The Azores | Wine, Volcanoes & Hot Springs

You will have the opportunity to visit three of the most popular islands in the Azores.

Discover the magic of the Azores with this multi-island hopping package to São Miguel, Pico and Terceira islands!

What's Included?

All flights and connections
Accommodations for your destinations
Expert trip manager
All taxes & fees

Why we love this deal:

  • This travel package takes the stress out of having to plan everything yourself. Simply pack your bags, and don't forget to bring your adventurous spirit. The perfect chance to visit the 3 most visited islands of the Azores! 
  • Our selection of accommodations puts you in the best position to explore all three of the islands, especially for those visiting the Azores for the first time;
  • Explore São Miguel Island and fall in love with its breathtaking views, delicious regional cuisine, and friendly locals. Hike down a dormant volcano and relax on the beach surrounding its lake. Visit the only tea plantation in Europe and taste delicious locally-grown pineapple. 
  • Discover the enchanting beauty and unspoiled nature of Terceira Island's verdant valleys, flowers, mountains, lakes, and pristine coast. Explore the ancient lava cave of Algar do Carvão, one of the very few volcanoes that welcome and encourage visits!
  • Characterized by black volcanic soil, Pico Island is covered with basalt (lava rock)-lined vineyards that are official UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Locals have been producing wine here since the 15th century, and they even have a museum dedicated to the pastime’s rich history. 
  • With accommodations, travel between islands, and flights included, you won't have to worry about anything!

Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrival in Pico Island

Arrival in Pico Island. It is recommended to book airport transfers to the hotel or to rent a car (both available during the booking process).

Take a stroll around Madalena’s historical cobblestone streets and enjoy a meal at one of the several seaside restaurants.

Walk aeround the historical vineyards of Criação Velha and visit the Frade windmill. Once you’re in the area, make sure to visit the Pico Wine Museum and the Gruta das Torres. Did you know Pico Island produces one of Europe’s finest wines, and its vineyards have enjoyed being among the official UNESCO Heritage Site family since 2004? 

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Book a vineyards tour here.

Option 1: Hike Pico’s Mountain, Portugal’s highest peak (book here).

Option 2: Visit the natural pools of Pico Island (Criação Velha, Cachorro, Poça da Branca, Poça das Mukas, Cais do Pico, Lajes do Pico, Barca, and Furna de Santo António). You can also discover Pico’s lakes along the way: Lagoa do Capitão, Lagoa do Caiado, Lagoa do Paul, and Lagoa Rosada). Other suggestions include visiting the Ponta da Ilha lighthouse (perfect for sunset) and the Whaling Museum. 

Option 3: Book a full-day tour around the island here

P.S: From Pico, you can also visit the neighboring islands of Faial & São Jorge via a short boat trip! Please reach out to our Customer Support to take care of all the details. 

Head to the airport for the Terceira Island flight. It is recommended to book airport transfers to the hotel or to rent a car (both available during the booking process). It is also advised to book an early check-in.

Take the day to stroll around Angra do Heroísmo UNESCO city streets. Make sure to include on your list: Sé Cathedral, Capitães-Generals Palace, Garden Duque de Bragança, Alto da Memória Viewpoint, Misericórdia Church, Angra do Heroísmo Archeological Underwater Park (book here your boat tour), Prainha, Monte Brasil, Duque de Bragança Farmers Market, Silveira Natural Pools.

Or book our Angra do Heroísmo City Tour here

Visit the Biscoitos natural swimming pools and the Biscoitos Wine Museum. Next, move on to Praia da Vitória and don’t skip a nice walk in its calm-water beaches, along with the Facho Viewpoint and the Império da Caridade. We highly recommend that you head to Serra do Cume for sunset (it is even more magical at this time of the day).

Or book our full-day guided tour around the island here (and discover this and much more with the help of a certified local guide).

Take this day to do something unique: get inside a volcano! Make sure you don’t skip a visit to Gruta do Natal, Furnas do Enxofre and last but not least, the famous Algar do Carvão! Descend 90 m (300 ft) down into one of the only volcanoes in the world that you can actually enter and explore! Algar do Carvão is an ancient lava tube and volcanic chimney that was formed approximately 3,200 years ago, making it quite a sight to behold. 

Head to the airport for the São Miguel flight.  It is recommended to book airport transfers to the hotel or to rent a car (both available during the booking process). It is also advised to book an early check-in.

Take the day to stroll around Ponta Delgada’s city streets. Ponta Delgada, the main city, is not only the hub of the island but the capital of the Azores. Ponta Delgada evokes all the charms of Europe with cobbled streets, sidewalk cafes, and a thriving culinary scene.

Not to miss:

  • Portas da Cidade
  • Louvre Michaelense
  • Pineapple Plantations
  • Matriz Church

For part II of the day, we recommend embarking on a whale & dolphin watching experience (book here).

Visit Sete Cidades (Lagoa das Sete Cidades, Lagoa de Santiago, Lagoa do Canário and Boca do Inferno Viewpoint) and take this opportunity to visit the neighboring village of Mosteiros - ideal for sunset! Once you’re in the west part of the island you can also indulge in an ocean thermal bath at Ferraria. 

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Book here a guided tour around the west part of the island that will have you discovering this and much more in the company of a local guide. 

Head to the north side of the island to visit the Protected Natural Reserve of Lagoa do Fogo and take this chance to visit (and maybe bathe) the thermal pools of Caldeira Velha. Once you’re here you can also visit the Salto do Cabrito waterfall! On your way to Furnas, we recommend that you stop at Porto Formoso and Gorreana Tea Plantations (the only ones in Europe). In Furnas there’s just so much to explore, such as the lake, the Pico do Ferro Viewpoint, the Grená Park, the caldeiras, the fumaroles, the Terra Nostra Park, the Dona Beija hot springs and so much more. Make sure to try out the local delicacies: the cozido das Furnas and the bolos lêvedos! 

On your way back take the south route and enjoy a quick stop at Vila Franca do Campo. Highlights include the Vila Franca do Campo Islet, the Fábrica de Queijadas da Vila, and the Nossa Senhora da Paz Viewpoint. 

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Book a Furnas guided tour here

Highlights:

  • Ponta do Sossego Viewpoint
  • Ponta da Madrugada Viewpoint
  • Arnel Lighthouse
  • Poço Azul Hiking Trail
  • Ribeira dos Caldeirões Natural Park

Or book a day tour to Nordeste (with hiking here). 

Flexibility Policy

No Amendment Fees on Our End
We don’t charge for our work in changing the initial itinerary.
Full flexibility on Land Arrangements
Change the initial itinerary or cancel your land arrangements for any reason until 14 days before the trip, without penalty.
Support 7 Days a Week
Our experienced travel agents are are available 7 days a week (16 hours per day) to help with any questions.

About the Destination:

Often referred to as Europe's “Best Kept Secret”, the Azores have become an increasingly popular destination with year-round appeal for travelers. Striking the perfect balance between lush volcanic landscapes and seaside cities with charming European vibes, you will be pleasantly surprised by the Azores. 

Marvel at the geothermal volcanic activity of São Miguel Island and its impressive crater lakes. Enjoy a relaxing thermal bath at a natural hot spring. Taste a delicious thermally cooked meal, known as "cozido", in Furnas, home to fumaroles and geysers. Explore the island's many waterfalls and hiking trails, visit Europe's only tea plantations, and taste the sweet local pineapple, grown only in the Azores.

On Terceira Island, explore the oldest city in the Azores, Angra do Heroísmo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit a 17th-century fortress, and spend the day on a dairy farm and taste the local cheese. Dip into the natural swimming pools of Biscoitos, or trek around the protected natural park of Monte Brasil.

Also to look forward to is a visit to the UNESCO-protected vineyards of Pico Island. You can also climb the highest mountain in Portugal or simply admire its grandeur from different spots on the island. Visit the interesting Whaling Museum and learn about the island's rich history and past whale-hunting traditions. Taste the island´s exquisite local wines and varied liqueurs. With this special travel package, you will surely fall in love with each of these unique islands filled with beauty, charm, and pristine nature.

Check out our Azores Travel Guide for more information and tips.

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8.8 Based on 104 reviews
Celena, Texas
10 Jun 2022
Great pricing, amazing islands
Paula, Massachusetts
17 Mar 2022
Good hotels with good breakfast. great locations for the hotels
Jeffrey, Massachusetts
05 Aug 2019
We had an amazing experience. We are so glad we booked with Azores Getaways, it made everything so much simpler and easier to manage, and their responsiveness was excellent as well.
Celena, Texas
10 Jun 2022
Great pricing, amazing islands
Paula, Massachusetts
17 Mar 2022
Good hotels with good breakfast. great locations for the hotels
Jeffrey, Massachusetts
05 Aug 2019
We had an amazing experience. We are so glad we booked with Azores Getaways, it made everything so much simpler and easier to manage, and their responsiveness was excellent as well.
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