The Azores | São Miguel Off-Road Explorer

Includes round trip flights, accommodations & 3 amazing tours around the island.

Head off the beaten path and explore the roads less traveled in São Miguel!

What's Included?

All flights and connections
Accommodation for your destination
Airport-Hotel Transfers
Experience Pack: 3 Full-Day Tours
Expert trip manager
All taxes & fees

Why we love this deal:

  • The perfect escape for those looking for an off-road adventure in São Miguel Island!
  • This adventurous tour package includes 3 fun-filled experiences:
    • Full-Day Adventure Tour of Sete Cidades & Pineapple Plantations:  The most remarkable off-road tour of the island is definitely the Western Tour, where you can admire not only the western part of the island but also one of São Miguel’s highlights: Sete Cidades! Includes stop at all the requisite viewpoints for photo ops plus off-roading around the perimeter of the crater lakes. 
    • Full-Day Tour of Furnas & Thermal Bath: Head to the north coast to take in the views and visit Europe's only tea plantations before making your way to Furnas where you'll enjoy a delicious cozido lunch, a dip in a hot spring and amazing volcanic scenery! 
    • Full-Day Eastern Tour of Nordeste: The best and most exciting way to explore the beautiful Eastern part of the island is through alternative tracks, using off-road circuits! This unforgettable full-day tour will take you on an adventure through beautiful avenues, plateaus, water streams, and combines uneven green valleys with hidden waterfalls and unspoiled nature.
  • Customizable: Add more nights to your stay, a rental car or even some more local excursions.

Itinerary

1
Day 1
Arrival in São Miguel Island

Airport transfers are included in this offer.

Take the day to stroll around Ponta Delgada’s city streets. Ponta Delgada, the main city, is not only the hub of the island but the capital of the Azores. Ponta Delgada evokes all the charms of Europe with cobbled streets, sidewalk cafes, and a thriving culinary scene. Or book here your Ponta Delgada City Tour. 

Not to miss:

  • Portas da Cidade
  • Louvre Michaelense
  • Matriz Church

The most remarkable off-road tour of the island is definitely the Western Tour, where you can admire not only the western part of the island but also one of São Miguel’s highlights: Sete Cidades! Includes stop at all the requisite viewpoints for photo ops plus off-roading around the perimeter of the crater lakes. 

Highlights:

  • Vista do Rei Viewpoint
  • Picnic for Lunch
  • Lagoa de Santiago & Baía do Silencio Viewpoints
  • Sete Cidades: Lake & Parish
  • Pineapple Plantations

Head to the north coast to take in the views and visit Europe's only tea plantations before making your way to Furnas where you'll enjoy a delicious cozido lunch, a dip in a hot spring and amazing volcanic scenery! 

Highlights:

  • Ribeira Grande City
  •  Santa Iria Viewpoint
  • Gorreana Tea Plantations
  • Pico do Ferro Viewpoint
  • Furnas: Lake & Parish
  • Terra Nostra Park – Entrance included – you can take a bath here
  • Vila Franca do Campo

The best and most exciting way to explore the beautiful Eastern part of the island is through alternative tracks, using off-road circuits! This unforgettable full-day tour will take you on an adventure through beautiful avenues, plateaus, and water streams, and combines uneven green valleys with hidden waterfalls and unspoiled nature.

Highlights:

  • Natural Park of Ribeira dos Caldeirões
  • Nordeste Village
  • Viewpoints: Ponta do Arnel, Ponta do Sossego & Ponta da Madrugada
  • Povoação Village
  • OFF-ROAD Alameda de Plátanos “Visconde Botelho” (maple trees road)
  • Salto do Cavalo Viewpoint
  • OFF-ROAD Graminhais 

The Azores Islands are known for their unparalleled beauty and biodiversity, adored by outdoor adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. But what people may not know is that the Azores is also one of the fastest-growing whale-watching destinations in the world. Located in the Atlantic Ocean between Portugal and North America, the Azores are a permanent home and natural point of passage to more than 20 different types of whale and dolphin species, making the islands one of the world’s largest whale sanctuaries.

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The Azores Islands are an epicurean delight for foodies. The archipelago’s many unique microclimates, abundant water supply, and volcanic nature of the islands make it possible to offer a large variety of delicious dishes. Based on a rich and hearty, peasant style of cooking, Azorean cuisine is so scrumptious, it will leave you asking for seconds.

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About the Destination

Often referred to as Europe's “Best Kept Secret”, the Azores have become an increasingly popular destination with year-round appeal for travelers. Just four hours from Boston, the Azores are now easier to access and explore than ever before.São Miguel Island is a beautiful green jewel in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. With stunning lush landscapes, exotic plants, dormant volcanos, hot springs, and surrounded by clean waters, São Miguel is the perfect vacation destination for adventure seekers and those looking for an off-the-beaten-path European destination.

Fans of adventure sports will enjoy kayaking and stand up paddle-boarding in the beautiful lakes or ocean, surfing the Atlantic waves or canyoning down the gorgeous waterfalls around the island. Go hiking and explore the island's wonders on foot with the mighty Atlantic as the background. Discover hidden beaches and marvel at the many waterfalls around the island. If this isn't tantalizing enough, think about seeing Earth breathing through fumaroles and mud pots, and then enjoying a relaxing soak in a natural hot spring gazing at the stars.

Check out our Azores Travel Guide for more information and tips.

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7.5 Based on 10 reviews
Pamela, Massachusetts
09 Nov 2022
Very enjoyable. I would not hesitate to go back.
Miriam, New York
16 Sep 2019
we loved it! food was good, people were nice, tours were engaging, scenery was awesome
Pamela, Massachusetts
09 Nov 2022
Very enjoyable. I would not hesitate to go back.
Miriam, New York
16 Sep 2019
we loved it! food was good, people were nice, tours were engaging, scenery was awesome
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