Renowned for world-class whale watching, hot mineral springs, and sheltered black-sand beaches, it's little wonder that the Azores appear on Fodor's list of Places to Visit in 2013. These islands look as if they could be on the edge of the world, but they're actually less than four hours away and easily reachable for £399 per person with this deal from Sunvil Discovery. That's a saving of 30% and includes flights.
Stay seven nights at the Vila Nova Hotel in Ponta Delgada on the island of São Miguel, on a bed-and-breakfast basis in a Standard Double room (pictured). The hotel is close to the Praça 5 de Outubro, a popular meeting place for locals, and 500m from the 18th-century city gates.
Flights depart from London Gatwick on 30 March; 6, 13, 20 April; 11, 18 May; 5, 12, 19 October and include an in-flight hot meal, return transfers and a 20kg checked luggage allowance**.
The Azores is a group of nine Portuguese islands in the Atlantic, near Portugal and the US. Known for its traditional way of life, the archipelago is also a popular destination for walkers and nature enthusiasts -- bird- and-whale-watching trips are particular highlights.
Travelzoo tip: The hotel is 25-minutes from the whale- and dolphin-watching base. Add a 3-hour excursion for an extra £51 per person. Click here for more information.