- Cristo Rei
- Entrance fees
- Food and drinks
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel accommodation
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Meals as per Itinerary
- Speaking tour guide
Santa Maria – The outstanding conditions of Azores, combining climate with oceanic currents creates excelent conditions for diving with massive amounts of sealife. Here, Haliotis created another project, in the island of Santa Maria making the biggest local center.
Santa Maria spreads for 16,6 km long and 9,1 km wide, with an area of 97 km2, and 5 574 inhabitants. Santa Maria is part of the Oriental Group of the Azores Islands, together with São Miguel, wich stands 81 km away. Its highest peak, Pico Alto, reaches 587 m de altitude.
Around Santa Maria there are some 55 diving spots with caves, canyons, walls, reefs…. Again, oceanic big species are always a possibility even in the closer dives.
Faial – The exceptional conditions of the location of the Azores be it on the climate level or by the influence of ocean currents that provide unique diving conditions making it possible on the same dive observe several species of wildlife and underwater flora. This time Haliotis created another project a Dive Center in the Faial Island of the Azores, where you’ll find the largest Dive Center in Faial.
Underwater fauna is breathtaking. Large groups of manta rays, jackfish and tunas are common when diving in open waters. There also emblematic encounters with large grupers and constant the presence of moray eels, and you may see schools of colorful fishes. The Azores are undoubtedly one of the best places for diving in Europe. We have dive sites to suit all tastes and levels of experience, such as the iconic Princess Alice Bank, Bank of Condor and low Canal between Faial and Pico, among many others.
With arround 19,8 km in lenght e 14 km wide, the 173,43 Km2 of the Fail island area are pentagonly shaped. It is the third most inhabited island of the archipelago com 15.629 residents (2008 survey data). The Faial island is part of the central group of islands and it is the western vortice of the so called “Islands of the Triangle”, together with São Jorge and Pico islands beeing arround 3 nautical miles appart. The highest point in the island at 1043 meters is in Cobeço Gordo in Caldeira’s area with the following coordinates, 38°34’34’’ north latitude and 28°42’47’’ west longitude.
Day 01 : Venice-Assisi-Siena-Florence
Depending on the hotelu2019s location, you will either gather at a designated meeting point within the city center at 7:30 a.m. or prepare to be shuttled from the hotel between 6:45 and 7:15 in the morning. Leave via coach to Assisi, the birthplace of Saint Francis, the patron saint of animals. Assisi is an old city, kept safe in more dangerous times by a sturdy wall that still stands. During your stay here, you will stop by the Basilica of Saint Francis, home to masterful pieces of art by Giotto and Cimabue, both famous Renaissance painters. After the stop in Assisi, depart for Siena, a small Tuscan city built in medieval times. Siena is most famous for the Palio, a horserace organized in the famous Piazza del Campo. Following the conclusion of the Siena tour, head to Florence and sit down for a pleasant dinner before turning in for the night.
- Venice, Italy
- 9:00 to 21:00
Day 02 : Florence, Pisa
Begin the day with a buffet breakfast, then depart for a thorough exploration of Florence, a city of astounding beauty and culture. Florence was one of the focal points of the Renaissance movement, and as a result, it contains a wealth of historical artifacts from that time. The city is also loved for its variety of architecture, which spans several periods in history. During your time in Florence, you will see the beautiful green expanse of the Piazza del Duomo, the majestic Giottou2019s Bell Tower, standing 277u2019 tall, the Baptistery of St. John with its gold-adorned carved doors, the pristine marble accents of pink, green and white adorning the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and Santa Croce, a stunning Franciscan church built in the 13th century. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city on your own. You may wish to visit Michelangelou2019s famous statue of David at the Accademia Gallery or visit the Uffizi Gallery, one of the worldu2019s most important museums. Your tour leader can also suggest activities and other places to see. Perhaps you may wish to visit Pisa and its famous Leaning Tower.rnIn the evening, enjoy a delicious dinner and retire for the night.
- Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy
- 08h 30 - 20h-30
Day 03 : Florence-Padua-Venice
Start with a buffet breakfast before leaving for Venice via coach. During the trip to Venice, you will make a brief stop in Padua, site of the beautiful Cathedral of St. Anthony. Outside, the cathedral is protected by Donatellou2019s u201cGattamelata.u201d This stoic statue pays homage to Erasmo of Narni, a famous mercenary who fought for several Italian city states before the country was unified. After the stop in Padua, make your way to Venice and immediately embark on a comprehensive walking tour around the City of Bridges. Along the way, St. Marku2019s Square beholds the Basilica of St. Mark, where the architectural blending of the East and West meet splendidly. The Dogeu2019s Palace is a spectacular Gothic structure with a heavy Byzantine influence. The Bridge of Sighs was named so because it was the prisoneru2019s last view of Venice before being locked away. However, as is customary, the architecture is a sight to behold. After the days adventures, relax with a delicious dinner and before settling in for the night.rn
- Padua, Province of Padua, Italy
- 08h 30 - 20h-30
Day 04 : Venice
Begin the day with a buffet breakfast. In the morning, you will embark on a boat tour across the lagoon. You will get a chance to see the mesmerizing Venetian architecture as you depart and watch as the islands flow by. Your destination is the island of Murano, on which a small town of about 5,000 people lies. Some of the worldu2019s best glassblowers work their trade here, producing pieces that are coveted the world over. Murano is particularly known for its intricate lanterns and lamps. You will get to see some of this fine glass being made and will have some time to shop before heading back to Venice. Spend your afternoon strolling the tiny alleys and canals of the city on your own before sitting down for an intimate dinner at the hotel. After dinner, relax in your comfortable accommodations for the night.
- 08h 30 - 20h-30
Day 05 : Venice
Enjoy a final buffet breakfast before the tour concludes.rnEnd of our services.
- Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy
- 08h 30 - 10h-30