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Walking in the Azores

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5.0 Based on 8 Reviews
  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • age requirement 16+ 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.
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  • Starts Ponta delgada, Portugal
  • Ends Ponta delgada, Portugal
  • +5
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Visit and explore four unique islands
  • Enjoy vineyards, volcanoes and hot springs
  • Walk around the tranquil waters of Lagoa do Fogo
  • Optional whale watching on the free day
Start and end in Ponta delgada, the trip "Walking In The Azores " is a guided wildlife tour that takes 8 days. You will travel through Horta, Faial, Praia Do Areal De Santa Bárbara and 3 other destinations in Portugal. "Walking In The Azores " is a small group trip which includes accommodation in hotels, transport, meals and others.

It is hard to believe that 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 four of the most interesting islands, walking through UNESCO vineyards, lava plateaux (or 'fajas') and sunken volcanoes to showcase the Azores at their best.
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Start Ponta Delgada.
  • Day 2: Walk around Lake Furnas; afternoon visit to Terra Nostra Botanical Gardens and tea plantations.
  • Day 3: Morning transfer to Praia; trek to Lagoa do Fogo; afternoon visit to Sete Cidades to the Vista do Rei.
  • Day 4: Morning flight to Faial; walk the Cabeço do Canto and Cabeço Verde routes around volcanic craters, visit the Scrimshaw Museum.
  • Day 5: Day trip to Pico; walk through UNESCO heritage site of the Santa Luzia Vineyards or take an optional climb to the summit.
  • Day 6: Ferry to São Jorge; trek to explore the Faja dos Cubres; evening return to Faial.
  • Day 7: Free time for optional whale watching excursion; evening flight to Sao Miguel.
  • Day 8: The tour ends in Ponta Delgada.
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • All accommodation All transport (incl. internal flights) and listed activities
Meals
  • All breakfasts and 5 lunches
Transport
  • Internal flights (for all bookings, land only and flight inclusive)
  • Arrival & departure transfers for group flights
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
5 - 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
REQUEST A PRIVATE, CUSTOMIZABLE DEPARTURE By design, this is a group tour. You can however request a private, customized version of this tour for yourself or your private group of people. Private departures are usually more expensive, but come with these benefits:
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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Walking in the Azores tour. You can cancel the tour up to 71 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 70 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 23 October 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 23 October 2022, a deposit of 15% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 70 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.

Visa

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.
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