Santo Cristo 2020 – Azores

Duration
6 Nights
Destination
São Miguel
Travelers
8-16

May 12-19, 2020 Santo CristoFestivities

Join us for this wonderful trip where you will not only get to experience the sights and nature of the main island of the Azores but also the see Santo Cristo Festivities.
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What's included

Destination
São Miguel Discover São Miguel
Departure Location
Boston
Return Location
Boston
Tour Start Date & Time
May 12, 2020 9:30 pm
Price includes
  • 6 nights stay in Ponta Delgada
  • Airfare from Boston (roundtrip)
  • Airport Transfers (roundtrip)
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Early check-in
  • Entrance fees to parks
  • Farewell dinner with a folkloric group
  • Mobile internet
  • Welcome gift
Additional Prices
Airport Transfers USA: On request Travel Insurance: On request Ponta Delgada - City Tour - 3h: On request

The Santo Cristo Feast is the most important religious festival in the Azores and the second in Portugal. Traditionally held on the fifth Sunday after Easter, the Festas do Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres (Lord Holy Christ of the Miracles) dates back to the end of the 17th century. Each year, thousands of immigrants return to the island of Sao Miguel to celebrate, filling the city of Ponta Delgada with music, flowers, lights, and markets. The 2020 Feast will take place from May 15-20, offering travelers an opportunity to experience these important festivities while visiting the most relevant and breathtaking sites on the Island: Furnas, Nordeste, Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo.

If you would like a custom-tailored trip, we have travel agents who are specialized in customized trips. Please email us @ info@atlantivacations.com or call us at 401-410-3418. We will respond to you in 24 hours.

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  • Day 8
DAY 1

May 12 - Tuesday

BOSTON/PONTA DELGADA

Embark on your 7-day adventure with an evening departure aboard AZORES AIRLINES for a transatlantic overnight flight to Ponta Delgada. Dinner will be served on-board, accompanied by a selection of Portuguese wines to compliment your meal.

Day 2

May 13 - Wednesday

Arrive in the early morning at João Paulo II Airport in Ponta Delgada. Once clearing customs, your driver(s) will be awaiting your arrival for hotel transportation. The rest of the day is a great opportunity for relaxing or to explore the city of Ponta Delgada. (Optional City tour (3h) – in the afternoon) In the evening, unwind at the hot thermal springs of an active volcano on an evening tour from Ponta Delgada. Head to the volcanic complex of Furnas and bathe in the warm waters of Poça da Dona Beija.
Day 3

May 14 - Thursday

Full-Day Tour - FURNAS
Pickup at 9:00 AM at the hotel

Visit one of the most well-known parts of the island, Furnas. An active volcano, although in a dormant state. It is possible to see several types of secondary volcanism. This volcanic activity includes fumaroles, boilers, sour waters, and hot springs. Stroll along one of the most beautiful botanical gardens and immerse yourself in thermal pools, where relaxing waters will relieve stress and achy muscles. Tour our emblematic tea factories, which are the only ones in Europe. Learn about the historic factory and finish with a tea tasting of all types of tea products. This tour will run both north and south, surrounded by views of the mighty valleys and mountains.

Day 4

May 15 - Friday

Full-Day Tour - SETE CIDADES & LAGOA DO FOGO

Pickup at 9:00 AM at the hotel

On this tour, we will travel to a part of the island of São Miguel that holds the most beautiful lakes, Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo. Starting with a short visit to a pineapple plantation, you will see how the pineapple is cultivated, followed by a sampling of liquor made from the fruit. We will then proceed to visit Canário Lake and Santiago Lake. Next, we will ascend to the famous “Vista do Rei” for a panoramic view of the two lakes of Sete Cidades. A typical lunch will be served. After lunch, we head to Lagoa do Fogo, making stops in Ribeira Grande and Caldeira Velha along the way. At the top of Lagoa do Fogo we will view both the north and south coasts of São Miguel.

Day 5

May 16 - Saturday

PONTA DELGADA– Day at your leisure

Today the city of Ponta Delgada comes alive with activities! In the afternoon, there will be a Procession of Senhor Santo Cristo around the Campo de São Francisco. In the evening the statue of Senhor Santo Cristo will be relocated from the Igreja da Esperanca to Igreja de São Jose. Enjoy the many festivities that continue late into the night.

Day 6

May 17 - Sunday

PONTA DELGADA– Day at your leisure

In the morning, the streets of Ponta Delgada are decorated with greens and flowers for the afternoon procession. At four in the afternoon, watch as the procession begins in front of the Convento da Esperança continuing throughout the streets of Ponta Delgada, and returning to the Convento da Esperança in the early evening. We will meet after the processional for dinner.

Day 7

May 18 - Monday

Full-Day Tour - NORDESTE

Pickup at 9:00 AM at the hotel

Explore the most rugged part of the island, Nordeste. This mysteriously charming land blankets over the Atlantic painted with beautiful flowers & the most vivid shades of green. Rich in natural beauty, Nordeste possesses spectacular valleys that break through the earth and stretch to the sea. Lose yourself in the silence of nature and the calming breeze that whistles through the trees in the distance. In this corner of the island, we bask in the grace of untouched wild nature. In the evening, transportation will be provided for the farewell dinner, followed by an Azorean Folkloric dancing show.

Day 8

May 19 - Tuesday

PONTA DELGADA/BOSTON

Departure day means saying "goodbye" or perhaps just "see you later" to the beautiful island of São Miguel. We hope that on the flight back you reminisce of the delicious food, beautiful sights, and good times that you had on the trip,  We hope to host you again in the future!

More about São Miguel

Known as “The Green Island”, this is the largest in the archipelago. Dazzling lakes, sandy beaches and dramatic mountains provide a stunning backdrop whilst tea plantations and pineapple groves make full use of the hillsides. Visit fascinating villages like Furnas, built inside a volcanic crater, and geological wonders such as Sete Cidades, twin crater lakes linked by a narrow passage. It is also an excellent base from which to explore the wide variety of outdoor activities that make the Azores a top destination amongst discerning holiday-makers. Ponta Delgada, the major city of the island, is a 10-minute drive from the airport and has a fascinating history. The cobbled streets of the old town are lined with restaurants and bars and the new marina development is very lively on the weekend.

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PAYMENT TERMS & CONDITIONS: A 50% non-refundable deposit is due at the time of booking with the balance due in full 60 days before departure. Price and availability quoted are not guaranteed and subject to change until deposits are paid in full. Unless otherwise noted, scheduled tours and events will take place ‘RAIN OR SHINE’ and are non-refundable/non-transferable. Group rates are based on minimum numbers of passengers traveling; if the number of passengers falls below the minimum required, a surcharge may be imposed or the tour may be canceled.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: It is the responsibility of each Customer to obtain and carry a valid passport, visa, and/or all other documents required by applicable government regulations. Altantivacations is not responsible for flights delayed for missing, incomplete, or invalid documentation.

TRAVEL INSURANCE: Travel insurance is available and highly recommended. Please contact your Travel Consultant for a quote at 401-410-3418 or e-mail info@atlantivacations.com;

 

 

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Santo Cristo 2020 - Azores

Duration
6 Nights
Destination
São Miguel
Travellers
8-16
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