The Azores: São Miguel Ultimate Guided Adventure

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For 7-Nights: Discover some of the Azores' most iconic landscapes with our new escorted tours package.

Uncover the best of São Miguel Island with our excursion-inclusive adventure on a completely hassle-free experience!

What's Included?

All flights and connections
Accommodation for your destination
Airport-Hotel Transfers
Special Offer: Best of São Miguel (4 Guided Tours & 2 Lunches)
Expert trip manager
All taxes & fees

Why we love this deal:

  • Hassle-Free: come explore the island with our air and land-inclusive trip, providing you with a nearly fully booked adventure (we take care of all the details!).
  • Small Group Experience: the intimate group size allows for a more personalized experience, ensuring you receive attentive service and can fully immerse yourself in the island's wonders. (7-Nights)
  • Unique Island Exploration (with 4 amazing curated tours): immerse yourself in the secrets of Ponta Delgada during a city tour, embark on a whale and dolphin watching excursion, marvel at the captivating landscapes of Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo, and relax in the geothermal wonders of Furnas.
  • Comfortable & Centrally-Located Accommodations: after a day of exploration, you can unwind in cozy hotels, providing a peaceful haven to relax and prepare for the next day's adventures.
  • Culinary Experiences Included (2 lunches + 7 breakfasts): savor two traditional lunches, including the renowned Cozido das Furnas, a mouthwatering slow-cooked dish prepared by a volcano. Fuel your days with a delectable daily breakfast served at your hotel. 
  • Customizable: Add more nights to your stay, a rental car, or even local excursions!


Day 1
Saturday: Arrival in São Miguel Island

Enjoy included airport transfers for your arrival and departure. For your comfort, consider booking an early check-in in advance.

Suggestion for the day:

  • Take some time to explore your hotel, facilities, and surrounding areas.

09:30AM - 12:00PM: Ponta Delgada City Tour 

This tour takes place in what is considered the "capital" of São Miguel Island – the city of Ponta Delgada. During this tour, we will discover the main historical, cultural, and noteworthy sites of this wonderful city.

Highlights of this tour include:

  • Old churches and convents
  • Monument of Portas da Cidade 
  • Pineapple plantations (* if not possible during the City Tour, this visit will take place during the Full-Day Tour of Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo)
  • Historical Beautiful gardens
  • São Brás Fortress and São Francisco square

9AM - 5PM: Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo Tour

A full-day tour that takes you to the two most famous lagoons of São Miguel Island. 

Sete Cidades: One of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal, this show-stopping, lake-filled crater has become one of the signature and most famous images of the Azores. There are (amazingly) 11 lakes in total scattered around Sete Cidades, but they can only be seen from certain angles from the various miradouros (viewpoints in Portuguese) in the area. 

Lagoa do Fogo: Lagoa do Fogo, which translates roughly into "Lagoon of Fire", is a crater lake located at the center of São Miguel Island. This protected nature reserve sits tucked away atop the impressive Pico da Barrosa, far above the whir, hum, and hurry of civilization below. 

Highlights of this tour include:

  • Pineapple plantations (* if already visited during the City Tour, it will be substituted for a different point of interest)
  • Escalvado viewpoint (offering a magical view to Mosteiros)
  • Sete Cidades parish
  • Santiago lagoon
  • Vista do Rei viewpoint (overlooking the most famous lagoons of Sete Cidades) 
  • Pico do Carvão
  • Lunch at a local restaurant 
  • Local ceramics factory (Cerâmica Vieira)
  • Lagoa do Fogo viewpoint
  • Ribeira Grande city center, with a visit to the local liquor shop

9AM - 5PM: Furnas Tour

Furnas Valley is famous worldwide for its bubbling caldeiras and hot springs, where visitors can relax while soaking in a thermal bath any time of year, but this mystical volcanic valley is full of many more interesting surprises. 

Highlights of this tour include: 

  • Vila Franca do Campo (offering a viewpoint to the iconic islet)
  • Furnas Lake (here, learn how the famous "cozido" dish is cooked underground by heat from the actual volcanic vents!)
  • Furnas parish (you will have free time to bathe in the thermal waters here, or visit the Terra Nostra Garden)
  • Cozido lunch 
  • Visit Furnas "calderas" to see the volcanic activity
  • Pico do Ferro viewpoint
  • Tea Factory
  • Santa Iria Viewpoint

Please note: Terra Nostra Park and/or Dona Beija entrance fees (8€-10€ each) are not included. Also, it is advised that you bring dark-colored bathing suits, an old towel, and a change of clothes (bathing in the thermal waters is known to stain fabrics). And blondes who dye their hair are cautioned to close pay attention as well, as the waters here contain iron and can stain hair the lighter hair pigments.

08:30AM - 12:30PM: Whale & Dolphin Watching Excursion

Take the opportunity to observe some of the dozens of cetacean species that are usually seen in the Azores. While nature is indeed wild, and offers no guarantees, whales and dolphins are regularly seen during our half-day tours. During this tour, you will have the opportunity to observe turtles, birds, and other marine species. Before you embark on the boat trip, expert biologists hold a small informative talk to explain which cetacean species can be observed, the safety measures and protocols for behavior on board – including how we respect animals and what the rules for observation at sea are. You will even learn some fascinating historical facts.

Suggestion for the day:

  • Azorean & Portuguese Gin Masterclass: The Azores may be a tiny archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, but that hasn't stopped it from producing several excellent gins. Botanicals and ingredients grown on the islands are also used in several gins made in mainland Portugal. Baleia, which means “Whale” in English, is one of the gins you will try and is created by your host and gin curator here at the Solar Branco Eco Estate, Ali Bullock. 


Suggestion for the day:

  • Salto do Prego Hiking Trail (Faial da Terra)  & Van Tour to Nordeste: You can combine the adventure of one of the most beautiful hikes in São Miguel Island with a comfortable van tour to Nordeste – all in one experience! After enjoying the wonderful hike of Salto do Prego, the tour stops in the center of Faial da Terra village to relax and explore the old Whalers' harbor. In the second half of the day, the road will take you to various viewpoints along the coastline of Nordeste, one of the most beautiful parts of São Miguel Island! Among these amazing viewpoints are two favorites: Ponta do Sossego and Vista dos Barcos. Our last stop of the day will be the Park of Ribeira dos Caldeirões, where you will enjoy the sighting of another breathtaking waterfall before returning to Ponta Delgada.

Wishing you a safe and cozy flight back, and looking forward to exploring more adventures with you in the near future!

*Itinerary presented is a suggestion and the length of stay may vary. All tours are suggestions unless specifically stated.

Flexibility Policy

No Amendment Fees on Our End
We don’t charge for our work in changing the initial itinerary.
Full flexibility on Land Arrangements
Change the initial itinerary or cancel your land arrangements for any reason until 14 days before the trip, without penalty.
Support 7 Days a Week
Our experienced travel agents are are available 7 days a week (16 hours per day) to help with any questions.

About the Destination:

São Miguel Island, known as "The Green Island," is a captivating destination that promises an unforgettable experience for any traveler. The island boasts a diverse range of natural wonders, making it a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Hike along scenic trails that lead to breathtaking viewpoints overlooking volcanic lakes, such as Lagoa das Sete Cidades with its dramatic twin lakes, one green and the other blue. 

Delve into the rich Azorean culture by visiting charming towns like Ponta Delgada, the capital of the island. Discover its historic center with elegant architecture, lively local market, and iconic landmarks such as the Portas da Cidade. Indulge in the island's culinary delights, from traditional dishes like Cozido das Furnas, slow-cooked using the natural geothermal heat, to fresh seafood and locally grown pineapple.

With easy accessibility from the US, São Miguel Island is an ideal destination for travelers seeking a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and enchanting experiences. Get ready to be captivated by vibrant landscapes and rich heritage on São Miguel!

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Sandra, Ontario
20 Jun 2023
We saw everything we should see, in a comfortable van with an excellent driver/tour guide
Sandra, Ontario
20 Jun 2023
Fantastic, Azores Getaways really delivered!
Aki, Ontario
13 Jun 2023
scenery, food, hiking, hot spring pools, whale watching all fantastic
Sandra, Ontario
20 Jun 2023
We saw everything we should see, in a comfortable van with an excellent driver/tour guide
Sandra, Ontario
20 Jun 2023
Fantastic, Azores Getaways really delivered!
Aki, Ontario
13 Jun 2023
scenery, food, hiking, hot spring pools, whale watching all fantastic
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