OCEAN CROSSINGS + PONTA DELGADA, AZORES

From $ 1,599 pp
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Ocean Crossings + Ponta Delgada, Azores

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From $ 1,599* pp

Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal

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8 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

dining

watersports

essentials
Ponta Delgada, Best of the Azores: Furnas Valley & Hotsprings with Cozido
Traveling by coach, you'll follow the road that heads north over the island, stopping at the Sta Iria viewpoint to look over the north coast. You'll visit the local tea plantation and factory, and sample some of the better-known Azorean blends. Then, continue to the Pico do Ferro viewpoint with a magnificent outlook over the Furnas Valley. You'll head up to the lake in time to see your lunch being taken out of an earthen oven in the ground, where it has been cooked using natural geo-thermal power. Return to the village to dine on your special lunch: “Cozido das Caldeiras.” Afterwards  you will see the Terra Nostra Garden—among the most beautiful gardens in the Azores. This park features a natural hot-water swimming pool. You'll have time for a quick swim if you wish. Visit some hot springs in the village to learn about the different mineral water sources; then return to Ponta Delgada via the south coast,passing by at Vila Franca, which was the island's first capital.

Please note:  Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes and bring a camera, hat, ,sunscreen, and local currency if you wish to purchase any goods. Bring your swim suit, towel and flip flops if you wish to swim at Terra Nostra´s pool. The swiming pool´s ferrous water fades bright colors. A swim suit with dark colors is recommended. The facilities include  a few changing rooms and two cold water showers.


price $165
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4 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

hiking

sightseeing

essentials
Ponta Delgada, Hike Sete Cidades
Lace up your boots and grab your sense of adventure, you’ll be heading out on a spectacular journey on foot through the Azores' stunning natural landscapes. After a 30-minute drive across São Miguel island, you'll arrive at Vista do Rei, a breathtaking viewpoint considered one of the seven wonders of Portugal, famous for its magnificent views of the Sete Cidades caldera. Also called the King's View, from here you'll not only be awed by panoramic views of two dazzling alpine lakes, but also begin a 2-hour moderate-level hike at the nearby trailhead. Set out with an expert guide across steep pathways, passing the 3-mile-wide crater and verdant forest environs dappling the island's western coast. Along the way, hear the fascinating geothermal and geographical history of the region while identifying native flora and fauna. The trek will conclude at the quaint village of Sete Cidades on the western edge of the lake, where you'll enjoy some time to cool down before being transported back to the port.

Please note:  Wear comfortable outdoor clothes and hiking footwear ( dress in layers and bring a rain protection), a hat and sunscreen, water and energy bar, camera, and local currency if you wish to purchase any goods.


price $79
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3.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

sightseeing

outdoors

essentials
Ponta Delgada, Off the Beaten Track: Azores
Enjoy an off-road adventure in 4x4 vehicles as you take in the Azores, far from the daily hustle and bustle of the city, as your journey takes you into the mountains. Trees indigenous to the area, hydrangeas and other varieties of vegetation cover the soft edges of the valleys—a serene setting of sparkling waters and small villages. This whole area feels as if it is lost in time and is a region of vast farmland—the breadbasket of the Azores—which provides food and wealth for the population of the islands. Interestingly, modern technology often takes a back seat here as the land is worked according to age-old tradition.

Please note:  Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes and bring a camera, hat, ,sunscreen, and local currency if you wish to purchase any goods. The order of the itinerary is subject to change for operational reasons, to respect opening hours of the visited locations or to avoid overcrowding in areas with limited capacity; visibility at the viewpoints depends on the weather conditions. This tour is not recommended for children under 8 years old, pregnant guests or guests with back, neck or joint problems.


price $119
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5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

wine

refreshments

essentials
Ponta Delgada, Ribeira Grande Highlights
You will depart from the pier for a scenic drive towards Barrosa, up the mountain road to see the views over Fogo lake. A nature reserve since 1974, this crater lake reaches a maximum depth of 98 feet (30 meters) and it is the highest point above sea level on the island. Continue down, descending to the north coast and stop to visit Caldeira Velha. Classified as a Natural Monument it displays some interesting flora diversity as well as a small waterfall and a hot water swimming pool.  In Ribeira Grande, the chromatic game increases between white masonry and basalt and ignimbrite stonework. This contrast is visible in churches, such as the Nossa Senhora da Estrela Church, with a monumental staircase and a singular black bell tower. Other interesting features are the Oito Arcos Bridge and the iron balconies of manor houses. After a short walking visit to this charming town proceed to a local farm which among other things breeds Lusitano horses, known for their bravery, intelligence and willing spirit. After a visit to the stable and before returning to the pier you will relax and get acquainted with the local flavors at a wine & cheese tasting.

Please note:  Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes and bring a camera, hat, ,sunscreen, and local currency if you wish to purchase any goods.


price $125
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3.5 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

refreshments

essentials
Ponta Delgada, Sete Cidades Crater Lake
Discover one of the seven natural wonders of Portugal. From Ponta Delgada you will head to Fajã de Baixo to visit a pineapple plantation where the fruit grows in hothouses. See the different phases of the pineapple's growing cycle and taste a sample of pineapple liqueur, juice or fruit (subject to the supplier´s availability), with time for souvenir shopping afterwards. Continue along the mountain road, descending into the village of Sete Cidades, named for the volcano towering above. You'll have free time for a quick coffee (not included) or to stretch your legs before you continue to the Santiago Lake and Vista do Rei viewpoints. You will reach the main crater of this extinct volcano at an elevation of 1,900 feet above sea level. From the edge of the crater, eight miles in circumference, take in the magnificent view of the "twin" lakes at the bottom. Return to Ponta Delgada upon completion of your tour.    

Please note:  Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes and bring a camera, hat, ,sunscreen, and local currency if you wish to purchase any goods.

  

price $69
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