From  £2035
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Immerse in wellness and nature during a week's stay at Alma do Pico
  • See whales and dolphins in their natural habitat on a whale watching excursion
  • Hike some of Pico's most stunning landscapes
  • Take to the road and discover Pico's hidden gems
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Pico Island Fly-Drive

10 Day Tour, from £2035 per person

This new 10-day fly-drive allows visitors to the Azores to become fully immersed in Pico Island, the so-called Black Island, named for its iconic volcanic geography, and also includes a chance to explore some of São Miguel's impressive sights.

This itinerary is the perfect combination of freedom to explore, time to relax and guided sightseeing. Delve deep into the natural landscapes of Pico with guided walks and a food and wine tasting experience and take to the seas to look for the many species of whales and dolphins that famously inhabit the ocean here. Explore the many charming towns and villages of the area and take in the countless viewpoints that are easily accessible by road.

At the end of the holiday, enjoy the contrast that São Miguel Island offers. Wander the streets of Ponta Delgada and marvel at the blue and green lakes at the Sete Cidadas volcanic crater. 

Tour Itinerary

Harbour village of Madalena

Fly from the UK to the Azorean island of Pico to start an exciting 10-day fly-drive adventure. Upon arrival, collect the hire car and check into Alma do Pico Nature Residence for a 7-night stay. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Alma do Pico Nature Residence
Hiking on Pico Island

Enjoy a guided hike along the Caminhos de Santa Luzia trail today (9 km). Start by descending towards Baía do Gasparal, between orchards and vineyards, an old place where wine was produced. The route continues along the coast, through the vineyards, to the place of Cabrito, and then follows the path along the basaltic rock to the Ermida de São Mateus. (B)

Alma do Pico Nature Residence
Stairs leading up from the Gruta das Torres

Enjoy a free day to explore the island or relax amidst the beautiful nature at the hotel. Take a stroll through the charming streets of Madalena or consider a visit to Gruta das Torres in Criação Velha to marvel at the 5 kilometre long cave with its enormous stalactites and lava stalagmites. (B)

Alma do Pico Nature Residence
Humpback whale of the coast of Pico

Drive along the south coast of the island to Lajes do Pico to head out to sea in a zodiac boat in search of the many different species of dolphins and whales that live in this area. Afterwards, we recommend driving back to Madalena across the spine of the island to take in the incredible views that this road offers. (B)

Alma do Pico Nature Residence
Pico's volcanic coastal landscape

Enjoy a guided walk of the beautiful Caminho dos Burros trail which connects Pico's Central Plateau with the coastal area of Baía de Canas. This historic trail was originally used by locals as a way to cross from the south side to the north side of the island and offers a majestic view of São Jorge Island and Pico's coastline.  (B)

Alma do Pico Nature Residence
Pico's vineyards

Leave the car behind today and head out on full day tour to discover the unique gastronomy of Pico Island as well as its unique wines, born from the volcanic rock. Enjoy guided visits to the protected vineyard landscape in Santa Luzia and Criação Velha, learn about the wine in this region at the Wine Museum and indulge in a wine and cheese tasting as well as a regional lunch (B,L)

Alma do Pico Nature Residence
Exploring Pico by road

Today is free to relax at your hotel or explore more of the island. For those looking to see more of the island by foot the Ladeira dos Moinhos trail is a 3.5 km circular route near São Roque which features six watermills and some lovely views. For something a bit more challenging the 8 km Prainha do Nortre loop which passes through fields, through a tunnel and down to the sandy beach of Baía da Areia. Beautiful “Cockerel’s Rock” and a natural swimming pool are further highlights of this trail. (B)

Alma do Pico Nature Residence
Ponta Delgada

Take a short domestic flight from Pico Island to São Miguel island. Pick up the new hire car and check in to Canadiano 1982 Hotel in Ponta Delgada for a 2-night stay. (B)

Canadiano 1982 Urban Nature Hotel
Sete Cidadas famous blue and green lakes

Today, we recommend a drive to the Sete Cidades Massif, an extinct volcano crater of 25 square miles, within two emerald green and aquamarine lakes. Visit Ferraria in the south west of the island with its thermal springs and spa. On the return to Ponta Delgada visit the Gruta do Carvão, the longest lava tunnel in Sao Miguel, measuring 1912 metres. The cave’s age is between 5000 and 12000 years old, and is classified as a Regional Natural Monument. (B)

Canadiano 1982 Urban Nature Hotel
DAY 10

After breakfast, drop off the car at the airport before your flight back to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

10 day tour, from £2035 per person

Price Includes

  • Return international flights from the UK to the Azores
  • Domestic flight from Pico Island to São Miguel Island
  • All airport taxes
  • 9 nights accommodation in hotels as specified with breakfast daily
  • Car hire throughout in a Group B car (Hyundai I10 or similar) with unlimited mileage & CDW insurance, and an additional driver 
  • Excursion - Guided Caminhos de Santa Luzia hike
  • Excursion - Half-Day Whale Watching Tour
  • Excursion - Guided Caminho dos Burros hike
  • Excursion - Wine Route including lunch

Price Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Any meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Optional excursions
  • Car PAI insurance (€6.56 per day)
  • GPS (€13.11 per day)
  • Fuel & parking

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Price Notes

  • Price is based on two people sharing
  • International flights from the UK are based out of London Heathrow via Lisbon in economy class. Regional flights are available (supplement may apply)

Tour Route Map

  1. Azores, Pico
  2. Azores, Sao Miguel

Tour Accommodation

Alma do Pico Nature Residence
Alma do Pico Nature Residence
Alma do Pico Nature Residence This beautiful nature residence is situated amidst 2 hectares of tranquil forest and when the trees part, guests are rewarded with breath-taking scenery of the volcano......
Canadiano 1982 Urban Nature Hotel
Canadiano 1982 Urban Nature Hotel
Canadiano 1982 Urban Nature Hotel This newly renovated 3-star hotel is a modern, urban oasis in the historic centre of Ponta Delgada, just steps from the city's museums, gardens and shops.The......

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