FROM 1 TO 5 OF JUNE 2020
Departure from the places of origin at the indicated time, on Bus Grande Turismo, towards the Airport. Arrival, boarding formalities and departure by plane to São Miguel. Arrival and lunch. In the afternoon visit to Lagoa das Sete Cidades, a scenic phenomenon that turns into two lagoons “Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Verde”. Then visit Fajã de Baixo, to learn about the process of growing Azorean pineapples, produced in glass greenhouses using traditional techniques. In the late afternoon, arrival at the hotel and accommodation. Dinner and rest.
Breakfast and visit to Ribeira Grande, a municipality located on the north coast of the island, known for its baroque architecture from the 17th and 18th centuries. We will have the opportunity to admire its historical heritage, where we can highlight the City Hall, Ethnographic Museum, Ermida Espírito Santo, the Ribeira dos Moinhos Bridge and the Nossa Senhora da Estrela Mother Church. Then visit the Pico de Ferro Viewpoint, where we can see the huge volcanic crater, where Lagoa das Furnas is located. We will watch the unearth of the stew (included), after having been cooking underground for 6 hours. Lunch (Azorean stew). In the afternoon, visit to Vale das Furnas, one of the richest hydrographic regions in Europe since it is a region with volcanic activity, the area is characterized by 22 hot springs, boilers, boiling water geysers and medicinal sludge. For those who wish to visit the Terra Nostra Park (entrance not included), where there is a wide variety of botanical species and a thermal pool. Return to the hotel, dinner and accommodation.
Breakfast and departure towards the airport to the island of Santa Maria, beginning of the visit to the island which is said to have been the first island to be discovered between 1427 and 1432. Its settlement, made by Portuguese from the Algarve. Starting with the Bay of São Lourenço, a summer place where the vineyards planted in typical “corrals” and the cove that hosts a wonderful white sand beach stand out. Continue to the parish of Santo Espírito, visit the Cooperativa de Artesanato and the Santa Maria Museum installed in an old rural house. In this museum space, the daily life of the people of Santa Maria is represented throughout the ages. Visit the Church of Nª Srª da Purificação of the 16th century where the first Mass of the Holy Spirit was celebrated in the Archipelago. Visit to Praia Formosa, which is one of the most popular places on the island. Lunch. In the afternoon, continue to the parish of Anjos, visit to the Ermida dos Anjos place where Cristovão Colombo prayed on his return trip from America. Continue to Almagreira to visit the Mata-Mouras, pits where cereals were hidden in the past so that they could not be plundered by privateers. Continue to the airport for S. Miguel. Return to the hotel. Dinner and accommodation.
Breakfast and departure towards Maia. Visit the Gorreana Tea Factory and its plantations, unique in Europe, during the visit will explain everything about the factory and the plantations, we will also have the opportunity to do a tasting. Then we will take a panoramic tour of the north coast, the island's rugged region, where we can admire its charms: Ribeira dos Caldeirões, Ponta do Sossego and Ponta da Madrugada. The trip continues with a visit to the Northeast, a quiet and welcoming city known for its artistic heritage. Lunch. In the afternoon, visit Povoação, the place where the first settlers of the island settled, surrounded by its 7 hills. Possibility to visit Lagoa do Fogo, seeing one of the most impressive panoramic views of the north and south coast of the island. Return to the hotel, dinner and accommodation.
Breakfast and visit to Ponta Delgada, capital of the island, modern city, with a vast history, surrounded by its splendid nature. We will know its rich historical heritage, where it stands out: the Igreja Matriz São Sebastião, Torre do Relógio, Sant ’Ana Palace, Mercado da Graça, São Brás Fort and Nossa Senhora da Esperança Convent. Lunch. Leisure. In time to be informed, departure to the airport, boarding formalities and return trip to the continent. Arrival at the airport, start the journey back to the points of origin.