Explore the very best of the Azores' history, gastronomy and spectacular natural world
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- Let expert-led tours introduce you to the Azores' volcanic beauty
- Take in the islands' rich history at ancient churches and fascinating museums
- Explore the Azores' rich and varies gastronomy with included lunches and tastings
- Spend days at leisure, enjoying leisurely coastal strolls and beachside relaxtion
- 1 Night São Miguel
- 2 Nights Terceira
- 2 Nights São Jorge
- 2 Nights São Miguel
Air bridge holidays | Food & wine | History & culture | Natural world
Often referred to as the Hawaii of the Atlantic, the islands of the Azores bubble and sizzle with volcanic pools and smoking calderas, as spectacular cliff-framed coastlines set the scene for pretty villages seemingly untouched by time. On this weeklong tour, you’ll explore its three main islands – São Miguel, Terceira and São Jorge – with included excursions that bring you between the Azores’ rich history and magnificent natural world. You’ll also take in the islands’ delightfully varied gastronomy, with the likes of tea tastings, wine tours and delicious lunches showcasing everything from slow-cooked steaks to stews prepared in underground volcanic ovens.
Day by day itinerary
Fly to São Miguel
With included airport lounge access, you’ll start your holiday in style before your flight out to the Azores island of São Miguel. Then, on arrival, a private transfer will whisk you to your hotel – the São Miguel Park in Ponta Delgada. Located close to the Botanical Gardens and with views out over the city and the island’s southern coast, it’s a wonderful base from which to explore. Spend the rest of the day exploring the museums and churches of the historic centre before returning to the hotel’s sauna, Jacuzzi and indoor and outdoor swimming pools.
Stay: São Miguel Park (Superior)
A full day on São Miguel sees you to the beautiful Sete Cidades lakes, stopping along the way to take in the views from the Vista do Rei. Then, after calling in to a pineapple plantation en route back to Ponta Delgada, you’ll board a flight to the island of Terceira, the setting for the next day’s jeep tour. This full-day adventure brings you to the island’s rural heart, tracing the coastline for spectacular Atlantic views before calling at the village of Biscoitos, where you’ll see how the local wine is made and, if you like, milk a cow. Then, for lunch, you’ll head to a nearby restaurant to try deliciously slow-cooked Alcatra beef before ending the day at the volcanic pit of Algar do Carvão. Lunch is included on day three only.
Stay: Azoris Angra Garden Hotel (Superior)
After an included airport transfer this morning, board a flight to the island of São Jorge. Then, after a day of relaxation, head out on a full-day island tour, taking in the debris fields of The Fajã do Ouvidor and visiting a local co-operative to see the production of woven goods and garments. You’ll then explore the 18th-century Baroque church at Manadas followed by further ecclesiastical treasures at Urzelina whose ancient church tower is the only one to remain standing following a volcanic eruption in 1808.
Stay: São Jorge Garden Hotel (Superior)
Returning to São Miguel by plane and a pair of included transfers, you’ll enjoy a day of languid relaxation before the last of your included tours on day eight. Beginning with the smoking calderas and geothermal pools at Furnas, you’ll then take in sweeping views of the Furnas Lake from the Pico do Ferro viewpoint. Then, after winding along spectacular coastal roads, you’ll arrive at the Gorreana Tea Factory for a guided tasting. Finally, return to Furnas for a long lunch of cozido stew, cooked to perfection in an underground volcanic oven. Lunch is included on day seven only.
Stay: Terra Nostra Garden Hotel (Superior)
Depart for UK
This morning, you’ll transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
from £2,070 pp. incl. flights
from £2,205 pp. incl. flights
- Complimentary access to UK departure airport VIP lounge
- Return flights from London Gatwick to Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel with Air Azores
- All transfers
- Inter-Island flights
- Entrance fees (botanical gardens, caves and museums)
- Guided excursions (minibus and guide or taxi/jeep with English speaking driver)
- 7 nights accommodation on a B&B basis
Other combination itineraries are available including other islands of the Azores group
Getting to the Azores
Gatwick direct flight - SATA Air Azores operates a direct flight from Gatwick to São Miguel every Saturday from May to October. The flight takes 4 hours.
Stansted direct flight - Ryanair operates a direct flight from Stansted to São Miguel every Saturday year-round. The flight takes 4 hours
Manchester and Heathrow flights - TAP Air Portugal operate flights from Manchester and Heathrow to Lisbon and then onward flights to the Azores. Each leg takes around 2½ hours
Terms & Conditions
Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.
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