SAO MIGUEL IN STYLE

Regions

Sao Miguel

Starting Point

Sao Miguel

Best time to travel

all year

Recommended Length

8 - 10 days

Minimum Age*

Relax and Explore

Activity Level **

2/5

São Miguel, the main island of the Azores with its fantastic lush green scenery and outstanding hiking opportunities is a paradise for any outdoor enthusiast. Discover the island in style as you will enjoy exclusive private tours to the beautiful calm lakes of Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo, taste local gastronomy and cooking traditions with traditional cooking experiences. You will also have plenty of time to relax while sipping on local wines on a sunset cruise and pamper yourself in Furnas while you enjoying a tasty picnic in the beautiful Terra Nostra Gardens before relaxing in the natural hot springs and the SPA.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

✓ relax and unwind in style on Sao Miguel
✓ hiking and kayaking tours among the beautiful volcanic heritage of the island
✓ sunset sailing trip with wine tasting from Ponta Delgada
✓ traditional cooking experience in a stately countryside quinta
✓ prepare and feast on your own traditional cozido cooked over natural hot springs
✓ exclusive SPA day and luxury picnic in the lush Terra Nostra Gardens

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TOUR OVERVIEW

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Day 1 - arrival - overnight in Ponta Delgada
Day 2 - hiking at Sete Cidades crater lakes - pineapple plantation - sunset cruise with wine tasting - overnight in Ponta Delgada (80km)
Day 3 - traditional cooking class at a rural quinta - overnight in Ponta Delgada (60km)
Day 4 - hiking on Lagoa do Fogo - Caldera Velha - Caloura seaside bath - overnight in Furnas (50km)
Day 5 - free time in Furnas - cook your own cozido over geothermal steam - overnight in Furnas
Day 6 - kayaking on Lagoa do Furnas - SPA afternoon - gourmet tasting dinner - overnight in Furnas
Day 7 - Gorreana tea plantation - Nordeste - luxury picnic in the Terra Nostra Gardens - overnight in Furnas (80km)
Day 8 - departure

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DETAILED ITINERARY

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DAY 1 - WELCOME TO SAO MIGUEL
You will be picked up from the airport and transfer to Ponta Delgada. Your private guide will take you on a very special tour around Ponta Delgada in the afternoon, showing you the main highlights and introducing you to some of the Azores finest flavors.
Overnight in Ponta Delgada.

DAY 2 - SETE CIDADES - PINEAPPLE PLANTATION - SUNSET SAILING CRUISE
Your private guide will take you on a hike around one of São Miguel's most scenic spots, the beautiful Sete Cidades lakes in the northwest of the island, offering fantastic panoramic views across the lakes, the island of São Miguel and the Atlantic ocean. Enjoy a delicious lunch in a rural restaurant before visiting a traditional pineapple plantation in the afternoon. Finish the day sailing towards the sunset on a yacht while enjoying some snacks and local wines on board.
Overnight in Ponta Delgada.

DAY 3 - COOKING CLASS IN THE COUNTRYSIDE
Visit a stately quinta in the countryside of São Miguel today, where you will join in a traditional cooking class with a small group. Visit the farm and the local market to stock up on fresh ingredients before retreating to the elegant kitchen to prepare your meal for the afternoon while making new friends and listening to local stories over a glass of local wine.
Overnight in Ponta Delgada.

DAY 4 - LAGOA DO FOGO - CALOURA - FURNAS
Leave Ponta Delgada after breakfast and head to the beautiful Fogo Lake located in the heart of São Miguel. The area around the crater lake is popular for hiking and you can take a dip in the Caldeira Velha hot spring at the interpretative center. Stop at the small fishing village of Caloura with its wonderful natural seaside pool before heading on to Furnas.
Overnight in Furnas.

DAY 5 - COOK YOUR OWN COZIDO
Today you will participate in the preparation of the Azores most traditional dish - Cozido! Assist with the preparation of this sumptuous meal made of potatoes, different meats, chorizo and vegetables before bringing it over to the thermal area of Furnas, where your dish will be cooked over the hot steam rising from from under the surface for the next six hours. Take a dip in the Terra Nostra baths while you wait or discover the area around Furnas on one of the beautiful walks before enjoying your Cozido for dinner. Overnight in Furnas.

DAY 6 - KAYAKING ON FURNAS LAKE - SPA TREATMENT & DINNER AT TERRA NOSTRA GARDENS
Explore the beautiful calm waters of the iron-rich Furnas Lake on a kayaking trip in the morning. It is time to relax in the afternoon when you will be treated to a private SPA treatment at Terra Nostra Gardens before enjoying a special sumptuous gourmet dinner in the evening.
Overnight in Furnas.

DAY 7 - GORREANA TEA PLANTATION - NORTHEAST SAO MIGUEL - PICNIC AT TERRA NOSTRA GARDEN
Visit one of the Azores oldest tea plantations in the morning, where you will learn more about traditional tea production by visiting the fields and factory before tasting some of the local blends. Discover the beautiful area of northeastern São Miguel with it's many viewpoints before heading back to Furnas, where you will finish the day with a delicious picnic in the Terra Nostra Gardens.
Overnight in Furnas.

Day 8 - Departure (B)
Transfer to the airport and departure.

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SERVICES INCLUDED

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- accommodation in high end hotels
- private transfers for the entire trip
- activities, visits and tours as outlined, with a certified, English speaking guide where desired/required
- all taxes and insurances for the activities
- expert travel planning, trip preparation and 24/7 on-tour support

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When to travel
The Azores can be visited all year round. Even though the Azores High is often responsible for sunny weather across Europe, almost any day on the Azores has four seasons. You will experience short intervals of rain showers and sunshine or strong winds followed by completely calm periods. Especially the northern coasts are exposed and experience turbulent waters and strong winds. The southern sides, especially on the higher islands, generally enjoy calmer and milder conditions. Quite often, the mountain ranges are covered in fog.
The eastern island of Santa Maria is the warmest of the islands and the further you travel west, the rougher the conditions get.
Temperatures on the Azores are moderate throughout the year with fairly mild winters and average around 14 degrees C in February and 28 degrees in August. Temperatures only drop slightly over night. Humidity is quite high with the high summer months July and August being hot and muggy. Rain spreads evenly over the months, but you will find much stronger winds over the winter months. Either way, you should always prepare with a windproof rain coat or jacket and a warm jumper between October and May.
The most popular time to travel to the Azores for many is between June and September with July and August being busy with foreign visitors. Capacity is limited, so it is recommendable to plan ahead if you are planning to travel over the high summer months. April to June and September and October are perfect for exploring the islands and for getting active.

How to travel
The Azores can be reached by plane with Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel being the point of arrival. SATA/Azores airlines offers direct flights from a number of places in Europe and North America and there are also connections from Europe with Ryanair, SWISS or TAP.
SATA/Azores Airlines offers regular flights between the islands for affordable rates, which is the fastest and easiest way to get around. There are also regular ferry connections between the islands, which are a good option for shorter rides, for example between Sao Jorge, Faial and Pico. Some of the ferry services do not operate daily and only in the high season.
The easiest way to get around on the islands is by rental car or chauffeur driven service. We also offer the possibility to offer day trips where the transport is automatically included.

Travelling with children
Portugal is very kids friendly in general, cots and high chairs are available in most hotels upon request. Smaller, kids-sized portions are available in almost any restaurant.
The scenery across the islands is green and lush, making it a fantastic outdoor destination to enjoy nature, volcanic heritage, culture and thermal hot springs. Hiking, cycling and guided walking and sight-seeing tours are suitable for any age, but usually a minimum age of eight years or older is required for some of the more physical activities like canyoning or coasteering. If you have any concerns, please talk to us and we will be happy to help you pick the right activities.
You will not find many beaches on the Azores, but older kids will love to explore the volcanic coastline and the crystal clear waters on snorkeling and swimming adventures. Whale watching tours are leaving from various locations across the islands and make for a wonderful trip to enjoy with the whole family.

What to bring
Temperatures climb well over 25 degrees over the day in the summer months, but the climate remains humid and you should prepare for rainy episodes, so a waterproof jacket should always be at hand. Light clothes are recommended if you are travelling in summer, but you should also pack for some lower temperatures and wind if you are planning on climbing Pico mountain or boarding a whale watching tour. If you are travelling outside the summer months, you should bring a few warm jumpers. Further, a sunhat, sunglasses and sun lotion will be useful.
A proper camera is indispensable to capture the beautiful landscape and the fantastic view. For hiking tours, bring a waterproof backpack to store your essentials and some proper (ideally waterproof) hiking shoes/boots.

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* The minimum age is based on the overall tour, some activities can require a higher minimum age, this will be advised at proposal stage. While not all activities are suitable for very small children, we are happy to tailor the tour to meet your specific wishes and needs.

**  The activity level is based on the amount of tours and activities included (1 - few tours and activities with a lot of free time, 5 - a lot of tours and activities with little free time). The activity level does not reflect the difficulty of the activities or tours included. Itineraries can be tailored to match the preferred level of activity.

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For more practical travel advise and general information on visiting to the Azores, please visit our Useful Information on the Azores page.

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