Magical and mystical, the Azores stand isolated in the Atlantic as volcanic islands of rare and remarkable beauty. Defined by the abounding wild nature, these islands create a unique family adventure that will engage all ages. Swim with the dolphins, wander underground lava trails, kayak on blue lakes, and explore an untouched archipelago. Handcrafted for families with children aged eight and over, this luxury tour showcases the highlights of Portugal with each day a thrilling expedition into...
Sao Miguel Island – Enduring Beauty and Tranquility of the Azores
The Azores rise like sentinels in the ocean with dramatic pinnacles that once looked upon explorers that made their first intrepid journeys across the Atlantic. These are islands of remarkable beauty crafted by the drama of volcanoes and surrounded by the serenity of the waves. Sao Miguel is the largest and most developed of the islands, with the small town of Ponta Delgada as your base for the first several nights. From your plane window, you will know why it is called the Green Island, with pastoral fields blurring into lush forests and emerald waters. You will also get a sense of how isolated these islands are, a third of the way from Lisbon to New York.
A quiet coastline is within a few minute's walk from your hotel, and the cute little streets harken back to the legacy of the whalers while the backdrop of volcanic cliffs can make anyone feel humbled by nature. Down by the water the colors swirl with greens and blues of all imaginable tones. You will find that this is a landscape where the children can explore freely and safely, and one where nature is of such an impressive scale, it can make anyone feel inspired. This is also a landscape where you can go on an adventure together, with hardly another person in sight. You will be greeted at the airport as you arrive and transfer to a family hotel in Ponta Delgada, where the day is at your leisure. Relax at the pool, explore the museum and convent in the town, and then take a walk down narrow streets to the southern coastline as you all settle in.
Sao Miguel Island – Culture and Tradition of the Green Island in the Atlantic
Sao Miguel Island – Swimming With Wild Dolphins and a Jeep Safari Across the Island
Faial Island – Vibrant Volcanic History and the Eery Blue Island
Faial Island – A Protected Trail of Lava Soil Vineyards and Subterranean Drama
Sao Miguel Island – Biking and Kayaking Adventure Around Sete Cidades Lake
Sao Miguel Island – The Bubbling and Baffling Volcanic Beauty of the Furnas Lake Calderas
Sao Miguel Island – Departure
- Swim and snorkel with pods of wild dolphins with the bottlenose, spotted and Risso’s all frolicking in the Atlantic waters
- Wander across the dark black of volcanic ash and admire the beauty as it meets the blue of the ocean
- Bump across Sao Miguel on a Jeep tour, bouncing beneath volcanic peaks to fiery lakes and waterfalls
- Journey along the ancient subterranean riverbeds and explore caves of fascinating colors and formations
- Cycle around the magical landscape of Sete Cidades, and then feel its energy on a kayaking expedition
- Immerse your family in the traditions of the Azores with a day spent visiting communities on Sao Miguel Island
- Swim together in a natural hot lake and discover baffling pools of bubbling mud and sulphuric streams
- Savor landscapes from the air with short flights across the archipelago, a perfect window onto the drama of nature
- Enjoy private tours designed just for your family, with options to tailor the walks and adventure to your energy levels and interests
- Absorb the tranquility of the islands with ideally situated hotels with both beaches and green fields nearby
The Azores are some of Europe’s best-kept secrets as these volcanic islands are dotted in the heart of the Atlantic Ocean and are home to a dazzling natural history and a thrilling sense of wilderness. Dolphins gather in huge numbers as volcanic pinnacles provide a constant back-drop and walking trails connect lava-soil vineyards with subterranean energy. The islands are mystical from the air and magical on the ground, an archipelago of adventure that is ideally suited for family travel. With so few visitors and so many unique activities, the Azores are almost tailor-made for families with children aged eight and over as eight is the minimum age for many of the selected activities. These are islands that you can explore as a family, with private tours that bring timeless moments for you all.
Handcrafted for families, this 8-day luxury tour will help you to discover the best of the Azores. Start on the Green Island and Sao Miguel will bring a relaxed introduction to your experience. Old-world history is found around your hotel in Ponta Delgada, local villages will immerse you in their distinctive culture, and there is the relaxed atmosphere that you would expect from a tropical island escape. Spend the next day on a private guided tour of the eastern side of the island, where the simple pleasures of pastoral life are woven into the engaging beauty of the coast and the crater pools. Head further into the wilderness the next day, first with a boat trip that will have your family swimming and snorkeling with wild dolphins, perhaps even bottlenose, spotted and Risso’s in a single morning. Pass the afternoon on a jeep safari and traverse the natural reserves and landscapes that may feel beyond your imagination.
Early the next morning you will fly to Faial, and you will immediately understand why it is called the Blue Island. Follow the trails around the edge of Capelinhos Volcano, admire the views from the epic Caldeira, and see how black rocks and ash meet the endless Atlantic. The afternoon will give you a sense of the historical as Horta is a town known to transatlantic sailors. Nearby Pico Island will provide a day-trip destination the next day with a UNESCO World Heritage trail taking you on an adventure through subterranean life to lava soil vineyards and into rugged escarpments with fascinating colors. The afternoon is also volcanic, with peculiar lava beds and lagoons surrounding the old whaling ports.
For your last couple of nights, you will return to Sao Miguel to spend the day on the dramatic western side of the island. Explore the jade-green and blue of Sete Cidades, initially bumping across the landscape on mountain bikes and then paddling in kayaks for a journey through landscapes that would not look out of place on another planet. Bubbling hot springs and oozing mud pools provide the relaxed focus on your final day, along with the exquisite gardens at Terra Nostra. Like most of the other days, you will also get to dine on tradition, share stories with a unique group of people, and find out what hides in the bizarre volcanic archipelago. Consider learning more about our travelers’ best Portugal vacation experiences by reading their Portugal travel reviews.
$2,075 per person (excluding international flights)
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