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São Miguel West: Full-Day Van Tour with Lunch

1. São Miguel West: Full-Day Van Tour with Lunch

Explore the highlights of the western half of São Miguel island on this guided tour by van. Discover the famous crater lakes of Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo, picturesque waterfalls, amazing cliffs, and stunning rock formations around the coast of the island. Start with a visit to Ribeira Grande, one of the most picturesque towns of the Azores, followed by a surprising view of some amazingly beautiful cliffs on the North coast. Then travel to the inner areas of the island to see the gorgeous waterfall of Salto do Cabrito, surrounded by wild vegetation. Drive to the top of Fogo Volcano to enjoy views of the most pristine and magical of the crater lakes of São Miguel. From the top of the mountain, enjoy the stunning views over a large portion of the island. After a tasty meal to restore your energy levels, head to Sete Cidades, to understand why this is considered by the postcard of the Azores. Enjoy views from two completely different perspectives over the famous twin lakes.  End the day in Mosteiros, at the western coast of the island, where the lava rocks have formed enchanting small islets and natural pools.

São Miguel East: Full-Day Van Tour with Lunch

2. São Miguel East: Full-Day Van Tour with Lunch

Explore the highlights of the western half of São Miguel island on a guided tour by van. Discover the hot springs at Furnas, the waterfall at Ribeira dos Caldeirões, as well as the remote rugged beauty of the Nordeste region. Enjoy the beautiful scenery along the northern coast of the island until you get to the Santa Iria Lookout, with a spectacular, ample view of the north coast in both directions, before continuing to Furnas. Find yourself in Furnas and admire a spectacular panoramic stop to gaze over the lake and town. Descend where you will be given the choice of visiting the geothermal fields and tasting the sparkling waters, or bathing in the hot springs, for an additional fee. Next, discover a traditional way of cooking as your lunch of cozido (stew) is pulled from the warm volcanic soil. In the afternoon, continue the journey eastward, with a stop at the charming waterfall of Ribeira dos Caldeirões.  Explore Nordeste, the most unexplored and rural part of the island. Visit two amazing lookouts over the high cliffs that characterize the East coast of São Miguel, before returning to Ponta Delgada.

Ponta Delgada: São Miguel Island Hidden Gems Full-Day Tour

3. Ponta Delgada: São Miguel Island Hidden Gems Full-Day Tour

Spend a day exploring the hidden gems of São Miguel Island, away from the big crowds. The island of São Miguel is beautiful everywhere and has a lot to see besides the popular and busy attractions. Drive through the quiet roads of the inner island surrounded by forests and green pastures. See the native and unique vegetation of the Azores in well-preserved areas and learn about their uses in the early history of the islands. From ample views from mountain tops, to waterfalls, cliffs, a small lake—this tour goes to many amazing places that are not part of the main tourist itineraries. This tour is accessible to everyone and doesn’t require difficult walks. Throughout the day, you will explore the hidden side of the Azores and go off the typical roads to enjoy some unique views.

Ponta Delgada: Walking Tour with Botanical Garden

4. Ponta Delgada: Walking Tour with Botanical Garden

Meet with your tour guide at 2:00pm at the tourist office in Ponta Delgada in the city center. You will be briefed with great information about the history of Ponta Delgada, to provide you with some context to what you will be about to see. The iconic monument of Portas da Cidade will be how you begin learning about the many facets of Ponta Delgada over the centuries. The Mother Church of Sao Sebastiao is next, which is one of the oldest and most important buildings in town. You will then ease along the picturesque cobblestone streets of the city center, while the tour guide provides great information along the way. Uncover some of the best works of art that are present in Ponta Delgada, some of which are easily missed by tourists. You will then advance to visit the exquisitely designed botanical garden of Santana, home of many peculiar tree species. You can enter a normally inaccessible area of Igreja do Santo Cristo, and get up-close with the statue that began the largest religious procession in all of Portugal.

Sao Miguel Island: Fire Lake Half-Day Tour

5. Sao Miguel Island: Fire Lake Half-Day Tour

This tour starts in a parish village Faja de baixo, famous for the cultivation of pineapple. There, you'll have the opportunity of seeing the whole process of pineapple cultivation of the Azores. On reaching the town of Ribeira Grande, discover the architecture from this cities and of the island, pass by viewing points that overlook part of the north coast of the Sao Miguel. You'll have the opportunity to taste some traditional liquors. Visit the thermals of Ribeira Grande Boilers, a thermal suite constructed in the nineteenth century. In the central zone of the valley lies a large amount of clear blue boiling water.  Afterwards, you'll stop in the natural park of the Caldeira Velha for a relaxing stroll. Experience direct contact with nature. The Fire Lake, is a lake of very blue water, surrounded by dense and lush vegetation. It is the highest lagoon of the island of Sao Miguel, situated in the Pico da Barrosa at 937 meters.  

Ponta Delgada: Half-Day Jeep Tour to Sete Cidades

6. 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.

From Ponta Delgada: Furnas Half-Day Trip

7. From Ponta Delgada: Furnas Half-Day Trip

Begin your tour to discover the island of Sao Miguel with pickup from your hotel or accommodation. Drive towards Furnas, stopping at the Santa Iria Viewpoint to admire the views over the north coast. Enjoy the contrast of green pastures and the blue sea behind. Continue to one of the island’s tea plantations, where your guide will accompany you on a tour of the planting and factory facilities. Take the chance to taste one of the teas produced there, and enjoy a short break before descending into Furnas. Explore the famous fumaroles and hot springs of the volcanic landscape. Continue to Vila Franca do Campo, making stops at the Hermitage of Our Lady of Peace and another viewpoint. Drive back along the south coast towards Ponta Delgada, where your tour will end.

Terceira: Full-Day Highlights Tour

8. Terceira: Full-Day Highlights Tour

Experience the natural attractions of Terceira island on this private full-day tour. Visit the various viewpoints, peaks, mountains and volcanoes and marvel at the ever-changing landscape. Get recommendations on dining and where to buy local products. Discover the many natural pools and beaches and stop to take a dip. Drive to fishing ports and hear the fascinating whaling stories. Snap photos of the fortresses and lighthouses that decorate the island. Admire the volcanic caves and fumaroles. Watch the landscape change to delightful greens, woods, and endless pastures where cows, and wild cattle are abundant. Witness pastoral scenes of farmers taking care of the animals. See where volcanic wine is produced. Learn about the culture and traditions from a local. Hear about Divino Espírito Santo festivities, traditional street bullfights, and the unique way of experiencing carnival, as well as the typical summer festivals.

Praia da Vitória: Island Dinner Experience with Locals

9. Praia da Vitória: Island Dinner Experience with Locals

Get to know local people and life in Praia da Vitória during a dinner at a private Azorean home and garden. Feel like an Azorean as you immerse yourself in the island and its people. Learn about local culture, traditions, history, and gastronomy from the source. After pickup, get welcomed into the local family’s home. Interact with the family and enjoy drinks and finger food during dinner preparation. Once prepared, enjoy dinner in the shade of the vineyard’s pergola on a pleasant summer afternoon or in a characteristic living room, depending on the weather. Typically, a barbecue is served with local fine meats and sausages accompanied by Portuguese wine (mainland) or Azorean wine. For dessert, savor one of the many typical sweets with coffee or dessert wine. This experience is not just about the food (you can go to a restaurant for that) but is also about the interaction with the locals, the best way to learn about the island’s culture, history, and traditions. 

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What people are saying about Azores

The tour was really amazing mainly because of the guide Fernando, who knows all the details about the Azores - and any other topic you want to talk about during the trip :)

Our guide Joao was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. More importantly he had a passion for Ponta Delgada that he was able to impart to us.

Fantastic experience! Great value! Would have taken me hours of research and driving and wandering... This has been an absolute stunner!

Guide was passionate, humorous and sincere which made all the difference. The weather did not cooperate, but he made the best of it.

This. Is. A. Must. Hugo was fantastic and helpful!