8 days tour

Walking In The Azores

This tour includes:

Guide

Tour leader throughout

Meals

All breakfasts and six lunches are included. Breakfasts are buffet style with a variety on offer including bread, jams, cereals, and tea and coffee. The lunches provided are picnic style, either in the form of a lunch box or a buffet with local produce. In the evening, the leader will recommend local restaurants that serve traditional Azores food, which can be a selection of meat or fish with vegetables and potatoes or rice. Vegetarians are easily accommodated in the Azores, although the choice at each restaurant will be limited. For other dietary requirements, it's recommended to inform the restaurants/hotels in advance.

Others

Arrival & departure transfers for international flights (if joining group flight)

Transport

Whenever possible, we use private minivans (up to nine seats) for transport on the islands. In some cases (on the smaller Azorean islands), minivans are not available so we use larger buses. Between the islands, we use the public ferry service. Please note, transport for optional activities is not included but will be of the same standard.

Accommodation

During the week, our nights are split between three fantastic three- and four-star hotels. Pico: In the heart of Madalena town is Hotel Caravelas. It’s a short walk to the bustling marina and has a pool, sauna and gym. São Jorge: We use a beautiful oceanfront property, Hotel São Jorge Garden. Affording spectacular views towards the ocean, this hotel has a seawater swimming pool. Faial: Hotel Faial Garden is a tranquil haven in the coastal city of Horta. Offering an outdoor pool and a comprehensive wellness centre that includes a Jacuzzi, sauna, Turkish bath and gym, the property is the perfect spot to end our week in the Azores. Please note that, as standard, double rooms at the first two hotels have twin beds pushed together. There is a limited number of 'true' double rooms available for a supplement. Please speak to your sales representative if you wish to secure a true double room.

Not included:

Others

— Travel insurance — Single accommodation (available on request) — Visas or vaccinations — Optional activities: Visit to Capelinhos Volcano Interpretation Centre, Pico climb and whale watching

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Itinerary of your trip Walking In The Azores

  • Day 1 Day 1: Start In Madalena, Pico
    • 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

      Day 1: Start In Madalena, Pico

      Arrive at the hotel in Madalena, Pico, our base for the first three nights of the trip. Depending on when everyone arrives, there will be a welcome briefing either this evening or tomorrow morning. Pico is known as the Black Island thanks to the black volcanic earth used to build walls on many of the Unesco-listed vineyards. It is also home to the highest peak in Portugal, Mount Pico, which stands at 7,713ft (2,351m) and dominates the horizon.

  • Day 2 Day 2: Walk To The Coast On The Caminho Dos Burros Or Take An Optional Climb To The Summit Of Mount Pico (Breakfast,Lunch)
    • 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

      Day 2: Walk To The Coast On The Caminho Dos Burros Or Take An Optional Climb To The Summit Of Mount Pico (Breakfast,Lunch)

      We start the week with a transfer to the central highlands of Pico, by Caminho das Lagoas, where we begin our hike. After following a dirt track, we take a path that leads close to the Cabeço do Mistério volcanic zone, formed in 1562-1564 during the longest volcanic eruption since people settled in the Azores. It's common to encounter fog and mist in this zone, and amongst the dense vegetation we may come across endemic species such as the Azores spurge (Euphorbia stygiana). Following the route, we begin our descent to Pico's northern coast, passing through pastures and noticing how the vegetation increases in size as we descend. We continue towards the coast through a forest of acacia and Azores laurel in the Prainha Forest Park until we reach our destination for today, Baía das Canas, where it may be possible to have a short swim (weather conditions and time permitting). Alternatively, today is the perfect opportunity to join an optional challenging trek to the top of Mount Pico. This is a very strenuous six-to-seven-hour climb, which will be led by a local mountain guide. The excursion must be booked in advance of the trip and is always subject to availability and favourable weather conditions (for further information please check the Extra Expenses & Spending Money section of the Trip Notes). Ascent: 49ft (15m); Descent: 2,625ft (800m)

  • Day 3 Day 3: Optional Whale-Watching Excursion; Walk Through Vineyards On The Vinhas Da Criação Velha Route (Breakfast,Lunch)
    • 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

      Day 3: Optional Whale-Watching Excursion; Walk Through Vineyards On The Vinhas Da Criação Velha Route (Breakfast,Lunch)

      Apart from offering unique walking opportunities, the Azores is among the best places on the planet to spot whales and dolphins. There are 80 species of whale and dolphin and 25 of them have been sighted off the coast here, with sperm whale the most common. There is also the chance to spot bottle-nose dolphins, short-finned pilot whales, sei whales, Atlantic spotted dolphins and blue whales. If you choose to go on an excursion, you will have the chance to observe the behaviour of these wonderful creatures and learn more about their habitat with the help of the knowledgeable local experts on board. We observe strict protocols regarding interaction, always maintaining an appropriate distance. Moreover, during feeding and resting times, we avoid any interference with the natural habitat of the whales. Please note the whale-watching excursion must be booked in advance of your trip. Please speak to your sales representative for more details. In the afternoon, we embark on a largely coastal trail, notable for its scenic and cultural diversity, and which connects the village of Candelária to Areia Larga (part of Madalena town). This trail passes through an area protected by Unesco for its unique vineyard culture and is one of the most emblematic features of the island. Azorean vineyards are a sight to behold. Built to protect the vines from the harsh sea winds, they amount to row after row of black horseshoe shapes that score the lush, green coastline. What is more impressive is how the vines grow on the ground and through volcanic rock, rather than supported by a trellis. Our trail is rich in elements associated with vineyard culture such as rola-pipas (carved slopes to enable wine barrels to be slid along the ground to the waiting boats) and relheiras (tracks left by the wheels of ox carts). The path winds from the coast, then inland to circumnavigate hills, and back to the coast, with sections offering beautiful views over the vineyards and the islets of Madalena. We end by walking along the ocean-front until we reach Areia Larga. Ascent: 246ft (75m); descent: 246ft (75m)

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Experience Style

Experience Style

Mixed

There will be challenging activities such as hiking, biking, canyoning and trekking, but you’re also going to have other means of transportation and relaxed moments to just chill.

Accomodation level

Accomodation level

Medium

This accommodation includes essential services like a hot shower, electricity, and a nice and comfy bed.

Experience Type

Experience Type

Small Group

You’ll be accompanied by a small group of travelers just like you.

Physical Rating

Physical Rating

Average

There are several physical activities that last from 2 to 6 hours in easy terrains, low altitude flats, or water experiences. Please ask if you’re not sure this applies to you.

Age range

Age range

Min: 16 / Max: 99

Age range allowed for this experience.

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