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You may have been to the Azores before - but definitely not this way. Spend six incredible days on this famous archipelago and experience a side that few get to see. Hike to the highest lake in the Azores, walk through towns steeped in history, and wander through some of the most breathtaking scenery you'll ever see.

 

Day 1 Ponta Delgada

Arrive at any time. Welcome to Sao Miguel, known as the green island.

 

Day 2 Ponta Delgada

Today you will drive to the village of Santo António and begin the hike to Pico da Vara, the highest point on São Miguel Island. After returning from the hike, the group will drive to the town of Furnas to visit the Terra Nostra Gardens and the geothermal hot springs. There, the group will have the opportunity to take a dip in the natural hot waters or walk through the 24-acre botanical garden. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Hike to Pico da Vara (4h 30min) and visit of the geothermal spring Terra Nostra

The hike to Pico da Vara is the highest point on the island of São Miguel. In the province of Nordeste, the trail begins at an altitude of 700 meters and goes up through forested land, eventually reaching areas of shorter vegetation approaching the top of the mountain. Pico da Vara is located at an altitude of 1105 meters above sea level. On a clear day, it is possible to see Santa Maria Island and down the slope of the mountain to the town of Povoação, the first populated town on the island. The group will then visit the 24-hectare thermal springs and botanical garden in the town of Furnas. You will have time to swim in the natural waters or walk around the grounds.

 

Day 3 Ponta Delgada

Spend the morning hiking to the highest body of water in the Azores, Lagoa do Fogo, the "Lake of Fire." Hike down to the shore of the lake through a forest of eucalyptus trees and Japanese cedars. Later, after a picnic lunch, drive to the community of Sete Cidades and hike the trails that offer stunning views of the lakes in the caldera. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Wanderung Fire Lake (2h 30min)

Lagoa do Fogo, also known as "Lake of Fire", is the highest body of water in the Azores. Take a hike down to the shores of the lake formed in the floor of the caldera. You will walk through a forest of eucalyptus trees, Japanese cedars and along a levada waterway.

Seven Cities Community Hike (3h)

Hike the rolling hills of the municipality of Sete Cidades on groomed trails. Hike around the caldera and enjoy the spectacular view of the crater lakes that have formed inside the former volcano. Marvel at the blue-green lake that shimmers in two different colors due to sunlight and algae growth.

Optional activities on day 3:

Ponta Delgada Foodie Walking Tour, visit the Forte de São Brás or visit the botanical garden Jardim António Borges

 

Day 4 Ponta Delgada/Angra do Heroísmo

Fly from São Miguel to the island of Terceira, considered the capital of Azorean culture. Meet your CEO and hit the road. Hike 9.5 km on a circular trail in the center of the island. Enjoy the beautiful views of the Azinhal Valley and the village of Biscoitos with its rocky lava formations that flow into the sea. Later, take a tour of Angra do Heroísmo, the island's capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meals Included: Breakfast

Hike to Rocha do Chambre (3h 30min)

This 9.5 km loop trail goes through the middle of the island and explores the rich agriculture of Azorean heather, laurel and juniper plants. The Rocha do Chambre trail is considered hilly terrain. It has some flat sections through the forest that offer very dramatic scenery, and a few steep climbs. It crosses a forest and winds along a small stream to the top of the Pico Alto crater at just over 700 meters. Enjoy beautiful views of the Azinhal Valley and the village of Biscoitos with its rocky lava formations that flow into the sea. The total elevation gain is about 360 meters.

Tour of Angra do Heroísmo (45 minutes)

Enjoy a tour of the capital Angra do Heroísmo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city preserves its impressive Renaissance architecture with its fortresses, churches and mansions. Walk through this beautiful city and discover the hidden history of its main streets, squares and monuments.

 

Day 5 Angra do Heroísmo

We drive to the center of the island, where we have a breathtaking view of the agricultural patchwork fields that contrast with the centuries-old lava flows (often referred to as the Black Lagoon). Here we hike the Mistérios Negros trail and visit the Algar do Carvão lava caves. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Hike along the Mistérios Negros trail and to the lava caves of Algar do Carvão (5-6h).

Hike the Mistérios Negros trail, which begins near the last volcanic eruption on Terciera in 1761. Learn about this incredible landscape as you hike along uneven trails over solidified lava flows and volcanic rock. The highlight of the day is a visit to the lava caves of Algar do Carvão, a naturally formed air tunnel created under the warm lava.

 

Day 6 Angra do Heroísmo

Departure possible at any time. Included meals: Breakfast

 

Group Leader (CEO)

This group tour is accompanied by one of our group leaders who is called the CEO (Chief Experience Officer). The group leader's goal is to make your trip as stress-free as possible and to help you have the best trip possible. They will give you information about the places you are traveling through, make suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great places to eat, and introduce you to our local friends. While they are not tour guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries you visit on your trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.

Included/Excluded

Breakfast (x5)
Lunch (x3)
CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout the journey.
5 nights accomodation
The local flight between the 2 islands
5 guided hikes + 1 walking tour
Visit to Terra Nostra Geothermal Hot Springs
All transportation to/from the included activities
Dinners
Additional optional excursions
Flights

Suitable for

Families with Children
Couples
Individuals
Friends
Seniors

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