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V17 - Azores Hop 1: UNESCO Heritage of Sao Miguel & Angra

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*Travellers must be over 14 and under 80 years old to eligible to board the trip

Itinerary: Sao Miguel – Faial – Terceira

Dates: 6 August (Embark 16h00) - 11 August (Disembark 10h00)

Voyage highlights

  • Sail through the impressive Azorean archipelago in comfort aboard the newly renovated Santa Maria Manuela
  • Gain a hands-on sailing experience aboard this historic sailing ship
  • Keep an eye out for whales in the São Jorge Channel
  • Visit the vibrant sailor’s town of Horta
  • Discover Azorean food and wine
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage City of Angra do Heroísmo

Voyage description

Our voyages around the Azorean Archipelago in 2023 proved so popular that we plan to follow a similar itinerary as we hop through this impressive mid-Atlantic volcanic archipelago. Distances are short allowing plenty of time to explore the islands, but we start with a 36 hour crossing from Sao Miguel to the central islands of Faial and Terceira.

We start our voyage in the cosmopolitan Mid-Atlantic city of Ponta Delgada, outward looking, with a thriving economy and lively culture. If time allows, plan to arrive early and explore the island.

Boasting a history of over five centuries, Ponta Delgada is a multifaceted city where tradition lives hand-in-hand with the present. Be sure to visit the Igreja de São Sebastião, the Igreja de São Pedro and Igreja São José, and the Convent and Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Esperança. To the west lie Sete Cidades volcanic lakes, a testament to the island's fiery past, and the Azores' most recognized natural monument.

As we sail west keep an eye open for sperm whales hunting in the deep channels for giant squid, and there’s always a chance to sight blue, fin and sei whales. Bottlenose, Atlantic spotted and common dolphins are also found here at this time of the year.

We sail into the Sao Jorge Channel under imposing shadow of Mt. Pico which dominates the horizon. A stop on nearby Faial offers the chance to visit Horta and it’s the famous Peter's Café Sport bar frequented by yachtsmen since 1918. Marvel at the kaleidoscope of colors that adorn the marina, a centuries old canvas painted by sailors from around the world, leaving their mark on this seafaring haven, and delve into the fascinating world of marine giants at the Whale Museum; a reminder of the need to protect this fragile ecosystem.

We finish our island-hopping adventure on Terceira Island, anchoring in the bay of UNESCO-listed Angra do Heroísmo, the Azores' oldest city, with its 16th-century fortress and Renaissance town. We disembark after a sumptuous deck BBQ and an evening of celebrations with fellow shipmates. If you have time, consider visiting Algar do Carvão with its 90m-deep volcanic chimney, or the island’s vineyards and lava-rock bathing pools in Biscoitos.

In August, the Azores enjoy a delightful climate, characterized by mild temperatures and balmy sea breezes. Expect daytime temperatures averaging 24°C (75°F), ideal for both sailing and land-based exploration.

When preparing for your voyage please bear in mind:

  • Your passport must have at least 6 months validity at the time of travel
  • The SMM is granted no flexibility for the embarkation and disembarkation times from the customs authorities
  • All guests must be between the age of 14 and 80 yrs at the time of travel