The Azores are a whale-watching mecca, where more than 20 different types of cetaceans can be spotted. Search for these gentle giants in the channel north of Pico and Horta islands. Once ashore on the island of Faial, head to Capelinhos to see how dramatically the landscape changed when the volcano at the western end of the island erupted in 1957. Farms and villages were covered with ash, adding an extra two square kilometers of land to the island. Later, stroll along the marina, visit the excellent scrimshaw museum, and raise a glass at Peter Café Sport, a legendary pub where sea adventurers historically dropped off their mail.
São Miguel combines the breathtaking landscapes of Hawaii with the charm and culture of Old World Europe. Explore the Furnas Valley and its famed hot springs, hiking the trails or perhaps visiting a tea plantation or the lovely garden of Terra Nostra. Next, we will have a tasting of Azorean cuisine. Savor a traditional cozido lunch, naturally cooked from the volcanic activity—underground! (B,L,D)