Travel Honey Trips to the Azores Islands

Travel Honey Trips to the Azores Islands

 

After your 4.5 hour flight from Boston, join Travel Honey for personalized trips to the Azores! Nine volcanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean with lush nature, spectacular vistas, a mild climate and vibrant Portuguese culture. A Travel Honey Trip to the Azores is much more than a package, it’s a bespoke toolkit that allows you to explore the Azores like an expert. 

WHY TRAVEL HONEY TRIPS TO THE AZORES?

Choose your own adventure: after a one-on-one planning call, we’ll create a personalized guide and interactive map. We’re Azores experts:  we’ll make sure you maximize your experience and visit the must sees and hidden gems during your trip. Everything is vetted: we’ve tested all accommodations, restaurants, activities, rental car companies, and recommend only the best.

WHY A TRIP TO THE AZORES?

The Azores islands are best known for geothermal wonders such as volcanic lakes, geysers, black sand beaches and hot springs. There are lots of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, kayaking, climbing, paragliding, whale watching and golfing.  On your trip to the Azores, you’ll also enjoy museums, historic villages, festivals, sustainable farm tours and cooking classes.

Check out our AZORES PHOTO GALLERY of São Miguel island 

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WHAT’S INCLUDED IN TRAVEL HONEY TRIPS TO THE AZORES?

Well, that depends on whether you want! For those who want more assistance, we offer Travel Honey Trips. For those who want to do the bookings themselves, we offer Travel Honey Trips (Lite). And for the DIY travelers, we offer super detailed, off the shelf island guides and maps.

Travel Honey Trips Include: 🌿7 nights of luxury accommodations on São Miguel with breakfast. 🌿Rental car for 7 days. 🌿A personalized day-by-day itinerary for your trip to the Azores. 🌿An extensive guide divided by region. 🌿An Interactive Google Map with everything from guide and itinerary. 🌿Two 30 minute pre-trip calls with the Travel Honey team. 🌿Choice of 3 curated experiences (more can be added). 🌿1 yoga class. 🌿 Gift bag of local goodies.

Travel Honey Trips (Lite) Include: 🌿Two 30 minute pre-trip calls with the Travel Honey team. 🌿Personalized recommendations for vetted accommodations, rental cars, and authentic experiences. 🌿A personalized day-by-day itinerary for your trip to the Azores. 🌿An extensive guide divided by region. 🌿An Interactive Google Map with everything from guide and itinerary.

Travel Honey Itineraries & Guides: Choose from a 🌿Day-by-day itinerary, interactive map and regional guide for Sao Miguel with recommendations for the best vetted activities, sights and experiences. 🌿Day-by-day itinerary and interactive map for Pico with more amazing activities, sights and experiences.  🌿Super detailed guide to Sao Miguel’s hotels and lodging.

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HOW DO TRAVEL HONEY TRIPS TO THE AZORES WORK?

For Travel Honey Trips, rates start at €2,500 per person and €3,000 per couple (for one bedroom in the off season).  For Travel Honey Trips (Lite), the rate is $100 per day of your trip (3-day minimum).  For each trip, after booking, we’ll schedule a 30 minute call to give an overview of the island and answer questions about our trips to the Azores. On the call, we’ll also learn your travel preferences, so we can match you with the best accommodation and create a personalized day-by-day itinerary with activity and restaurant suggestions. Your choice of accommodation and activities are based on availability, so book early, especially in the summer!

For our Azores itineraries and guides, we charge a small fee, approximately what you’d pay for a travel guide book. Download the Sao Miguel itinerary, regional guide and map here, Sao Miguel hotel and lodging guide here, and Pico itinerary and map here.    

To book, call (781) 514-9848 or email support@travelhoney.com

WHAT IF I WANT TO VISIT MAINLAND PORTUGAL?  

Sorted! We’re cover mainland Portugal as well and are happy to organize your time in Lisbon, Porto, the Douro Valley (wine country!), the Algarve (beaches galore!) and everywhere else in between, just contact us.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Where exactly are the Azores? It’s about 2400 miles (4.5 hours) from Boston and about 900 miles to Portugal (2 hours).

What airline do I fly and how do I book the flight?  Delta offers direct flights from JFK from May 23 – September 6. Azores Airlines flies direct from Boston. Azores Airlines also flies direct to Toronto and Providence, Montreal and Oakland in the summer months. The Azores Airlines offers a free stopover to Europe.  Click here for more information on Azores flights and the free stopover.  Azores Airlines is currently not affiliated with another airline or alliance, but it has a business class and has just leased 6 new planes. We recommend booking directly with Azores Airlines and you should choose Azores > PDL as your “To” location.

The average cost for flights in the off season (Nov-April) is $600-$700 roundtrip, but they can reach $1000 in the peak summer months (in the summer, you can save by booking early and being flexible with your dates). The flight to São Miguel from the east coast is 4.5 -5.5 hours and typically leaves in the evening and arrives early the next morning.  The flight home is 5.5-6 hours and typically leaves between 3-6pm and arrives about 1.5 hours later with the time change. 

The flight arrives early in the morning, do you recommend booking a room for the night you arrive?  Yes, most check-in are not until 3pm, and most  flights arrive at 6am (when it is usually still dark). We highly suggest taking a nap to rejuvenate yourselves before starting your day!

Ponta Delgada Sao Miguel Temperatures
Average monthly temperatures. Source: www.holiday-weather.com.

What time of year is best to visit?  The islands enjoy a Gulf Stream climate where daily highs range between the 50sF and 70sF all year round. So there is never a wrong time to go, it just depends on your preferences. But whenever you go, be prepared for all types of weather and for it to change quickly!

Ponta-Delgada-Sao-Miguel-Rainfall
Average monthly rain fall (in millimeters) and days it rains per month. Source: www.holiday-weather.com.

If you want to sun bathe on the beach, July and August are your best bet but June and September are a close second. You can also get occasional beach days in April/May/October. Because of the humidity, when it’s sunny, the real feel is higher than the listed temps. If you want to avoid crowds, skip July and August and even June and September are getting busy.  You can hike all year round and the cooler months are great time to enjoy hot springs.

Sao Miguel is green and lush so be prepared every day for it to rain, but it’s typically brief, so you can still get outside. And if you do get a bad day, you can explore Ponta Delgada or hit the hot springs!  Our Regional Guide includes links to the best weather websites for the islands and a webcam app, so you will know where the weather is best on the island.

Can I go shorter or longer than seven nights? Of course, just let us know! For Travel Honey Trips (Lite), the cost is for a minimum 3-day trip.

How are the guides for this trip different from the regular, free itineraries on your website?  The itineraries on the Travel Honey website are from trips from actual travelers all over Europe.  However, the Azores itineraries and guides are from months of research on the islands. The Travel Honey Trips and Travel Honey Trips (Lite) itineraries are then further personalized based on each traveler’s preferences and travel style.

Want Travel Honey to handle ALL the details?  Check out our Travel Honey Luxury Concierge.

How great are the Travel Honey guides? Travelers LOVE our trips. Here’s what they say:

I spontaneously booked flights to the Azores with almost no knowledge about the area. Rather than spending the months before our trip searching the web, I stumbled upon Travel Honey. As one who usually does my own travel planning, I was uncertain at first whether it would be worth the cost to hire a travel planner. After enjoying a relaxing and personalized two weeks in the Azores, I am so glad that we did! Their attention to detail was excellent and we loved the way we had lots of information on the islands (more than we could use) to provide flexibility and options. We appreciated the suggested itineraries and the interactive guides that gave us a structure and also great flexibility. The restaurants recommendations were spot-on and TH smoothed the way by conferring with them to meet our dietary restrictions. All of our hosts at the various properties were warm and welcoming and the balance of activities and down time was just right. TH allowed us to relax into our vacation and enjoy the fabulous Azores with no worries. Gayle from New Orleans, LA

My family recently booked our trip to Sao Miguel in the Azores through Travel Honey and we could not recommend it more! The trip was completely curated to our family-centered needs and it was so reassuring to have a trusted guide for everything from hotels to cars, restaurants, activities, hidden gems and even individual hikes. Sao Miguel is absolutely gorgeous and extremely family-friendly. The hot springs and crater lakes are must-see, as are cliff walks along the coast. The really special part about using Travel Honey is the personalized tours and activities they have access to, which we have never ever found on our own. We plan to use Travel Honey again for a future family adventure! Alicia from Boston, MA

The San Miguel travel guide and itinerary was the only resource we used the whole vacation. We didn’t need to buy any other books or even lookup things online. Travel Honey advice was always spot on! The best hike we did was a recommendation from Travel Honey! The authors of the guide have done almost every hike themselves, so I always felt confident their difficulty grade and ratings of the views were accurate. The guide is written by people who love the island and want you to love the island too. It’s objective and not focused on sending business to specific places – just helping you make the most of your vacation. Some of our favorite features in the guide were the interactive map you can access on your phone, the weather tips, and the restaurant recommendations. It’s an island that feels like it’s on the edge of blowing up as a tourist hotspot but isn’t quite there yet – so having an insider’s guide goes a long way. –Rachel and Nick from Boston, MA

Read more reviews here!

On a Travel Honey Trip, what type of car will I get? Included in the Travel Honey Trips to the Azores package is what’s similar to an economy car in the United States. For example, a Toyota Yaris. Please contact us if you would like to upgrade, but just note that we recommend a smaller car because Ponta Delgada and towns around the island have narrow roads.  

On a Travel Honey Trip, what type of accommodation is included?  The listed price is for 7 nights of luxury one-bedroom hotel accommodations with breakfasts.  Accommodation in vetted villas/apartments available upon request (they may or may not include breakfast).  Contact us for pricing if you’d like an additional bedroom (for yourself or if you’d like to share lodging with a group).

What is the cancellation policy?  

For a Travel Honey Trip, a full refund is available anytime before 30 days from the date of departure (except when specified otherwise as determined by our vendors).   We recommend purchasing trip insurance to protect against cancellations. We recommend Allianz Travel, Travelex and Travel Guard

For Travel Honey Trips (lite), a full refund less $150 is available before we begin the itinerary. No refund is available after we begin the itinerary.

Do most people speak English? Yes, especially in Ponta Delgada and those involved with tourist activities. If you venture into the smaller towns, you’ll still find some, especially older folks, who don’t speak English.

What is the currency? The Euro! You can read many more money and spending tips in the Sao Miguel itinerary and regional guide here.

How do I get around? Are roads clearly marked?  The island is about 10 miles wide and 40 miles long, and there are major roads going to most of the must see sights.  Because there is very little public transportation, we’ve included a rental car in the package, so that you don’t have to rely on taxis and tours. You’ll have the freedom to explore the island and get off the beaten path.  The roads are clearly marked and Google Map is largely accurate. Plus, you’ll have the amazing Travel Honey map!

How expensive is food and drink? Food and drink, especially wine and beer, is more affordable than in the U.S.  At the fanciest restaurants, you’ll likely spend between $75-$100 per couple for dinner, including wine.  But we’ll also recommend some amazing local favorites that are significantly less.

Other questions about São Miguel? Your Travel Honey guide will include all the must sees and off the beaten path gems. It also includes tips on what to pack, the weather (including the best weather website), hiking, how to use your cell phone abroad, and many more. 

What about the legal stuff? Please read the  Travel Honey Trips Booking Terms & Conditions.

 

LET US MAKE TRAVEL SWEETER THIS SPRING

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