São Miguel: Food, Wine & Heritage Guided Adventure

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For 7-Nights (or more): Experience an in-depth small group tour of São Miguel Island like never before.

Uncover São Miguel Island’s top attractions and go beyond the ordinary with exclusive, authentic experiences. Your next guided journey awaits!

What's Included?

All flights and connections
Accommodation for your destination
Airport-Hotel Transfers
Experience Pack: Food, Wine & Heritage
Expert trip manager
All taxes & fees

Why we love this deal:

  • Beyond Ordinary Exploration: Embark on a journey through São Miguel Island that transcends the usual tourist spots. This thoughtfully curated package is designed for visitors eager to explore not only the island's highlights but also the authenticity that has withstood the test of time, making the Azores a truly timeless destination.
  • Authentic Experiences: Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of São Miguel's local culture with exclusive, tailor-made experiences that capture the true essence of the island. From hidden gems to cultural delights, every moment is curated for authenticity.
    • Sunday: Discover the charm of a local farm in Nordeste, and savor a delicious traditional lunch, followed by a unique wine-tasting experience at a local pineapple plantation.
    • Monday: Immerse in tile drawing, enjoy a traditional lunch, experience a relaxing bath at Caldeira Velha hot springs, and visit Lagoa do Fogo, followed by tea tasting at Gorreana Tea Factory.
    • Tuesday: Master the art of "cozido das Furnas" in an exclusive cooking class, indulge in the dish for lunch, and explore Terra Nostra Park and wicker basket making in Água de Pau on your way back to Ponta Delgada.
    • Wednesday: Savor Ponta Delgada's culinary delights in a half-day city food tour.
    • Thursday: Explore the stunning Sete Cidades lakes and viewpoints, concluding your day with a mesmerizing sunset at Mosteiros Beach, the island's top spot for this scenic spectacle.
    • Friday: Bid farewell with a memorable dinner featuring live music in downtown Ponta Delgada.
  • Local Guides, Local Insights: Explore with confidence as our local guides lead you through the island's wonders. Gain insider knowledge, ensuring an enriching and personalized adventure.
  • Hassle-Free Travel: From well-centered accommodations in downtown Ponta Delgada to daily breakfast, every detail is meticulously arranged for your comfort. Experience the Azores without any hassle, so you can focus on creating lasting memories.

Itinerary

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Day 1
Saturday: Arrival in São Miguel Island

Welcome to 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.
  • Delight in dinner at one of Ponta Delgada's downtown restaurants and take a stroll through the city, soaking in the enchanting night lights.                                              

From 8:15 AM to around 2:30 PM

Nordeste

Welcome to Nordeste, where the untamed beauty of São Miguel flourishes in its purest form. This serene corner is a haven for nature enthusiasts, where rolling hills, dense forests, and pristine landscapes converge to create an idyllic escape.

Feel the connection with nature as you wander through this idyllic setting, surrounded by the comforting presence of cows, the majesty of horses, and the diverse array of friendly animals that call Quinta do Pimentel home.         

 Includes a traditional lunch featuring "capão," a locally grown rooster. 

Wine Tasting at a Pineapple Plantation

Embark on a sensory journey at a local pineapple plantation in Fajã de Baixo, where the island's star, the pineapple, takes center stage. In this enchanting setting, indulge in a unique wine-tasting experience amidst the lush greenery of the pineapple fields.

Sip on exquisite wines that perfectly complement the tropical ambiance, allowing you to savor the flavors while surrounded by the sweet aroma of pineapple cultivation. Immerse yourself in this one-of-a-kind fusion of vineyard elegance and the tropical charm of São Miguel.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

From 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Paint Your Own Tile Experience

Discover the time-honored craft of São Miguel as you visit a traditional ceramic factory. Immerse yourself in this ancient art, where skilled artisans bring their creations to life. During this unique experience, channel your creativity and draw your tile, capturing a piece of the island's artistic heritage.

Lagoa do Fogo & Caldeira Velha Hot Springs

Lagoa do Fogo, which translates roughly into "Lagoon of Fire", is a crater lake at the center of São Miguel Island. This Protected Natural Reserve sits tucked away atop the impressive Pico da Barrosa, far from the whir, hum, and hurry of civilization below. Lagoa do Fogo's crystal-clear turquoise waters are surrounded by tall mountain peaks, lush vegetation, and white sand on all sides. 

For those of you reading who still don’t quite know exactly what thermal waters are…we are happy to explain a bit more! Thermal waters are heated by a volcano, and thermal pools are usually fed by nearby springs. Caldeira Velha is the only place where you can see the majestic spring “feeding” the luxurious pools, and there’s nothing better than swimming right up to it and receiving an invigorating but relaxing, natural thermal massage. This is just another authentic experience you’ll be able to have while enjoying the Azores! Besides the waterfall pool, Caldeira Velha also has two smaller pools where the water is a bit hotter.

Tea Tasting at Gorreana Tea Factory

Gorreana, a family-run business since 1883, stands proudly as Europe's oldest tea factory. Nestled on São Miguel's north side, the tea plantation offers a serene escape with a view of the Atlantic Ocean, free from pollution and city noise. With a legacy spanning 130 years, Gorreana's commitment to organic green and black teas, as well as unique infusions, remains unwavering. The factory's resilience during economic downturns is attributed to its low energy costs, driven by an innovative hydroelectric system. Visited by thousands annually, Gorreana welcomes enthusiasts to stroll through its 32-acre plantations, explore the original 1840 Marshall machinery in the museum, and conclude with a complimentary cup of tea boasting a panoramic view of the island's north shore. With around 33 tons of tea produced each year, Gorreana exports its exceptional teas worldwide, contributing to the global appreciation of Azorean heritage.

 

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

From 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Cozido Cooking Class

Start your day with a captivating cooking class, unraveling the artistry behind São Miguel Island's culinary gem – the cherished Portuguese stew, Cozido das Furnas. This hearty feast, comprised of a flavorful ensemble featuring cuts of pork, beef, chicken, sausages, and vegetables, is meticulously prepared in underground fumaroles. Situated alongside the scenic Furnas Lake, the hot volcanic soil imparts a distinct flavor to this beloved dish. Once simmered to perfection by the island's natural heat, relish the culinary masterpiece paired harmoniously with a glass of Portuguese red wine, creating a feast that captures the essence of São Miguel's gastronomic heritage.

Terra Nostra Park Garden & Hot Springs

Terra Nostra Park stands as a premier Azorean attraction, captivating visitors with its extraordinary thermal pools and lush botanical gardens. This internationally acclaimed centenary garden spans 12.5 hectares, showcasing impeccably maintained nature scapes adorned with blooming flowers throughout the year. The main thermal pool, 'the tank,' a historical gem dating back to 1770, offers a warm retreat with temperatures between 35ºC and 40ºC. Beyond, two newer-built pools beckon as natural jacuzzis, creating a serene escape within this enchanting oasis. 

Please note: 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.

Wicker Baskets

While heading to your hotel, take a moment to explore the charming village of Água de Pau and witness a live demonstration of the age-old tradition of crafting local wicker baskets. Engage in this captivating experience to learn about the intricate techniques and cultural significance behind this enduring Azorean craft.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Cozido das Furnas Lunch

From 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM

City Food Tour

Experience the best of traditional and modern local flavors as you sample specialties and explore key highlights and landmarks. Gain insights into the rich history and lifestyle of the Azores through captivating stories, making your journey not just a culinary adventure but a cultural exploration filled with delightful tales.

The Azores Islands are an epicurean delight for foodies. The archipelago’s many unique microclimates, abundant water supply, and the volcanic nature of the islands make it possible to offer a large variety of delicious dishes. Based on a rich and hearty, peasant style of cooking, Azorean cuisine is so scrumptious, that it will leave you asking for seconds.

Please note: The pick-up/drop-off is not included in this tour and the meeting point is at Portas da Cidades ("city gates").

Praça de Gonçalo Velho 9500, 9500-094 Ponta Delgada

Meals Included: Breakfast

From 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM (winter)
From 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM (summer)
 

Sete Cidades

Sete Cidades, home to the iconic Blue and Green Lagoons, is the Azores' most famous postcard, showcasing a picturesque landscape of contrasting hues within a volcanic crater. One of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal, this show-stopping crater full of lakes has become one of the signature and most famous images of the Azores. There are (amazingly) 11 lakes in total around Sete Cidades, but they can only be seen from certain angles at the different miradouros (viewpoints) in the area. To fully appreciate the breathtaking panoramic views over the mystical blue and green lakes, head to the Vista do Rei viewpoint.  

Sunset in Mosteiros

This charming fishing village near Sete Cidades is the ultimate destination for the most breathtaking sunset on the entire island. Witness the sun gracefully setting between its islets, creating one of the most magical sights in the Azores Islands. With its heavenly black sand beach, this little gem is a tranquil haven that promises an unforgettable experience.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Picnic

From 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Say farewell to the beautiful São Miguel Island with a delicious dinner at a local restaurant in Ponta Delgada, accompanied by live music.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Transfer from your hotel to the airport. A representative will pick you up at your hotel around 3 hours before your flight departure time.

Thank you for choosing Azores Getaways! We look forward to the pleasure of traveling together again soon. 

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

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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*.
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Our experienced travel agents are available 7 days a week to help with any questions, requests, or issues from when you book until after you return from your trip.

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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