Are you ready to go Azores Island Hopping?Monday 20 October 2014
Explore three unspoilt islands with Saga Join a whale-watching excursion Get up close to the volcanoes
Are you ready to go Azores Island Hopping?
The tranquil Azores are unspoilt islands of stunning natural beauty with rugged cliffs, volcanic craters, towering peaks and bubbling hot springs.
Saga’s escorted tour of three islands starts on spectacular São Miguel where guests stay at the four-star Hotel Marina Atlantico.
Tours include the chance to view the extinct volcano Sete Cidades - and from the crater’s edge see two lakes below - one blue and one green!
There will also be an excursion to the capital Ponta Delgada. Once a tiny fishing village, it is now the largest town in the Azores with its Portuguese-influenced architecture including white-washed houses, impressive churches and convents.
Next, guests fly to Terceira for a four-night half-board stay at the four-star Terceira Mar Hotel in Angra do Heroismo. From there will an opportunity to explore the island’s east and west coasts, marvel at the unspoilt scenery and drive to the summit of the Serra de Cume.
Other options include discovering West Terceira and Algar do Carvão cave, birdwatching or horse riding. A round of golf can also be arranged.
Another flight will take guests to Faial to stay at the four-star Hotel do Canal on a half-board basis. Whale-watching is popular with holidaymakers visiting the island and guests can take an excursion into the in the North Atlantic Ocean where sperm whales, pilot whales and dolphins can often be seen.
There will also be time to take a tour to Capelinhos Museological Nucleus to learn about the dramatic eruption of the Capelinhos volcano in 1957. The area is protected and (depending on the season) there will be colourful displays of agapanthus, lilies and other exotic flowers in bloom.
Return to São Miguel for a further two-night stay at the Hotel Marina Atlantico to visit Ribeira Grande, the oldest and largest town on the north coast. There will be a guided walk before continuing along the mountain roads for breath-taking views of Fire Lake to round-up this fascinating escorted tour of the amazing Azores.
14 nights from £1499, departing London Gatwick from April to July, September and October 2015. Price includes all flights and transfers, airport taxes, accommodation, all breakfasts, two lunches and all dinners, porterage, tour manager, visa, travel insurance and cancellation cover.
For details call free on 0800 414 383 or visit saga.co.uk/holidays.
Editors: Saga Holidays is winner of nine British Travel Awards including Best Escorted Journeys.
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