 Pico - São Miguel

Depart Pico for São Miguel and enjoy some time at leisure. Whether you want to relax on the sandy shores, wander the streets of the capital city, or get one last taste of Portuguese pastries, spend the day however you please. Tonight, toast to the end of your Azorean adventure with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 9 São Miguel - Tour Ends

Say adeus (goodbye) to the Azores as you depart this Atlantic archipelago.

Day 5 Terceira

Enjoy a free morning to choose how you experience Terceira. Maybe you’ll decide on an optional tour, embarking on an adventurous hiking trek along two volcanoes at Misterios Negros Nature Reserve. Next we gather and head underground to experience the ethereal Algar do Carvao, the “Cavern of Coal,” with an expert guide. Feel the quiet stillness around you as you descend into this ancient lava tube, gazing up at the looming stalactites hanging above you. Then, it’s your choice! Choose to swim* in the natural volcanic pools of Biscoitos -OR- hike along lava fields and vineyards. Enjoy leisure time in Angra afterwards or entice your taste buds on an optional Portuguese wine and tapas experience.

Availability

Checking price
Price From $ 2,469
Price Per Day: $ 247 per day
Checking price

Check Current Availability, prices, specials with Collette.

Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.

1,298 Collette Travel Reviews & Ratings

94%
4.5 out of 5 (100+ reviews)
Excellent 879
Great 303
Average 41
Disappointing 60
Terrible 15
Value
4.5
Guide
4.5
Activities
4.5
Lodging
4.5
Transportation
4.5
Meals
4.5

The Azores Jewels of Portugal

No reviews yet for this trip. Be the first one to write a review

Company Reviews

we had an absolute wonderful time

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
My wife & I just returned from your National Parks tour and we had an absolute wonderful time. Great itinerary, tour director (Merrin) and driver (John). First class!
Read more

The Best

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
The best. I've worked with many travel companies, but now I only book my groups through Collette.

Had a river cruise booked for May 2020

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
Had a river cruise booked for May 2020 on the Danube but unfortunately because of Covid 19 it was cancelled. I had no issues in getting a full refund for my vacation. I will definitely rebook with Collette when things return to normal...
Read more

our dream trip to Italy was canceled due to covid-19

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
Recently, our dream trip to Italy was canceled due to covid-19. Collette's superior customer service responded to my inquiry by message and phone call literally within minutes. Their team was sympathetic and informative with regards to our refund details. Thank you Collette. We realize this is also a difficult time for your company as well. We hope to rebook our trip to Italy with you again one day!
Read more

I do recommend Collette

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
I do recommend Collette, had two great dream trips to AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND and AFRICA. Was planning to go to MOROCCO this Spring but trip was cancelled. The way they handled the cancellation of the trip did not make me feel like a valued customer. I wanted to keep the reservation and move it to next year. I asked that I receive back the $7000 plus final payment I just made and they could keep the initial payment to hold the trip. Collette basically said I could move the reservation till next year and get no money back or just cancel the trip. They wanted to keep my total payment in order for them to move the trip. They would rather me cancel my trip, with no chance of trying to keep my business, go through the rebooking process, hoping I rebook, then just move it and return all of my final payment. This was a big disappointment from a company I have had a great travel experience with and have recommended to my friends. I want to take many more trips that Collette offers but I am not sure now.
Read more

is so unprecedented

1.0
Details
Value1.0
Guide1.0
Activities1.0
Lodging1.0
Transportation1.0
Meals1.0
During this coronavirus we had a trip to Italy my mom is 89 and we unfortunately didn’t take out the insurance and they have said they can only give us only 30% on the land and zero on air fare back and I just think it’s poor business in a situation that is so unprecedented
Read more

Details

Optional Activities


Whale-Dolphin Watching - $99

Sao Miguel, Azores
Welcome to a unique experience in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean! The isolated archipelago of the Azores has a reputation as one of the best whale watching destinations in the world. The islands are a permanent or temporary home to more than a quarter of all known cetacean species. In addition to the sperm whale, other migrating species include baleen whales, blue whales (especially during early spring to late summer), pilot whales and even killer whales. The Azores are also ideal for spotting many different dolphin species, including resident dolphins such as the short beaked common dolphin, the common bottlenose dolphin and Risso’s dolphin, as well as yearly summer guests like the Atlantic spotted dolphin and the striped dolphin. Your amazing journey begins with a briefing where your naturalist guide explains the historical background of the whale hunting industry and its modern conversion to whale watching. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to learn about the biodiversity of the islands. Duration approximately 3 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 10 passenger(s) is required to operate this option. Option will operate weather permitting. Depending upon the number of passengers booked, this option will operate utilizing a Catamaran or Zodiacs.

Swimming with Dolphins - $120

Sao Miguel, Azores
Dive into the world of the dolphins when joining these friendly, playful and intelligent mammals in their natural habitat. Board a small boat, and begin by learning from an expert how to respect and harmoniously swim with the dolphins. Then you’ll enter the clear blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean donning your mask, snorkel and wetsuit and be transported into another world. You’ll immediately be drawn in by their unique personalities and be overcome in the excitement and wonder this experience provides. This personal adventure will be in small groups and will use zodiac (RIB) boats with a maximum of 8 participants aboard. Only two people are allowed in the water at the same time. Duration approximately 3 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 4 passenger(s) is required to operate this option. Option will operate weather permitting. It is recommended that you bring comfortable clothes and shoes, bathing suit, towel, wind jacket, hat, sunblock and water. Restrictions may apply for pregnant women and guests with lower back problems. Participants must feel comfortable swimming in the open sea and know how to properly use the mask and snorkel. Children over 8 years old are allowed to participate as long as they meet these requirements. This excursion includes: Pre-tour briefing, mask and snorkel, shorty wetsuit, raincoat and pants, life jacket, marine biologist or nature guide aboard and refreshment after the trip.

Trip ID#:

collette-12352

What's excluded

The land price does not include air travel, airline fees, airport or departure taxes, transfers, visas, customary end-of-trip gratuities for your Tour Manager, driver, local guides, hotel housekeepers, cruise ship waitstaff, and any incidental charges.

Meals Included

12
×
Great Choice!

Now, Unlock Member Savings

Our Travelstride Select trips allow you and your travel companions to save up to $700. You wouldn’t want to miss that, right?

or
or
Provide email and password

With your FREE membership you get to:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
Already a member?

We respect your privacy and take great care to protect your information. By joining you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

×
×
Sign in to Save Trips
Welcome back! We're so happy to see you. ? Forgot Password?
Don't have an account? Join
  • Bookmark trips you like
  • Share with your travel companions
  • Track price changes
  • Access private discounts on trips you save
×
Sign in to see your results

TripFinder is a member-only feature. Don’t worry, it’s free!

With a membership you:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
×
Activate your free Travelstride membership

Just use the email address and password provided in the email we sent.

? Forgot Password?

With your free membership you:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
×
To Follow, sign in or sign up (it's free) ? Forgot Password?
Don't have an account? Join
member benefits

By signing in, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use

First name is required!
Last name is required!
First name is not valid!
Last name is not valid!
This is not an email address!
Email address is required!
This email is already registered!
Please enter valid email address
Password is required!
Enter a valid password!
Please enter 6 or more characters!
Please enter 32 or less characters!
Passwords are not the same!
Terms and Conditions are required!
Email or Password is wrong!
Please select the captcha checkbox!
Please select the valid captcha!
Something went wrong! Try again later!

x
x
Download your brochure

Enter your email to get the "" brochure.

x
Brochure successfully sent!

We've sent the "" brochure to "". Check your inbox!