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Azores Hiking Tour: 8 Nights in São Miguel, Pico, and Faial

Tour Overview

On this program, you'll sleep in only two islands: Sao Miguel and Faial with two ferry trips to Pico ( 30 minutes duration each way). Explore the ancient world of volcanoes on foot. Track the origins of São Miguel, Pico and Faial Islands and experience some of the thermal springs and nature at its finest.

NOTE: Minimum number of persons required to book this program is 2.  Prices may need to be adjusted for solo travelers according to the activities availabilties.


  • Day 1 | Arrival
  • Day 2 | Hiking Faial da Terra and Van tour to Nordeste (FD)
  • Day 3 | Hiking Serra Devassa e Nascentes do Canario (FD)
  • Day 4 | Hiking Lagoa do Fogo (FD)
  • Day 5 | Flight Sao Miguel/ Pico
  • Day 6 | Hiking Unesco Heritage Santana to Lajido (HD)
  • Day 7 | Hiking Caminho dos Burros (FD)
  • Day 8 | Hiking Volcano Crater Perimeter (HD)
  • Day 9 | Departure


Day 1 - Sao Miguel Island

Arrival and transfer to the hotel for 4 nights. Free rest of the day.

Day 2 - Hiking Faial da Terra and Van tour to Nordeste (FD). Extension: 10.4km/6.46 miles | Level: Easy | Duration 7 hours.

Pick up at the hotel. On this day, there's a hike and a van tour to relax and enjoy the beautiful landscape of this side of the island. Starting with a hike thru a hidden settlement in the mountain and the waterfall Salto do prego. A view over the old whalers harbor and the colorful small boats and end at Ponta do Sossego. Meal included. Return to the hotel.

Day 3 - Hiking Tour Serra Devassa & Nascentes do canario (FD) Extension: 10.4 Km/6.46 miles |Level: Easy |Duration: 7hours.

Pick up at the hotel.This is a beautiful hike to the volcanic complex of Sete Cidades will take you thru a path of serenity and beauty of the lakes, aqueducts and waterfalls. Meal included. Return to the hotel.

Day 4 - Hiking Lagoa do Fogo (FD) Extension: 11 Km/6.84 miles |Level: Medium |Duration: 7 hours

Pick up at the hotel. A lake born from fire with astonishing sights of an untouchable nature. The endemic vegetation and the apparentely unused trails that will take you thru old plant's ruins, convents, natutal swimiming pools and the charming beaches. Meal included. Return to the hotel.

Day 5 – Flight Sao Miguel to Faial Island

Chcek out from the Hotel in Sao Miguel and transfer to the Airport. Flight to Faial, arrival and transfer to the Hotel for 4 nights. Free rest of the day.

Day 6 - Hiking Unesco Heritage Santana to Lajido (HD) Extension: 8.5 Km/5.28miles | Duration: 3.5 Hours | Level: Easy.

Pick up at the hotel and transfer to Horta Harbor. 30 minutes ferry trip to Pico, a guide will be waiting for at Madalena do Pico Harbor to start your Hike tour. This half day hike is an open museum perfect for everyone, specially wine lovers.  Beautiful Cellars  built with black lava rocks, a well preserved ox carts wheels marked on the black lava reminding the formation of that site. Close the ocean, the wine is cultivated in "currais"on a rocky soil to maintain the heat for sweet grapes. The tour will end at Madalena do Pico Harbor and ferry trip back to Faial  (30 minutes). Arriving to Horta Harbor, a guide will be waiting to transfer you back to the Hotel.  Free rest of the afternoon in Faial. Note: In case you wish to spend a few free hours on your own in Pico after the tour, please let us know so we can book a later ferry from Pico to Faial, transfer back to the Hotel will still be provided.

Day 7 -  Hiking in Caminho dos Burros (FD) Extension: 11.2 Km | Duration: 4.5 Hours | Level: Medium.

Pick up at the hotel and transfer to Horta Harbor. 30 minutes ferry trip to Pico, a guide will be waiting for at Madalena do Pico Harbor to start your Hike tour. This trail starts in Pico’s “Planalto Central” area (Pico’s Central Plateau) and goes slightly downhill as we go from the south to the north of the island. The endemic vegetation is present throughout most of the walk featuring impressively sized specimens. Reaching Prainha’s Forest Park we will have a break for our picnic lunch and also some free time to visit the park. Continuing the hike, we go down a bit more until we reach “Baía das Canas” in the coast where the trail ends. Possibility of swimming in a natural bay deoendine on weather/Ocean conditions. Meal included The tour will end at Madalena do Pico Harbor and ferry trip back to Faial  (30 minutes). Arriving to Horta Harbor, a guide will be waiting to transfer you back to the Hotel.

Day 8 - Hiking Faial Crater (HD) Extension: 6.8 Km/3.7miles | Duration: 4.5 Hours | Level: Medium.

Pick up at the hotel for this round trail that is part of the Natural Reserve of Faial, with 2Km/ 1.24miles diameter, had its origin with several eruptions with periods of dormancy during 400 thousand years.  The trail is 840-1040 meters high (2755ft to3412ft). By the beginning of the trail, there's a small tunnel to cross and the crater will be welcoming on the other side. Return to the hotel and free afternoon.

Day 9- Departure 

Chcek out and transfer from the hotel to the airport.

What's Included


  • 4 nights, Sao Miguel
  • 4 nights, Faial
  • Activities mentioned
  • Inter island flights: Sao Miguel | Faial
  • Round trip transfers Airport/Hotel/Airport
  • Round trip transfers Hotel/ Harbor Horta/Hotel
  • Round trip ferry tickets: Horta/Madalena do Pico Harbor/ Horta Harbor
  • English speaking guide
  • Light meals lunch on the full day activities
  • One complimentary small food crate with local products (Sao Miguel Island only)

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Dinners
  • Optional activitiesr nights please request a quote.


  • Meals can be picnic or at a local restaurant. *Vegetarian options needs to be requested at the moment of the reservation as well any dietary restriction should also be informed by the time of the booking.


Bring comfortable light clothes, sweater, raincoat, walking boots or shoes, swimming suit and towel, hat, sunblock, backpack and bottle of water to refill.


The weather or sea conditions may restrict the activities therefore the order of the itinerary may be switched so that guests can take the most enjoyment of their trip.

Dates & Rates

Choose a Package Type

    For some packages you may be given a choice of different package types. They should be listed on the "Dates & Rates" tab:
    • Superior/Premier – Includes first class 4-star lodging and Sea view rooms, EXCEPT Triples Room at Hotel do Canal
    • Comfort/Standard – Includes 4-star tourist class lodging and standard rooms. May include first class 3-star lodging.
    • Each package has a Hotel small description. For more information please visit the Hotel's webpage directly

    Room Type

    • Solo = Person traveling alone
    • Single = Person staying in a single room traveling with one or more persons. Single travelers share land services such as transfers and tours
    • Double = 2 Persons per room
    • Triple = 3 Persons per room
Departure DateSolo ComfortSolo SuperiorSingle ComfortSingle SuperiorDouble ComfortDouble SuperiorTriple ComfortTriple Superior
8/21/2024 - 9/14/2024$3312$3989$2562$3239$1874$2208$1753$1987
9/15/2024 - 10/6/2024$3243$3989$2493$3239$1830$2208$1737$1987
10/7/2024 - 10/12/2024$3243$3512$2493$2762$1830$1970$1737$1828
10/13/2024 - 11/2/2024$2858$3512$2108$2762$1487$1970$1592$1828
11/3/2024 - 12/23/2024$2858$3143$2108$2393$1487$1785$1592$1705
12/24/2024 - 12/31/2024$2858$3989$2108$3239$1487$2208$1592$1987


Booking your vacation

  • While prices are shown in $U.S dollars, we can also charge in Euros at the prevailing currency conversion daily rate
  • Early booking is advised. Availability of accommodations and inter-island flight is limited especially in summer months
  • If hotels named in itinerary are not available at time of booking, alternate similar same rating properties will be confirmed, and subject to new quote.
  • Order of islands visited may need to be altered due to flight schedule changes
  • Unless otherwise indicated, sightseeing tours are by private car with English speaking driver. Other languages are available upon request
  • Quotations with different hotels have a non refundable deposit of $50. Deposit will be credited towards final booking price

Booking your Vacation with Air

  • International airfare for this package is additional to price shown on Rates table. Departure cities are limited to those serviced by SATA International (Azores Airlines)
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Booking Conditions

  • A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $350 per person per vacation is required to book and hold both land and air for you.
  • Final payment is due 50 days before departure
  • Option to pay full price up front is available

Cancellation Policy - Land Portion

  • $350 per person if canceled up to 50 days prior departure.
  • 25% of total reservation if cancelled 49-39 days prior departure plus any other additional fee.
  • 50% of total reservation if canceled 38-31 days prior departure plus any other additional fee.
  • No refunds if canceled less than 30 days prior departure.

Cancellation Policy - Airfare

  • Airfare cancellation terms and conditions will be provided to you before ticket is booked

Refund Fees

  • A 3.9% credit card assessed fee will be subtracted from any refunded payment, including deposits refunded due to services requested not available for date of booking.

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Booking Changes

  • A fee of $35 per person, per transaction, will be charged for any revision or alteration made to a reservation after the booking is confirmed. 
  • If the change increases the value of the booking, the $35 per person fee will be waived

Travel Insurance

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Comfort Hotels

Horta - Hotel Horta

hotel horta front view

Located in the old Azorean town of Horta, the newly-renovated Hotel Horta offers views of Pico Island. It features rooms with balconies, a large garden and an outdoor pool.

Horta’s rooms are decorated in neutral colors, and have wooden furniture. Each of the air-conditioned rooms has a cable TV and a private bathroom with a hairdryer.

The hotel’s panoramic restaurant offers international and regional dishes. The bar and the lounge offer views of the outdoor pool, the pool bar and the garden.

Guests can rent a bicycle to explore the surrounding area. Horta is famous for the whale watching and the volcanoes of Capelinhos and Caldeira.

Horta Airport is 4.3 mi away, and the hotel provides free private parking on site.

hotel horta guestroomhotel horta lobbyhotel horta pico mountain

Ponta Delgada - Hotel Ponta Delgada

Hotel Ponta Delgada is centrally located and only a 10-minute drive from the airport. Hotel Ponta Delgada features a family ambiance and comfortable furnishings. It features an indoor pool.

Air-conditioned rooms all open out on to a private balcony and are fitted with double-glass windows. All rooms include a TV set with cable channels and private bathrooms with walk-in shower or bathtub. Free WiFi access is available in all areas of the hotel.

The Ponta Delgada’s Baco Restaurant offers authentic cuisine from the Azores. The hotel’s bar has an esplanade, where guests can enjoy a refreshing drink or cocktail.

Guests can stroll in the narrow streets of the city center. Alternatively, they can dip in the hot tub or relax in the on-site hammam and sauna.

Superior Hotels

Horta - Hotel do Canal

The 4-star Hotel do Canal is situated in Horta on Faial Island. It is just 100 meters from the beach and offers panoramic views of Pico Mountain and the bay.

Soundproofed rooms are bright and have modern wood furnishings. They come equipped with cable TV and a private bathroom with a hairdryer. Free fresh fruit and a bottle of mineral water are in the room upon arrival.

A well-equipped fitness center and massage treatments are available at the hotel. There is also a sauna and a Turkish steam bath. Staff at the 24-hour reception desk can arrange car rental.

Guests can enjoy a coffee and newspaper in the bar which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Clipper Restaurant offers all-day dining and local specialties.

Hotel do Canal is just 10 minutes’ walk from the Horta Marina and is a 10-minute drive from Horta Airport. Free private parking is possible on site.

Ponta Delgada - Hotel Marina Atlantico

Hotel Marina Atlantico is in the center of Ponta Delgada overlooking the marina and the harbor. There is an indoor pool and the rooms are modernly furnished with cable TV.

The spacious, contemporary guest rooms at Hotel Marina Atlantico are air conditioned and fitted with a minibar. The private bathrooms feature complimentary bathroom amenities.

The on-site fitness centre is well-equipped and features flat-screen TVs. Guests can relax in Marina Atlantico’s sauna, steam bath or with a massage.

With views of the marina, the hotel’s Escuna Restaurant serves traditional Portuguese meals. Palhabote Bar on the ground floor has refreshing drinks and light snacks.

Marina Atlantico also has a full-service business center, a 24-hour front desk and a car rental service.

Ponta Delgada Airport is just 3 km away.

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