Sao Miguel, Ponta Delgada, Sete Cidades, Vila Franca, Caldeira Velha, Lagoa de Fogo, Gorreana, Flores, Faja Grande, Fajazinha, Ribeira Grande, Rocha dos Bordoes,...
Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.
Hand in hand through nature and sailing into the sunset, that’s the style of this romantic tour to the Azores. Escape to three islands and expect solitude, the experience mostly just the two of you and the wonders of a remote archipelago. You are welcomed to the island with stunning volcanoes, craters, waterfalls, beaches, whales, dolphins, and cliffside accommodation. Welcome to a romantic archipelago that is yet to be fully discovered, and 12 nights of bliss in the Atlantic.
Ponta Delgada – Spa Relaxation on the Cliffs
Land in the Azores and the vacation starts in classic island fashion. A beautiful hotel overlooking the ocean; a couple’s spa treatment on arrival; the serenity of an island landscape. Check-in, spend an hour in the spa, and feel the island rhythm take hold. Nobody rushes anything here and you’ll soon appreciate what that means. A slower walk, less stress, a feeling that anything is possible but you can just do nothing. The hotel hangs on the cliffs above Ponta Delgada, so you can visit the town and try one of its restaurants, either along the waterfront or amid the black and white mosaics of the old town. Or you can hang out at the hotel, enjoying the solitude found in this corner of the world.
Ponta Delgada – Free Day Settling Into Island Life
You’re on an island in the middle of nowhere. You have almost two weeks and you’re not going to miss out, so close your eyes and sleep some more. Breakfast can be delivered to your private terrace and you look down the cliffs while sipping coffee. This day is left free and ensures you are fully relaxed into island rhythm. Take your time getting over the flight. Explore new impressions as you take a hike along the cliffs. Sip cocktails in Ponta Delgada, walk hand in hand to a sublime viewpoint, or take a short transfer to one of Sao Miguel’s beaches. Most importantly, start appreciating a space made just for two.
Ponta Delgada – Private Tour to Sete Cidades
A green-eyed princess met with a blue-eyed shepherd, but alas their romance was as star-crossed and ill-fated as a Shakespeare play. They both shed a tear, one blue, one green, creating the twin crater lakes of Sete Cidades. It’s a mythical, unbelievable tale. But this place evokes fairytales, such vibrant yet contrastingly colored waters, so many astonishing panoramas to take in. Walk around the crater rim, above the green water. Then descend to the larger crater, choosing to walk, mountain bike, or drive around its frame. There’s an option to kayak and swim as well, but you may prefer to just visit the iconic viewpoints and wonder at this surreal work of nature. There’s a reason that Sete Cidades is the best-known attraction on the islands, and you’ll find that out on today’s private tour.
Furnas – Whale and Dolphin Watching
The small boat rocks gently in the harbor as you set sail. Deep blue Atlantic waters soon extend in all directions. You’re on the lookout for whales and dolphins. Great pods of them ply these waters and you might have already spotted them from the cliffs. Cruising beneath Sao Miguel’s mighty mountainous frame, you travel to a collapsed crater where a stunning lagoon makes for a quiet morning of swimming. Like many times on this tour, you’ll wonder why there are so few people around. After a morning sail, you can lunch in Vila Franca before transferring into Sao Miguel’s interior, where your hotel is hidden amid volcanic remains and lush forests.
Furnas– Immersed in the Lush Volcanic Interior
Hydrangeas and camellias blossom along the paths. Ginger lilies and cycads rise around ferny groves. You’re in a botanical wonderland, one that backs on to your hotel. Thermal currents surge through this area and you can float in them, towards the sound of trickling waterfalls and a crater lake. The land was made by a volcano and much of that history remains. All around Furnas you find steaming holes, gushing hot springs, exploding fumarole, and a romantic dinner cooked underground. The tradition here is to slow cook stews underground, utilizing the steamy volcanic heat. Nature does the cooking, and the results are spectacular, this being a mostly self-sufficient island where almost everything is organic.
Faja Grande – A Quiet Village in Nature’s Eden
Leave one volcano behind and travel towards another. You fly to the far west of the archipelago and Flores, an outpost with very few permanent residents. Hydrangeas carpet the landscape with their pinkish tone massing against the lush green of the indigenous forest. Cliffs rise steeply, with waterfalls trickling down their facades. Lagoons are a surreal shade of green and blue. Basalt columns rise tall like giant’s fingers. Go exploring and you’re never far from lava tubes and caves. This is the Azores Eden and you’re staying right on the coast, in the tiny village of Faja Grande. Look around and there’s hardly anything but nature. You set off with your partner and shake your head in disbelief at the surroundings.
Faja Grande – Waterfalls, Hiking Trails and the Romance of Island Life
A full day on Flores and the program is left free, so you can set off on your own little adventure. This is a great island if you love the outdoors, with options for canyoning, mountain biking, even diving and snorkeling in lava tubes. The two easiest things to do are on your doorstep. Walk the coast from Faja Grande towards Ponta Delgada with waves crashing down below and virtually nobody else around. Or travel a mile in the other direction to Fajazinha, where more than 20 waterfalls drop down the cliff faces, including one that’s over 300 meters high. As you go misty-eyed from Flores you also realize that you’re fully engrossed in island life now, the serene tempo ideal for romance to thrive.
Faja Grande – Adventurous Jeep Tour Around Flores
Flores is a rough and rugged island, just a couple of roads and dramatic landscapes carved by volcanoes. You need a four-wheel-drive to get around as most of the island is cut off. Head out on a jeep tour today, bumping along the cliffs then traveling up a volcano and coming down somewhere on the other side. Pass a couple of fishing villages, descend into some lava tubes, surround yourself with flowers, and find a lagoon that’s perfect for a private swim. The guide knows the places to take you away from it all, and the tour can be customized to your mood.
Faja Grande – Exploring the History and Culture of Corvo
Corvo looks surreal from afar. The island consists of a single caldera and it seems that most of the volcano is underwater. Travel here and it instantly feels like you’ve stepped back in time. You can see how Corvo was easily cut off from the world. When you walk through the village, you’ll experience what that means. Only 400 people live here, but they keep alive culture, cuisine, and language from the time their ancestors arrived here from pre-medieval Portugal. It’s a fascinating little place to explore, with the village encounters followed by more expanses of dreamy nature.
Horta – Another Dreamy Ocean View and Sailing Into the Sunset
Fly to Faial, an island in the heart of the archipelago. This time your hotel is in the village, rather than on a village’s outskirts. An old-world atmosphere drifts through the streets, with townhouse blocks coming from the annals of maritime history. For centuries this was a whaling station, now the boats set sail for other reasons. The captains are still in search of whales, but now the focus is on showing them to visitors. Set sail in the afternoon and three species could feature. Blue and humpback whales migrate through here from April to October, while the sperm whales are year-round residents, Faial having the greatest known sperm whale population anywhere in the world. Sail into the sunset and savor where you are, a land of marine giants halfway between Lisbon and New York.
Horta – Walking Hand In Hand On the Volcano
An eery silence greets you at Faial’s western tip. The salty wind rushes past your ears. The landscape is ashen, mostly barren but punctuated by ferns and flowers. This is Capelinhos, the last Azores volcano to erupt, evidence of its 1958 explosion all around you. The volcano rises and then it ends abruptly, its western face crashing into the Atlantic with a flurry of red and orange colors. Take a walk on the new land is created, your footsteps sinking into leftover ash. Then travel to Faial’s heart and a 300-meter crater of innumerable green hues. For the rest of the day, you could hit the beach, either the black sand near Horta or the golden sand of Porto Pim, two beaches that see very few visitors even in the height of summer.
Horta – The Beaches of Sao Jorge Island or Pico Volcano
The final day of this romantic escape and you might choose to stay on Faial, doing little but enjoying each other’s company. A boat is waiting, however, and you can choose a day on nearby Sao Jorge or Pico islands. Pico is all about the volcano, a hiking trail taking you along its slopes to vineyards and lava tubes. Sao Jorge is a coastal paradise, with rolling surf, broad beaches, stupendous coastal cliffs, and a landscape not dissimilar to Flores. The guide will explain what you can do and exactly where you can go, with the return boat journey offering another chance to spot whales and dolphins.
Horta – Departure
You have one final morning gazing over the ocean before you depart. A private transfer will take you to the airport for your journey back home, away from this surreal island world.
- Sail off into the sunset while going searching for whales and dolphins
- Gaze over the ocean and settle into the serenity of remote island life
- Walk hand in hand across volcanoes and swim at deserted crater lakes
- Take adventurous private tours of Flores and Sao Miguel islands, bumping across nature to find a spot just for two
- Discover traditional culture by staying in a remote fishing village, spending a day on Corvo, and dining on stews that are steamed underground
- Explore all the beautiful volcanic leftovers; lava tubes, simmering fumaroles, green crater lakes, vineyards, cones, cliffs and mountains
- They say that Sete Cidades was formed by the tears of star-crossed lovers – spend a day exploring this most famous of Azores attractions
The Azores provides a romantic escape for the 21st-century kind of traveler. Those people who want a beautiful beach and solitude, but also a sense of adventure and plenty of new and unique experiences. It’s an archipelago for couples that want to get away and have the freedom to relax in peace, but also go out exploring. These are remote islands and you can go a day without seeing anyone else. The beaches are enticing, yet the archipelago has so much more to offer: vineyards, volcanoes, whales, waterfalls, hiking trails, ancient culture, lava tubes, caldera lakes, traditional fishing villages and a real sense of adventure. Now is the time to come, before many couples find out about the Azores.
The challenge with many romantic island vacations is that the islands are either over-popularized, or there isn’t really anything to do – the Maldives being a classic example. Not that there’s anything wrong with doing nothing, it just doesn’t keep you entertained for that many days. While you can get away for a few days with your partner, the beauty of a romantic escape comes when you fully settle into the rhythm of an island vacation.
This handcrafted romantic vacation is spread across three islands and four destinations. Start in Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel for spa indulgence on the cliffs and plenty of privacy as you gaze out onto the surf. Experience Sete Cidades on day three, blue and green lakes mythologized by locals, who say they were formed by the tears of star-crossed lovers. On Sao Miguel, you will stay in Furnas, surrounded by volcanic extravagance. But that’s only after a whale and dolphin watching tour and some more time to appreciate the coast.
Fly to the far west of the archipelago and Flores and nature dominates everything and you’re staying amid a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The village is small and your hotel has lots of privacy. A salty ocean breeze greets you every morning and you can easily walk hand in hand along the cliffs. Spend four nights on Flores, which includes a private jeep tour around the island plus a day trip to nearby Corvo island (another chance to spot whales and dolphins). On Flores, there are waterfalls, hiking trails, lava tubes, indigenous forests, and small beaches that rarely ever see footprints.
End the vacation on Faial, spending three nights in the cute old whaling station of Horta, a town that transports you to a forgotten time in history. Walk on the volcanoes, sail into the sunset, spend a day on nearby Sao Jorge or Pico islands, and savor this time of having nobody else around. Just like the other islands, your tours are private and there is lots of space to be yourself. The Azores are rural outposts, little specs in the Atlantic where very few people live. While they aren’t as famous as the Maldives, the experience can be just as romantic and private.
$2,595 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
- In-country transportation
- Some or all activities and tours
- Expert trip planning
- 24x7 support during your trip
Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
Reviews of Zicasso's Referral Service
4.93 stars based on 642 reviews
"Our guides were super nice and knowledgeable."
Reviewed By Robert K.
"Guides they found were highly knowledgeable and absolutely...
Reviewed By Deborah L.
"[Our travel planner] customized our itinerary to fit our...
Reviewed By Srinivas G.
"My wife and I were able to relax for 12 days and take in...
Reviewed By Chris G.
"We didn't need to think about ground transportation or...
Reviewed By Tim Z.
"We fit a lot in this trip thanks to the good planning."
Reviewed By Candi L.
Get Weekly Inspiration and Expert Advice on Travel
during the COVID and post-COVID era