Discovery Tour to Azores & Madeira

Discovery Tour to Azores & Madeira

Portugal

Tour to the Island of SÃO MIGUEL - FAIAL - PICO & Madeira/ 11 days



SMALL GROUP OPERTAE FOR 15 PEOPLE – GREAT FOR FAMILY


Discovery Tour to Azores & Madeira

Day 1 : Departure from Canada to Azores

    

Day 2 : Ponta Delgada – Ponta Delgada Airport

Accordingly to your flight schedule transfer to your hotel.

Dinner on your own. Overnight in the hotel. ( Breakfast)

Ponta Delgada (Azores), Portugal     

Day 3 : Full Day- Lagoa do Fogo and Furnas w/lunch

Breakfast in the hotel.

Departure from Ponta Delgada to Lagoa do Fogo, in Barrosa Mountain, located in the centre of the island in a volcano crater. Surrounded by an idyllic landscape, crystal clear waters and a white sand peninsula, the lake rests in a place of great tranquillity and beauty. 

We proceed our trip to the city of Ribeira Grande, the centre of the baroque art in S.Miguel. Still in the city, you can enjoy a visit to Factory of Liqueurs Ferreira, where the Passion fruit Liqueur is the crown jewel. The tour goes on by the north coast with stops at the belvedere of Santa Iria and tea factory of Gorreana, where guests will have the chance to taste the tea. Before arriving in the Parrish of Furnas, we will stop in the belvedere of Pico de Ferro, surrounded by exuberant vegetation. This place provides a dazzling panorama over Furnas. It’s an extravagant atmosphere where the colour of the flowers mixes with the exuberant vegetation form diverse continents. The ride goes on to Furnas Lake, with the gothic outline of the Chapel Nossa Senhora das Victorias reflected in its limpid waters. The peacefulness of this scenario is contrasted with the shores of the lake, where volcanic fumaroles, used as natural stoves by the naturals to cook the famous cozido (in sealed pots), boil in the ground. Once in Furnas Village, the lunch will be served.

In the afternoon, a visit to Terra Nostra Park will take place. The garden is a perfect example of the English romantic gardens, with green lakes, basalt caves, winding pathways, exotic flowers from all around the world, centenary trees and a swimming pool of thermal waters. The tour continues in the parish of Furnas to the hot springs. It’s an area in the middle of the village with diverse forms of volcanic activity, where water and mud geysers spout and boil. We will return to Ponta Delgada by the southern coast, passing by Vila Franca do Camp, the islands first governmental centre.Dinner in local restaurant.

Overnight in the hotel. ( Meals : Breakfast , Lunch ,Dinner )

Lagoa do Fogo      Furnas, Provocao, Portugal     

Day 4 : FULLDAY Sete Cidades e Estufas de ananases w/lunch

Breakfast in the hotel.

Departure from Ponta Delgada to the mountains of Sete Cidades. The tour will take the southwest road, along the seashore, sprinkled, all over by green pastures where the cows mow. Stop at the belvedere of Vista do Rei, a magnificent breath-taking view over the lakes of Sete Cidades the green and the blue lake in the bottom of an enormous volcanic crater The tour continues through county roads. From the road you see long extensions of the north and south coasts, including the mountains in the central part of the island. Lunch will be served in a typical restaurant. After lunch visit to the pineapple plantations in green houses to observe how tropical fruit grows here. The visit ends with a taste of Pineapple liqueur. 

Dinner in local restaurant. Overnight in the hotel. ( Meals : Breakfast , Lunch ,Dinner )

    

Day 5 : Ponta delgada – Ponta Delgada Airport – Horta Airp

Breakfast in the hotel.

Accordingly to your flight schedule transfer to the airport.

Pick up at the airport in Horta, transfer to your hotel.

Lunch and Dinner on your own . Overnight in the hotel. ( Meals : Breakfast )

Ponta Delgada (Azores), Portugal      Horta, Portugal     

Day 6 : FD Faial w/lunch 8h

Breakfast in the hotel.

Departure from hotels in Horta, driving through the magnificent sight ot the Harbour and of Pico island. Espalamaca and center of the island. Arriving to Caldeira, a protected natural area due to its vegetation. Continuing to Capelinhos volcano the participants have the opportunity to know some of its history occurred in 1957. Visit the Capelinhos Volcano Interpretation Centre. Lunch in a local restaurant. Return to Horta by the South coast to visit the city of Horta.

Dinner on your own. Overnight in the hotel. ( Meals : Breakfast , Lunch )

Faial Island, Portugal     

Day 7 : FULL DAY Pico with lunch and ferrie boat

Breakfast in the hotel.

Departure from Hotels in Horta. Ferrie boat trip to Madalena (20m) Pico island. Madalena to Arcos do Cachorro, impressive rock formations the ocean makes an exciting show of sound and colour. Drive on to the area of “Misterios” mystery amounts of spread lava early volcanic eruptions. Visit São Roque village, clients will have the opportunity to see the museum of the whaling industry (The last whaling factory to be used. It exhibits tools and equipment). Driving along to Lajes (First settlement on the island with many old houses with carved stonework and long balconies. It has a long tradition of (whale hunting), south coast, will make a stop at Lagoa do Capitão. After lunch a visit to the whalers museum* (was set in a former of boathouse and is the only one of its kind in Portugal). It contains a collection of scrimshaw pieces, carved in the tooth or bone of the whale, as well as various implements used in primitive fishing) and to “Boca” (The first Azorean whale watching base). After this, the return to the hotel takes place by the south, stopping at Misterio de São João (Extensive fields of lava with pine trees).

Return to Horta. Transfer to the hotel.

Farewell Dinner. Overnight in the hotel.

( Meals : Breakfast , Lunch ,Dinner )

Pico Island, Portugal     

Day 8 : Horta Airport – Funchal

Breakfast in the hotel.

Accordingly to your flight schedule transfer to the airport. On arrival to Funchal.

Transfer to your hotel.

Begin your tour towards Avenida do Infante. - Drop off at Santa Catarina Park. Visit. - Continue towards Avenida do Mar, until reach Rua D. Carlos I, to walk through the Old Town, towards the street of Santa Maria, an open-air museum, with the project "Art of Open Doors", along its streets, where its doors were painted or otherwise intervened by numerous artists. - Continue until the “Forte de São Tiago” and then Miradouro da Barreirinha.

Lunch and Dinner on your own. Overnight in the hotel. ( Meals : Breakfast )

Horta, Portugal      Funchal, Portugal     

Day 9 : FULL DAY PORTO MONIZ

Breakfast in the hotel.

Departure from the Hotel towards Câmara de Lobos, where you will discover this fishing town. - Continuing towards Cabo Girão and Ribeira Brava.

Pass through places like Ponta do Sol and Calheta, with its sand beach brought from the African desert. - Continuing to Paúl da Serra. Stop at Fanal.

Stop at Porto Moniz where we will have lunch at a local restaurant and still have the opportunity to visit the famous natural pools - Back to the road visit to Véu da Noiva viewpoint.

Stop in the village of São Vicente.- Before going to the Hotel, stop at Encumeada, from where, on clear days, we can enjoy beautiful panoramas on both slopes of the island. ( Meals : Breakfast )

Porto, Portugal     

Day 10 : Full Day SOUTHWEST

Breakfast in the hotel.

Departure the South-west of Madeira. - Travelling east-to-west along the coast, you’ll find each town sitting in its own secluded natural harbour with its own little microclimate; almost its own little world. -There’s something of a Cornish-feel to the most-easterly village of Ponta do Sol, and its attractive colourful buildings, pebble beach and laid-back feel make it a popular weekend destination for Funchal’s residents. The south west’s largest town is Calheta, small-andfriendly marina and a golden artificial sand beach. Then is time for a visit to Paul do Mar, and head towards Ponta do Pargo.

Lunch will be served in a local restaurant.

After lunch, free time to enjoy the views. - Then is time to visit the Prazeres Educational Farm. Agricultural areas, gardens with herbs and a variety of exotic animals are some of the attractions of this estate, located in the parish of Prazeres. Then return to the hotel. Farewell Dinner with a Folklore show.

Overnight in the hotel. ( Meals : Breakfast ,Dinner )

    

Day 11 : Funchal – Funchal Airport/ PONTA DELGADA

Breakfast in the hotel.

Accordingly to your flight schedule transfer to Funchal Airport/Ponta Delgada then to Canada

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Funchal, Portugal