Volcanoes & Fajãs Walking Experience - São Miguel & São Jorge - OPEI
São Jorge is still the island with the most beautiful and well-kept walking trails of the Azores. Together with the walks on island of São Miguel, this program offers the client an opportunity to experience walks in two islands with a degree of difficulty from easy to medium, having a duration between 2h00 and 5h00. The frequent mentioned Fajãs on the island of São Jorge are flat, low-lying areas leading to the sea on both sides of the island, formed by subsidence of the cliffs. Many have been converted in fertile orchards or farmlands, producing tropical fruits and beautiful dragon-trees tanks to the micro-climate.
- Day 1 - São Miguel
Transfer from the airport to the hotel in the valley of Furnas.
- Day 2 - São Miguel
In this day no transfers required to do the walk Lagoa das Furnas. It starts and ends at the hotel in Furnas. During this walk, entrance fee to visit to the Environmental Centre of Furnas Lake is included.
- Day 3 - São Miguel
Transfer from the hotel to the beginning of the trail. The walk Lomba do Cavaleiro starts at Lomba do Cavaleiro and ends at Ribeira Quente. At Ribeira Quente, the beach invites to a swim to relax. You can eat in a local restaurant or visiting the fishing port before the transfer back to the hotel in Furnas.
- Day 4 - São Miguel
Transfer from the hotel to Faial da Terra to the beginning of the walk Salto do Prego, also known as Walk Sanguinho / Walk Faial da Terra. This walk goes along a path through an old village to a beautiful waterfall. It ends at the village of Faial da Terra. Return transfer to the hotel in Furnas.
- Day 5 - São Miguel
Transfer from the hotel to the beginning of the trail Ribeira Funda / Maia. This trail begins in Ribeira Funda, goes along the beach of Praia da Viola and ends in Maia. With this walk you can enjoy various views of Maia, passing by old watermills surrounded by taro and beautiful waterfalls. At the end of the walk transfer by taxi to the hotel in Ponta Delgada. During the transfer you will visit the most beautiful viewpoints of the north coast and a tea plantation (unique in Europe).
- Day 6 - São Miguel
Transfer from the hotel to the beginning of the trail. Walk to Lagoa do Fogo, a trail to the most savage lake of the Azores, where you only can go walking. You will go along a levada through mountains and valleys with a beautiful view. The walk ends at the beach of Água dAlto where you can have a swim. Return transfer to the hotel in Ponta Delgada.
- Day 7- São Miguel
Transfer from the hotel to the beginning of the trail of Sete Cidades. Visit the big volcanic crater with its blue and green lake, which offers a beautiful view during the whole walk not only of the lakes but also of the big blue sea. You will descend to the valley and village of Sete Cidades where you also can walk along the lakes. Afternoon: transfer to hotel in Ponta Delgada.
- Day 8 - São Miguel/São Jorge
Departure transfer from the hotel to airport. Flight to the island of São Jorge. Transfer to the hotel in Velas.
- Day 9 - São Jorge
Transfer to the beginning of the Walk Pico de Pedro / Pico da Esperança / Fajã do Ouvidor: this walk is along the central part of the island leading to the highest mountain of São Jorge (Pico da Esperança) with 1053 m. Return transfer to the hotel.
- Day 10 - São Jorge
Transfer to the beginning of the Walk Fajã dos Vimes: on the south coast. From this side you can view Pico island with its magnificent mountain. Return transfer to the hotel.
- Day 11 - São Jorge/Faial
Transfer to the beginning of the Walk Serra do Topo / Caldeira de Santo Cristo / Fajã dos Cubres on the north coast. This walk goes through a magnificent trail descending to Fajã do Santo Cristo. This protected nature reserve has an underground cave and a lake and is the only place in the Azores where clams can be found. This Fajã is one of the most isolated places in the Azores with some summer houses and only a few families living all year round. From this side of the island you can view Graciosa island. At the end of the day, transfer to the harbour. Ferry to the island of Faial. Transfer from the harbour to the hotel.
- Day 12 - Faial
Free day at leisure. We suggest city tour Horta, a 4x4 tour or a whale watching trip (please consult us).
- Day 13 - Faial
Transfer from the hotel to the airport.
Included / Not Included
- 12 nights bed & breakfast
- Arrival & departure transfers between airport & accommodations as mentioned on the program
- Transfers between accommodation & walk tours as per description on the program
- Walking guidebook with trails descriptions and maps + transfer schedules for the walks + SOS contacts
- Entrance to the Monitoring and Research Centre of Furnas & plantation of one endemic
- Boat tickets SJZ/HOR
- Flight ticket PDL/SJZ
- Issuing of ticket 15 days prior to departure
- Cancellation before departure: 50% refund
- Cancellation after departure date non-refundable
- Rerouting after departure: no refund unless due to death of passenger or family member
- Voluntary routing changes after issuing ticket permitted to upgrade to normal fare
- Change name after issuing ticket permitted with penalty
- Symbolic contribution to social & environmental institutions: Rabo de Peixe Sabe Sonhar & Life Priolo: 1,00€
- Local walking guide
- Picnics or any other kind meal
- Upgrades to superior rooms
- Supplements to reservations in hotels other than those mentioned
The day, route, schedule and mode of transportation are subject to change without notice due to operating conditions