.Family Holidays - São Miguel
Enjoy the exciting Azores with this one-week holiday on São Miguel Island. Ride on a 4x4 around the crater rim of Sete Cidades and halfway to Lagoa do Fogo you will have the opportunity to enjoy the view of the north coast and the south coast of the island at the same time! Go searching for whales and dolphins on a whale watching trip. Bathe yourself in thermal waters in a world renown botanical garden and taste the Cozido das Furnas stew cooed with steam from the earth. Experience the traditional Azorean lifestyle, learn how to cook Azorean bread, a lot of traditional food and local handicrafts. Ready to embark on this unforgettable holiday?
- Day 1 - São Miguel
Transfer from the airport to the hotel.
- Day 2 - São Miguel
Full Day tour Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo on this tour you will explore the village of Sete Cidades, famous for the beauty of its lakes and surrounding hills. At the mountain top, two impressive lakes have formed in the volcanic caldera (basin) one with blue water and the other green (Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Verde) an incredible natural phenomenon and a sight not to be missed! Along the way the tour you will also go visiting picturesque spots, including lakes (Lagoa das Empadadas, Lagoa de Santiago) and sights less well known but well worth a visit due to their natural beauty. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant. Continue towards the magnificent Lagoa do Fogo. Before visiting the Lagoa do Fogo several stops to visit interesting places along the way including the calderas of Ribeira Grande and Caldeira Velha, where there are fumaroles and a waterfall of warm water! Stop at the viewpoint of Lagoa do Fogo with its magnificent landscapes and surrounding colors.
- Day 3 - São Miguel
Whale Watching - Transfer from the hotel to the marina of Ponta Delgada. Activity which takes between 3 hours and is done by a professional team of lookouts, skippers, and biologists on rigid inflatable boats. Before you leave to the ocean, they do a briefing including information about the species you may see, and the Azorean Whale Watching code of ethics. At the end they provide you the necessary equipment you should take to ensure your safety and comfort (life vest and rain jacket). At the end of the activity transfer back to the hotel.
- Day 4 - São Miguel
Full Day tour Furnas - Furnas is one of the most famous beauty spots on the island, with a history of volcanic activity that has left a legacy of particularly impressive natural hot springs, calderas and fumaroles. The Lake of Furnas and its holes are surrounded by lush nature. Lunch will be served at a traditional restaurant where you can try the famous "cozido" which is cooked by the heat of one of the Furnas fumaroles! On this route you will also visit Vila Franca do Campo, where you can see the famous islet. A visit to a tea factory is also included and there will be time to admire the breathtaking views from many viewpoints.
- Day 5 - São Miguel
Full Day Living Experiences at Ginetes Transfer from the hotel to the meeting-point of Quinta das Raiadas at 08H45. We pass through Quinta das Raiadas to observe farm animals. Stop at Escalvado Viewpoint. House of the bread explanation and participation on how to make bread, local handicrafts and how to prepare a lot of traditional food. Light meal: soup, drinks (water, juice, tea). Taste a variety of local products including cheese and marmalade.
- Day 6 - São Miguel
Full Day tour Nordeste. Explore the east part of São Miguel Island and get to know the greenest and most picturesque county, Nordeste. On the way, you will get to enjoy the northern villages and pass by Ribeira Grande city and Porto Formoso village. Enjoy this adventure and take advantage of the view on Pico do Bartolomeu where you get a privileged view of Pico da Vara, the highest point of the island.
- Day 7- São Miguel
Free day at leisure.
- Day 8 - São Miguel
Transfer from the hotel to the airport.
Included / Not Included
- 7 nights (breakfast included depending on the hotel selected)
- Arrival & departure transfers between airport & hotel as mentioned on the program
- Full day tour Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo (Trilhos da Natureza)
- Half day Whale Watching (Picos de Aventura)
- Round trip transfer between the hotel and the whale watching base
- Full day tour Furnas (Trilhos da Natureza)
- Full day Living Experiences (Quinta das Raiadas)
- Round trip transfer between the hotel and Ginetes
- Full day tour Nordeste (Trilhos da Natureza)
- Symbolic contribution to social & environmental institutions: Rabo de Peixe Sabe Sonhar & Life Priolo: 1€
- Meals other than those mentioned on the program
- Supplements for private tours
- Upgrades to superior rooms
- Supplements to reservations in hotels other than those mentioned
The day, route, schedule and mode of transportation are subject to change without notice due to operating conditions
The Tours may have to be in taxi with English speaking driver