Azores Connections
Azores Connections
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Personalized Tours, Activities and Cruise Ship Excursions to suit you and your budget. Tell us what will make your holiday and we will make it happen. We specialize in bespoke vacations and private tours that take YOU where YOU want to go and organize the activities YOU want to go on. Your perfect trip is just a message away.
Ribeira Grande, Portugal
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2023

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Kimberly E
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Andy really exceeded our group's expectations with the planning and execution of our private tour.
First, he planned out an itinerary that worked for a group ranging in age from 6 to almost 60. This was accomplished with only a broad list of things that we saw online, and a list of our interests. We were all happy with his original plan, and moved forward with that.
Then, COVID times hit and Andy gallantly rescheduled our itinerary three times due to flight/arrival changes. From our end, it looked easy, but I am sure coordinating multiple vendors for schedule changes was no easy feat. He did all this with a "no worries" attitude.
Everything after arrival went smoothly, all vendors picked us up as scheduled, all activities were well organized. We even spent two days with Andy as our guide. He was quite informative, allowing us flexibility in our schedule, answering all our questions, and providing much information on the island. He was also quickly available during our stay for all questions.
Activities planned included: gin tasting, canyoning, scuba diving, snorkeling with dolphins, hot springs visits, tea plantation visit, lunches, kayaking, horseback riding, and visits to see natural beauty.
All in all, I will recommend Andy to everyone. Top notch service.
Written May 20, 2021
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Petalumakid
Petaluma1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Four of us were in Ponta Delgada in June. Andy, from Azores Connections was our driver/tour guide for 3 full days.Our first day, Andy took us to a volcanic hot springs where we took a dip. We saw several waterfalls and then to a tea plantation. We had lunch overlooking the ocean at a sweet restaurant. The sites were stunning as there are Hydrangeas and Agapanthus growing wild everywhere.The second day Andy took us to Sete Cidades(Seven Cities), stopping along the way. We saw one of the 7 wonders 0f Portugal, a volcanic complex, which included blue and green lakes, one of the most visited locations of the Azores.We had a great lunch on the banks of the blue lake, which was quite delightful. The third day we were off to explore the volcanic region of Furnas in the center park of Sao Miguel Island.We took a walk around Furnas Lake and ended up at the bubbling fumaroles which are used to cook meat and vegetable stew. Then off to Terra Nostradamus Gardens and Hot Springs where we took a dip in the volcanically heated pool of minerals, mostly iron. Then off to Tony's where we ate our stew that had been cooked underground for 6 to 8 hours. It was amazing.They call the stew Cozido. I tell you all of this in this review, but can't express the credit that goes to Andy our guide. All of this was experienced with Andy's superb knowledge and expertise of the island and region. His detailed narrative of each and every place we stopped left you knowing exactly where you were and what you had seen. He didn't leave anything to wonder, every word was backed by his love for the island that he has lived on for 8 years, where he has learned the language of the Portuguese fluently.We all walked away with a strong sense and knowledge of the Portuguese people, their love for their island and all its many resources. We loved our Sao Miguel experience. We loved Andy as our tour guide and everything he did for us to give us the ultimate experience. We recommend Azores Connections highly. We will be back Andy. Thank you for all you gave us.
Written July 16, 2022
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Wow, what can I say... You ladies were amazing; and it was an absolute pleasure to have your company and to show you around our lovely island. When you decide to return, we'll be here to meet you! Warmest Regards, Andy
Written August 21, 2022
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Ness321
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Our trip to the Azores was fantastic!!! The islands are absolutely beautiful, and the people are very friendly.
Andy at Azores Connections organised our entire week in The Azores, booking the hotel and transfers from the airport & fun-filled activities for every day. He even hosted us for two of our day trips. He provided a comprehensive online itinerary of everything that we were doing, where to go and when and it all ran like clockwork.
We went whale watching, swimming with dolphins, quad biking, half day canyoning, full day Sete Cidades tour and half day Lagoa do Fogo tour (both with Andy), and Furnas tour with canoeing and hot springs and lunch cooked by volcano. Every tour lived up to expectations, although the quad biking was more on road than I was expecting. Andy really knows his stuff and tours with him were relaxed and informative, and his enthusiasm from the islands really comes across. His chosen partners for our other trips were also great and my personal highlight was seeing a curious Sei whale up close.
If you do go quad biking, or swimming in the hot springs at the botanical garden on the Furnas tour, wear old clothes/old swimming costume. The iron oxide in the dust/water is an absolute pain to remove. Eventually got most of it out with white vinegar and lemon juice, but it took ages.
Written August 22, 2022
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What a lovely review, thank you. It was our pleasure to put your complete Azores itinerary together, to show you around and to get to meet you and your family. We look forward to welcoming you all back in the future. Warmest Regards, Andy
Written August 23, 2022
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Nicole V
Philadelphia, PA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Andy and his team provided one of the best custom tours I’ve ever been on - my family did two full days of sightseeing around Sao Miguel. Andy’s local and historical knowledge of the island made it educational. And, most important, his knowledge of the weather and best time to hit different spots, so you get a clear view without a thousand other tourists, made the experience worthy of 10 stars. He and his team were prompt with communication around booking. His car was immaculate. He listened to our interests and gave us an experience that considered our feedback and wishes. You will not be disappointed if you book with this company.
Written October 20, 2022
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Wow, thank you so much Nicole, your review meant the world to us. We always like to leave our guests with big smiles and happy memories of their time with us.
Written April 22, 2023
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Camper12180987041
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Laura and Andy planned our honeymoon - entirely customised to our specifications with their own touch and experience of hidden (most importantly non touristy) gems of the islands (Sao Miguel, Pico, Terciera and Faial). We were due to travel in 2020 but covid had different plans for us. We finally managed to do our Azores dream trip in August 2023. It feels we knew Laura and Andy the longest as they never stopped interacting with us despite the trip getting pushed every year. The trip was very well planned - every day/ every halves/ every island. The activities/ things to do and see never felt overlapped - they were always completing and it all felt like a one seamless movie story!! Andy is a great story teller when it comes to sharing life experiences and travel adventures. Our guides at each islands seemed handpicked by Andy and Laura based on what we intended to experience in those islands. I loved their idea of putting customer experience and preference first and top priority and not pushing hard on the pre packaged deals. Andy’s attention to detail and planning skills are fantastic. Loved Laura’s response time as she was the one doing the heavy lifting with and for us in the planning stage and until we reached Sao Miguel to meet Andy.

All in all we would love to go back to Azores and see the balance islands with Andy and Laura.
Written September 24, 2023
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jtelch
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Azores connections made our vacation so wonderful. My wife and I asked Andy to plan us an action packed active trip for 2 weeks with some time carved out for rest and relaxation at the end. Azores connections went absolutely above and beyond! There is no way we could have made this trip possible without his connections, planning and suggestions. Every tour was outstanding and his organization of our climb of Mt Pico and whale/dolphin watching have left us with memories to last a lifetime. Look nowhere else, these guys are amazing!
Written May 30, 2022
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Thank you so much Jon! We're so happy that your Multi Island Azores Vacation was such a fun adventure. It was an absolute pleasure to tailor your trip and to personally show you around our Island. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Azores Archipelago in the future.
Written June 1, 2022
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Shreyasi1905
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We had started planning our honeymoon trip to Azores in 2020 and finally made it there in 2023 due to covid. So we have been in touch Andy and Laura for more than 3 years now, and it has been an absolute pleasure. Our trip was curated keeping in mind our preferences and without any activity overlap in all islands of Terciera, Saõ Miguel, Pico and Faial. The selection of operators, guides, hotels and activities was more perfect than we’d imagined. We came back with a bag full of memories of a lifetime and with our favourite kind of travel stories. If you are lucky enough to travel to the breathtakingly beautiful Azores, we would recommend you book with them without a doubt. Pro tip- if you get a chance to spend time with Andy- he is a treasure of amazing experiences and stories to share along with educating you about the history of Azores. As travel buffs, we loved our trip was planned and executed :)
Written September 24, 2023
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Hi Shreyasi, Thank you so much for your lovely review. It was our pleasure to have put it all together for you and to have met you both personally. Come back and see us again. Best Regards, Andy
Written September 29, 2023
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Jana P
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We LOVED working with Andy and Azores connections. We reached out to Andy for help planning our 2-week honeymoon and he created the perfect itinerary, filled with adventure, relaxation, and beauty. And to our pleasant surprise, while on Sao Miguel, Andy himself was our amazing tour guide!

This was a 10/10 experience, carefully crafted by Andy. From the small details to the big, we felt taken care of by Azores Connections.
Written September 5, 2022
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What a lovely review! We always enjoy taking our time planning tailored vacation package, and always with your preferences in mind. They are arranged to give you the ultimate Azores experience, while also providing ample time for relaxation and rejuvenation. So with that in mind, it's wonderful that you have written such a awesome things about us. Thank you so much!
Written April 22, 2023
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413mark838
Wichita, KS1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Everything about our full day tour in Ponta Delgada was perfect. We say everything we were supposed to see and more. The countryside, the many volcano steam vents, neighborhoods, downtown, lunch at Tony's, including our lunch being cooked in one of the steam vents, a relaxing hour in the mineral pool, a tour of the Tea Plantation and especially time with Andy, who has to be the best tour guide on the island. Again, everything went wonderfully.
Written April 29, 2023
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Robert C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Andy was a wealth of knowledge on our tour. We felt it was perfectly paced. He gauged our interests and personalities quickly and tailored the experience accordingly. We’ve already booked another custom tour with him as we enjoyed this one so much. Top notch experience. The Azores are breathtaking.
Written August 3, 2022
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Hi Robert, thank you so much for leaving us a great 5 star review. We take customer service and satisfaction very seriously and will always try to go that extra mile to give those extra memories to our guest that will stay with them for a lifetime. You will always be welcomed back here again. Kind Regards, Andy
Written August 21, 2022
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