Family Holiday (A)
The Azores is the perfect destination for a family holiday. Experience an authentic Azorean family-run farm: ride on a horse drawn carriage; taste the locally made cheese and marmalade; or even learn how to milk a cow. Swim in natural rock pools, thermal hot pools, with dolphins, at beaches – wherever it is, its idyllic and unspoilt. Enjoy nature at its best in a friendly and geographically fascinating environment.
From £870 per person based on 4-sharing
Daily flights from London Gatwick to Ponta Delgada, São Miguel. 7-nights Antillia Hotel Apartments, Ponta Delgada SC. Return transfers from and to the airport. City Tour of Ponta Delgada on a Tuk Tuk - 3 hours (Day 2) – max. 6 people per vehicle. Two Jeep Tours with lunch (Days 3 and 6). A 3-hour whale and dolphin watching trip (Day 4). Azorean Experience with lunch - transfers to and from Ginetes are included (Day 5) .
On arrival at Ponta Delgada airport, transfer to your hotel.
Half Day City Tour - City tour of Ponta Delgada by Tuk Tuk. Travel along the cobbled streets of the capital's historic centre visiting attractions including the Campo de São Francisco, where the main religious festivities of the island take place; the fortress of São Bras, whose main function was to defend the island against pirate attacks; the City Gates and the Church of São Sebastião. The tour ends at the garden of Jose do Canto where you can relax in a garden filled with impressively sized and peculiar shaped trees.
Full Day Jeep Tour Sete Cidades - Depart by jeep to Sete Cidades, an extinct crater which has two lakes, one green and one blue. The lakes are one of the must-see attractions on São Miguel and one of the most photographed. The tour also includes a visit to the Gruta do Carvão, the largest lava tunnel on São Miguel; a picnic lunch; the chance to play some traditional Portuguese games and the opportunity to swim in the outdoor swimming pool at the Ferraria Spa.
Whale & Dolphin Watching - Enjoy a morning 3-hour whale and dolphin watching trip. The Azores is considered one of the destinations in the world for cetacean watching, and with a resident sperm whale population and twenty-four of the planet's eighty species of whale and dolphins spotted in the waters of the archipelago it is easy to see why. Your excursion is on board a zodiac boat and is led by a professional team of skippers, lookouts and biologists. Free afternoon.
Full Day Azorean Experience - Your excursion today is one of our most popular trips on São Miguel - The Azorean Experience. Based at a family-run farm in the village of Ginetes (transfers included), the experience provides an insight into rural farming; allows you to meet the resident farm animals; gives you the opportunity to milk a cow; teaches you how to prepare traditional Azorean dishes, bread and handicrafts. There is also a short journey on a horse and cart to the Escalvado viewpoint, the Sabrina Islet viewpoint and to the Ferraria lighthouse. A light lunch is included (homemade soup, bread, local cheese, marmalade and soft drinks – water, juice and tea).
Full Day Jeep Tour Furnas - Visit the Terra Nostra Botanical Garden in Furnas where there is time for a swim in the thermal water pool before visiting the hot springs. After lunch, visit the Monitoring and Research Centre where you can learn about what is being done to preserve the natural habitat of this area (plants, trees and animals). A full day jeep tour to Furnas has been included today. Heading east from Ponta Delgada, taking the south coastal road, you will visit Vila Franca do Campo, the first capital of the island before reaching the rural village of Furnas. The natural surroundings of Furnas are lush and unspoiled with a large volcanic crater lake, hot springs and woodlands. It is here that you will find - and visit - the famous Terra Nostra Botanical Garden where there is time for a swim in the natural hot spring water pool. After lunch, the tour visits the Furnas Monitoring and Research Centre where you can learn about what is being done to preserve the natural habitat of this area (plants, trees and animals).
Day at leisure. Time to do some last minute shopping or simply relax by the pool.
Transfer to Ponta Delgada airport for your return flight to the UK.
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