Tour dates May 25 – 31, 2020
$1219 per person (land only) Single supplement available for $450.00. Round-trip airfare available direct from Boston to Ponta Delgada runs approx $800.00 per person. Must depart on May 24th for May 25th arrival. Flight is under 5 hours direct. Park and Fly Hotel option in Boston is available for an additional fee and can be quoted upon request. Parking only without hotel in Boston can be arranged for approximately $16.00 per day.
6 nights accommodations in Ponta Delgada at 4 -star property (Azoris Royal Garden or similar) with guaranteed early check in.
Daily Breakfast at hotel
Round trip airport transfer to/from hotel
Itinerary as per detail below
Itinerary: (specific order may vary by day)
Full-Day Eastern Sao Miguel/Furnas Van Tour
This scenic tour of the eastern side of Sao Miguel begins with a stop in the beautiful seaside town of Vila Franca do Campo to taste the famous Queijadas de Vila Franca, a traditional pastry refined by nuns in convents during the 1600s. You will continue to Terra Nostra Park to visit the award-winning botanical gardens. The tour continues to Furnas Lake, where you will be able to watch your traditional cozido lunch being prepared directly in the hot springs. After lunch, you will continue to the viewpoint of Pico do Ferro, where you will see the archipelago’s oldest crater. On your return journey to Ponta Delgada, you’ll stop at a tea plantation and at the Santa Iria viewpoint to take in the breathtaking views.
Half-Day Western Sao Miguel/Sete Cidades Van Tour
This half-day tour begins with a stop at a pineapple plantation for an opportunity to try the island’s delicious fruit, as well as a tasting of pineapple liquor made onsite. Then visit some of the most scenic lookout points on the western end of the island, including Vista do Rei, where you’ll see the iconic blue and green lakes of Sete Cidades set in a large crater.
On one of the free days, members of the group can opt for an additional tour of their choosing: a half-day canyoning excursion, a half-day whale & dolphin watching excursion, or a full-day van tour of the Nordeste area (all descriptions are below). These tours were selected as none of the three explore areas that would overlap with either of the two tours that are included in the package.
NOTE: Optional tour price is $80.00 and a minimum of two people is required for each tour to run.
Half-Day Canyoning in Ribeira dos Caldeirões
Get your adrenaline pumping with this adventurous activity! This is the perfect way to experience the many beautiful, untouched areas of the island. This excursion will take you out to Ribeira dos Caldeirões on the north side of the island, where you will rappel down the stream bed using different techniques like slides and small jumps. A truly unique experience!
Half-Day Whale & Dolphin Watching
Set out for a group whale watch to spot bottle nose dolphins, pilot whales, and 21 other marine species that are unique to this area. Since these beautiful creatures do not migrate, visitors are practically guaranteed to spot marine life every day of the year!
Full-Day Nordeste Van Tour
On this full day van tour, discover the most geographically remote and highest area of the island of São Miguel. Following the southern coast, you’ll visit the picturesque village of Povoação, where you will stop to taste the famous local pastry, Fofas da Povoação. The tour continues to the most flowery municipality of São Miguel Island, Nordeste. You will stop at viewpoints overlooking the sea, then stop for lunch in a traditional restaurant. On the return to Ponta Delgada, you will see the ancient water mills at Ribeira dos Caldeirões, where for decades the grains of the surrounding parishes where ground. Return to Ponta Delgada is made via the northern coast, where you can admire the way the northern sea and winds shaped the northern slopes.
Your U.S. passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date you plan to depart Azores. Your passport must have adequate unused visa pages to allow for entry and exit stamps upon arrival and departure from Azores.
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Non refundable deposit of $200.00 per person is due by January 1st, 2020