Still relatively unknown to tourists, the Azores are the perfect destination to get away from it all on a sailing cruise. The archipelago is made up of nine volcanic islands located 1500 km from the Portuguese coast. These islands are divided into three zones: the eastern group (São Miguel and Santa Maria); the western group (Flores and Corvo) and the central group (Terceira, Faial, Pico, São Jorge and Graciosa). You will sail between the islands of the latter group for one week (about 4 hours per day). Snorkeling, swimming, hiking and culinary discoveries will be part of the experience.
Sail in the Azores archipelago aboard a Bavaria C45. At the helm of this 14-metre sailing yacht are Sarah and Kevin, two sailing lovers who know the destination inside out. The refined design and the comfort of this monohull will allow you to spend a very pleasant cruise. You will appreciate the large galley and the large table to share convivial moments. Outside, you will find a relaxation area with cushions and a dining table. A swimming platform will also be at your disposal, making it easier for you to get back on board.
|Boat Model:||Bavaria C45|
|Number of Cabins:||3|
Outdoor dining table
Sun loungers with cushions
12v USB sockets
Swimming platform with ladder
The boat has 2 rear cabins equipped with a king-size bed and a shared shower room and 1 front cabin with a queen-size bed with private shower room and toilet. All cabins have opening portholes, storage, reading lamp, fan and USB (12v) plug.
The crew has its own cabin with en-suite shower room.
Sarah and Kevin offer you an itinerary off the beaten track! It is a perfect combination of sailing and exploring the Azores. This archipelago will seduce all nature lovers and hiking enthusiasts.
DAY 1 : Praia da Vitoria (Terceira) - Angra do Heroismo (Terceira) (about 15 nautical miles)
Sarah and Kevin will meet you at 10:30 at a café in Praia da Victoria. You will get to know the other passengers and attend a quick briefing before going on the boat. After checking out your cabin, you will be able to explore every corner of the boat. You will have lunch and cast off to set sail for Cabras. This island is perfect for playing the game of adventurers in the caves that served as pirate hideouts, or paddling along the steep cliffs. The crew will take you to spend the evening in Angra do Heroismo, a historic city listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dinner is free.
DAY 2: Angra do Heroismo - Graciosa (about 45 nautical miles)
Breakfast, then departure for Graciosa, the northernmost island of the archipelago. Take advantage of this crossing to familiarize yourself with nautical terms and take part in the manoeuvres. You may also have the chance to spot dolphins, whales or other marine mammals. Upon arrival, you will have free time to visit the island as you wish or to go out with flippers, masks and snorkels to swim with the fish. Dinner is free.
DAY 3: Graciosa - Velas (São Jorge) (about 35 nautical miles)
The crew sets sail for the dizzying island of São Jorge. Its elongated shape and its numerous fajäs (flat geological formations advancing into the ocean) make it easily distinguishable from the others. The island is 54 km long and only 6.9 km wide, with no less than 70 fajäs. You will stop in Velas, a village nestled at the foot of a mountain. You will discover an elegant and soothing public garden, but also Igreja Matriz, the island's mother church built in the 15th century. Dinner free.
DAY 4: Velas - Horta (Faial) (about 25 nautical miles)
You set sail again in the morning for Faial. You will drop anchor in the south-east of the island in the very colourful Horta marina, the meeting point for yachtsmen crossing the Atlantic. It is also known for its open-air "art gallery" which collects paintings left by the crews for good luck. If you wish, an excursion (optional) to the Capelo peninsula can be proposed to discover the Capelinhos volcano, formed by lava flows. Dinner is free.
DAY 5 : Horta - Lajes do Pico (Pico) (about 25 nautical miles)
Your journey continues to Pico Island. To reach it, you will pass through the Faial canal (which connects Horta to Madalena). You will then walk along the south coast of the island and admire Mount Pico. It is 2351 meters high, making it the highest mountain in the Azores and Portugal. On the road, you may notice the silhouette of sperm whales. You will end the day in Lajes do Pico, a former whaling centre where you will find a museum retracing the history of the whalers. Dinner is free.
DAY 6 : Lajes - Calheta de Nesquim (Pico) - Terceira (about 60 nautical miles)
You set sail and begin your return journey. Don't hesitate to ask Sarah and Kevin to teach you more about sailing. They will be delighted to share their passion with you. Make yourself comfortable and enjoy the panoramic view of this archipelago of bewitching islands. You will make a stopover in Calheta de Nesquim. This small town with its charming church will seduce you with its hiking trails. And if you take advantage of this last evening to watch the sunset from the deck of the boat. Dinner is free.
DAY 7: Praia da Vitoria (Terceira)
Your disembarkation is scheduled in the marina of Praia da Vitoria after breakfast.
Terceira > Angra do Heroismo > Graciosa > Velas > Horta > Lajes do Pico > Caletha de Nesquim > Terceira
The itinerary may be changed without prior notice due to technical or weather conditions
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