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  • Two colorful green and yellow birds sit on a branch.
  • A humpback whale breaches in front of a dramatic mountainous skyline.
  • A tall, cone-shaped mountain is seen in the distance rising over blue ocean waters and shrouded in mist.
  • A high overlook featuring a large blue lake spread between densely forested mountains
  • Travelers set out into the ocean on an inflatable motor boat.

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Highlights

  • Take part in a world-class whale-watching excursion
  • Hike the volcanic crater of Sete Cidades.
  • Enjoy expansive views of spectacular lakes by kayak, paddleboard and bicycle.
  • Relax and bathe in the natural thermal pools and learn about the formation of the islands at the Capelinhos Volcano.
  • Enjoy local wine while cooking dinner in natural volcanic ovens at the Pico Island vineyards.
Kurt Heizmann stands for a photograph in Shedd's Oceanarium.

Your expert guide 

Kurt Heizmann is a supervisor in Shedd’s Marine Mammals department. He counts himself lucky to work with the marine mammals and birds of prey—pretty close to his dream of snorkeling, diving and watching wildlife all day! As a member of the aquarium’s Animal Response Team, Kurt has cared for stranded sea lion pups on the West Coast and helped rehabilitate endangered penguins in South Africa. On this action-packed Shedd Adventure, Kurt looks forward to introducing you to magnificent marine wildlife, sharing his passion for the ocean and even showing you how your everyday activities can help protect the animals you are going to encounter.

A girl sits on a brick wall overlooking a beautiful view of a lake surrounded by green mountain foothills.

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Accommodations

On the first two nights, we will take in the ocean views at the Azor Hotel. Located a short distance from the airport, it is the perfect place to relax before our journey begins. When we reach Faial Island, we will make ourselves at home in a refurbished 16th-century hotel at Pousada Forte da Horta. This hotel offers incredible views overlooking one of the most colorful marinas in the world, Marina da Horta, and Pico island.

The Hotel São Jorge Garden, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, is our next stop as we continue through the second half of the trip. Our last two nights will be spent at the Terra Nostra Garden Hotel. Designed for relaxation, the hotel is located within the Terra Nostra Botanical Park and features an outdoor thermal pool—the perfect way to wind down after our days adventures.

Included

  • Shedd Aquarium expert host in addition to local naturalist guides and tour manager
  • All excursions listed in detailed itinerary
  • Airport transfers
  • Seven nights’ lodging based on double occupancy
  • All meals outlined in itinerary
  • English-speaking local guide with step-on guides at certain locations
  • Beer and wine at dinners
  • Gratuities for guides, restaurants and hotel staff

Not included

  • International and domestic flights, estimated to be $1,000 per person
A group of sperm whales swim near the surface in the deep blue ocean.

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Getting there and home

Guests will meet in Boston and fly together to the Azores.

Your international flights and domestic flights will be pre-arranged and should be about $1,000 a person (final cost to be determined in October).

Group Size

6-20 people

Price Per Person

$4,995 per person double occupancy
$5,790 per person single occupancy

Nature Requires Flexibility

Activities are weather-dependent and may be subject to change if our guide determines it is necessary.

Physical Requirements

Designed for people who lead active lives and are comfortable participating in up to seven hours of physical activity per day. Trip activities will have a moderate intensity including hiking, itineraries that have a demanding daily schedule and activities such as biking, swimming and snorkeling.

Questions?

Contact [email protected] for further detailed information

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