Terceira (PT) – Santa Maria (PT) – Sao Miguel (PT)
26 august (16h00) – 31 august (10h00)
We start our island hopping adventure from Terceira, docked in UNESCO-listed Angra do Heroísmo, the Azores’ oldest city, with its 16th-century fortress and Renaissance town.
Before embarking consider visiting Algar do Carvão with its 90m-deep volcanic chimney, and the island’s small vineyards and lava-rock bathing pools in Biscoitos are popular tourist sites.
As we sail southeast to Santa Maria Island keep an eye open for sperm whales hunting in the deep channels for giant squid, and there’s always a chance to sight blue, fin and sei whales. Bottlenose, Atlantic spotted and common dolphins are also found here at this time of the year.
We dock on the serene island of Santa Maria in Vila do Porto, characterized by old-world architecture and pretty churches which overlook a breath-taking view over the crystal clear waters to the south, and Praia Formosa, the only white sand beach of the Azores.
Further south east is Gonçalo Velho Lighthouse surrounded by the most iconic landscapes on the entire island. The nearby Fábrica da Baleia do Castelo reminds us of the past banned whaling industry, with other sights including Aveiro Waterfall, Maia’s Vineyards which produce “vinho de cheiro”, only for domestic consumption, and the astonishing Barreiro da Faneca, nicknamed the “Red Desert of the Azores”, created by 4 million years Lava flows and volcanic ash.
If you’re drawn more to the ocean, consider booking a dive boat to the hunting grounds of one of the oceans most gentle giants. Snorkeling or diving alongside a whale shark, the world’s largest fish species, is arguably one of the most breathtaking marine experiences on the planet. Surrounded by several large tunas and countless other species of fish, these giants of the sea pass close to Santa Maria as they make their way across the Atlantic. Santa Maria is the island most visited by this colossus of the sea. It is possible to spot them during a coastal dive, but you are more likely to swim with one further off the coast.
Too soon we must sail north for Sao Miguel, but the mid-Atlantic cosmopolitan city of Ponta Delgada waits, complemented by an island lush in greenery, geothermal wonders, and charming villages.
We disembark after a sumptuous deck BBQ and an evening of celebrations with fellow shipmates.
Consider exploring the natural hot springs, volcanic craters, and breathtaking vistas that offer a fitting conclusion to your unforgettable tall ship voyage. To the west lie Sete Cidades volcanic lakes, a testament to the island’s fiery past, and the Azores’ most recognized natural monument.
August graces the Azores with pleasant temperatures ranging from 17°C to 25°C (63°F to 77°F), providing an ideal climate for both sailing and exploring the islands.
- When preparing for your voyage please bear in mind:-
- Your passport must have at least 6 months validity at the time of travel
- The SMM is granted no flexibility for the embarkation and disembarkation times from the customs authorities
- All guests must be between the age of 14 and 80 yrs at the time of travel
For this product Portuguese taxation will be applied. If you require an invoice it is necessary to request it to Santa Manuel Manuela S.A. with tax code PT-515 755 028.
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Santa María Manuela
The Santa Maria Manuela was launched on 10 May 1937 in Lisbon. It is a 67-metre sailing ship. The ship was named after the owner’s wife, Maria Manuela, mother of 16 children. The main function of the Santa Maria Manuela was cod fishing. The Santa Maria Manuela underwent a number of structural changes over the years, from the removal of the masts to the installation of a navigation bridge. In 1993 the ship was considered obsolete, was dismantled and only the steel hull remained. The following year the Santa María Manuela Foundation was created, a project that united 17 institutions under the same purpose: to recover the ship. The SMM now has unique conditions for sea voyages, events, parties and training at sea. Predominant colour WHITE.
Map of the journey
What is included
- Sail through the impressive Azorean archipelago in comfort aboard the newly renovated Santa Maria Manuela
- Gain a hands-on sailing experience aboard this historic sailing ship
- Keep an eye out for whales in the São Jorge Channel
- Explore the UNESCO World Heritage City of Angra do Heroísmo
- Connect with the unique maritime culture of Santa Maria Island
- Consider booking a boat trip to snorkel with whale shark and manta ray
What it does not include
• Transportation to and from the Santa Maria Manuela
• Add-on excursions not mentioned in this programme
• Discretionary tips.
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