The Azores: Wine, Volcanoes & Hot Springs

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You will have the opportunity to visit three of the most popular islands in the Azores.

Discover the magic of the Azores with this island hopping package to São Miguel, Pico and Terceira islands!

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Why we love this deal:

  • Get ready to unleash your inner explorer with this travel package taking you through 3 of the most beloved islands of the beautiful Azores archipelago.
  • From São Miguel all the way to Pico and Terceira, our ready-to-go package puts you in a prime position for discovering extraordinary views, and sampling delightful regional cuisine prepared by welcoming locals - not forgetting a hike down an ancient volcano or two!
  • Come and explore the UNESCO-protected vineyards of Pico Island! Whether you choose to climb Portugal's highest mountain, or simply admire its majestic view from afar, your adventure is just beginning.
  • Then, hop to Terceira Island - home of unspoiled nature with verdant valleys, stunning flowers, and lakes as well as untouched coastlines. Don't miss out on a very unique experience: exploring Algar do Carvão which invites visitors right inside an ancient lava cave.
  • In São Miguel Island, wander around Europe's only tea plantations as well as savor famously fresh local pineapple. Visit the famous Sete Cidades Lake and indulge in a relaxing thermal bath at Furnas or Ribeira Grande.
  • With this special travel package, you will surely fall in love with each of these unique islands filled with beauty, charm, and pristine nature.
  • Customizable: Add more nights to your stay, a rental car or even local excursions.

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Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrival in Pico Island

It is recommended to book airport transfers to the hotel or to rent a car (both available during the booking process).

Suggestion for the day:

  • Take a stroll around Madalena’s historical cobblestone streets and enjoy a meal at one of the several seaside restaurants.

Suggestions for the day:

  • Walk around the historical vineyards of Criação Velha and visit the Frade windmill. Once you’re in the area, make sure to visit the Pico Wine Museum and the Gruta das Torres. Did you know Pico Island produces one of Europe’s finest wines, and its vineyards have enjoyed being among the official UNESCO Heritage Site family since 2004? 
  • Or Book a vineyards tour here.

Suggestions for the day:

  • Option 1: Hike Pico’s Mountain, Portugal’s highest peak (book here).
  • Option 2: Visit the natural pools of Pico Island (Criação Velha, Cachorro, Poça da Branca, Poça das Mukas, Cais do Pico, Lajes do Pico, Barca, and Furna de Santo António). You can also discover Pico’s lakes along the way: Lagoa do Capitão, Lagoa do Caiado, Lagoa do Paul, and Lagoa Rosada). Other suggestions include visiting the Ponta da Ilha lighthouse (perfect for sunset) and the Whaling Museum. 
  • Option 3: Book a full-day tour around the island here

P.S: From Pico, you can also visit the neighboring islands of Faial & São Jorge via a short boat trip! Please reach out to our Customer Support to take care of all the details. 

Head to the airport for the Terceira Island flight. It is recommended to book airport transfers to the hotel or to rent a car (both available during the booking process). It is also advised to book an early check-in.

Suggestions for the day:

  • Take the day to stroll around Angra do Heroísmo UNESCO city streets. Make sure to include on your list: Sé Cathedral, Capitães-Generals Palace, Garden Duque de Bragança, Alto da Memória Viewpoint, Misericórdia Church, Angra do Heroísmo Archeological Underwater Park (book here your boat tour), Prainha, Monte Brasil, Duque de Bragança Farmers Market, Silveira Natural Pools.

Suggestions for the day:

  • Visit the Biscoitos natural swimming pools and the Biscoitos Wine Museum. Next, move on to Praia da Vitória and don’t skip a nice walk in its calm-water beaches, along with the Facho Viewpoint and the Império da Caridade. We highly recommend that you head to Serra do Cume for sunset (it is even more magical at this time of the day).
  • Or book our full-day guided tour around the island here (and discover this and much more with the help of a certified local guide).

Suggestions for the day:

  • Take this day to do something unique: get inside a volcano! Make sure you don’t skip a visit to Gruta do Natal, Furnas do Enxofre, and last but not least, the famous Algar do Carvão! Descend 90 m (300 ft) down into one of the only volcanoes in the world that you can actually enter and explore! Algar do Carvão is an ancient lava tube and volcanic chimney that was formed approximately 3,200 years ago, making it quite a sight to behold. 

Head to the airport for the São Miguel flight.  It is recommended to book airport transfers to the hotel or to rent a car (both available during the booking process). It is also advised to book an early check-in.

Suggestions for the day:

  • Take the day to stroll around Ponta Delgada’s city streets. Ponta Delgada, the main city, is not only the hub of the island but the capital of the Azores. Ponta Delgada evokes all the charms of Europe with cobbled streets, sidewalk cafes, and a thriving culinary scene.

Not to miss:

  • Portas da Cidade
  • Louvre Michaelense
  • Pineapple Plantations
  • Matriz Church

 

  • For part II of the day, we recommend embarking on a whale & dolphin watching experience (book here).

Suggestions for the day:

  • Visit Sete Cidades (Lagoa das Sete Cidades, Lagoa de Santiago, Lagoa do Canário and Boca do Inferno Viewpoint) and take this opportunity to visit the neighboring village of Mosteiros - ideal for sunset! Once you’re in the west part of the island you can also indulge in an ocean thermal bath at Ferraria. 
  • Book here a guided tour around the west part of the island that will have you discovering this and much more in the company of a local guide. 

Suggestions for the day:

  • Head to the north side of the island to visit the Protected Natural Reserve of Lagoa do Fogo and take this chance to visit (and maybe bathe) the thermal pools of Caldeira Velha. Once you’re here you can also visit the Salto do Cabrito waterfall! On your way to Furnas, we recommend that you stop at Porto Formoso and Gorreana Tea Plantations (the only ones in Europe). In Furnas there’s just so much to explore, such as the lake, the Pico do Ferro Viewpoint, the Grená Park, the caldeiras, the fumaroles, the Terra Nostra Park, the Dona Beija hot springs and so much more. Make sure to try out the local delicacies: the cozido das Furnas and the bolos lêvedos! 
  • On your way back take the south route and enjoy a quick stop at Vila Franca do Campo. Highlights include the Vila Franca do Campo Islet, the Fábrica de Queijadas da Vila, and the Nossa Senhora da Paz Viewpoint. 
  • Book a Furnas guided tour here

*Itinerary presented is a suggestion and the length of stay may vary. All tours are suggestions unless specifically stated.

Flexibility Policy

No Amendment Fees on Our End
We don’t charge for our work in changing the initial itinerary.
Full flexibility on Land Arrangements
Change the initial itinerary or cancel your land arrangements for any reason until 14 days before the trip, without penalty.
Support 7 Days a Week
Our experienced travel agents are are available 7 days a week (16 hours per day) to help with any questions.

About the Destination:

Often referred to as Europe's “Best Kept Secret”, the Azores have become an increasingly popular destination with year-round appeal for travelers. Striking the perfect balance between lush volcanic landscapes and seaside cities with charming European vibes, you will be pleasantly surprised by the Azores. 

  • Marvel at the geothermal volcanic activity of São Miguel Island and its impressive crater lakes. Enjoy a relaxing thermal bath at a natural hot spring. Taste a delicious thermally cooked meal, known as "cozido", in Furnas, home to fumaroles and geysers. Explore the island's many waterfalls and hiking trails, visit Europe's only tea plantations, and taste the sweet local pineapple, grown only in the Azores.
  • On Terceira Island, explore the oldest city in the Azores, Angra do Heroísmo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit a 17th-century fortress, and spend the day on a dairy farm and taste the local cheese. Dip into the natural swimming pools of Biscoitos, or trek around the protected natural park of Monte Brasil.
  • Also to look forward to is a visit to the UNESCO-protected vineyards of Pico Island. You can also climb the highest mountain in Portugal or simply admire its grandeur from different spots on the island. Visit the interesting Whaling Museum and learn about the island's rich history and past whale-hunting traditions. Taste the island´s exquisite local wines and varied liqueurs.

Check out our Azores Travel Guide for more information and tips.

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Reviews

8.8 Based on 112 reviews
Cheryl, Alaska
24 Mar 2023
Loved it!
William, Ohio
04 Nov 2022
Fun experience in a new location.
Frank, Florida
02 Nov 2022
A great trip for an off time of the year. Good value for the price. And we would like to go back and see more of the Azores.
Cheryl, Alaska
24 Mar 2023
Loved it!
William, Ohio
04 Nov 2022
Fun experience in a new location.
Frank, Florida
02 Nov 2022
A great trip for an off time of the year. Good value for the price. And we would like to go back and see more of the Azores.
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