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1. São Miguel East & Northeast: Furnas & Nordeste Full-Day Tour
After getting picked up from your hotel in the morning, cross the island to the north coast. Make your first stop at Samta Iria viewpoint, and head to the Tea Factory Porto Formoso. Enjoy a splendid view over the bay, a magnificent garden and a tea tasting. Head back to the road, and stop at the Pico do Ferro Lookout on top of the Furnas Volcano crater to admire the interior of the volcano, the village and the Furnas Lake. Begin your journey into the crater and stop for a hike or a dip in the botanical garden, and the Terra Nostra or Poça da Dona Beija thermal pool. Admire Furnas Lake, where Cozido das Furnas are made using the heat of the volcano. Taste this typical and famous food at a local restaurant. After lunch, hike in the area of the boilers and visit the many volcanic manifestations, taste some of the many mineral waters, or stop for a traditional liquor taste. See the Natural...
Amazing trip. You get to experience so much beautiful and fascinating nature. Our guide (Fred) was great at making a fun atmosphere in the group and knew all that was relevant at the locations. He was even so kind to buy me painkillers due to a headache. So much value for your money
2. From Ponta Delgada: Furnas Valley and Furnas Lake Tour
Depart from Ponta Delgada, along the island's south coast, towards Furnas valley. On the way, you'll stop in few places, one of them being Vila Franca do Campo. Here, you'll observe an islet with the same name as this village. Arriving at Furnas, you'll watch rowing and the ritual removal of cooked Furnas, which you'll later be able to taste. After watching the removal, follow the path to the town center, with landscape, springs, gastronomy and all of its natural beauty. As you leave the village, you will stop for a panorama view of the valley, after which you will follow the tea route, visiting the tea plantation and tea factory (only place in Europe), where you observe all the traditional processes of transformation of the tea leaves, and delight in the black, green or Bergamot tea. At the end of this tour, by the island's north road, you'll stop in beautiful lockout that affords a n...
3. Azores: Explore Sao Miguel in 2 Days
The itinerary is as follows: Day 1 Start the tour with a guided tour of a pineapple plantation followed by a complete visit to the West and Central Zone of the Island of Sao Miguel. Highlights include the lagoons of 7 cities and Lagoa do Fogo, as well as a visit to the North Coast of the island, where you'll stop to delight in the magnificent views that the coast offers. On this tour, visit other small lakes, such as the Lagoa do Canario and Santiago. See places like the village of Seven cities, the City of Ribeira Grande, among others. Day 2 Depart from Ponta Delgada, along the island South coast, towards Furnas Valley and Vila Franca do Campo, former capital of the islan, with a fine historical center. Your first stop at Furnas will be on the banks of the lake, to watch as your lunch, the cozido na caldeira, is dug...
The awesome wonder of this amazing island, it's natural beauty. Tour guide was excellent and very attentive and obliging but the nature speaks for itself, no one needs to sell it. It is evident for all to see
4. São Miguel: Full-Day Tour of Furnas Valley
Begin your tour with pickup at your hotel or accommodation. Leave Ponta Delgada and make your first stop at Vila France do Campo, the first capital of São Miguel located on the south coast. Here, taste the famous Queijada da Vila pastry, a type of cheesecake created by nuns. Next, head toward Furnas Valley and spot volcanic phenomena, known as fumaroles, near Furnas Lake as you arrive. Find out how the true gastronomic specialty of Azores, the famous Cozido das Furnas, or Furnas stew, is cooked. Follow this with a visit to the Terra Nostra Garden and have the opportunity to experience a thermal bath before lunch is served. After lunch, see more volcanic phenomena in Furnas village, as well as the fumaroles in a mix of hot and fresh waters, some with medicinal properties. On the way up to the mountains, stop to admire the amazing over Furnas Valley from Pico de Ferro's viewpoint. Then,...
5. Ponta Delgada: Full-Day Furnas & Fire Lake Tour
On reaching the town of Ribeira Grande, the architecture of the city will be highlighted, its Ribeira and municipal gardens, pass by the haystack (Viewpoint), location which overlooks part of the north coast of the island of Sao Miguel, the start rises to observe the Lagoa do Fogo, we will stop in the natural park of the Old Boiler, which offers visitors a relaxing stroll, having direct contact with nature, having at its disposal two eras of train waters, whose temperatures vary between 35 ° at the new epoch and 25 ° in the older era and along the cascade, followed by Lagoa do Fogo, a pond of very blue waters, surrounded by a dense and lush vegetation endemic, and the lagoon highest of the island of Sao Miguel (Situated in the Pico da Barrosa). Furnas, known for its beautiful Valley, due to its paradisiacal scenery, and a City that has a lot to offer, namely its Lagoon, Terra Nostra, th...
6. Sao Miguel: Central Tour with Whale Watching and Lunch
Enjoy every single moment in this beautiful island and explore everything Sao Miguel has to offer. From Ponta Delgado you will drive towards Fogo Lake, taking the south side of the island towards Barrosa mountain. Stopping off at the Belvederes to admire the incredible surroundings, the tour continues to the regional natural monument of Caldeira Velha (entrances fee not included). After winding your way to the stunning hot springs of Ribeira Grande and the tranquil São Brás Lake, the tour stops off at the Gorreana Tea Factory, where you will be invited totast different kinds of tea grown locally in the only tea plantations in Europe. After the tour, a picnic will be served for lunch. The afternoon takes you from the land to the sea on a whale watching activity. You will have the opportunity to watch some of more than 25 cetacean species that can be found in the Azores. Although nature...
7. Furnas Valley Full-Day Volcano and Tea Plantation Tour
Depart Ponta Delgada and journey along the south coast of São Miguel before heading towards the Furnas Valley to experience its dramatic volcanic landscape. Stop at the village of Lagoa en route and visit a traditional pottery. Marvel at the former capital of the island at Vila Franca do Campo. Upon arrival in the Furnas Valley, go to the lake to enjoy a lunch of authentic cozido na caldeira (traditional Portuguese stew) cooked using the heat of the volcanic soil. Savor the ingredients characteristic of this typical dish. Next, go to the belvedere of the Pico do Ferro for a panoramic view of the valley. Return to Ponta Delgada via the island's north road, and stop at the site of Europe's only tea plantations and tea factory.
The tour was amazing and the landscape were impressive. The geothermal activities of Furnas is definitely a must see. The guide was very helpful and answered all our questions.
8. São Miguel Azores: Full-Day Nature Tour with Lunch
Discover the best that Sao Miguel Island has to offer on a full-day tour alongside an expert guide. Visit multiple volcanoes and viewpoints with panoramic views and enjoy a traditional Portuguese lunch. Get picked up at your hotel and visit the Visto do Rei viewpoint, and walk in the footsteps of royalty. Continue on to the Barrosa viewpoint, the second-highest on the island. Next discover the Sete Cidades volcanic crater, walking along paths lined with hydrangeas. Then visit Furnas Lake and see where your traditional lunch of Cozido das Furnas is cooked inside of the volcanic soil for 6 hours. After lunch, continue on to the village of Furnas, where you can relax in hot springs if you please. Next head to Nordeste, and enjoy a short walk through the Natural Park Ribeira dos Caldeirões with its waterfall and watermills.
9. Furnas: Private Van Tour
This tour covers some of the best scenic areas of São Miguel island and the Furnas volcanic area. It offers the opportunity to enjoy the hot springs and a visit to Terra Nostra Botanical Garden. • Pisão Viewpoint and Caloura • Vila Franca do Campo and its pastry factory • Senhora da Paz Viewpoint • Furnas Lake and Hot Springs • Furnas Village • Terra Nostra Botanical Garden (optional) • Hot Springs & mineral waters • Pico do Ferro Viewpoint • Gorreana Tea Plantation and Factory • Santa Iria Viewpoint
10. Sao Miguel: Half-Day Central Tour
From Ponta Delgado you will drive towards Fogo Lake, taking the south side of the island towards Barrosa mountain. Stopping off at the Belvederes to admire the incredible surroundings, the tour continues to the regional natural monument of Caldeira Velha (entrances fee not included). After winding your way to the stunning hot springs of Ribeira Grande and the tranquil São Brás Lake, the tour stops off at the Gorreana Tea Factory, where you will be invited to taste different kinds of tea grown locally in the only tea plantations in Europe.
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We really enjoyed this family friendly, interesting, and well worth tour. 6 stars would be an appropriate rating. Miguel has been an awsome, knowledgeable, attentive, flexible, professional and very pleasant guide. He went above the call of duty and included a few extra stops/activities that our whole family truly appreciated. The place is a wonder of nature, lunch was a delicious local recipe cozido in an informal restaurant, in which our small daughter felt really comfortable. 100% recommendable! Olga, Alex and Luna
Very complete and enjoyable tour. Another way to see the island. Our guide, Leoncio, a very friendly and pleasant person, who in addition to showing us what was included in the visit, answered all our questions with a smile and completed all the information we need (about restaurants, ...). Regarding Covid, very safe, in the car you go at all times with the masks and you have hydroalcoholic gel inside. Totally recommended !!!
Very friendly guide and picked up at the hotel on time! Fred really gave us a super day!! Got a lot of explanation. Seen and visited more than foreseen everywhere and also enough time to visit everything. Day lasted a little longer than expected cozido was super tasty and a lot! Everything went well!!!
Very good experience. Daniela, the guide, was very punctual and very good. Good temporal articulation of the visit. Great lunch
Great day trip. We saw a lot but never felt rushed.