Spend a memorable one week getaway exploring breathtaking volcanic craters, luxuriant gardens, mineral hot springs, and incredible coastal vistas amid an ideal climate. Your base is the colorful capital city of Ponta Delgada full of centuries old architecture, great restaurants, unique shopping and oceanfront cafes. From here you'll explore a fascinating destination that encompasses the best of Hawaii and Ireland, all rolled into one incredible vacation.
May 28; Sept. 24; Oct. 1 & 8
Rates include $93 air transportation taxes - subject to change. All rates are based out of Boston.
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PASSPORT REQUIRED: Passports are required for this tour at your expense. Madeira requires a minimum of 3 months validity for a passport from date of return home. Travelers that are not US citizens are strongly urged to contact the appropriate consulate for visa information.
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This evening, enjoy the short overnight flight from Boston to Sao Miguel. Often called "the Green Island," Sao Miguel is filled with lush green foliage amid beautiful flowers that grow right down to where the land meets the sea.
You'll arrive early this morning and make the short transfer to the beautiful capital city of Sao Miguel...Ponta Delgada. Our local guide will take you on a short orientation tour. See the picturesque waterfront area, ancient churches and palaces dating back 400 years. There are colorful markets, beautiful parks, plenty of cafes, restaurants and museums. You'll enjoy exploring this historic city full of exotic flowers and elegant squares elaborately designed with grey and white mosaics. Your four star accommodations are provided at the Acores Atlantico Hotel located on the popular Avenida in the downtown area. This evening a special welcome dinner is included at your hotel.D
Today, travel the mountain road to the famed twin lakes of Sete Cidades (Seven Cities), where in the middle of an extinct volcanic crater lie the legendary twin lagoons. One is green and the other is blue. This magnificent natural effect is perhaps the most photographed site in the Azores. Later, marvel at the incredible ocean vistas via the north coast through the quaint villages of Mosteiros and Bretanha. Visit a pineapple plantation where you can observe the fruit's different growing stages. This evening you'll dine at a popular local restaurant.B, D
This morning, journey to a ceramic factory and witness a time-honored handmade process. Later, sample incredible liqueurs made from passion fruit at Mulher de Capote Liqueur Factory. You'll witness the waterfall at Caldeira Velha before visiting the Lagoa de Fogo (Fire Lake). This huge blue lake fills the crater of an extinct volcano. Surrounded by high mountains, luxuriant vegetation and white sand beaches, this mystical lake area possesses an ambiance of tranquility and beauty. Dinner is again enjoyed at an outstanding local restaurant.B, D
Visit the picturesque marina area at Vila Franca do Campo this morning, where you may want to purchase Queijadas (the famed Azorean pastry). Later, discover the Valley of Furnas and visit its famed lake surrounded by cauldras (hot springs) and boiling sulfur pools where delicious meals are cooked in underground silos. At midday, a traditional cozido feast is elegantly served at Terra Nostra Garden Hotel. Afterwards, stroll the winding paths at Terra Nostra Botanical Park to view one of the world's most impressive collections of exotic flowers and trees. This afternoon you'll view the island's spectacular northern coast from the Pico do Ferro overlook. Your fabulous day ends as you tour the factory at Europe's only tea plantation in Gorreana.B, L
Another day of spectacular sightseeing awaits you as you explore the northeast coast. Incredible high cliffs plunging from high flowered plateaus, tropical waterfalls and amazing coastal vistas abound. You'll first discover the beautiful city of Ribeira Grande to view its outstanding 17th and 18th century Baroque architecture. Witness the enchanting waterfall and water mill at Ribeira dos Calderoes. Stop in the beautiful village of Nordeste and enjoy breathtaking ocean views at Ponta do Sossego to Povoacao, the island's first settlement. Dinner is included at one of Sao Miguel's most enchanting restaurants close to your hotel.B, D
Your day is free to explore the capital city on your own. Special options for today will be offered by our local guide. Enjoy a festive evening of fun and entertainment at your hotel complete with a memorable dinner along with folkloric dancers.B, D
Today you'll travel to Quinta Pico da Cruz, a spectacular 75-acre privately owned farm, located just outside of Ponta Delgada. Here, savor a wonderful farewell lunch and an impressive dressage demonstration of the amazing Lusitano horses. This afternoon you'll be transferred to Ponta Delgada airport for the return flight home. May you share with others the beautiful sights of this island paradise.B, L
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Situated directly on the oceanfront, the Hotel Açores Atlântico provides the perfect location for daily explorations. This 4-star hotel is just minutes from the historic downtown area where the Portas da Cidade, "gates to the city", will provide a wonderful welcome to Ponta Delgada's incredible architecture and culture. Enjoy some time in the hotel pool, sauna, health club or restaurant - featuring stunning ocean views. Each of the 184 guestrooms are well-appointed and with amenities like a telephone, Cable TV, free Wi-Fi, radio, mini-bar, in-room safe, hairdryer and air conditioning in each room, the Açores Atlântico is also the ideal place to relax and recharge after your days activities.