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Walking & Hiking Tour in Azores - São Miguel & Santa Maria

Duration 8 Days
dates Fixed
Type Guided
Lodging Comfort

Journey through wild nature, volcanoes and caves to discover a natural paradise in the heart of the Atlantic Ocean, where whales are a common sight. 
The Azores Islands are still an unspoilt and authentic tourist destination, ideal for those who love nature, silence, the ocean, forests, landscapes and infinite spaces. Views of green volcanic landscapes fade into the horizon; the wind ruffles your hair; dolphins leap into the ocean waves and rainbows glitter in the blue sky. It looks like a dream, a fairy-tale landscape. It is.

A journey in close contact with nature, with low environmental impact, totally immersed in the local island reality.  We'll explore two of the archipelago's nine islands: São Miguel (the largest) and Santa Maria, the oldest island, a paradise for trekking lovers.
An adventure trip, intense, full of fun activities and interesting attractions: trekking; whale and dolphin watching; tea and pineapple plantations; fumaroles (Furnas); natural springs and spas; waterfalls hidden in the thick forests; botanical parks, thermal baths; snorkelling; walks through breathtaking landscapes and enchanting sunsets.
A trip designed for a small group of up to 8 people, to share experiences, energy and thoughts with like-minded people who share the same passions. 

Daily Itinerary

Day 01
Flight to São Miguel
Arrival at the airport and private transfer to the accommodation in Ponta Delgada.
Free time to walk around in Ponta Delgada.
Briefing with the local guide in the hotel lobby, just before dinner. 
Free dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 02
Full day to discover the first part of São Miguel. 
Trekking Sete Cidades; pineapple plantations; natural thermal pools of Ferraria. (lunch-box included)

The adventure begins with a trek that allows us to see the various lagoons of the western part, such as Lagoa das Éguas and Lagoa Rasa, as well as the magnificent landscape of the Blue and Green Lagoas of Sete Cidades.  At the end of the hiking, we’ll stop at the terrific viewpoint “Miradouro da Vista do Rei”: the iconic image of the island. 
Packed lunch included. After lunch, we’ll visit the pineapple plantations, taste the delicious pineapple liqueur and continue to Ferraria, with the possibility of bathing in the warm seawater, due to the volcanic thermal waters: the Atlantic thalassotherapy in a unique natural environment!
Free dinner and overnight at the hotel in Ponta Delgada.
Day 03
Dolphin and whale watching, followed by thermal baths in Poça da Dona Beija or Caldeira Velha. Free lunch
Such a great day! During the morning we’ll take a private boat tour for dolphin and whale watching in the middle of the ocean. Free time for lunch and, in the afternoon, just relax in the warm thermal waters, in an idyllic natural setting.
Free dinner and overnight at the hotel in Ponta Delgada.
Day 04
Full day tour. Visit the geothermal park Furnas; Terra Nostra botanical park and tea plantations. (lunch at the restaurant included: the famous cozido, cooked through geothermal heat)  
A vulcanic day! We’ll start at the incredible Parque das Furnas: a geothermal place, where you will see the earth boiling under your feet in a beautiful natural setting, surrounded by a green park and a volcanic lake. From here we’ll start our easy circular trek, but not before seeing how the traditional "Cozido à Portuguesa" is cooked in the volcanic pits - the meat is slowly cooked with the simple heat and steam of the volcano (This traditional meal is gonna be our lunch!).
In the afternoon we’ll visit the beautiful Terra Nostra Botanical Park: one of the most beautiful botanical gardens of the 18th century, where you can find species of flora from various countries around the world. After a short guided walking tour through the paths of the garden, time for a thermal bath in the pool with iron-rich water. After that relaxing moment, we’ll continue the tour to visit the Gorreana Tea Factory, with a tea tasting and a walk through the adjacent plantations.
Return to Ponta Delgada, on the south coast of the island.
Free dinner and overnight at the hotel in Ponta Delgada.
Day 05
Arrival in Santa Maria
Transfer to the airport and internal flight to Santa Maria.

Arrival in Vila do Porto, check-in in the hotel and departure for the first trek on the island: from Vila do Porto to Praia Formosa, passing through an area of marine fossils, unique in all the Azores. Time to relax on the beach before returning to the hotel by private transfer (approximately 3 hours trekking, 7 km).
Day 06
Santa Maria
Today is dedicated to a new trek from Maia to Santo Espírito; São Lourenço bay and the north zone of the island. (17 km, approx. 6 hours) We will walk along a large part of the "grande rota" through forests, waterfalls, sheer cliffs overlooking the ocean, never-ended green fields and bays covered with vineyards. Such a stunning view! Return to the hotel in Vila do Porto by private transfer. Free time for dinner and overnight.
 
Day 07
Santa Maria
Today’s hiking is from Zona Norte (North Zone) to Bananeiras - 16.5km, 7h. The last day of trekking offers beautiful landscapes such as the red desert, forests crossed by streams and waterfalls and fairy-tale corners. We then take a private transfer to Anjos village, where the statue of Christopher Columbus stands; do you know he landed here in 1498?! Return to the hotel in Vila do Porto before dinner. Free time for dinner
Day 08
Santa Maria - Sao Miguel - Airport
Check-out and transfer to the airport.
 
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Dates & Prices

DATES

16 - 23 April 2022

PRICE  
COMFORT OPTION (4 STARS HOTEL IN B&B)
From: 1,390€/person

WILD ADVENTURE: OVERNIGHT STAY IN ECO-SUSTAINABLE SHELTERS, WITH BREAKFAST, DINNER AND LUGGAGE TRANSFER INCLUDED
From: 1,460€/person

Single Supplement: on request

More Information

WILD ADVENTURE OPTION
If you are an adventure lover and want to sleep completely isolated in unspoilt nature, waking up with the ocean in front of you, we suggest you live the experience of staying in the shelters at the end of the treks. These are old palheiros, restored and refurbished according to eco-tourism standards. Solar panels, local wooden materials and energy saving are the basis of the Azorean rural tourism concept.
A special experience, to immerse yourself in the destination!
The lodge will be for the exclusive use of our group, with breakfast and dinner included.

 
Included
- an expert local guide for the whole duration of the trip
- all overnight stays in accommodation with private bathroom and breakfast - 4*.
- the treks and excursions indicated in the programme
- internal flight Sao Miguel - Santa Maria
- Ilaria's assistance 24 hours a day
- cancellation insurance - medical baggage insurance
- practice management fee

 
Not Included

- flights from Italy to the Azores
- meals
- personal expenses and tips
- entrance fees and extra activities
- everything not mentioned under "included"


 
Booking conditions and cancellation policy:

The indicated programme is a basic idea.
If due to flight delays and strikes, landslides, bad weather conditions or other factors beyond the organisation's control, it becomes necessary to extend the trip, the additional costs will be borne by the participants.
For any reason, the guide may change the order of the visits without affecting the content of the trip as a whole.

 

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