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Our most recommended Furnas Jeep & 4WD Tours

Private 4x4 Tailored Tour from Ponta Delgada

1. Private 4x4 Tailored Tour from Ponta Delgada

Set off on a full-day adventure to discover the island of Sao Miguel in a 4x4 vehicle. With private tour that can be fully customized, you decide what to do and when. Explore the craters of Sete Cidades, visit the romantic town of Furnas, or discover Lagoa do Fogo. Get picked up from your hotel by your driver/guide to start this incredible experience. A number of itineraries are available that you can discuss with the driver on the day of your tour. Choose to visit the parishes around Sete Cidades, to discover the lakes, craters, and hot springs around the area.  Alternatively, head in the direction of Furnas and take a tour of the most beautiful town on the island. See fumaroles and hot springs as you admire the lush vegetation around Furnas lake. Take a short hike if you wish, and see how traditional pottery is made locally.   If you love nature then choose to discover the two biggest lakes on Sao Miguel, Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo. Admire the blue waters and stop at Caldeira Velha to enjoy a swim in a naturally-heated waterfall. Explore a 4x4 trail to another waterfall, and take a short hike if you like. Witness volcanic activity at Ribeira Grande, a small town in Caldeiras.

Full-Day Furnas Azores 4x4 Tour from Ponta Delgada

2. Full-Day Furnas Azores 4x4 Tour from Ponta Delgada

Travel from Ponta Delgada to Furnas Azores on a full-day 4x4 tour on the island of São Miguel. Furnas Azores has a history of volcanic activity that has left behind a legacy of particularly impressive natural geysers, hot springs, calderas, and fumaroles. Along the way, you will visit a number of locations with stunning landscapes and unique and intriguing features, such as Vila Franca do Campo, where you can see the famous islet, a tea factory, and views from various spots. Upon arriving at Furnas Azores, admire the lake and its geysers, which are surrounded by lush nature.

Ponta Delgada: Half-Day 4x4 Sete Cidades Trip

3. Ponta Delgada: Half-Day 4x4 Sete Cidades Trip

Once you are picked up at your hotel, get ready for a half-day of exploring. Cruise along the forested floor of a massive volcanic crater as you explore Sete Cidades with an experienced local guide. In a rugged 4×4 vehicle, ride between sparkling lakes and bounce down dirt roads that lead to sweeping viewpoints of this stunning and dramatic landscape.

From Ponta Delgada: Furnas Full Day Jeep Tour

4. From Ponta Delgada: Furnas Full Day Jeep Tour

Be picked up in Ponta Delgada and head towards Vila Franca do Campo on the south coast of the island to start your adventure around the south side of the island. After exploring Vila Franca do Campo, you’ll head to Lagoa das Furnas. In Lagoa das Furnas, you’ll stop in a local restaurant to try the famous Furnas stew. Furnas stew is a meat stew that is cooked underground. After lunch, you’ll visit the centenary garden Parque Terra Nostra. After visiting Parque Terra Nostra, you’ll get the opportunity to visit Caldeiras das Furnas. The volcanic hot spring pools at Caldeiras das Furnas are unique to the island. Stop at the Pico do Ferro viewing point and take in the views of the island. Before the tour comes to an end, you’ll visit the local tea factory, Gorrena, and stop at the Santa Iria viewing point.

Full-Day Sete Cidades & Ferraria from Ponta Delgada

5. Full-Day Sete Cidades & Ferraria from Ponta Delgada

Set in the middle of a 3-mile (5-km) wide volcanic crater, Sete Cidades’ forest-blanketed slopes and lake scattered valleys are the ideal place for an off-road adventure. Explore the area with a local guide and make a special trip to Ponta da Ferraria, where thermal pools offer unique swimming chances (optional).

From Ponta Delgada: Furnas Guided Day Trip & 4x4 Adventure

6. From Ponta Delgada: Furnas Guided Day Trip & 4x4 Adventure

Meet the most romantic town in Portugal. In Furnas, hot spring water is neighbor to the fresh spring water inside a volcano. See vegetation and fumaroles competing. Enjoy Furnas lake shore (a small trail hike can be included if wanted) and see how a traditional Portuguese plate is done in Furnas. Visit and see how the tea is prepared in the oldest factory of Europe, the Gorreana Tea Plantation, where it´s possible to have a taste.

From Ponta Delgada: Nordeste Full Day Jeep Tour

7. From Ponta Delgada: Nordeste Full Day Jeep Tour

Be picked up in Ponta Delgada and head towards Nordeste for a full-day jeep tour of the region. Stop at Sallto do Cavalo viewing point. The lookout point provides views of the north-eastern side of the island, the Furnas Valley, and the coastline. After your stop at Sallto do Cavalo viewpoint, you’ll head to the Park of Ribeira dos Caldeirões. Located on the the slopes of Serra da Tronqueira, Park of Ribeira dos Caldeirões follows the Ribeira dos Caldeirões water stream. Here you’ll see an abundance of local flora, including ferns and cedar trees. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant located in a Nordeste village. After lunch, you’ll stop at Serra da Tronqueira, where you’ll have panoramic views of the island. Visit Povoação, which was the first populated village on the island. After your visit, stop at Vila Franca do Campo, which is known for its beach inlets.

From Ponta Delgada: Furnas Lake Shore 4x4 Guided Day Trip

8. From Ponta Delgada: Furnas Lake Shore 4x4 Guided Day Trip

Visit the most romantic town in all of Portugal. In Furnas, the combination of hot spring water and fresh spring water await you. You can see inside a volcano, where vegetation and fumaroles compete. Enjoy the Furnas lake shore (small hiking trail can be included) and see how a traditional Portuguese plate is done in Furnas (underground stew – lunch ), take a relaxing thermal pool bath and then finish the day with a cup of tea at the tea factory in Gorreana. Besides the lunch hour and the Poça da Beija Stop, along the tour several stops will be made to enjoy important viewpoints. The stops duration can be adjusted but in general not longer than 10 minutes each. In general the tour will take about 7 hours from pick-up to drop-off.

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What people are saying about Furnas

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 7 reviews

Car rental prices were outrageous so my bf & I booked this tour instead, and it actually ended up being our favourite day in the Azores! We went to some very remote/underrated places that we would’ve have seen had we been driving ourselves because we didn’t know they existed. The whole experience is customizable depending on what’s important to you. Our guide Delfim was amazing. He was exceptionally warm and funny - we genuinely felt like we spent the day with a good friend. He was chalk full of knowledge of the history and geology of the island as well. While the private tour is more expensive than the group tours available, we felt that our experience with Delfim was well worth the extra cash as he went above & beyond to make our day incredible & we didn’t have to adhere to any strict timelines or plans. And of course, it is always nice to support a small business :-)

We had a great tour of Sete Cidades and the area with Filipe. He was very knowledgeable, and told us why there were SO MANY hydrangea flowers all over the island! Highly recommend this tour. The experience is for 4-5 people, so small private group (in our case, it was just the two of us and Filipe).

After arriving in São Miguel we wanted to kickoff our journey with a tour. Delfim picked us up at our hotel, and what a guide he was! He's enthusiastic, knows all the best sights and gave us a lot of tips about what to do during our stay. I can say he's the best guide we've ever had!

We loved it! Despite the rainy weather, we managed to see everything, thanks to the commitment of our guide Filipe, who was tireless always trying to align things in the best way. I recommend it to anyone looking for an off road experience!

We had an amazing morning and our guide was so flexible, changing the itinerary around to suit the weather better and so that we could get a view of the lakes at Sete Cidades