Meet the Road Scholar Group Leader after proceeding through customs. Getting on/off a bus; driving about 13 miles, approximately 3/4 hour, to Angra do Heroísmo. Walking up to 2 miles; about 1.5 hours; mostly level terrain, some inclindes, urban streets, cobblestone sidewalks, steps up/down. Hotel check-in from 8:00 a.m.
At the hotel for those who arrive in time (until 10:00 a.m.).
Early check-in available. Take time to freshen up, unpack, and relax. Those who would like to take a walk around the area are welcome to do so before our Orientation session at 2:00 p.m.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to have what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
Orientation: 2:00 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. On each of the islands, we will be joined by expert hikers with specialties in relevant areas of interest. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Next, we’ll set out on a walking field trip with our Group Leader and a local historian to become familiar with the neighborhood of Angra do Heroísmo, a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site. From the UNESCO inscription: “Situated on the mid-Atlantic island of Terceira within the Portuguese Autonomous Region of the Azores (RAA), Angra do Heroísmo was an obligatory port of call for the fleets of equatorial Africa and of the East and West Indies routes during their voyages to and from Europe from the 15th century until the advent of steamships in the 19th century.” We will also note place of interest such as banks and ATMs, phamarcies, etc., along the route.
At the hotel.
At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.