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Van Tours » Sete Cidades (Full Day)

Tour duration: 8 Hours

Group discount (+ 4 people): 10%

Pickup time: 9:00 / 9:30 (customizable)

Maximum Number of People: 8 Pax

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59 € / Adult
25 € / Children up to 14y

Join our excursion to Sete Cidades, one the 7 natural wonders of Portugal.

This excursion is similar to our half-day to Sete Cidades but we have some extra stops. 
We start our day with a visit to the Azorean pineapple plantations in the glass greenhouses at Fajã de Baixo. This is the first stop since the weather at 9 o'clock on the mountains is always more hazy/cloudy than later. You will get to know the local organic special tecnhiques which explains why the Azorean pineapple is unique.

After it, we start our drive going uphill and we make a stop on Pico do Carvão viewpoint so you can enjoy one of the best views over the island. Lagoa do canário and the viewpoint next to it are other spots you can't miss. From here you have an amazing first eye contact with the Sete Cidades caldera and you can see the most beautiful lakes of it (Rasa lake, Santiago lake and the twin lakes).

Next we are heading to Vista do rei viewpoint, from where you can admire the most famous perspective over the twin lakes of Sete Cidades. Next we have a drive to the Sete Cidades settlement next to the twin lakes and we explore the most interesting spots near the lake. On the way back we first pass by the viewpoint of Escalvado, allowing you to see Mosteiros settlement placed on a lava delta formation. We start the downhill drive and we explore Mosteiros.

After this we stop at the viewpoint of Escalvado to have a different perspective of the coastal area and Mosteiros. Then we drive down the hill to access to Ponta da Ferraria, which is a special place where there is a natural swimming pool warmed by an underwater fumarole. The visit time to this spot will depend on the low tide hour, changing our program.  

Sounds nice, right?

Reminder:

- Bring your swimsuit and a towell, in case you wish to enjoy the warm bath.

- During the fall and winter, bring a raincoat and confortable shoes.

Van Tours » Sete Cidades (Half Day)

Tour duration: 4 Hours

Group discount (+ 4 people): 10%

Pickup time: 9:00 / 14:00 (customizable)

Maximum Number of People: 8 Pax

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30 € / Adult
20 € / Children up to 14y

Join our excursion to Sete Cidades, one the 7 natural wonders of Portugal.

We start our drive going uphill and we make a stop on Pico do Carvão viewpoint so you can enjoy one of the best views over the island. Lagoa do canário and the viewpoint next to it are other spots you can't miss. From here you have an amazing first eye contact with the Sete Cidades caldera and you can see the most beautiful lakes of it (Rasa lake, Santiago lake and the twin lakes).

Next we are heading to Vista do rei viewpoint, from where you can admire the most famous perspective over the twin lakes of Sete Cidades.

Next we have a drive to the Sete Cidades settlement next to the twin lakes and we explore the most interesting spots near the lake.

On the way back we first pass by the viewpoint of Escalvado, allowing you to see Mosteiros settlement placed on a lava delta formation.

 

FUNtastic, right?

Van Tours » Furnas (Full Day)

Tour duration: 8 Hours

Group discount (+ 4 people): 10%

Pickup time: 9:00 / 9:30 (customizable)

Maximum Number of People: 8 Pax

Notes: Lunch included

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59 € / Adult
30 € / Children up to 14y

Join our tour to Furnas, a place that you can not miss during your stay in São Miguel.

After the pickup and our briefing, we travel along the south coast to the east and we stop at the viewpoint of Pisão. From here you can see Caloura, the southest area of the island with a few cultural subjects to talk about. Later on, we continue our trip and pass by Vila franca do Campo which used to be the main capital of the island before it suffered some natural disasters from the Fogo volcano. It is interesting also to pass along here so you can see its islet from close.

We continue our drive to the east but we make a detour heading to Castelo Branco, a small and old castle looking building in a farming area. From this place at a height of over 700m you will be able to see the whole Furnas caldera, the place we are exploring during the rest of the day. Then we head directly to Furnas lake stopping next to it. Next to the lake there is a fumarolic field, very interesting to visit it since it is one of the best places to observe the secondary volcanic activity on the Azores. Not only that, but it is also the site where the locals steam cook the famous Furnas stew. So here we spend some time to see the locals withdrawing their pots from the soil.

After this stage, we go straight to the center of Furnas settlement to enjoy our lunch (included), so you will be able to taste the stew.

After the lunch, the group will visit Terra Nostra park, considered the most beautiful bothanical garden from the island. Another highlight from this park is definately its water tanks filled by hot springs water, so you will be able to enjoy them and to explore it.

Later on, we take you to visit another fumaroles area, inside the settlement where there is this synergy between the locals and the volcanic activity. From here you can taste the several individual natural water springs, some with gas and others like ironish water.

When we leave Furnas, we head to the north and stop at the viewpoint of Pico de Ferro to see another amazing perspective of the lake and the surrounding areas that we visited.

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Reminder:

- Make sure you bring your swimsuit and a dark towell (preferably) if you intend to enjoy the hot springs bath;

- During the winter it is advised to bring a raincoat.

 

 

Van Tours » Nordeste (Full Day)

Tour duration: 8 Hours

Group discount (+ 4 people): 10%

Pickup time: 9:00 / 9:30 (customizable)

Maximum Number of People: 8 Pax

Notes: Lunch included

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60 € / Adult
30 € / Children up to 14y

Come with us to Nordeste, considered the Europe's most flowery county for many years.

Its name was actually based on its position on the island, meaning northeast and it is the oldest part of the island.

We start the tour driving along the north coast, passing by Ribeira Grande city and stopping at the viewpoint of Santa Iria. It is a nice place to enjoy and see how steep and high are the northern shores.

After it, we pass by the two Azorean tea factories and we enjoy a cup of black/green tea. Then we continue our tour heading to Nordeste, heading to the mountains and stopping at Salto do Cavalo where we can enjoy a view of the eastern side of the island.

Next we drive down to make a stop at Ribeira dos Caldeirões. This place is known for the beautifull waterfalls, by the stream surrounded by several impressive fern trees, but also by the presence of watermills which are still operational.

Our next drive will take us to Nordeste's village, the main settlement from the county with its interesting architectural stone buildings such as the main church, from the XVI century and the stone bridge of 7 arches from the XIX century. Next to the village there is the first official Azorean lightouse, the Arnel lighthouse and the impressive viewpoint next to it.

After this we have our lunch (included).

After the lunch we have a drive uphill to Pico do Bartolomeu top (one of the highest places from the island, where you can see other Povoação parishes). When come back down the hill we stop at Priolo's (Azorean bullfinch) research and interpretative center. When we come back to the main road we pass by Pedreira parish from where the Nordeste locals can see Santa Maria island, next to the beautifull steep hills.

After this we visit the viewpoint of Ponta do Sossego, the most flowery viewpoint from the island, also truly amazing for barbecues and picnics.
Our return will be done along the south coast, so you can have different views.

 

We will be glad to have you on board.

 

Reminder:

- During the fall and winter, bring a raincoat and confortable shoes.

 


Van Tours » Lagoa do Fogo (Half Day)

Tour duration: 4 Hours

Group discount (+ 4 people): 10%

Pickup time: 9:00 / 14:00 (customizable)

Maximum Number of People: 8 Pax

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30 € / Adult
20 € / Children up to 14y

Fogo lake, the most pristine lake among the biggest ones, placed in a collapsed volcano at the center part of island.

For this excursion, we start our day traveling along the south coast heading to Lagoa city. The first stop will grant you with a visit to the ceramic and pottery factory at Lagoa city, close to the volcano. This is the first stop since the weather at 9 o'clock on the mountains is always more hazy/cloudy than later. You will have the opportunity to find more about this Azorean tradition and the procedures. If the tour takes place during a weekday you will be able to see the employees molding, cutting and drawing on the ceramic and pottery pieces in different stages.

After this, we start our drive going uphill and we make a stop on Pico da Barrosa viewpoint so you can enjoy one of the best views over the island. On the very top you will see a panoramic landscape, including the Sete Cidades volcano, the north and south coastlands and the east side of the island as well. From here we will have a few other stops to enjoy the views over the Fogo lake, where it will be visible where it had its last eruption on 1563.

Next we are heading to Caldeira Velha, from where you can enjoy the hot springs surrounded by the beautiful vegetation and atmosphere. Next we have a drive going downhill to Ribeira Grande city, to have a taste of the local liquers and to know its main square.

Van Tours » Sete Cidades + Lagoa do Fogo (Full Day)

Tour duration: 8 Hours

Group discount (+ 4 people): 10%

Pickup time: 9:00 / 9:30 (customizable)

Maximum Number of People: 8 Pax

Notes: Lunch included

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59 € / Adult
30 € / Children up to 14y

This Full day combines two half-days into a full-day with lunch, for a better value.

During the morning, we start the day wiith an excursion to Sete Cidades, one the 7 natural wonders of Portugal.

But first, we start our day with a visit to the Azorean pineapple plantations in the glass greenhouses at Fajã de Baixo. This is the first stop since the weather at 9 o'clock on the mountains is always more hazy/cloudy than later. You will get to know the local organic special tecnhiques which explains why the Azorean pineapple is unique.

After it, we start our drive going uphill and we make a stop on Pico do Carvão viewpoint so you can enjoy one of the best views over the island. Lagoa do Canário and the viewpoint next to it are other spots you can't miss. From here you have an amazing first eye contact with the Sete Cidades caldera and you can see the most beautiful lakes of it (Rasa lake, Santiago lake and the twin lakes).

Next we are heading to Vista do Rei viewpoint, from where you can admire the most famous perspective over the twin lakes of Sete Cidades. Next we have a drive to the Sete Cidades settlement next to the twin lakes and we explore the most interesting spots near the lake.

The lunch is included and will take place in Sete Cidades.

On the way back we first pass by the viewpoint of Escalvado, allowing you to see Mosteiros settlement placed on a lava delta formation.

Afterwards, we head to Fogo lake, the most pristine lake among the biggest ones, placed in a collapsed volcano at the center part of island.

For this excursion in the afternoon, we start it by traveling along the south coast heading to Lagoa city. The first stop will grant you with a visit to the ceramic and pottery factory at Lagoa city, close to the volcano. You will have the opportunity to find more about  this Azorean tradition and the procedures. If the tour takes place during a weekday you will be able to see the employees molding, cutting and drawing on the ceramic and pottery pieces in different stages.

After this, we start our drive going uphill and we make a stop on Pico da Barrosa viewpoint so you can enjoy one of the best views over the island. On the very top you will see  a panoramic landscape, including the Sete Cidades volcano, the north and south coastlands and the east side of the island as well. From here we will have a few other stops to enjoy the views over the Fogo lake, where it will be visible where it had its last eruption on 1563.

Next we are heading to Caldeira Velha, from where you can  enjoy the hot springs surrounded by the beautiful vegetation and atmosphere. Next we have a drive going downhill to Ribeira Grande city, to have a taste of the local liquers and to know its main square.

That sounds FUNtastic, right? 

 

Van Tours » Lagoa do Fogo + Furnas (Full Day)

Tour duration: 8 Hours

Group discount (+ 4 people): 10%

Pickup time: 9:00 / 9:30 (customizable)

Maximum Number of People: 8 Pax

Notes: Lunch included

BOOK NOW

60 € / Adult
30 € / Children up to 14y

Come with us to visit the Fogo lake, the most pristine lake among the biggest ones, placed in a collapsed volcano at the center part of Island and the fantastic fumaroles and hotsprings from Furnas.

For this excursion we plan according to the weather,which means we go to either to Furnas or to Fogo lake according to the weather conditions.If the Fogo volcano is clear by the morning we start the day by traveling along the south coast heading to Lagoa city. The first stop will grant you with a visit to the ceramic and pottery factory at Lagoa city, close to the volcano. You will have the opportunity to find more about  this Azorean tradition and the procedures. If the tour takes place during a weekday you will be able to see the employees molding, cutting and drawing on the ceramic and pottery pieces in different stages.

After this, we start our drive going uphill and we make a stop on Pico da Barrosa viewpoint so you can enjoy one of the best views over the island. On the very top you will see  a panoramic landscape, including the Sete Cidades volcano, the north and south coastlands and the east side of the island as well. From here we will have a few other stops to enjoy the views over the Fogo lake, where it will be visible where it had its last eruption on 1563.

Next we have a drive going downhill to Ribeira Grande city, to have a taste of the local liquers and to know its main square. Later on, we take you to visit Furnas, the famous caldera and the valley where you can see a fumarolic area and its settlement where there is this synergy between the locals and the volcanic activity. From here you can taste the several individual natural water springs, some with gas and others like ironish water and enjoy the hotsprings.

As we get close to Furnas, we stop at the viewpoint of Pico de Ferro to see an amazing perspective of the lake and the surrounding areas. Then we will have our lunch at Furnas settlement, After it you will have an opportunity to relax at the hotsprings, either at Terra Nostra garden or Poça da Dona Beija, your choice.

 

Reminder:

- Make sure you bring your swimsuit and a dark towell (preferably) if you intend to enjoy the hot springs bath;

- During the autumn and winter it is advised to bring a raincoat.

 

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