The Azores Islands At A Glance
Sao Miguel & Terceira Island

Ponte Delgada & Angra do Heroísmo
May 20 - 27, 2023
7 Nights
Starting at $5,910 /person

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2 Home bases
2 Destinations
Activity level
Moderate
Service level
Premium
Group size
Max
10
Journey designed by
Mikael Audebert
2 Home bases
2 Destinations
Group size : 10

Welcome to the Azores Islands by Art In Voyage. This paradise is in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, where one may easily feel troubles are a World away. The nine islands of the Azores archipelago were birthed from volcanoes, tiny atolls of black lava emerging from the depths of the sea. Sometimes called the Hawaii of Europe – despite their mid-Atlantic location, the Azores are part of Portugal. They are known for their stunning natural landscapes. There, waterfalls tumble down basalt cliffs, spectacular crater lakes top rainforest-covered hills, and pale-green pastures are hedged by colorful hydrangeas. There’s a rich cultural heritage, too, and welcoming locals are happy to tell stories of their history and traditions over long meals accompanied by plenty of Azorean wine. Join Art in Voyage, to uncover the culture, history, nature, and culinary delights of two of these incredible islands.

What is Included

Nights
4 nights in São Miguel at the WHITE Hotel

3 nights in Terceira at Terceira Mar Hotel

Meals
Daily breakfast at all properties

6 Lunches

3 Dinners with wine pairings

Activities
3-hour private walking tour of Ponte Delgada

2 x Private full day culinary experiences

Private full day nature adventures to include a picnic (and wine)

Semi-private Day at sea (or combo sea/land)

Private full day discovery of Terceira with private guide (City & National Volcanoe Park)

And More
Services of a professional local host throughout the journey

Transportation throughout your journey

One-way flight between islands (coach - upgrade available)

Highlights

Incredible Marine Life Viewing

The ocean is central to everything here – it is the highway that connects islanders to the world, an important source of food and a fundamental part of the Azorean soul. No matter where you are in the archipelago, the sea is ever-present. Dolphins and whales, including huge male sperm whales, are regular visitors.

Azorean Food & Wine

There are hundreds of species of fish in the waters around the Azores and the local fishing fleet uses only sustainable line-caught methods. Feast on delicious grilled fish, indulge in creamy local limpets served with yuzu- soy dressing and white-fish tempura with zingy locally grown jalapeño. Pair your dishes with a local red, white, or rosé made with grapes grown on volcanic soil, and enjoy some of the best cheeses of Europe, all made locally.

Art & Culture

The five centuries of history and tradition in the Azores are most visible in the heart of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Angra do Heroísmo. You’ll find plenty of traditional Portuguese architecture along its pretty streets, particularly rua da Sé. While rua José Azevedo, in the town of Horta on Faial, and Praça Gonçalo Velho, in the capital Ponta Delgada on São Miguel, are also noteworthy for their well-preserved old buildings.

Outdoor Adventures

The Azores are all about long days spent outdoors. For guests wanting to be more active, every island has superb hiking tracks, often around crater lakes or up rainforest-clad hills. The town of Furnas in São Miguel is home to several naturally heated geothermal pools and hot springs, the perfect ending to any outdoor activity. Active guests will also find the time to bike around the islands and take in an incredible beauty surrounding them.

Itinerary

B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner
|The itinerary as presented may need to be modified from time to time to address possible logistical and weather challenges.
The itinerary as presented may need to be modified from time to time to address possible logistical and weather challenges.
Welcome to São Miguel Island

Day 1- Welcome to São Miguel Island

Day 1 : Welcome to São Miguel Island

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On arrival, you are greeted by a private driver and whisked away to your home for the next few days. After checking in, meet up with your host for the week and enjoy a lovely welcome lunch at one of our favorite authentic local eateries. You then embark on a short yet engaging and fun private guided tour of Ponte Delgada. Explore the island’s central city which was once a simple fishing village and soon began to play the role of the main port of São Miguel. Tonight, an authentic welcome dinner is served and paired with local wines.

A Culinary Adventure

Day 2- A Culinary Adventure

Day 2 : A Culinary Adventure

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Today, you are treated to a culinary adventure complete with a boat trip. The day starts at the local garden where you will pick vegetables for lunch. You then head to the Furnas to taste some bread cooked in the hot volcanic ground. The next stop is at the pier in Porto Formoso, where you set sail for a tour of the island’s fabulous north coast. Coming ashore, Chef Cláudio Pontes awaits your company while preparing a fresh, local and tasty lunch using the fish caught during the early hours. It is served with some of the local wines. Your memorable experience ends mid-afternoon with an evening at leisure.

Hike, Soak and Repeat!

Day 3- Hike, Soak and Repeat!

Day 3 : Hike, Soak and Repeat!

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Today, we take on some of the island's most beautiful trails and scenery. After breakfast, we make our way to Sete Citades Lake, the most iconic of all the lakes on the island, and observe it from 3 different viewpoints. We then make our way to the breathtaking caldera of Sete Cidates village, passing by the bridge that divides the lake in two. The lake itself is a popular spot for stand-up paddling and kayaking, where you can enjoy some of these activities. Enjoy a chef-prepared picnic for lunch surrounded by the beauty of the area. We end the day at a natural hot spring to relax and soak in. Tonight, dinner is at leisure.

Sea Creatures

Day 4- Sea Creatures

Day 4 : Sea Creatures

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Today, our guests have the choice between two equally incredible adventures. For the first one, embark on a dolphin and whale-watching tour with a marine biologist. Observe some of the 28 different cetacean species found in the Azorean waters. After the tour, you will enjoy lunch in town before continuing on a Jeep tour to Fogo Lake and ending with a hot bath in the geothermal area. The second brings you closer to our sea creatures. You first swim with dolphins in their natural environment. You then enjoy lunch before a tour of Fogo lake on a private Jeep tour. Tonight, dinner is at leisure.

Off to Terceira Island.

Day 5- Off to Terceira Island.

Day 5 : Off to Terceira Island.

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After breakfast, we depart for the airport where we catch a short flight to the Island of Terceira. Here, you get to stay in the oldest city of the Azores: Angra do Heroísmo. This city is perfect if you are looking to immerse yourself in Azorean culture without the hustle and bustle of Sao Miguel. The rest of the day is at leisure, and activities or tours may be booked for you by your host. Tonight, we regroup for an authentic and regional dinner overlooking the ocean.

More Discovering We Do.

Day 6- More Discovering We Do.

Day 6 : More Discovering We Do.

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After breakfast, a private guide shows us around Angra do Heroismo. As you uncover this historical hub, its picturesque and joyful vibe instantly captures your heart. You will even have the chance to stop and savor some local sweets along the way. After lunch at one of our favorite local eateries, we depart for the lava tubes. There, we learn about the pulsating volcanic activity of Terceira Island in the Azores: Algar do Carvão. After a lovely day exploring the town and understanding more of what makes the island so unique and special, the rest of the day is at leisure. Since the next day will be packed with foodies' adventures, we hold our farewell dinner tonight at Caneta, featured in National Geographic.

Food & Wine for a Day

Day 7- Food & Wine for a Day

Day 7 : Food & Wine for a Day

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Today, we take you on a casual, down-to-earth, and unpretentious gastronomic journey. First, we head towards São Mateus da Calhetais, the largest fishing village on the island. Here discover the Fish Lota, a whaling museum, and sample local fish and seafood. We continue to the parish of Cinco Ribeiras where we stop at a local cheese factory to taste various kinds of cheese and bread. Continuing along the coast, we stop at Serreta Parish for lunch where we enjoy the most famous dish on Terceira island: Alcatra. . After lunch, a tasting stop at a local winery of the Biscoitos wine region is a must! With a full belly on our way back to the property, we make one last stop to try the Quinta dos Açores ice cream. Dinner (if any is still needed) will be at leisure.

Time to say goodbye!

Day 8- Time to say goodbye!

Day 8 : Time to say goodbye!

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All good things must come to an end (or must they?). This morning you are transferred to the airport where catch a flight home. Of course, we would argue for an extension to Portugal's capital Lisbon or have one of our travel experts put together an extension to one of the other exciting islands of the Azores.

Accommodations

White Hotel

Sao Miguel (Azores), Portugal

True to its name, everything from the whitewashed walls and polished concrete floors to the stone terraces surrounding the pool are brilliant white, warmed by raw wood furniture and tactile fabrics such as wool and linen. The terraces that run the length of the hotel and overlook the sea are spectacular, whether for early-morning yoga to the sound of the waves or a cocktail by the fire pit while you watch the sunset. The white of the rooms and the azure of the ocean are reminiscent of a Greek island, but the converted 18th-century building also has intrinsically Azorean touches,...

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True to its name, everything from the whitewashed walls and polished concrete floors to the stone terraces surrounding the pool are brilliant white, warmed by raw wood furniture and tactile fabrics such as wool and linen. The terraces that run the length of the hotel and overlook the sea are spectacular, whether for early-morning yoga to the sound of the waves or a cocktail by the fire pit while you watch the sunset. The white of the rooms and the azure of the ocean are reminiscent of a Greek island, but the converted 18th-century building also has intrinsically Azorean touches, with volcanic stone lintels and, in some rooms, stone beams and detailing. The rooms are all suites, complete with comfortable sofas and a small but high-spec kitchenette, fully equipped for preparing coffee and tea or a light meal. Bathrooms are large with polished concrete floors, big open showers, and organic toiletries by Susanne Kaufmann.
The laid-back feel of the Azores is reflected in the service, which is warm and welcoming without being overly formal. An in-house masseuse is available and yoga classes can be arranged. Or you can hire the hotel’s nine-meter chauffeured motor launch to explore neighboring islands, go scuba diving or swim in a secluded cove.

Junior Suite | Terceira Islands
Junior Suite | Terceira Islands

Terceira Mar Hotel

Terceira Island (Azores), Portugal

The resort-inspired Terceira Mar Hotel has an ideal location in Angra, on Terceira Island, and is immersed in the landscape of Monte Brasil and the Atlantic Ocean. This is the backdrop where the garden blossoms and the saltwater pool merges with the infinite sea. Terceira Mar Hotel gastronomic offerings have Azorean taste and superior quality. Over Fanal Bay, boasting breathtaking views over Monte Brasil, the restaurant is the ideal place to enjoy tasty gastronomy, with a focus on the chef’s reinterpretation of several regional dishes. The Fanal Bar is the perfect spot to socialize. It is a versatile space with...

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The resort-inspired Terceira Mar Hotel has an ideal location in Angra, on Terceira Island, and is immersed in the landscape of Monte Brasil and the Atlantic Ocean. This is the backdrop where the garden blossoms and the saltwater pool merges with the infinite sea. Terceira Mar Hotel gastronomic offerings have Azorean taste and superior quality. Over Fanal Bay, boasting breathtaking views over Monte Brasil, the restaurant is the ideal place to enjoy tasty gastronomy, with a focus on the chef’s reinterpretation of several regional dishes. The Fanal Bar is the perfect spot to socialize. It is a versatile space with live entertainment and an outdoor terrace, that meets the needs of both visitors and islanders, and is ideal for an early evening drink or a light meal that can be served inside or outside in a comfortable and panoramic terrace over the ocean.
Terceira Mar Hotel provides spacious and luxurious rooms, all of them boasting breathtaking sea views.

On Offer

Junior Suite | São Miguel Island
Junior Suite | São Miguel Island
Junior Suite | São Miguel Island
Junior Suite | São Miguel Island
Junior Suite | Terceira Islands
Junior Suite | Terceira Islands
Junior Suite | Terceira Islands
Junior Suite | Terceira Islands

Junior Suite Package

$5,910 /person
Based on double occupancy
Deposit: $750/person
Final balance due: 90 days before departure

What is Included

Nights
4 nights in São Miguel at the WHITE Hotel

3 nights in Terceira at Terceira Mar Hotel

Meals
Daily breakfast at all properties

6 Lunches

3 Dinners with wine pairings

Activities
3-hour private walking tour of Ponte Delgada

2 x Private full day culinary experiences

Private full day nature adventures to include a picnic (and wine)

Semi-private Day at sea (or combo sea/land)

Private full day discovery of Terceira with private guide (City & National Volcanoe Park)

And More
Services of a professional local host throughout the journey

Transportation throughout your journey

One-way flight between islands (coach - upgrade available)

Important Information

Good to know
All listed activities are optional in attendance. Not excited by one of them? Let us know and we'll find something that suits your interests.

Our property selection is always subject to change as these are privately owned. In such rare instances, it will be substituted for one of equal or great value offering similar features and amenities.

Our journeys never include prepaid gratuity. We believe it should be a sign of appreciation and satisfaction, not an obligation. To that effect, our guests will always have the choice at the end of the journey and will be able to do so in cash or by credit card. Guidelines will be provided in your travel journal.

Additional daily tours and excursions may be arranged

Travel insurance is recommended (Art In Voyage partners with Allianz)
Smallprint

Our day-to-day itinerary may, from time to time and prior to departure, need to be altered or slightly modified to address possible unforeseen logistical and weather challenges. In such rare instances, Art In Voyage guarantees delivery of the content of the itinerary yet, in a different order.

All listed retreats (hotels, villas, and barges) are, at times, subject to changes. In such rare instances, similar or higher standards will be upheld.

In case of a cancelation at more than 90 days prior to departure, your deposit will be returned minus a $250 per person administrative fee.

In case of a cancelation within the penalty period: Find a replacement at least 30 days prior to departure and your journey will be fully refunded, minus a $250 per person administrative fee.
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