Exclusive: The Azores - Jewels of Portugal

    12-Days | Escorted Tour with Guaranteed Departure | Sao Miguel to Lisbon | Offer extended to October 23, 2021

    Exclusive: The Azores - Jewels of Portugal 

    Price: Double: $3,949CAD Per Person

    (Rate is per person, land only, based on double occupancy in Canadian Dollars including taxes. Price is guaranteed. No minimum capacity required.)

    Departure Date: April 22, 2022

    Return Date: May 3, 2022

    Photo: Lakes of Sete Cidades and Santiagot in Sao Miguel, Azores

    Enter an untouched paradise on an adventure through the Azores, the archipelago gems of Portugal. Explore the entire rim of the Sete Cidades Caldera. Indulge in a traditional cozido das furnas meal, cooked by the heat of the volcanic earth. Descend into Algar do Carvao, the “Cavern of Coal” lava tube, with an expert guide. 

    Sample local dairy goods at a family-owned cheese shop. Enjoy a light home-hosted lunch featuring local meats and cheeses. Spend 3 nights in a lava stone house. From thermal pools and lush craters to local farms and volcanic cuisine, delve into the culture of Portuguese island life.

    Travel with no more than 24-guests on this tour where a smaller group setting means a more personal travel experience.

    Highlights:

    • Off Road Sete Cidades Experience
    • Lagoa do Canario Viewpoint
    • Terra Nostra Botanical Garden
    • Furnas Valley
    • Serra do Cume
    • Angra do Heroismo
    • Algar do Carvao
    • Natural Thermal Pools
    • Choices on Tour
    • Capelinhos Volcano Interpretation Centre
    • Volcanic Stone House Stay
    • Pico Wine Museum
    • Wine Collaborative

    Tour Inclusions:

    • 17-meals: 10-Breakfasts, 2-Lunches, 5-Dinners
    • Inter-flights from Joao Paulo II, Hotel Transfers

    Tour Exclusions:

    • International round trip airfare
    • Complimentary airport transfers are not applicable when booking your own airfare

    The Azores - Jewels of Portugal Itinerary:

    Photo: Map of The Azores - Jewels of Portugal Itinerary

    Day 1: Overnight Flight

    From volcanic craters and thermal waters to lush vegetation and picturesque coasts, enjoy the natural splendour of this Portuguese archipelago and see why the Azores are commonly referred to as “the Hawaii of Europe.”

    Day 2: Sao Miguel, Acores, Portugal - Tour Begins

    This is the Azores. A set of islands virtually untouched by urban development. Your adventure begins on São Miguel, the largest of the nine volcanic islands. Sit along the seaside promenade and breathe in the mild air of the Atlantic. Get to know Ponta Delgada, the capital city of São Miguel, on a walking tour of the area. Celebrate the beginning of your journey with a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

    Included Meals: Dinner

    Day 3: Sao Miguel

    On an off-road adventure, traverse the dirt paths to the island’s highest point. Venture to Sete Cidades, the blue and green mirror lakes, where you’ll navigate the rim of the entire crater. On your way, gaze down upon the blue lake (reflecting the sky) and the adjacent green lake (reflecting the earth). Take a short hike to the viewpoint of Lagoa do Canario*. Return to Ponta Delgada with free time to relax and explore as you wish.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Day 4: Sao Miguel

    Glimpse into Portugal’s sweet side at a family run queijadas (pastry) bakery. After sampling treats, head to the organic paradise of Terra Nostra Botanical Garden. Embark on a guided tour before relaxing in the park’s rejuvenating thermal waters. For lunch, enjoy a traditional cozido das furnas meal, where your food is cooked in the earth’s volcanic heat. Continue on to the green pastures of a nearby tea plantation before an evening of leisure in São Miguel.

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


    Photo: Sao Miguel, Portugal

    Day 5: Sao Miguel - Terceira

    Say hello to the colourful island of Terceira. Stand along the edge of the crater at Serra do Cume viewpoint and take in the patchwork of infinite green. Swap the grassy fields for sandy shores at Praia Victoria, or “Beach of Victory.” Get to know Angra do Heroismo (UNESCO) with a local guide. Restored in traditional style, the city features white facades and vibrant trims. Tonight, get a taste of the culture at a local restaurant.

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Day 6: Terceira

    The morning is yours. Perhaps you’ll take an optional off-road tour on a lively buggy ride, or maybe you’ll strap on your hiking boots for an optional hike along two volcanoes at Misterios Negros Nature Reserve. Gather later and head underground with an expert guide to Algar do Carvao, the “Cavern of Coal.” Feel the quiet stillness as you descend into this ancient lava tube. Then, it’s your choice! Swim** in the natural volcanic pools of Biscoitos -OR- hike along lava fields. Enjoy a free evening or entice your taste buds on an optional wine and tapas experience.

    Included Meals: Breakfast


    Photo: Terciera

    Day 7: Terceira - Faial

    Say bom dia (good morning) to Faial, the “Blue Island” of the Azores. Peek into the daily life of dairy production when you drop by a family-owned cheese factory, where you’ll sample the fruits of their production. Encounter the volcanic vitality of Faial when you take in the collapsed Caldeira and the ash hills of the Capelinhos Volcano Interpretation Centre. Make the most of an evening at leisure.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Day 8: Faial - Pico

    Your exploration continues with a ferry to the nearby island of Pico. Get acquainted with the area on a brief walking tour before settling in for a light home-hosted lunch. Sample drinks paired with local cheeses and meats, snacking on different Azorean favourites. Make a stop at Lagoa do Capitao and spy Sao Jorge Island in the distance. End the day at the rustic lava stone houses of Aldeia da Fonte, your home for the next 3-nights. Enjoy dinner at this cliff-side abode, overlooking the ocean.

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 9: Pico

    Explore Pico vineyards (UNESCO) and wander along grapes and rocky stone walls. Climb the vineyard’s windmill and take in a new perspective of the stretching fields and lava rocks. Visit the Pico Wine Museum before tasting these exclusive wines at a wine collaborative. Then, it’s your choice! In Lajes, visit the whaling museum highlighting the historical ties of the industry to the culture of the islands -OR- take advantage of free time in town to explore the area independently.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Day 10: Pico

    The day is yours. Perhaps you will take to the waves on an optional ocean excursion, where you will watch for whales and dolphins before enjoying lunch back on land. No matter how you choose to spend the day, celebrate your Azorean adventure in the evening with a dinner of local flavours, folklore music, and captivating energy. “Bom proveito!”

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Day 11: Pico - Lisbon

    Depart Pico for Lisbon and enjoy some time at leisure. Whether you want to relax, wander the streets of the capital city, or take the historic tram to the vibrant Alfama district, spend the day however you please. Tonight, toast to the end of your trip with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Photo: Praca do Comercio - Lisbon, Portugal

    Day 12: Lisbon - Tour Ends

    Say adeus (goodbye) to Portugal and the Azores as you depart this coastal paradise.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Post-Tour Option: Extend your holiday with 3-nights in Lisbon

    The country’s vibrant capital city. See the city like never before – zooming to the famous sights via tuk-tuk and tram! Enjoy ample free time to discover Lisbon’s hidden charms on your own. Take advantage of the city’s savory cuisine, lively energy, and colorful promenades.

    Rate: $820CAD Per Person (based on double occupancy, land only)

    • Includes 4-meals: 3-Breakfast, 1-Dinner.
    • A minimum of 4-passengers is required for this extension to operate.

    Activity level 2. This means you feel confident walking at least 30-45 minutes at a time over a variety of terrains – from cobblestones streets to easy pathways; a couple of hills or a few flights of stairs.

    Optional Prepaid Excursions

    Personalize your tour by adding an optional activity below. Our recommended options have been carefully chosen to help enhance your individual experience. Availability is limited and reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Payment must be received no later than 15 days prior to departure. Prices are subject to change. Children under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult.

    • Misterios Negros Natural Park Hike - $99CAD Per Person
    • Wine and Tapas Experience - $80CAD Per Person
    • Off-Road Buggy Tour - $132CAD Per Person (Please note: In order to participate, a valid driver's license is required)
    • Pico Whale and Dolphin Watching with Lunch - $160CAD Per Person (This option operates weather permitting and based on the availability of zodiac boats. This option must be pre-booked by 30-days prior to departure. Not suitable for guests with back problems due to the impact of waves).

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    Terms And Conditions

    A deposit of $600 per person is due upon reservation. Reservations are made on a first come, first served basis. Reservations made after the deposit due date of October 23, 2021 are based upon availability. Final payment due by February 22, 2022. Deposits are refundable up until October 23, 2021. Effective immediately and until further notice, all guests will be required to bring one of the following: proof of vaccination (official vaccination certificate in paper or electronic form), proof of recovery from COVID-19 or a negative test result (FDA Approved diagnostic) for a test performed 72-hours or less from the start date of the tour with you on tour to verify the information you will be providing to Collette when filling out the Wellness Declaration upon arrival. Single accommodations are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.Island activities are subject to change due to internal flight arrival times. Access to the viewpoint of Lagoa do Canario may be restricted due to weather conditions outside of our control. Bathing suits are required if partaking in the thermal water pools. Group Booking Number: 1067212

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