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Port: Ponta Delgada (Azores)
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Ponta Delgada (Azores)

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • A Taste of the Azores

    The Azores have a wealth attractions that focus on its exotic and mystical beauty, but also produce some delicious local cheeses and wines.

    Beginning with a scenic drive from the port, you'll travel into the lush green landscape of the surrounding mountains to a viewpoint area that gives you a great view of the place where the island's last volcanic erruptions took place, a place named Mosteiros. From here, you will then travel to the village of Sete Cidades with its twin lakes. This area is considered to be one of the most beautiful natural settings in the Azores. Viewing the lakes from the Vista do Rei viewpoint, you'll see that one lake looks blue and accordingly is calle Lagoa Azul, while the other appears green and is named Lagoa Verde. According to local legend, the lakes were created from the tears shed by a princess and her young shepherd lover when they were forced to part, each lake being a reflection of the young couple's individual eye coloring.

    Continuing on, you'll have a brief photo stop at Pico do Carvao before returning to Ponta Delgado, where you'll be treated to a tasting of delicious Azorean wines and cheeses. Following this relaxing and tasty respite, your coach will return you to the pier where your tour concludes.

    Please note: This tour includes a limited amount of walking and steps; however, there are some cobblestone, gravel and uneven surfaces to negotiate. The tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate comfortable clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Off the Beaten Path

    Explore some of the lesser known, but no less spectacular spots on the island in a 4X4 vehicle, which gives you easy access to a thermal lake and elevated vantage points.

    After departing from the pier in a 4X4 vehicle, you will head inland toward the peaks of Barrosa Mountain, where you will pause to take in the magnificent view of Fogo Lake. The lake fills the crater of a caldera that a volcanic eruption formed in 1563. The water is typically bright blue, the surrounding vegetation thick and green, and the view goes on forever.

    In time, you will descend to the thermal lake Caldeira Velha. It’s an idyllic setting, and you will most likely see swimmers enjoying the warm waters that reflect the island’s volcanic nature. The waterfall is particularly noteworthy, as you can clearly see the effects of the water’s iron content in the brownish rocks.

    Continuing on, you will pause for photos at the lookout at Monte Escuro and then visit a tea factory. Although growing tea isn’t usually associated with Europe or the Azores, it does well here. In fact, there are two tea factories on São Miguel Island. Tea was originally grown as an ornamental in the early 19th century and didn’t become a valuable crop until much later.

    Following your enlightening tour of the plantation and tea tasting, you will stop at the scenic overlook Santa Iria, where you will enjoy a sweeping view of the sea and the terraced terrain. After which, you will return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes just over 1 hour of easy to moderate walking/standing, primarily at the guests’ discretion at the stops. There will be some steps, uneven and gravel surfaces to negotiate at the stops and 4 steps to enter and exit the truck. The ride can be bumpy at times. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns, back, neck or joint problems, pregnant women or children under 6 years of age. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Views are weather dependent. The tour sequence may vary.

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  • Lago Do Fogo & Ribeira Grande

    Starting off from the pier, this pleasant half-day tour commences with a lovely drive to the charming coastal village of Ribeira Grande. Along the way, enjoy some truly wonderful views of the majestic "Serra of Água de Pau" mountain range. Upon arrival in this colorful town with its Baroque architecture, you'll be given some free time to perhaps find some refreshment or do some shopping before it's time to continue on towards Lagoa Do Fogo.

    Following a scenic mountain road, your coach takes you to an elevation of nearly 3,000 feet from where you'll have a stunning view of this magnificent lake, also know as "Fire Lake." After a short photo stop, you tour proceeds to its next stop, a local pineapple plantation.

    Your visit at the pineapple plantation will provide an opportunity to learn about the different stages of pineapple growing. While the climate in the Azores is not warm enough to grow pineapples, the local farmers have developed a unique way of cultivating this crop by growing them in greenhouses. This also allows them to grow the pineapples year-round and it has become a thriving industry in the islands. There will also be some limited shopping available at the pineapple plantation as well as a tasting of their delicious pineapple liqueur (subject to availability) before it's time to return to the ship.

    Please note: This tour includes a limited amount of walking and steps; however, there are cobblestone, gravel and uneven surfaces to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and abiltiy. Weather appropriate comfortable clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Visibilty at the view points is subject to prevailing weather conditions. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.

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  • Splendor of the Furnas

    Take part in a wonderful opportunity to discover one of the Azores biggest phenomenas, Furnas.

    Your full day tour begins with a leisurely drive that crosses the island and then travles along the north coast. Your first stop is at Ribeira Grande City where you will be able to observe Baroque architecture from the XVII and XVIII centuries. Continuing on, you'll have a brief photo stop at the Santa Iria viewpoint, where you can take in some truly breath-taking vistas of the gorgeous coastline.

    A second stop is made at a local tea plantation where yo can learn about the interesting history surrounding the growing of tea in the Azores, as well as enjoy a tasting of some of the local varieties that are produced here. From here, it's on to the Pico do Ferro Viewpoint. From this vantage point you can gaze upon the stunning terrain of the Furnas Valley. This spectacular valley is home to tranquil Furnas Lake, with its flower embellished shoreline and deep blue waters, as well as the town of Furnas. Well-recognized as one of the richest hydrologic regions in Europe, many spouting geysers can be found dotting the landscape.

    Descending into the valley, you'll make your way to your next stop of Furnas Lake and the hot springs, where yet another incredible photo opportunity awaits. Your morning ends in the village of Furnas where a lovely lunch awaits you at a local restaurant. Following lunch, you'll make your way to the Terra Nostra Botanical Garden. Enjoy a leisurely visit in this paradise of meandering trails that wind past colorful flowers, lush vegetation, sparkling streams and steaming thermal baths before it's time to rejoin your coach and travel back to the pier in Ponta Delgada.

    Please note: This tour includes limited walking and steps; however, there are no ramps and the coaches do not have lifts. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate comfortable clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Westside Truck Adventure

    Drive to the magnificently beautiful western portion of São Miguel Island and enjoy stunning panoramas from several lookouts before exploring a lakeside village.

    After departing from the pier in a comfortable truck that’s ideal for sightseeing, you will head toward the western side of São Miguel Island. It’s the largest, most populated island in the Azores and is sometimes called the Green Island because of its lush forests and pastures.

    The verdant countryside makes for an incredibly scenic trip, even more so when pausing for photos at the overlooks. The first overlook is Vista do Rei, which lives up to its name—the king’s view. From this elevated vantage point, you will see the lovely village of Sete Cidades on a gorgeous twin lake that formed in the crater of a dormant volcano. The second overlook presents a beautiful view of Lake Santiago, another glistening body of water.

    Upon descending, you will enjoy some free time in Sete Cidades, a name derived from a Latin phrase meaning “seven cities.” As you stroll about, you might want to venture past the neo-Gothic Church of Saint Nicolas.

    Two more photo stops still await you, both of which provide stunning panoramic views, as this is the highest part of São Miguel Island. You will then visit a plantation that grows pineapple, an unexpected crop because the Azores’ climate isn’t tropical. To compensate, the farmers grow the pineapples in thousands of greenhouses.

    Following the plantation tour, you will drive back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 90 minutes of easy to moderate walking/standing, primarily at the guests’ discretion at the stops. There will be some steps, uneven and gravel surfaces to negotiate at the stops and 4 steps to enter and exit the truck. The ride can be bumpy at times. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns, back, neck or joint problems, pregnant women or children under 6 years of age. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Views are weather dependent. The tour sequence may vary.

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  • Sete Cidades Crater Lake

    Your tour begins with a lovely drive to a local pineapple plantation where you will have an opportunity to learn about the different stages of pineapple growing. While the climate in the Azores is not warm enough to grow pineapples, the local farmers have developed a unique way of cultivating this crop by growing them in greenhouses. This also allows them to grow the pineapples year-round and it has become a thriving industry in the islands. There will also be some limited shopping available at the pineapple plantation as well as a tasting of their delicious pineapple liqueur (subject to availability).

    Continuing on, it's a scenic journey into the lush green landscape of the surrounding mountains as you make your way to the village of Sete Cidades for a short visit. Nestled amongst verdant pastureland and colorful flowers, this charming village with its uniquely styled homes and Neo-gothic 19th Century Parrish church offers some lovely photo opportunities. From this location, you will next travel to the Santiago Lake viewpoint where you will be treated to views of another of the area's lovely lakes.

    Your final stop before returning to the ship is at the Vista Do Rei Viewpoint which offers a wonderful panoramic vista of the village of Sete Cidades and the twin lakes. This area, with its two gorgeous lakes is considered to be one of the most beautiful natural settings in the Azores. Viewing the lakes from the edge of the crater, one lake looks blue and is named Lagoa Azul, while the other appears green and is named Lagoa Verde. According to local legend, the lakes were created from the tears shed by a princess and her young shepherd lover when they were forced to part, each lake being a reflection of the young couple's individual eye coloring.

    Afterwards, you will return to Ponta Delgada, making a brief stop at Pico do Carvao where you can view both parts of the island at the same time.

    Please note: This tour includes limited walking and steps; however, there are no ramps and the coaches do not have lifts. The tour is not available for wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Therefore, this tour may not be considered suitable for mobility impaired guests. Weather appropriate comfortable clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Visibility at the view points is subject to prevailing weather conditions. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.

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  • Hot Springs & Botanical Gardens

    The Furnas Lake and Furnas Hot Springs area is one of the richest hydrological areas in Europe, having over 22 thermal springs. This delightful excursion truly gives you a unique, up-close perspective of São Miguel's natural wonders.

    Joining your coach at the pier, you will travel across the island to Ribeira Grande. The city has a decidedly Portuguese influence and a short walking tour here showcases the its lovely Baroque architecture that dates back to the XVII and XVIII centuries. From here you will travel to a local tea plantation where you will learn about the history of tea growing on the island and perhaps sample a local blend.

    Continuing on, you'll make your way to the Pico do Ferro viewpoint where you can view the largest and oldest volcanic crater on the island, at the bottom of which lays Furnas Lake.

    Re-boarding your coach, it's on to the Terra Nostra Botanical Garden. Here, in this typical English garden setting, you'll enjoy a leisurely visit in this paradise of meandering trails that wind past colorful flowers, lush vegetation, sparkling streams and steaming thermal baths.

    Before returning to the ship, there will be one final stop at "Caldeiras", an area with several thermal hot springs and fumalores that spout boiling water and are known for their medicinal mud. During a short walk here, you can view some of these spectacular natural phenomena before it's time to re-board your coach and return to the ship.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of moderate walking/standing - at times over cobblestones, gravel and uneven natural surfaces. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate comfortable clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Visibilty at the viewpoints is subject to prevailing weather conditons. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.

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  • Whale & Dolphin Safari

    It's a short transfer from the ship to the yacht harbor where you will board your rigid inflatable boat for an unforgettable three-hour excursion exploring the waters surrounding Ponta Delgada. Traveling in this type of boat allows for a truly up-close and intimate experience. The waters surrounding The Azores are well-known for being a habitat for whales and dolphins and Sperm whales are in fact, native to these waters. While there is no guarantee you will see any of these magnificent creatures, you are probably more likely to see whales in The Azores than any other place on earth.

    This excellent adventure is well worth it for the exhilarating boat trip alone and there's a good chance you will have an opportunity to view some amazing seabirds and other types of fish during the course of your trip. At the conclusion of your time plying the local waters searching for playful dolphins and surfacing whales, you'll be returned to the yacht harbor and transferred by coach back to the ship.

    Please note: This tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of ability in transferring into and out of the small watercraft. Comfortable clothing; sun caps; sunglasses; and non-slip, flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. As you may encounter some spray from the water, guests may wish to bring along a water-proof poncho. Sightings of any type of sea life or birds are not guaranteed.

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