Walking in the Azores

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4.8 Based on 8 Reviews
  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • age requirement 16-95 yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-7915
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
  • Starts Madalena, Portugal
  • Ends Horta, Portugal
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Visit and explore three unique islands
  • Enjoy vineyards, volcanoes and coastal views
  • Options to climb Mount Pico on Day 2 and go whale watching on Day 3
Starting in Madalena and ending in Horta, the "Walking In The Azores" tour is a guided wildlife trip that takes 8 days. You will travel through Faial, Madalena, Horta and 4 other destinations in Portugal. "Walking In The Azores" is a small group tour which includes accommodation in hotels, transport, meals and others.

It is hard to believe the Azores are part of Europe. Born from the immensity of the Atlantic Ocean, this lush, green archipelago of volcanic islands is a far cry from continental Portugal. Each of the nine islands has its own characteristics, from steep craters to abundant wildlife to sites of historical interest. All, however, are best explored on foot. We visit three of the most interesting islands, walking through Unesco-listed vineyards, lava plateaux (or fajãs) and sunken volcanoes to showcase the Azores at their best.
  • Day 1: Start in Madalena, Pico
  • Day 2: Walk to the coast on the Caminho dos Burros or take an optional climb to the summit of Mount Pico
  • Day 3: Optional whale-watching excursion; walk through vineyards on the Vinhas da Criação Velha route
  • Day 4: Ferry to São Jorge, coastal walk to Fajã dos Vimes
  • Day 5: Walk from Serra do Topo to Fajã dos Cubres
  • Day 6: Ferry to Faial, Capelo to Capelinhos walk
  • Day 7: Caldeira crater walk
  • Day 8: End Horta, Faial
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts and six lunches
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Group arrival and departure transfers available
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Optional activities: Visit to Capelinhos Volcano Interpretation Centre, Pico climb and whale watching
4.8 - Excellent
Based on 8 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Jun 21 2019
5 - Excellent
Truly Wonderful
A really lovely trip to The Azores. A packed itinerary with whale and dolphin watching and exploring the island landscape, which is one of a kind! We saw tropical dolphins, playful bottle nosed and common dolphins and the small... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On Jun 02 2019
5 - Excellent
Lovely walks in varied and interesting locations
This is a short but packed easy walking trip guided by the brilliant knowledgeable and fun Bruno. From the lush heights overlooking lakes and craters to swimming in natural thermal pools to whale watching this trip has it all.... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On Jun 15 2018
5 - Excellent
Wonderful week in the Azores
I've been to Portugal before, and was looking forward to experiencing another aspect of this country. This was my first trip with this tour operator, and it was very impressive, start to finish. The daily outings, meals... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On Apr 16 2017
5 - Excellent
Walking n the Azores
Walking in the Azores was as good as expected - the islands are quite stunning and to see so many islands in one week and to do so much made it very special. It is a busy trip but we managed to see quite a lot. The walking... Read more
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Walking in the Azores tour. You can cancel the tour up to 93 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 92 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 28 December 2023, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 28 December 2023, a deposit of 25% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 92 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Walking in the Azores tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Walking in the Azores tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • Group sizes are kept small to maintain a low risk ‘small group bubble’, with an average of 10 guests in each group.
  • Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
  • All travellers will be required to be fully vaccinated no less than two weeks prior to travel.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • How many days are enough for Europe?

    You can spend a couple of months exploring Europe and still feel like you have not seen everything. Generally speaking, a two-week Europe trip should be just enough if you are looking to cover its major highlights. However, if you want a comprehensive travel experience within this duration, it is better that you focus on a region or a few countries rather than traveling all over the continent. 

    Choose a single country or schedule your trip around a handful of cities in different countries. While larger European cities may require three to four days to explore, you can get around smaller destinations in a day or two. Planning your trip around a particular region will cut down your travel time and save your time in transit.

  • What is the best time to go to Portugal?

    There is no bad time to visit Portugal, but April to October are considered the best. For a seasonal overview, check out our article on the best time to visit Portugal.

  • What are the best places to travel to in Portugal?

    The best places to visit in Portugal are going to depend on your preference. If you are into medieval cities, head to Obidos. The town is also popular for its chocolate festival. If you are looking for a relaxed surf town vibe, ​then ​Ericeira or Peniche is what you are looking for. For a foodie adventure, Porto will satiate all your culinary desires.

  • How many days should you spend in Portugal?

    We recommend spending at least 10 days in Portugal to experience the country’s culture and see its top attractions. Find out more about how long to spend in Portugal with our guide.

  • What is the best way to travel in Portugal?

    The public transport networks in Portugal are pretty decent. Scenic trains are highly affordable, but if you are short on time, the buses will normally be quicker. It is probably one of the only places where buses are quicker than trains.

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