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The Essential Azores

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Sail to Terceira Island, known for its rich historical heritage. The city of Angra do Heroismo, once an important commercial port, is home to imposing fortifications and Baroque-inspired monuments from the 16th and 17th centuries. Further west, you will discover São Jorge, with basalt platforms resulting from cliff-face erosion. Le Champlain will then sail to the mountainous island of Pico, whose vineyard landscapes, are listed as UNESCO World Heritage. From Faial, don’t miss the chance to visit Horta, a lively, world-renowned marina. Finally, succumb to the charms of São Miguel, as you discover not just the old town of Ponta Delgada, the capital of the Azores, but also a stunning natural environment with hot springs, lakes and volcanic craters.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ponta Delgada, Azores (Portugal) | Embark
Day 2 : Praia da Vitória, Azores (Portugal)
Day 3 : Praia da Graciosa, Azores (Portugal)
Day 4 : Velas, Azores (Portugal)
Day 5 : Lajes do Pico, Azores (Portugal)
Day 6 : Horta, Azores (Portugal)
Day 7 : Ponta Delgada, Azores (Portugal)
Day 8 : Disembark | Ponta Delgada, Azores (Portugal)

Highlights

  • Visit UNESCO sites: the city of Angra do Heroismo from Terceira; the vineyard landscapes on Pico Island
  • Enjoy a trip off the beaten track, combining nature and culture
  • Discover beautiful and diverse landscapes: volcanoes, mountain peaks, green hills, cliffs, lakes, shrubs

Ship

Le Champlain

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Hike to distant volcanoes in the Azores Boats line the harbor in the Azores Intricate cactus of the Azores Terraces in the Azores Islands A hiker overlooks the cliffs on the ocean.

Day 1 Ponta Delgada, Azores (Portugal) | Embark

The coastal city of Ponta Delgada stands on the southern coastline of São Miguel Island, in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores. On your way to the town center from the port, youメll pass through the Doors to the Sea, a contemporary architectural complex bordering the Atlantic. The historic district features a beautiful square framed by the three Baroque arches of the City Gates. A few steps from the shore youメll find the Gothic church of São Sebastião and the Renaissance fortress, Fortaleza de São Brásainsi.

Day 2 Praia da Vitória, Azores (Portugal)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 3 Praia da Graciosa, Azores (Portugal)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 4 Velas, Azores (Portugal)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 5 Lajes do Pico, Azores (Portugal)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 6 Horta, Azores (Portugal)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 7 Ponta Delgada, Azores (Portugal)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The coastal city of Ponta Delgada stands on the southern coastline of São Miguel Island, in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores. On your way to the town center from the port, youメll pass through the Doors to the Sea, a contemporary architectural complex bordering the Atlantic. The historic district features a beautiful square framed by the three Baroque arches of the City Gates. A few steps from the shore youメll find the Gothic church of São Sebastião and the Renaissance fortress, Fortaleza de São Brásainsi.

Day 8 Disembark | Ponta Delgada, Azores (Portugal)

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your journey home. 

Le Champlain

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Area: 19 m². 4m² private balcony with French window. King-size bed or twin beds, and shower.
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Prestige Stateroom Deck 5
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Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
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Deluxe Suite
Area: 27 m². 6m² private balcony with sliding bay window. King-size bed or twin beds, and shower. Up to 3 passengers per cabin.
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Prestige Suite Deck 5
Area: 38 m². 8m² private balcony with sliding bay window. King-size bed or twin beds, and shower.
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Prestige Suite Deck 6
Area: 38 m². 8m² private balcony with sliding bay window. King-size bed or twin beds, and shower.
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Privilege Suite
Area: 32 m². 8m² private balcony with sliding bay window. King-size bed or twin beds, and shower. Up to 4 passengers per cabin.
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Grand Deluxe Suite
Area: 45 m². 30m² private balcony with sliding bay windows. King-size bed or twin beds, and shower + bathtub.
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Owner's Suite
Area: 45 m². 30m² private balcony with hot tub and sliding bay windows. King-size or twin beds and shower + bathtub.

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Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and subject to change without notice.

*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while on board the ship 
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h Room service (special selection)
  • English speaking lecturer 
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Complimentary boot rental on select cruises
  • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi (Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control).​​​
     
Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
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