The Azores

The Azores are considered to be a sanctuary of biodiversity and geodiversity and are one of the best locations in the world for Nature Tourism. Made up of nine islands, this archipelago is a must-visit for those interested in geography and environmental science – or for those who simply appreciate natural beauty.

You‘ll cycle across volcanic craters, climb Pico Mountain and bathe in naturally heated springs known for their medicinal properties. You’ll also have the chance to soak up the Portuguese culture and sample some of the local delicacies including Queijada da Vila – a traditional Azores pastry, created by nuns.

This incredible trip will conclude with whale watching. If you’re lucky, you could spot up to eight species of whale as well as dolphins, turtles and seabirds.

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Highlights

  • Discover one of the best locations for ‘Nature Tourism’
  • Explore the lakes, caves, lava fields and forests of two volcanic islands
  • Hike, climb, kayak and bathe in natural hot springs
  • Spot up to eight species of whales and dolphins on a whale watching tour

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Depart the UK and arrive on Sao Miguel Island.

  • Day 2

    Cycling and kayaking at Sete Cides lake, lakeside picnic and hot water bathing.

  • Day 3

    Explore Furnas Valley, try local delicacies and visit a tea plantation.

  • Day 4

    Hiking around Fogo Lake, swimming and picnic lunch.

  • Day 5

    Relax, shop for souvenirs and visit the thermal baths known for their therapeutic properties.

  • Day 6

    Fly to Pico Island, the next stop on your Azores adventure.

  • Day 7

    Climb to the highest point of Portugal, the Pico Mountain, 2351m above sea level.

  • Day 8

    Enjoy an exhilarating whale watching tour, guided by biologists.

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