Adventure to the Azores with Susannah Van Der Wende

Azores, Portugal

Pb
19 reviews
Oct 9 - 14, 2022
Group size: 10 - 20
Adventure to the Azores with Susannah Van Der Wende
Azores, Portugal

19 reviews

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Oct 9 - 14, 2022
Group size: 10 - 20

About this trip

Join Susannah Van Der Wende for 5 nights / 6 days of yoga, wellness, and time to connect back to nature in the Azores, Portugal.


The Azores are a volcanic land, full of natural, raw beauty, a temperate climate and outdoor activities. Truly an adventure lovers 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 hot springs, and exploration of neighboring towns and beaches.  


Daily yoga classes will be offered by Susannah, 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. 


A €500 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot on this retreat. The balance is due 120 days prior to departure, but we can certainly be flexible with this and can set up a payment plan for you if needed. Please email info@solseedretreats.com to inquire about payment plan options. 

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 hiking & hot springs excursions, including all guides and transportation

*Daily Yoga programming with Susannah

*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) Air direct from Boston. 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. However, due to the ever evolving nature of international travel requirements, and for the safely of our groups and vendors, we are requiring COVID-19 vaccination for this retreat (2 shots of Pfizer or Moderna, or 1 shot of J&J).


As of April 1, 2021, in the autonomous region of the Azores, US Tourists have been allowed to visit by presenting a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test taken within the previous 72 hours. This website contains the most up to date information directly from the Azores government agencies: https://www.visitazores.com/en/trip-info


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

FLIGHT PARAMETERS

We recommend booking flights directly through Azores Air, the airline that flies from Boston to the Azores. 


Departure City: Boston (BOS) 

Arrival City: Ponta Delgada (PDL) 

Retreat departure date: Saturday, October 8th

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 9th, the start date of your retreat.


Retreat return date: Friday, October 14th

Select this flight option -

S4224 - 21:15 departure from BOS on 10/8, arriving in PDL at 06:10 on 10/9

S4281 - 18:00 departure from PDL, arriving in BOS at 19:50 on 10/14


If you book flights outside of these parameters, you may be responsible for paying for your own transfer (budget about 20 Euro for this each way).

Available Packages

Double Occupancy Bedroom
only 3 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.

€2,499
Deposit: €500
Single Occupancy Bedroom
only 1 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. 




€2,999
Deposit: €500
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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

IW
I had a wonderful time. Great food, good company, and many thanks to Solseed for planning the excursions and to 3BY for reviving my love for Yoga. My first time doing a retreat far exceeded my expectations. See you On the trails next time! 🧘‍♀️⛰🥾
By Irene W for Adventure to the Azores with 3 Bridges Yoga on 17 May, 2022
My week to the Azores overall was terrific. I do have some thoughts: I would've liked only one free day to do what we wanted on our own versus two. The retreat was really only four full days and I felt overwhelmed to have to make decisions about where to go and what to do with so few days to see the island as it was. I expected it to be done for me, having signed up to go to a place I knew very little about. One day gives us an opportunity to lay low, or explore, or whatever, but two was one too many. Also, I think a short excursion on the arrival day would've been nice, since we arrived so early. Tea plantation? Trip into Ribeira Grande to walk around, find grocery/bank/shops and get essentials for the stay? I felt it was sort of wasted time and it would've been a great opportunity to get our bearings. Not sure Tina is an asset to SolSeed. She is quirky, which in itself isn't bad, but she made bizarre comments about things that I felt were not appropriate in her position. While at the restaurant that first night out at her friend's place she told us all "everyone told me not to go here but this woman is so wonderful", ouch. Also, couldn't she have called before we arrived to help her friend get ahead on the cooking? That was a long dinner. Too long, and I felt we were a burden on that poor woman, as much as she wanted our business. Seems like it was personal to Tina, not necessarily in our best interest, though. She also made such a big fuss about eating fish whole, and animal bones, and her distaste for any bones in any of her food, and then at the farm to table restaurant (which was by far the best evening!) she proceeded to talk about her sex life in more detail than proper- yikes! She tried to discourage us from going to the Terra Nostra gardens on our free day because she said we would want hours in the hot springs and we wouldn't have enough time, which was just wrong as we went anyway and had a ball. I told her I was staying through the weekend, and how do I get to Pico? Instead of encouraging me she flat out told me the weather was too iffy and travel between the islands was difficult. Perhaps that's true during the winter months but the next few days were just fine and I wished I had just gone. I'm sure there are plenty of good things about Tina but I just never felt helped by her. Sorry, but this is my honest feedback about the trip. Because I booked myself extra time on the island after the retreat ended I was able to go to Lagoa do Congro (amazing) and Nordeste. I highly recommend scheduling these places as an additional day trip for the retreat since they really were spectacular. I would've been sad not to see those two had I heard later on how beautiful they are. I loved the hotel where we stayed in Santa Barbara, and the yoga Steph and Katie taught was perfect. Along with Paolu and Gary and all the drivers the day trips and hikes were fabulous, at Furnas and Sete Cidades, with all the information Paolu had to give. Maria's lunches were spot-on delicious. Hang onto to her, she's a huge asset! Both Kristen and Ian are very enthusiastic and I enjoyed their company when they could join us. All in all this retreat got me to one of my bucket list places, and it really was a marvelous trip. I met fun people and came home rested and feeling strong. More hiking!!! Regards, Jules Grant
By Jules G for Adventure to the Azores with 3 Bridges Yoga on 16 May, 2022
This trip was an A+++. The hotel was beautiful, in a great location - can walk to town or beach, or take a quick cab ride. The staff was professional, considerate, friendly. Everything was so luxurious. The food at the hotel was superb. The spa and the grounds - beautiful, clean, peaceful. This review probably does not seem real - but it is. It was a magical trip. The planned excursions were very well organized. The drivers and guides - wonderful, friendly, helpful, eager to share their knowledge. And the drivers were so skilled! Driving in the Azores is no joke! The dinners out were amazing. You all really did a great job making us feel pampered, showing us the amazing sights and tastes of the Azores. Oh- and the picnics from Maria. So Wonderful! We were just sad we could not have a cooking lesson at her house. Finally - Tina is a gem. She made it all run smoothly and it was a joy to get to know her.
By Margaret C for Adventure to the Azores with Brenna Matthews on 15 May, 2022
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This twice rescheduled trip from 2020 did not disappoint! The Azores are a very special place- spectacular views, great food and a great group of people. We had dinner together every night which I think really helped people to to know each other. I think the balance of activities and off-time was just right. We could explore in own and everyone got to do just what they wanted. Stephanie and Katie kept our practices fun and challenging! They have always been two of my favorite teachers so I was looking forward to get to know them better. Two super special women! It was so great to meet Kristin and Ian after two years! I would go on another one of their trips without hesitation! Tina kept everyone informed and took us to some really special places! I will miss Tina Time! Thank you!!! Maggie D-D
By Maggie D for Adventure to the Azores with 3 Bridges Yoga on 14 May, 2022
My first yoga retreat, and I can't imagine ever topping this experience. I knew the yoga practice would be great under Petra's leadership — as always, she skillfully planned classes for the range of experience of participants, and brought so many extra dimensions: a theme that carried through the whole week and related to the physical setting, a peaceful meditation before the morning practice, etc. I didn't know what to expect from the accommodations at Santa Barbara Eco-Beach resort, which were beautiful, comfortable, and quiet, surrounded by well-designed, low-key coastal landscaping. Felt like you were in nature yet pampered. Fabulous kitchen, could go on and on about the food. Nice staff (some a little short on English, and planning for massage appointments could have been better). Solseed personnel were always friendly and efficient, made sure we knew all Covid testing protocols. Our local rep unfortunately had to isolate for much of the week, but she was always there to deal with questions. The people contracted to lead hikes and cater picnics were terrific. And São Miguel island itself was a revelation: I was happy to experience and learn about this gorgeous and fascinating place; also happy to be there in a quiet season. Tourism pressure will no doubt grow but I hope they can deal with it and not lose the character of the place.
By Diana L for Adventure to the Azores with Petra Ledkovsky van Aarem on 09 May, 2022
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