Summer deal to Portugal : New Summer Escapes to the Azores

Azores-Express/SATA has announced its first every summer air and hotels packages to the Azores from Boston. They include 6-night deals in three hotels in Ponta Delgada, the main city on the island of São Miguel. The Azores Express 7-day/6-night air and hotel packages cost $1,179 to $1,220 per person (before tax) for travel from June 17, 2009 through September 14, 2009, depending upon choice of hotel. To book travel call 800-762-9995 or visit www.sata.pt for more details.

All packages depart from Boston, include roundtrip air, six nights lodging and breakfast and passengers can upgrade from coach to SATA Plus Business-Class just a few hundred dollars each way. Kids under 6 stay free, and pay only a child’s airfare.

Passengers can pick for one of three hotels in Ponta Delgada:

In the center of Ponta Delgada, the historic Hotel Talisman has 53 rooms and 5 suites, all with air conditioning, satellite television, mini-bar and telephone. The recently renovated hotel has an on-site restaurant, bar and an esplanade. $1,220 per person, plus taxes
Website: hoteltalisman.com.

The modern VIP Executive Azores is a 4-star hotel, with 229 rooms, including 18 suites. It also has two restaurants, a bar, a disco, health club, solarium and an indoor pool. A cyber café will open this summer. $1,179 per person, plus taxes
Website: viphotels.com

The elegant Hotel do Colégio is a 4-star hotel in Ponta Delgada, located in a restored 19th century building. The on-site restaurant, A Colmeia, is considered one of the best in the Azores. $1,199 per person, plus taxes
Website: hoteldocolegio.com/pt

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. In season, Azores Express offers direct flights to Lisbon from Boston. For information call 800-762-9995 or visit www.sata.pt.

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