From  £1800
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Combine two islands of Sao Miguel and Sao Jorge
  • Walk along well maintained walking trails
  • See waterfalls, volcanoes and an underground lake
  • Enjoy some time on the beach at Maia
Enquire Online

Enquire Online

Volcanoes & Fajas Walking Experience

13 Day Tour, from £1800 per person

This two-island walking tour offers the chance to explore the well kept-trails of Sao Miguel and Sao Jorge over the course of a fortnight, with carefully chosen routes ranging from easy to medium levels of walking. Sao Miguel is home to some of the most iconic sights of the Azores, including the bright emerald and blue crater lakes of Sete Cidades and the steaming geysers and natural hot pools that are found around the active volcanic area at Furnas. 

Sao Jorge is known for the unusual geological features that decorate its coast: Fajas are flat, low-lying areas that extend into the sea a little like a peninsula, formed by subsidence of the cliffs and boasting brilliant views. Stroll through fertile orchards and farmlands that produce tropical fruits and beautiful dragon-trees thanks to the micro-climate, explore an underground lake and swim in the sea at Maia.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO SAO MIGUEL ISLAND
FLY TO SAO MIGUEL ISLAND

Arrive in Sao Miguel and transfer to Hotel Terra Nostra Garden in the valley of Furnas. Check in for your 4 night stay and the rest of the day is at your leisure.

Accommodation
Hotel Terra Nostra Garden
DAY 2
FURNAS
FURNAS

After breakfast begin a walk to the Lake of Furnas, one of the most iconic spots on Sao Miguel, and indeed the whole archipelago. Two volcanic calderas dominate the landscape around Furnas, one of which now holds an emerald lake in its crater. Wherever you turn in this region, the surrounding environment serves reminders of the Azores’ volcanic geology, with volcanic peaks and fertile soils resulting in lush green valleys, and hot springs bubbling alongside steaming geyser fields. During this walk, stop to visit the Environmental Centre of Furnas for more insight into the unique surrounding nature. (9.2 km walking) (B)

Accommodation
Hotel Terra Nostra Garden
DAY 3
FURNAS
FURNAS

Begin a walk through the Lomba do Cavaleiro region to reach Ribeira Quente, a quiet coastal community with a pretty beach. Upon arrival, spend time on the beach and exploring the small town, and opt to dine on fresh seafood in a local restaurant or visit the fishing port. A return transfer takes you back to the hotel. (8.4 km walking) (B)

Accommodation
Hotel Terra Nostra Garden
DAY 4
FURNAS
FURNAS

After breakfast, transfer to Faial da Terra in the south east of Sao Miguel. Follow the Salto do Prego trail along a river, routing through a charming old village to reach a beautiful waterfall, and ending at the beach-side town of Faial da Terra . Return transfer to the hotel. (5 km walking) (B) 

Accommodation
Hotel Terra Nostra Garden
DAY 5
FURNAS TO PONTE DELGADA
FURNAS TO PONTE DELGADA

After breakfast, join the trail in Ribeira Funda walking along the beach at Praiada Viola to Maia, a small fishing village home to a tobacco museum (the Azores famously used to produce large quantities of dried tobacco leaves), and a theatre housed in a pretty pink building. Enjoy various views of the village, set against stunning scenery, passing old watermills surrounded by taro and beautiful waterfalls. At the end of the walk transfer by taxi to the Hotel Vila Nova in Ponta Delgada. During the transfer you visit the most impressive viewpoints of the north coast and will enjoy a visit to a tea plantation. (7.5 km walking) (B)

Accommodation
Hotel Vila Nova
DAY 6
PONTA DELGADA
PONTA DELGADA

This morning walk to Lagoa do Fogo - the Lake of Fire. This stunning, deep blue lake is one of the most famous and iconic sights of Sao Miguel, and arguably all of the Azores. The crater lake is situated within the Água de Pau Massif stratovolcano in the centre of the island, and is surrounded by hydrangea bushes which bloom in bold blues and pinks in the spring season (March-June). It’s a long hiking route today but it’s worth it as the day takes in the best of the local scenery, ranging from mountains and hilltop viewpoints to meandering valleys. The walk concludes at the shore of the lake where you’ll have time to enjoy the beach and take a swim. (15 km walking) (B)

Accommodation
Hotel Vila Nova
DAY 7
PONTA DELGADA
PONTA DELGADA

After breakfast enjoy a walk to Sete Cidades, another of Sao Miguel’s most iconic natural wonders, to visit the large crater with its emerald lake. The crater itself stretches over three miles, so the views around the region are immense. The route today takes in the island, lakes and the sea before walking down to the village of Sete Cidades. (7.5 km or 11km walking) (B)

Accommodation
Hotel Vila Nova
DAY 8
SAO MIGUEL TO SAO JORGE
SAO MIGUEL TO SAO JORGE

Transfer to airport for your short flight to the island of Sao Jorge. On arrival, transfer to Hotel Sao Jorge in Velas, a port town on the south coast, and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (B)

Accommodation
Hotel Sao Jorge Garden
DAY 9
SAO JORGE
SAO JORGE

Today set off to explore Sao Jorge by embarking on a walk from Pico De Pedro to Fajado Ouvidor, the most populated (though still relatively sparse) of the Fajas - areas of flat coastal land formed by debris slides and collapsed cliffs, on the northern coast of Sao Jorge. This route will take you walking through the central part of the island and tackling relatively moderate trails to reach the highest mountain of Sao Jorge, Pico a Esperanca, which stands at 1053 metres. (B)

Accommodation
Hotel Sao Jorge Garden
DAY 10
SAO JORGE
SAO JORGE

Today start the trail at Faja dos Vimes, another of Sao Jorge’s large Fajas, long and slender at the foot of steeply rising mountains, and walk to Faja de Sao Joao, home to a small community on the south coast. This trail affords marvellous views of the nearby tiny island, Pico, and its central mountain. Return transfer to the hotel. (B)

Accommodation
Hotel Sao Jorge Garden
DAY 11
SAO JORGE
SAO JORGE

After breakfast, walk the trail from Serrado Topo to Faja dos Cubres on the north coast. See the protected nature reserve at Faja do Santo Cristo with its underground cave and lake, the only place in the Azores where clams can be found. This Faja is one of the most isolated places in the Azores with summer houses and only a few families who reside here all year round. View Graciosa island from the trail before transferring to the harbour for a boat trip to the island of Faial. Transfer to Hotel Azoris Faial Garden Resort for check in. (B)

Accommodation
Hotel Sao Jorge Garden
DAY 12
SAO JORGE
SAO JORGE

Free day at leisure to relax or explore at your own pace. Perhaps opt for a city tour of Horta, a jeep tour of the island or a whale watching trip - the Azores boast world-class whale and dolphin spotting opportunities from the surrounding warm waters. Ask our travel specialists for suggestions. (B)

Accommodation
Hotel Sao Jorge Garden
DAY 13
FLY TO THE UK
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

13 day tour, from £1800 per person

Price Includes

  • Round trip international flights between the UK and the Azores
  • All airport taxes 
  • 12 nights accommodation in hotels as specified 
  • Meals as specified (B= Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Return private airport transfers  
  • Inter-island transfers by internal flights and ferry boats
  • Transfers between accommodation and walking tours as per program
  • Guide book for walking trails with maps

Price Excludes

  • Tips and gratuities
  • Meals other than specified 
  • Local walking guide
  • Optional excursions

Price Includes

Price Excludes

Price Notes

  • International flights from the UK are based out of London Heathrow via Lisbon with TAP Portugal  Regional flights are available (supplement may apply)
  • All flights are in economy class

Tour Route Map


  1. Azores, Sao Miguel
  2. Azores, Sao Jorge

Tour Accommodation

Hotel Vila Nova
Hotel Vila Nova
Hotel Vila Nova This modern, three-star tourist hotel is set in a perfect central location and an ideal base for exploring Ponta Delgada - just a five minutes' walk from the Sao Francisco square......
Hotel Terra Nostra Garden
Hotel Terra Nostra Garden
Hotel Terra Nostra Garden <div>Offering a complete wellness experience, this stunning four-star hotel is set in a valley......
Hotel Sao Jorge Garden
Hotel Sao Jorge Garden
Hotel Sao Jorge Garden This three-star hotel is located just 200 yards from the shopping area of Velas and only about 5 minutes walk from the picturesque harbour. Neutral tones and the......

Image Gallery

Request a Brochure

Request a Brochure

For more expert tips, holiday ideas and travel inspiration, download or order your free copy of our latest brochure.

Stay in Touch

Subscribe for our newsletter and to hear about exciting offers and experiences

We will be closed all day on Bank Holiday Monday 26th August. If you would like to speak to us, please leave a message or use our live chat and we will get in touch when we reopen at 9am on Tuesday 27th August.

Close Button