14 days tour

Walking In The Azores

This tour includes:

Guide

Tour Leaders are quite simply the glue that holds our tours together. They are chosen for their travel experience and people skills and are thoroughly trained by Explore, widely acknowledged as some of the best training in the industry. A Tour Leader's ultimate aim is to ensure everyone is well looked after and have a fantastic trip. They are there to ensure that the tour logistics run smoothly, that health and safety is adhered to and provide comprehensive briefings at the beginning and throughout the tour.

Meals

A key facet of our responsible approach to tourism is that we encourage our groups to eat in local restaurants that prepare locally grown food. We give customers choice as to their meals and do not use rather bland and impersonal hotel restaurants or all- inclusive options 13 Breakfasts 1 Lunches

Others

All accommodation, activities and meals that are shown in the itinerary are included in the total cost of your trip You will also receive a complimentary transfer to and from the airport if you arrive on day 1 of the trip and depart on the last day and have provided your international flight information.

Transport

Bus, Ferry, Flight, Public Bus, Taxi

Accommodation

11 nights standard hotel 2 nights simple hotel Accommodation and service levels in the Azores are generally very good. We try to use smaller family-run hotels that might not offer the same luxuries as larger chain-style hotels, but they do provide a warm welcome, a comfortable place to stay and the chance to gain a better understanding of local life. The accommodation at Residencial Sete Cidadesin Ponta Delgada at the beginning of the trip is well located within easy walking distance of the town centre. The hotel is 1970sin style and décor which is quite simple but clean and comfortable. There is a new larger breakfast and lounge area. Please note that as the street is quite narrow, if the group istravelling in a larger bus you will have to walk a short distancewith your luggage from the main street to the hotel entrance. In Horta on Faial Island at the end of the trip, you will stay at the premium graded Azoris Faial Garden Hotel. Set in extensive gardens with coastal views this hotel has a lounge, bar, restaurant, indoor and outdoor pools and health club with comfortable and spacious rooms. The hotel is very well located in the centre of Horta with easy accessto many great restaurants, the marina and beach.

Not included:

Others

Any visa costs, spending money and tips are not included in the trip price. You can also book extra nights’ accommodation at the beginning and end of the trip and the cost of this accommodation along with any transfers would be quoted separately.

Flights

International flights not included in the tour cost

Insurance

Travel Insurance is not included

Optional

The following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations. Please note: These activities are booked and paid for direct with the supplier and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract. Sao Miguel - Half day whale watch €55pp Terceira - Algar do Cárvao Caves €6pp and shared taxi €15pp; Tourada Festival shared taxi €10-15pp Sao Jorge - Rosais shared taxi €10pp; Ridge Walk Pico de Esperanza €15pp shared taxi; Coastal walk and dinner shared taxi €10pp (plus dinner) Pico - UNESCO vineyards with wine and cheese plus lava caves €20pp; Whale-watching boat trip €65pp (July and August) €54pp (mid season), €49pp (low season) (subject to weather conditions); Dolphin Experience boat trip with swimming €75pp (subject to weather conditions); Furnas da Frei Matias walk (shared taxi) €8pp; Pico ascent including guide and taxi (based on 4 people: €55pp, 3 people: €73.50pp, 2 people €110pp) Faial - Half day island excursion €20-25pp shared taxi, with Capelinhos Exhibit €10pp; Capelinhos walk shared taxi €20pp; Capelinhos Exhibit €10pp. All taxi costs are based on a minimum of 4 people sharing. Please note that the Tourada Festival is dependent on the local farmers schedules.

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Itinerary of your trip Walking In The Azores

  • Day 1 Day 1: Join Trip In Ponta Delgada On The Island Of Sao Miguel
    • 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

      Day 1: Join Trip In Ponta Delgada On The Island Of Sao Miguel

      Arrive in Ponta Delgada, Located on the harbour of Sao Miguel, the Azores largest island, Ponta Delgada is a charming historic city with narrow cobbled streets and some interesting buildings worth a visit, such as the Municipal city hall with its reflecting pool in the city centre of Baixa. For those arriving on time our Leader plans to meet you in the hotel reception at 7pm for the welcome meeting and for those that wish, there is the chance to go out for dinner. There are no activities planned today, so you are free to arrive in Ponta Delgada at any time. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you'll need to arrive at João Paulo II Airport in Ponta Delgada (PDL) which is around 10 minutes' drive from the hotel. Should you miss the meeting, your leader will inform you of any essential information as soon as you catch up. If your flight arrives earlier in the day, perhaps you might choose to take a stroll along the harbour front promenade past the 16th Century fort to the marina or visit the Convent and Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Esperança with its unique quadrangular tower.

  • Day 2 Day 2: Enjoy Lakeside Walk, Lunch Among Volcanic Scenery And Visit Thermal Pools
    • 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

      Day 2: Enjoy Lakeside Walk, Lunch Among Volcanic Scenery And Visit Thermal Pools

      Basing ourselves at Ponta Delgada, the island's capital, we spend our first 3 days exploring Sao Miguel - the largest of the islands we visit. We use a mixture of local and private buses to transfer us to and from our walks. For our first day walking we drive to the north side of the island. We make a stop at Gorreana, Europe's oldest and only remaining tea factory and continue to Lagoa das Furnas where we take a short walk of approximately forty-five minutes on the shores of the lake, stopping to see the natural ovens (cavities in the rock). In the huge hollow of Furnas Valley, diverse volcanic activity has also created thermal springs and boiling mud pools. For lunch today we'll enjoy a traditional Cozido cooked in the volcanic fumeroles. We also have time to visit the botanical gardens of Terra Nostra, planted over 200 years ago which has an outdoor thermal pool in which you may like to take a dip. Back on the bus we continue to a viewpoint to Lagoa de Fogo, the island's highest crater lake, where we will stop to take photos before continuing back to Ponta Delgada.

  • Day 3 Day 3: Walk Around Sete Cidades, See The Colourful Crater Lakes
    • 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

      Day 3: Walk Around Sete Cidades, See The Colourful Crater Lakes

      This morning we drive to the Sete Cidades volcano for a beautiful walk within and around this iconic crater. The 500-metre deep, three-mile long volcanic crater contains two lakes, Lagoa Verde and Lagoa Azul, one blue and one green. The trail starts at Vista do Rei viewpoint,heading along the crater ridge until the parking lot of Várzea. Throughout the walk, there are views of the Sete Cidades lakes to the right and views over the coastline of Sao Miguel Island and the sea to the left. Today's leisurely five kilometre walk is expected to take around two hours with 270 metres of ascent and descent. The last section of the trail before the village is quite inclined and can be slippery.

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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

Basic

Almost everyone is fit for these activities. Every hike or physical exercise last less than 30 minutes, such as paragliding and horseback riding. Please ask about specific conditions.

Age range

Age range

Min: 16 / Max: 85

Age range allowed for this experience.

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