June 6 – 13, 2020
Lisbon Ext. June 3 – 6







About This Tour

The volcanic Azores archipelago, comprised of 9 islands, sits in the Atlantic Ocean about 900 miles west of Portugal and 2,300 miles east of North America. The Azores’ moderate year-round climate, natural attractions and aversion to over-development make this an ideal vacation destination. São Miguel is the biggest and the most populous island, made up of 6 volcanic complexes and municipalities. Pico is the second largest island, home to the highest mountain in Portugal which reaches an altitude of 7,700 feet. The vineyards of Pico are so distinctive, with a maze of stone walls forming corrals in which the grapes are grown, that they are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Terceira is the third largest island with its largest city, Angra do Heroísmo, dating back to the late 15th century and having UNESCO World Heritage designation. The small island of Faial is just 66 square miles, but the city of Horta is the liveliest and most eye-catching city of the Azores. This tour visits the four main islands and features their historical sites, coastal villages, mountains, volcanoes, and thermal pools. You can fly directly to the Azores from Boston or Toronto via Azores Airlines.

Some tour participants have indicated that they would like to visit Lisbon before arriving in The Azores, and especially because it is easy to book round-trip international airfare to that major capital. In response, we have created a brief, 3-day optional pre-tour extension which will introduce you to one of Europe’s oldest cities, Lisbon, as well as the beautiful old towns of Sintra and Cascais. Airfare to the Azores is not included in the extension price. A flight is suggested in the itinerary details for June 6, 2020. We hope you will join us on the mainland before we head to the Islands!

Lisbon Cathedral Se

Lisbon Cathedral Se

Lisbon Pre-Tour Highlights

  • Cathedral Se - Lisbon
  • Belem Tower - Lisbon *
  • Jeronimos Monastery - Lisbon *
  • Queluz
  • Sintra Old Town *
  • Cabo Da Rocca
  • Cascais

Main Tour Highlights

  • São Miguel Island
  • Ponta Delgada
  • Terceira Island
  • Historical Centre of Angra do Heroísmo *
  • Algar do Carvao cave
  • Faial Island
  • Capelinhos Volcano
  • Caldera Walk
  • Horta
  • Pico Island
  • Landscape of Pico Island Vineyard Culture *
  • Whale and Dolphin Watching
  • Thermal Pools
  • * UNESCO World Heritage Sites