One of our most-popular trips is our Terceira and Graciosa island hopping holiday.

If you’re looking to soak-up Azorean culture, Terceira is the perfect choice – her capital Angra de Heroismo is home to some of the Azores’ most historic architecture, museums, religious buildings and many of her best restaurants. It’s also one of the best-connected islands, with weekly direct flights from the UK, Boston and Toronto.

You’ll have a chance to explore the island’s volcanic landscapes on a jeep tour with our resident guide, and you’ll head to sea on a whale and dolphin watching trip from the local marina. One of the best times to visit is during June’s Sanjoaninas festival – a wonderful week of colourful parades, live music, theatre, food and fireworks. It’s one of Portugal’s most-popular festivals so you’ll need to book your Terceira and Graciosa island hopping holiday early.

Leaving Terceira, you’ll make the short hop by plane to Terceira’s smaller neighbour Graciosa for a stay in the pretty capital Santa Cruz – a sleepy little town with a laid-back, friendly atmosphere. We’ll include a hire car to allow you to explore Graciosa’s must-see sites: the spectacular volcanic caves at Furnas do Enxofre and the geothermal spa at Termas do Carapacho. Or you might prefer to unwind at our favourite swimming spots – the island’s coastline is dotted with secluded natural seawater pools.



You’ll begin your holiday by flying direct to the Azores. You’ll be transferred by our driver to your accommodation in Angra de Heroismo.
We'll leave your first morning free so you can relax and explore historic Angra de Herosimo - the Sé Cathedral, Praca Velha square and the Jardim Duque de Angra – Angra’s botanical gardens. In the afternoon, you’ll head down to the marina for a three-hour whale and dolphin watching trip.
You’ll explore the island with our resident guide, visiting the Serra do Cume, Praia da Vitoria (the very first settlement on the island in the 1450s), the north coast village of Biscoitos and the volcanic caves at Algar do Carvao.
You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Graciosa. You’ll collect a hire car from the airport before driving to your new accommodation in Santa Cruz. The extinct Monte Nossa Senhora da Ajuda volcano overlooks the town – it’s well-worth the short walk to the summit for a panoramic view over Santa Cruz and out to sea.
You might like to walk the Volta a Caldeira trail around the island’s main caldera. At 2km by 1km, it’s the largest volcanic crater on the island and was once filled with a 240m deep lake of molten lava. Following your walk, it’s a short drive the visitors centre at Furna do Enxofre – the vast volcanic cavern 200m long and 50m high which once fed the lava lake above.
There are some great swimming spots on the island: the beach at Praia de Sao Mateus is one of the most popular and there’s an excellent swimming spot at Barro Vermelho (a ten-minute drive from your hotel), with changing facilities, showers and a picnic area.
You’ll return to Terceira for your final afternoon and evening. Angra has some of the best restaurants in the Azores – we have a handy online guide to help you choose a venue for your last night on the islands.
You'll be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

From £1300 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 Terceira and a hire car on Grasciosa.

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