Known as the 'other Eden', this far flung, autonomous, corner of Portugal is the result of volcanic activitiy with hot springs aplenty making it one of the richest hydrological areas in Europe. The landscape is simply stunning with destinations like Sete Cidades and Terra Nostra Park.
Sete Cidades • Ponta Delgades • Furnas • Terra Nostra Park • Hot Springs • Volcanic Landscapes
Day 1 Fly from the UK to the Azores and meet your guide for the transfer to your hotel
Day 2 A half day excursion visiting the island's legendary scenery. The first stop is at Vista do Rei Belvedere, so-called because it is where King Carlos and Queen Amélia viewed Sete Cidades Lake when they visited São Miguel in 1901. The tour continues to Sete Cidades village and along the north western route, crossing the central mountain range, passing through Bretanha, an old village established by French fishermen. Finally, in the outskirts of Ponta Delgada visit Pineapple Plantations including an opportunity for tasting.
Day 3 Independent sightseeing or relax in resort.
Day 4 Today's excursion is to Furnas, situated in a wonderful valley that rests upon a crater of an extinct volcano where flowers and intense green vegetation grow. The first stop is Santa Iria Belvedere, offering an amazing view over the north coast and inland. Continue to Gorreana Tea Factory where 19th century machinery still functions. Descend to Furnas with its lovely white houses after enjoying the beautiful views at Pico do Ferro Belvedere. Stop at Furnas Village for lunch, a traditional dish, 'Cozido das Furnas'. After lunch visit Terra Nostra Park, a paradisiacal garden with lakes, bridges and luxuriant vegetation.
Day 5 Independent sightseeing or relax in resort
Day 6 Another full day, leaving Ponta Delgada stop at Lagoa village to visit a Ceramics Factory and watch how local earthenware is made. Continue along the south coast to Pico da Barrosa. Stop at Lagoa do Fogo Belvedere offering magnificent views over the lake. Go on to the north coast, stop at Caldeira Velha, a magnificent and romantic place, with a natural hot water pool, amongst luxuriant vegetation. After lunch at Ribeira Grande, visit the Church of Nossa Senhora da Estrela, Eduardo Ferreira's Liquor Factory and Arcano Museum.
Day 7 Independent sightseeing or relax in resort.
Day 8 Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK.
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Royal Garden Hotel,
The Royal Garden Hotel offers comfort and tranquility as well as an unforgettable experience. Located on the largest island of the Azores, São Miguel, it is in the perfect place to discover the magic of the Azores. Rooms have air-conditioning, hair dryers, TV, Minibar and balconies.
• 4 star • 193 bedrooms
• Free Wi-Fi
Your tour includes:
• Flights from the UK to the Azores
• 7 nights half board in Ponta Delgada
• Coach travel/excursions/admissions as detailed in the itinerary
• English speaking guides
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