Board your Overnight Flight to the “Green Island”
Hotel Talisman is a charming hotel located in the historical center of Ponta Delgada overlooking a beautiful park. Remainder of the day at leisure.
Departure from Ponta Delgada towards Vista do Rei viewpoint. On the way you will have the opportunity to visit and discover some smaller lagoons such as Lagoa das Empadadas and Lagoa do Canário, before you get to the viewpoint where you can view the magnificent Lagoa das Sete Cidades. After driving along the dirt road that surrounds the rim of the volcanic structure, you will descend to the Sete Cidades village and have a short stop near the church of São Nicolau. Lunch at local traditional restaurant. On the way to Ponta Delgada, you will still have the chance to see Lagoa de Santiago.
Located in the middle of the island, it is a natural protected reserved area, with one of the most beautiful green emerald lake on the island (Fire Lake), and Caldeira Velha, a hot Iron Waterfall with an exotic scenery nature. In Ribeira Grande, the liquor factory, which the main production is Passion Fruit liquor, it has already won 6 golden medals in contests around Europe, and other flavour liquors. In Lagoa, one can appreciate the ceramic pottery factor.
Transfer from Hotel Talisman to P. Delgada Airport. Board your short flight to Faial. Different colours of blue decorate the houses, divide the fields and line the roadsides, giving Faial the name of Blue Island. Remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight at Hotel Canal do Mar.
Enjoy stunning scenery that Horta has to offer as you appreciate fantastic vistas of the Caldeira & Capelinhos Volcano. Departing the quayside you will enjoy a drive to the belvedere at Espalamaca, from where there is a splendid outlook towards the Port and the charming old town of Horta, on a clear day it is possible to afford views of Horta’s neighbouring islands - Pico, São Jorge and Graciosa. You will then take to the road and start the 3,000 feet drive up to the centre of the Island to inspect a vast volcanic crater known as “Caldeira”. As you travel westward you will pass by th typical Azorean villages of Ribeira Funda
Transfer service this morning to the Horta ferry terminal for the 30 minute trip to the island of Pico. Pronounced “Peak” by Azoreans, the translation is exactly that: a mountain peak. Meet your driver at the ferry dock in Madalena on Pico for a full day tour of the second largest island in the Azores. The island is dominated by the great bulk of Pico mountain. Islanders make good use of the black volcanic rocks to build houses and walls in a distinctive fashion. Pico was an important whaling station and there is a museum showing how islanders took to the seas in open boats in pursuit of the leviathans. Fortunately, tourists are now the only ones who go to sea to see the many species of whales in the islands. An unusual feature of Pico is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of acres of vineyards encircled by small, black volcanic rock walls to protect them from the salt winds and to collect extra heat. Return to ain the afternoon for the ferry trip back to Horta
Transfer this morning to Horta Airport, and bid “Adeus” to the Azores as you return to Boston. (flight connecting in PDL) Arrive in Boston late afternoon of the same day.
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