Aerial view of Sete Cidades Lake in Azores, Portugal

Couple’s Escape to the Azores Itinerary

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Countries Visited

Portugal

Places Visited

Sao Miguel, Ponta Delgada, Sete Cidades, Vila Franca...

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Suggested Duration

13 Days

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.

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Trip Highlights

  • 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

Detailed Description

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.

Starting Price

$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.

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