If you’re looking for the ideal mix of exploration, culture and cuisine we think Terceira’s going to be the island to visit in 2018.
Our Activity Week is a great way to explore every nook and cranny on the island. You’ll begin with a whale and dolphin watching trip, followed by a guided jeep tour of the island. Getting more energetic as the week progresses, you’ll head into the protected nature reserve in the island’s wilder interior to walk the high Santa Barbara trail (which has amazing views over to the islands of Sao Jorge and Graciosa), and our guide’s own, secret interpretation of the famous Rocha do Chambre walk. You’ll also have a chance to explore the volcanic landscapes of the Mistérios Negros by bike on our Centre of the Island ride.
Your home for the week is the Pousada Sao Sebastiao, one of our favourite hotels on the island, overlooking the marina and the extinct Monte Brasil volcano. If you’d prefer to self-cater, just let us know – some of the best self-catering cottages in the Azores are on Terceira.
As you can probably gather, this is a pretty busy week – if you’d prefer a more relaxing stay on Terceira, with time to explore at your leisure, you should take a look at our Couples Retreat or our Family Retreat.
You'll begin exploring the wider island today on our guided Jeep tour. Tours normally include a visit to the town of Praia da Vitoria, the wine co-operative and musuem in Biscoitos (although they’re sometimes closed, as they’re manned by volunteers). Lunch is in a local restaurant – our guide will normally recommend a traditional delicacy called 'Alcatra da Terceira': a slow cooked beef stew.
In the afternoon, we’ll usually include a visit Algar do Carvao: a unique 3000 year old volcanic chimney formed by two major eruptions 1000 years apart. Thanks to the hard work of the Os Montanheiros mountaineering association, the cave was opened to the public in December 1968 and is now a protected Regional Natural Monument.
Today you’ll head up to the highest point on the island: the summit of Santa Barbara (1021 metres).
It can be cloudy on the summit, but when the weather’s on your side, you’ll have fantastic views of the islands of Graciosa to the west, and Sao Jorge to the south. Given the warmth and high altitude, what you will see are a number of native species of Flora that tend to flourish in this part of the island, particularly the Juniper bushes and Sphagum (Peat) mosses.
You'll be heading inland again today, for a half-day guided bike ride (20km). It's fun route through the volcanic landscapes at the centre of the island - on quiet cinder roads and farmtracks. Your bike and and a helmet are included.
Often the highlight of a stay on Terceira, you'll spend today walking the Rocha do Chambre with our guide (11km). It's one of the most spectacular trails on the island - twisting and turning through vibrant green valleys, carpeted with Laurisilva and Juniper.
Transfer from your hotel to the airport for your flight home.
Price Per Person
We can create a tailor-made holiday to suit your budget.
INCLUDED : Accommodation on B&B sharing basis, airport transfers, 1 x three-hour whale and dolphin watching trip, a full day jeep tour (with lunch included), a half-day guided walk, a full-day guided walk (with picnic lunch), a half-day guided bike ride, and international flights (although this is guide price, as prices can vary - for an accurate price, please feel free to call).
EXCLUDED : Meals (other than breakfast and those lunches mentioned above) and travel insurance.
You'll be staying in a converted 16th century fortress ideally positioned above the marina in Angra - a quiet location but just 5 minutes walk into town.
Azores Choice provided a prompt, helpful service. they found us the perfect accommodation for our needs and provided superb, expert advice on how to spend our week walking on San Miguel. I would certainly use them again.
Joan from Durham
Recommended small travel company!
Great little company with friendly staff. Organisation of flights & accommodation very efficient. When problems arise they are helpful and very reasonable in their efforts to resolve them. We would definitely use them again for a return trip.
Really great! Would use again!
Very efficient, friendly, helpful. Excellent local knowledge. Everything ran very smoothly, from supplying the tickets to airport pick ups and hotel bookings. Lovely accommodation selected. No complaints!
A wonderful break in a beautiful environment!
Everything was excellent. The information and organisation, the hotel and the island itself all exceeded our expectations. Whale watching and other trips out, fantastic. We will book again!
Great honeymoon package and experience!
They provided a great package at a good price. We found them to be helpful and a quality service was provided.
Nicola and Christopher – Winchester
Top notch service. Highly recommended!
Excellent service throughout. Very informative, with lots of literature, maps and the like. Attended their offices in Ponta Delgada – very impressed with Olivia, friendly and helpful. Paul was first class.
Lynne in Welton-by-Lincoln
Great company for first time Azores visit!
Really great company, will be recommending them. We had never visited the Azores before but this company helped us decided which islands to visit.
Brilliant holiday organised by an excellent company!
Friendly, helpful, professional and completely geared to us as individuals.
John and Janice
Very helpful staff, and the trips they organised for us were excellent with knowledgeable guides.
A really wonderful holiday!
We normally travel independently, but I am go glad that we used Archipelago Choice – their insider knowledge was really helpful in making the most of our time.
Valerie – Brighton
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