Adventure to the Azores with Stephen Kirsch

Azores, Portugal

Pb
26 reviews
Oct 2 - 7, 2022
Group size: 10 - 30
Adventure to the Azores with Stephen Kirsch
Azores, Portugal

26 reviews

€NaN
Oct 2 - 7, 2022
Group size: 10 - 30

About this trip

Join Stephen Kirsch for 5 nights / 6 days of yoga, wellness, and exploration in the Azores, Portugal.


The Azores are a volcanic land, full of natural, raw beauty, a temperate climate and outdoor activities. Truly an adventure lover's paradise, and just under 5 hours from Boston, these islands are known as the "Hawaii of the mid-atlantic" and are not to be missed! 


We will be staying on the "Green Island" of Sao Miguel, home to vibrant blue volcanic lakes, black sand beaches, lush natural preserves, and panoramic cliffs. Our days will include hikes to some of the most stunning vistas on the island, soaks in natural volcanic hot springs, and cultural exploration of neighboring villages and cities. 


Daily yoga classes will be offered by Stephen, and there will also be plenty of time for relaxation amongst the quiet grounds of our 5-star resort. All meals (with the exception of 2 lunches) are included, and will be nourishing, fresh, and delicious, so that you can get a true taste of Azorean fare. 


Since we are within 120 days of trip departure, payment is due in full. However, if you'd like to inquire about payment plan options, please email info@solseedretreats.com prior to registering. 

What’s included

*5 Nights / 6 Days lodging at Senhora da Rosa 

*Breakfast & Dinner Daily (Arrival day no breakfast, departure day no lunch or dinner)

*Lunch on Arrival Day, and Picnic Lunch on Excursion Days (no lunch on free days)

*Early Check-in on the morning of your arrival to the resort

*Two group excursions which will include a combination of: hiking, volcanic hot springs, cultural town visits, including all guides and transportation

*Daily Yoga classes with Stephen

*Roundtrip airport transfers from Ponta Delgada Airport (PDL) to the resort and back (about a 15 minute ride each way)

Not included

*Airfare to Ponta Delgada (PDL). We fly SATA (Azores). See FLIGHT PARAMETERS below.

*Alcoholic beverages

*Additional excursions or cab rides 

*Massages & Spa Services (can be booked directly at the resort)

*Required Travel Insurance

Cancellation & Refund Policy

All retreats include a €500 non-refundable / non-transferable deposit, which is required to hold your spot on the trip. Any balance payments made are also non-refundable / non-transferable. SolSeed Retreats can only make an exception to these terms if:

  1. The host government forbids us to visit as tourists.
  2. The host government forbids our vendors from hosting us as tourists.
  3. The US government forbids us to travel to the host country as tourists.

If SolSeed must further postpone or cancel the trip for any of the above reasons, all registrants will receive a refund of all deposits paid less Euro 200.


If you refuse to comply with the entry laws of the host country, region, town, etc; SolSeed will not consider this a valid reason for receiving any refund. SolSeed will ensure to the best of their abilities that all registrants comply with all then current laws and regulations.

Passport & Covid-19 Entry Requirements

You must have a valid passport to travel to the Azores. Please check your passport expiration date and make sure it is valid for at least 3 months after the end date of your retreat. 


SolSeed is uncertain exactly what the VISA and Immunization requirements may be at the time of your retreat. 


Since April 1, 2021, in the autonomous region of the Azores, US Tourists have been allowed to visit by presenting a negative PCR SARS-CoV-2 test taken 72 hours prior to departure, OR a Rapid Antigen Test taken 24 hours prior to departure. 


See more detailed info here: https://www.azoresairlines.pt/en/mandatory-procedures-for-entry-to-destinations#raa


Registrants are personally responsible for complying to local laws, at their own expense. Such expenses may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Proving adequate vaccination status
  2. Providing a negative PCR test(s)
  3. Showing proof of travel insurance

Trip Insurance

The purchase of travel insurance is required for this trip. 


Most policies protect you against potential trip delays or cancellations due to airline issues, family emergencies, illness, injury, etc. The travel insurance will also demonstrate to the host country that you are able to pay for any emergency services which may be necessary during your stay.


SolSeed is not authorized to sell travel insurance. Any offer to purchase travel insurance that you encounter during the checkout process are third party offers. You are free to select your own policy provider. If you would like to review options in a convenient online marketplace, we like what www.insuremytrip.com has put together. We have also had great experience with Trawick International and their customer service, and heard very good things from AAA Members who have purchased their travel insurance through AAA. 


We strongly encourage you to speak with a travel insurance agent to discuss your specific coverage needs, and to clear up any questions you may have relative to travel insurance coverage, including questions about COVID-19. Please make sure you purchase a plan that includes coverage for COVID-19 related trip cancellations and trip interruptions. 

Flight Parameters

Departure City: Boston (BOS) 

Arrival City: Ponta Delgada (PDL)


Retreat departure date: Saturday, October 1st

Yes, this is correct - the flight is a red-eye so you leave Saturday night and arrive in the Azores early on the morning of Sunday, October 2nd the start date of your retreat.


Retreat return date: Friday, October 7th

Select these flight options, unless you are spending more time on the island:  

S4224 - 21:15 departure from BOS on 10/1, arriving in PDL at 06:10 on 10/2

S4281 - 18:00 departure from PDL, arriving in BOS at 19:50 on 10/7


If you book flights outside of these parameters, you will be responsible for paying for your own transfer (budget about 20 Euro for this each way), but we can still help to coordinate it for you.


If you are flying from a city other than Boston, we recommend connecting via Boston on this direct flight, and allowing a minimum of 2.5 - 3 hours connection time between your flights.


Once you have secured your flights, please forward your flight confirmation email itinerary to ian@solseedretreats.com.

Available Packages

Double Occupancy Bedroom
only 2 left

This lovely double occupancy room is ideal for two friends, a couple, or the solo traveler desiring to be paired up with a like-minded roommate. It can be configured with one queen bed OR two twin beds, and has a private bath.


Please indicate your roommates' name upon sign-up (if applicable) and whether you'd like one queen bed or two twin beds.

€2,199
Single Occupancy Bedroom
only 3 left

This lovely single occupancy room is ideal for the solo traveler seeking a bit more privacy. It is configured with one queen bed and has a private bathroom. 




€2,599
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SolSeed Retreats offers adventure and wellness retreats to exotic, off-the-beaten-path locations like: Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Guatemala, Panama and Colombia. We aim to build community and broaden our perspectives through experiential travel. We believe whole heartedly that traveling changes lives. Take the leap and join us on your next adventure abroad! For more info, visit www.solseedretreats.com. All offers of travel are not valid to residents of Washington, Iowa, Hawaii and Florida.

Reviews

The location was amazing, the island is magnificent and the hotel very intimate. The foos was very good but not enough choice, not enough quantity. Snacks would have been very welcome for a yoga retreat. The activities were very cool and the staff very friendly We had to insist to have breakfast prepared for us who were leaving before noon on the last day while it was included in the price, this is a pity. One of the two restaurants out of the resort was a poor choice. Overall the experience was wonderful thanks to our yoga teacher Cathy and to the other people here!
By Emilie K for Adventure to the Azores with Cathy Madeo on 07 Jun, 2022
I did have an amazing time. Cathy is obviously amazing! The food was fine- breakfast was probably the best meal. Dinner was okay- did not love the options and how we had to choose our meals a head of time. Service could have been much better. I felt like we were constantly inconveniencing the wait staff. They were not friendly at all- never greeted with smiles, or good morning, good afternoon, etc. They were not helpful at all. The grounds of the resort and our villas were beautiful and very comfortable. The excursions were also okay- would have loved more options other than 2 hikes and 2 hot springs. Overall it was a nice trip with a great group.
By Amanda B for Adventure to the Azores with Cathy Madeo on 05 Jun, 2022
Had the most amazing time on the retreat with Cat, who led a soulful and joyful experience. The beauty of the Azores was the icing on the cake. Made new connections that are bound to last. Highly recommend!!!
By Genie G for Adventure to the Azores with Cat on 03 Jun, 2022
I had a fabulous time! the hotel was a beautiful Eco lodge hotel on the ocean. the accommodations were wonderful. it was super comfortable and the food & the service at the hotel was excellent. the events were fabulous and well planned. the hot springs and the hikes were great. the only thing that could have been better was trying to organize our 'free day' plan. I felt there was very little support around that and the hotel front desk didnt have the ability to make it happen. I wanted to plan a kayaking trip for one of the free days and even rounded up 11 people and in the end the hotel couldn't make it happen. the agreed upon time was changed at the last minute and it didn't coincide with others people's plans. I spend one evening all through dinner trying to organize the trip only to have it fall through. other than that, the excursions were planned so well and the lunches by Maria catering were delicious. thank you Sol Retreats! I would definitely attend one of your reties again.
By Nicole G for Adventure to the Azores with Cathy Madeo on 02 Jun, 2022
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The hotel was in an excellent location on the island, all the excursions were well planned, and the group was so much fun! Cathy Madeo is an excellent teacher and I would recommend this particular location and Solseed to others! Tina was really great too and it was wonderful to have someone from the US at the resort assisting us. The farm to table meal was fantastic! Thank you for making this possible!
By Carol R for Adventure to the Azores with Cathy Madeo on 30 May, 2022
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