Discover the Exotic Azores by Air

8 days from £1425pp.


Azores

Visit: Azores, Portugal

Join our wonderful new tour to the Azores, an alluring archipelago consisting of nine fascinating islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, each with its own character. See the most beautiful sunsets, appreciate the charm of Azores, explore the magnificent scenery, or indulge yourself in delicious food. The Azores islands offer iconic landscapes with never-ending views blended with a fascinating history and rich culture.

    Fly to the Azores and Ponta Delgada Airport on São Miguel Island where you will be met and transferred to your hotel, the Royal Garden Hotel on São Miguel Island, for a four-night stay.

    This morning, discover the city of Ponta Delgada on our included walking tour. Ponta Delgada has a rich history and a charming heritage, surrounded by the splendid beauty of the island’s natural scenery. Immerse yourself in the cosmopolitan ambiance, explore the romantic gardens, the narrow cobbled stone streets and see the manor houses and small palaces. Visit the most important sites such as the gorgeous 15th century São Sebastião Church, the town gates, city hall, Republica Square, the Convent of Our Lady of Hope, São José Church and São Brás Fort. Lunch will be at the Restaurant Alcides, undoubtedly the most famous Azorean restaurant. In addition to the exceptional and unique 'Steak Alcides', internationally-recognised for all the great lovers of meat, you'll find daily fresh fish and a varied menu of Azorean dishes. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Join our included full-day tour visiting some of the highlights of São Miguel, such as Furnas Valley, where volcanic activity is still visible and hot and cold mineral water springs can be found. We also visit the Gorreana Tea Estate, Europe's oldest remaining tea company before sampling another local delicacy, the 'Cozido'. This traditional stew of different meats has a unique and unforgettable flavour and is slowly cooked in pots buried in the ground, taking advantage of the heat from volcanic activity. Lunch is at Terra Nostra Casino, a beautiful Art Deco building built in the 1930s.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Today’s full-day included excursion takes us to the mystical west part of the island, a place filled with legends. See the Green and Blue Lakes linked by a bridge and which, according to legend, were formed from the tears of a shepherd and a princess who shared a forbidden love. We will also explore other beautiful sites such as the hidden Santiago Lake, surrounded by emerald green mountain slopes full of different species of flora and fauna, and the breathtaking Pico do Carvão viewpoint, which provides spectacular panoramic views across the northern and southern coasts, as well as the centre of the island. We'll also visit a pineapple plantation and learn about the different methods used to produce a fruit considered to be the best of its kind in the world. Lunch is in Green Love, an eatery set in the heart of the Sete Cidades with fantastic views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Enjoy a wonderful meal while you feel the fresh breeze and listen to the calm waters of the Sete Cidades Lake.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    We leave São Miguel Island today, as we transfer to Ponta Delgada Airport to take the flight to Faial Island. Upon arrival at Horta Airport, we are transferred to our hotel, the Faial Resort Hotel, for a two-night stay. Enjoy lunch at Restaurant Genuino, located in one of the most scenic areas of Horta with superb views out to the ocean. Enjoy fresh fish and seafood found in the Azores and hear the incredible story of the restaurant. This afternoon, we enjoy an included half-day 'Magic Faial' excursion. We head to Caldeira do Faial, a vast crater of the extinct volcano from which the island originated. This area, surrounded by vegetation, is classified as a nature reserve and is considered one the major attractions in the island. After exploring and admiring this truly unforgettable sight, we head to Parque do Capelo, a beautiful park located in the parish of Capelo featuring many endemic plants and a traditional lava-stone house. The next stop is in the Capelinhos area, where an off-shore volcano erupted in 1957/58, smothering a lighthouse in ash, and which over the years has slowly reappeared. The harsh landscape, scorched and barren, is a stark contrast to the otherwise verdant scenery.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Join our full-day included excursion, as we head to Horta harbour to embark our vessel to Pico. The tour will start at Madalena and you will have the opportunity to visit the Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture, classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 2004. Discover the picturesque ports and the small streets with typical homes, that are a reminder of those times. Lunch is at Baia das Lajes restaurant, where you can enjoy the magnificent view over the bay and Pico mountain.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    We travel to Horta Airport for our flight back to São Miguel Island where we transfer to our original hotel, the Royal Garden Hotel, before enjoying time at leisure.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Unfortunately, it’s time to say goodbye to the Azores as we transfer to airport for your return flight to the U.K.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    At a Glance

    Tour Overview

    • 7 nights accommodation with continental breakfast
    • 6 lunches
    • 6 evening meals
    • Return flights to the Azores
    • Airport transfers in the Azores
    • Air-conditioned coach travel

    Included Excursions

    • Ponta Delgada Walking Tour
    • Furnas Valley
    • Gorreana Tea Estate
    • Santiago Lake
    • Magic Faial
    • Pico Island

    Optional Excursions


    Notes


    Travel Insurance from £44.95 (8 days). Single Room Supplement from £249.00 (8 days).

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Accommodation

    You will stay for four nights at the beginning of your holiday and one night at the end, at the Royal Garden Hotel, Sao Miguel Island. This modern and comfortable hotel 4-star hotel is located in the heart of São Miguel Island, in the charming town of Ponta Delgada. The Royal Garden Hotel has the city’s attractions at your fingertips, such as Carlos Machado Museum, Convent of Our Lady of Hope and Ponta Delgada City Gates. Enjoy the excellent facilities including two swimming pools, health club, international cuisine restaurant, exquisite bar and café. All guest rooms have contemporary, yet homely décor. On Faial Island you will stay for two nights at the 4-star Faial Resort. This hotel is situated in extensive gardens, close to Horta. Guests can enjoy the outdoor swimming pools as well as a games room and lounge. When it comes to dining guests can enjoy a delicious meal in the Panoramic Restaurant, or for a more relaxed meal, there is an outdoor café and snack bar on offer. All of the bedrooms offer a lovely décor and modern amenities to ensure you have every comfort you could need during your stay.

    Please note we may use the Horta Hotel, close to Horta.


     

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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    Travel in comfort and style

    Yes, unfortunately there is no feeder/transfer service to/from the U.K. airports.

    Flight times are given at the time of booking. The times given are for guidance only and may change.

    Exact flight times will be confirmed on travel document which are sent 7-10 days before departure. For more information on flight times please contact our Reservations Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at reservations@leger.co.uk.

    We are able to pre-book flight seats with most airlines. There may be a charge for this service. Any charges will be confirmed at the time of booking. Most other airlines will allocate your seats at check-in.
    Yes, we can. Please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 to arrange wheelchair assistance or any other medical requests.
    We recommend you check-in for your flight three hours before the scheduled time for long hall flights and two and a half hours before the scheduled time for any European holidays.

    Luggage allowances vary from airline to airline. The luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 5kg for hand luggage. Ryan Air's luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 10kg for hand luggage. All allowances are subject to changes made by the airline.

    For more information on luggage allowances please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at reservations@leger.co.uk.

    The transfers on the majority of our flight tours are included. Our Reservations Staff will be able to advise you when you call. On tours where you book your own flight the transfers may only be available at certain times or not at all.
    This depends on which airline the flight is booked with. Please call our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 for more details.

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