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The Essential Azores

Ponta Delgada Roundtrip - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Le Champlain
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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 : Ponta Delgada, Azores (Portugal) | Disembark

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
  • View old town, churches, and the famous Portas da Cidade at Ponta Delgada

Ship

Le Champlain

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Boats line the harbor in the Azores Hike to distant volcanoes 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'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'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
With its 10,000 inhabitants, Praia da Vitória is one of the most modern towns in the Azores archipelago. It is located on the far east of the island of Terceira. From 1456 to 1474, Praia da Vitória was the seat of the captaincy of Terceira and the capital of the region before being replaced by Angra. Its bay shelters the largest sandy beach in the Azores. Its historic center is a charming maze of streets and alleys whose old houses have double-hung barred windows or interesting mashrabiyas.

Day 3 Praia da Graciosa, Azores (Portugal)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arriving on “graceful” Graciosa Island, you’ll admire its stunning landscapes with its vines surrounded by walls of black basalt, its steep shores, and transparent sea beds. Declared a “World Biosphere Reserve” by UNESCO, the northernmost of the islands forming the Azores archipelago, often designated by the term “eighth Canary Island”, has thus been protected from mass tourism. You’ll be able to visit the St Matthew Church, which has one of the finest pipe organs in the Azores, dating back to 1793. The island will charm you with its deserted volcanic landscapes embellished with beaches of immaculate sand.

Day 4 Velas, Azores (Portugal)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The port of Velas is on the southern coast of the island of São Jorge. You’ll be surprised by its cliffs that drop right into the sea and its many fajãs that punctuate the island’s shores. These curious geological formations come from lava flows that have entered the sea, landslides due to seismic shocks or erosion. Protected by the wind, the fajãs, flat land surfaces on the sea edge at the foot of imposing cliffs, enjoy fertile soil and a favorable microclimate. Their natural pools (and, in particular, the natural pool of Fajã do Ouvidor) with clear water are an invitation to bathe in an exceptional natural setting.

Day 5 Lajes do Pico, Azores (Portugal)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the Azores archipelago, Lajes Do Pico is a small Portuguese town of fewer than 5,000 inhabitants nestling on the southern coast of Pico Island. You’ll be charmed by its colorful little houses and its superb landscapes bearing rich history linked to the whaling period which made its reputation. It is dominated by its enormous and majestic volcano, the highest in Portugal, which culminates at 2,531 meters. You’ll be able to discover its small museum dedicated to the whaling industry and the island’s vineyards, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on one of the most beautiful paths in the Azores. If conditions allow it, you’ll perhaps have the chance to observe whales.

Day 6 Horta, Azores (Portugal)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The main town on Faial Island, in the Azores, Horta has preserved a real authenticity and picturesque charm. The main marina in the archipelago, the town boasts several frescos painted by sailors who dropped anchor there from around the world. Also do not miss a visit to the many churches, the Santa Cruz fort dating from the 16th Century and the Scrimshaw Museum, dedicated to the local craft of sculpting on whale teeth. In the south-east of the city is Monte Da Guia, a volcanic cone classified as a Special Protection Area, which will offer you breathtaking views over Porto Pim Bay and the ocean.

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'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 Ponta Delgada, Azores (Portugal) | Disembark

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

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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 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
  • “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
  • 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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Ports of call, visited sites, outings and landings will depend on weather conditions, position of ice, winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time. The Captain and the Expedition Leader may at any time cancel or stop any activity, or even modify the itinerary. The final itinerary will be confirmed by the Captain, who will take into account the touristic quality of the sites and above all, the safety of the passengers. His decision will be based on advice from experts and authorities.
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