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AZORES PHOTOGRAPHIC TOUR

Next tour dates: May 24 to 31, September 20 to 27, 2019

Duration: 7 nights

Available groups: 6 (+1 tour leader) or 12 (+2 tour leaders)

Possible meeting points: Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS) // Aeroporto da Horta (HOR) // Horta

800,00 €

(booking fee + 2 partial payments)

AZORES PHOTOGRAPHIC TOUR

Next tour dates: May 24 to 31, September 20 to 27, 2019

Duration: 7 nights

Available groups: 6 (+1 tour leader) or 12 (+2 tour leaders)

Possible meeting points: Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS) // Aeroporto da Horta (HOR) // Horta

800,00 €

(booking fee + 2 partial payments)

WHY TRAVEL WITH THE VIEWPOINT TOURS?

 

Besides experiencing a unique and extremely carefully curated itinerary, you’ll take advantage of all the guidance and experience of our team leaders. We’ve spent a lot of hours on the field (a lot!), gathering information, testing all the routes and tracks, so you won’t need to. Not all POIs are photo spots and not all photo spots are considered POIs for a “normal” travel or adventure agency.

 

Time of day is also of the essence! Compiling a strong itinerary, and combining it with a rich experience, good photo spots, and the correct time of day to approach them is something we are proud of doing well.

Contradicting what some may think, you won’t spend more travelling with a company like ours than you’ll spend going solo, having to book everything, trying to find each and every spot, avoiding all the setbacks and time-pressing issues. We manage an objective motivated program, and we’ve done this a lot of times. We know you’d need more than double the time of this tour, to even get somewhere close to what we have for you.

 

Other advantages…

 

Discovering good local partners is something we know is important for your experiences. Good and reliable car rental companies with no hidden fees and strange policies, good and affordable accommodation, great equipment rentals, and a lot more.

Azores (The triangle of light)

The ideal tour for those who want to get to know the Azores! A magnificent journey for photographers and nature lovers.

The “Triangle of light” consists of an organized program of several days, a set of unique sensations of light in 3 islands of the central group: Faial, Pico and São Jorge.

 

An invitation to discover the authentic Azores and its unique light scenarios at dawn and dusk. This is an unforgettable experience, the best that the archipelago of the Azores has to offer.

 

This tour of the Azores archipelago is mainly based on walks to the various POIs selected by us and is particularly aimed at photographers interested in landscape. The driving time is reduced to a minimum as the beauty of the Azores is much better appreciated on foot than on board of any vehicle.

BY PHOTOGRAPHERS, FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

 

It was all rigorously designed so that your experience as a photography and outdoors lover, will be as easy as possible. We pushed away tasks like the search for roads, shortcuts, and paths from the list of your concerns.

 

We reduced to zero any stress or responsibility. You won’t need to invest your time in tasks other than photography and leisure.

THE ARCHIPELAGO OF AZORES HAS SO MUCH TO SEE AND EXPLORE THAT YOU WILL PROBABLY WANT TO RETURN FOR MORE!

The true spirit of what we have prepared for you is, very clearly, the rich roadmap we have grown! It results from a lot of research, local partnerships, exchange of ideas with fellow photographers recognized for their knowledge regarding Azores, but above all, it’s the result of experiences lived in the first person. It is our great asset and it is what we keep secret until you’re aboard the adventure.

TAKE YOUR PASSION FOR PHOTOGRAPHY TO THE NEXT LEVEL…

 

We want to bring together a group that shares a passion: Photography. We want to take you to a place where you can further develop your photography, and the magnificent landscape of Azores is the ideal subject.

 

Photography is our motor and we want this to be an intense and unforgettable experience. If your intention is a “regular” program and the usual dozen POIS around the main road or even within the touristic itinerary, then, our group is not the most recommended.

An absolutely unique itinerary that is the result of lot of technical research, local partnerships but mostly, on-the-field research and first-person experiences.
Overall Physical Demand0%
75 / 100
Overall Comfort Level0%
80 / 100
Walk / Trekking Effort0%
80 / 100
Wow! Factor0%
90 / 100

Payment

  • Booking Fee: 10% of tour total (80,00 €)
  • 1st payment: 40% at least 91 days before departure;
  • 2nd payment: 50% at least 61 days before departure.

 

You can make your payments by wire transfer, Paypal® (please add 4,0% for Paypal tariffs), or MB WAY®. All the necessary instructions will be available on the booking form and you will also receive all the information through a confirmation email.

Flights

Flights are not included in the tour cost.

 

For your knowledge, but as non-binding information, the cost for a round trip from Portugal (LIS) to Horta (HOR) (includes 2 flights)² normally costs less than 200,00 EUR.

 

² Includes the following flights: LIS >> HOR and HOR >> LIS

Accommodation

  • Includes Residential / Pension accommodation;
  • Shared twin room.

Food & Drink

  • Food is not included, except breakfast for days 2-8 (we stop several times for buying food);
  • We also stop near several restaurants, snacks, fast-food stores, etc.;
  • Tea, coffee, and water are provided;

Additional Notes

These expeditions are organized for groups of limited size, maximum of 12 participants plus 2 team leaders.

We’ve come up with a long list of points of interest for photographers that result from a compilation fueled by hours and hours of personal experiences. These POIs result from real-life field reconnaissance and were then fitted to a detailed, very demanding but tremendously rewarding itinerary.

Our tour includes all the typical POIs like Caldeira do Faial, Vulcão dos Capelinhos, Almoxarife Beach, Mount Pico, Fajã de Santo Cristo, Fajã do Ouvidor. However, in addition to that, we added a lot of “very special extras” that only a lot of field work could have uncovered.

next group will leave in…

Azores (The triangle of light)

The ideal tour for those who want to get to know the Azores! A magnificent journey for photographers and nature lovers.

The “Triangle of light” consists of an organized program of several days, a set of unique sensations of light in 3 islands of the central group: Faial, Pico and São Jorge.

 

An invitation to discover the authentic Azores and its unique light scenarios at dawn and dusk. This is an unforgettable experience, the best that the archipelago of the Azores has to offer.

 

This tour of the Azores archipelago is mainly based on walks to the various POIs selected by us and is particularly aimed at photographers interested in landscape. The driving time is reduced to a minimum as the beauty of the Azores is much better appreciated on foot than on board of any vehicle.

BY PHOTOGRAPHERS, FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

 

It was all rigorously designed so that your experience as a photography and outdoors lover, will be as easy as possible. We pushed away tasks like the search for roads, shortcuts, and paths from the list of your concerns.

 

We reduced to zero any stress or responsibility. You won’t need to invest your time in tasks other than photography and leisure.

THE ARCHIPELAGO OF AZORES HAS SO MUCH TO SEE AND EXPLORE THAT YOU WILL PROBABLY WANT TO RETURN FOR MORE!

The true spirit of what we have prepared for you is, very clearly, the rich roadmap we have grown! It results from a lot of research, local partnerships, exchange of ideas with fellow photographers recognized for their knowledge regarding Azores, but above all, it’s the result of experiences lived in the first person. It is our great asset and it is what we keep secret until you’re aboard the adventure.

TAKE YOUR PASSION FOR PHOTOGRAPHY TO THE NEXT LEVEL…

 

We want to bring together a group that shares a passion: Photography. We want to take you to a place where you can further develop your photography, and the magnificent landscape of Azores is the ideal subject.

 

Photography is our motor and we want this to be an intense and unforgettable experience. If your intention is a “regular” program and the usual dozen POIS around the main road or even within the touristic itinerary, then, our group is not the most recommended.

An absolutely unique itinerary that is the result of lot of technical research, local partnerships but mostly, on-the-field research and first-person experiences.

TOUR CHARACTERISTICS

Overall Physical Demand0%
75 / 100
Overall Comfort Level0%
80 / 100
Walk / Trekking Effort0%
80 / 100
Wow! Factor0%
90 / 100

TOUR DETAILS / BOOKINGS

Payment

  • Booking Fee: 10% of tour total (80,00 €)
  • 1st payment: 40% at least 91 days before departure;
  • 2nd payment: 50% at least 61 days before departure.

 

You can make your payments by wire transfer, Paypal®, or MB WAY®. All the necessary instructions will be available in the booking form and you will also receive all the information through a confirmation email.

Flights

Flights are not included in the tour cost.

 

For your knowledge, but as non-binding information, the cost for a round trip from Portugal (LIS) to Horta (HOR) (includes 2 flights)² normally costs less than 200,00 EUR.

 

² Includes the following flights: LIS >> HOR and HOR >> LIS

Accommodation

  • Includes Residential / Pension accommodation;
  • Shared twin room.

Food & Drink

  • Food is not included, except breakfast for days 2-8 (we stop several times for buying food);
  • We also stop near several restaurants, snacks, fast-food stores, etc.;
  • Tea, coffee, and water are provided;

Additional Notes

These expeditions are organized for groups of limited size, maximum of 12 participants plus 2 team leaders.

We’ve come up with a long list of points of interest for photographers that result from a compilation fueled by hours and hours of personal experiences. These POIs result from real-life field reconnaissance and were then fitted to a detailed, very demanding but tremendously rewarding itinerary.

Our tour includes all the typical POIs like Caldeira do Faial, Vulcão dos Capelinhos, Almoxarife Beach, Mount Pico, Fajã de Santo Cristo, Fajã do Ouvidor. However, in addition to that, we added a lot of “very special extras” that only a lot of field work could have uncovered.

next group will leave in…

Vehicle, Insurance & Fuel

It includes a vehicle that can be used in all areas of the various islands to visit in the Azores archipelago. Modern, comfortable and safe vehicles.

We accommodate a maximum of X occupants for a car of x + 2 seats. Example: 6 seat jeep, 4 occupants. Vehicles with 9 places, 6 to 7 occupants. We do this for safety or potential emergency situations, but above all for an obvious comfort issue. If you feel the need to relax or get some sleep while going from point A to point B, you can do it comfortably and with enough space. We deal with driving and complying with road rules.

 

Our offer includes the full insurance bundle for all vehicles.

 

Unlimited fuel and mileage are also included. Some companies place restrictions on the daily mileage of their 4×4 vehicles. Our participants, among many other things, enjoy unlimited mileage which, for us photographers, is absolutely vital.

Accommodation

The tour to the archipelago of the Azores is designed for people who love nature and photography, but also appreciate some comfort at the end of each day and recognize the value of a comfortable bed. We know it!

 

We have a long list of very suitable accommodations that will allow you to rest comfortably while waiting for the next day.

 

  • Includes breakfast on the 2-8 days;
  • Shared twin room accommodation;
  • Most of the accommodation has a meal service;
  • Most of the lodgings have Wi-Fi.

Food & Drinks

Food is not included!

 

We used to include food on this tour (increasing the tour initial cost) but we honestly think most people will benefit from the fact of having to buy its own food supplies or using their place of choice to eat their meals.

 

It’s way less expensive for our participants as we’d have to calculate what our participants consume in advance, and that varies greatly from person to person. Considering that we couldn’t risk not having enough food, costs were always higher than reality would afterwards prove it.

 

We provide more than enough stops for food shopping! That’s where we also get our food, right?! We buy local, so can you. Additionally, at some locations, you’ll also have the chance to eat at restaurants.

 

We’ll include coffee (or decaffeinated), tea, and water.

We do not include soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, etc. The only drinks included are water, tea, and coffee (or decaf).

Flights

We do not book flights!

However, if you have any questions regarding flight bookings or any other subject, please contact us via the contact form or email address info@theviewpointtours.com so that we can clarify and assist you. Our job is to make your life easier when taking your photography to the next level. We’re here for you.

Other perks…

  • Instalment plan (booking + 2 partials) – You can pay for your tour in a 1+2 payment plan; A booking fee to reserve your seat aboard the adventure, a second payment 91 days before the tour data, and a final payment 61 days before the tour date;

 

  • Discount for group booking (2 or +) – We normally have special prices for bookings for 2 or more seats, depending on the tour in question. Same booking fees but lower total cost. Get in touch via info@theviewpointtours.com for more info;

 

  • Photo Gear Rental Program available – All tour participants can take advantage of our photo gear rental program (limited to availability) More info at the Photo Gear Rental page;

 

  • Pre-travel support – We always take great care of our participants! We provide you with all the needed information and support so your experience can go as smooth as possible;

 

  • 20,00 EUR voucher by Coloreffects to use on any buy of 100,00 EUR or more;

 

  • 5% rebate on future tours – Booking this tour gets you 5% off on any future tour, even on a more expensive one. This means that if you book a 480,00 EUR tour you can get a 5% discount on a 3000,00 EUR tour, that corresponds to 150,00 EUR.

What it doesn’t include?!

  • You should only book your flights after the tour is confirmed. We cannot be held responsible for any losses (financial or other) if you book your flights more than 45 days prior to departure and the tour does not take place;
  • Although we design alternatives to every POI in our itineraries, due to natural disasters or road traffic restriction imposed by the local authorities, for example, we cannot be held liable for unforeseen events and consequences;
  • We will not be able to directly take responsibility for problems that originate from an unsatisfactory service provided by the third parties on which we depend on these trips (car rental, accommodations, restaurants, supermarkets, etc.);
  • We do not include any alcoholic beverage or soda. Also, in relation to alcoholic beverages, we strongly advise you not to consume alcohol unless it’s the last meal of the day. Safety should be your first concern!

Itinerary

Day 1 of 8 - Azores, here we go!

Day 1 (one) includes:

  • Arrival at Faial Island;
  • Dinner reception and presentation of the group;
  • Tour briefing.
Day 2 of 8 - Good morning Faial!

Day 2 (two) includes:

  • Breakfast at the accommodation (or snack provided if departure time is too early);
  • Sunrise session in Caldeira do Faial;
  • Visit to the Vulcão dos Capelinhos area and sunset session;
  • Dinner and briefing for day 3.
Day 3 of 8 - Beaches, Wine and Pico!

Day 3 (three) includes:

  • Breakfast at the accommodation (or snack provided if departure time is too early);
  • Sunrise session at Almoxarife Beach;
  • Ferry to Pico Island;
  • Sunset session at Paisagem Vitivinícola da Criação Velha;
  • Dinner and briefing for day 4.
Day 4 of 8 - We reach the top!

Day 4 (four) includes:

  • Breakfast at the accommodation (or snack provided if departure time is too early);
  • Ascent to Mount Pico;
  • Accommodation and briefing for Day 5.
Day 5 of 8 - São Jorge!

Day 5 (five) includes:

  • Breakfast at the accommodation (or snack provided if departure time is too early);
  • Sunrise session at Lagoa do Capitão;
  • Visit to the Madalena wine cooperative;
  • Ferry to São Jorge Island;
  • Dinner and briefing for the day 6.
Day 6 of 8 - Fajã de Santo Cristo!

Day 6 (six) includes:

  • Breakfast at the accommodation (or snack provided if departure time is too early);
  • Sunrise session in the Pico da Esperança;
  • Walk and sunset session at Fajã de Santo Cristo;
  • Dinner and briefing for day 7.
Day 7 of 8 - Back to Faial!

Day 7 (seven) includes:

  • Breakfast at the accommodation (or snack provided if departure time is too early);
  • Sunrise session at Fajã do Ouvidor;
  • Ferry back to Faial;
  • Farewell dinner.
Day 8 of 8 - Getting home!

Day 8 (eight) includes:

  • Relaxed breakfast;
  • Return flight.

FAQs

How can I pay for my booking fee?

Payments may be made through wire transfer, Paypal® (please add 4,0% for Paypal tariffs) or MB WAY®

 

All the necessary instructions will be available on the booking form and you will also receive all the information through a confirmation email.

Do you have a schedule/plan for payments?

Unless otherwise clearly stated for a particular tour or program, our plan of payments is as follows:

 

  • Booking Fee: 10% of trip total (this tour is 80,00 €)
  • Midway Payment: 40% of the tour total at least 91 days before departure;
  • Final payment: 50% of the tour total at least 61 days before departure.
Are the flights included in the cost?

No!

Can you book my flights?

Not! Since August 15, 2018 we no longer book flights on behalf of our customers.

Is food included?

No! Food is not included.

 

Nevertheless, we always pack emergency rations and you will never be left without assistance. We stop frequently along the way for food shopping and you’ll also have opportunities to eat at a diner or restaurant.

Itinerary

Day 1 of 8 - Azores, here we go!

Day 1 (one) includes:

  • Arrival at Faial Island;
  • Dinner reception and presentation of the group;
  • Tour briefing.
Day 2 of 8 - Good morning Faial!

Day 2 (two) includes:

  • Breakfast at the accommodation (or snack provided if departure time is too early);
  • Sunrise session in Caldeira do Faial;
  • Visit to the Vulcão dos Capelinhos area and sunset session;
  • Dinner and briefing for day 3.
Day 3 of 8 - Beaches, Wine and Pico!

Day 3 (three) includes:

  • Breakfast at the accommodation (or snack provided if departure time is too early);
  • Sunrise session at Almoxarife Beach;
  • Ferry to Pico Island;
  • Sunset session at Paisagem Vitivinícola da Criação Velha;
  • Dinner and briefing for day 4.
Day 4 of 8 - We reach the top!

Day 4 (four) includes:

  • Breakfast at the accommodation (or snack provided if departure time is too early);
  • Ascent to Mount Pico;
  • Accommodation and briefing for Day 5.
Day 5 of 8 - São Jorge!

Day 5 (five) includes:

  • Breakfast at the accommodation (or snack provided if departure time is too early);
  • Sunrise session at Lagoa do Capitão;
  • Visit to the Madalena wine cooperative;
  • Ferry to São Jorge Island;
  • Dinner and briefing for the day 6.
Day 6 of 8 - Fajã de Santo Cristo!

Day 6 (six) includes:

  • Breakfast at the accommodation (or snack provided if departure time is too early);
  • Sunrise session in the Pico da Esperança;
  • Walk and sunset session at Fajã de Santo Cristo;
  • Dinner and briefing for day 7.
Day 7 of 8 - Back to Faial!

Day 7 (seven) includes:

  • Breakfast at the accommodation (or snack provided if departure time is too early);
  • Sunrise session at Fajã do Ouvidor;
  • Ferry back to Faial;
  • Farewell dinner.
Day 8 of 8 - Getting home!

Day 8 (eight) includes:

  • Relaxed breakfast;
  • Return flight.

FAQs

How can I pay for my booking fee?

Payments may be made through wire transfer, Paypal® (please add 4,0% for Paypal tariffs) or MB WAY®

 

All the necessary instructions will be available on the booking form and you will also receive all the information through a confirmation email.

Do you have a schedule/plan for payments?

Unless otherwise clearly stated for a particular tour or program, our plan of payments is as follows:

 

  • Booking Fee: 10% of trip total (this tour is 80,00 €)
  • Midway Payment: 40% of the tour total at least 91 days before departure;
  • Final payment: 50% of the tour total at least 61 days before departure.
Are the flights included in the cost?

No!

Can you book my flights?

Not! Since August 15, 2018 we no longer book flights on behalf of our customers.

Is food included?

No! Food is not included.

 

Nevertheless, we always pack emergency rations and you will never be left without assistance. We stop frequently along the way for food shopping and you’ll also have opportunities to eat at a diner or restaurant.