AZORES : Between land and sea


For this guided tour in the Azores, it’s the Green Island and the Yellow Island we propose to dsicover with you, between land and sea, lasting 11 days during which there will be discoveries while hiking, nautical discoveries and a boat outing to observe sea mammals. Santa Maria and Sao Miguel are very different islands, and this trip allows you to enjoy both of them !

So let us leave and discover this small corner of paradise, from where you will return delighted !

Day 1 : Arrival in Santa Maria
Depending on time of arrival, gentle stroll around the village of Vila do Porto.

Day 2 : Boat outing and hike
In the morning, outing on a boat along the island coast.
The afternoon will be hiking to Figueiral / Praia Formosa
Main interests : the fortress of São Bras, Perdreira do Campo, Figueiral Cave…

Day 3 : Hike to Pico Altos / Anjos
The Pico Alto (587m) is the highest point of Santa Maria. It offers an excellent viewpoint, with a panoramic view over the entire island and to São Miguel if the weather is clear.

Day 4 : Flight to São Miguel and out to sea – “observation of sea mammals”
The afternoon will be out to sea to observe the sea mammals (approx 3 hrs)

Day 5 : São Miguel – Hike to Mata Do Canario – Sete Cidades
This hike takes you to the highest point on the north side of the island. The whole way, you will have a panoramic view over the lake of Sete Cidades.

Day 6 : São Miguel – Hike to Lagoa do Fogo
As you climb, there are number of places where you can take advantage of the magnificient panoramic view of the south coast of São Miguel, and in particular the village of Vila Franca do Campo and its small island, and Ribeira da Praia…

Day 7 : São Miguel – Exploring, swimming and hiking in the region of Furnas
Starting along the road toward the south, and first stop at Vila Franca (first capital of the island) for a historical visit. Continuing in the Furnas valley, we will take a short walk by the lake and finish in a geothermical active zone.
Visit to the botanical garden, geysers and mineral water sources.

Day 8 : São Miguel – Hike at Faial Da Terra – Salto de Prego
This loop starts and ends at the locality of “Faial da Terre” ; during this hike you will discover “Salto do Prego”, a beautiful waterfall where pittosporum and acacia prevail.
After coming back a little way, you will change direction to the small village of “Sanguinho”, a very small locality of about twenty inhabitants. Then you will visit the town of Nordeste.

Day 9 : São Miguel – a day of geology and caving…
This day is designated to better understand the geology of the island and its volcanic evolution.

Day 10 : São Miguel / France

Sao Miguel is the largest and most populated island of the Azores, known as the Green Island. It has a surface area of approximately 759 km2. The municipal seat is located in Ponta Delgada, the largest town in the archipelago. This island has around 140 000 inhabitants.

Santa Maria is about 55 miles from Sao Miguel island. It is the third smallest island of the Azores, known as the Yellow Island. The surface area is approximately of 97 km2. The island has about 5 500 inhabitants. The municipal seat is located in the parish of Vila do Porto.

22 May to 31 May 2014
24 July to 02 August 2014
07 August to 16 August 2014

Included in price :
Domestic flight Santa Maria / Sao Miguel
Air taxes
Transfer to the airport / accomodation (land transfers)
All transfers in adapted vehicle for your visits during the day
Double or twin rooms in hotels or guesthouses with full board except breakfast on day 1 and lunch and evening meal on day 10
Boat outing to observe sea mammals
Boat outing on Santa Maria
Entry to the museum at Santa Maria
English/french speaking tourist guide

Not included in the price
Personnal insurance (optional) : assistance, cancellation…
Personnal spending during your visit
Entries to any other sites, museums or optional activities other than stated in “included in the price”
The fees for supplementary days in case of flight modification / cancellation made by the airline company
Breakfast on day 1 and unch and evening meal on day 10
The supplement fees for a single room (obligatory for an individual reservation and will be refunded if possibility of sharing a twin room) : 250€ / person

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