STARS OVER THE AZORES

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Stars Over the Azores

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Horta, Azores, Portugal

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3 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

walking

essentials
Horta City Walk
Leave the pier on foot accompanied by your local guide to discover Horta, a well-known transatlantic staging post since the Age of Discoveries. A walk along the sea avenue will take you to the Marina, the main recreational harbor of the Azores and one of the most busy and famous in the world. It is a linking point for international regattas, and superstition tells sailors to paint a mural on the breakwater in order to attain divine protection during the rest of their trip. Overlooking the Marina is Santa Cruz Fort, built in the 16th century to protect the harbor from pirates, privateers, and foreign navies. Part of the history of Faial can be witnessed at Horta Museum installed in the old Jesuit College, storing collections of documents, ethnography, photography and art. A visit to this town would not be completed without passing by the famous Peter´s Café where you can take the opportunity to try a gin or a coffee ( not included) and relax . Return to the pier on foot.

Please note: Wear comfortable clothes,  walking shoes and bring a camera, hat, sunscreen, rain protection and local currency if you wish to purchase any goods.


price $69
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3.5 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Horta, Island Scenic Highlights
On this land of hydrangeas, green silence and cliffside contemplation, it is easy to believe the legend that the nine islands of the Azores are all that remain of the lost continent of Atlantis. Board a motor coach for a panoramic drive that will take you first to the belvedere (viewpoint) at Espalamaca for views of the port and the charming town of Horta. Visitors are often reminded by nature that, in the Azores, they might experience four seasons in one day. The road ascends 3,000 feet to the vast volcanic crater in the center of the island. This caldera is more than a mile in diameter and 1,200 feet deep, surrounded by some of the most luxuriant vegetation imaginable. Continuing westward, you'll pass the typical Azorean villages of Ribeira Funda, Praia do Norte, and Norte Pequeño, and catch a magnificent view of Capelinhos, the volcano that rose from the sea in 1957.

Please note: Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes; bring a camera, hat, sunscreen, and local currency if you wish to purchase any goods.


price $79
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3.5 HRS

Strenuous

wildlife

boating

outdoors

essentials
Horta, Whale & Dolphin Watching
Lying in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, the Azores islands are a permanent home or point of passage for more than a third of the world´s whale and dolphin species. Sperm whales, common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, and Risso´s dolphins are present all year round. Other species visit or pass by during specific seasons. Summer months are the best time to see Atlantic spotted dolphins, pilot whales and striped dolphins, while the spring months are the time to see migrating baleen whales such as blue whales, fin whales, and Sei whales. The whale watching activity, which takes from 2.5 – 3 hours, is done with a professional team of lookouts, skippers and biologists on rigid inflatable boats. Before you leave to the ocean, the whaling company will make a briefing including information about the species you may see, and the Azorean Whale Watching code of ethics.

Please note: Wear comfortable clothes,  rubber-soled shoes and waterproof jacket; bring a camera, hat, sunscreen, and local currency if you wish to purchase any goods. This activity depends 100% on the weather conditions, so it can be cancelled or postponed in case the conditions are not favorable. This activity takes place with animals in their natural habitat, therefore the possibility of sightings is totally dependent on their behavior. This tour is not recommended for children under 8 years old, pregnant guests or guests with back, neck or joint problems. Participants have to be able to walk from the jetty to the embarkation ( no access stairs nor ramp).


price $99
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Lisbon, Portugal



8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Lisbon, Full Day Private Car & Guide
Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service. You will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests. On this full day option you can combine an itinerary in Lisbon only or choose its charming surroundings as Sintra, Cascais, Guincho or Cabo da Roca.

Please note: Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person).This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary in Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais, Guincho or Cabo da Roca areas and for 8 hours duration. 


price $799
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Lisbon, Full Day Private Van & Guide
Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service. You will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests. On this full day option you can combine an itinerary in Lisbon only or choose its charming surroundings as Sintra, Cascais, Guincho or Cabo da Roca.

Please note: Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person).This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary in Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais, Guincho or Cabo da Roca areas and for 8 hours duration. 


price $899
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Lisbon, Half Day Private Car & Guide
Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service. You will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary according to your own interests. On this half day option you can choose an itinerary in Lisbon city. You can choose from exploring the typical quarter of Alfama and Castle St. Georges, the majesty of Avenida da Liberdade, a charming old boulevard place of several international stores (such as Prada or Armani) lined with gardens; Jerónimos Monastery (closed on Mondays) considered being the jewel of Manueline art; the President’s House, Belém Tower, Monument to the Discoveries among many others.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the Lisbon area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $429
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Lisbon, Half Day Private Van & Guide
Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service. You will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary according to your own interests. On this half day option you can choose an itinerary in Lisbon city. You can choose from exploring the typical quarter of Alfama and Castle St. Georges, the majesty of Avenida da Liberdade, a charming old boulevard place of several international stores (such as Prada or Armani) lined with gardens; Jerónimos Monastery (closed on Mondays) considered being the jewel of Manueline art; the President’s House, Belém Tower, Monument to the Discoveries among many others.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the Lisbon area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $549
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3 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Lisbon, Highlights with Transfer to Airport
Lisbon is a city of contrasts, where modern trends merge with ancient ones, accentuating Lisbon’s variety and intensity of color. Your sightseeing tour will pass by Commerce Square thought by many to be the most beautiful in Europe. Enjoy a short walk along the pedestrian area of Augusta Street that connects the Commerce Square to Rossio with some free time at your leisure.   You will continue along Liberty Avenue a charming old boulevard place of several international stores (such as Prada or Armani) lined with gardens and known for its unique black and white mosaics on the sidewalks on the way to Marquês de Pombal Square. Take a photostop at Edward VII’s. The highlight of your visit is the church of the Jeronimos Monastery, a masterpiece of Manueline architecture, widely acknowledged to be the finest sight in Lisbon, built in the 16th century. Nearby, you will see the lavishly decorated Belem Tower, and the Monument to the Discoveries, built to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry the Navigator. On the way to the airport, you will see, stretching across the Tagus River, the April 25th Bridge, sister to the Golden Gate, and the towering Christ the King statue on the far side.

Please note: This tour is only for guests who have a flight later than 2:00 p.m. or an overnight stay in Lisbon. This tour includes transport in a private bus and a qualified English-speaking guide. We recommend respectful clothes when visiting religious sites. Visit to the Jeronimos Monastery Church is conditional due to religious ceremonies that may happen without prior notice. On Sunday mornings Jeronimos Monastery Church is closed to visitors. There will be an exterior visit and a photostop at Belem Tower. On Mondays, when Jerónimos Monastery is closed there will be an exterior visit only as well as a photostop at Belem Tower. Tour order may vary but all sites will be covered. During the visit to Jeronimos Monastery Church headsets will be used.


price $89
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4.5 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Lisbon, Majestic Sintras & Cascais With Transfer to Windstar Hotel
Your motor coach and English-speaking guide will take you via the beautiful coastal road bordering the River Tagus, driving through the fashionable resort of Estoril - the home of several international royal exiles during the Second World War – to the lively scenic village of Cascais.  Here you will have some time to wonder around its plaza and enjoy its colorful setting of seaside café terraces, small shops, and sailboats. For six centuries Sintra was the favorite summer residence of the kings of Portugal, who were attracted by the cool climate and the lush beauty of the town’s setting.  Writers and poets in general – Lord Byron, Alfred Tennyson, Hans Christian Andersen, and Isaac Bashevis Singer chose Sintra as a preferred destination. The tall conical chimneys of the National Palace and the fabulous Pena Palace, are two unmistakable landmarks of this area. You will have the opportunity to taste local pastry in one of the cafés in Sintra before free time to explore this town recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995. Return back to your Windstar Hotel in Lisbon.
                                                        
Please note:  Tour order may vary but all sites will be covered.


price $109
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