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Getting There - Azores          

This is the flight information to The Azores for guests from the UK, Europe and USA. There are many options, so you can find a route that suits your plans. Airport transfers to the hotel by us are included in the price of the holiday.

There are 9 islands of the Azores.We work on the Islands of Faial and SAo Miguel.

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Your arrival in the Azores

Our guests need to arrive at Ponta delgada airport or HORTA on the island of FAIAL.

All trips run saturday to saturday, although there is some flexibility. If you arrive Horta on saturday. You may need to stay in Lisbon on the night before travelling to the islands if you want to take a morning flight.

If you travel on a day other than saturday you will pay the transfer directly, it is not included in the package but we can arrange this for you. You can ADD ON DAYS before or after the holiday as you wish.

It is good to arrive on an early flight after a night in Lisbon if possible to have some relaxation, although the later flight after flying from your home country the same day is fine too

 

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Flights From the UK

You can fly to PDL or HORTA via Lisbon, Portugal which is the most straightforward.

Th ere is a limied service to Ponta delgada on Sao Migul Island ( big island of Azores, one hour flight to Pico and Horta where we are based, tho these flights are not very convenient unless you want an extra week on this island)

There are 2 daily flights to HORTA ( Azores) from Lisbon. Your final destination will be a short 30 min ferry ride form Horta. The Dolphin Connection will make all the local transfers, so you will be met at the airport and the port and taken to the hotel.

Lisbon Hotels

( Cheaper if booked in advance and you get a refund if you cancel )  4 Star Radisson Sas - Near airport - -rooms euros 60) RECOMMENDED.

4 Star Marriott or Holiday Inn- 10 minutes away from the airport - rooms priced £65-80  3 Star Roma - 4 kms away from the airport - rooms prices £65-75 per night  

Residencial Vila Nova,   Rooms from €40 euros a night, airport bus stops out side, 10 mins to airport
Hotel Dom Carlos Park   Rooms from €40 euros a night, airport bus stops out side, 10 mins to airport

Dates

Flight prices vary a lot depending on which day you fly. Flights are coming in at around £300 all the way to Horta on TAP Air Portugal from the UK. New flight times are often added later. You can get there in one day or overnight in Lisbon and take an early flight to the islands. It is good to book as early as possible and if you can be flexible on your travel days you can select the best deals.

 

Or you can go direct to TAP Air Portugal web site,www.flytap.com They seem to show the variation in prices by the selection of dates which is useful

Booking with an agent

You can call TAP Air Portugal  Reservations for help with booking flights 0845 601 0932

Travelwise in UK call 01625 521789 for some personal service in booking flights to the Azores.

Or, you may like to look at some of the budget airlines going from many European cities to Lisbon then fly with TAP to Horta or Pico www.expedia.co.uk or www.opodo.com

There are budget airlines to Lisbon: easyjet ( from Gatwick,Luton, Heathrow and Bristol, LIverpool) and Bmi baby (from Birmingham).

Some people fly to Lisbon on the evening before and overnight in Lisbon (see lisbon Hotels) and get an early flight to the islands. This way you will arrive with time to relax on first day, practice some snorkelling and have an early night! However new schedules are released and extra planes added so ask. It is also fine to arrive on the later flight, but make sure you are fresh for the first action packed day on the water!

Some people have an extra night in Horta on the day before the start of the trip and then take a morning ferry to join the trip (see accommodation horta)

On arrival  there will be a welcome meeting and complimentary drinks. Food will be available in the hotel restaurant. The first formal activity will be at 10am on the next day with boat trips in the afternoon! The departure is on the morning of the last scheduled date.  

Flights From Europe

You have to get to Lisbon and then fly to either Pico or Horta. There are some SATA flights that go to Ponta Delgada on the island of Sao Miguel which then requires a connecting flight to Pico or Horta (1 hour flight time). See www.flytap.com

Overnight Lisbon

LISBON HOTELS ( Cheaper if booked in advance and you get a refund if you cancel )  4 Star Radisson Sas - Near airport - -rooms euros 60) RECOMMENDED. 4 Star Marriott - 10 minutes away from the airport - rooms priced £65-80  3 Star Roma - 4 kms away from the airport - rooms prices £65-75 per night  

Residencial Vila Nova,   Rooms from €40 euros a night, airport bus stops out side, 10 mins to airport
Hotel Dom Carlos Park   Rooms from €40 euros a night, airport bus stops out side, 10 mins to airport

Residencial Mar dos Acores ( Hostel/Pension downtown)00351 213 577 085 horisteves@gmail.com €30 per night

Extending your stay in Horta

If you wish to visit another island you could add on a few days in Horta, Faial. We can recommend the following good places to stay Estrela do Atlântico (aprox 65 euro a night) Charming guest house ask for a view of the volcano ! Fon/Fax (00351) 292-943003 info@edatlantico.com

www.edatlantico.com

Residential Atlantis. This is the real cheapie town hotel 30euros can be booked direct 00351 292 392777 (Portuguese) geral@hospedariaatlantis.com

http://www.hospedariaatlantis.com

Flights From The USA

There are flights from Boston and Providence to The Azores Islands so you may be able to avoid going via LIsbon , Portugal. Best to ask a US agent

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