Discover what might be the best kept secret in Europe, with this 9-day trip to the incredible Azores Islands & Lisbon, Portugal. Experience the rich cultural heritage and history of Lisbon, as well as adventures (on land and at sea!) across the beautiful island of Sao Miguel, the largest and most diverse of the Azores. This trip is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts, and travelers who love culture, nature, relaxation and high-end boutique accommodations.
Begin your trip in Lisbon, Portugal's gorgeous capital city, with an independent Cohica designed self-guided cultural tour. Next, learn about the culinary and musical traditions of Lisbon and experience a sunset Fado and Portuguese tapas tasting. After a couple of days in the city, fly a few hours west to the Azores and Sao Miguel Island. Here, you'll spend the next 6 days hiking to breathtaking lakes set in the middle of volcanic craters, searching for dolphinsa and whales off the coast of Ponta Delgada, tasting Cozido, a traditional Azorean stew cooked underground by volcanic steam, and relaxing in the thermal baths of volcanic jungle hot springs. Sao Miguel is one of the most beautiful places we've ever visited, and we think you'll agree!
Day 1: Check-in to your high-end boutique hotel. Then, depart on a Cohica designed self-guided cultural exploration of Lisbon.
Day 2: Breakfast. Learn more about the culinary traditions of Lisbon on a small-group walking tour of the city with food tastings of classic Lisboan cuisine.
Day 3: Breakfast. Morning & afternoon are free to explore the city. In the evening, further delve into the local music culture of Lisbon on a sunset Fado & Portuguese tapas experience.
Day 4: Breakfast. Fly from Lisbon to Sao Miguel. Check-in to your beautiful boutique hotel, then explore capital of the Azores, Ponta Delgada.
Day 5: Breakfast. Embark on a full-day excursion to Sete Cidades, a breathtaking lake in the middle of a volcanic crater.
Day 6: Breakfast. Head out to sea, just off the coast of Ponta Delgada to spend the day on the ocean. Look for over 25 different species of dolphins and whales (including sperm whales and blue whales) that are commonly sighted.
Day 7: Breakfast. Pick up your rental car to better explore the incredible natural beauty of the island. Start by hiking through varied landscapes before reaching Lagoa do Fogo, a crystal-clear lake which occupies the bottom of a collapsed caldera.
Day 8: Breakfast & a free day to explore - Hike to volcanic lakes, soak in natural hot springs or swim in the sea. Then, spend a relaxing evening at the Poça da Dona Beija thermal baths in Furnas. Enjoy a guided nature walk before tasting the traditional Cozido das Furnas, an Azores meat and vegetable stew boiled underground in volcanic steam from the hot springs.
Day 9: Last day. Fly back to Lisbon. Go anywhere, do anything.
Price: From $1389 per person
Duration: 8 nights, 9 days
Includes: All transportation within Portugal, 9 nights at highly-rated boutique hotels, activities & experiences listed in the inclusions section below
Rates + Booking
3 nights at a highly-rated boutique hotel in Lisbon's city center
5 nights at a highly-rated boutique on San Miguel Island in the Azores
Round-trip flights from Lisbon to Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
Small-Group Walking Tour with Local Food Tastings in Lisbon
Small-Group Sunset Fado & Tapas Tour in Lisbon
Sete Cidades Full-day walking tour on Sao Miguel
Whale & Dolphin Watching Cruise on Sao Miguel
Lagoa de Fogo Full day walking tour on Sao Miguel
Night time thermal baths and dinner experience in Furnas, Sao Miguel
3-day car rental for independent exploration of the island
Airfare to/from Portugal (ask us about including air)
Meals or activities not mentioned in the above itinerary
Please note: activities not mentioned in above list of inclusions must be paid for at time of visit
Hotel upgrades and changes available upon request
Please note that changes to the package may result in a change of price to the overall trip
From $1,389 per person
When booking, please indicate number of travelers and preferred travel dates