Azores tour
São Miguel, Pico, São Jorge, and Faial - four islands of the Azores
Azores tour
São Miguel, Pico, São Jorge, and Faial - four islands of the Azores
Azores tour
São Miguel, Pico, São Jorge, and Faial - four islands of the Azores
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Azores Tour Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 – Landing at Ponta Delgada, São Miguel

An Iberactive representative will be waiting for you at the Ponta Delgada airport and will take you to your hotel, in the city center, where you will have access to your room after 2:00 pm.

Anyway, your luggage can be left at the hotel and your Tour Leader will join you for activities.

A morning and an afternoon walks, are planned for the day. Depending on your specific flight arrangements, so you will participate in both or just one of them and the Tour Leader will organize how to meet you.

If you feel tired you can skip the walks and enjoy your time resting.

Overnight: Hotel Talisman, Ponta Delgada.

Meals included: Lunch and dinner.

Azores Tour Detailed Itinerary - Ponta Delgada, São Miguel
Mother Chuch and Central Coffee shop at Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island, Azores

Day 2 – Touring around Ponta Delgada

The day will be dedicated to touring around Ponta Delgada where you will visit several interesting sites of the city surroundings. This will also allow you to fully recover from a possible long flight and better enjoy the other days of your tour.

A vegetables and fish market from where the locals get their fresh products, a very traditional hand-painted ceramics factory, and a lava tunnel guided tour by the local scientists are on the “to do” list.

During the afternoon there will be some walking possibility in town and some time to explore the area on your own before dinner.

Overnight: Hotel Talisman, Ponta Delgada.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Sete Cidades Lagoon, São Miguel
Sete Cidades Lagoon, São Miguel Island

Day 3 – Sete Cidades lagoon walk and Ribeira Grande

This will be a transfer day and you will temporarily leave Ponta Delgada.

Not too far from your hotel, you will have your first walk along one of the island’s icons: the Sete Cidades Lagoon.

The Sete Cidades lagoon is split in two half’s by a wall, one-half lagoon is green and the other half is blue. There will be an opportunity to know why.

On the way to the hotel, a “compulsory” stop will happen. A hot spring directly to the sea will give you the opportunity for a warm swim in the ocean and you will not want to miss this.

The lodging is near a town called Ribeira Grande where the group will have dinner in an ocean view local restaurant.

Overnight: Quinta de Santana, small countryside inn at Rabo de Peixe.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Azores Tour Detailed Itinerary - Tea plantation, São Miguel
Harvesting tea at a tea plantation, São Miguel Island, Azores

Day 4 – Young goat’s jump trail and the tea plantations

Moving east from Ribeira Grande we will find the start of our walk.

In a luxing wood, you will find an old small hydroelectric power plant from where an immense pipe starts, directing itself to a canyon.

A catwalk on top of that tube will allow the group to visit the canyon and its waterfalls that couldn’t be done in any other way. This path is called the Young goat’s jump trail.

One of the Azores highlights is its tea plantations and the group will visit those fields after this walk.

There are two tea plantations and factories. One of these plantations will be selected depending on its availability for a visit.

Viewpoints are abundant in São Miguel and on the way to Furnas, where the next hotel is located, there are a few viewpoints from where you can have some pictures.
By the middle of the afternoon, the group will be arriving at Furnas where it will be lodged for three nights.

Some free time will be a must to explore the hotel’s big garden/park and use its hot spring pool.

Overnight: Hotel Terra Nostra, at Furnas.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Furnas and its fumaroles, São Miguel Island
Furnas and its fumaroles, São Miguel Island

Day 5 – All around Furnas

The walk will start from your hotel taking you all around Furnas and to its several points of interest.

Visiting the fumaroles site, tasting the local mineral waters, search for yam plantations and tasting “bolo lêvedo” bread and pastries will take a complete morning.

Just before your lunch, a possibility for a warm bath will prepare you for the local delicacies.

During the afternoon, in between other options, there will be a possible walk to the fumaroles by the Furnas lagoon, where you can learn about how a certain local dish is cooked using the steam coming from Mother Earth.

Overnight: Hotel Terra Nostra, at Furnas.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Azores Tour Detailed Itinerary - Salto do Prego waterfall, São Miguel Island
Salto do Prego waterfall, São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal

Day 6 – The nor-east coast of São Miguel

Nordeste is a village located on the nor-east most side of the island. Not too long ago, it was considered a remote location and its people lived quite isolated from the rest of the island.

Nowadays is a picturesque place, with a very neat architecture and from where a short walk starts. This path takes its walkers on a trail along the coastal line with wide open ocean view.

If the weather allows, a stop at a specific viewpoint will serve as a picnic stop.

A short transfer will take the group to an even more remote location, Faial da Terra. From here a second short walk will allow us to get close to a noisy and breathtaking waterfall where a bath is an option for the most adventurous.

Overnight: Hotel Terra Nostra, at Furnas.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Fogo Lagoon, São Miguel Island
Lagoa do Fogo (Fogo Lagoon) in São Miguel Island

Day 7 – Fogo Lagoon and Caloura

During this transfer day from Furnas back to Ponta Delgada, via the south route, there will be much to see.

The first stop will be at Vila Franca do Campo from where you can see a worldwide known small island by a high cliff jump competition promoted by an energy drink brand. There will be also time to taste the famous “Queijadas da Vila”, a local pastry made with almonds.

Continuing on the way to Ponta Delgada, the following stop will be at Caloura where a nice sea water swimming pool will be waiting for you, followed by a nice beer or wine by the bar, before enjoying a nice lunch.

A walk during the afternoon will be perfect to build some appetite for dinner.

Overnight: Hotel Talisman, Ponta Delgada.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Azores Tour Detailed Itinerary - Lava wall, Pico Island
Lava wall and red door at Lagido, Pico Island, Azores, Portugal

Day 8 – The Pico Island and its wine

This morning will be mostly spent flying from São Miguel to Pico island. Although it’s only an hour flight, all the dealing time to and from the airport takes some time and some possible delays are also to be considered.

There will be alternative plans for the case of having more time available.

After leaving all the luggage at the hotel at Madelena, the island’s capital, a walk until the local Wine Museum is the perfect way to relax and also to let you know more about Pico’s Wine and the vineyards you will visit in the following days.

After a walk along the coastal line where you will visit some volcanic areas, there will be a guided visit to a former whaling processing site turned into a museum.

To end the activities of the day is planned a wine tasting before returning to the hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Caravelas, at Madalena.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Friar's Windmill, Pico Island
Moinho do Frade (Friar’s Windmill) at Pico Island

Day 9 – Criação Velha vineyards and Lajes do Pico

The landscape of the Pico Island vineyard culture is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage and during this tour day, you will have the possibility to walk along the vineyards considered in this classification.

This magnificent landscape, full of small handmade stone yards to protect the vines from the salted air, and with their tall red windmills are images to register with your camera.

The Pico island has a specific kind of cheese and there will be a chance to visit a small production site and taste their products before enjoying a guided visit in a lava tunnel.

The day will end with a visit to Lages do Pico, a small town by the sea with a nice museum dedicated to the whaling past of the island and during the transfer back to the hotel, there might be a chance to dive into a seawater swimming pool.

Overnight: Hotel Caravelas, at Madalena.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Fajã dos Cubres, São Jorge Island, Azores, Portugal

Day 10 – São Jorge Island

This is going to be a long but gorgeous day, visiting São Jorge island.

São Jorge island is 12,5 miles away from Pico island if you measure the distance between São Roque, at Pico island, and Velas at São Jorge, two villages connected by a ferry boat.

The plan is to take the first ferry boat to São Jorge, visit the island, have a walk there, taste some clams and return to Pico island at the end of the day. However, there are not many connections and you will arrive at your hotel around 11 pm and to compensate for a long day, the following day will be a leisure day.

It takes around 1h30m to cross the distance between these two islands.

At Velas, a van will be waiting to take the group to the starting point of the walk, which is on the opposite side of the island, allowing you to have an idea of some other areas of the São Jorge.

You will visit a small community called Fajã de Santo Cristo, where you will have some clams waiting for you. Fajã de Santo Cristo is an isolated place, only accessible by quad or walking.

Because of the late connection to return to Pico island, there will be some time for an early light dinner.

Overnight: Hotel Caravelas, at Madalena.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Pico mountain view from Madalena, Pico Island
Pico mountain view from Madalena, Pico Island

Looking at the Pico summit, Piquinho at Pico Island, Azores, Portugal

Day 11 – Day of leisure or climbing up the volcano

After a long day, and before a transfer to your next hotel, you may want a day of leisure so this day is dedicated just for that. As you will see, not too far from your hotel you can find sea swimming areas, bars, restaurants and a lot of places you can access walking.

However, if you belong to the group of people that are always willing for a big challenge, this will be your opportunity to climb to the Pico summit, the highest Portuguese mountain.

The hike up to the summit is not included in this tour but we can organize it for you. A guide is not mandatory but advisable and we can hire a local guide for you.

One way or the other, at the end of the day, the group will get together for a group dinner.

Overnight: Hotel Caravelas, at Madalena.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Azores Tour - Faial Island, Azores
Capelinhos Volcano Interpretation Centre at Faial Island, Azores, Portugal

Day 12 – Faial island and the Capelinhos volcano

Horta is the Faial’s island capital and is 5 miles from Madalena, by ferryboat. It will be a short transfer and, when the weather allows, it’s a wonderful voyage.

On arriving at Horta, the van will be there waiting to pick up the group, followed by a short stop at the hotel to leave the luggage and drive to the volcano of Capelinhos interpretation center.

During the afternoon, an urban walk will allow you to know the town and have an afternoon drink at a famous bar called Peter’s, a meeting point for sailing lovers.

Overnight: Pousada Forte da Horta, at Horta.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Azores Tour - Faial Island, Azores
A bar at Porto Pim, Faial Island, Azores, Portugal

Day 13 – Walking the Faial’s aqueduct

The Faial’s aqueduct walking trail is completely different from any other path walked so far, it goes along an aqueduct for 5 miles allowing wide open views always escorted by the relaxed sound of running water.

During the walk, or right after, you will have some time for a picnic in one of the many areas available for such.

Depending on the weather conditions, a short van ride will take you up to the volcano to visit its crater.

On the way back to town, a stop at a specific viewpoint will allow you to have a view of Horta from higher up, allowing great pictures to take home.

Some free time at Horta before dinner can be the best way to relax.

Dinner will be in town, in a local restaurant to taste some local delicacies.

Overnight: Pousada Forte da Horta, at Horta

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Azores Tour - Pineapple Plantation, São Miguel Island, Azores
Pineapple Plantation, São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal

Day 14 – Returning to Ponta Delgada

It’s time to return to Ponta Delgada and an early flight will take the group back.

After leaving the luggage at the hotel, a tour will take you to a visit to a pineapple plantation worth seeing, followed by a visit to the Sacred Art museum that represents the town’s religious ambiance.

The afternoon will be left as personal time and because the hotel is very well located in the center of the city, most of the points of interest are at walkable distance.

A farewell dinner will be organized.

Overnight: 4 stars hotel in Ponta Delgada city center to be assigned.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Azores Tour - São Miguel Island, Azores
São Miguel Island night view, Azores

Day 15 – Departure

An Iberactive representative will take you to the airport at a scheduled hour depending on your flight arrangements.

Meals included: Breakfast

More informations about the Azores

To learn more about the Azores you can access to the Guide’s personal website. Please access here.

Tour Leader

David Monteiro – Tour Leader

Hello dear guest,

I’m David Monteiro and I will be your Tour Leader.

I was a CPA in Portugal for more than 20 years, having managerial positions in several multinational companies when in 2005 I decided to change gear and stop for a sabbatical year.

After that, nothing was the same again. In the meantime, I found a new dream: tourism.

Easier to dream about it than actually doing it, I had to struggle for a few years to move this project ahead.

In 2007, the first brand was created, “Montes e Vales” (meaning “Hills and Valleys”) started providing tours for individuals and team-building events for corporations. In this context and since the startup, we’ve been intensely providing walking and hiking tours in Portugal and Spain, and providing team-building events for big Portuguese and international companies in Portugal.

In 2010, to complement the above-mentioned business, a few weeks per year, I start guiding walking tour in Portugal and Spain for US-based companies and also providing other kinds of support services to active tours, and the Iberactive brand started.

I’m passionate about History, photography, arts, culture, and gastronomy.

Please call me in case you have any doubt. I’m here to help you make this program one of the best tours you ever had.

Hope to see you soon,
David Monteiro
david.monteiro@iberactive.com
+351 914 794 553

The Azores Islands Tour in a nutshell

A guided active tour in Portugal by Iberactive.com

Tour dates: select 15 consecutive days and we will check the availability

If you have your own group, independently of its size, please let us know and we will organize a private tour for you.

Tour Price: 5.800USD per person
Including: 14 overnights sharing a standard double room, 14 breakfasts, 14 lunches, all transfers in the tour, all guided tours of the program and so much more.
Single room supplement: 800USD

Accommodations: All the hotels and other accommodations mentioned, are considering their availability at reservation time. In case a referred hotel is not available, a same level or higher hotel/accommodation will be selected. Due to high demand for Ponta Delgada, the hotels to be used are not going to be referred but they will be selected in between modern 4 stars hotels in the city center.

Breakfast: to be served by the hotel.

Lunches and dinners: The included options, for dishes and wines, are those to be mentioned at the respective time by the Tour Leader.

Flights to and from the tour not included. To better organize your flights, please consider the Ponta Delgada Airport, landing on tour’s Day 1 and departure also from Ponta Delgada Airport at tour’s Day 15. Two flights during the tours, as per Itinerary, as transfers between the islands, are included.
There will be an Iberactive’s representative to meet you at the Ponta Delgada Airport at your arrival on tour’s Day 1and to take to the Ponta Delgada Airport at your departure on Day 15.

Reservation

500USD at any time to guarantee your place.
Balance 90 days before the 1st Tour Day.

Cancellation

The costs of cancellation are as follows:
90 days before 1st Tour Day – 0% of reservation
89-60 days before 1st Tour Day – 25% of reservation
59-45 days before 1st Tour Day – 50% of reservation
44-30 days before 1st Tour Day – 75% of reservation
29 days or less before 1st Tour Day – 100% of reservation

Information and reservations

info@iberactive.com +351 914 794 553

Legal information

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Operating with the following licenses: RNAVT: 6246 and RNAAT 338/2016 of the Portuguese Tourism Authorities, Certified as “Turismo de Natureza” by ICNF

Iberactive operation in Portugal

Iberactive operates in Portugal under the name of “Montes e Vales”, means Hills and Valles.

Please check: https://www.montesevales.net/