The Azores Islands
Friday 11 October 2019 (8 Days)
"I would definitely recommend this holiday.. for somewhere totally unspoilt" (Lesley)
The Azores form an enchanting archipelago of nine emerald green islands set in the Atlantic Ocean between Portugal (1,500km) and North America (3,900km) and these Portuguese Islands are one of the few unspoilt paradises on the planet. The Azores are characterised by their mild climate throughout the year. During the summer months – between June and October – the island enjoys long periods of sunshine and pleasant temperatures. The average air temperature ranges between 13.6°C (minimum) and 22°C (maximum) throughout the whole year.
At one time thought to be part of the legendary lost continent of Atlantis, the islands were discovered in the 15th century by Portuguese navigators en route to the New World and became the link between Europe and the Americas. The islands maintain an Old World charm that is difficult to find almost anywhere else in Europe. Here in the middle of the ocean, in between the 2 continents, you can go whale watching, walking, diving, bird watching or horse riding and feel like you have dropped into your own private paradise.
Our 7 night break will be based on the island of São Miguel, which maintains the typical charm of the Azores. Covering an area of approximately 747 sq Km (65 km long by 16 km wide) Sao Miguel is the largest of the Islands in the Archipelago.
With a wealth of things to see and activities to do, you’ll ?nd many scenes of untouched beauty as you explore this magical island.
São Miguel is composed of two volcanic ranges with three stunning crater lakes – Sete Cidades, Furnas and Lagoa do Fogo. Sete Cidades, a green, fairy-tale crater with its twin lakes is almost ten miles in circumference while Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lake) is the most remote of the lakes set within an imposing mountain range. The valley of Furnas in the eastern highlands is a true paradise; with its beautiful ?ower-lined lake, botanical garden and Caldeiras (hot springs) guaranteed to make your visit a truly memorable one.
The stunning beauty of The Azores are the result of volcanic activity. Its legacy is a stunning landscape of vast blue lakes, dark cliffs, and green valleys full of exotic plants that grow in the fertile soil. Geothermal activity still goes on in the island chain, in the form of hot mineral springs and geysers.
For a leisurely trip, visit the pretty ?shing port of Caloura stopping at one of the coastal restaurants on the way to try the local seafood, or head for the sandy beaches at Populo and Praia, both excellent spots to relax and enjoy the scenery.
Through the city gates of the bustling capital, Ponta Delgada, lies a traditional centre, home to some beautiful examples of Portuguese architecture dating back to the 17th century. Take time to explore the narrow cobbled streets bordered by very well preserved period houses. A whole day can easily be spent here, visiting the museums and churches and sampling the local delicacies of pineapple, cheeses, wines, fresh ?sh and liqueurs.
There are many excursions available to pre-book during your stay on the Island .
A selection include :
Swimming with Dolphins
Sete Cidades Lake tour
Furnas Lake and hot springs
Your Hotel : 4* Azoris Royal Garden Hotel
The Azoris Royal Garden hotel is in the centre of Ponta Delgada, just a few minutes walk from the delightful old town.The hotel is elegantly furnished and all rooms have modern amenities.
The hotel has an outdoor pool with sun-lounger terrace, and also has a large indoor swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi, fitness centre, tennis courts and a spa centre offering treatments (charges apply).
The hotel also has a piano bar with live music and a coffee shop that serves ice cream and overlooks landscaped gardens.
Price Includes :
Return flights from Manchester to Sao Miguel
Allocated seating on board the airplane
1 x piece of small cabin sized luggage per person (see below)
Transfers from airport to hotel in Ponta Delgada & back
7 night’s overnight accommodation at the 4* Azoris Royal Garden Hotel Ponta Delgada (based on 2 sharing)
Rich buffet breakfast each morning
Use of the leisure facilities at the hotel – eg swimming pool, sauna, steam bath & gym
Free wifi at the hotel
Scheduled Airline Failure Insurance (SAFI)
All Airport & City Taxes
Single Supplement: £225 (double room, single occupancy)
Upgrade to Executive Room: £165 per room
Check-In Luggage: £50 (20kg, if booked at time of paying deposit)
Door2Door Transfers: £65pp return (only available from Sheffield/Rotherham)
Flight Times: (TBC)
Outward: 05h40 (departs Manchester)
Return: 09h20 (departs Ponta del Garda)
Luggage: As from 1 November 2018, you may only take 1 small piece of luggage on board for FREE
(max 20l..... must fit under the seat in front of you.
Priority Boarding: Allows you 1 small case (55x20x40am) and 1 small bag to fit under the seat in front
Chargeable at £16pp return for all flights from 1 November
Hold Luggage (20kg) £50 per case if booked when paying your deposit
£80-£90 if added at a later date
Pre-Booked Seats.. From 1 January 2019, Finesse Travel will include -
pre-booked seats on all Ryanair flights