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The Azores   Portugal

Dramatic volcanoes. Lush gardens. Historic towns. Unspoilt islands. Geological wonders. Enjoy walks round the volcanic lakes and lush gardens of Furnas. Explore the historic town of Ponta Delgada. Walk around dormant craters and visit the dramatic volcanic 'capelinhos'. Marvel at Terceira's mix of geological wonders and beautiful green landscapes.

2017 Dates:  May 20, June 10, Aug 26    - 14 nights
                                                                                                            
Price:  2,049 GBP  May,  2,099 June,    2,120 Aug
Price is per person
 for 14 nights based on double occupancy without airfare.                Supplement for a single room 400 GBP   

Guided Walks: Walks are on good paths and range from 2 to 8 miles (3.25-12.75km), mixed with a wide range of sightseeing. There is an additional option to ascend Mt Pico 7,713 feet (2,314), the highest peak in the Atlantic, at a supplementary cost.

Included:
  • 14 nights' accommodation in comfortable rooms
  • Full Board excluding 2 lunches and 1 evening meal
  • A full programme of guided walks led by a specialist local leader
  • Sightseeing, entrance fees and travel by minicoach, interisland travel by flight or ferry.

    Itinerary:
     
    Day 1: Arrival day arrive in Ponta Delgada on So Miguel (1 nt), the largest island in the group, also known as the Ilha Verde.

    Day 2: to Faial enjoy a walking tour of Ponta Delgada before our flight to Faial (4 nts) and the picturesque port of Horta.

    Day 3: Caldeira and Capelinhos a full day tour, with options for shorter walks, takes us to Caldera for magnificent views of Mt Pico and to Capelinhos with its dramatic lines of volcanic cones leading to the crater.

    Day 4: to Pico we take a short ferry ride to Pico, dominated by Mt Pico, the highest mountain of the Atlantic. After a short tour, we enjoy a walk on the slopes back down to the harbour. There is an option to ascend Mt Pico for a supplement.

    Day 5: Monte Guia and Porto Pim  a morning walk near to Horta and then the afternoon is free for you to explore, or relax, or maybe to enjoy one of the many whale and dolphin watching trips (optional) that run from the port. The Azores is one of the world's premier destinations for whale watching.

    Day 6: to So Jorge we take the ferry to So Jorge (3 nts) for an afternoon exploring the charming town of Velas with its tiny streets, vividly painted buildings and attractive sea front.

    Day 7: Three fajs walk So Jorge is famous for its fajs (fertile areas of land next to the sea) nestled below dramatic cliffs, and our first walk visits three of the most beautiful set on the northern coast. We descend from the high-mountain pastures to the sea, then follow the undulating trail through the three fajs.

    Day 8: So Jorge spine walk this is one of our longer, but relatively easy, walks across the spine of the island to its highest summit before descending to the village of Norte Grande. From the top on a cloudless day there are glorious views to the islands of Pico, Faial and Graciosa.

    Day 9: to Terceira fly to Terceira (2 nts). Spend the afternoon exploring the delightful World Heritage town of Angra do Herosmo, with its wonderful 17th and 18th century architecture.

    Day 10: Island exploration explore Terceiras mix of geological wonders, beautiful green landscapes, historic towns and pretty painted churches. Today is a full day with lots of short walks, including visits to the caves at Furnas do Anxofre and Algar do Carvao, the wine growing region of Biscoitos, and the bird reserve in Praia.  

    Day 11: to Sao Miguel - fly to Sao Miguel (4 nts).

    Day 12: Sete Cidades we head to the famous crater of the blue and green lagoons of Sete Cidades to enjoy a lovely walk along the rim.

    Day 13: Sightseeing around Furnas sightseeing around the old spa town of Furnas, a walk along the shore of Lake Furnas to see steam clouds, mud cauldrons and hot rocks, and an afternoon visit to Parque Terra Nostra botanical gardens (they were first laid out over 200 years ago and now have over 3000 plant species from around the world) and its thermal swimming pool.

    Day 14: Geo Tour Sao Miguel is made up of three volcanoes which have fused together to form one island and we spend the day with a local geologist/geographer learning how these powerful volcanic forces created the islands.  Throughout the day we will take short walks to points of interest.

    Day 15: Departure day transfer to airport for final departure.


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