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Sao Miguel: Ribeira dos Caldeiroes Canyoning Experience

1. Sao Miguel: Ribeira dos Caldeiroes Canyoning Experience

Discover the diverse green vegetation, clear and fresh waterfalls and old water mills on this adventurous canyoning tour through the forest. Unless you choose the option with pickup from Ponta Delgada, your adventure starts at Parque Natural da Ribeira dos Caldeirões, one of the most popular natural areas in the Nordeste region.  The activity starts with you picking up your safety equipment, followed by a short walk of about 20 minutes. Once at the entry point to the stream, listen to a safety briefing.  Along the route there will be vertical challenges at waterfalls, which you will combat with the technique of abseiling. The highest waterfall is 8 meters in height. In between there are short walking sections, as well as a more playful area with a slide and jump of about 5 meters.

Ponta Delgada: Full-Day Nordeste & Waterfall Tour with Lunch

2. Ponta Delgada: Full-Day Nordeste & Waterfall Tour with Lunch

Taking the road that travels along the North coast reach Nordeste, usually referred as the 10th island for its remoteness, and the oldest geological part of São Miguel. Mountains, woods, waterfalls, belvederes that rise over the sea, beautiful villages, and a multitude of flowers mark this area. It is possible to find genuine handicrafts and delicious gastronomy here which you can see and taste at your stop in Nordeste village. After lunch continue the tour around the east part of the island until you reach the village of Povoação, the place where the first settlers set foot on the island. Finish the day with a stop at Salto do Cavalo belvedere.

Full-Day 4x4 Nordeste Azores Tour from Ponta Delgada

3. Full-Day 4x4 Nordeste Azores Tour from Ponta Delgada

The Nordeste is one of the lesser-known destinations of Portugal, yet it remains one of the most beautiful areas of São Miguel Island. Spend a day exploring the area in a 4x4, traveling along the coast to Ribeira Grande and Porto Formoso, among others. The the 4x4 will climb to one of the highest peaks on the island: the Pico Bartolomeu. From here, you can see the highest mountain on the island, the Pico da Vara. After marveling at the sight, drive along the famous Tronqueira Mountain Trail to one of the oldest parts of the island, ending in Povoação Village.

Azores: Explore Sao Miguel in 2 Days

4. 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 up from the volcanic soil. Cooked by the natural volcanic heat, is a traditional Portuguese stew with all the ingredients that characterize this typical dish. After lunch, head to the Nordeste is a village situated on the north-east of the Island, is often referred to as the most beautiful of the amazing São Miguel Island, the region is also famous for its lovely gardens and the flowered streets and roads, filled with natural beauty and an exuberant vegetation. On returning to Ponta Delgada will be made again for the north coast of the island especially the visit to Tea plantation and factory from where it had to know the entire process and elaboration of Azorean Tea it is the only place in Europe where you can see a tea factory and tea plantation.

Sao Miguel: Eastern Tour with Lunch

5. Sao Miguel: Eastern Tour with Lunch

Travel from Ponta Delgada to one of Sao Miguel’s northern coast’s highlights: The Ribeira dos Caldeirões natural park, where waterfalls and windmills nestle amongst the lush vegetation. From here, you’ll continue on to Nordeste village, known for its beautiful gardens and well-preserved streets. From here you’ll travel along the North-East side of the island, taking in the views over colorful gardens and the sea from Ponta do Arnel, Ponta do Sossego and Ponta da Madrugada. Your next stop will be Povoação Village, situated in the most South-Eastern part of the island. Povoação means settlement in Portuguese, and was where the first Portuguese navigators arrived on the island. A picnic for lunch will be served, before traveling along the Alameda de Plátanos Visconde Botelho, a large avenue surrounded by Plátanus trees. Off-roading over streams, you’ll drive to Salto do Cavolo to the Graminhais plateau for views of both Furnas and Povoação villages. From here you’ll return to Ponta Delgada along the North coast of the island.

Azores Full-Day Jeep Tour from Ponta Delgada

6. Azores Full-Day Jeep Tour from Ponta Delgada

The full-day Sete Cidades tour will explore several lakes around the area by Jeep, moving along the craters of Sete Cidades, and a visit to the small parish. From there you will continue to the seashore, to witness the volcanic wonders of hot seawater (lunch included). The full-day Furnas tour will show you the most romantic town in all Portugal. In Furnas, hot spring water sits alongside cool spring water, and you can see inside a volcano, where vegetation and fumaroles compete. Enjoy the Furnas lake shore, where a small hiking trail can be included if agreed, and see how a traditional Portuguese meal is made, before eating it for lunch. Finally enjoy a relaxing thermal pool bath and finish the day with a cup of tea at the tea factory in Gorreana. On the full-day Nordeste option, experience waterfalls, enjoy stunning sea views, and feel the full force of Azores nature. You will visit a small parish and enjoy local food, before finishing the day with a cup of tea at the tea factory in Gorreana.

Nordeste Tour from Ponta Delgada

7. 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.

From Ponta Delgada: Azores Northeast Full-Day Tour

8. From Ponta Delgada: Azores Northeast Full-Day Tour

Traveling from Ponta Delgada towards Nordeste village, a circuit is made by the north coast of the island. Your first stop will be at Ribeira grande along with Ribeira dos Caldeirões and Natural Park. Here, you can visit a watermill, several waterfalls and a souvenir store. Continuing the tour, stop at the viewpoint Vista dos Barcos, where you can observe the most Eastern point of the island Ponta do Arnel, a lighthouse and small fishing port. Visit the viewpoint of Ponta do Sossego, a garden full of various flowers overlooking the sea and mountains. Next stop, Ponta da Madruga viewpoint, another location with a unique view of the island, where many people enjoy their summer dawns to watch the sun rise from the ocean. Continue through the south coast to Povoação village, first populated on the island by the year of 1432. Stop for lunch with a menu of your choice. After lunch, visit a garden and proceed to Ponta Delgada through the south coast, passing by Furnas and Vila Franca do Campo village and Lagoa city.

Ponta Delgada: Waterfalls of São Miguel Day Trip with Lunch

9. Ponta Delgada: Waterfalls of São Miguel Day Trip with Lunch

Experience the natural beauty of São Miguel with this day trip from Ponta Delgada. View take a hike to the Teófilo and Gruta waterfall and admire a waterfall in the Ribeira dos Caldeirões park. Tour a local tea plantation and learn about the cultivation of tea.  Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Ponta Delgada. Sit back and relax on the drive with breathtaking views of the sea and north coast. Follow your guide on path through lush vegetation.  Cross two wooden bridges and walk along a stream until you arrive at the Teófilo and Gruta waterfall. Stop for a traditional buffet lunch, where you can taste different typical dishes from Micaelense and Azore cuisine. After lunch, explore one of the most beautiful parks on the island of São Miguel at Ribeira dos Caldeirões. View its splendid waterfall and water mills before heading to a tea factory and plantation. Learn about tea production on a guided tour of a tea factory where you can see the machines that are used for tea preparation. Uncover the secrets of the process of making different types of tea. Delight your senses with a tasting of some of the teas produced in this factory.  Return to your accommodation in Ponta Delgada at the end of your tour. 

São Miguel: Sete Cidades Buggy/UTV Tour

10. São Miguel: Sete Cidades Buggy/UTV Tour

Be the driver of a buggy/UTV and experience some of the beautiful landscapes of São Miguel Island. Head to the highest points of the mountains that surround Sete Cidades volcano. Go on and offroad and visit some of the trails that are part of the Azores Airlines Rallye. If the weather is good, you can count on awesome views of the lakes and the ocean. Learn more about the area with your expert guides who will provide brief explanations at each stop.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 106 reviews

We went to the Azores with Mein Schiff3, unfortunately there were no more excursions available through TUI Cruise. Thank God we had a fantastic tour with wonderful impressions through Get your Guide with our guide Hugo Melo, who presented his island with body and soul. We fell in love with the island of Sao Miguel and will visit it again for a holiday. The lunch was excellent with the locals with many delicious specialties and local drinks. The only tea plantation in Europe was well worth seeing and interesting and was explained to us in great detail and we tasted and bought green tea, with the tour guide helping us very nicely. I can only recommend Get your Guide and will book the next tour there again.

Wow what a memorable tour this was! We cannot stop talking about it. Our guide Joao (John) was something else. He fluently speaks 6 languages, very professional, knowledgeable and funny! Not only he showed us the main sites but he also took us off the beaten track! I definitely recommend this tour 100%. Will be back next year and go on another trip with Joao.

Very extensive tour with Hugo, a very helpful, well-informed and dedicated guide! A beautiful landscape in the east and northeast. Felt even greener and more hilly than the rest of the island.

One of the best experiences in my life. Our guides were perfect: entertaining, supporting, providing safe and easygoing environment for an activity could be quite stressful. Highly recommend

Nuno gave us a nice day and showed us the beautiful island and places. A good coffee and delicious lunch was included, as well as time to explore the area on foot.