Azores Islands Tour
How to spend 7 days in the Azores Islands
The nine volcanic islands that make up the Azores are a true gem waiting to be discovered with our 7-day tour itinerary. With lush green landscapes, crystal-clear waters, and abundant wildlife, the Azores will captivate your senses and leave you in awe. And with our expert guide leading the way, you’ll get to experience the best of what this paradise has to offer.
Imagine taking a dip in the warm, thermal waters of Furnas Valley, surrounded by steaming geysers and bubbling mud pools. Or hiking to the top of Pico Mountain, where you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the islands. And let’s not forget about the iconic Capelinhos Volcano in Faial, where you’ll sail the waters and learn about its fascinating history.
This one-week guided tour itinerary makes for an unforgettable adventure that you’ll treasure for a lifetime. So buckle up, and let’s hit the road! The Azores are calling, and the adventure of a lifetime awaits.
Day 1: Arrival in Ponta Delgada & Guided City Tour
Welcome to Ponta Delgada, the charming capital of the Azores! After landing at João Paulo II Airport, you’ll be greeted by your guide and taken to your hotel to check in and freshen up.
Once you’re ready, it’s time to hit the town! Your guided city tour of Ponta Delgada will take you on a journey through the streets of this historic city, where you’ll discover its rich cultural heritage and stunning architecture.
As you walk, your guide will point out the most important landmarks and share stories about the city’s history and traditions. You’ll see the stunning São José Church, a beautiful example of Baroque architecture, as well as the historic city hall and the gardens of the beautiful Palace of São José.
Next, you’ll visit the Mercado dos Lavradores, the city’s bustling market, where you can sample some of the delicious local cuisines and purchase souvenirs. And, of course, no visit to Ponta Delgada would be complete without a visit to the Convent of Esperança, a beautiful building with a fascinating history.
In the evening, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the city on your own and experience the local nightlife. From traditional restaurants serving fresh seafood to lively bars and cafes, Ponta Delgada has something for everyone.
After a long day of exploration, you’ll return to your hotel for a good night’s rest, ready for the adventures that await you in the coming days. So get ready to soak in the beauty and culture of this magical place!
Day 2: Guided Hike Through Sete Cidades & Surrounding Natural Beauty
Good morning, and welcome to day two of your Azores adventure! Today, you’ll be exploring the breathtaking natural beauty of Sete Cidades and the surrounding areas.
After breakfast, your guide will take you on a guided hike through this stunning region, where you’ll discover its lush green landscapes and breathtaking vistas. You’ll begin by walking around the rim of the Sete Cidades crater lake, a breathtaking natural wonder that’s considered one of the most beautiful sights in the Azores.
As you hike, your guide will share stories and facts about the area’s geology and history and point out the many plants and wildlife that call this region home. You’ll also have the opportunity to take in the panoramic views of the islands, including the stunning green peaks of the surrounding mountains and the crystal-clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
After your hike, you’ll take a break and enjoy a picnic lunch in the beautiful surroundings. You’ll then continue your adventure with a visit to the Natural Park of the Azores, where you’ll discover its unique flora and fauna and learn about the efforts being made to protect this fragile ecosystem.
In the late afternoon, you’ll return to Ponta Delgada, where you’ll have the evening to relax and reflect on the day’s adventures. Whether you choose to wander the city’s streets or relax at your hotel, you’re sure to be captivated by the beauty and charm of this incredible place.
So grab your camera and get ready for an unforgettable day of exploration and adventure in the stunning Sete Cidades region!
Day 3: Guided Hot Spring & Geothermal Valley Tour in Furnas
Today, you’ll be exploring the magical Furnas Valley and its incredible geothermal wonders.
After breakfast, you’ll be driven to the Furnas Valley, where you’ll embark on a guided tour of the area’s hot springs and geysers. Furnas is known for its unique geothermal activity, and you’ll have the opportunity to witness it up close and personal as you explore the valley’s steaming geysers, bubbling mud pools, and therapeutic hot springs.
Your guide will explain the science behind the valley’s geothermal activity and tell you about the many legends and myths that have been associated with this area for centuries. You’ll also have the chance to sample some of the local cuisine, including the famous cozido das Furnas, a traditional stew that’s cooked using the heat from the hot springs.
After your tour, you’ll have some free time to relax and enjoy the therapeutic waters of the hot springs. Soak in the warm waters and let the stress of daily life melt away as you bask in the beauty of this incredible place.
In the late afternoon, you’ll return to Ponta Delgada, where you’ll have the evening to rest and recharge for the adventures that await you in the coming days.
Day 4: Guided Pico Mountain Adventure
Get ready to lace up your hiking boots for an unforgettable day of adventure and exploration on Pico Mountain, the highest peak in Portugal!
After breakfast, you’ll be driven to the base of the mountain, where your guide will provide you with all the necessary equipment for your climb. You’ll then begin your ascent, taking in the stunning vistas of the surrounding countryside as you go.
As you climb, your guide will point out the unique flora and fauna that call this region home and share stories and facts about the mountain’s history and geology. You’ll also have the opportunity to take in the breathtaking panoramic views of the Azores and the Atlantic Ocean, making this a truly unforgettable experience.
At the summit of Pico Mountain, you’ll be rewarded with even more stunning views and a sense of accomplishment that only comes from reaching the top of a great peak. Take in the vistas, snap some photos, and bask in the satisfaction of a job well done.
In the late afternoon, you’ll return to Ponta Delgada, where you’ll have the evening to rest and reflect on the day’s adventures. Whether you choose to wander the city’s streets or relax at your hotel, you’re sure to be captivated by the beauty and charm of this incredible place.
Day 5: Sailing & Volcano Tour in Faial
Discover the stunning island of Faial, known for its stunning natural beauty and rich volcanic history.
After breakfast, you’ll be driven to the port, where you’ll board a sailboat for a guided tour of the island’s stunning coastline and volcanic landscape. As you sail, your guide will point out the many geological wonders that make this island so special, including towering volcanic cliffs, lush green valleys, and crystal-clear coves.
You’ll have the opportunity to swim and snorkel in the crystal-clear waters and explore the island’s many hidden beaches and coves. You’ll also visit the volcanic crater of Capelinhos, a powerful symbol of the island’s volcanic history and one of the most awe-inspiring sights in the Azores.
In the late afternoon, you’ll return to Ponta Delgada.
Day 6: Guided Hike Through Flores Island's Unique Landscapes
Join your private guide to explore the beautiful and unique landscapes of Flores Island, home to some of the most diverse and stunning natural beauty in the archipelago.
After breakfast, you’ll be driven to Flores Island, where your guide will lead you on a guided hike through the island’s many scenic trails. You’ll experience everything from lush green valleys and rolling hills to towering waterfalls and dramatic coastal cliffs, all while taking in breathtaking vistas and fresh sea air.
As you hike, your guide will share stories and information about the island’s history, culture, and natural wonders. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the many hidden gems of Flores Island, including tranquil lakes, serene forests, and breathtaking viewpoints.
One of the highlights of your Flores Island hike will be a visit to the Rocha dos Bordões, a dramatic volcanic formation that provides panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. This breathtaking site is sure to leave you in awe and will be a highlight of your Azores adventure.
Your driver will return you to your accommodation in the evening.
Day 7: Farewell To The Azores
Today, unfortunately, marks the end of your incredible Azores adventure. But don’t worry, you’ll be departing with memories that will last a lifetime!
After breakfast, your private driver will meet you for your airport transfer and to bid you a fond farewell as you return home.
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