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8 Nights Hiking in S. Miguel, Pico and Faial


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Description

On this program, you'll sleep in only two islands: Sao Miguel and Pico. Faial will be a day trip. 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. 

Summary

  • 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 | Free day. Optional tours available.
  • Day 5 | Flight Sao Miguel/ Pico
  • Day 6 | Hiking in Caminho dos Burros (FD)
  • Day 7 | Round trip Ferry to Faial Island and Hiking around the Volcano Crater (HD)
  • Day 8 | Hiking Unesco Heritage Santana to Lajido (HD)
  • Day 9 | Departure

Itinerary

Day 1 - Sao Miguel Island

Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Free 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. 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. Return to the hotel.

Day 4 - Free day in Sao Miguel

  • Optional tour 1:  Whale and dolphin watching, 3 hour duration.  No transfers included, small briefing before departure, life vest provided by the company is mandatory, except on our catamaran. Price is an additional to the program.
  • Optional tour 2:  Van Tour to Furnas, 8 hours duration. Famous lunch cozido das Furnas included. Visit Furnas lake, fumaroles, geyser and the Botanical Park Terra Nostra.Pick up and drop off at the hotel. Price is an additional to the program. 
Please inform by the time of the booking, if you would like to book an extra activity.

 

Day 5 – Flight Sao Miguel to Pico Island

Arrival and transfer to the Hotel. Free rest of the day.  

Day 6 - Hiking in Caminho dos Burros (FD) 

Extension: 11.2 Km | Duration: 4.5 Hours | Level: Medium. Pick up at the hotel. 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. Return to the hotel.

Day 7 - Hiking Faial Crater 

Extension: 6.8 Km/3.7miles | Duration: 4.5 Hours | Level: Medium. Transfers are not included since the hotel on this program, is by the harbor. This round trail 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. Free choice to spend the rest of the day on Faial or return to Pico after the tour. Please inform by the time of the booking.  

Day 8 -  Hiking Unesco Heritage Santana to Lajido

Extension: 8.5 Km/5.28miles | Duration: 3.5 Hours | Level: Easy. Pick up at the hotel. This 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. Return to the hotel.

Day 9- Departure 

Chcek out and transfer from the hotel to the airport. 

Photos

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What's Included

Included

  • 4 nights in Sao Miguel
  • 4 nights Hotel in Pico
  • Activities mentioned
  • Inter island flights: Sao Miguel | Faial
  • Round trip transfers Aiport/Hotel 
  • Transfers to the activities
  • Round trip ferry tickets :Madalena do Pico Harbor/ Horta Harbor
  • English speaking guide
  • Lunch on the full day activities

  • One complimentary small food crate with local products (Sao Miguel Island only)
  • Not Included

    • International flights
    • Other interisland flights 
    • Dinners
    • Optional activities, please request a quote. 

     

    Meals

    • 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. 

    Recommendations

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

    Note

    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. May include 5-star lodging.
  • Comfort/Standard – Includes 4-star tourist class lodging. May include first class 3-star lodging.

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 DateDouble ComfortSolo ComfortTriple ComfortSingle ComfortDouble SuperiorSolo SuperiorTriple SuperiorSingle Superior
3/27/2023 - 4/25/2023$1462$2655$1409$1971$1777$3161$1673$2477
4/26/2023 - 9/30/2023$1646$2982$1545$2298$2027$3661$1839$2977
10/1/2023 - 10/31/2023$1631$2655$1560$1971$1777$3161$1673$2477
11/1/2023 - 12/31/2023$1481$2539$1434$1856$1612$2830$1563$2146

General

Booking your vacation

  • 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)
  • If you want a quote for airfare to be included make sure to check yes when prompted during the booking/reservation request process

Booking Conditions

  • A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $350 per person per vacation is required to book and hold space for you
  • Final payment is due 45 days before departure
  • Option to pay full price up front is available

Cancellation Policy - Land Portion

  • $350 per person if canceled up to 45 days from day of departure
  • 25% of total reservation if canceled 15 to 45 days from day of departure
  • 50% of reservation if canceled 7 to 14 days from day of departure
  • No refunds if canceled less than 7 days or less from date of departure

Cancellation Policy - Airfare

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

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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

  • We strongly recommend you purchase travel/cancellation insurance

Hotels

Comfort Hotels

Madalena - Hotel Caravelas

Located on Madalena’s waterfront, Caravelas is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on 3 sides and overlooks Faial Island. It features an outdoor pool, a 24-hour front desk, and car rental.

The air conditioned rooms at Hotel Caravelas open out onto private balconies with views of the ocean or Pico Mountain. All rooms include a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a minibar, and a private bathroom.

Guests can enjoy a daily buffet breakfast at the restaurant of the hotel, or discover the many cafés that surround the property, serving traditional Azorean specialties. The in-house bar offers soft drinks and the renowned Pico Wine.

Ponta Delgada - Neat Hotel Avenida

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Featuring free WiFi and a fitness center, Neat Hotel Avenida offers accommodations in Ponta Delgada.

Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV. Certain units have a sitting area where you can relax. All rooms come with a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hairdryer.

There is a hairdresser's at the property.

Car rental is available at this hotel and the area is popular for horseback riding and windsurfing. Portas da Cidade is 1,000 feet from Neat Hotel Avenida, and Santuario Nossa Senhora da Esperanca is half a mile away. The nearest airport is João Paulo II Airport, 1.9 miles from Neat Hotel Avenida.

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Superior Hotels

Madalena - Hotel Caravelas

Located on Madalena’s waterfront, Caravelas is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on 3 sides and overlooks Faial Island. It features an outdoor pool, a 24-hour front desk, and car rental.

The air conditioned rooms at Hotel Caravelas open out onto private balconies with views of the ocean or Pico Mountain. All rooms include a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a minibar, and a private bathroom.

Guests can enjoy a daily buffet breakfast at the restaurant of the hotel, or discover the many cafés that surround the property, serving traditional Azorean specialties. The in-house bar offers soft drinks and the renowned Pico Wine.

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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