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São Miguel: Furnas and Nordeste Full-Day Tour with Lunch

1. São Miguel: Furnas and Nordeste Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Starting through Ponta Delgada, along Avenida do Mar, following the beaches of Água D´Alto, until we reach the first capital of the island, Vila Franca do Campo, stopping at the viewpoint of Ilhéu de Vila Franca do Campo where we can see its incredible islet, the result of an underwater volcanic eruption and where the Red Bull Cliff Diving has been running for 3 years, now; After this short break, we will drive to the bucolic Lagoa das Furnas (Entry not included, available by choice or at customer’s expense), area where the famous “Cozido das Furnas” is cooked in volcanic soil for 6 hours, and here we can observe the removal of the pots from the volcanic ground by local restaurants. We will also visit the various fumaroles and boilers from that area; Back on the road and towards the parish of Furnas you can optionally relax in pools of hot springs, over 30 degrees, that spur incessantly from railway springs. This is an experience of thermal charisma, with the option of the client and alternative, between Poça da Dona Beija) and the pools of Parque Terra Nostra, where in addition to being able to swim, you can also visit its amazing Botanical Garden Terra Nostra Park, considered one of the best and largest in Europe. (Entry not included, available by choice or at customer’s expense); Lunch Break (Lunch included) After lunch, a pedestrian visit to the the center of the parish of Furnas; Driven north of the Island, next stop will be at the Ribeira dos Caldeirões Natural Park, one of the most visited areas in the Nordeste area, with its 5 Watermills and her amazing waterfall; The last stop of the day, will be the tea route, until the tea plantations and their factories. A view of the splendid bay, a magnificent garden and a smiling welcome for a tea tasting at the Gorreana Tea Factory or Porto Formoso Tea Factory.

Nordeste Tour from Ponta Delgada

2. Nordeste Tour from Ponta Delgada

Start the tour by leaving Ponta Delgada and traveling towards the north coast. Make the first stop at Ribeira dos Caldeirões in the municipality of Nordeste. See the beautiful waterfall, known as Véu da Noiva, and the surrounding watermills and gardens. Pass through picturesque villages as you travel on towards the wonderful viewpoints of Ponta do Sossego and Ponta da Madrugada, on the eastern tip of the island. View the beautiful lighthouse from the top of the cliff. Stop for lunch which will be served in the village of Povoação, the oldest settlement on the island. In the afternoon, relax near the sea or explore the historic center of Povoação. Return to Ponta Delgada along the south coast, passing by Furnas Lake and Vila Franca do Campo.

Whale and Dolphin Watching with Vila Franca Islet Visit

3. Whale and Dolphin Watching with Vila Franca Islet Visit

Take the opportunity to see some of the sea life found in the Azores including dolphins, whales, turtles and seabirds. Before the boat trip, listen to biologists explaining the safety measures aboard, the history of the area, the local wildlife and how to respect them. Then set off! After the 3-hour whale watching tour, stop in Vila Franco do Campo to enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Following lunch, 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. Take one of the provided snorkels and diving masks and see the numerous protected fish species in this natural reserve. Following the tour, transfer back to Ponta Delgada by boat or van.

Ponta Delgada: Half-Day Jeep Tour to Sete Cidades

4. Ponta Delgada: Half-Day Jeep Tour to Sete Cidades

Take a jeep tour from Ponta Delgada and visit the volcanic crater at Sete Cidades. Go along less-used roads and get out into the natural beauty of Portugal. Travel along a small dirt road along the rim of the crater. Enjoy spectacular views and then explore Azorean culture at some of the local villages. Learn about the nature and the culture of the area from your knowledgeable guide. Enjoy a convenient transfer back to Ponta Delgada at the end of your tour.

São Miguel Island: Full Day All-in-One Tour

5. São Miguel Island: Full Day All-in-One Tour

This tour gives you the unique opportunity to get to know São Miguel island as much as possible during a short stay. The tour will start early going in direction to Vista do Rei where you can enjoy the view over the Sete Cidades Lakes. From there the tour will take you up into the mountains to enjoy the view over the gorgeous Lagoa do Fogo. Then you will venture back down the mountains for a visit to Caldeira Velha, a protected nature reserve, where you will have the option to enjoy a bath in the warm water from a waterfall. The journey will then take you to the viewpoint of Santa Iria where you can see the gorgeous northern coast. Following the coastal views, you will visit the Gorreana tea plantation and its factory, where you can taste two different kinds of tea: black and green. The tour will continue on where you will be able to enjoy the amazing view over Furnas’ valley, and a stop will be made at Pico de Ferro’s viewpoint. Arriving in Furnas Village you will see some volcanic phenomena, known as fumaroles. You will then be able to have some lunch and eat the delicious famous Cozido das Furnas (or Furnas Stew), a gastronomic dish of Azores. After lunch, a stop in the Furnas Lake to see how the famous stew is cooked, then take a walk near the beautiful lake. Returning to Ponta Delgada and passing by Vila Franca do Campo, the first capital of São Miguel, located in the south coast, a last stop will be made at Ermida da Nossa Senhora Paz to enjoy the view to the famous Ilheú da Vila Franca. The tour will finish at your hotel or at the harbor.

Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo: Full Day Jeep Tour with Lunch

6. Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo: Full Day Jeep Tour with Lunch

Discover hidden secrets on São Miguel aboard a jeep, which takes you to places where others do not go with a friendly, english speaking local guide. Embark on a trip to Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo and get amazing views along the way. Dine at a local restaurant for a delicious lunch. Leave Ponta Delgada behind and travel to the Empadada Lakes. Be surrounded by the natural beauty as the sound of silence embraces you. Make many stops, while exploring the western craters of São Miguel. See the rim of the crater and get the best views in São Miguel. Visit the church of São Nicolau, and get breathtaking views from Vista do Rei. Eat a delicious lunch with drinks at a local restaurant. Discover the beautiful crater of Lagoa do Fogo, also known as Fire Lake in the afternoon. If the weather is clear, you can view the island of Santa Maria from afar. Enjoy an optional swim in the thermal waters and a visit to Caldeira Velha.

From Ponta Delgada: Vista do Rei to Sete Cidades Guided Trek

7. From Ponta Delgada: Vista do Rei to Sete Cidades Guided Trek

One of the best ways to explore São Miguel Island is on a guided trek. Immerse yourself in nature and admire the views on this walk between Vista do Rei and Sete Cidades. Take plenty of breaks along with stops at Vista do Rei Viewpoint, Lomba do Vasco Viewpoint, and more. Start with pickup from select hotels in Ponta Delgada and head to the start of the trek at the Vista do Rei Viewpoint. From there, follow the unpaved track that starts on the western side of Cumeeira da Caldeira until you reach the Escalvado Viewpoint and then the village of Sete Cidades. Continue along the trail, admiring the volcanoes Caldeira Seca and Caldeira do Alferes. From the Lomba do Vasco Viewpoint, look toward the northwest coast of the island including the four inlets of Mosteiros. Reaching the road that connects Sete Cidades to Várzea, take the path back to Sete Cidades.

Azores: Day at the Farm with Outdoor Traditional Lunch

8. Azores: Day at the Farm with Outdoor Traditional Lunch

Agriculture is the main activity of the Azores, taking decisive action in the economic and social cohesion of the archipelago. The useful agricultural area (UAA) occupies about 120 thousand hectares with 13,541 farms. The dairy sector accounts for more than 30% of national production and farms have an average size of 28.2 head. Taking into account the size and characteristics of the archipelago, it is a valuable contribution, resulting from a work of great dedication and commitment that has been made by the milk producers. Start the day with a guided tour of a factory, where you can see the different stages of the confection of the products derived from milk and meat, visit a veal farm where you can interact with the animals, followed by an amazing outdoor lunch (traditional food, Portuguese wine), visit a dairy where you can taste the milk directly from the cow and a farm where you can participate in feeding the animals in the field.

Angra do Heroísmo: Landmarks Guided Walking Tour

9. Angra do Heroísmo: Landmarks Guided Walking Tour

Start the tour with a pickup from your hotel and drive to either Monte Brasil volcano or the UNESCO-listed High Memory Memorial for the starting point of the tour. Get an overview of the city’s historical past from your expert guide. Continue to the heart of the city and walk the streets filled with monuments significant to the history of the Azores Islands. See the Cathedral of Angra do Heroísmo, one of the most controversial catholic cathedrals, and Palacio dos Capitaes Generais, pivotal in the establishment of the first general government of the Azores. Proceed to the city hall and finish up walking by the Rua Direita, the first main street that culminates in Pátio da Alfândega, the oldest wharf in Angra do Heroísmo. From here you’ll see Angra Bay, where Vasco da Gama disembarked in 1499, establishing the island as a mandatory stop for routes passing through the Atlantic.

Angra do Heroísmo: Terceira Island Half-Day Tour

10. Angra do Heroísmo: Terceira Island Half-Day Tour

Explore all the main attractions of Terceira Island on this convenient half-day tour. Marvel at the Azores native vegetation and Terceira Island bulls dotting the nearby agriculture fields. Go to the Serra do Cume viewpoint, see the volcanic-formed swimming pools of Biscoitos and also you have the option of visiting Algar do Carvao volcano because we can adapt the tour according to your wishes! Enjoy the convenience of a pickup from the city of Angra do Heroísmo. Start the tour with a visit to Monte Brasil. Observe the UNESCO World Heritage City of Angra do Heroísmo from above. Enjoy a full view of the city, the mountains and surrounding villages. After a short drive through the city, continue along the southeastern shore of the island. Pass by the villages of Ribeirinha, Feteira, Porto Judeu and São Sebastião. See all the focal attractions along the way, such as the Goat's Islets and the oldest church in Terceira. Move to your next stop, Serra do Cume. Admire the island's oldest and largest Caldeira and colorful countryside. This viewpoint in the mountain range of Serra do Cume overlooks the patchwork of green pastures, forming "The Stitch Blanket". Pay a short visit to Praia da Vitória, its historical center. Finally, make a stop in the village of Biscoitos to see vineyards. Appreciate the waves in natural swimming pools, located in the northernmost part of the island. At the end of the tour, get dropped off to your accommodation, or any other place in Angra do Heroísmo.

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LOVED the full day tour with our amazing guide, Joao. He was very attentive and always made sure we were comfortable and having a good time. Doing the tour on our first day on the island was the perfect way to get familiar with the island so we could plan for the remainder of our week. Joao was very knowledgable about Sao Miguel and offerred so many interesting tidbits we otherwise would not have learned. Loved all the stops we made and never having to worry about parking or driving. The Furnas stew was delicious and loved that Joao joined us at the table while we dined. Also loved meeting the other people on the tour!! Amazing experience!

It was a perfect sampler of São Miguel / Ponta Delgada / Sete Cidades — we saw enough to get a true view of the beauty, and we realized that there is so much more to see! We will definitely be back, and next time we’ll plan a couple of days to really dig into the beauty, the history, and the culture.

Because it was foggy, our wonderful guide Arturo gave us the option of biking around Sete Cidades instead. We really enjoyed that activity and the subsequent visits to the neo-gothic local church and cafe for delicious pastries. This is an excellent company for your island tours.

Joao was the best tour guide we have had so far! This tour was beautiful with amazing views and great culture. Also the food was delicious :). Highly recommend!

The tour was great even though it was raining for some parts and cloudy!