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THE CHARM OF THE AZORES

A journey around four beautiful Atlantic islands

Explore a mid Atlantic European outpost; the Azores archipelago rises from the violent meeting of three continental plates and is warmed by the passing Gulf Stream. You’ll walk amongst dormant volcanoes, along beaches of basalt and follow paths green and wild, encountering locals and the islands’ dappled cows.

Ponta Delgada is our base for the western end of São Miguel, where we have a superb walk above the famous crater lakes, the green and the blue, and visit the pretty seaside village of Mosteiros. We also have time to explore the charming Portuguese colonial style capital of Ponta Delgada itself, with its many gardens, narrow streets and harbourside esplanade.

We fly to São Jorge, for some fabulous walks to enjoy fine views from the island’s mountainous spine, to descend to secret “fajas”, coastal farmland hidden below the island’s rugged cliffs, and maybe stroll through the gardens of Rosais.

We sail to Pico for delightful walks on the slopes of Pico mountain, the highest in Portugal (the summit is an above-grade optional excursion for fit walkers), and also by the coast, through the island’s unique volcanic vineyards. One day is spent exploring the nearby island of Faial, a short ferry crossing away. Whale watching is another option from Pico or Faial.

Flying back to São Miguel, this time we stay in the unique volcanic spa town of Furnas, a superb base in the unspoiled eastern end of the island. Our hotel is located in exotic subtropical gardens. After a walk here we can relax in the hot volcanic springs.

This most enjoyable and leisurely tour allows time to walk and savour these beautiful and utterly peaceful islands.




WALKING GRADES


Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain. Many of these holidays have an element of sightseeing as well. Half day walk will involve about 3 hours or walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m.




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    The Charm of the Azores (Grade 4)
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    05 May 2018
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    14

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    London (Gatwick)
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    The Charm of the Azores (Grade 4)
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    07 Jul 2018
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    The Charm of the Azores (Grade 4)
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    01 Sep 2018
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    14

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  • Accommodation

    Comfortable tourist class hotels in: São Miguel (3), São Jorge (4), Pico (4) and return to São Miguel (3). Most have swimming pools

    Sole Occupancy Supplement £515 - £595

    Hotel Caravelas

    The hotel is well located in the village of Madalena only 100 meters from the harbour front and with views to Faial Island. The hotel is well equipped with a bar, 24 hour front desk, elevator and gym. You can unwind in the games room, or the seasonal outdoor swimming pool.

    Rooms come with air conditioning, satellite TV, telephone and internet via ADSL (which can be patchy), en-suite bathroom, hairdryer and mini bar.

     

    Breakfasts are taken in the Madalena room that has panoramic views.

    Hotel Sao Jorge

    We stay in the three star Hotel Sao Jorge, that has great views across the island, the ocean and to Pico mountain, the highest point of the islands.  It is near the harbour and within easy walking distance of the town of Velas, with its restaurants, ferry port and other amenities. 

    The hotel has an outdoor saltwater swimming pool (not always in use) that you can cool off in after a day of hiking the trails. Or you can relax on the terrace that overlooks the grounds or take a drink in the bar and lounge.

    Extensive buffet breakfasts are served every morning. The hotel has no restaurant and so dinners are taken in nearby local restaurants. 

    All rooms have a bathroom (bath & shower), TV, telephone, balcony with ocean view and air conditioning.

    There is complimentary Wi-Fi at reception.

     

    Hotel Terra Nostra

    We stay in the well reviewed and award winning Hotel Terra Nostra, a sleek and stylish modern hotel located in the Terra Nostra Botanical Park and surrounding verdant gardens. The hotel's interior design is influenced by Art Deco style, with combined contemporary elements as well, creating comfort and exclusivity perfectly integrated with the lush Terra Nostra Garden (which you have free unlimited access to). The garden even has its own geothermal pool.

    The spacious hotel also has a reading room, games room, gift shop and indoor heated pool.

    All rooms have air conditioning, phone, flat screen TV, mini-bar and hair dryer. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the entire hotel.

    A buffet breakfast is served every day.

  • What's Included
    • Return flights from Gatwick to Ponta Delgada and internal flights (SATA)
    • Airport transfers by road c. 30 minutes
    • En suite accommodation
    • Half board meals with breakfasts in hotels and dinners at local restaurants
    • All local transport costs.

  • Holiday Highlights
    • Walking through hydrangeas on the ridge of São Jorge with views of five islands.
    • Rock pools and lava formations along rugged coastlines.
    • Walks through traditional vineyards amid the lava flow of Pico.
    • Horta, a hub for Atlantic sailors, with fine Portuguese colonial buildings.
    • Subtropical gardens and hot sulphurous springs at our hotel in Furnas.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Return flights from Gatwick to Ponta Delgada and internal flights (SATA)
    • Airport transfers by road c. 30 minutes

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