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?
🌿 After a one-on-one planning call, we’ll create a personalized guide and interactive map, so you can choose your own adventure. We include 7 days of lodging, a rental car, an on-island concierge, authentic daily experiences, and so much more.
🌿 We’re Azores experts. We’ll make sure you maximize your experience and visit the must sees and hidden gems during your trip to the Azores.
🌿 Everything is vetted. We’ve tested all the accommodations, restaurants, activities, guides, rental car companies, and recommend only the best.
WHY THE AZORES?
🌿 The Azores islands are best known for geothermal wonders such as volcanic lakes, geysers, black sand beaches, lava fields and hot springs.
🌿 There are lots of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, kayaking, bird watching, climbing, paragliding, whale watching, diving and golfing.
🌿 You’ll also find cultural pursuits like museums, theaters, historic villages, festivals, sustainable farm tours and cooking classes.
📸 Check out our AZORES PHOTO GALLERY of Sao Miguel island 📸
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN TRAVEL HONEY TRIPS TO THE AZORES?
🌿 7 days of luxury accommodations on São Miguel Island.
🌿 Rental car for 7 days.
🌿 Authentic Azorean Welcome Dinner.
🌿 Intro to Portuguese lesson.
🌿 A personalized day-by-day itinerary for your trip to the Azores. See here for a sneak peek of an example itinerary.
🌿 The Travel Honey Regional Guide: an extensive guide divided by region, which includes an interactive map and amazing insider tips. See here for a sneak peek of the Guide.
🌿 Two 30 minute pre-trip calls with the Travel Honey team.
🌿 Choice of 3 curated experiences such as a geological tour, cooking class, artisanal farm tour, wine-tasting, or historical Ponta Delgada walking tour.
🌿 2 yoga classes.
🌿 Recommendations for additional vetted tours and activities.
🌿 Friendly, English speaking on-island concierge.
HOW DO TRAVEL HONEY TRIPS TO THE AZORES WORK?
🌿 Decide what available dates work for you. Either March 23 – March 29 or March 30 – April 5, or if have another week in mind, let us know!
🌿 To book, call (781) 514-9848 or email email@example.com.
🌿 Rate per person: $2,750 (only $2,500 if you book by February 1, 2019!). Rate per couple for one bedroom: $3,500 (only $3,000 if you book by February 1, 2019!). Contact us for pricing if you’d like an additional bedroom (for yourself or if you’d like to share lodging with a group).
🌿 After booking, we’ll schedule a 30 minute call to give you an overview of the island and answer any questions about Travel Honey Trips to the Azores.
🌿 We’ll also learn your travel preferences on the call, so we can match you with the best accommodation and create a personalized seven-day itinerary with activity and restaurant suggestions. Your choice of accommodation is based on availability, so book early!
🌿 Closer to your trip, we’ll send a final activities schedule, so you can sign up for your three preferred activities. You can also schedule an additional 30 minute call to finalize your plans.
🌿 You’ll be met at the airport upon arrival to start your amazing trip!
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? Azores Airlines flies direct from Boston. The flight to São Miguel is 4.5 hours and typically leaves at 9:20pm and arrives at 6am the next morning. The flight home is 5.5 hours and typically leaves between 3-6pm and arrives about 1.5 hours later with the time change. We recommend booking directly with Azores Airlines and you should choose Azores > PDL as your “To” location. The average cost for flights in March and April is $600-$700 roundtrip if you book early.
If you’re not flying from Boston, depending on your departure location, you can book the entire flight through Azores Airlines or separately. Azores Airlines has a business class and has just leased 6 new planes.
It says seven days of accommodations, but we’re only on the island for six nights? We’ve booked all the accommodations for the night before because the flights arrive at 6am (when it is still dark), and we highly suggest taking a nap to rejuvenate yourselves before starting your day!
What if I want to go shorter or longer than seven days or during different days? If you’d like to spend more than seven days or go on different days, just let us know, and we’ll try to accommodate your request. The cost of the Travel Honey Trips to the Azores is for a seven-day adventure, but you’re free to leave earlier.
What do I do with the group and what do I do independently? A Travel Honey Trip to the Azores is not a tour! You’ll be given the tools to explore the island independently and have the option to join a few small group activities. The daily activities, of which you’ll get to choose three, will be with small groups (under 10 people). The welcome dinner and Portuguese lesson will also be with small groups. The yoga classes will be with a mix of locals and other tourists.
How are the guides for this trip different than the itineraries on your website? The itineraries on the Travel Honey website are from trips from actual travelers. The guides for the Travel Honey Trips to the Azores are from months of research on São Miguel. The regional guide is an extensive list of sights and restaurants for each region and the personalized itinerary is our suggestion of the best seven days for you based on your travel style.
How great are the Travel Honey guides? Before launching Travel Honey Trips to the Azores, we recruited travelers to São Miguel to test our regional guide, personalized itineraries and interactive map. Here’s what they say:
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
The travel guides for São Miguel were terrific, especially the itinerary. They were easy to follow and allowed us great variety and options. We were able to do minimal planning ahead of time but still felt like we didn’t miss anything. In fact, using the itineraries linked to Google Maps allowed us to add activities we otherwise would have missed because we could make decisions in the moment based on our location and available time. This is the future of travel. The depth of the itineraries was impressive, as we even found the restaurant recommendations to be excellent. We skipped the touristy places and had a more authentic experience. We also appreciated Travel Honey connecting us with the rental car agency. They met us at the airport, easing the stress of arriving in a foreign country for the first time and not speaking the native language. We’re already planning our next trip. –Tom and Leslie from Boston, MA
Highly Recommend! Travel Honey was super useful for my recent trip to the Azores. They do all the heavy lifting for you, yet still allow for flexibility and spontaneity on your trip. I was able to take their itineraries for the different islands and get a sense of what to expect before I arrived. The food options, lodging and activity recommendations were excellent and matched my travel style. It’s a compact guide with everything you’ll need to know for a great trip. Once you’re there, Travel Honey’s interactive guides made it super simple to navigate by car or foot (even on hikes!). Usually when I travel, I have to piecemeal different travel sites. But Travel Honey has made it so I can find everything I need to know in one place. Truly an amazing service! –Cody from Boston, MA
We absolutely loved Sao Miguel for our week-long honeymoon, and Travel Honey’s guide was perfect. We hardly planned anything before arriving, but with the guides, we didn’t need to. The Travel Honey suggestions got us off-the-beaten-path – so we experienced some seemingly-undiscovered gems – and also sent us to some must-see spots. It was the perfect blend of nature, relaxation, beach, amazing views, and exploring old world city and architecture. We can’t wait to explore the other islands using Travel Honey’s guides! –Anna and Ben from New Orleans, LA
Thank you to Travel Honey for helping us discover the gem that is Sao Miguel Island! From the minute we connected with the rental car company to our last dinner in Ponta Delgada, we relied solely on your itinerary to get around and were never led astray. Your recommendations on where to hike, eat and explore were spot on. We also appreciate your help with packing and how to navigate the weather. Two really important factors we would’ve gotten wrong without your help. To anyone considering Travel Honey, I cannot recommend them highly enough! –Sarah and friends from VT
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.
What is the cancellation policy? A full refund is available anytime before 30 days from the date of departure. For cancellations 30 days or less from the date of departure, we are unable to refund any amount because of the cancellation policies of our vendors. We recommend purchasing trip insurance to protect against cancellations within 30 days or less. We recommend Allianz Travel, Travelex and Travel Guard.
What’s the weather like in March and April? The average highs are in the mid 60s and the average lows are in the mid 50s. It’s a lush island, so it can rain on any given day. But the rain is 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.
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 Travel Honey Regional Guide.
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. You’ll also have two 30 minutes calls, for any other questions about Sao Miguel or Travel Honey Trips to the Azores!