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, a saving of 37%, with this deal from Sunvil Discovery.
The offer covers flights and seven nights' B&B at the Hotel Vila Nova in Ponta Delgada on the island of São Miguel, with accommodation in a Standard Double/Twin Room. The hotel is close to the Praça 5 de Outubro, a popular meeting place for locals, and 500m from the 18th-century city gates.
Alternatively, stay at the Hotel Sao Miguel Park (in Ponta Delgada), close to the island's Botanical Gardens and 15 minutes' walk from the marina. Click here for a list of exact dates and prices.
Flights depart from London Gatwick on 15, 22, 29 June; 5, 12, 19 October and include an in-flight hot meal, return transfers and a 20kg checked luggage allowance**. For an extra £20 per person, travel on 6, 13, 20 July; 7, 14, 21, 28 September. From an extra £120 per person, travel on 27 July; 3, 10, 17 August.
The Azores is a group of nine Portuguese islands in the Atlantic. 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.
Not available: on 22 June; 5 October at Hotel Vila Nova. Hotel Sao Miguel Park is no longer available 5 October.