Itinerary Highlights
    • Island hop across no fewer than four islands to see the full range of Azorean landscapes
    • The warm, mild climate is legendary any time of year
    • Visit Terceira with a private guide, observe cetacean marine mammals off the coast of Pico (April to September)
    • We will provide you with a car on each island and access to our local Concierge service

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The best way to explore the Azores for the first time is by travelling through the archipelago's four main islands. Those who love calm, authenticity and nature will be enthralled. It might seem tranquil, yet volcanic activity still persists... It is even said that the islands are the last traces of Atlantis, which was supposedly swallowed up in one of their volcanic lakes.

The first stop will be Faial, nicknamed the Blue Island. It's a lovely blend of lunar landscapes, traditional small harbours, and hydrangea-lined roads, to which it owes its nickname. Horta Marina is one of those mythical harbours where generations of sailors have gratefully disembarked. Then head to Pico, called the Black Island because of its ubiquitous volcanic stone.
Pico do Fogo (1.5 miles high) is the highest point not only of the island but of Portugal as a whole. Pico, and in particular its port, Lajes do Pico, also tell the story of an era when whaling made the islands famous. While the exploitation of whales may be a thing of the past, the island has evolved and remains one of the best starting points for observing these wonderful marine mammals' activity. The third stop will be Terceira. Terceira was so named by the Portuguese because it was the third island to be discovered… They no doubt immediately appreciated its patchwork of green fields, natural caves, small multicoloured chapels, and gilded churches. Its treasures lie underwater as well, where divers delight in its lovely discoveries. Lastly, this four-part trip concludes on Sao Miguel, the big sister of all the archipelago's islands in terms of size and activity. In addition to blue and black, there is another shade associated with this natural gem of an island: green. On the Green Island, you can discover verdant landscapes, both wild and agricultural, and an abundance of exotic plants and crater lakes, which provide a mysterious mix of azure and emerald.

Already included in your itinerary – A private tour of Terceira and a boat trip to meet cetacean marine mammals off Pico.


Some of the selected hotels are found deep in the countryside, while others lie along the oceanic coastline. All of these properties provide lovely settings and special charm. For example, your hotel in Horta offers direct access to the marina and is a pleasant entry point. The hotel in Pico will provide a change of scenery. While it's close to the island's northern coast, it offers a decidedly rural setting not far from the pastures where a few cows graze. Your hotel on Terceira is a beautiful 17th-century mansion with floral tablecloths and refined furniture. Everything is within a few miles of Angra do Heroismo, the former capital of the UNESCO World Heritage listed archipelago. It shares this 17th-century heritage with the hotel we've chosen in Ribeira Grande, which dates back to the same period. Its purpose has varied over the centuries, from military fortress to artists' residence, and now a comfortable hotel. Finally, your accommodation in Furnas provides a change of pace, with its eponymous botanical garden, thermal pool and Art Deco style.


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Arrive at the airport and pick up your rental car in Horta, Faial’s capital. Faial means ‘beech wood’ in Portuguese, yet it’s the vibrant carpet of hydrangeas that characterises the island and gives it the nickname the ‘blue island’. The huge Cabeco Gordo looms over the port of Horta at an impressive 3,422ft, the highest point on the island. Stay next to the picturesque port and marina for two nights, in a hotel which combines old-world touches with modernity.



Explore the harbour, once home to sailors crossing the Atlantic; discover the Museu Scrimshaw, where you can see engraved sperm whale teeth; hike the Caldeira for beautiful view of the islands of Pico and Sao Jorge, and traverse the lunar landscape of Capelinhos Volcano, which emerged in 1958 from a spectacular underwater eruption.



Travel to Pico Island and Madalena Harbour aboard a small ferry. The Pico do Fogo Volcano crater, with its impressive imposing presence, is Portugal's highest point, towering above the Atlantic at 7,713ft. Pick up your new rental car and drive to Lajes do Pico, a historic port of the bygone whaling era. Stay for two nights near the village of Prainha, with its welcoming traditional houses which showcase volcanic stone features and rustic woodwork. This authentic aspect is enhanced by the surrounding natural scenery, which combines both the ocean and a lovely rural setting.



Set off on a half-day excursion to see the cetacean marine mammals that live in Pico’s waters in small groups. Keep an eye out for an array of dolphin species, including short-billed dolphins, harbour dolphins and Risso's dolphins, as well as spotted and striped dolphins. If you're lucky, you'll also be able to spot sperm whales, blue whales (especially from early spring to late summer), pilot whales and killer whales.



Fly to Terceira, northeast of Pico. Terceira was once home to Spanish galleons, overflowing with cargos of silk, spices and gold. Today, the island possesses immense natural value, characterised by lush fields, underground caves and centuries-old churches. After picking up your next rental car, drive to Angra do Heroísmo, a colourful old town that has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1983. This historic heritage is accompanied by a real cultural vibrancy, through its philharmonic orchestras, cultural centre and theatre troupes, among other attractions. Stay for two nights in an opulent country house by the sea, where old-world charm is combined with impeccable services to create the perfect atmosphere. Modern amenities include a swimming pool, tennis court and gym, along with a beautifully designed living area.

Visits to the volcanic cave of Algar do Carvao, the 'Imperios' (small colourful chapels) of Praia da Vittoria and the natural pools of Biscoitos can also be added into the itinerary.



Head out on a one-day private tour, which offers an introduction to the island's many attractions. Visit some must-see sites such as Monte Brasil, an extinct 3,360ft volcano surrounded by the walls of the Sao Joao Baptista Fortress; Serra do Cume, where you can admire the bay of Praia da Vitoria; the volcanic cave of Algar do Carvao; the volcanic abyss of Enxofre, and the Verdelho Wine Museum.

DAYS 7 to 9


Fly to Sao Miguel and pick up your next rental car. As the largest island in the archipelago, Sao Miguel provides a wonderful overview of the Azores. The modestly-sized towns of Ponta Delgada and Ribeira Grande boast forested landscapes and green plains, which have bestowed Sao Miguel with its nickname of ‘Green Island’.

During your three-night stay, visit natural geysers and crater lakes, and take an optional private riding trip through the lush landscape. Stay in a 17th-century manor house, which was once a military fortress, a lookout post for privateers and pirates, as well as an artists’ residence and a tea plantation.

DAYS 10 & 11


Head to Furnas, famous for its various volcanic manifestations, including hot springs, fumaroles (sulphurous gas vents) and bubbling mud. These geological phenomena have produced two points of pride for the city: the cozido das Furnas - a dish cooked with the natural steam of the volcano - and the Terra Nostra, its botanical garden, which owes its luxuriance to its extremely fertile soil. Stay for two-nights in the heart of the eponymous garden, in a hotel which has inherited a beautiful 1930s Art Deco style and is equipped with a thermal pool. Its central location within Furnas makes it possible to walk everywhere.

DAY 12


Today you will fly home, with a layover in Lisbon.

A la carte

A few days in Flores

Flores' nickname of 'flower island' is well-deserved. One of the westernmost islands in the archipelago, it lies at the end of Europe, before the immensity of the ocean and next-stop North America. Flores' beauty is intensely natural. The Morro Alto mountain, lakes, the Rocha dos Bordoes, and its many waterfalls are prime examples of this. Yet man has also left his mark too, in the shape of a few churches, like Nossa Senhora de Lurdes in Fazenda, and through picturesque villages like Faja Grande.



A two-hour ride, led by a private guide, through the many hidden trails of Sao Miguel. You'll get a chance to explore a lush green island in more depth, at the pace you choose: walk, trot or gallop, depending on your level.


A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
The estimated cost for this trip starts from £2,170 to £3,395 per person. This trip is tailor-made to your exact specifications so prices will fluctuate. The cost varies according to several factors, including level of service, duration of the trip and how far in advance you book. The final cost will vary according to several factors, including the level of service, length of trip and advance booking time. The exact price will be shown on your personalised quote. The average starting price for this trip is £2,590 per person.
  • International flights with a scheduled airline

  • Inter-island domestic flights mentioned in the itinerary

  • Airline taxes and fuel surcharge

  • One checked bag per passenger

  • Car rentals on the islands of Faial, Pico, Terceira, and São Miguel

  • Ferry between Faial and Pico

  • Two-night stay in Horta in a double room with breakfast included

  • Two-night stay in São Roque, room only

  • Two-night stay in Angra do Heroísmo in a double room with breakfast included

  • Three-night stay in Ribeira Grande in a double apartment, room only

  • Two-night stay in Furnas in a double room with breakfast included

  • Half-day ocean excursion to watch marine mammals

  • One-day tour with a private guide who speaks your language to explore the island of Terceira

  • Our local Concierge service
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