The Azores, Portugal Private Tours

An enchanting journey to the beautiful natural landscapes of the Azores

PRIVATE TOURS OF THE AZORES, PORTUGAL

Enjoy a private tour of Portugal’s Azores Islands, a unique and relatively untouched archipelago rich in opportunities for exciting outdoor adventures. World-class hikes and whale-watching are among the highlights when traveling to the Azores, with São Miguel and Pico Islands promising a delightful combination of natural sights and unbelievable experiences. Begin your journey on São Miguel Island where you can enjoy picturesque hikes to witness incredible views of lakes, volcanic craters and lush forests. Here, you’ll also find charming villages, black sand beaches, thermal pools and botanical gardens. Continue your private Portugal tour in Faial where you will visit the striking Capelinhos Volcano and the Natural Reserve of the Caldeira of Faial. Then, journey to Pico Island for a private boating excursion to see whales and dolphins. End your Azores luxury vacation with a full day exploring the highlights of Pico Island, including UNESCO listed volcanic vineyards in Criação Velha and a private wine and cheese tasting experience.

A Taste of Blue Parallel's Insider Access

  • Private tour of a Pineapple Plantation
  • Private whale and dolphin watching tour
  • Private wine and cheese tasting tour at the Azores Wine Company

The Discovery

  • Sao Miguel Island
  • Faial
  • Pico Island

The Adventure

  • Hiking
  • Whale watching
  • Private boating

DURATION

7 days

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PRIVATE TOUR TO PORTUGAL'S AZORES ISLANDS

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Note: This private Azores tour is an example, as all of our luxury journeys are custom-made.

Note: This private Azores tour is an example, as all of our luxury journeys are custom-made.

São Miguel Island (3 nights)

Your private tour of Portugal’s Azores Islands begins with an international flight into Ponta Delgada. You will be greeted by your personal guide and taken by private transfer to your luxury hotel on the south coast of São Miguel Island. Begin your vacation in the Azores with a private tour of a nearby pineapple plantation. São Miguel is the only place in the world where pineapples are grown in greenhouses and is home to over 6,000 plantations. Only a selection of plantations are open to visitors; tours here offer an insight into the 100 year old tradition unique to the Azores archipelago.

The following day, embark on a moderate hike towards Pico de Carvao with your expert guide. Pico de Carvao is a natural landmark boasting scenic views of Sao Miguel’s rolling hills, lush vegetation and stunning coastline. Along this trail, you will discover stunning lakes, the Muro das Nove Janelas ancient aqueduct, and Sete Cidades, a massive volcanic crater. You will also stop at the Vista do Rei viewpoint where you will find a magnificent landscape of the Azul and Verde Lakes. After a picnic lunch, continue to the west coast of the island where you will visit the village of Mosteiros, nearby natural pools, black sand beaches and Ferraria, a unique thermal pool. Return to your hotel to spend some time at leisure before enjoying a gourmet meal at a restaurant in town.

The next day, join your personal guide for a trek around the foothills of Lagoa das Furnas, a beautiful lake surrounded by forests, hot springs and fumaroles. Along the way, stop in the village of Furnas to try cozido das Furnas, a local speciality of meats and vegetables cooked in a cauldron which is lowered into volcanic vents in the ground. Later, visit the Terra Nostra Botanical Garden, which features an impressive diversity of plants and exotic trees. Spend the rest of the afternoon at your hotel before a delicious recommended dinner.

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Pico Island (3 nights)

You will be greeted by your host and taken by private transfer to the airport for your domestic commercial flight to Faial. Upon arrival, visit the outstanding Capelinhos Volcano and witness the dramatic landscapes that surround it. Continue to the Natural Reserve of the Caldeira of Faial where you will have the opportunity to see an incredible variety of flora and fauna endemic to the Azores within the caldera. Head to the port where you will board your ferry to Pico Island – the second-largest island in the archipelago – where you will continue your private Portugal tour.

No luxury tour to the Azores would be complete without a private whale and dolphin watching tour as the area is known for boasting over 24 species of resident and migratory cetaceans. As you head out on your private boating excursion, you will learn about the biology and behavior of the different species you see and will have the opportunity to listen to their vocalizations using an underwater microphone. Return to your luxury hotel, stopping at Vigia da Queimada, a whale lookout point, on the way back. Spend the rest of the day relaxing at leisure.

End your private tour of the Azores with a full day of sightseeing and exploration of Pico Island with your personal guide. Highlights include the charming village of Criação Velha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its unique vineyards that are enclosed and protected by stone walls built from volcanic rocks; the Whaling Museum in Lajes where you will learn more about the significance of the industry to the Azores; a private trek which boasts incredible views of the historic vineyards, orchards and breathtaking landscapes; and the Azores Wine Company where you will enjoy a private wine and cheese tasting, as well as a delicious lunch. Then, return to your hotel to relax at leisure for the rest of the afternoon.

On the final morning of your private Portugal tour, take a private transfer to the airport where you will begin your journey home.

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DESTINATIONS TRAVEL TIME
Sao Miguel Island Faial 1 hour
Faial Pico Island 30 minutes
Pico Island Ponta Delgada 1 hour

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PRICE REFERENCE

Recommended stay 6-8 days
Price reference
(7 days, private party of 2)
Starting at $16,500 per passenger
Price reference
(7 days, private party of 4)
Starting at $12,500 per passenger
Price reference
(7 days, private party of 6)
Starting at $8,500 per passenger

Note: Prices will vary based on the specifics of your itinerary and the number of passengers in your party.

What is included in your private Portugal tour:

  • Luxury accommodations at
    • White Hotel (São Miguel Island, The Azores)
    • PocinhoBay or Lava Homes (Pico Island, The Azores)
  • Services of Blue Parallel hosts and private specialized crew and guides throughout the journey
  • All special events, private guided tours, private excursions, private outdoor activities, entrance fees
  • A Blue Parallel team composed of a personal travel expert, private hosts in each destination, and a “behind the scenes” logistical expert who monitors every step of your luxury Panama tour. The team is on call 24-hours a day during a trip
  • All internal transportation
  • Some meals
  • A Blue Parallel customized travel kit that you will receive prior to departure

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