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Spend a week in the lovely Hotel Talisman right in the old centre of Ponta Delgada with its cobbled streets and traditional architecture. During your week, we include 3 fascinating full day guided tours :

Sete Cidades tour
The iconic photograph of the Azores is taken here - you'll have seen it - the dramatic crater with its twin lakes. This is the largest crater in the Azores at 13km in circumference and is green amd fairy-tale like with twin lakes inside separated by a road bridge. Nestled inside is the sleepy village of Sete Cidades. Your tour will take you to some beautiful viewpoints on the crater and at the end of the day, there is the option to swim in a hot ocean pool and a brief visit to a pineapple plantation near Ponta Delgada.

Geotour
This popular tour takes you on a full day geological exploration of the island visiting the important volcanic features of the island. The tour includes the Agua d' Pau volcano, the hot springs of calderinhas, geo-thermal power station (if open) and lava tunnels. All in the company of a local geologist.

Furnas tour
A great day out to the most obviously volcanic area on the island, the Furnas crater, with its bubbling mud, boiling pools and outdoor geothermal swimming pool. During your day you will visit the volcanic cooking holes around Furnas Lake and have lunch in restaurant in this pretty town. You will also be taken to the impressive Fire Lake in the centre of the island, the most remote crater lake on the island surrounded by impressive mountains.

All tours are suitable for all ages. We have even taken our children when they were 4 & 6 years old on the geotour and the guide expertly adapted to their level! In your free time, you can either add more tours or go whale watching or you could hire a car for a few days and explore the island yourself, enjoy some of the gorgeous walks, explore Ponta Delgada with its beautiful churches, gardens and museums or we can arrange some guided tours for you. The choice is yours!

 

 

Comments

The 3 Jeep Tours were fantastic. We learnt a lot and for 2 of the tours we had the guide to ourselves - it was like a geography field trip without the essays!! They were all interesting, fun and took us to places that were difficult to access and provided good food including stew cooked in volcanic soil.

Mrs Hobbs, Surrey

Sete Cidades & Furnas tours : Our guide was chatty, informative and good fun to spend the time with. We saw a lot more fo the island off the beaten track.
Geotour : Really excellent. Very interesting and the guide was terrific.

Mr Heptonstall, Hampshire

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Activities included


Itinerary

Day 1 Fly London to São Miguel. Transfer to accommodation (10mins). Overnight Hotel Talisman, Ponta Delgada
Day 2 Full day guided tour to Sete Cidades crater including lunch. Overnight Hotel Talisman, Ponta Delgada
Day 3 Free day. Overnight Hotel Talisman, Ponta Delgada
Day 4 Full day guided tour to Furnas crater including lunch. Overnight Hotel Talisman, Ponta Delgada
Day 5 Free day. Overnight Hotel Talisman, Ponta Delgada
Day 6 Free day. Overnight Hotel Talisman, Ponta Delgada
Day 7 Full day guided geotour including lunch. Overnight Hotel Talisman, Ponta Delgada
Day 8 Transfer to airport (10mins). Fly São Miguel to London

Prices & Dates

2014

Month Price Notes
Jan£0Does not operate
Feb£0Does not operate
Mar£0Does not operate
Apr£839Based on direct flight from Gatwick - Staying at the Hotel Caloura
May£891Based on direct flight from Gatwick - Staying at the Hotel Caloura
Jun£998Based on direct flight from Gatwick - Staying at the Hotel Talisman
Jul£998Based on direct flight from Gatwick - Staying at the Hotel Talisman
Aug£998Based on direct flight from Gatwick - Staying at the Hotel Talisman
Sep£998Based on direct flight from Gatwick - Staying at the Hotel Talisman
Oct£891Based on direct flight from Gatwick - Staying at the Hotel Talisman
Nov£0Does not operate
Dec£0Does not operate

Price Info

Prices are per person on B&B sharing basis and include flights and airport taxes (guide price only), airport transfers on São Miguel, three full day tours either in a jeep or minibus (depending on numbers) including lunch, pre-departure information booklet. Prices do not include meals (other than dinner on your first night, breakfasts and lunch on tours), excursions on free days, travel insurance


Useful Information

What to take:
Waterproof, water bottle, day pack, camera (and polarising filter recommended), lightweight fleece, sunglasses, sunblock, swim wear, small first aid kit, hat, binoculars, driving license.

Minimum age:
Not applicable (minimum age for driving is 21yrs)

Duration:
7 nights

Accommodation:
Hotel Talisman

Operates:
April to October

Getting to the Azores: 

From the UK:  Direct flights - Saturdays (Gatwick) April to October.  Also, daily scheduled services via Lisbon

From Mainland Europe : There are weekly direct flights from Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen.  Also, daily scheduled services via Lisbon from most European cities

From the USA and Canada : There are twice weekly direct flights both Boston and Toronto.  Also, daily scheduled services via Lisbon

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