October 11 &
Evening departure aboard Azores Airlines from Boston for our transatlantic overnight flight to Ponta Delgada, Azores. Dinner will be served in-flight.
Early morning arrival at the airport, where you will be transferred to your hotel and checked in to your room. We will get settled and acclimated to our surroundings in Ponta Delgada. Later in the afternoon, you have the option of taking various optional tours listed below, exploring the city at your leisure, or relaxing at the hotel. Evening plans to be confirmed (details still being planned).
On Thursday and Friday will have the chance to explore Ponta Delgada and San Miguel Island's culture and beauty. One of the days we will have programming with the City of Ponta Delgada, meet with the leaders of the Ponta Delgada Synagogue Museum, and learn about the impacts that the restoration have had on the local community. The other day, we will have a full day tour of the island of San Miguel. We begin by heading to the north coast of the island to Ribeira Grande followed by stops at scenic points. We will make a stop at the Gorreana Tea Plantation, one of the oldest tea plantations in Europe, where we’ll be able to sample their teas. We then head towards the Lagoa das Furnas to view this geothermal area, including the hot springs and the geothermic ovens where the traditional cozido meal is cooked. Afterwards we head towards the village of Furnas where lunch will be served. After lunch we will walk around the village to view “Caldeiras”, then head to the Poca Dona Beija (www.pocadadonabeija.com) to enjoy the clear geothermic hot springs water. We return to the hotel before sundown. On Friday evening, the group will host Jewish Sabbath services in the historic Ponta Delgada Synagogue and enjoy a group dinner following services for those wishing to participate (details still being planned).
Today is a free day to enjoy the city and to enjoy the Jewish Sabbath. The group will host Sabbath services in the historic Ponta Delgada Synagogue followed by a group lunch for those wishing to participate. Evening plans to be confirmed (details still being planned), and dinner on your own at one of the local restaurants.
In the morning we will meet for a special group breakfast and afterwards you will have free time. We will then head to the airport in the early afternoon for our return to Boston
Full Day Tour of Sao Miguel Island and Furnas, including lunch.
Breakfast is included with your hotel room on all days
Friday November 1st: Dinner included
Saturday November 2nd: Lunch and light 3rd meal included
This tour is not a kosher tour. We plan to provide Kosher meals for Friday night dinner and Saturday afternoon lunch. Guests will enjoy all other meals on their own in local restaurants.
The organized trip is from October 30-November 4, but if you would like to extend your trip to include additional days in the Azores or a trip to Mainland Portugal, our travel agent can assist you with those plans. Inquire upon booking.
For More Information and to Sign Up:
Call Gideon Gradman, President, Azorean Jewish Heritage Foundation
Tel: (773) 230-1979