PORTUGAL-AZORES THREE ISLAND EXPLORER

Day 1
Canada / Sao Miguel
Evening departure on your overseas flight. Relax and enjoy your overnight flight to the Azores.

Day 2
Sao Miguel / Faial Island
Morning arrival in Ponta Delgada, with a short connecting flight to Horta where you will be met and transferred to your hotel (or pick-up your car at the airport and drive to your hotel). Rest of day at leisure with time to explore this picturesque harbor town with its panoramic views of nearby Pico. The city is often visited by private sailboats making transatlantic voyages, and the pier has become an open 'art gallery' where each crew leaves a visual trace of its stay. (B)

Day 3
Horta
For those on the Locally Hosted option, pick-up your half-day tour of the island, stopping at a "miradouro" with a beautiful view of Horta. Continuing up into the hills takes you to the central "caldeira" of the island, with extraordinary views of the surrounding area. Visit "Capelinhos", the haunting site of the 1957/58 volcanic eruption that occurred offshore. Return to Horta via Varadouro, a local spa with natural pools. Otherwise, tour the island at your own pace. (B)

Day 4
Faial Island / Terceira Island, Azores Islands
After breakfast, drive your rental car (or transfer) to the airport for a quick flight to Terceira, the third island in the group to be discovered, hence it's name. Pick-up your rental car or transfer to your hotel. You are free to explore this city, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983. (B)
Day 5
Terceira Island, Azores Islands
For the locally hosted option, today's half-day tour will visit some of Terceira's small villages and pass through picturesque stone-walled fields. Visit the interior of the island and "Algar do Carvao" and the "Christmas Cave", then head north to the coastal village of Biscoitos with its wine museum and natural pools. Return to Angra via S. Sebastião and Praia da Vitoria. If you've chosen the fly/drive option, tour the same areas on your own. (B)
Day 6
Terceira Island, Azores Islands / Sao Miguel
Drive your rental car or transfer to the airport for your short flight to Ponta Delgada airport where you pick-up your rental car or your local host greets you and transfers you to your hotel in the bustling capital city of the Azores. Rest of the day to relax and explore this city on your own. (B)
Day 7
Ponta Delgada, Azores Islands
For the locally hosted option, after breakfast, depart on your half-day tour via Ribeira Grande and its cultural center and church. Then on to Lagoa do Fogo ("Fire Lake"). Formed by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century, today it is a majestically beautiful lake. Return via Lagoa with a visit to a ceramic factory. Spend the rest of the day strolling through Ponta Delgada, the tourist heart of São Miguel. For those with a car, explore the island at your own pace.(B)
Day 8
Sao Miguel / Canada
Early morning departure transfer for your return flight home.
END OF TRIP