From  £1045
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Discover the highlights of Sao Miguel on foot with carefully planned walking routes
  • Witness volcanic craters and marvel at amazing landscapes from viewpoints across the island
  • See the last volcano to erupt in the Azores
  • Visit a tea plantation
  • See Lagoa do Fogo and its turbulent lake
  • Visit the Environmental Centre of Furnas
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Walking Inside Volcanoes

8 Day Tour, from £1045 per person

Perfect for nature lovers and keen walkers, this tailor-made walking holiday through Sao Miguel discovers the island’s rugged volcanic regions and introduces visitors to the stunning scenery typical of this far-flung archipelago. Carefully planned routes guide you through rich green pastures, take you to witness aquamarine lakes cradled in the base of calderas and up the slopes of extinct volcanoes. The Azores experiences mild seasonal temperatures year-round, and their balmy summer temperatures are perfect for an outdoor adventure.

This eight day tour is a great way to see the highlights of Sao Miguel on foot. Transfers to and from the starting point of each walk are included, along with a walking guidebook with details on trails and maps to follow.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
PONTA DELGADA
PONTA DELGADA
Arrive in Sao Miguel and transfer to the hotel Terra Nostra Garden. Check in for 4 nights.
Accommodation
Hotel Terra Nostra Garden
DAY 2
FURNAS
FURNAS

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 fantastic views of the village, set against beautiful scenery, passing old watermills surrounded by taro and beautiful waterfalls (7.5km walking). Transfer back to the hotel. (B)

Accommodation
Hotel Terra Nostra Garden
DAY 3
FURNAS
FURNAS
Begin a walk from Lombado Cavaleiro ending at Ribeira Quente. Explore the beach at Ribeira Quente, eat in a local restaurant or visiting the fishing port. Return transfer to the Hotel. (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. (5km walking) (B)

Accommodation
Hotel Terra Nostra Garden
DAY 5
FURNAS & PONTA DELGADA
FURNAS & PONTA DELGADA
After breakfast begin a walk to the Lake of Furnas. Two volcanic calderas dominate the landscape around Furnas, one of which now holds an emerald lake in the its crater. Whereveer 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.
 
This walking route has been designed to include the most beautiful viewpoints of the north coast, and stops to visit a tea plantation. This afternoon transfer by taxi to the Hotel in Ponta Delgada. (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 center of the island, and surrounded by hydrangea bushes which bloom in bold blues and pinks in the spring March-June season. It’s a long hiking route today but takes in the best of the local scenery, ranging from mountains and hilltop viewpoints to meandering valleys and even a beach to enjoy a swim. (15km walking). (B)

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 it's 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. (7.5km or 11km) (B)

Accommodation
Hotel Vila Nova
DAY 8
FLY TO THE UK
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

8 day tour, from £1045 per person

Price Includes

  • Return flights in economy class with Sata International from London Gatwick (from Saturday - Saturday)
  • All airport taxes
  • Private return airport transfers
  • 4 nights accommodation with breakfast in twin/double room at Hotel Terra Nostra 
  • 3 nights accommodation with breakfast in twin/double room at Hotel Vila Nova
  • Transfers between accommodation and each walking tour as per itinerary
  • Walking guide book with trail descriptions and maps

Price Excludes

  • Meals other than stated in itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Local walking guide

Tour Route Map


  1. Azores, Sao Miguel

Tour Accommodation

Hotel Vila Nova
Hotel Vila Nova
Hotel Vila Nova This modern hotel is set just a five minutes' walk from the Sao Francisco square and the Sao Bras military fort, and ten minutes' from the marina, from where many whale......
Hotel Terra Nostra Garden
Hotel Terra Nostra Garden
Hotel Terra Nostra Garden Offering a complete wellness experience, this stunning hotel is set in a valley amongst beautiful gardens which feature a bubbling lake, outdoor......

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