Azores Family Adventure

  • Overview
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    9 days

    Activity Level
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    Ideal Age



    breakfasts, lunches, dinners

    The Azores, a nine-island archipelago about 875 miles west of its Portuguese homeland, is packed with unique adventures, from kayaking crater lakes and whale watching on São Miguel to hiking dormant volcanoes on Faial Island and walking through Azorean Wine Country, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll be talking about this Azores family vacation for a long time!

    Whale Watching Sea Safari

    We’ll take a whale watching tour in one of the world’s 10 best sighting destinations. The waters that surround the Azores Islands are teeming with marine life as we’ll search for whales, dolphins, turtles, and sea birds.

    Refresh and Relax in Natural Hot Springs

    Natural hot springs are some of the archipelagos’ most fascinating features. The thermal pools at your hotel are heated by these underground vents. On other parts of the island, their heat is even used to cook food, called cozido, underground!

    Explore Ponta Delgada

    Hike around the twin volcanoes and blue and green crater lakes of Sete Cidades and meet a local farmer on a Five Senses Cultural Immersion Tour.

    Walk Through UNESCO Vineyards on Pico

    The vineyards of Azorean Wine Country received UNESCO designation in 2004 to preserve their beautiful and unique landscape.

    Venture Around Furnas

    Hike to abandoned villages, visit the only working tea plantation in all of Europe, and journey to different centers of geothermal activity and learn about the science behind it.

  • Itinerary

    Day 1

    Fly to San Miguel, Azores

    Days 2-4

    Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel

    Mountain Bike & Kayak in Sete Cidades

    Find adventure on the “Green Island.” Then, you’ll visit Sete Cidades, a village located in a dormant volcano with twin crater lakes. Kayak in the serene waters and bike around the village.

    Friends Across Borders Meeting (Pen Pals)

    As part of our Friends Across Borders program, the kids who exchanged letters with local students before leaving on their adventure have the chance to meet and play games or share activities together. Everyone enjoys making new friends from a culture different from their own.

    Dolphin and Whale Watching

    You’ll take a whale watching tour in one of the world’s 10 best sighting destinations for a chance to spot sperm whales, bottlenose dolphins and more!

    Snorkel Vila Franca do Campo Islet

    Hop on a fishing boat toward Vila Franca do Campo Islet, a volcanic crater enclosing a natural lagoon, to snorkel its crystal-clear waters teeming with protected fish species!

    Days 5-6

    Faial Island (Horta)

    Flight from Sao Miguel to Faial

    Enjoy a change of scenery with a flight to Faial Island (Ilha do Faial), a hexagonal landmass known as the “Blue Island” for the plentiful hydrangeas that bloom there in summer.

    Capelinhos Walking Excursion

    Take a leisurely walk by Faial’s sandy beaches, green hills and crystal blue oceanside to the island’s lighthouse. The view offers a whole new perspective of the volcano’s wavy, lunar-like hills and ridges.

    Picnic Lunch at Nature Park

    Experience the island’s wine country at Vinhas da Criação Velha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Walk Through Azorean Wine Country

    Experience the island’s wine country at Vinhas da Criação Velha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Explore the Volcanic Caves of Gruta das Torres

    Venture through Pico Island’s underground world at Gruta das Torres (Grotto of Towers), the longest lava cave in the Azores.

    Canto da Doca Dinner

    Get a chance to play “chef” at the popular Canto da Doca restaurant in Horta. You’ll use stones heated up to 500 degrees to cook your choice of fresh meat or fish.

    Days 7-8

    Furnas, Sao Miguel

    Flight from Faial to Sao Miguel

    Hop into a jeep to go and explore Fire Lake (Lagoa do Fogo), one of the most beautiful crater lakes in the Azores.

    Safari Drive to Fire Lake

    Explore the sunswept scenery and wildlife at Fire Lake (Lagoa do Fogo), one of the most beautiful crater lakes in the Azores.

    Outdoor Thermal Pool at Terra Nostra Hotel

    The Terra Nostra Hotel has an outdoor botanical garden and a naturally heated outdoor thermal pool that you’ll be able to take full advantage of while exploring Furnas. There isn’t a much better way to relax after a day of adventure!

    Furnas Village Center Visit

    Take a leisurely walk around Furnas Village. Chat with residents, take in the sights and try the local delicacies, such as “bolo lêvedo” (homemade sweet bread) and “maçaroca de milho” (corn on the cob), cooked on the volcanic steam of hot springs.

    Hike in Faial Da Terra

    Visit the area’s natural wonders with a hike to the abandoned village of Sanguinho, that’s undergoing restoration. Finish the hike back in town with refreshments and mingling with locals.

    Cozido das Furnas Cooking Experience

    Visit the “Caldeiras da Lagoa” (Lake Calderas) region and prepare dinner for the evening like a traditional Azorean and place ingredients in the hot earth.

    Day 9

    Depart Sao Miguel

    Lunch at a Local Restaurant

    Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

    Depart Sao Miguel

    Before you depart for the airport, take time to shop and enjoy the scenery in Ponta Delgada, then our representatives will transfer you to the João Paulo II Airport.

  • Dates & Prices

    2023 Dates


    Adult $5390
    Teen $5390
    Child $5190
    Internal Air


    Adult $5390
    Teen $5390
    Child $5190
    Internal Air


    Adult $5390
    Teen $5390
    Child $5190
    Internal Air

    Additional Info

    Small Group Supplement

    A supplement may apply to smaller groups. Please contact a Travel Consultant for more information.

    Single Supplement

    Additional $890 for single accommodations.

    Alumni Discount 

    If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.

    Travel Insurance

    We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance. We’ve received great feedback about Travel Guard – you can learn more about the benefits of travel insurance there.

    Price Includes

    All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bilingual guide throughout, all meals, and bottled water and snacks in the vehicle.

    Guaranteed departures.

  • Hotels

    São Miguel Park Hotel

    The São Miguel Park Hotel is located near the center of Ponta Delgada and the Botanical Gardens. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, cable TV, a hairy dryer and safe box. The hotel has a pool, fitness center, restaurant and lounge.

    Hotel do Canal

    The Hotel do Canal is located in the small town of Horta on Faial Island. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, cable TV, a hairdryer and telephone.

    Terra Nostra Garden Hotel

    The Terra Nostra Garden Hotel in located in the Furnas Valley on the Island of Sao Miguel. Amenities include air conditioning, telephone, TV, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi. The hotel has pools, a restaurant, spa, fitness center, hot tub, thermal pools and a botanical garden.

    Thomson Family Adventures will attempt to adhere to this itinerary and its hotels as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or availability) may necessitate changes in the accommodations.

  • Extend Your Trip
    • Extension
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    4 days

    Activity Level


    Your family will spend most of your time relaxing and not expending too much energy. These adventures are easy! Every member of your family will be comfortable and able to take part in this adventure no matter their fitness level.

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