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Travel Day from USA June 29th – tour dates June 30th thru July 5th
Includes: Round Trip Airfare from Boston (direct), Round Trip Transfers, Hotel, Breakfast Daily, Three Excursions
After a short 4.5-hour flight from the east coast, you’ll be able to jump right into all the fun activities the island of São Miguel has to offer. Rappel down waterfalls, canoe in a crater lake and bike volcanic terrain.
Day 1: Welcome to the Green Island
Upon your arrival at Ponta Delgada International Airport you’ll be transferred to your city center hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore the cobblestone streets of the Azores’ largest city. Today you can choose to relax on the areas volcanic black sand beaches or visit the baroque lava stone church of Senhor Santo Cristo.
Day 2: Canyoning Ribeira dos Caldeiroes
Today you’ll be picked up and brought to Riberia dos Caleirões where your tour director will distribute rappelling equipment. After a short 20-minute walk the adventure begins. Along the journey you’ll encounter vertical challenges where it will be necessary to repel down a waterfall and then eventually slide into a refreshing natural spring water pool. Water temperatures in June / July average 66 to 72 degrees. The afternoon is yours to enjoy Ponta Delgada!
Day 3: Canoeing Furnas Lake and Terra Nostra Park
Today’s activity will leave you with a sense of calm and tranquility. Enjoy the beautiful country landscape as you canoe Furnas Lake. On the banks of the lake you’ll notice hot springs and natural volcanic ovens where the locals are cooking your lunch, the traditional Cozido. Before heading to the award winning Terra Nostra Botanical Garden, you’ll stop to enjoy lunch that was cooked in the earth! The guide at Terra Nostra will encourage you to relax in the natural thermal pools before returning to Ponta Delgada.
Day 4: Westside Biking with Spa Experience
Today you’ll discover the western part of the São Miguel. Exploring the volcanic system of Sete Cidades and thermal springs of Ferraria. After a transfer from city center the day begins with an easy bike ride in Sete Cidades, a landscape dominated by the blue and green lakes, considered to be one of the 7 natural wonders of Portugal. (The bike ride takes about 3 hours to complete if you are an advanced beginner rider). After a picnic lunch, you’ll stop in Ferraria, a unique costal geological formation. In the Spa area of Termas da Ferraria, we will have the opportunity to experience different types of thermal baths, including sauna, turkish bath, an indoor pool and jacuzzi, an experience that promotes relaxation and well being. After this relaxing experience will have time for a swim in the outdoor pool or, even, a dip in the sea. The scenic coastal southwest road of São Miguel makes the return to Ponta Delgada.
NOTE: The biking excursion is mostly on easy terrain, with some zones of low to medium technical level. No one needs to be an expert or in top shape, but they will get a bit of a workout. E-assist bikes are not available for this excursion. Option to swap this for a different activity or the group can split and go on two different excursions, we would just need at least two people on each option.
Day 5: Your Day to Explore
Today is yours to explore Sao Miguel on your own or visit the Island of the Sun, Santa Maria. You also have the option of adding a whale watching tour.
Day 6: Until Next Time
After breakfast you’ll have some time to shop for your souvenirs or simply relax with the locals at an oceanfront café before your transfer back to the airport for your flight home.
The Hotel do Colégio, located in the centre of Ponta Delgada on São Miguel island, emerged from the adaptation of a 19th century urban edifice. In its history this building was a respected school and most recently served as the musical academy of the Regional Conservatory.
This building is classified as architecturally and culturally valuable due to its architecture and the design of its details, strongly influenced by the typical masonry and local basalt work, prevalent in the ornamentation of the main doors, the windows, the staircase, the arches and the stone slab flooring.
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