Our 4**** accommodation with trips to sea on a Catamaran offers a comfortable and relaxed upgrade option. This holiday is based in the Faial Resort Hotel overlooking the international harbour of Horta. Depending upon whether you choose to stay for 5 or 9 nights, you will take either 3 or 6 full days out to sea on our large, well equipped
Catamaran hosted by expert guide Lisa Steiner, who is a resident marine biologist in the Azores. Lisa shares her wealth of whale research here both onboard and with talks and presentations. Ideally located, everything is within easy walking distance from where you can explore the delights of this lively harbour town which is an international port of call for transatlantic yachts.
Hotel Faial, recently refurbished enjoys beautiful views of the sea, Mount Pico and neighbouring islands. Its elevated position, set in charming gardens with stunning scenery makes it a perfect choice for a peaceful, relaxing stay, that is close to all the action.
Whales and the Boat
Onboard the Catamaran, which takes 12 people, you can enjoy excellent sightings from the high viewing platform and relax on the comfortable decks and loungers. Lunch is served in between exciting sightings on this stable boat. There are toilet facilities onboard with a walkway to board the boat. We have chosen these dates in May to offer you the best chance to see the migrating baleen whales, a unique gathering of huge, ravenous Blue, Fin and Sei Whales who are attracted to these nutrient rich waters by the spring phytoplankton bloom! They stay in the area to feed and our expert land based lookouts can direct our boats to the action!
Location and getting there
Fly to Horta on Faial Island and you will be transferred to your hotel and welcomed by our guide. The town of Horta has a classic ‘maritime feel’ and you will have plenty of time to explore local attractions. A visit to Horta is incomplete without a visit to the famous “Peter’s Bar” frequented by transatlantic yacht crews offering colourful tales of their time at sea! These crews paint momentos of their journey on the harbor walls.
Prices include airport transfers, trips to sea as specified below with lunch on board the Catamaran, 4**** hotel accommodation with breakfast included, full guide services, marine biology talks and presentations Extra activities that can be enjoyed include Island tours, the “Caldeira” or canyon, ramatic geological formations, the ancient buried city ruins and vineyards. The guide will accompany the group on trips to local restaurants on a few evenings to contrast eating in the hotel.
Prices & dates for 5 night tour with 4**** BB hotel accommodation, 3 full day boat trips to sea on Catamaran (based on 2 people sharing a room)
Wednesday 4 – Monday 9 June 2014 – £895.00
Sunday 8 – Friday 13 June 2014 – £895.00
Wednesday 25 – Monday 30 June 2014 – £895.00
Sunday 29 June – Friday 4 July 2014 – £939.00
Sunday 20 – Friday 25 July 2014 – £939.00
Thursday 24 – Tuesday 29 July 2014 – £939.00
Tuesday 12 – Sunday 17 August 2014 – £939.00
Saturday 16 –Thursday 21 August 2014 – £939.00
Single person supplement from £85 to £155 depending upon time of year
Prices & dates for 9 night tour with 4**** BB hotel accommodation, 6 full day boat trips to sea on Catamaran (based on 2 people sharing a room)
Wednesday 4 – Monday 13 June 2014 – £1,575.00
Wednesday 25 June– Friday 4 July – £1,675.00
Sunday 20 – Tuesday 29 July – £1,675.00
Tuesday 12 – Thursday 21 August – £1,675.00
Friday 5 – Sunday 14 September – £1,575.00
Monday 22 September – Wednesday 1 October – £1,575.00
Single person supplement from £155 to £257 depending upon time of year
To book this holiday check availability online or call 01273 882778 for more information.