Overview

Our Sao Miguel, Flores & Faial island hopping holiday combines three of the Azores’ most-popular islands into the perfect two-week trip.

Your holiday begins on Sao Miguel in Ponta Delgada: capital of the Azores and one of Europe’s most-welcoming cities. You’ll spend time at sea on a whale and dolphin watching trip, and we’ll provide you with a hire car so you can explore the iconic landscapes of Sao Miguel – including the great crater at Sete Cidades.

Leaving Sao Miguel, your island hopping begins with a flight to Flores – with it’s arresting landscapes and relaxing isolation. You’ll be staying the quiet west coast village of Fajã Grande, between the lofty cliffs and waterfalls of the Ribeira do Ferreiro and the rolling Atlantic Ocean. You’ll also have a chance to explore the wider island on a jeep tour with our resident guide.

From Flores, you’ll fly to the island of Faial – to the harbour town of Horta. Once a crucial resupply point for trans-Atlantic trading ships, Horta is a picturesque seaside town with a colourful maritime feel. One of the Azores’ most striking volcanic landscapes is here: the barren Capelinhos peninsula, created during a year-long volcanic eruption in the late 1950s – and you’ll explore the whole of island with our resident guide.

It’s a short hop from Faial back to Sao Miguel – ending your trip in semi-tropical Furnas, with it’s botanical gardens and famous volcanically-heated swimming pools, where you can relax and plan your next island hopping holiday to the Azores.

 

 

Itinerary

You’ll begin your holiday by flying to the Azores - direct or via Lisbon. You’ll be transferred by our driver to your accommodation in the capital Ponta Delgada.
You’ll have today free to explore Ponta Delgada; capital of the Azores. It's a great place to shop for local produce and souvenirs, with an excellent selection of friendly restaurants and cafe bars, attractive mosaic pavements and traditional Portugeuse architecture. Ponta Delgada has some of the best restaurants in the Azores – we have a handy online guide to help you choose a venue in the evenings.
We'll include a hire car to allow you to explore the island - you could head west to Sete Cidades, the largest caldera on the island with it's famous viewpoint at Vista do Rei, and the beautiful twin lakes of Lagoa Verde and Lagoa Azul.
You’ll head east today – to the town of Vila Franca for a three-hour whale and dolphin watching trips. In the afternoon, you could take a drive up to the summit of Pico da Barrosa (947m) for panoramic view of the north and south coasts – and a birdseye view of Lagoa do Fogo: the Fire Lake.
You'll return your hire car to the airport before flying to the island of Flores. You'll be collected by our driver for your transfer to your new accommodation in the west coast village of Faja Grande.
You’ll spend today touring the island the island with our resident guide – with visits to the Ponta de Albarbaz lighthouse, the islands capital Santa Cruz, and Flores’ crater lakes: Lagoas Branca, Seca, Negra and Comprida.
Today you’ll walk the Lagoa dos Patas trail, from Faja Grande to the secluded lagoon at Poco da Alagoinha and the Ribeira do Ferreiro waterfalls.
You'll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Faial. You'll be collected by our driver once again, for your transfer to your new accommodation in the main harbour town of Horta.
You’ll explore Faial with a guide today, with visits to the botanical gardens, the Cabeço Gordo caldera, and Capelinhos: the site of a major volcanic eruption which lasted thirteen months from September 1957 to October 1958. The Capelinhos Interpretation Centre houses images and film from the time of the eruption.
You might like to take the ferry to the neighbouring island of Pico, for a guided tour of the island’s UNESCO-protected vineyards, or a guided ascent of Mount Pico - Portugal’s highest peak at 2,351m.
For your final day on Faial, you could add a guided walk along the Dez Vulcoes trail or head to sea on a second whale watching trip.
You'll be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Sao Miguel. You'll collect a hire car from the airport before driving to your new accommodation in Furnas:
You could spend today exploring Furnas: the most easterly volcano on Sao Miguel. There are over thirty springs and geysers dotted around the village - the remains of the original Furnas volcano: a ‘volcanic boiler’ which super-heats water deep underground. Your hotel’s 200-year-old botanical gardens are home to the town’s most famous geothermal swimming pool.
For your final full day on the island, you might like to visit the Gorreana tea planation, Ponta do Sossego and the Lombo Gordo seacliffs, the Farol do Arnel lighthouse, and the rustic infinity pools Poca Dona Beija.
You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

From £1800 per person

We can create a tailor-made holiday to suit your budget.

INCLUDED: international and inter-island flights, accommodation in twin/double en-suite rooms on a B&B basis, return airport transfers, a whale and dolphin watching trip, a full-day guided tour of Flores and a full-day guided tour of Faial.

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