Hiking trail Miradouro Ponta do Sossego in the Northeast
Blooming flowers at Sete Cidades Vista do Rei
Hiking panorama Sao Jorge faja Caldeira sto Cristo
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Magic world of the Azores

Hot springs, black beaches & exotic flowers.

Nine islands, more than 1.000 km west of Europe are building the Azores archipelago, formed by volcanic erruptions. Be enchanted by amazing scenery with plants from all climate zones, steaming volcanic craters and gushing springs are offering a unique spectacle, wonderful beaches and picturesque lakes are inviting for a swim. On São Miguel, the main island of the Azores one can hike throughout the whole year. Due to its ample vegetation the island is also named “Ilha Verde” (green island). During this walking week diversity is awaiting you: lovely hilly landscape with deep meadows and fields, well-wooded mountains, impressing calderas with silent lakes and great coasts with picturesque villages and historic small towns. The capital Ponta Delgada with its beautiful old part of town, coloured in black and white is an additional highlight. The unique nature, the hospitality, and the silent savoir vivre of the Azores will enthrall you!

Moderate Walking

Moderate Walking
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Guided group tour
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Itinerary

Today you explore Faial da Terra in the Southeast of the island. On your way you visit Sanguinho, a traditional village, which is uninhabited since 1970. Exotic and abundant vegetation from five continents is accompanying you. During your walking tour you stop at waterfall “Salto do Prego”, where you can also take a bath.

approx. 2 hours
4 km
180 m
180 m

On your tour along the lake you experience how inhabitants use the high ground temperatures to cook traditional meals. Look forward to the botanical garden Terra Nostra, with its romantic lakes, winding paths, exotic flowers, ancient trees and thermal water pool. Finally you explore the most important fumarole field of the Azores, taste the mineral water and visit the tea plantation.

approx. 4 hours (1 hour in the botanical garden)
10 km
100 m
150 m

Today you have the option of either enjoying a day of rest or undertake a trip to the north-east. Characteristic for the north-east of the island are high mountains, rivers running thorugh valleys, peninsula, charming viewpoints and white houses dotted around in green pastures. Next stop is at Ponta do Sossego lookout and Pico Longo. Arrive in Povoação. In this village, situated in the most South Eastern part of the island, the first Portuguese navigators settled. Povoação Village offers a good example of Azorean urban style of 19th and 20th century. It is surrounded by 7 hills that afford excellent views. The tour continues and stops at Ribeira Quente, a typical fishing village with a curving stretch of sand that forms the tranquil and solitary Fogo Beach. Along the road to this village there are torrential ferrous waterfalls and luxuriant vegetation. In the afternoon to Ponta Delgada, where you spend the next four nights.

This walking tour leads you to the south of the island. You discover one part of the trail along “Levada”-tracks, where you explore diversified flora. At the highest point of the tour you reach the Fogo Lake, one of the most beautiful lakes of the Azores at 575 m above sea level. The lake is surrounded by indescribable beautiful landscape and is located at the foot of volcano Água de Pau.

approx. 4.5 hours
13 km
440 m
280 m

During this walk you explore the western part of the island with its full beauty and history. You start at the “Vista do Rei” lookout and end your tour at the Lake of Sete Cidades. Enjoy the fantastic panorama view onto the northern and western coast of the island, as well as the numerous exotic flowers. On your return journey you stop at lookout “Santiage Lake”.

approx. 2 hours
7 km
60 m
250 m

At the end of your week of walking you have the chance to experience a very special highlight! The crystal clear coastal waters of the Azores offer a unique habitat for numerous whale and dolphin species. With a bit of luck you get to observe these protected marine creatures. Alternatively you can choose a day of rleaxation at the sea and contemplate this memorable walking tour.

Tour character

For the walking tours with duration of up to 5 hours a good basic fitness level and in parts sure-footedness is required. Mainly the walking tours lead along quiet walking paths across the island. This guarantees that you can take many memorable impressions of the island São Miguel home with you.

Prices and events

All data for 2018 at a glance
Season 1
Apr 1, 2018 - May 31, 2018
Oct 1, 2018 - Oct 31, 2018
daily
Season 2
Jun 1, 2018 - Sep 30, 2018
daily
Magic world of the Azores 8 days, Cat A, PO-AZWFP-08A
Base price
Surcharge single room
Surcharge half board
Magic world of the Azores 8 days, Cat B, PO-AZWFP-08B
Base price
Surcharge single room
Surcharge half board
898,00
375,00
170,00
798,00
250,00
160,00
1035,00
475,00
170,00
885,00
335,00
160,00

You are accommodated in two different villages during your holiday: at the beginning you stay for three overnights in Furnas, and afterwards you stay four overnights in the capital city Ponta Delgada.

Category A: 4****-hotel Terra Nostra in Furnas and 4****-hotel Marina Atlantico in Ponta Delgada (s. "Accommodation")

Category B: Hotel Vista do Vale in Furnas and 4****-hotel Do Colégio in Ponta Delgada (s. "Accommodation")

Price
Surcharge garden-/sea view
Surcharge day tour Nordeste
Surcharge whale watching
125,00
130,00
50,00

Services and infos

  • 7 overnight stays in the selected category, breakfast included
  • If half-board: min. 3-course meal or buffet
  • Transfers according to the program
  • Transfers airport – first hotel – airport
  • Experienced walking guide speaking several languages
  • Carefully elaborated route description

Arrival/Departure

  • Airport Ponta Delgada. Organised transfer to the first hotel in Furnas and return transfer from Ponta Delgada to the airport at the end of the tour. Transfers included in the tour price.

Notes

  • Group size: min. 2 / max. 15 persons (performance guarantee)
  • Day tour Nordeste on Day 4, EUR 130 per person. Reservation required when booking the tour, payable in advance
  • Whale watching on Day 7, EUR 50 per person. Reservation required when booking the tour, payable in advance
  • Extra nights upon request

Accommodation

Florian Frisch
"I will help you with the planning of your holidays with advice and action"
Florian Frisch, Customer Service

Ratings

4.3 of 5 Stars (3 Ratings)
4 stars
Nigel Denney CH | 21.05.2017
Vulkanische Inseln im Atlantik
Die Azoren sind wunderschön zu wandern, allerdings sehr der Laune der Natur ausgesetzt. Es kann im Frühling jederzeit regnen, aber oft 10 Minuten später scheint die Sonne wieder. Vielmehr ein Problem sind die tiefhängenden Wolken, die die Hochebene abdecken können. Man muss also flexibel sein – das Programm sollte an die Wetterbedingungen angepasst werden. Die Menschen sind freundlich und das Essen schmackhaft, besonders wenn man Fisch und Meeresfrüchte mag. Es gibt zwei freie Tage, die ich empfehle zu nutzen. Walbeobachtung ist ein absolutes Highlight, wenn man sich für Tiere interessiert. Ich habe das Glück gehabt einige Zeit mit Finnwalen zu verbringen – einfach unvergesslich. Ein Ausflug nach „Nordeste“ ist auch empfehlenswert – dieser ist der wildeste Teil von Sao Miguel und man hat sehr schöne Ausblicke auf die Küste (wenn das Wetter mitspielt). Die Organisation von Eurohike hat ebenfalls bestens geklappt.
Florian Frisch
Florian Frisch answered:
Sehr geehrter Herr Denney, besten Dank für Ihr Reisefeedback! Die Azoren bieten wirklich allerhand - schön, dass Ihnen unser Programm gefallen hat. Unsere Reiseleitung vor Ort ist immer bemüht ein interessantes Programm je nach Wetterlage für unsere Wanderer anzubieten und den Wünschen unserer Gäste anzupassen. Wir freuen uns, dass Sie mit dem Service vor Ort zufrieden waren!
5 stars
Klaus Hammer DE | 12.05.2017
Wunderwelt Azoren!
Wir haben uns auf eine einzigartige Landschaft gefreut und wurden nicht enttäuscht! Die Betreuung vor Ort war spitze, der Guide nur für uns konnte sehr viele interessante Informationen vermitteln. Am besten noch ein paar Tage verlängern, wegen des langen Flugs...
4 stars
Rita Reimer DE | 21.04.2016
Abwechslungsreich mit ausreichend Freiraum
Von Transfers über die Reiseleitung, Pünktlichkeit, Feundlichkeit und Fachwissen war alles super. Auch als kleine Gruppe sehr entspannt, es war viel Raum für Alternativen und auch Zeit für selbständige Unternehmungen.

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