Azores Adventure – Itinerary

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Itinerary

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Day 1

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You arrive in Ponta Delgada early in the morning and are greeted by Karen. We board our shuttle  and make our way to your comfortable, well-appointed apartment.  Settle in, relax and unwind.  We meet at the main apartment to greet and get to know eachother.  Bring your flip flops because we will be making our way to the volcanic sand beach at our door and take a stroll to lunch.

After lunch, you choose to relax at the beach or head to your private outdoor space to read, nap or relax.  Perhaps you choose to go for a walk and discover the village.

In the evening, we meet for a gentle yoga class and meditation while listening to the ebb and flow of the mighty Atlantic.  We end our day with a scrumptious dinner overlooking our amazing view.

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Day 2

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We wake up with a gentle morning yoga practice and meditation by the water.  We share breakfast and get ready to head out and explore.  There is so much to do!

Today, we drive along the hydrangea lined roads of Sao Miguel to crater lakes, sweeping views and the ONLY tea plantations in all of Europe.  We take a few hours to meander around the Caldeira Velha park and then soak our tired muscles in the various temperature natural geothermal waters to round out our day. We head back to our comfortable and modern accommodations for a little yoga and a relaxing evening.  Or perhaps you choose to explore the village of Sao Roque or take a walk to the city.  The options are endless.

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Day 3

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Maybe you wake up a little early to sip your morning coffee on your balcony over looking the sea.  We meet for early morning yoga where we move and breathe and finish with a little meditation.  After breakfast, we head to Ponta Delgada to meet with our skipper – today we’re looking for whales and dolphins and viewing this treasure of an island from the sea.

We make a stop in Vila Franca do Campo for some lunch then it’s back on board for a short ride to the Ilheu where we relax for a few hours and maybe have a swim in the beautiful sheltered bay.  We head back to the city tired and happy from our days adventure.

Evening meditation to round out our day and we are at leisure for the rest of the evening.

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Day 4

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Today we discover the healing power of Furnas!

After our morning yoga and meditation practice, we board our private transport and head to the town of Furnas – the place where you can connect most deeply with the earth’s heartbeat.  At the heart of the town is a crater lake surrounded by smoking fumaroles where you can witness the local “cozido” dish be cooked by the heat of the earth with an opportunity to try a taste for lunch.

We explore the luscious botanical gardens of the Terra Nostra Park and bathe in the healing waters there.  We explore the “caldeiras” and perhaps you have a sip from one of the many springs to taste the mineral rich waters.  Try some of the local “bolos levedos” – something like a cross between a pancake and brioche, a truly unique and local food item (I love them).  After lunch we head to the Poças de Dona Beija (my personal favourite spot) to soak in the different temperature thermal pools which are surrounded by lush vegetation.

Words cannot describe how utterly light and at ease your body will feel after soaking in these waters.  You can thank me later 😉.

Feeling relaxed and at ease, we head back to our accommodations to unwind for the evening.  Dinner is at your leisure.

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Day 5

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After our morning yoga and breakfast, the day is yours to do with as you please.

Perhaps you decide to go on an optional excursion to swim with wild dolphins, explore the vibrant city of Ponta Delgada, hike the highest peak on the island or explore somewhere yet unseen.  The options are almost endless and I’m happy to provide you with suggestions.

We’ve had a busy few days so perhaps today is about relaxing at the beach located at your very own doorstep.  You get to choose!

As for me, you will probably find me at the beach sipping something cold and reading a book.  Feel free to pull up a towel and join me.

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Day 6

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Today we are feeling refreshed and ready for more adventure.  Day 6 is all about reconnecting with nature on a full day guided hike.

We meet our experienced guides in the city and head to the charming village of Faial da Terra.  Discover the abandoned village of Sanguinho as we go in search of waterfalls.  We take some time to rest and chat over a picnic lunch and perhaps take a swim in the cool spring water if you’re feeling brave.

We head back after our hiking excursion to relax or have a swim in the ocean before enjoying a peaceful meditation practice and then going out for some dinner nearby.

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Day 7

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This is our last full day in this paradise.

Today we might choose to sleep a little later… We meet for a morning yoga and meditation practice followed by breakfast.

After breakfast, we head to Ponta Delgada to explore the cobblestone roads and charming little shops at leisure.  Head back in your own time to enjoy the beach or maybe you choose to go on a small excursion – you can book one right at the Marina if you’re feeling up to something a little more active.

We meet for an early evening meditation and journaling session.  After our meditation we get ready for a very special farewell dinner followed by a traditional Fado show.

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Day 8

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A bittersweet day – this is the last day of our Azores Adventure.  While our hearts are full from sharing new experiences and making new friends, it’s time to say farewell.

We wake to early morning yoga, meditation and a closing circle followed by breakfast. We have the morning to relax and swim in the ocean before our shuttle picks us up to take us to the airport.

Perhaps you choose to extend your stay – there is still plenty to see and do.  Or maybe you decide to check out another of the Azores islands or even take a little hop over to mainland Portugal.  Whatever you choose, I will be happy to guide you and make recommendations.

After our week together, you will leave feeling inspired, relaxed and rejuvenated.  Best of all, you will have a whole bunch of awesome new friends.

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