Portuguese Language Immersion Program in the Azores

Tentative Itinerary

"Bem Vindo aos Açores" - Maria Oliveira


Day 1:

  • Arrival at São Jorge Airport in the Azores where Maria will meet you and take you to your accommodations. 
  • Enjoy an afternoon tour of the city of Velas including stops at a supermarket and a local restaurant for dinner.


Day 2:

  • Experience Cultural Week in Velas, an annual festival held every July. This popular week-long event features musical concerts, folk dances, parades, and other exciting activities that fill the day and evening.
  • Enjoy authentic island cuisine in the many mini-restaurants available in the festivity area.


Day 3:

  • A tour of Sete Fontes Park; a tranquil setting for photographs and bird watching amidst the native plants and trees.


Day 4:

  • Departure by boat to Pico for a tour of the island’s most interesting points. Return to São Jorge by late afternoon.


Day 5:

  • A tour of Fajã do Ouvidor. Visit a local restaurant to relax and enjoy the beautiful views.
  • And a tour of Fajã da Ribeira da Areia to enjoy beautiful natural sites. 


Day 6:

  • A tour of Fajã dos Vimes.
  • And Fajã das Almas.  Fajã das Almas requires a 10 minute walk.


Days 7-10:

  • Study program begins in Velas at our facilities in São Jorge. Classes take place from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
  • Two hours free for Lunch (12:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. (meals are not included but at this time every restaurant in town offers the "prato do dia" at a great price). Afternoons are reserved for tours of special interest places on the island.
  • Visit and tour of a cheese factory either in Beira or Topo.
  • Visit to the church of Santa Barbara in Manadas.
  • Visit to the Cruzal waterfall near Topo. 
  • Visit to Vila of Topo for picture taking of some points of interest.
  • And a tour of Vila of Calheta.


Day 11:

  • A cruise to Faial and a tour of this fascinating Island. Includes frequent scenic picture stops to capture the beauty of this location.


Day 12:

  • A day on your own to review and practice the first week's lessons. Visit with locals, go shopping, or dine in a restaurant using your new language skills.


Day 13:

  • Tour of the Fajã dos Cubres.  We will walk by the lagoon, take pictures of the beautiful sites, and visit a great local restaurant.


Days 14:

  • This optional tour to Fajã de Santo Cristo, a walking distance of almost 9 miles, can be organized for students who would like to visit it.  For participants who would like a motorcycle taxi ride to the fajã have to make arrangements ahead of time in the Fajã dos Cubres and pay the required fee.  


Days 15-18:

  • Classes resume in Velas.  Afternoon tours and visits continue.


Day 19:

  • Free day. You may choose to explore on your own, interact with the natives, or simply rest and enjoy the beautiful weather and views.


Day 20:

  • Time to wish you a safe trip as you head to São Jorge airport for your departure home.  "Boa Viagem!" - Maria Oliveira

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