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Sail into the Green: Azores Ahoy!

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Embark on a 14-day cruise that begins in Porto, Portugal, and unfolds into an exploration of the enchanting Azores archipelago. The cruise begins with the narrow lanes of Porto's historic Ribeira, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, leading to the Douro Valley. Discover the vibrant capital of São Miguel and the sapphire blue Lagoa Azul in Ponta Delgada, surrounded by turquoise crater lakes and green rolling hills. Horta in Faial boasts a colorful marina with a rich maritime history, while Graciosa's Furna do Enxofre provides a glimpse into the underworld. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Angra do Heroísmo in Terceira, showcasing Portuguese Renaissance architecture. Pico Island, dominated by the highest mountain in Portugal, offers dramatic landscapes and UNESCO-designated vineyards.
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Highlights
  • Explore UNESCO Ribeira, Douro Valley, and Historic River Exploration
  • Discover São Miguel, Horta's Maritime Legacy, UNESCO Landscapes
  • Explore Historic Old Town in Porto and cross Eiffel bridge
  • Encounter Enchanting Underworld, Red-Crested Windmills, and Lava Walls
Places Visited
  • Europe
  • Portugal
  • Porto
  • Angra do Heroismo
  • Azores
  • European Union
  • Faial
  • Graciosa Island
  • Ponta Delgada
  • Santa Maria
  • Sao Miguel
  • Sao Roque do Pico
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1-2: Porto (Leixões), Portugal | Embark

Porto considers itself the country's secret capital. The narrow lanes of the historic old town "Ribeira", a UNESCO World Heritage Site, extend in terraces up the slope overlooking the Douro. The former working-class district has blossomed into a beautifully restored trendy neighborhood. A student of Gustave Eiffel created the bold design for the bridge, which stretches over the river in a wide arc and links the Ribeira with Vila Nova da Geia and its 50 port wineries that lie on the other side. The best way to reach the incredible Douro Valley and the countryside of the Alto Douro wine region, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is by river.

Embark on the 2nd day at 2:00 P.M.

Day 3-5: At sea

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Climbing the rigging, untying ropes, setting sails – today is all about sailing. Time to lean back and relax in the deck chair and watch the passionate crew hoisting the sails by hand

Day 6-7: Ponta Delgada | São Miguel | Azores

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The lively capital of São Miguel receives its guests at the trefoil-shaped city gate and invites them in on mosaic-like cobbled pavements through narrow lanes leading to whitewashed houses with black facade decoration made from basalt. The historic old city of Ponta Delgada is covered by a preservation order. Two large lakes are picturesquely set in the crater of Sete Cidades – the sapphire blue Lagoa Azul and the emerald green Lagoa Verde. At the edge of the crater the view widens out and exposes a spectacular panorama. On one side ebony sand and by the azure Atlantic, on the other side turquoise crater lakes amidst green rolling hills and blue flowering hydrangea bushes.

Day 8: At sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On board a windjammer, the journey becomes the destination, leaving ample room for your own personal feel-good program.

Day 9: Horta | Faial | Azores

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Early on, Horta linked the Old World with the New and is the most international place in the archipelago. The port is a hub of activity; almost every yacht that sails across the Atlantic makes a stop at Horta, making her famous port the world's most colorful marina. The quay walls are a kind of guest book for skippers where for centuries people have immortalised themselves with a painting or inscription. The Azores last proved their volcanic origin in 1957 when the Capelinhos volcano suddenly emerged out of the sea in an eruption. The caldera is two kilometres (1.3 miles) in diameter and Faial expanded by 2.4 square kilometres (1 square mile). Nowadays the area is a bizarrely picturesque spot.

Day 10: Praia | Graciosa | Azores

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Graciosa, the second smallest island in the Azores, has the most unusual natural phenomena in the archipelago. Furna do Enxofre, the huge sulphurous cave in the dark centre of the caldera, lets you take a glimpse into the underworld. A large steaming lake, 15 metres (49 foot) deep, stretches across an 80-metre (262 foot)-high volcanic cave and is bewitchingly lit by daylight shining in. On the island's fertile soil, only slightly protected from the wind by walls of lava rubble, cereal crops, fruit and vines flourish. Red-crested windmills are now the emblem of this charming island.

Day 11: Angra do Heroísmo | Terceira | Azores

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Two fortresses standing guard over the harbor, splendid Renaissance facades, colorful little houses, churches and palaces – the old city of Angra do Heroísmo is a shining example of Portuguese Renaissance architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Taking a stroll is like a journey back in time. As the oldest town in the Azores, it received city status in 1474 and was even the capital of Portugal for three years from 1580. In its heyday as a center for overseas trade, for centuries it was an important hub between three continents.

Day 12: Madalena |Pico | Azores

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At 2,351 meters (7,713 foot), Ponta de Pico volcano is the highest mountain in Portugal and magnificently epitomises the island's personality. Dominated by the mountain, Pico has only a small amount of flat coastal land, but this only makes it all the more beautiful. Many small harbours and walled fields create a contrast with the wildly dramatic mountains in the background. Laurel, juniper, tree heath and wine grow on this green island, protected by kilometre (miles)-long walls of lava. The island's viniculture has even been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Pico, once a whaling centre, now has two whaling museums and is the starting point for whale watching, as numerous sperm whales inhabit the sea around the island.

Day 13: Vila do Porto | Santa Maria |Azores

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Santa Maria, with its tiny capital Vila do Porto, is the third smallest and most southerly island in the archipelago and, in contrast to the other islands in the Azores, is not a volcanic island. Like all the islands in the Azores it is lush green but has its own softer, almost Mediterranean character. Nature is more gentle here, the land seems hillier and is characterised by green swathes of forest, steep terraced vineyards, banana plantations, lush meadows and a sea of flowers. With its perfect weather, Santa Maria is the only island in the Azores that has broad, white sandy beaches.

Day 14: Ponta Delgada | São Miguel | Azores | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
The lively capital of São Miguel receives its guests at the trefoil-shaped city gate and invites them in on mosaic-like cobbled pavements through narrow lanes leading to whitewashed houses with black facade decoration made from basalt. The historic old city of Ponta Delgada is covered by a preservation order. Two large lakes are picturesquely set in the crater of Sete Cidades – the sapphire blue Lagoa Azul and the emerald green Lagoa Verde. At the edge of the crater the view widens out and exposes a spectacular panorama. On one side ebony sand and by the azure Atlantic, on the other side turquoise crater lakes amidst green rolling hills and blue flowering hydrangea bushes.

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Superior single cabins, outside
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Superior Single
Superior Single Cabins (approx. 13 and 14.5 m²/139 and 156 sq ft) are equipped with a single bed, a small sitting corner with a table and a chair, a dressing table and a wardrobe. The bathroom is equipped with a sink, shower and WC. These cabins have portholes and are located on the Cabin Deck.
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Superior
Superior Cabins (approx. 16.5 to 19 m²/177 to 204 sq ft) are equipped with a double bed (two single beds), a small comfortable sitting corner with a chair or couch and a table as well as a dressing table, wardrobe and bureau. The spacious bathroom is equipped with a sink, shower and WC. These cabins have portholes and are located on the Cabin Deck.
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Deluxe
Deluxe Cabins (approx. 20 m²/215 sq ft) are equipped with a double bed (two single beds), a small comfortable sitting corner with a chair or couch and a table as well as a dressing table, bureau and wardrobe. The spacious bathroom is equipped with a sink, shower and WC. These cabins have portholes and are located on the Cabin Deck.
De luxe lido cabins, outside
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Deluxe Lido
Deluxe Lido Cabins (approx. 16.5 to 20 m²/177 to 215 sq ft) are equipped with a double bed (two single beds), a small comfortable sitting corner with a chair or couch and a table as well as a dressing table, bureau and wardrobe. The spacious bathroom is equipped with a sink, shower and WC. These cabins have portholes and are located on the Cabin Deck.
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Junior Suite
Junior Suites (approx. 26 to 30 m² /280 to 323 sq ft including balcony) are located on the Panorama Deck and offer a private balcony and panoramic windows. The cabins include a sitting corner with a couch and a table, two single beds (of 90 cm x 200 cm each), which can be placed separately or as a double bed, and a walk-in closet. The bathroom is equipped with a sink, WC and bathtub.
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Owner's Suite
Owner's Suites are located on the Panorama Deck, and have a sitting area and panoramic windows as well as a private balcony. Each of the suites (approx. 36 to 39 m²/388 to 420 sq ft including balcony) is equipped with two single beds (of 95 cm x 200 cm each) that can be placed separately or as a large double bed, and a walk-in closet. The bathroom features sink and bathtub; the WC is separate.

Notes

Rates are based on double occupancy. A limited number of cabins can be booked for individual use for an additional charge.
Included
  • 12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 13 Dinners
  • 13 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Gratuities
  • Port Fees
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktails   
  • Welcome champagne in the suite/stateroom
  • Daily fresh fruit basket in suite/stateroom
  • All coffee, tea specialties and soft drinks
  • Bottled water on the excursions
  • Fine wines from renowned winemakers
  • Open bar (except premium brands)
  • Beach barbecues in select destinations
  • Marina platform with use of water sports equipment such as snorkel gear, stand-up paddleboards, and towable tube (weather permitting)
  • Laundry service in suites
  • Curated moments
  • All meals including nightly 4-course menu and a 5-course gala dinner
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Wifi

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