EASTERN ISLANDS ADVENTURE
Best time to travel
Off the beaten track
Discover the highlights of Ponta Delgada on a guided tour
Go coasteering and canyoning in the beautiful natural setting
Meet majestic manta rays on a snorkeling adventure
Explore the beautiful Sete Cidades by bike
Learn how to cook and prepare one of the Azores most traditional dishes
Santa Maria is the most Southerly and also most sunny of the nine islands of the Azores. Here you will find turquoise waters, golden beaches and green fields alongside traditional culture and a general off-the-beaten-track atmosphere. You will spend a few days discovering the authenticity of Santa Maria, the oldest island of the archipelago, while also exploring some of the most scenic areas on the main island of Sao Miguel.
DAY 2 - HIKING ON SANTA MARIA (B)
Flight from Sao Miguel to Santa Maria in the morning. A guided hike on many of the scenic walking routes across the island is waiting for you to explore green meadows, vineyards and colorful pastures. Overnight in Vila do Porto.
DAY 3 - CANYONING & COASTEERING AT SAO LOURENCO BAY (B, L)
A special experience is waiting for you today as you will be taken on an energizing combined coasteering and canyoning adventure while being taken around the island on a jeep with a small group. Jump in and out of the refreshing currents and the sea, climb up canyons and sea rocks while taking in the unforgettable landscape along the coast and watercourses. Overnight in Vila do Porto.
DAY 4 - SNORKELING WITH MANTA RAYS - PONTA DELGADA (B)
The waters around the Azores are full of submarine life and today you will have the opportunity to make a very special encounter with majestic manta rays on a snorkeling adventure. Flight from Santa Maria to Sao Miguel. Overnight in Ponta Delgada.
DAY 5 - CYCLING AT SETE CIDADES - PINEAPPLE PLANTATION (B, L)
You will explore one of the most scenic areas of Sao Miguel by bike today as you will cycle around the beautiful Sete Cidades Lakes. After lunch, you will visit a pineapple plantation, where you will learn more about the secrets of growing the tropical fruits and taste some delicious treats. Overnight in Ponta Delgada.
DAY 6 - CALOURA - HIKING AROUND LAGOA DO FOGO (B)
On your way to Furnas, stop at the fishing village of Caloura to take a dip in the beautiful natural seaside swimming pool. You can then take the 4 hr hike from Praia to the impressive Fogo Lake. Overnight in Furnas.
DAY 7 - COOK YOUR OWN COZIDO (B, D)
You will participate in the preparation of one of the Azores most traditional dishes - Cozido! After picking the ingredients and helping with the preparation, the pot-au-feu will be taken to the hot springs around Furnas and cooked for 6 hours over the heat rising to the surface. Enjoy a dip in the Terra Nostra bath or follow along one of the beautiful walking trails around the lake before enjoying your dinner in the evening together with a small group. Overnight in Furnas.
DAY 8 - KAYAKING ON LAKE FURNAS - GORREANA TEA PLANTATION (B)
Enjoy the calm waters and the beautiful scenery of the Furnas Lake on a relaxing kayaking trip in the morning before visiting the Gorreana tea plantation, one of the only plantations in Europe, in the afternoon to learn more about growing and processing tea. Overnight in Furnas.
DAY 9 - DEPARTURE (B)
Make your way to the airport and departure.
OUR SERVICE FOR YOU
The itinerary is flexible and we have plenty of adventure in store, so should you wish to make minor changes to the suggested itinerary or extend your stay, we will be happy to help you plan.
DAY 1 - WELCOME TO SAO MIGUEL (D)
You will be picked up from the airport and transferred to Ponta Delgada. Enjoy a private guided walking tour through Ponta Delgada in the afternoon. Overnight in Ponta Delgada.
Good middle-class hotels and guesthouses
Private transfers and car hire
Breakfasts (B), Lunches (L) and Dinners (D) as outlined
Activities, tours & visits as outlined
Qualified, English speaking guide on all tours, activities and experiences
Expert travel planning, trip preparation and on tour support
Taxes and insurances for the activities