Family Holidays - Sao Miguel - OPEI
Enjoy the exciting Azores with this one-week holiday on São Miguel Island. Ride a Tuk Tuk trough the old streets and gardens of Ponta Delgada. Bathe yourself in thermal waters in a world renown botanical garden and taste the Cozido das Furnas stew cooked with steam from the earth. Go searching for whales and dolphins on a whale watching trip. Experience the traditional Azorean lifestyle, learn how to milk a cow and cook Azorean bread. Ride on a 4x4 around the crater rim of Sete Cidades and halfway to Lagoa do Fogo you will have the opportunity enjoy the view of the north coast and the south coast of the island at the same time! Ready to embark on this unforgettable holiday?
Day by Day
Day 1 - São Miguel
Transfer from the airport to the hotel.
Day 2 - São Miguel
Half Day Mix Tour on a Tuk Tuk starting around 10h00, the ride is an exciting experience and a fun way to get to know the city and its most emblematic buildings, visit to the city garden where you can have a relaxing time with the kids, a garden populated by trees that impress with their monumental size or peculiar shape. The ride continues to one of the nearest beaches of dark sand, typical of the Azores due to its volcanic origins and, where you can refresh your feet. Return to Ponta Delgada.
Day 3 - São Miguel
Full Day Furnas 4x4 tour - Furnas is one of the most famous beauty spots on the island, with a history of volcanic activity that has left a legacy of particularly impressive natural hot springs, calderas and fumaroles. The Lake of Furnas and its holes are surrounded by lush nature. Lunch will be served at a traditional restaurant where you can try the famous "cozido" which is cooked by the heat of one of the Furnas fumaroles! On this route you will also visit Vila Franca do Campo, where you can see the famous islet. A visit to a tea factory is also included and there will be time to admire the breathtaking views from many viewpoints.
Day 4 - São Miguel
Whale Watching - Transfer from the hotel to the marina of Ponta Delgada. Activity which takes between 3 hours and is done by a professional team of lookouts, skippers and biologists on rigid inflatable boats. Before you leave to the ocean, they do a briefing including information about the species you may see, and the Azorean Whale Watching code of ethics. At the end they provide you the necessary equipment you should take to ensure your safety and comfort (life vest and rain jacket). At the end of the activity transfer back to the hotel.
Day 5 - São Miguel
Full Day Living Experiences at Ginetes Transfer from the hotel to the meeting-point of Quinta das Raiadas at 08H45. We pass through Quinta das Raiadas to observe farm animals. Stop at Escalvado Viewpoint. House of the bread explanation and participation on how to make bread, local handicrafts and how to prepare a lot of traditional food. Light meal: soup, drinks (water, juice, tea). Taste a variety of local products including cheese and marmalade.
Day 6 - São Miguel
Full Day Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo 4x4 tour. On this tour you will explore the village of Sete Cidades, famous for the beauty of its lakes and surrounding hills. At the mountain top, two impressive lakes have formed in the volcanic caldera (basin) one with blue water and the other green (Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Verde) an incredible natural phenomenon and a sight not to be missed! Along the way the tour you will also go visiting picturesque spots, including lakes (Lagoa das Empadadas, Lagoa de Santiago) and sights less well known but well worth a visit due to their natural beauty. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant. Continue towards the magnificent Lagoa do Fogo. Before visiting the Lagoa do Fogo several stops to visit interesting places along the way including the calderas of Ribeira Grande and Caldeira Velha, where there are fumaroles and a waterfall of warm water! Stop at the viewpoint of Lagoa do Fogo with its magnificent landscapes and surrounding colors.
Day 7 - São Miguel
Free day at leisure.
Day 8 - São Miguel
Transfer from the hotel to the airport.
Included / Not Included
- 7 nights (breakfast included depending on the hotel selected)
- Arrival & departure transfers between airport or harbour & accommodations as mentioned on the program
- Half day mix tour on a Tuk Tuk (city / gardens / beach - approx. 3 hours)
- Full day 4x4 tour Furnas (Trilhos da Natureza)
- Half day Whale Watching (Picos de Aventura)
- Round trip transfer between the hotel and the whale watching base
- Full day Living Experiences (Quinta das Raiadas)
- Round trip transfer between the hotel and the Ginetes
- Full day 4x4 tour Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo (Trilhos da Natureza)
- Symbolic contribution to social & environmental institutions: Rabo de Peixe Sabe Sonhar & Life Priolo: 1€
- Flight ticket to and from the Azores
- Meals not mentioned in the program
- Supplements to private tours
Some activities require a minimum of participants. If the minimum of participants is not fulfilled the tour may change to a different day or an alternative will be presented
The day, route, schedule and mode of transportation are subject to change without notice due to operating conditions
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic some of the entrances and activities on the program may have to be cancelled or done in private (subject to supplements) for safety reasons according to the number of participants. Updated information will be provided with the confirmation of the reservation.