The tranquil Azores are unspoilt islands of stunning natural beauty, embracing rugged cliffs, volcanic craters, towering peaks and bubbling hot springs. This Highly Commended tour gives a flavour of three of its islands: Faial, Terceira and São Miguel.
We have just returned from two weeks in the Azores. This is a lovely tour with spectacular views of lakes, volcanoes, caldeiras. Blue hydrangea, pink beladonna lillies and other lovely flowers around every winding corner of the roads. It reminded me of Madeira a little. Very. rural with apparently two cows to every Islander. We visited four Islands, all similar, but all different. All inter island flights were well organised and the transfer times to the hotels very quick. We started the tour in Sao Miguel, the hotel was good, with a balcony that looked out onto the harbour which could be a little noisy if you lke to sleep with window open. The next Island we visited was Terceira which had a lovely hotel with beautiful balcony overlooking swimming pool and picturesque bay, The third Island Faial had a good hotel with tea and coffee making facilities in the room, but had a poor balcony that you could not sit out on and faced onto road. We visited Pico by boat for one day which was enjoyable. All the tours had very good guides, with lots of interesting information. Phillip the Saga rep was also excellent, he had been the rep there for many years and his knowledge was really extensive. It was helpful for some passengers on what was available to do if you opted out of the set trips and wanted to do something a bit different to the usual for whatever reason. The food at all of the hotels was generally good, but soups and main courses not really hot. Salads and sweets were good. Tea and coffee were generally pretty awful. The weather was warm and a bit changeable, but we managed to see all of the special sights when the sun was shining and the light at its best.