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Azores Islands ▸São Miguel

Independent Hiking week

Azores Islands ▸São Miguel

773 € per person

Hiking week in São Miguel – Azores: 6 walks, luggages & persons transfers, maps, descriptions & GPX-files – Difficulty: ▲▲△△△

Azores Islands

Sao Miguel Azores con Natourtravel

São Miguel ▸ Azores Islands

6 most outstanding walks

▸ Includes 7 nights in 2 little charming hotels, bed & breakfast basis.

▸ 6 walks through the most characteristic places of the Azores Islands.

▸ Pre-arranged private transfers. Eventually by public bus.

The 6 most outstanding walks of Saõ Miguel

One-week trip

transfers included (taxi and/or regular bus)

Waymarked trails + GPX tracking files

in 2 small charming hotels:

◇  STANDARD OPTION
Hotel Vale Verde ** (Furnas)
Hotel Canadiano *** (Ponta Delgada)

◆  UPGRADE OPTION

Hotel Terra Nostra **** (Furnas)
Hotel São Miguel Park **** (Ponta Delgada)

traslados en bus y taxi

transfers by taxi or public bus

transfers by taxis or public buses for each walk, to and from the hotel.

accommodation

small charming hotels and unique accommodation in strategic locations, with breakfast included.

Sao Miguel Azores con Natourtravel

6 walks

of approx. 7 ~14 Km. each to discover the most characteristic features of São Miguel - Azores Islands

TOURS AND ACCOMMODATION:

Arrival in Ponta Delgada

  • airport pick-up and transfer to the hotel.
  • 1st  night in Furnas:  

◇ Hotel Vale Verde **
Hotel Terra Nostra ****

Lagoa das Furnas ▸ Pico do Gaspar

  • walking distance: 11,5 Km
  • ascent: + 300 m
  • descent: – 300 m
  • 2nd  night in  Furnas:  

◇ Hotel Vale Verde **
Hotel Terra Nostra ****

Lombada do Cavaleiro▸Ribeira Quente

  • walking distance:   9,1  Km 
  • ascent: + 420 m
  • descent: – 499 m
  • 3rd  night in  Furnas:

◇ Hotel Vale Verde **
Hotel Terra Nostra ****

Salto do Prego▸Faial da Terra

  • walking distance:    11,5 Km
  • ascent: + 479 m
  • descent: – 844 m
  • 4th  night in  Furnas:

◇ Hotel Vale Verde **
Hotel Terra Nostra ****

Ribeira Funda▸Praia dos Moinhos

  • walking distance:         14,4 Km
  • ascent: + 369 m
  • descent: – 593 m
  • 5th  night in  Ponta Delgada:

◇ Hotel Canadiano***
Hotel São Miguel Park ****

Lagoa do Fogo▸Praia Agua d'Alto

  • walking distance: 13,8 Km
  • ascent: + 560 m
  • descent:  – 682 m
  • 6th  night in  Ponta Delgada:

◇ Hotel Canadiano***
Hotel São Miguel Park ****

Sete Cidades

  • walking distance:   12,6  Km 
  • ascent: + 413 m
  • descent: – 754 m
  • 7th  night in  Ponta Delgada:

◇ Hotel Canadiano***
Hotel São Miguel Park ****

departure day

  • transfer to the airport.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Niveau 2
This activity is for you if you usually do sports and have a good physical background; if you can walk steep slopes up and down and don’t have health problems; if you love nature, are environmentally friendly and are a regular hiker.
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What does this programme include?

con Alojamiento Accommodations – 7 nights stay in different charming hotels, B&B.

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ICONO - VIDEOCONFERENCIA

Videoconference information – personalised information by video-talk on your arrival day

Information material – maps to be picked up at the hotel reception, upon arrival

ICONO GPX GPX Tracks – to follow the walks on your mobile device

Taxi or public bus transfers – all necessary transfers for each route, except on departure day to the airport. 

ICONO 24h-Service Support 24h – we keep permanently in touch with you throughout your stay to solve any problem or enquiry you may have.

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ICONO EQUIPAJE Any arrival date is possible – You decide your travel dates and when to start. However, we must first request availability to the accommodations.

ICONO Calendario Booking: With an initial payment of 150 € (per person), book now and guarantee your trip. We will confirm your reserve within 24 hours. But in the case of accommodations  unavailability, we will refund the paid amount or propose alternative dates. 

 

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Book early !!  …and get a 6% discount for bookings made 90 days before the arrival date.

◇  STANDARD OPTION

  822▸ 773 €per person in double room
2 persons

|    Supplement for single room use
(and 3rd person):  + 245▸ 230 €

  Solo Traveller (1 person only):   1.435▸ 1.349 €

◆  UPGRADE OPTION

  1161▸ 1.092 €per person in double room
2 persons

|    Supplement for single room use
(and 3rd person):  + 295▸ 277 €

  Solo Traveller (1 person only):   2.023▸ 1902 €

Further information …

What is NOT included?

Arrival and departure flights from/to your destination are not included.

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Cancellation Policy
– Up to 14 days before the date of arrival, 100% refund.
– Between 13 and 7 days before the arrival date, 75% refund or free of charge dates change.
– Between 6 and 3 days before the arrival date, 50% refund or free of charge dates change.
48 hours before the arrival date, 0% refund or date change with 20% penalty of total amount.
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    Highlights of the trip:

    Furnas – Lagoa do Fogo – Sete Cidades

    Atlantic atmosphere – Romantic beaches

    2 unique accommodations in charming enclaves

    Azores Islands São Miguel 

    The Azores Islands, an enchanting archipelago in the mid-Atlantic Ocean, is a Portuguese autonomous region consisting of nine volcanic islands. Renowned for their dramatic landscapes, vibrant flora, and rich marine life, the Azores Islands offer a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage.

    Sao Miguel Azores con NatourtravelThe Azores islands are divided into three groups: the Eastern Group (São Miguel and Santa Maria), the Central Group (Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico, and Faial), and the Western Group (Flores and Corvo). Each island boasts its own unique charm. São Miguel, the largest island, is famed for its stunning crater lakes, such as Lagoa do Fogo and Sete Cidades, and the hot springs in Furnas. Pico Island, home to Portugal’s highest peak, Pico Mountain, is a haven for climbers and wine enthusiasts alike, with its UNESCO-listed vineyard culture.

    The surrounding waters of the Azores islands are a sanctuary for marine life, making the archipelago one of the best destinations for whale watching. Sperm whales, blue whales, and dolphins are commonly spotted, offering an unforgettable experience for visitors. The Azores islands’ rich marine biodiversity also makes it a popular spot for diving, with vibrant underwater ecosystems teeming with life.

    Azores rutasThe Azores’ culture is a tapestry woven from centuries of maritime history. The islands were discovered and settled by the Portuguese in the 15th century, and their strategic location made them a crossroads for various cultures and a haven for sailors. This historical confluence is evident in the Azores islands’ architecture, cuisine, and traditions. The colorful festivals, such as the Holy Spirit Festivals and the Sanjoaninas, reflect the islands’ deep-rooted religious and cultural traditions.

    In recent years, the Azores islands have gained recognition for their commitment to sustainable tourism. The islands’ pristine natural environments are protected by strict conservation laws, and eco-friendly tourism practices are encouraged. This approach has helped preserve the unique landscapes and ecosystems, making the Azores islands a model for sustainable travel destinations.

    São Miguel, the largest and most populous island of the Azores islands archipelago, is often referred to as “The Green Island” due to its lush landscapes and verdant hills. Located in the Eastern Group of the Azores, São Miguel offers a captivating mix of natural wonders, cultural heritage, and vibrant local life.

    São Miguel is renowned for its stunning natural beauty, highlighted by its crater lakes, hot springs, and volcanic landscapes. The Sete Cidades, a massive volcanic crater housing two lakes—one green and one blue—creates a mesmerizing contrast that is among the island’s most iconic sights. Lagoa do Fogo, another spectacular crater lake, is set amidst a nature reserve and offers breathtaking views and serene surroundings.

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      • Destination
      • Included
        Bed & Breakfast accommodation
        in/out Airport transfer
        Liability and accidents insurance
        Luggage transfer
        Maps and printed descriptions
        Transfers by taxi and regular bus
      • Not Included
        4WD transfer
        access permissions
        Aperitivo
        Arrival transfer
        Bebidas
        beverages
        Bicycle rental
        Bus transfers
        Cable-car
        Car Rental
        Courtesy lunch
        field telescope
        Guide
        Half board accommodation
        HAVEN hanging tent
        Local flights + Ferry
        Lunch
        snack
        Tasting
        Transfer by ship
        Traslado en 4x4
        Two nights in a hotel
      1
      Day 1

      Sao Miguel Mapa Arrival in Ponta Delgada

      Airport pick up and transfer to hotel in Furnas. Informative video call to explain all the details of the walks.
      ◇  Standard Option + Hotel Vale Verde  2* (Furnas)
      ◆  Upgrade Option + Hotel Terra Nostra  4* (Furnas)
       
      2
      Day 2
      Sao Miguel Azores con Natourtravel Furnas Lagoa das Furnas Pico do Gaspar
      The first route starts directly at the hotel and paths back to it in a circular way. The trail goes along the Lagoa das Furnas, a lake with calm waters and a serene environment, surrounded by lush vegetation.
      Throughout the tour you can observe "fumaroles" and pools of hot water, the result of geothermal activity in the area. On the shore of the lake, you will find the famous caldeiras, where the traditional "cozido das Furnas" is cooked. Here, the pots are buried in the hot volcanic soil to cook slowly and give it its peculiar flavour.
      From the southern end of the lake, a path leads you on a continuous ascent to the top of Pico do Gaspar. From an altitude of 500 metres above the sea, Pico do Gaspar offers a spectacular view of the region, with Lagoa das Furnas at your feet.
      Niveau 2    11,5 km |  +300 m / -300 m
      ◇ Standard Option + Hotel Vale Verde  2* (Furnas)
      ◆ Upgrade Option + Hotel Terra Nostra 4*  (Furnas)
       
      3
      Day 3
      Sao Miguel Azores con Natourtravel

      Lomba do CavaleiroRibeira Quente

      After a short transfer to the peaceful village of Lomba do Cavaleiro, the route follows the path along the southern coastline of São Miguel, with the permanent view of the sea as a backdrop.
      Leaving the village behind, the path climbs upwards through a leafy area, interspersed with crop fields. The path then descends steadily, crossing several "miradouros" (viewpoints) and picturesque spots.
      After reaching Ribeira Quente, it is worth going to Praia do Fogo for a swim and perhaps a good "cozido" in a local restaurant, before returning to Furnas.
      Niveau 2   9,1 km |  +420 m / -499 m
      ◇ Standard Option + Hotel Vale Verde  2* (Furnas)
      ◆ Upgrade Option + Hotel Terra Nostra 4* (Furnas)
       
      4
      Day 4
      Salto do Prego azores rutas faial da terra

      Salto do PregoFaial da Terra

      After ascending the Pico dos Bodes (483 metres above sea level) and enjoying the splendid views of its "miradouro", the trail enters a lush forest towards the village of Sanguinho until it reaches the Salto do Prego, a waterfall of approx. 20 metres that forms a beautiful natural pool where you can take a bath.
      The route now continues to Salto do Cagarrão, a little further north. This is another small waterfall with a natural pool and after visiting it we must return along the same path until we find the road that leads to Faial da Terra.
      The village of Faial da Terra is a small fishing village in a fertile valley in the south of São Miguel. The stream flows down to an unsuitable callao beach. At the end of the route you can enjoy a tasty lunch of "peixe" (fish) in one of the local "cantinhas" (canteens).
      Niveau 3   11,5 km | +479 m / -844 m
      ◇ Standard Option + Hotel Vale Verde  2* (Furnas)
      ◆ Upgrade Option + Hotel Terra Nostra 4*  (Furnas)
       
      5
      Day 5
      Sao Miguel Azores con Natourtravel

      Ribeira Funda Praia dos Moinhos

      Today the trail will take us along the gorgeous northern coast. Starts at Ribeira Funda and goes through diverse enclaves: Maia, Porto Fermoso and finally, Praia dos Moinhos, a beautiful beach of fine black sand where you could have a bath after the walk
      The track crosses over a few cliffs of low altitude, traversing a lush countryside where the blue sea is the main protagonist. For the grand finale, this route will take you to the sunny beach where you could also enjoy a good meal while waiting for our driver to take you to your next hotel in Ponta Delgada.
      Niveau 3   14,4 km | +369 m / -593 m
      ◇ Standard Option + Hotel Canadiano  3* (Ponta Delgada)
      ◆ Upgrade Option + Hotel São Miguel Park 4* (Ponta Delgada)
       
      6
      Day 6
      Azores rutas en Sao Miguel entre volcanes

      Lagoa do FogoPraia Agua d'Alto

      After a short transfer we start the route to Lagoa do Fogo, one of the wildest spots in the Azores. Framed within a protected natural area, the route takes us through a "levada" (water channel) to an altitude of 575 metres above sea level.
      From the crests of the lagoon we can see the whole island. The path then follows a descending course towards the south coast, through valleys and mountains, ending at the Agua d'Alto beach.
      A spectacular walking tour with countless panoramic views culminating in a swim in the Atlantic before returning to Ponta Delgada.
      Niveau 3   13,8 km | +560 m / -682 m
      ◇ Standard Option + Hotel Canadiano  3* (Ponta Delgada)
      ◆ Upgrade Option + Hotel São Miguel Park 4* (Ponta Delgada)
       
      7
      Day 7
      Sao Miguel Azores con Natourtravel

      Sete Cidades

      Sete Cidades is undoubtedly the crown jewel of the island of São Miguel. It is a collection of ancient volcanic craters whose sedimentary bed is home to spectacular lakes. Around it are the villages that give the unique enclave its name.
      Sete Cidades is located in the northwest corner of the island. It is an area of lush vegetation, woodland and extensive meadows of lush green where the gentle cattle keep the grass thin and the grasses thin.
      After a longer than usual transfer, the route starts at the top of the caldera, descending gradually towards the lakes. A splendid hiking route that leaves everyone fascinated.
      Niveau 2   12,6 km | +413 m / -754 m
      ◇ Standard Option + Hotel Canadiano  3* (Ponta Delgada)
      ◆ Upgrade Option + Hotel São Miguel Park 4* (Ponta Delgada)
       
      8
      Day 8

      Departure

      Transfer to the airport for departure. Depending on the time of your flight, you will still have time to wander through the narrow streets of Ponta Delgada or go on a whale watching excursion.

      TOUR LOCATION

      Discover São Miguel de Azores walking. An outrageously green island of rolling hills, active volcanoes and wild lagoons.

      ACCOMMODATION ◇  STANDARD OPTION

      Subject to availability:

      HOTEL VALE VERDE  **

      A charming little hotel with a Northern European appearance, located right in the centre of Furnas. It is a family-run accommodation with few rooms, very clean and well managed. A perfect accommodation to enjoy all the gastronomic options of Furnas and its everyday atmosphere.

       

       

      Unsophisticated but clean and well-kept rooms. With small details and amenities to make your stay more pleasant. The environment is quiet and peaceful, suitable for a good rest after all the day's activities.

       

       

       

      The hotel's dining room offers a very complete breakfast, with a profusion of tropical fruits grown on the island itself. The hotel's location is very close to the well-known 12-hectare park, ideal for a stroll after a good breakfast.

      HOTEL CANADIANO ***

      A very comfortable city hotel located in the old town of Ponta Delgada, the capital of the island. The hotel has been recently modernised to modern standards and offers all the services of a 3-star hotel.

       

       

      Comfortable rooms with a modern look, bright exterior balconies, fully equipped with all facilities. Within walking distance of the hotel you will find a myriad of interesting dining options.

       

      The building is a two-storey U-shaped building and its inner courtyard provides the necessary tranquillity for a restful night's sleep. The hotel also offers a restaurant, bar, etc. as well as lounges for socialising, with free wifi access.

      ACCOMMODATION | ◆  UPGRADE OPTION

      Subject to availability:

      HOTEL TERRA NOSTRA ****

      An iconic hotel located in the heart of the island: Furnas. Surrounded by a splendid park, like a Botanical Garden, where you can find flowers and plants from all over the world. Opened in 1935, the Terra Nostra Hotel still offers the best of island hospitality.

       

      Spacious and comfortable rooms with fabulous views of the surrounding park. A place to enjoy peace and quiet, yet located in the very heart of the town.

       

       

      Surrounded by a 12-hectare park, the mansion and its romantic garden were inaugurated in the 18th century by the American Consul Thomas Hicking. He had the garden built as his summer residence.

      HOTEL SÃO MIGUEL PARK ****

      Ponta Delgada is the capital of the island, a city of almost 70,000 inhabitants with a sea port. The Sao Miguel Park Hotel is located close to the old town and next to a landscaped park.

       

      Spacious and comfortable rooms with outside balcony facing the park, with great views of the city. Equipped with all the facilities of a 4 star hotel.

       

      The hotel offers, in addition to restaurant services, bar, etc., lounges for socialising as well as indoor and outdoor swimming pool, sauna and spa. Ponta Delgada is the ideal starting point for the final routes of this itinerary.

      PRICES / SERVICES

      rates for bookings less than 90 days in advance

       7   | 8 days:

      ◇  STANDARD OPTION

         822 € per person in a double room (2 persons)
      | Supplement for single use (...and for 3rd person) + 245 €.

       

      ◆  UPGRADE OPTION

        1.161 € per person in a double room (2 persons)
      | Supplement for single use (...and for 3rd person) + 295 €.

       

      INCLUDED:

      ▸Airport pick-up and 1st hotel drop-off
      ▸7 hotel nights with breakfast - 2 charming hotels
      ▸Descriptions for 6 hiking routes
      ▸All necessary transfers to/from each walk
      ▸Maps, information materials and GPX files
      ▸Virtual meeting on arrival
      ▸Airport transfer for departure

      NOT included:

      ▸Flights to/from São Miguel
      ▸Lunches & dinners


      Singles

      The program is suitable for single travelers, although the final price is different due to higher costs:

      ◇  STANDARD OPTION

        Solo Traveller ....  1.435 €

       

      ◆  UPGRADE OPTION

        Solo Traveller ....  2.023 €


      BOOKING:

      With an initial payment of 150 € (per person), book now and guarantee your trip. Pay the rest amount 15 days before your arrival date. We will confirm your reserve within 24 hours. But in the case of accommodations  unavailability, we will refund the paid amount or propose alternative dates.


      Additional overnights

      It is also possible to book some additional days, before or after the hiking week, or an additional week to relax.


      Difficulty

      To successfully achieve the 6 Walks it is necessary a good physical condition, steady walk and lack of vertigo. According to the year season, temperatures can be extreme (hot and/or cold). Therefore, it is necessary to have suitable warm clothes permanently, to be removed as layers if necessary. Some parts of this trail include passages with slippery loose stone. Although most of this trail is roomy enough, certain sections are quite aerial and require caution. Using hiking poles is highly recommended.


      Trails

      The Azores Islands has a well signposted network of trails. All sections where from our tours are perfectly marked. In addition to the detailed map of São Miguel, you will get from us precise indications of each route and assistance from the hotline on your walks.


      We recommend 

      Appropriate hiking clothing and sturdy footwear. During the tours, it is necessary to have food and drink enough, as well as sun protection, a cap, wind jacket and, in the winter months, warm clothing.


      Luggage transfer

      We move your luggage from one accommodation to next, so on your hikes you should only carry a backpack with the essentials of the day. For the whole trip, it is recommendable to use a single suitcase, not bigger than 20 kg.


      You can book at any date!


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