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The remote Azores archipelago of the mid-Atlantic is synonymous with adventure; Sao Miguel island alone offers caves, beaches, coves, volcanoes and mud pools just waiting to be explored, as well as countless opportunities for hiking, cycling and water sports.

  • Kayak on the Sete Cidades Lake
  • See whales in the Atlantic Ocean
  • Bathe in geothermal pools
  • Swim in the crater of a volcano

Explore the beautiful blue and green twin lakes of Sete Cidades by kayak and swim in a crater lagoon.  Abseil, swim and slide your way through the Dos Caldeiroes canyon and go on a whale watching adventure in the Atlantic Ocean.

Young volcano enthusiasts will love exploring the lava tubes and enjoying a traditional stew cooked by the volcanic vapours in the Valley of Furnas. There’s time for relaxing too, with visits to a volcanic sandy beach, botanical gardens and natural thermal pools.

Typical Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Fly to Ponta Delgada

    Arrive in Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel island, capital of the Azores archipelago.

  2. Day 2: Kayak in Sete Cidades

    Explore the famous blue and green twin lakes of Sete Cidades on foot, as you walk on the dirt trail around the rim of the crater. Later, further explore the area by bike and kayak, before visiting a pineapple plantation.

  3. Day 3: Whale watching & volcanic cave

    Go on a whale watching adventure in the Atlantic Ocean, where it's possible to see whales and dolphins all year round.  After lunch in a local restaurant, explore volcanic lava tubes to observe some very unusual geological phenomena.

  4. Day 4: Walking trail Faial da Terra

    Follow a hiking trail along a stream leading to a beautiful waterfall. In the afternoon, learn about one of Europe's most endangered birds - the Priolo - which is endemic to Sao Miguel.

  5. Day 5: Canyoning & Ribeira Quente Beach

    Explore the Ribeira dos Caldeiroes canyon, with opportunities to abseil, jump and slide in a natural adventure playground. In the afternoon, visit a volcanic beach at Ribeira Quente.

  6. Day 6: Lagoa do Fogo & Vila Franca Islet

    Ascend the mountain for spectacular views of the 'Lake of Fire'. In the afternoon, visit a volcano located 600 metres from the shore, where you can swim and snorkel in the crater lagoon.

  7. Day 7: Furnas

    Visit the valley of Furnas, known for its geothermal activity. Follow a short walking trail around the fumeroles, hot springs and mud pools, and have your lunch cooked by the underground vapours. This afternoon visit the serene botanical gardens, complete with thermal pools, geysers and a large collection of plants.

  8. Day 8: Fly back to the UK

    The tour ends after breakfast this morning, and you can depart at any time for your return flight to the UK.

You should note: Why not extend your stay with a few nights on the south coast of San Miguel island, in the environmentally protected area of Caloura? Here you can enjoy natural swimming pools, walking trails, snorkelling and scuba diving. Please enquire for futher details.

Guide prices

  • Prices from (exc. international flights): £1,699 per adult, £1,649 per child
  • Prices from (inc. flights from/to UK): £2,339 per adult, £2,139 per child

Child prices apply for ages 11 and under at the time of travel.

Other information

  • Duration: 8 days
  • Ideal for ages: 8+
  • Itinerary type: Small group

Departure Guide

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  • Summer

What’s Included

All prices are per person and include:

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation is in a 3* hotel with en suite bathrooms and swimming pool. The hotel is located in the centre of Ponta Delgada, close to the marina and main shopping centre. Prices are on a twin share basis with breakfast included. Interconnecting rooms are on request.
  • Meals

    7 breakfasts & 6 lunches
  • Activities

    • Canyoning

    • Caving

    • Cycling

    • Hiking

    • Kayaking

    • Snorkelling

    • Swimming

    • Whale watching

Flights

You can typically expect to pay from £640 for an adult, and from £490 for a child aged 11 and under.

Flight prices are subject to change, and prices tend to be higher during peak periods or when booking late.

For peace of mind, we recommend that you book your flights with us. If you choose your own flights, please ask us to confirm all arrangements first.

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Departures

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Our small group holidays require a minimum of just four participants to operate. Most of our holidays are also available on a private basis or can be tailored to meet your requirements.

Itinerary dates Prices per person from (exc. flights)
Year Starts Ends Adult price, excluding flights, from Child price, excluding flights, from Holiday Status Options
* Available: this holiday is available to book. ** Guaranteed: this holiday is available to book and has reached a minimum of four participants, so is guaranteed to run.
2019 3 Aug 10 Aug £1,699 £1,649 Available* Book or Enquire