The far-flung Portuguese island chain of the Azores is famed for its rich history as well as its verdant, volcanic landscape. This archipelago played a part in the Age of Discovery and even Christopher Columbus landed on Santa Maria in 1493. The relatively small main island - São Miguel - makes a great base from which to explore. Our journey takes in all the major sites such including geothermal lakes, volcanic craters and the pretty capital of Ponta Delgada. It also gives guests the chance to try the locally distilled gin and pick tea at one of Europe's few tea plantations.
Take a morning flight from London to Ponta Delgada via Lisbon or Porto. Transfer to the Azoris Royal Garden (or similar) for the duration of the tour. (N)Day 2: Morning tour of Ponta Delgada
Enjoy a walking tour of the Ponta Delgada, the island capital, famous for its distinct volcanic-stone architecture. Highlights include Campo de São Francisco and Santuario do Santo Cristo. Your afternoon is free for enjoying this pretty city at leisure. (B)Day 3: Full-day tour of São Miguel
Embark on a full-day excursion across the lush landscape of the island. Visit the caldeiras, the town of Furnas to enjoy the great variety of endemic flora, as well as the natural hot pools. Then stop for tea tasting at one of the few tea plantations in Europe. There will be free time to bathe in one of the hot pools should one wish to. (B)Day 4: Full-day 4x4 safari to Sete Cidades
Today, travel to the west of São Miguel to enjoy the volcanic landscape of Sete Cidades, famous for its blue lagoons and lush green vegetation. Continue to Ponta do Escalvado for magnificent views of dramatic cliffs and the Atlantic Ocean. The final stop is Ponta da Ferraría, a magical place where the seawater is naturally heated by a volcanic fissure. (B)Day 5: Whale watching safari
The Azores is one of the best places on Earth to observe cetacean species including orca, blue whales and dolphins. The day starts with a presentation from a local marine biologist explaining what you will see, before heading out. Depending on the size of the group this might be a RIB or small boat. Today’s excursion is not exclusive to Cox & Kings clients. (B)Day 6: Day at Leisure
Spend the day at leisure. Unwind by the pool, or you might wish to explore one of the smaller islands of the Azores Archipelago, such as Terceira – a short flight away. Hiking is also popular on São Miguel; local routes can be suggested. (B)Day 7: Fly to London
Transfer to the airport and transfer to London via Lisbon or Porto. (B)
Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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The Azoris Royal Garden is located in the city of Ponta Delgada on the island of São Miguel, also known as 'the green island'. The 4-star, light-filled hotel's 193 rooms have been recently refurbished in a modern palette of fresh, calming tones. The harmonious vibe continues outside in laid-back Zen garden and tempting pool. The property's restaurant serves up regional, national and international dishes in a contemporary way that guests will relish. Features: 192 rooms & suites, restaurant, bar, lounge, swimming pool, spa centre, gym Room amenities: Wi-Fi throughout, air conditioning, room service, mini bar
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*Itinerary: Note that for the 06 Feb 2014* departure date only the itinerary is different to the regular 2014 tour, with a visit to the countryside in Mai Chai and an extra night in Hanoi, and one less night in Hoi An.
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