27 Jan THE AZORES – TWO ISLANDS IN 8 DAYS
Explore the Azorian Islands of São Miguel & Terceira.
Mother Nature has created a land full of natural beauty, ready to be explored, in the blue immensity of the Atlantic Ocean: the Azores.
São Miguel, the largest island, is seductive with its Sete Cidades and Fogo Lagoons. The power that emanates from the earth is felt in the geysers, hot thermal waters and volcanic lakes, as well as in the tasty “Cozido das Furnas” slowly cooked inside the earth.
On Terceira, the World Heritage town of Angra do Heroísmo, as well as its festivals, is steeped in history.
1st Day – Ponta Delgada, São Miguel
Transfer from airport to the hotel, check-in formalities.
2nd Day – Ponta Delgada, São Miguel
Full Day Whale Watching & 4 x 4 Safari to Sete Cidades
You will have the opportunity to watch some of the 25 cetacean species that can be found in the Azores. Although nature offers no guarantees, whales and dolphins are regularly seen during our tours, along with turtles, seabirds and other marine life. Before the boat trip one of our biologists give you a briefing to explain which cetacean species can be observed, safety measures aboard, how we respect the animals and rules of observation at sea as well as some historical facts.
During the tour each passenger is required to wear a life vest (except on our catamaran). We can also provide rain coats and trousers if necessary. After this amazing morning enjoy lunch is in a local restaurant.
Depart on our 4 x 4 tour that will take you around the rim of the caldera (crater) of Sete Cidades. You will have an awesome view over the green and the blue lakes. After leaving Sete Cidades we stop off in Ferraria where, if the tide is low, you have the possibility to bathe in a natural swimming pool that is heated by an underwater thermal spring.
3rd Day – São Miguel
Short Full Day Walking Tour Lagoa do Fogo ( Fire Lagoon )
This walk takes us to one of the most beautiful lakes of the island and to all its surrounding area. A very complete hike that passes through a big variety of native and endemic vegetation. The lake occupies the bottom of a collapsed caldera (crater) , and when we arrive there you have the possibility to go for a quick swim before or after a picnic lunch.
This hike is considered medium level – in the morning, on the way to the lake, the trail goes mostly uphill (for about 2 hours). After lunch the trail is mostly downhill, and we must be more careful to avoid slipping.
This hike is not recommended for people with knee/joint problems. Please let us know if you have any of these conditions.
Bring: comfortable light clothes, sweater, raincoat, walking boots or shoes, hat, sunblock, backpack, swimming suit and towel (summer time) and water.
4th Day – Ponta Delgada, São Miguel
Full Day Canyoning Nordeste with lunch
Located in the eastern-most part of the island, Nordeste is known as the most beautiful region on the island and it has already been considered to be the most flower-rich region in Europe. On this very exciting day we will begin with our Canyoning activity in Ribeira dos Caldeirões Park. We will jump, slide and abseil in a 100% natural environment, descending along the stream that flows from the mountain, completely surrounded by endemic forest. In the afternoon, after lunch, we will continue our trip to the Priolo Environmental Centre to visit the interactive exhibition that provides the visitor very interesting facts about the area of Serra da Tronqueira, its fauna and flora, and more specifically about the Priolo bird (Azores Bullfinch / Pyrrhula murina) which is endemic to São Miguel Island. After this visit we will we stop at the centre of Povoação village where you can taste the typical pastry “Fofas da Povoação”. We will then continue up to Salto do Cavalo’s viewpoint that boasts astonishing and wide views over Povoação, the first place to be settled in the island, and the coast that extends beyond it. Return to Ponta Delgada.
Bring: comfortable clothes and shoes, sweater, raincoat, bathing suit and towel, hat, sunblock, backpack, water and hair band (if applicable).
5th Day – São Miguel/Terceira
Transfer from the hotel to the airport. Arrival at Terceira airport and transfer to the hotel, check-in formalities. Remaining of the day at leisure.
6th Day – Angra do Heroísmo, Terceira
Full Day Biking & Hiking Tour in the steps of Charles Darwin with a picnic lunch.
Charles Darwin visited the Azores on the way back from the Galapagos Islands and docked its famous Beagle in the bay of ‘Angra do Heroismo’. He made some forays on the island and wrote about some aspects of it. Come with us to revisit by bike the same places that Darwin passed through on foot or on horseback and discover some hidden curiosities that still exist today. A full-day activity that goes through ‘Praia da Vitória’ and stops for a relaxed swim in the sea at the sandy beach.
7th Day – Angra do Heroísmo, Terceira
Half Day Hiking Biscoitos
The trail begins on the north coast, in the village of Biscoitos and is a trail rich in landscapes and culture, allowing the understanding of the rural dynamics that lie there within. The different tracks experienced during the walk are associated to all the different senses such as smells, sounds and colours. Come and discover hidden secrets, feel the tranquillity of the pastures of the north coast of Terceira Island. Get to know the vineyard area of Biscoitos and feel the warmth between the stone walls, the result of the year-long hard work to produce one of the best wines in the Azores, the ‘Verdelho’.
Sunset Picnic: As the sun approaches the horizon, the colours of green and blue of the landscape merge in a golden hue. Moments of quietness seem to prevail, leaving only the sounds of nature like the ones coming from Cory’s Shearwater and the ocean, we invite you for a walk amongst the woods, pastures and amazing sightseeing spots. Facing west, waiting to see the so desired ‘green-ray’, this is also the time to enjoy a tasty picnic with regional products that we have prepared just for you.
8th Day – Terceira
Check-out and transfer from hotel to airport.
Minimum 8 and maximum 15 persons
Other capacities on request with changes in the programme.
(Subject to confirmation according with the final dates)
Boutique hotels exist in São Miguel. On the other islands we will use smaller hotels that are not officially considered boutique but correspond to that concept.