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São Jorge has the most-jagged coastline of the Azores Islands and offers spectacular waterfalls, lush ravines and the chance to explore the interesting fishing village of Velas.

Faial is famous for its stewed octopus in wine amongst the Azoreans - you should most certainly try some! The walking here takes you to volcanic crater rims with breathtaking views and the opportunity to explore the lighthouse and museum which shows the history of volcanic eruptions.

Pico is the most volcanic of the Azores Islands and renowned for its almost perfectly coned mountain of Pico Alto standing at 2352m making it the highest peak in all of Portugal. Our adventurous walk takes you to the top of this fascinating mountain. You can also enjoy stunning walks through interesting fauna and picturesque villages.

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Guided Walking

We include four guided walks in a 7 night stay (two on São Jorge, one on Faial and one on Pico for this island combination). Walks are from 4 - 8 miles in length and considered easy or moderate.

In São Jorge we offer guided walks which take you up to the highest mountain on the island and to the western corner along stunning cliffs. We offer guided walks to lava fields and vineyards with stunning panoramic views over the mountain and ocean in Pico. In Faial we offer a guided half day or a guided full day of the island which takes you to the highest point and stops at Capelinhos (the remains of the last volcanic eruption).

Please note guided walks require a minimum of 2 people. All walks include an English speaking guide and all necessary transportation.


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Hotel São Jorge 3*, São Jorge - 3 Star

Located in the harbour town of Velas, Hotel São Jorge is just a 15 minute drive from the airport. All the spacious rooms face the sea with a view of Pico and its iconic volcano from the balcony. Buffet breakfast is taken in the hotel. There is an outdoor swimming pool open in the summer.

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Hotel Casa do Antonio 2*, São Jorge - 2 Star

Located only 100 metres from the harbour and a 15 minute drive from the airport, this small hotel was lovingly created by the owner Antonio Pedroso a local artist, keen walker and musician. The 8 spacious rooms are all air-conditioned, many with views across the harbour. There is a larger tower room available at a supplement which has a harbour view and a bath. A delightful breakfast is taken in the hotel.

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Pousada da Horta 4*, Faial - 4 Star

The Pousada was fully renovated in 2004 and is housed in a 16th century historic fort. The hotel is well located on the harbour front of Horta. A breakfast buffet is served daily on the poolside veranda terrace. They also have an on-site restaurant which serves delicious local dishes.

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Hotel Do Canal 4*, Faial - 4 Star

Located on the ocean front, Do Canal has great panoramic views over the city bay and Mount Pico. The staff are very friendly and welcoming, you will relax here in no time. Breakfast and dinner is taken in the hotel restaurant which serves local specialities.

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Whale'come 2*, Pico - 2 Star

Located in Lajes do Pico, you can stay at this characteristic hotel if you have opted to pre-book the whale watching excursion. Some of the comfortable rooms offer lovely views of the sea or mountains. Breakfast and dinner is taken in the on-site cosy restaurant.

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Alojamento Bela Vista 3*, Pico - 3 Star

Situated in Lajes do Pico this lovely hotel offers bright, comfortable rooms, some with mountain or sea views. The communal sun terrace has beautiful views over rooftops towards the sea and Mount Pico. Buffet breakfast is taken in the hotel and dinner in a nearby restaurant behind the church facing the sea.

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Hotel Caravelas 4*, Pico - 4 Star

Located on Madalena, Pico Island, Caravelas is just opposite the ferry terminal surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on 3 sides and overlooks Faial Island. The pleasant rooms feature private balconies with ocean, courtyard or Mount Pico views. Buffet breakfast is taken in the hotel and dinner in a nearby restaurant. Please note that in high season the restaurants in Madalena fill up quickly so you will need to book in advance – the hotel can give you some good recommendations.

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Self-Guided Itinerary (please note these are proposed itineraries,  they are subject to change if flight times change).

Arrive in the Azores from your home country. Dependent on the time you can transfer straight to São Jorge, but due to limited flights it will may likely be the next day.

Day 1 Fly in the morning from São Miguel or Terceira to São Jorge, check in to your hotel and take the opportunity to explore the small fishing village of Velas, or take a walk to the top of a nearby hill for panoramic views. Overnight São Jorge (B&B).

Day 2 A real ‘must do’ walk with great variety from misty hills, lush ravines and waterfalls to high cliffs and an insight to life on the Fajas. Plenty of places to linger by the sea for a picnic so be generous with your time in arranging return transport. Overnight São Jorge (B&B).

Ascent: 100m. Descent: 700m. Distance: 5 miles. Time: 4 hours.

Day 3 An easy walk through meadowlands to the light house at the far end of São Jorge. Although the lighthouse is of little appeal, the views from the cliffs are spectacular. Sit here for a picnic and feel the real remoteness of these islands with possible sightings of dolphins and whales. Overnight São Jorge (B&B).

Ascent: 200m. Descent: 200m. Distance: 6 miles. Time: 3 hours.

Day 4 Take the ferry from São Jorge to Pico (45 minutes) and enjoy an easy walk down the lower slopes of Mount Pico with interesting lava tunnels at the start and superb views over to Faial. Or you can opt for a more adventurous walk to the top of Mount Pico (2351m) guide compulsory, best arranged in advance. Overnight Pico (B&B – HB if staying at Whale’come).

Ascent: 120m. Descent: 250m. Distance: 7 miles. Time: 2.5 hours (excluding the top of Mount Pico).

Day 5 This is a stunning walk but with mostly descents from 800m down to sea level.  The first section is very easy amongst wild scenery contrasting with the second half which is mainly down through interesting vegetation and forest leading to the picturesque village of Sao Roque. This could be a superb full day walk using your extra time to explore Sao Roque, visiting its Whaling Museum and maybe having a swim in the sea.Overnight Pico (B&B – HB if staying at Whale’come).

Ascent: 45m. Descent: 825m. Distance: 4.5 miles. Time: 3.5 hours.

Day 6 Take the ferry over to Faial (1 hr 15 mins) and choose one of our walks on here, for example walk from the Caldera to Parque Florestal do Capelo. In good weather this is the highlight of walking on Faial. Walk around the rim of a volcano (dormant), the Caldeira crater, it is breathtaking with views over Faial and to the ocean and islands in the distance. Overnight Faial (HB).

Ascent: nil. Descent: 800m. Distance: 10 miles. Time: 4.5 hours.

Day 7 A superb walk with stunning views and an opportunity to explore the crater rim of Cabeco Verde, ending at the Lighthouse and  Museum in Capelinhos showing the history of the volcanic eruption.  This museum is underground beneath the existing lighthouse which was atop a two storey building engulfed by the ash of the 1957 eruptions. Overnight Faial (HB).

Ascent: 300m. Descent: 295m. Distance: 4 miles. Time: 2.5 hours.

Day 8 Return home via Lisbon, Terceira or São Miguel (may require an additional overnight depending on flight times).

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Walking is possible all year around in the Azores. Spring is early so April and May are good times and Autumn extends into November. Being islands in the middle of the Atlantic it does tend to rain with the wettest months from October to March. The driest are July and August. There is only a 9°C variation (15 - 24°C) in average day time temperature between the coldest and warmest months so it is never very cold nor are there any prolonged hot days.



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There is a non-stop service from London to São Miguel. São Miguel can also be reached from Lisbon on a non-stop regular basis with flights connecting from a number of UK airports as well as from New York and Toronto. There are also non-stop flights straight into São Miguel from Boston, Toronto and Montreal.

Fly from São Miguel or Terceira to São Jorge. Take the ferry from São Jorge to Pico. Take the ferry from Pico to Faial. Fly back home from Faial via either Lisbon, Terceira or São Miguel.

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Central Islands – São Jorge, Faial & Pico

Included:

·         5 Nights accommodation in a standard room with B&B and 2 nights with half board*

·         Transfers between airports, ferry ports and hotels

·         Inter-island flight from Ponta Delgada to São Jorge and inter-island ferries from São Jorge to Pico and from Pico to Faial

·         Our unique walking booklet written by one of our team and local walking map

*Half board is dinner, bed & breakfast

Optional:

·         4 days guided walking is available at a supplement (English speaking guide and transport included)

·          ‘With flights’ includes typical flight prices* between London Gatwick and Ponta Delgada airport. Flights are also available from many local airports (exact price for your dates available on request).

*For important details of our flight price policy click here

Not Included:

  • Lunch and drinks with meals

Please note these prices will differ from our current brochure price list and are the current correct prices.

All prices valid for 2018

Prices are per person in GBP / UK £ and are based on a shared twin/double standard room.

7 Nights – Standard Grade hotels (3 nights São Jorge, 2 nights Faial, 2 nights Pico) 

 Dates

5 nights B&B, 2 nights half board*

With International Flights#

5 nights B&B, 2 nights half board*

Own International Flights

Extra night per person

Single supplement per night

Supplement

for 4 days guided walking per person

01 May – 15 Jun

1009

819

POA

26

190

16 Jun – 30 Sep

1049

829

POA

31

190

01 Oct – 31 Oct

914

724

POA

26

190

*Half board is dinner, bed & breakfast
# For important details of our flight price policy click here

POA – Price on application

Room upgrades (per person per night):

Hotel Casa Do Antonio:

  • Tower room £10

Hotel Do Canal:

  • Executive Double £20
  • Suite £46

7 Nights – Higher Grade hotels (3 nights São Jorge, 2 nights Faial, 2 nights Pico) 

 Dates

5 nights B&B, 2 nights half board*

With International Flights#

5 nights B&B, 2 nights half board*

Own International Flights

Extra night per person

Single supplement per night

Supplement

for 4 days guided walking per person

01 May – 15 Jun

1089

899

POA

31

190

16 Jun – 30 Sep

1149

929

POA

35

190

01 Oct – 31 Oct

1029

844

POA

31

190

*Half board is dinner, bed & breakfast
# For important details of our flight price policy click here

POA – Price on application

Room upgrades (per person per night):

Pousada da Horta:

·         Sea View Superior Room £12

·         Suite £15

Hotel Caravelas:

  • Suite £18
 
 QL15

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