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Azores Centre Islands Adventure

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Explore the hidden gems of the Azores, from culture, food, watersports and exploring nature there's so much to discover.
Nights onboard
11
Vessel type
Elan Impression 50
Vessel length
50ft
Skipper
Yes
Crew
4
Berth Style
Shared double cabins
Insurance Required
Yes

Hop around the stunning Azore Islands by boat, exploring the most magical hidden spots along the way.

11 Nights: Various dates June - September 2021

fr €1,625 /£1,540.32 per person

*Trips are priced in the operator’s local currency. The sterling amount shown is a guide only and the amount you pay in sterling will change with currency fluctuations.

This is the perfect way to explore the Azores, whether you get stuck in with sailing, or sit back and enjoy the ride, this adventure is an absolute treat. Discover the stunning islands of São Jorge, Faial, Pico and Terceira. From local culture, incredible history and jaw-dropping scenery, these islands have it all. There will be time to sail, explore the islands and even a bit of extra watersports. From hiking to canoeing, or golf in the morning, followed by an afternoon spent snorkelling, you'll never be bored on this trip.

Experience the Atlantic Ocean with all its natural beauty and observe dolphins, whales, sea turtles and the incredible wildlife, or sit back, and eat your dinner under a blanket of stars, the possibilities are endless.

Day 1: Arrival 

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be collected by us, and taken to the Marina where your home for the week will be waiting. Make yourself comfy and get settled on the yacht, maybe take a dip in the sea, or explore the local beachfront town.

Day 2: Exploration of Terceira 

You have free reign to explore the stunning island, go whale watching, rent a car, or explore the inside of an extinct volcano, the choice is yours.

Day 3: Sailing day to São Jorge (Velas) 48nm/89km – max. 8 hours

We venture out of the quiet harbour and head towards our next stop: São Jorge. This stretch will allow you to practice your sailing skills or sit back, relax, watch the waves roll past and feel the wind in your hair. After a refreshing sail, we reach São Jorge where the small portside town of Velas will greet us with vibrant colours and picturesque squares. Why not jump off the boat, stretch your legs and have a look round.

Day 4: Exploration of São Jorge 

Why not take a trip out to Ponta dos Rosais, a viewpoint on the western tip of the islands, with an abandoned lighthouse and incredible views, you can see Pico, Faial, with luck Graciosa and even Flores. Fajã do Ouvidor is a spot loved by the locals, home to Poça Simão Dias, some of the most beautiful and secluded swimming holes on the islands, definitely worth a trip.

Day 5: Exploration of São Jorge, afternoon sailing from São Jorge (Velas) to Faial (Horta) 20nm/37km – max. 3,3hr

Continue your exploration of the island, or go for a swim or a paddle. Then we hop back on the boat, ready for the next stop on our adventure: Faial. This time a much shorter trip, and before you know it Faial will soon be in view. With its colourful old town contrasting the volcanos which overlook it, this is a beautiful area to explore.

Day 6: Exploration of Faial 

With all day to explore, why not head to the  Capelinhos on the West coast, a strange part of the island, created in 1957 when the volcano erupted and created large craters, and covered the land with swirls of lava. There is one lonely have submerged lighthouse left there which has been turned into a museum but provides the most incredible views overlooking the crater rim surrounding the sparkling bays below. Grabbing a drink at the well known local establishment ‘Peter Sports Cafe’ is a sailor must do. The cafe is filled wall to wall with sailing memorabilia, numerous flags left by sailing crews, and historical photos, and is a hotspot for sailors taking a break from sailing the Atlantic ocean.

Day 7: Exploration of Faial, afternoon sailing from Faial (Horta) to Pico (Madalena) 

With some more exploring of Faial in the morning, we set off after lunch towards Faial’s sister island, Pico. This short trip will have us there in no time, giving more time to explore, or relax!

Day 8: Exploration of Pico 

Also known as the Grey Island, due to its rocky and volcanic structure, Pico is like another world. Pico is home, to stunning local history and culture, as well as amazing wine. In 2004 the vineyard landscape was named a UNESCO World Heritage site. The man-made stone walls stretching all the way from the centre of the island to the shores were built to protect the grapes from a mixture of harsh weather and seawater, and its quite a sight to see. As well a wine, Pico also has a renowned Whaling history, which you can experience for yourself at the Whalers museum, times have certainly changed since then.

Day 9: Exploration of Pico 

With more time to explore Pico why not spend the day hiking up the tallest mountain in Portugal, at 2,351 metres above sea level, it is more than twice the elevation of any other peak in the Azores, and the views from the top and stupendous. Or if you fancy something a little more relaxing explore the traditional town of Lajido, take a leisurely stroll around keeping an eye out for little faces carved into wood done by artists over the years.

Day 10: Sailing day to Terceira (65nm/120km – max 10,8 hours)

We embark on another big day of sailing, leaving the towering Pico mountain behind us and heading towards the rugged landscape of Terceira. Make the most of this last long sail to enjoy the peace and quiet of the ocean, and work on your sailing skills.

Day 11: Exploration of Terceira –

Terceira is a colourful island, with brightly painted houses, lush green paddies, beaches, and sparkling underground caves. Algar do Carvão is an ancient lava tube located in the geographic centre of the island and is one of the only places in the world where you can walk inside a volcano! For more amazing views visit Miradouro do Facho, a lookout point providing excellent views of Praia da Vitória town, and the harbour.

Day 12: Departure

Sadly all adventures must come to an end, we will take you back to the airport and say our goodbyes.

 

  • Professional crew, Captain & Stewardess (Pete & Eve)
  • Transfers from Terceira Airport to the Marina and back
  • Preparation of breakfast and light meals when at sea
  • Homeport Praia da Vitória Marina fees
  • Bed linen & bath towels
  • Cleaning and final cleaning
  • Dinghy
  • WIFI where a connection is available
  • Snorkelling equipment, canoe, SUP (stand up paddleboard)
  • Insurance to cover the Portuguese legislation
  • VAT
  • The hours indicated are based on motoring, if there is no wind
  • We have calculated enough time in our programme to discover each island and make adventure stops on the sea for swimming, canoeing, SUP, snorkelling and other activities.
  • Travel to and from the Azores
  • Other Marinas – fees per day for the yacht ca. €23.00 (prices subject to change)
  • Fuel, in case there is no wind (ca. €1.20 per litre)
  • Food and drinks – we have a “yacht kitty” which guests pay in to, to cover costs. The crew will undertake the necessary shopping and preparation of the food (ca. €100.00 per week/person)
  • (Onboard, the crew is catered for by the “yacht kitty”)
  • Visits to restaurants, car rental, excursions, admission fees etc

 

  • Open to beginner sailors

Terceira, The Azores, Portugal (Praia da Vitória Marina)

Terceira, The Azores, Portugal (Praia da Vitória Marina)

Day 1: Arrival 

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be collected by us, and taken to the Marina where your home for the week will be waiting. Make yourself comfy and get settled on the yacht, maybe take a dip in the sea, or explore the local beachfront town.

Day 2: Exploration of Terceira 

You have free reign to explore the stunning island, go whale watching, rent a car, or explore the inside of an extinct volcano, the choice is yours.

Day 3: Sailing day to São Jorge (Velas) 48nm/89km – max. 8 hours

We venture out of the quiet harbour and head towards our next stop: São Jorge. This stretch will allow you to practice your sailing skills or sit back, relax, watch the waves roll past and feel the wind in your hair. After a refreshing sail, we reach São Jorge where the small portside town of Velas will greet us with vibrant colours and picturesque squares. Why not jump off the boat, stretch your legs and have a look round.

Day 4: Exploration of São Jorge 

Why not take a trip out to Ponta dos Rosais, a viewpoint on the western tip of the islands, with an abandoned lighthouse and incredible views, you can see Pico, Faial, with luck Graciosa and even Flores. Fajã do Ouvidor is a spot loved by the locals, home to Poça Simão Dias, some of the most beautiful and secluded swimming holes on the islands, definitely worth a trip.

Day 5: Exploration of São Jorge, afternoon sailing from São Jorge (Velas) to Faial (Horta) 20nm/37km – max. 3,3hr

Continue your exploration of the island, or go for a swim or a paddle. Then we hop back on the boat, ready for the next stop on our adventure: Faial. This time a much shorter trip, and before you know it Faial will soon be in view. With its colourful old town contrasting the volcanos which overlook it, this is a beautiful area to explore.

Day 6: Exploration of Faial 

With all day to explore, why not head to the  Capelinhos on the West coast, a strange part of the island, created in 1957 when the volcano erupted and created large craters, and covered the land with swirls of lava. There is one lonely have submerged lighthouse left there which has been turned into a museum but provides the most incredible views overlooking the crater rim surrounding the sparkling bays below. Grabbing a drink at the well known local establishment ‘Peter Sports Cafe’ is a sailor must do. The cafe is filled wall to wall with sailing memorabilia, numerous flags left by sailing crews, and historical photos, and is a hotspot for sailors taking a break from sailing the Atlantic ocean.

Day 7: Exploration of Faial, afternoon sailing from Faial (Horta) to Pico (Madalena) 

With some more exploring of Faial in the morning, we set off after lunch towards Faial’s sister island, Pico. This short trip will have us there in no time, giving more time to explore, or relax!

Day 8: Exploration of Pico 

Also known as the Grey Island, due to its rocky and volcanic structure, Pico is like another world. Pico is home, to stunning local history and culture, as well as amazing wine. In 2004 the vineyard landscape was named a UNESCO World Heritage site. The man-made stone walls stretching all the way from the centre of the island to the shores were built to protect the grapes from a mixture of harsh weather and seawater, and its quite a sight to see. As well a wine, Pico also has a renowned Whaling history, which you can experience for yourself at the Whalers museum, times have certainly changed since then.

Day 9: Exploration of Pico 

With more time to explore Pico why not spend the day hiking up the tallest mountain in Portugal, at 2,351 metres above sea level, it is more than twice the elevation of any other peak in the Azores, and the views from the top and stupendous. Or if you fancy something a little more relaxing explore the traditional town of Lajido, take a leisurely stroll around keeping an eye out for little faces carved into wood done by artists over the years.

Day 10: Sailing day to Terceira (65nm/120km – max 10,8 hours)

We embark on another big day of sailing, leaving the towering Pico mountain behind us and heading towards the rugged landscape of Terceira. Make the most of this last long sail to enjoy the peace and quiet of the ocean, and work on your sailing skills.

Day 11: Exploration of Terceira –

Terceira is a colourful island, with brightly painted houses, lush green paddies, beaches, and sparkling underground caves. Algar do Carvão is an ancient lava tube located in the geographic centre of the island and is one of the only places in the world where you can walk inside a volcano! For more amazing views visit Miradouro do Facho, a lookout point providing excellent views of Praia da Vitória town, and the harbour.

Day 12: Departure

Sadly all adventures must come to an end, we will take you back to the airport and say our goodbyes.

 

  • Passport
  • Travel insurance
  • International health insurance
  • Drivers license
  • Money for the “yacht- kitty“ in cash
  • Personal toiletries (biodegradable)
  • Body moisturiser/lip balm
  • Sun cream/sun blocker
  • Fast-drying sneakers for sailing with white rubber soles
  • Shoes to go onshore
  • Hiking boots
  • Swimwear & beach towel (fast drying)
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm fleece/jumper
  • Hiking clothes
  • Waterproof sailing jacket
  • Cap /Hat
  • Sailing gloves
  • Sleeping clothes
  • Everyday clothes
  • One set of spare dry clothes
  • Camera
  • Do not bring a hard-shelled suitcase
  • Day backpack
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