Azores: Terceira & the Triangle Islands

Mother Nature has created nine islands full of natural beauty, ready to be explored, in the blue immensity of the Atlantic Ocean: The Azores! Join us for this eleven-day exploration of Terceira, Pico, São Jorge, and Faial.


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Terceira & the Triangle Islands

May 3-12, 2025

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Terceira and the Triangle Islands (Pico, São Jorge, and Faial) of the Azores archipelago will enthrall with their natural beauty and delightful hospitality of their inhabitants.  The fumeroles, lava tubes, and volcanic lakes will remind you that we live on the crust of tectonic plates.   We’ll spend three days exploring Terceira.  Then we’ll a few days experiencing the individuality of the Triangle Islands.

Keep in mind that our itinerary is dependent on the weather.  Azoreans like to say that you can experience all four seasons in one day.  So, if it dawns clear and sunny, we may switch our activities so that we can go to sites on that day where we need a clear view.  We will attempt to see everything listed below, just perhaps in a different order.


Day 1

Arrive in Terceira

Take the red eye out of Boston the evening before and arrive on Terceira by 6:30 am.  Or an early morning flight from Lisbon and arrive by 10:00 am.  A taxi ride takes you to the Hotel do Mar where you can check in, have breakfast, shower, and take a nap.  When you’re refreshed, we’ll take a  walking tour of the historic city center of Angra do Heroísmo.  You will visit some of the main city sights, and learn about local culture and lifestyle as we walk through the cobble stone streets.    Meals included: breakfast & dinner.  We are happy to assist you in making arrangements if you wish to arrive on Terceira a day or two earlier.

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Day 2


We’ll explore historic Angra do Herismo, check the view from the Miradouro do Pico das Cruzinhas and the Cat Colony on Monte Brasil, and stroll through the Duke of Terceira Garden.   Miradouro da Serra do Cume  Meals included: breakfast.

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Day 3


Today, we’ll get out of the city and explore the island including the Serra de Santa Bárbara Interpretation Centre, the Algar do Carváo, the Miradouro da Ponta do Queimado and other miradouros.  Meals included: breakfast.

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Day 4

Fly to Pico

After checking out of our hotel, we’ll take a morning flight to Pico.  On Pico, we’ll be met by Kevin Goulart of Walk-in-Blue.  Kevin will be our guide for the seven days we spending exploring the Triangle Islands. Meals included: breakfast.

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Day 7


We have today to explore Pico including the wine museum, the Miradouro do Corre Água, the Lagoa da Rosada and other sites along the way.    Meals included: breakfast.

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Day 6

Ferry to São Jorge

Today’s adventure will begin with a ferry ride to Velas, the main town of São Jorge.  After we dock, we take a tour of one of the main cheese factories, and if the weather cooperates, take in the view from Farol dos Rosais.  Then we’ll check into our hotel.  Meals included: breakfast.

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Day 7

São Jorge

Today, we are exploring the eastern end of the island taking in a faja or two, the Farol do Topo, and possibly a boat trip down the coast to the caves.   Meals included: breakfast.

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Day 8

Ferry to Faial

This morning, we’ll depart take the ferry to Faial.  Once we get off the ferry, we’ll find a place to stop for lunch and then drive to the Caldeira do Cabeço Gordo.  Then we’ll check-in to our hotel with the remainder of the afternoon and evening free to walk about Horta.   Meals included: breakfast.

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Day 9


Today, we will circumnavigate the island but our primary focus will be the Capelinhos volcano interpretation center.  The volcano is know for its major eruption in 1957 which caused the third wave of Azorean emigration to the United States.  In the evening, we’ll have our farewell dinner so that we can celebrate with Kevin.   Meals included: breakfast & dinner.

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Day 10

Fly to Ponta Delgada/Sao Miguel

At mid-day, we’ll fly to Ponta Delgada and check in to the Hotel Talisman.  You’ll have the afternoon and evening to explore the historic city center and have dinner at one of the city’s amazing restaurants.   Meals included: breakfast.

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Day 11

Depart the Azores

You’ll have the morning and early afternoon to explore more of the city, perhaps two or three of the botanical gardens, the lava tube, or the Carlos Machado Museum.  By 3:00 pm we’ll take taxis to the airports for our flight to Boston.   Meals included:  breakfast.

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Activity Level


Activities are generally not very strenuous; however, we expect guests to enjoy two hours or more of walking, be sure-footed on cobbled surfaces, and walk up and down stairs without assistance. In rural and small-town settings, unpaved roads and pathways will be common with some short sections of rough trail, which we expect that guests can traverse with no more than a companion’s hand to steady them. Historic city centers are frequently more accessible by foot than a vehicle, and sometimes your van can’t drop you off at the hotel and site entrances. Due to the structure of some buildings, facilities for the disabled may be limited.

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