Emerald-green volcanic landscapes, historic towns, beautiful sub-tropical
botanical gardens, hot springs and steaming fumaroles – all this and more
awaits you on this discovery of the remote islands of the Azores. The
unforgettable highlights don’t stop there: the scents of the vibrant floral
blooms explode into life in Madeira, before the cities of Lisbon and Oporto
present fascinating architecture, cobbled streets and wine cellars galore.
First on your itinerary are the diverse, emerald-green
islands of the Azores. Beginning with an overnight
stay in Horta, you’ll have time to discover hard-toreach
Faial Island and its beautifully unspoilt
landscape of craters, lakes, sheer cliffs and lush
valleys, as well as the intriguing volcanic structures,
Caldeira and Capelinhos. There’s also the chance to
visit the nearby majestic island of Pico, best known
for its mountain of the same name and for being the
highest point in the archipelago.
You’ll then head for Ponta Delgada on São Miguel
Island. It’s the gateway to the extinct Sete Cidades
Volcano which, with its 13km diameter crater, is the
most spectacular volcanic scene in the Azores. At the
bottom of the crater lie two lakes – one is blue,
reflecting the sky, and the other is bright green due to
the beautiful rich vegetation that surrounds it. It’s a
spectacular sight that’s not-to-be-missed.
Alternatively, there’s the opportunity to venture into
the Furnas Valley to see hot springs and steaming
fumaroles; stroll the subtropical gardens of Terra
Nostra Park; or simply uncover the delights of
Catch your breath during a relaxing day at sea before
reaching Funchal on the ‘garden island’ of Madeira.
Admire the stunning landscapes via the unique levada
walking trails, take in the enchanting gardens, or
indulge in afternoon tea at the world-famous Reid’s
Hotel. The more adventurous can head to Cabo
Girão, where the sea cliff – one of the highest in the
world – can be viewed directly beneath your feet
from a glass-floored platform.
Your itinerary continues with a visit to Portugal’s
vibrant capital, Lisbon, where fascinating museums,
the adorable backstreets of the Alfama district,
architectural wonders and more await your discovery.
There’s also the chance to visit the medieval town of
Óbidos or picturesque Sintra.
Lastly, Black Watch will dock in the port of Leixões.
It’s just a short distance from the UNESCO World
Heritage City of Oporto, which is set on the banks of
the beautiful Douro River. Head to the historic Ribeira
District, where narrow, cobbled lanes meander down
to the river, and be sure to visit one of the many wine
cellars for a taste of the city’s renowned Port Wine.
Canary Islands, Madeira & the Azores
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