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7 Nights S. Miguel Hiking, Tour and Canyoning


From $1039!
If you are seeking adventure this is the package designed for you. You will have the opportunity to explore the island on a jeep safari, go on a bike tour and discover the great outdoors of São Miguel. Hike along the rims of some of the most beautiful craters, try canoeing in Sete Cidades Lake or simply observe some of the whales and dolphins that make the Azores their home year-round. This is a package like no other that we invite you to enjoy.

Summary

Day 1 | Arrival Day 2 | Hiking in Faial da Terra (FD) Day 3 | Whale and dolphin watching and Vila Franca islet (FD) Day 4 | Thematic tour to Furnas (FD) Day 5 | Adventure tour in Sete Cidades (FD) Day 6 | Jeep Safari to Lagoa do Fogo (HD) Day 7 | Canyoning and tour to Nordeste (FD) Day 8 | Departure

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Free day.

Day 2

Pick up at the hotel. Hiking in Faial da Terra. Picnic lunch included. Return to the hotel. Hike Faial da Terra - Salto do Prego - Full Day Extension: 6 Km | Duration: 3 Hours | Degree of difficulty: Medium/Technical Faial da Terra is a small village belonging to Povoação, located in the South East of São Miguel Island. Our walk starts on a steep narrow road that leads us to Sanguinho – a village that has been abandoned since the early 70’s and is now being restored. The rest of the trail is in the woods, with a lot of short up and down hill stretches between very dense and beautiful vegetation. This is really a walk in which you can “smell” all the green around you! Upon reaching Salto do Prego’s waterfall, we have the opportunity for a dip before our picnic lunch. On the way back we follow a different trail but with the same characteristics. When we finish the trail we have time for a snack in town and to mingle with the local people. This trail is not recommended for people with knee or ankle problems.

Day 3

Pick up at the hotel. Whale and dolphin watching – 3 hour trip and visit to Vila Franca Islet. Lunch included. Return to the hotel. Whale and Dolphin watching and visit to Vila Franca islet– Full day During this activity you will have the opportunity to watch some of more than 25 cetacean species that can be found in the Azores. Although nature offers no guarantees, whales and dolphins are regularly seen during our full day tours, along with turtles, seabirds and other marine life. Before the boat trip 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). Futurismo also provides rain coats and trousers if necessary. After the 3 hour tour we stop in Vila Franca do Campo to have lunch in a local restaurant. Then we board a converted traditional fishing boat and head to Vila Franca do Campo islet, a volcanic crater off the coast that encloses a natural lagoon. The islet is a natural reserve, so here you will be able to view the diversity of fish species that have been preserved due to this protection (masks and snorkels are provided). Transfer back to Ponta Delgada by boat or van. 

Note

This activity is only available during the summer season due to the schedule of Vila Franca islet. The islet is typically open to the public between June 15th and September 15th. As an alternative we suggest a hiking trail in Moinhos da Ribeira Funda or other activity arranged with the guest upon arrival.

Day 4

Pick up at the hotel. Thematic tour to Furnas. “Cozido” lunch included. Return to the hotel. Thematic Tour to Furnas (van + walking) - Full day On this tour we feel and experience the volcanic origins of the Island in Furnas, a magical place. We start by visiting the Caldeiras da Lagoa das Furnas (Furnas Lake Calderas), a place where we cook the famous “cozido das Furnas” (a very special meal cooked only with the steam of the Earth) and continue with a soft walk that crosses a stream and circles the lakeside. During this walk we have the opportunity to appreciate a variety of endemic flora species. Next we visit the town of Furnas, with its fumaroles and hot springs that contain water with different tastes. The Cozido meal is served in a local restaurant. After lunch we visit the centenary Terra Nostra botanical garden that is famous for its extraordinary collection of native plants on the Azores, as well as others from all over the world that have adapted to the local garden conditions. At the end of the visit you are invited to bathe in an iron-rich hot water swimming pool that has a temperature of 35-40ºC, an exquisite experience! On the way back to Ponta Delgada we stop at several beautiful viewpoints on the North Coast and also at the only tea plantation in Europe where we will be able to visit the working tea factory and have a lovely break to taste the tea. 

Day 5

Pick up at the hotel. Hiking and adventure tour in Sete Cidades. Picnic lunch included. Return to the hotel. Hiking and adventure tour in Sete Cidades (Mountain Bike & Kayak) - Full day Distance: 7 Km | Duration:2 Hours | Degree of difficulty: Easy The starting point of this walk is the amazing Vista do Rei belvedere, where we learn about the geological formation of the caldera of Sete Cidades. Next we start walking the dirt path along the rim of the crater. The views are wide and open – to the right we see the caldera and the twin lakes; to the left we have the sea and several coastal villages. The trail ends in the centre of the village where we will enjoy our picnic lunc. After that we can ride a bike and paddle a kayak in the amazing lake of Sete Cidades. This is definitely the best way to enjoy the Sete Cidades environment, feeling the amazing energy and beauty of the place. A picnic lunch is enjoyed on the lake shore. In the afternoon we drive along the south coast and pass by Ferraria where we find a wonderful hot water bathing area that was created by the formation of a small crater and volcanic fissure from which the surrounding ocean water is heated. What a perfect way to end our adventurous day!

Day 6

Free morning and lunch. Pick up at the hotel. Jeep safari to Lagoa de Fogo. Return to the hotel. Jeep Safari to Lagoa do Fogo and Caldeira Velha waterfall - Full day This wonderful tour combines some off the road routes in both the highlands and flatlands, taking you to the amazing natural reserve of Lagoa do Fogo to enjoy nature at its best. Astonishing views from the top of the crater’s border are a must to photograph! We then drive you to Caldeira Velha, a warm iron-rich waterfall where you can go for a dip to experience its warm waters. 

Day 7 

Pick up at the hotel. Canyoning and van or jeep tour to Nordeste. Lunch included  Return to the hotel. Canyoning and van or jeep tour of Nordeste - Full day Located in the eastern-most part of the island, Nordeste is considered to be 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 which 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.

Day 8

Transfer from the hotel to the airport and departure. Highlights:
  • Hiking through dense and lush vegetation to reach the impressive Salto do Prego’s waterfall
  • Watching some of the 25 cetacean species that can be found in the Azores
  • Tasting the famous Furnas “Cozido” cooked only with steam of the earth
  • Riding a mountain bike and paddling a kayak in the wonderful Sete Cidades Lake
Departure DateSolo ComfortSolo BoutiqueSolo SuperiorSingle ComfortSingle BoutiqueSingle SuperiorDouble ComfortDouble BoutiqueDouble SuperiorTriple ComfortTriple BoutiqueTriple Superior
2/17/2018 - 3/31/2018$1448$1410$2041$1421$1383$2014$1098$1079$1501$1039$1070$1483
4/1/2018 - 5/31/2018$1408$1535$2281$1408$1535$1783$1128$1186$1648$1085$1154$1594
6/1/2018 - 9/30/2018$1611$1776$2668$1611$1776$2169$1230$1319$1841$1152$1243$1723
10/1/2018 - 10/31/2018$1408$1535$2281$1408$1535$1783$1128$1186$1648$1085$1154$1594

Included

  • 7 Nights Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • Assistance
  • Transfers airport - hotel - airport
  • Transfers to the activities
  • English speaking guide
  • Lunch on the full day activities

Not included

  • International flight to Ponta Delgada
  • Lunch on days 1, 6 and 8
  • Dinners
  • Optional activities

Guides

Our guides speak a variety of languages so that we can offer our guests a more personalized service. Languages spoken include English, Portuguese, German, Dutch, French, Spanish, Catalan, Basque, Scandinavian languages, Bulgarian and Estonian.

Meals

  • Picnic lunch on days 2 and 5 – baguette sandwich or salad, cupcake or energy bar, fruit, water and juice.
  • Cozido lunch on day 4 – starter, Cozido, dessert and drinks included. Cozido contains: beef, chicken, pork, spicy sausage, blood sausage, potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrot, cabbage, green kale. All cooked during 6 hours with natural steam only.
  • Lunch in local restaurant on days 3 and 7 - starter, fish or beef, dessert and drinks included.
*Vegetarian options on request (24h before the trip)

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.

Comfort Hotels

Ponta Delgada - Hotel Apartamentos Gaivota

Located in the center of Ponta Delgada and next to Portas Do Mar, this hotel offers panoramic views of the marina right in the capital of the Azores Archipelago.

All rooms at Hotel Apartamentos Gaivota have hardwood floors and elegant furnishings. Each of the air conditioned rooms features a cable TV, and a minibar.

Guests can enjoy their breakfast in the privacy of their room, while using the free internet. The hotel is surrounded by restaurants and cafés with terraces. Packed lunches are also available.

The ocean pools of Ponta Delgada and the city's public pools are less than 165 ft away. Ponta Delgada Airport is 2 miles away, and the hotel offers a car rental service on site.

Boutique Hotels

Ponta Delgada - Hotel Talisman

Located in Ponta Delgada's historic center, this charming hotel overlooks a beautiful park and boasts a rooftop pool. Modern facilities include a fitness center and a solarium.

Reflecting São Miguel’s rich past with its traditional interior, Hotel Talisman has a cozy lounge with a fireplace and a winter garden. Guests can also relax on the terrace or in the spacious flower garden.

With its 2 large dining rooms and an outdoor area, the Palm Terrace Restaurant offers a broad variety of regional and international flavors. There is a poolside bar and sports pub for informal drinks.

The Talisman’s air-conditioned rooms come with cable TV and minibars. Each unit is spacious and bright. Some feature separate living rooms.

The hotel’s 24-hour staff can advise on Ponta Delgada’s attractions including local architectural treasures, such as palaces, churches and the Carlos Machado Museum, situated 600 meters away.

Premier Hotels

Ponta Delgada - Azor Hotel

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Featuring 123 rooms overlooking the Atlantic, the Azor Hotel is a lively and modern hotel with an outdoor swimming pool located in Ponta Delgada, São Miguel.

Each modern room is equipped with air conditioning, soundproofing, a minibar and a flat-screen cable TV. Private bathrooms come with a bath or shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.

Guest may enjoy a revitalizing breakfast every morning and the À Terra restaurant serves a varied à la carte menu with typical delicacies. In the evening guests may relax at the on-site bar.

Spa and Wellness facilities as well as a conference centre will be opening soon. Taking advantage of the natural surroundings of the São Miguel Island, a great variety of outdoor adventures and local experiences may be arranged.

Within a 15-minute walk, guests will find landmarks like São Brás Fort and São Sebastião Mother Church. Sete Cidades Lagoon is 15.5 miles away and Ponta Delgada Airport is 4.7 miles away. 

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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)
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Booking Conditions

  • A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $200 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

  • $200 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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  • 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. 
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