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Azores Multi-Sport Adventure

NUMBER OF DAYS 8

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The Azores is the ideal destination for active families, a cauldron of volcanic wonder that includes dramatic peaks, steaming thermal pools, dazzling grottoes, verdant calderas, and more. A nine-island archipelago about 875 miles west of its Portuguese homeland, this itinerary is filled with unique adventures, from kayaking crater lakes and whale-watching on São Miguel to hiking dormant volcanoes on Faial Island. Explore the landscape of the Pico Island vineyard culture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and sample fresh mineral water from the many springs throughout Furnas. Create unforgettable family memories in this natural European playground. 

2018 Dates
Dates Adult/Teen Children
(under 12)
Internal Air
06/16 - 06/24 $3,490 $3,290 $250
07/28 - 08/05 $3,490 $3,290 $250

Smart Traveler Advantages: book a trip 9 months ahead of the day that you want to leave and get free flight insurance, free cancellation insurance, and a GoPro Hero Session!

Triple Discount: $300 for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults

Groups: Traveling in a party of six or more friends or family members? Call us about our large group discounts.

Alumni Discount: If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices

 

 

Day 1-2: Depart Home / Arrive São Miguel Island, Ponta Delgada

Welcome to São Miguel Island! The adventure begins in the island’s capital Ponta Delgada, the largest and most visited city in the Azores.  

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With whitewashed houses, 17th-Century convents and churches, and rolling hills, this charming seaside city is crammed with cultural highlights. Bike along the coastline, take a dip in one of the area’s natural swimming pools and take in some city sights before launching into a fun-filled week of outdoor adventure.

Days 3-4: Explore Sete Cidades / Take a Whale-watching Trip / Snorkel Vila Franca do Campo Islet

Get to know São Miguel’s stunning Sete Cidades, a village in a dormant volcano known for its twin lakes, take a whale-watching trip in the island’s crystalline waters, and snorkel in a natural lagoon. 

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Find out what makes “The Green Island” so special! Visit the stunning village of Sete Cidades, for a bike ride along the shore or kayaking in the serene waters. Get a chance to spot whales and dolphins in one of the world’s best marine life viewing destinations, attracting a wealth of blue and sperm whales, bottlenose dolphins, turtles, seabirds and more. Also, snorkel in Vila Franca do Campo Islet, a natural lagoon that protects a variety of marine life and flora.

Days 5-6: Discover Faial Island / Hike a Volcano / Spend the day on Pico Island

Enjoy a change of scenery on Faial Island and experience the colorful Horta Marina. 

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Hike around the site of the archipelago’s last volcanic eruption and then get a taste of Azorean wine country on Pico Island. Explore Faial Island, called “The Blue Island” for the hydrangeas that grow there in summer, and explore the colorful Horta Marina. Head to the island’s westernmost point Capelinhos Volcano, the site of the Azores’ last volcanic eruption. Awash in gray volcanic ash, it feels like walking on the moon! While on Pico Island, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its preservation of the island’s 15th-Century winemaking traditions, spend the day learning about Azorean viniculture.

Days 7-8: Discover São Miguel's Furnas Valley / Hike Faial da Terra / Enjoy Cozido das Furnas Dinner

Enjoy a change of scenery on Faial Island and experience the colorful Horta Marina. 

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Hike around the site of the archipelago’s last volcanic eruption and then get a taste of Azorean wine country on Pico Island. Explore Faial Island, called “The Blue Island” for the hydrangeas that grow there in summer, and explore the colorful Horta Marina. Head to the island’s westernmost point Capelinhos Volcano, the site of the Azores’ last volcanic eruption. Awash in gray volcanic ash, it feels like walking on the moon! While on Pico Island, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its preservation of the island’s 15th-Century winemaking traditions, spend the day learning about Azorean viniculture.

Day 9: Depart São Miguel Island / Return Home

Get a chance to spend the morning touring and shopping for souvenirs in Ponta Delgada. Then head to the airport for your journey home!

Hotel Royal Garden

The Royal Garden is the ideal welcome to Azorean culture, located five minutes from Ponta Delgada’s city square. A short drive from the airport in the center the Island of São Miguel, the hotel is steps away from gorgeous beaches and a shopping area. Its nod to Asian-themed design culminates in the hotel’s serene Japanese style garden in the central courtyard. The hotel comes with a pool, fitness center, restaurant, bar, and free internet and access to Wi-Fi. You’ll feel right at home! 

Faial Resort Hotel

The Faial Resort Hotel is considered one of the most magnificent properties on the island of Faial, with only a scenic green space separating it from the town of Horta and its world-famous marina. You will be able to enjoy a majestic seaside view of both the marina and nearby Pico Island. With a tennis court, pool, fitness center, free internet, and free Wi-Fi you’ll have plenty to do during your time at the hotel! 

Terra Nostra Garden Hotel

Your final stay on this Azorean escape is at the newly renovated Terra Nostra Garden Hotel in Furnas, considered among the top hotels in Portugal. Nestled in the geothermal hotspot of Furnas Valley, Condé Nast Traveler recently selected it one of the “World’s Best Green Retreats.” The hotel has a pool, restaurant, bar, spa, fitness center, hot tub, and free access to internet and Wi-Fi. There will also be time to relish in the property’s botanical garden and soak in the relaxing, iron-rich thermal pool.