15 days geo and photo tour to the Azores Islands
About 1500 km from the Portuguese capital of Lisbon to the west, there are nine green volcanic islands sticking out from the depth of the blue Atlantic Ocean, in older times the end of the western world...
The evergreen home area of the high-pressure zone is a dream not only for hikers but also for lovers of nature as well as photographers, geologists, geographers, botanists and everybody enjoying nature. National Geographic voted the Azores one of the most beautiful archipelagos in the world.
Our excursion will lead to five islands: Sao Miguel, Faial, Terceira, Pico and Flores –each with its distinct character to discover. You will see their diversity, watch endless horizons and get a deep insight into the nature of the birth and life of volcanic ocean islands.
Join our small group, guided by an experienced photographer and geologist on this adventurous photo and geo tour.
- 5 islands of one of the most beautiful archipelagos in the world: Faial, Flores, Terceira, Pico, Sao Miguel
- Unspoiled breathtaking landscapes
- Delicious local food
- Small groups
- Great variety of volcanic and geologic features
- Accompanying photographer and geologist
15 days itinerary on the Azores
Participants arrange their own arrival in Ponta Delgada depending on their origin, typically by charter flight from various airports or via Lisbon. After the group has arrived, we meet for dinner in a typical restaurant in town in the evening.
Visit Pico Barrosa (947 m) to overview the Island Sao Miguel. Swim in the hot springs of Caldeira Velha. Enjoy the tranquility of Ribeira Grande in the north. Return to the hotel in the evening.
Visit of the only European tea plantation Chà Gorrena on the north coast east of Porto Formoso; hike down from the Pico do Ferro to the Fumaroles Caldeiras da Lago das Furnas; swim in hot springs in Furnas; enjoy marvelous views of the fissure cliff line and romantic little hamlets at the Miradouros.
Visit volcano massif Sete Cidades, so called “the seven cities”. Stop at different viewpoints to take pictures.
Flight to Horta, Faial island (1h flight). Short walks in the center of Horta.
Drive to the rim of the crater of Cabeco Gordo to make a tour around.
Lunch in a typical Azorian pub, popular with the locals. Optional: a short trip to Ponta dos Capelinhos.
Optional trip to Pico island (extra cost 40 EUR) to have a tour around the volcano Pico, visit the hamlet of Lajes do Pico and the little lake Lagoa do Capitao which is situated to the east of the volcano Pico.
On the way back make a stop at an old whale catching station and at the craggy cliffs. A ferry back to Horta is at 18:00.
Flight to Flores island. After arrival drive to the west coast to Fajazinha to check in the romantic country hotel. In the evening a walk to Faja Grande, the most western point of geographical Europe or to the Lagoa dos Patos, where small cascades are precipitating to the small idyllic lake.
Spectacular hike to the north. The unpaved and stony cattle track takes us through pasture land and then down along the cliffs. Marvellous views open for about 400 m. The tour (19 km) ends at Faja Grande (420 m high) where the bus picks us up.
Transfer by bus to the green heart of the island. A walk through green bushes around the Caldeira Comprida to the Caldeira Seca in direction of Caldeira Branca. Cross a ridge of mountains (difficult, 6,5 km, 3 h; mounting 100 m, descending 740 m) before returning back to Faja Grande.
A day of rest. Optional walk to the cascades of Lagoa dos Patos (depends on weather and effects of light).
A walk to Aldeia in the morning. Flight to Terceira Island in the afternoon. Transfer to the hotel in Angro do Heroismo (capital of Terceira).
Visit of Monte do Brasil with fantastic view over the city and the surroundings.
A hike to the Misterio Negro (black mysteries) 5 km long. Visit Lagoa do Negro, and the lava cave of Gruta do Natal, to see the impressive lava tubes of the recent lava eruptions. Exploration of the volcanic pipe Algar do Carvao.
Some short walks in the morning. Flight to Sao Miguel. A nice farewell dinner in the evening.
Transfer to the airport or own extension.
The tour starts and ends in Sao Miguel, the largest Azores Island, which is easily reached by plane from European cities. Thу airport is situated in Ponta Delgada. Travel arrangements to and from Sao Miguel are not included in the tour package in order to give everybody maximum flexibility to plan his/her trip.
Difficulty: Custom (variable)
Group size: 5-7
Duration: 15 days / 14 nights
Price (per person): 2795 € $£¥
- Accommodation in double (twin) bed room in basic hotels (***)
- Meals as marked in the program
- All transports and excursions as described in the program (except D1, D15, D7)
- Entrance fee to volcanic museum on the island of Fajal and to the volcanic cave on Terceira.
- Experienced geologist and photographer