Friday, 13 January 2012 00:00
A festive Mardi Gras celebration is just four hours away if you aim to mark the holiday on the Mid-Atlantic Islands of the Azores. Azores Express/SATA, is offering travel packages starting at $699 per person (air and hotel plus tax, double occupancy). In the Azores, Mardi Gras is known as “Carnaval” a celebration starting on Saturday, February 17, 2012 and continuing through Tuesday, February 21, 2012. Parades and pageants are at the heart of the Carnaval festivities. There is lively music, colorful costumes, hand-made masks and floats. On the island of São Miguel, known for its mild weather, you can chose from several hotels in historic Ponta Delgada, the Azores’ main city. Carnaval has a sweet taste of São Miguel, with street vendors selling fried sweet dough, called Malassadas. The festival on the Azores largest island starts of with a black tie grand ball, and heats up with dance music at the restored Coliseu Micaelense. There is a children’s parade in the streets of the capital, Ponta Delgada, with children in costume from each school district on the island. Then, a massive Carnaval parade fills the streets into the wee hours with music, costumes and dancing. All packages are per person, and include roundtrip airfare between Boston and the islands, six nights lodging, and all breakfasts.
Azores Express/ SATA offers direct flights on wide body A310 aircraft to São Miguel, the main island in the Azores archipelago. Connecting flights from São Miguel are offered to Lisbon and the island of Madeira. Azores Express has connected New England with the Azores and mainland Portugal for more than 20 years. The carrier is part of the SATA Group, which connects the Azores, an autonomous region of Portugal, with the world.
For more information and reservations, contact Azores Express at 800-762-9995, www.sata.pt.
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 15:27
Azores Express Launches Winter Green Sale to Azores, Lisbon
Azores Express/SATA has a winter sale to help get out of the cold, and into a green mid-Atlantic adventure in the Azores or Lisbon, Portugal. Now, for a limited time, SATA is offering special pricing on direct flights from Boston to Ponta Delgada - round trip from just $272.00 (plus taxes and fees). Or escape to Lisbon, the warm and sunny capital of Portugal from Boston for a mere $372.00 (plus taxes and fees) for departures starting on January 20th.
Add in 6 nights hotels, and save as much as 10%, for departures on: January 24, January 31 and February 07. That means that a week of hotel and round-trip air can be as little as $ 629p.p. (double).
The unspoiled nature, mild climate and European culture of the Azores Islands are just four hours from Boston with Azores Express/SATA’s new fall and winter packages. For 2011-2012 Azores Express has 26 different hotels on five islands.All packages depart from Boston’s Logan Airport and include roundtrip, non-stop air, six nights lodging and daily breakfast. Flights depart and return on Tuesday and Fridays and passengers can upgrade from coach to SATA Plus Business-Class for just a few hundred dollars each way. Children under six stay free, and pay only a child’s airfare.
The Azores are the closet point in Europe to North America. The islands were created by volcanic activity millions of years ago, which have created a stunning and dramatic environment. From the black lava cliffs of the island of Terceira, to mythical Mountain Lake of Fire on São Miguel, the Azores offers an intensely green and sculptured landscape. This ocean-enveloped land enjoys a mild climate year-round between 60°F and 80°F.
The National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations recently named the Azores islands as the world’s second most appealing islands destination in its fourth annual Destination Scorecard survey. A panel of 522 experts reviewed conditions on 111 islands and archipelagos. The Azores received the title of “Authentic, unspoiled, and likely to remain so.”
Azores Express (part of the SATA Group) connects New England with the beautiful islands of the Azores. Year-round flights are available from Boston, with connecting service to Lisbon, Porto and Madeira. For information call 800-762-9995 or visit www.sata.pt
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 00:00
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Sunday, 25 September 2011 00:00
Lisbon is the hot place to be this winter with Portugal’s capital on the Tejo River. The city has been reborn with a host of new museums, restaurants, cultural venues and hotels. Taking in Lisbon is easy with new packages from Azores Express/SATA: A week long package from Boston, with six nights lodging and air, starts at just $859 per person this fall with a half dozen hotels to choose from.
Packages from Boston to Lisbon (via the Azores) depart Tuesdays and Fridays with six-night stays at a choice of four hotels all year. For Tuesday departures, packages range from $859 to $1,019 per person, double occupancy (plus tax). All packages include daily breakfast. Choose a package that combines a stay in São Miguel in the Azores for the same $859 base price. Children under 6 pay only child’s airfare. Children under 10 pay just 10% of the hotel rate, plus airfare.
New hotels this year is the Jorge V Lisbon, considered one of Lisbon landmarks, with a tradition of service and a central downtown setting. The recently updated hotel HF Fénix Lisboa, right in the heart of the iconic Marquês de Pombal Square, is a short walk to many sights and public transportation.
The other featured hotels include Lisbon’s stylish Hotel Azores Lisboa, a modern four-star hotel in the city’s business and shopping district. The downtown and elegant Tivoli Jardim is set near major sites and shopping. The Hotel Mundial is right in the heart of the city’s center. The Mundial, recently restored, was famed as a center of espionage during World War II. The modern Tivoli Oriente is a four-star hotel in the newest part of the city, the riverfront Nation’s Park
About Lisbon: Lisbon stands on the north bank of the Tejo River, where the river meets the Atlantic. It is Portugal’s largest city and its capital, with the added distinction of being the warmest and most western capital in Europe. Its climate is strongly influenced by the Gulf Stream. Built on seven hills, some of Lisbon’s streets are too steep for cars, but visitors can and should take in panoramic views of the city by traveling to the top via elevators or funicular.
Azores Express/SATA has connected New England with the Azores and mainland Portugal for more than 25 years. Today it offers direct flights on wide-body A310 aircraft to São Miguel, the main island in the Azores archipelago. Connecting flights from São Miguel to Lisbon and/or the island of Madeira are available. The carrier is part of the SATA Group. For more information and reservations, contact Azores Express at 800-762-9995, www.sata.pt.
Saturday, 24 September 2011 00:00Collette tours released its tour itineraries for the 2012-2013 season with exciting new deals for singles, couples, or families interested in traveling to Portugal. In addition, Collette is offering Early Booking Savings of up to $500 per couple on new 2012 tours. The Best of Portugal includes the beautiful island of Sao Miguel, Azores, located in the heart of the Atlantic, as well as the island of Madeira. The tour, “Discover Portugal’s Treasures”, provides Collette passengers with ten overnight stays in the luxurious Pousadas lodging in restored historic buildings throughout Portugal. Each tour includes the services of a professional tour manager throughout the journey in addition to expert local guides and an industry-leading cancellation waiver that allows passengers to cancel any time prior to the day of departure and receive a full cash refund. Collette Vacations is also the only major US travel tour operator that offers the benefit of complimentary roundtrip home to airport sedan service on all air-inclusive tours, enabling travelers to begin their vacation at home, all included in the published air-inclusive tour price (gratuities included).
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