This 5-day itinerary features the history and natural beauty of Sao Miguel, the largest island in the Azores. Highlights include a full-day Furnas tour, a visit to a pineapple plantation, and a stop at Europe's oldest tea factory.
Upon your arrival at Ponta Delgada International Airport youâ€™ll be met by a private driver and brought to your city center hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore the cobblestone streets of the Azoresâ€™ largest city. Today you can choose to relax on the areas volcanic black sand beaches or visit the baroque lava stone church of Senhor Santo Cristo.
Full Day Furnas Tour
A morning pick up from your hotel for a scenic drive around the island. The first stop will be in the beautiful seaside town of Vila Franca do Campo to taste the famous Queijadas da Vila. Followed by a stop at Terra Nostra Park to visit the award wining botanical garden. The tour continues to Lagoa das Furnas, where you will be able to watch your lunch, Cozido das Furnas, being prepared directly in the hot springs. After lunch you will continue to Miradouro do Ferro, where you will see the archipelagos oldest crater, home to some of the worldâ€™s richest hydro polis of the world with 22 different kinds of mineral/medicinal waters. On your return journey to Ponta Delgada youâ€™ll stop at Tea factory and Miradouro de Santa Iria to take in the breathtaking views.
Pineapples & Lakes
The afternoon begins with a stop at the islands Pineapple Plantation for a local liquor tasting and the opportunity to try the islandsâ€™ delicious fruit. After the visit you will stop along some of the most scenic look out points on the western end of the island. Making sure to stop at Vista do Rei where youâ€™ll see the iconic blue and green lakes set in a large crater.
Your Day To Explore
Today is yours to explore Sao Miguel on your own or visit the Island of the Sun, Santa Maria. This optional excursion will require a thirty-minute morning flight to Vila do Porto where youâ€™ll be picked up and taken on an island tour. Visiting the historic sites of where Christopher Columbus stopped on his return voyage from the Americas, the beautiful bay of Sao Laurenco and lunch at a local restaurant. An evening flight back to Ponta Delgada. *select days when available*
I wanted to let you know my comments on the Azores trip while it is fresh in my mind and I get too busy when I get back to the office. First of all, we really did enjoy the trip. All of the guides were wonderful. Good English, knowledgeable, courteous and very nice cars. The hotel worked out well. All inter island flights went well and were on time. Liked seeing at least 3 islands as they all have their own personalities."