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Azores

The Amazing Azores: From Volcanos to Vineyards

Venture to the extraordinary volcanos of the Azores, and explore the islands’ dramatic lakes and craters. Join experts to learn the islands’ fascinating history of wine and whaling.
Rating (4.92)
Program No. 22755RJ
Length
9 days
Starts at
3,849
Flights start at
FREE
Azores

The Amazing Azores: From Volcanos to Vineyards

Venture to the extraordinary volcanos of the Azores, and explore the islands’ dramatic lakes and craters. Join experts to learn the islands’ fascinating history of wine and whaling.
Length
9 days
Starts at
3,849
Flights start at
FREE
Length
9 days
Rating (4.92)
Starts at
3,849
Flights start at
FREE
Program No. 22755RJ

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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Sep 6 - Sep 14, 2022
Starting at
3,859
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We are pleased to offer this program with air included! Participation includes flights to and from the BOS airport. Road Scholar can assist with additional arrangements from your preferred airport, just ask for Custom Arrangements.

Apr 11 - Apr 19, 2023
Starting at
4,099
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Apr 25 - May 3, 2023
Starting at
4,149
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May 2 - May 10, 2023
Starting at
4,299
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Sep 19 - Sep 27, 2023
Starting at
4,399
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We are pleased to offer this program with air included! Participation includes flights to and from the BOS airport. Road Scholar can assist with additional arrangements from your preferred airport, just ask for Custom Arrangements.

Oct 3 - Oct 11, 2023
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4,149
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We are pleased to offer this program with air included! Participation includes flights to and from the BOS airport. Road Scholar can assist with additional arrangements from your preferred airport, just ask for Custom Arrangements.

Nov 7 - Nov 15, 2023
Starting at
3,849
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We are pleased to offer this program with air included! Participation includes flights to and from the BOS airport. Road Scholar can assist with additional arrangements from your preferred airport, just ask for Custom Arrangements.

DATES & starting prices
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Sep 6 - Sep 14, 2022
Starting at
4,349
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We are pleased to offer this program with air included! Participation includes flights to and from the BOS airport. Road Scholar can assist with additional arrangements from your preferred airport, just ask for Custom Arrangements.

Apr 11 - Apr 19, 2023
Starting at
4,539
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We are pleased to offer this program with air included! Participation includes flights to and from the BOS airport. Road Scholar can assist with additional arrangements from your preferred airport, just ask for Custom Arrangements.

Apr 25 - May 3, 2023
Starting at
4,619
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We are pleased to offer this program with air included! Participation includes flights to and from the BOS airport. Road Scholar can assist with additional arrangements from your preferred airport, just ask for Custom Arrangements.

May 2 - May 10, 2023
Starting at
4,829
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We are pleased to offer this program with air included! Participation includes flights to and from the BOS airport. Road Scholar can assist with additional arrangements from your preferred airport, just ask for Custom Arrangements.

Sep 19 - Sep 27, 2023
Starting at
4,969
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We are pleased to offer this program with air included! Participation includes flights to and from the BOS airport. Road Scholar can assist with additional arrangements from your preferred airport, just ask for Custom Arrangements.

Oct 3 - Oct 11, 2023
Starting at
4,599
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Nov 7 - Nov 15, 2023
Starting at
4,169
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We are pleased to offer this program with air included! Participation includes flights to and from the BOS airport. Road Scholar can assist with additional arrangements from your preferred airport, just ask for Custom Arrangements.

At a Glance

Join local experts and fellow explorers as you discover the striking landscapes of the Azores — a stunning Portuguese archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Hear of its strategic importance in world communications and navigation between North America and Europe. Venture to the islands’ enormous volcanos and vast craters, and marvel at shimmering crater lakes and dramatic coastlines. Along the way, learn about the island’s exquisite vineyards, and trace the history of Azorean whaling. Finally, survey the centuries-old churches and bustling markets that form the lifeblood of the Azores.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles daily over varied terrain. Elevations up to 3,000 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Learn about the extraordinary volcano on Pico Island, The highest mountain in Portugal
  • Explore the magnificent natural wonders of the legendary Sete Cidades — the “Seven Cities.”
  • Enjoy the local markets.

General Notes

Select dates are Micro Group departures, with 12 or fewer participants. This program includes round-trip airfare from Boston. Participants attending this program cannot book their own airfare, book airfare with deviations, or book airfare for back-to-back programs.
Featured Expert
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Maria Gabriela Teves
Maria Gabriela Teves is a native of São Miguel in the Azores. She graduated as a professional leader in 1975 and has been working in the Azores with a focus on culture and tourism. Fluent in French and English, Mrs. Teves is very active in other areas related to her work such as cultural learning and orienting recent graduates from her university program. Among her areas of interest and learning is the multifaceted and complex botanics of the islands in their full floral diversity.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Maria Gabriela Teves View biography
Maria Gabriela Teves is a native of São Miguel in the Azores. She graduated as a professional leader in 1975 and has been working in the Azores with a focus on culture and tourism. Fluent in French and English, Mrs. Teves is very active in other areas related to her work such as cultural learning and orienting recent graduates from her university program. Among her areas of interest and learning is the multifaceted and complex botanics of the islands in their full floral diversity.
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Nuno Garcia View biography
Mr. Garcia has a bachelor degree in Modern Languages from the University of the Azores, and degree in World Heritage " Vineyards, History and Culture" by UNESCO for the Vineyards Landscape of Pico. He has been active as a multilingual leader since 2006, and is fully qualified for all the nine islands of the Archipelago since 2011. His main areas of interest and continuous study are History, Geology, Volcanology and the Flora of the Azores. He is also a private tutor in Languages and History.
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Sergio Rezendes View biography
Sergio has his bachelor's degree in history and sociology, master's in cultural heritage and museology and a doctorate with a focus on the Azorean and Atlantic history (15th-20th century), all from the University of the Azores. During his time as a military and senior technician at the Azores Military Museum, Sergio was responsible for the museum’s scientific research, production exhibition, museography and educational services.
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Joao Bettencourt View biography
Joao Bettencourt is a native of the Azores, born on the Sao Jorge Island. Following high school graduation and a year in the Portuguese Army, he found life-time inspiration when attending the Professional ‘Nature Guides’ course at the University of Azores. Receiving his degree, he returned to Sao Jorge Island to work at island’s eco-museum, soon followed by an offer to join the Botanical Gardens of the Faial Island. Joao has been working with Road Scholar since the very first program in the Azores.
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Daniel James Edward Torres View biography
Daniel Torres has worked with Road Scholar programs in the Azores since 2017. He started his professional career as a site coordinator in Barcelona in 1997 before going on to lead programs in Spain, Portugal, and Brazil. Born and raised in London, he moved to Rio de Janeiro at the age of 24 and worked for 14 years as a singer-songwriter, writing and recording music for Brazilian television and movie projects. Daniel is fluent in English and Portuguese and teaches English as a foreign language.
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Altair Silva View biography
Altair Silva was born in Brazil and has always been interested in travel, history, and art of different cultures. He started his career working for Varig (Brazilian Airlines) in Rio de Janeiro and continued his career after moving to London at age 23, working in various capacities for leading airlines. He was a Group Leader for Study Journeys in Spain and Portugal, and is returning as a Group Leader for Azores programs. Al has been a member of British Mensa for more than 40 years.
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Baleia! The whalers of the Azores
by Bernard Venables
Hardcover: 206 pages Language: English ISBN-10: 0370003845 ISBN-13: 978-0370003849 Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.4 x 3 cm
History of the Azores
by Thomas Ashe
ISBN-10: 1511516097 ISBN-13: 978-1511516099 Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
The Azores, or Western Islands: A Political, Commercial and Geographical Account
by Walter Frederick
ISBN-10: 1334250421 ISBN-13: 978-1334250422 Also Available on Amazon Kindle – File Size: 1578 KB Print Length: 364 pages Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l. Language: English ASIN: B009V5VUZE
Saudade
by Miriam Winthrop
Paperback: 360 pages Language: English ISBN-10: 0615982735 ISBN-13: 978-0615982731 Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
Natural History of the Azores, or Western Islands-
by Frederick Du Cane Godman
Paperback: 371 pages Language: English ISBN-10: 1402165293 ISBN-13: 978-1402165290 Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.1 x 21 cm
Azores: Nine Islands, One History
by Susana Goulart Costa
Paperback Language: English ISBN-10: 0981933602 ISBN-13: 978-0981933603 Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15 x 2.5 cm
In Pursuit of Their Dreams: A History of Azorean Immigration to the USA
by Jeery R Williams
Paperback: 216 pages Language: English ISBN-10: 1933227192 ISBN-13: 978-1933227191 Product Dimensions: 15 x 1.5 x 22.1 cm
Plants and flowers of the Azores
by Erik Sjögren
transklated by David Sayers (Author), Ben Fogle (Foreword) Paperback – 1191 pages
Meals
20 Meals
7 Breakfasts
8 Lunches
5 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Vegetarian, Low Salt, Vegetarian
Lodging
Lodgings may differ by date. Select a date to see the lodgings specific to that date.
Display
Nov 07, 2023 - Nov 15, 2023 (Horta to Thermas de Furnas)
  • Sep 06, 2022 - Sep 14, 2022 (Horta to Thermas de Furnas)
  • Apr 11, 2023 - Apr 19, 2023 (Horta to Thermas de Furnas)
  • Apr 25, 2023 - May 03, 2023 (Horta to Thermas de Furnas)
  • May 02, 2023 - May 10, 2023 (Horta to Thermas de Furnas)
  • Sep 19, 2023 - Sep 27, 2023 (Horta to Thermas de Furnas)
  • Oct 03, 2023 - Oct 11, 2023 (Horta to Thermas de Furnas)
  • Nov 07, 2023 - Nov 15, 2023 (Horta to Thermas de Furnas)
2 nights
Horta
Hotel do Canal is a modern, purpose-built four star hotel, ocean front, located across Horta’s City Port. The hotel offers panoramic views of the bay and according to the weather, dramatic views of the Pico Mountain, classified as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Portugal. It belongs to one of the Island founding families, a traditional Azorean hotel chain, providing comfortable accommodation with all bedrooms en-suite with air-conditioning/central heating, mini-bar, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi. Breakfast and other meals are served at the Restaurant. The hotel offers a fitness centre facility with sauna, Jacuzzi, steam bath and massage. It is also at a short driving distance to the old town centre and walking distance to local restaurants and the sea promenade and the commerce main street. Last, but not least, adding to its character, the hotel is next to the legendary Peter’s Café Sport, a famous yachting pub anywhere in the world, established in 1918.
3 nights
Ponta Delgada,Sao Miguel
The Hotel Marina Atlântico in the center of town in Ponta Delgada, modern architecture style embodies a ship, with high masts, resting on the shore. Directly on the seafront, across the seaport, with ample views of the Marina promenade with shops & restaurants just across the road, the hotel is considered a reference in São Miguel Island, with its luminous and modern nautical motif decor, inviting you to an enjoyable stay.
2 nights
Furnas
Located in the heart of Furnas, with extensive landscaped unique Botanical gardens and Thermal resort.
4 nights
Horta
Hotel do Canal is a modern, purpose-built four star hotel, ocean front, located across Horta’s City Port. The hotel offers panoramic views of the bay and according to the weather, dramatic views of the Pico Mountain, classified as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Portugal. It belongs to one of the Island founding families, a traditional Azorean hotel chain, providing comfortable accommodation with all bedrooms en-suite with air-conditioning/central heating, mini-bar, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi. Breakfast and other meals are served at the Restaurant. The hotel offers a fitness centre facility with sauna, Jacuzzi, steam bath and massage. It is also at a short driving distance to the old town centre and walking distance to local restaurants and the sea promenade and the commerce main street. Last, but not least, adding to its character, the hotel is next to the legendary Peter’s Café Sport, a famous yachting pub anywhere in the world, established in 1918.
1 night
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
The Hotel Marina Atlântico in the center of town in Ponta Delgada, modern architecture style embodies a ship, with high masts, resting on the shore. Directly on the seafront, across the seaport, with ample views of the Marina promenade with shops & restaurants just across the road, the hotel is considered a reference in São Miguel Island, with its luminous and modern nautical motif decor, inviting you to an enjoyable stay.
2 nights
Furnas
Located in the heart of Furnas, with extensive landscaped unique Botanical gardens and Thermal resort.
2 nights
Horta
Hotel do Canal is a modern, purpose-built four star hotel, ocean front, located across Horta’s City Port. The hotel offers panoramic views of the bay and according to the weather, dramatic views of the Pico Mountain, classified as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Portugal. It belongs to one of the Island founding families, a traditional Azorean hotel chain, providing comfortable accommodation with all bedrooms en-suite with air-conditioning/central heating, mini-bar, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi. Breakfast and other meals are served at the Restaurant. The hotel offers a fitness centre facility with sauna, Jacuzzi, steam bath and massage. It is also at a short driving distance to the old town centre and walking distance to local restaurants and the sea promenade and the commerce main street. Last, but not least, adding to its character, the hotel is next to the legendary Peter’s Café Sport, a famous yachting pub anywhere in the world, established in 1918.
3 nights
Ponta Delgada,Sao Miguel
The Hotel Marina Atlântico in the center of town in Ponta Delgada, modern architecture style embodies a ship, with high masts, resting on the shore. Directly on the seafront, across the seaport, with ample views of the Marina promenade with shops & restaurants just across the road, the hotel is considered a reference in São Miguel Island, with its luminous and modern nautical motif decor, inviting you to an enjoyable stay.
2 nights
Furnas
Located in the heart of Furnas, with extensive landscaped unique Botanical gardens and Thermal resort.
2 nights
Horta
Hotel do Canal is a modern, purpose-built four star hotel, ocean front, located across Horta’s City Port. The hotel offers panoramic views of the bay and according to the weather, dramatic views of the Pico Mountain, classified as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Portugal. It belongs to one of the Island founding families, a traditional Azorean hotel chain, providing comfortable accommodation with all bedrooms en-suite with air-conditioning/central heating, mini-bar, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi. Breakfast and other meals are served at the Restaurant. The hotel offers a fitness centre facility with sauna, Jacuzzi, steam bath and massage. It is also at a short driving distance to the old town centre and walking distance to local restaurants and the sea promenade and the commerce main street. Last, but not least, adding to its character, the hotel is next to the legendary Peter’s Café Sport, a famous yachting pub anywhere in the world, established in 1918.
3 nights
Ponta Delgada,Sao Miguel
The Hotel Marina Atlântico in the center of town in Ponta Delgada, modern architecture style embodies a ship, with high masts, resting on the shore. Directly on the seafront, across the seaport, with ample views of the Marina promenade with shops & restaurants just across the road, the hotel is considered a reference in São Miguel Island, with its luminous and modern nautical motif decor, inviting you to an enjoyable stay.
2 nights
Furnas
Located in the heart of Furnas, with extensive landscaped unique Botanical gardens and Thermal resort.
2 nights
Horta
Hotel do Canal is a modern, purpose-built four star hotel, ocean front, located across Horta’s City Port. The hotel offers panoramic views of the bay and according to the weather, dramatic views of the Pico Mountain, classified as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Portugal. It belongs to one of the Island founding families, a traditional Azorean hotel chain, providing comfortable accommodation with all bedrooms en-suite with air-conditioning/central heating, mini-bar, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi. Breakfast and other meals are served at the Restaurant. The hotel offers a fitness centre facility with sauna, Jacuzzi, steam bath and massage. It is also at a short driving distance to the old town centre and walking distance to local restaurants and the sea promenade and the commerce main street. Last, but not least, adding to its character, the hotel is next to the legendary Peter’s Café Sport, a famous yachting pub anywhere in the world, established in 1918.
3 nights
Ponta Delgada,Sao Miguel
The Hotel Marina Atlântico in the center of town in Ponta Delgada, modern architecture style embodies a ship, with high masts, resting on the shore. Directly on the seafront, across the seaport, with ample views of the Marina promenade with shops & restaurants just across the road, the hotel is considered a reference in São Miguel Island, with its luminous and modern nautical motif decor, inviting you to an enjoyable stay.
2 nights
Furnas
Located in the heart of Furnas, with extensive landscaped unique Botanical gardens and Thermal resort.
2 nights
Horta
Hotel do Canal is a modern, purpose-built four star hotel, ocean front, located across Horta’s City Port. The hotel offers panoramic views of the bay and according to the weather, dramatic views of the Pico Mountain, classified as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Portugal. It belongs to one of the Island founding families, a traditional Azorean hotel chain, providing comfortable accommodation with all bedrooms en-suite with air-conditioning/central heating, mini-bar, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi. Breakfast and other meals are served at the Restaurant. The hotel offers a fitness centre facility with sauna, Jacuzzi, steam bath and massage. It is also at a short driving distance to the old town centre and walking distance to local restaurants and the sea promenade and the commerce main street. Last, but not least, adding to its character, the hotel is next to the legendary Peter’s Café Sport, a famous yachting pub anywhere in the world, established in 1918.
3 nights
Ponta Delgada,Sao Miguel
The Hotel Marina Atlântico in the center of town in Ponta Delgada, modern architecture style embodies a ship, with high masts, resting on the shore. Directly on the seafront, across the seaport, with ample views of the Marina promenade with shops & restaurants just across the road, the hotel is considered a reference in São Miguel Island, with its luminous and modern nautical motif decor, inviting you to an enjoyable stay.
2 nights
Furnas
Located in the heart of Furnas, with extensive landscaped unique Botanical gardens and Thermal resort.
2 nights
Horta
Hotel do Canal is a modern, purpose-built four star hotel, ocean front, located across Horta’s City Port. The hotel offers panoramic views of the bay and according to the weather, dramatic views of the Pico Mountain, classified as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Portugal. It belongs to one of the Island founding families, a traditional Azorean hotel chain, providing comfortable accommodation with all bedrooms en-suite with air-conditioning/central heating, mini-bar, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi. Breakfast and other meals are served at the Restaurant. The hotel offers a fitness centre facility with sauna, Jacuzzi, steam bath and massage. It is also at a short driving distance to the old town centre and walking distance to local restaurants and the sea promenade and the commerce main street. Last, but not least, adding to its character, the hotel is next to the legendary Peter’s Café Sport, a famous yachting pub anywhere in the world, established in 1918.
3 nights
Ponta Delgada,Sao Miguel
The Hotel Marina Atlântico in the center of town in Ponta Delgada, modern architecture style embodies a ship, with high masts, resting on the shore. Directly on the seafront, across the seaport, with ample views of the Marina promenade with shops & restaurants just across the road, the hotel is considered a reference in São Miguel Island, with its luminous and modern nautical motif decor, inviting you to an enjoyable stay.
2 nights
Furnas
Located in the heart of Furnas, with extensive landscaped unique Botanical gardens and Thermal resort.





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