Itinerary Overview

Island life captivates our imaginations

Towering basalt peaks, bubbling hot springs, nutrient rich waters, emerald green farmlands and the fascinating history of the explorers, whalers, and farmers that called these remote islands home - this is just sample of the beauty and vitality you’ll discover as we explore the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores. All born from volcanoes, each island has a unique landscape and piece of history that we’ll uncover as we explore these remote gems. Experience the warmth and hospitality of the locals as they share a glimpse into their island life with traditional dishes, world class wine and cheese tastings, Fado music and the beauty of each destination.


  • Aboard National Geographic Endurance, take advantage of the ship’s state-of the-art amenities, from wellness programs and spa treatments to gourmet dining options as we travel to the more secluded and seldom visited islands of the Azores Archipelago.  
  • April is one of the best months to see the many whales that pass through these waters on their annual migrations. With the help of some of the best whale spotters in the world, search for fin, blue, sei, and pilot whales, just to name a few.
  • Discover the varied past and stories of explorers, whalers, and conquers that all had a part in weaving the tapestry of island history.
  • Experience the commitment the locals have to sustainable growth and protecting the natural beauty and ecosystems of the archipelago.

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