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 São Jorge – we take the ferry to São 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 fajãs walk – Sâo Jorge is famous for its fajâs (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 fajãs.
Day 8: São 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 Heroísmo, with it’s wonderful 17th and 18th century architecture.
Day 10: Island exploration – explore Terceira’s 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.