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São Miguel West: Full-Day Van Tour with Lunch

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, on the western coast of the island, where the lava rocks have formed enchanting small islets and natural pools.

São Miguel Island: 2-Day Guided Island Tour with Meals

São Miguel Island: 2-Day Guided Island Tour with Meals

2x Full-days Package excursions Furnas + Nordeste + Sete Cidades + Fogo Lake (4 Tours in 2 days) 1st Full Day tour to Furnas & Nordeste. (8 hours tour)) 2nd Full Day tour to Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo. (8 hours tour) As the reservation calendar only allows you to mark 1 day at a time, the 2nd day of the tour will be automatically reserved for the following day Ex; if you book for the 8th of May, automatically the 2nd day of the tour will be the 9th. What will make your reservations on the 8th and 9th of May. *The order of days tours may be changed. Our local gastronomy will be represented on both days. On the day of Furnas & Nordeste tour, we will have the opportunity to lunch the famous “Furnas Stew”, cooked in volcanic soil for 6 hours, and also have the opportunity to see taking out our pot from the interior of the volcanic soil, and all the volcanic manifestations existing there. On the day of Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo tour, lunch will be served as a “Buffet” with different meat and fish dishes. (Full lunch on both of 2 days of activities with starters, drinks, dessert and coffee included) In these 2 days of activitiest, you will have the privilege of having a general view of the most iconic places of the entire “green” island, from which stand out the emblematic viewpoints such as Vista do Rei in Sete Cidades, (winner of the 7 Wonders of Portugal ) or Pico do Ferro, where you can see from the top of the crater one of the most active volcanoes in the Azores archipelago and learn all about its eruptive history with more than 100,000 years. You will also have the opportunity to relax in hot thermal pools, heated by Furnas volcano, at one of the biggest and best Botanical Parks in Europe, Terra Nostra Park. Also the visit to Pineapple and Tea Plantations will be a “must”. In the Northeast area, we will visit the Ribeira dos Caldeirões Natural Park with its 5 water mills and its imposing and majestic waterfall, entitled “Véu da Noiva”. We have selected the best TOP places to visit throughout São Miguel island in Sete Cidades, Furnas, Lagoa do Fogo and Nordeste areas, making in a 2 full days activities the most complete experience as possible at São Miguel Island in Azores

São Miguel: Full-Day Tour to Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo

São Miguel: Full-Day Tour to Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo

Start by visiting a traditional pineapple plantation, which is a biological culture developed on greenhouses where it’s possible to taste the pineapple´s liquor. Continue along the west coast of the island where it´s possible to enjoy the view of both São Miguel’s coasts from the Pico de Carvão‘s viewpoint. Surrounded by the greenest vegetation, visit the Vista do Rei‘s viewpoint at Sete Cidades. From this point, see the twin lakes with their varying colours. Then, inside the crater, admire the stunning Santiago lake. Head next to the stop will be made in the picturesque town of Sete Cidades where lunch will be served in a regional restaurant. After lunch, admire the beauty of São Nicolau church. In the afternoon, continue along to the Escalvado Viewpoint. Along the north coast, stop to visit the town of Ribeira Grande where you can explore its historic center. Visit the Regional Liquors' Factory to taste a variety of its products. The last stop will be at the fantastic Lagoa do Fogo for fantastic views of the island. Finally, return to Ponta Delgada, through Pico da Barrosa.

Full Day Sete Cidades + Lagoa do Fogo

Full Day Sete Cidades + Lagoa do Fogo

Pelas rota da covoada entremos pelos complexo grande da caldeira de colapso das 7 cidades. Paragem no miradouro do pico do carvão, que se ve o complexo dos picos, em que se vê o ponto mais estreito da ilha, 8km. Passagem pelo antigo aqueduto de água (muro das 9 janelas). Paragem na lagoa do canário. Paragem na vista do rei. A maior caldeira de colapso dos Açores, reserva da natureza, geositio 1 das 7 das maravilhas de natureza de Portugal. Vista do rei, na visita do rei D. Carlos 1 (1901) ao miradouro, disse: Isso sim, é a vista de 1 rei. Paragem no miradouro do serrado das freiras, paragem na lagoa do Santiago. Passagem pelo serrado das freiras e um pouco de passeio a pé, lagoa azul. Passagem pela ponte e lagoa verde. Almoço Saída das 7 cidades em direção à cumieira grande, paragem na "vista da rainha", Passagem pelo troço do rally, cumieira grande. Saída no muro das 9 janelas. Ir em direção à ribeira grande lado norte Entrada pela ribeirinha estrada velha, ir ao miradouro de santa luzia(miradouro do palheiro) Vista norte da orla costeira, Passagem pelo antigo forte, Passagem pelo ponte dos 8 arcos. Ir à fábrica de licores (visita guiada gratuita). Sair em direção ao salto do cabrito. Paragem para ver a cascata e central hídrica. Passagem pelas centrais geotérmicas, Passagem pela caldeira velha e paragem na lagoa do fogo. Paragem no miradouro principal, saindo em direção ao pico da Barbosa. (875m de altitude)ponto de visto panorâmica sobre o lado sul e norte da ilha.

Ponta Delgada: Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo Tour with Lunch

Ponta Delgada: Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo Tour with Lunch

Explore the volcanic landscape of the Sete Cidades, and the mountain scenery of the Lagoa do Fogo on a full-day sightseeing tour from Punta Delgada. Following a pick-up from your hotel, drive along a scenic road to the Vista do Rei viewpoint. Enjoy panoramic views of the blue and green waters of the two lakes in the crater of the Sete Cidades. Then, continue to different viewpoints before getting close to the banks of the twin lakes. Go to the Mata do Canário, and marvel at the unique flora of the natural park. Drive along the Pico do Carvão road past numerous small lakes, including the “Empadas Lakes.” Get multiple perspectives of the north and south shores of the island of São Miguel. Break for a lunch of typical Azorean food in a local restaurant in the city of Lagoa. Next, explore the city of Ribeira Grande with its unique historic center that dates from the 17th to 19th centuries. Ascend the Pico da Barrosa mountain at the end of your tour and discover the protected natural landscape of the Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lake). Marvel at the thermal pools, waterfalls, and different types of endangered plants of the area, before your return transfer to Ponta Delgada and a drop-off at your hotel.

Ponta Delgada: East Circle, Furnas Volcano, & Northeast Tour

Ponta Delgada: East Circle, Furnas Volcano, & Northeast Tour

Spend the day exploring the stunning volcanic landscapes of the North-East of São Miguel island along with its coastline on a full-day sightseeing tour from Ponta Delgada, Ribeira Grande or Lagoa. Discover how the Azoreans live inside the Furnas volcano's crater in a small group tour atmosphere. Following a pickup from listed hotels or guesthouses by minivan, travel to the gorgeous Santa Iria viewpoint located on north shore. Refresh your adventure with a morning stop and tea tasting at Gorreana Tea Factory, the last 100% natural tea plantations on earth. Contemplate the beauty of the tea plantations undulating through the hills. São Miguel has the only two tea plantations in Europe Venture to the picturesque Nordeste to visit Ribeira dos Caldeirões Natural Park. A watermill museum, cascading waterfalls and experience this Azorean heritage in a magical setting, capturing the essence of local life and immersing yourself in the island's vibrant past. Next, head to the mystical Furnas Valley, where geothermal wonders await to be amazed by the enchanting charm of this place while seeing fumaroles and bubbling springs, a testament to the island's volcanic soul. Furnas is considered to be one of Europe's largest hydropolises due to its wide variety of mineral and thermal springs. One of these is Terra Nostra, a hot spring appreciated for its medicinal benefits. To personalize your Furnas volcano adventure, we have two options; • Relax in the thermal waters, or visit one of Europe's most beautiful botanical gardens (Terra Nostra) to customize your day tour. (Entrance not included tickets on place, 16€ per person) • For food lovers, you can enjoy the most authentic dish in the Azores, Furnas stew, (Cozido das Furnas) which is cooked in volcanic soil and perfectly crafted to tantalize your taste buds. (not included, available as Tour option) Travel to the geothermal area of Furnas (Caldeiras). Marvel as the actives hot springs with boiling waters and mud release steam into the air creating a magical landscape. Admire the volcanic crater at Furnas Lake before returning to your original starting point, passing by the former island capital, Vila Franca do Camp.

Lagoa do Fogo: Guided Volcano Geo Tour w/ Hotsprings Bathing

Lagoa do Fogo: Guided Volcano Geo Tour w/ Hotsprings Bathing

Marvel at the volcanic landscape of the Azores with a tour of the Lagoa do Fogo (Lake of Fire) on this guided tour in São Miguel, with optional hotel pickup. Stop at multiple viewpoints on the drive up to the crater. Take a dip in the Caldeira Velha thermal pools or the Salto do Cabrito waterfall. Start from the Marina of Vila Franca do Campo for check-in and a short briefing. Then, hop into a van to drive up to the protected Nature Reserve of Lagoa do Fogo. On the way, stop at the scenic viewpoints of Pico da Barrosa and Bela Vista to soak in some of São Miguel’s best island views. Finally, arrive at the 15 thousand-year-old crater that sits in the deep caldera of the Fogo Volcano. Admire the stunning lake and learn about its endemic flora and surrounding woodlands from your guide. Next, head down the mountain, passing by the Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre for information on the island's volcanic origin, biodiversity, and geothermal resources. Here, you can opt for a bath in Caldeira Velha’s manmade thermals pools and a natural waterfall pool – all heated by the nearby Fogo Volcano. Alternatively, go further ahead to the Salto do Cabrito waterfall, tucked away in a lush forest. With any time left, you visit the Historic Center of Ribeira Grande, the 16th-century fountain of Largo de São Pedro, or the sandy beach of Santa Barbara. Finally, head back to the marina to end the tour.

Azores: Canyoning in Salto do Cabrito

Azores: Canyoning in Salto do Cabrito

This excursion starts and finishes at the Salto do Cabrito Waterfall, an amazing place located near to the city of Ribeira Grande and Caldeira Velha in São Miguel Island (+/- 20 minute drive away from the city of Ponta Delgada). When we get there, we will proceed with the equipment distribution and a safety briefing, followed by a walk of around 30 minutes on average until we reach the canyoning site where the fun will begin! After a new briefing with a few more instructions, we begin the descent of this canyon, passing through several waterfalls and surrounded by the exuberant nature of this volcanic area. The descent is made through several rappels (between 4 and 16 meters) and for unforgettable moments of fun, there is also the option of a zip-line. The highest rappel is approximately 16 meters and you can optionally make a jump of approximately 3 meters. Note: – The exact itinerary including jumps, rappels and other techniques will depend on local conditions and seasons. The terrain, landscape and flow of the stream normally change throughout the year.

Rabo de Peixe: Cave Boat Tour on The North Coast

Rabo de Peixe: Cave Boat Tour on The North Coast

Embark on a boat tour of the Azores departing from Rabo de Peixe's port. Head to your first spot to see two of the best surfing beaches in Portugal, Santa Bárbara Beach and Monte Verde Beach. Marvel at a wide view of the entire city of Ribeira Grande and the beautiful green mountains. Next, see fantastic caves sculpted by volcanoes, the Lighthouse of Ribeirinha, and the old abandoned port of Santa Iria. Continue to a hidden beach that is only visited by surfers passionate about the sport, followed by Moinhos Beach in Porto Formoso. Sit back and soak in views of your surroundings, or go swimming or snorkeling in the clear waters.

Ponta Delgada: 2-Day West & East Island Volcanoes Tour

Ponta Delgada: 2-Day West & East Island Volcanoes Tour

Take advantage of two full-day tour pack at a special price and Join us to adventure the São Miguel island volcanoes route. Visit Furnas volcano, Sete Cidades volcano, Fogo volcano, Nordeste and much more. IMPORTANT INFO: The order of the tours may not be as shown. On the Western side Tour (Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo), start by visiting a pineapple plantation in Ponta Delgada followed by the most scenic viewpoint in the Azores, the "Vista do Rei" viewpoint stands on the edge of the volcanic crater to witness the beauty of the blue and green lake. Descend inside the volcano, stop at the "Cerrado das Freiras" viewpoint and Sete Cidades parish. Here you will have free time to explore the picturesque parish, walk along the edge of the lake or enjoy a typical lunch if you have opted for the "Tour with lunch included" option. Next, stop at Escalvado viewpoint overlooking the ocean, Ponta da Ferraria and Mosteiros Islets. Departure to the north coast to stop at "Mulher de Capote" liqueur facility for a traditional liqueurs tasting. Start the drive to the edge of Fogo volcano crate with a stop at the "Lagoa do Fogo" and "Pico da Barrosa" viewpoints. The last one offers wonderful views over the lagoon and the whole western part of the island. Return to the starting point. On the East side Tour, discover Furnas volcano & Nordeste starting with a morning stop at one of the most beautiful viewpoints on the north coast of São Miguel, Santa Iria. Enjoy a tea tasting by visiting one of the only two industrial tea factories in Europe. Admire all the beauty of the tea plantation, traveling through valleys and mountains where goats clean the bushes. This is not just any plantation, it is the only and last one in the world where no pesticides or fertilizers are used, being 100% natural. Head to the "Parque Natural da Ribeira dos Caldeirões" in Nordeste, here, the nature lives! An old water mill park converted into a Natural Park of great beauty with its enormous waterfalls. "Pico do Ferro" Viewpoint is our next spot to discover what awaits you by admiring the magnificent panoramic view of the interior of the Furnas volcano crater. Visit the famous "Parque das Caldeiras" close to the lake and learn how the locals cook, using holes in the ground heated by volcanic heat. Take advantage of this break at Lagoa das Furnas, for lunch (available in option: tour with lunch included). Explore the place locally called "Mouth of the Volcano" where you will find hot spring, countless sources of mineral waters and stroll among boiling waters. You can also enjoy a relaxing bath in the famous thermal pool "Parque Terra Nostra botanical garden". Entrance is not included and can be purchased on site (€16 per person). This is one of the most beautiful gardens in Europe, and its orange waters are a global attraction. The last stop will be in Vila Franca do Campo, which was the first capital of São Miguel, before its destruction in 1522.

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