The Azores: São Miguel & Terceira (2024)

A Journey Like Never Before: Your Exclusive Invitation to Discover the Azores' Most Popular Islands!

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Why you should book now:

  • Trusted by Thousand of Travelers: Explore the Azores with confidence, as this combination of the two most visited islands provides a distinctive glimpse into the diverse wonders of the archipelago. Enjoy our all-time best-seller to São Miguel and Terceira, a proven favorite for its seamless experience.
  • Step Into History (3 Nights): Unearth the cultural richness of Terceira, an essential chapter in Portugal's history. Angra do Heroísmo, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, invites you to explore its historical treasures, from churches and monasteries to fortresses with stories etched in time.
    • Insider Tip: Enhance your Terceira experience by venturing into one of the world's exclusive visitable lava tubes—the Algar do Carvão—a natural wonder that adds a unique dimension to your journey.
  • A Picture-Perfect Paradise Awaits:Discover São Miguel, 'The Green Island,' where lush forests, stunning beaches, and geothermal wonders like the Furnas Valley await. Immerse yourself in nature's allure, from the world-famous hot springs to the iconic Sete Cidades Lake.
    • Insider Tip: Uncover hidden gems like Lagoa do Congro, Cascata da Ribeira Quente, Salto da Inglesa, and many more we'd be pleased to share with you. Embrace the beauty of simplicity in every exploration.
  • Guided by Us, the Local Experts: Secure your adventure with the insights and expertise of those who call these islands home.
  • Make This Your Trip: Customize your stay with extra nights, opt for a rental car, or indulge in local excursions. Our work in tailoring the initial itinerary comes at no additional charge—ensuring it's truly your personalized adventure.

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Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrival in Terceira Island

Welcome to the Azores! Enjoy hassle-free airport transfers upon your arrival and departure, and for a seamless start to your journey, we recommend booking an early hotel check-in.

Suggestion for the day:

  • Take the day to explore your hotel and enjoy its facilities!

Day 2

Free Day for Personal Activities (Terceira Island)

Suggestion for the day:

  • Take the day to stroll around Angra do Heroísmo UNESCO city streets. While walking in this historical hub, its picturesque and joyful vibe will instantly steal your heart. Surrounded by such beauty and vibrance, you’d never imagine that just 40 years ago, on January 1, 1980, a huge earthquake destroyed a large part of this idyllic enclave, leaving more than 70 locals dead. But true to the Azorean spirit, theTerceirensesdid not let this natural disaster destroy them. Instead, they rose from the rubble and immediately started rebuilding, soon creating their own unique island legacy. As they rebuilt, the islanders paid extra attention to Angra do Heroísmo’s historical center, carefully preserving the majority of its original architectural features.
    • Sé Cathedral
    • Capitães-Generais Palace
    • Garden Duque de Bragança
    • Alto da Memória Viewpoint
    • Misericórdia Church
    • Prainha Monte Brasil
    • Duque de Bragança Farmers Market

Day 3

Free Day for Personal Activities (Terceira Island)

Suggestion for the day:

  • Full-day Tour Around the Island with Traditional Lunch: Explore the rich culture and history of Terceira on this full-day island tour! See Monte Brasil, Baía da Salga, Igreja de São Sebastião, Miradouro da Serra do Cume & Praia da Vitória. Enjoy an authentic lunch withAlcatra de Carnein a local restaurant before heading to Biscoitos & the West Coast.
    • Monte Brasil
    • Serretinha Viewpoint
    • Praia da Vitória city
    • Serra do Cume
    • São Sebastião Church
    • Algar do Carvão Lava Cave
    • Furnas do Enxofre
    • Wine Museum

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Day 4

Flight to São Miguel Island

Welcome to São Miguel! Enjoy hassle-free airport transfers upon your arrival and departure, and for a seamless start to your journey, we recommend booking an early hotel check-in.

Suggestion for the day:

  • Take the day to stroll around Ponta Delgada’s city streets. Ponta Delgada, the main city, is not only the hub of the island but the capital of the Azores. Ponta Delgada evokes all the charms of Europe with cobbled streets, sidewalk cafes, and a thriving culinary scene.
    • Portas da Cidade
    • Louvre Michaelense
    • Pineapple Plantations
    • Matriz Church

Day 5

Free Day for Personal Activities (São Miguel Island)

Suggestion for the day:

  • Explore the wonders of Sete Cidades, including Lagoa das Sete Cidades, Lagoa de Santiago, Lagoa do Canário, and the captivating Boca do Inferno Viewpoint. Don't miss the chance to venture to the neighboring village of Mosteiros, a perfect spot for a picturesque sunset. While in the western part of the island, treat yourself to the rejuvenating experience of an ocean thermal bath at Ferraria.

Day 6

Free Day for Personal Activities (São Miguel Island)

Suggestion for the day:

  • Visit Furnas: Journey to Furnas and immerse yourself in its myriad attractions, from the serene lake and Pico do Ferro Viewpoint to the unique caldeiras and Terra Nostra Park. Relish local flavors like cozido das Furnas and bolos lêvedos, and experience a fusion of nature and culture that's truly Azorean.

Day 7

Free Day for Personal Activities (São Miguel Island)

  • Suggestions for the day:

    • Embark on a Whale and Dolphin-watching Experience:The Azores Islands are known for their unparalleled beauty and biodiversity, adored by outdoor adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. But what people may not know is that the Azores is also one of the fastest-growing whale-watching destinations in the world. Located in the Atlantic Ocean between Portugal and North America, the Azores are a permanent home and natural point of passage to more than 20 different types of whale and dolphin species, making the islands one of the world’s largest whale sanctuaries.
    • This magical hiking trail leads to some magical waterfalls located deep in the forests of São Miguel Island. As you traverse through winding trails surrounded by lush vegetation, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of cascading waterfalls tumbling down into a serene pool below.

Day 8

Return Flight Home

Thank you for traveling with us, and we look forward to being your travel companion again in the future!

*itinerary presented is a suggestion and the length of stay may vary. All tours are suggestions unless clearly stated.

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No Amendment Fees on Our End

We don’t charge for our work in changing the initial itinerary.

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Full flexibility on Land Arrangements

Change the initial itinerary or cancel your land arrangements for any reason until 14 days before the trip, without penalty*.

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Our experienced travel agents are available 7 days a week to help with any questions, requests, or issues from when you book until after you return from your trip.

About the Destination:

Often referred to as Europe's “Best Kept Secret”, the Azores have become an increasingly popular destination with year-round appeal for travelers.

Terceira Island

Striking the perfect balance between lush volcanic landscapes and seaside cities with charming European vibes, you will be pleasantly surprised by Terceira island.

Classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Terceira's capital city of Angra do Heroísmo is dotted by historical buildings, colorful houses, restaurants, shops, and cafes that you'll love to discover. Head across the island to visit the seaside town of Praia da Vitória to take in the sights: a beautiful black sandy bay, picturesque cobblestone streets and the breathtaking Serra do Cume, one of the best views on the island.

São Miguel Island

São Miguel Island, the largest of the Azores archipelago and its economic and administrative center, is a beautiful green jewel in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. With stunning lush landscapes, exotic plants, dormant volcanoes, hot springs, and surrounded by clean waters, São Miguel is the perfect vacation destination for nature lovers and those looking for an off-the-beaten-path European destination.

Explore the island and marvel at its natural beauty. Hike down a dormant volcano and relax on the beach surrounding its lake. Visit the only tea plantation in Europe and taste delicious locally grown pineapple. Discover the historical city of Ponta Delgada with its cobbled streets and black and white mosaic pavements.

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