Magic world of the Azores
Hot springs, black beaches & exotic flowers.
- 8 Days / 7 Nights
- Guided group tour
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.
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.
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.
Round trip Lagoa do Fogo
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.
Round trip Sete Cidades
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”.
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.
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.
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")
- 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
- 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.
- 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
Terra Nostra Garden Hotel
The hotel is located in-between the same-named caldera and accommodates the well-known, hot brimstone springs.
Hotel Marina Atlantico
This modern hotel is situated directly at the sea, at the marina of the island’s capital.
Hotel Vista do Vale
Simple and comfortable country style hotel in a nice panoramic scenery with view over the green town of Furnas.
Hotel Do Colégio
The elegant renovated hotel is situated in the capital of the island in a former school building from the 19th century.