Getting on/off a bus and an aircraft, flight to Ponta Delgada – 55 minutes. Driving about 30 miles (52 km), approximately 45 minutes. Walking up to 1 mile, approximately 1,5 hours; at the Botanical garden ,mostly level terrain, some hilly areas, uneven surfaces and few steps.
Breakfast at the Hotel & Checkout
After breakfast, check out of the Hotel and transfer to Pico airport. Check-in to our flight to Ponta Delgada, where we board our waiting bus and drive to Furnas de Sao Miguel, approximately 45 minutes and stop at the Fumarolas where we’ll watch the retrieval of a famous Azorean delicacy, known as Cozido. This varied selection of meats or fish with vegetables is layered in a big pot and lowered into underground holes for up to six hours where volcanic steams will cook the food. We board the bus and drive a short distance to our Hotel.
At the Hotel restaurant, we will have the traditional Cosido meal. The meat and vegetables cook together for hours. The gravy comes from the natural juices of the ingredients.
After lunch we will gather in the hotel lobby for a walk with a local botanical expert through the Hotel Terra Nostra private gardens and thermal pools. We’ll then check in to our rooms. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure to unpack, rest or you may prefer to enjoy the Hotel spa facilities or take a dip in one of the garden natural thermal pools, or stroll on your own around the Terra Nostra Park that is closed to the public and reserved exclusively for hotel guests from 6:00 pm until 10:00 am
On your own to have what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Everyone is invited to gather first for a drink at the hotel bar and discuss choices for dinner on your own.