The Azores: New One Week Packages Starting at $669

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This fall Azores Express, a U.S.-based tour operator and member of the SATA Group, is continuing its' air/hotel packages featuring four new hotels to the islands of São Miguel, Terceira, and Faial. The Azores Islands are Europe's closest point to the United States. A 4-hour flight from Boston will transport travelers to this beautiful destination for an affordable price.

This fall Azores Express, a U.S.-based tour operator and member of the SATA Group, is continuing its' air/hotel packages featuring four new hotels to the islands of São Miguel, Terceira, and Faial. The Azores Islands are Europe's closest point to the United States. A 4-hour flight from Boston will transport travelers to this beautiful destination for an affordable price.

Direct flights from Boston to Portugal's Azores Islands will depart Tuesdays and Fridays September 2007 through October 2008, combined with a six-night stay at a choice of twelve hotels. Six new hotels have been added this year. For Tuesday departures, packages range from $669 to $1,079, per person, double occupancy (plus taxes and fees). Friday departures are just $80 more, a decrease from last year. For just a few hundred dollars each way, passengers can upgrade from coach to SATA Comfort Business-Class. All packages include breakfast. Kids under 6 stay free, and pay only a child's airfare.

Visitors to the Azores will enjoy the warm breeze of spring like temperatures year-round. Summer weather can last into late December. This pleasant environment provides a great atmosphere for exploring quaint seaside villages, bustling harbors, and unique cities overflowing with architectural treasures. The islands offer churches, palaces, and museums framed by the sea and mountainous landscape. Travelers interested in taking the unbeaten path can walk around volcanic mountainsides, cool off in a natural swimming pool formed when volcanic lava met the cold sea or they can view a lush garden at the bottom of a volcanic crater.

Travelers seeking the perfect combination of nature and adventure will enjoy the island of São Miguel. The island is known for it's breathtaking landscape including stunning Azorean flora and extraordinary volcanic lakes. It is the perfect place for the active traveler providing access to tennis, cycling, walking, golf, or horseback riding. For those interested in culinary adventures, São Miguel possesses Europe's only pineapple and tea plantations. Additionally, the island offers days of sight seeing excursions including museums, monuments, restaurants, shops and an exciting nightlife. Packages to São Miguel are from $669.

Four new hotels have been added to travel packages to São Miguel. Travelers who want to immerse themselves in Azores history day and night can stay at the Hotel do Colégio located in the center of Ponta Delgada. This unique hotel emerged from the adaptation of a 19th century urban building. The building was a respected school and most recently served as the musical academy of the Regional Conservatory. Historical architectural elements of typical masonry and local basalt work are prevalent. The hotel is made up of a Conservatory wing and a School wing that showcase memorabilia from its' origin. The hotel also features a fabulous restaurant, A Colmeia, which serves dishes using local products and is considered amongst the best in Azorean cuisine. Packages for this hotel are from $709.

Individuals seeking to experience the Azorean city life will be pleased to explore the island of Terceira. The island's historic city streets transport travelers back to the 16th and 17th centuries. Visitors can tour the first European urban center built in the 16th century, Angra Do Heroísmo, which has received UNESCO World Heritage status. Golfers will be challenged on the island's course. For a cosmopolitan atmosphere the island features marinas that attract yachts crossing the Atlantic. May kicks off festival season and visitors can enjoy delicious traditional dishes and displays of local culture. Packages to Terceira are from $799.

Two new hotels have been added to travel packages to Terceira. The Varandas do Atlantico and the Praia Marina are located in the beautiful city of Praia da Vitoria in front of the ocean beach. They are close to the main square and the "Marina," near seafood restaurants and an 18-hole golf course. The hotels are only five minutes from the airport providing a convenient beginning to a wonderful vacation. Packages for the Varandas do Atlantico start at $799 and Praia Marina start at $869.

The island of Faial gives visitors the opportunity to explore one of the most famous harbors in the world. It is a favorite port of call for international yacht crews crossing the Atlantic. The island's somewhat wild interior is unspoilt with undersea volcanic caves, home to shoals of colourful fish. The city's colorful main street winds along the harbor providing an inviting path to gardens, churches, and museums. Visitors can hike to the site of a 1957-8 eruption of the Capelinhos Volcano, now dormant and view the 300-foot crater of the extinct volcano from the island's central Caldeira.

Visitors to Faial can stay at the Hotel Do Canal that sits on the main ocean front avenue in the city center of Horta. The hotel offers a breathtaking view over the city bay and Pico Mountain. The Horta Marina is also the starting point for whale and dolphin watching tours. The waters around the island offer plenty of food for these sea mammals making them regular visitors. Packages for this hotel start at $869.

Azores Express has connected New England with the Azores and mainland Portugal for more than 20 years. Today it offers direct flights on wide body A310 aircraft to São Miguel, the main island in the Azores archipelago. Connecting flights from São Miguel to Lisbon, Porto and/or the island of Madeira are available. The carrier is part of the SATA Group.

For more information and reservations, contact Azores Express at 800-762-9995, http://www.Azores-Express.com.

Packages with 6 nights hotel, breakfasts and roundtrip airfare, pp/do:
São Miguel as low as:

  • New: Hotel do Colegio - $709
  • New: VIP Executive - $749
  • Hotel Marina Atlantico - $809
  • Holiday Inn Azores - $749
  • Terra Nostra Hotel - $729
  • Hotel Avenida - $769
  • Vila Nova Hotel - $669
  • São Miguel Park - $769

Terceira (includes connecting airfare)

  • New: Varandas do Atlantico - $799
  • New: Praia Marina - $869
  • Terceira Mar Hotel - $879

Faial (includes connecting airfare)

  • Hotel Do Canal - $869

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