Step through the island chain's volcanic terrain
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Hills & moorland
Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
Mighty Mount Pico rises above the Azores, a towering volcano reaching up to the clouds and standing at the heart of a magnifi cent archipelago. The historic coastal city of Angra do Heroismo – a world heritage site – lies at the heart of Terceira, an island blessed with geological wonders and verdant landscapes. The lush gardens of Furnas and stunning crater lakes of Sete Cidades await on São Miguel.
- Discover this lush and exotic archipelago lying in the midst of the Atlantic Ocean
- Walk the crater rim of the blue and green lagoons of Sete Cidades on Sâo Miguel
- Visit the UNESCO world heritage areas of Pico and Angra do Heroismo
- Sail from Faial to the mighty Mt Pico, the highest peak of the Atlantic
- Enjoy special sightseeing tours on each island with your expert local guide
We stay in the carefully selected 3 & 4-star hotels chosen for their high standards, good food and accessibility to our sightseeing and walking tours.
Hotel Talisman, São Miguel - 5nts
The art deco 4-star Hotel Talisman in Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, has two restaurants, a café terrace and a rooftop pool. It is in the centre of town, just minutes from the seafront.
Hotel do Canal- 4nts
Situated opposite the marina with views of the marina and Pico beyond. This modern 4-star hotel is in keeping with the marine feel of Horta with a decked balcony and nautical photographs. This is a great base for exploring Horta. All rooms are en-suite with air conditioning, TV, mini bar, hairdryer, WiFi and tea and coffee making facilities.
Hotel São Jorge, São Jorge - 3nts
A 3-star hotel located right on the seafront in Velas, São Jorge, looking out over the sea towards Pico. All the rooms have balconies overlooking the sea and there is a large outdoor pool.
Hotel Sao Sebastiao, Terceira - 2nts
On Terceira, we stay in the historic Hotel Sao Sebastiao, one of two Pousadas on the Azores. Situated within a fortress, it has 28 bedrooms . All rooms have an en-suite bathroom, heating/air conditioning, minibar, phone, cable TV, hairdryer, safe and internet access.
On occasion we may need to change the accommodation listed above. If this happens, your replacement accommodation will be of the equivalent standard or higher. In the rare instance this is not possible, we will contact you in advance.
Azores Island Hopping itinerary
Walks are on good paths and range from 2 to 8 miles (3.25-12.75km), mixed with a wide range of sightseeing. There is an additional option to ascend Mt Pico 7,713 feet (2,314), the highest peak in the Atlantic, at a supplementary cost.
Day 1: Sâo Miguel
Arrive in Ponta Delgada on Sâo Miguel (1 nt), the largest island in the group, also known as the Ilha Verde.
Days 2-5: Faial
Enjoy a walking tour of Ponta Delgada before our flight to Faial (4 nts) and the picturesque port of Horta.
The next day is a full day tour of the island, with options for shorter walks, takes us to Caldera for magnificent views of Mt Pico and to Capelinhos with its dramatic lines of volcanic cones leading to the crater.
We'll take a short ferry ride to Pico, dominated by Mt Pico, the highest mountain of the Atlantic. After a short tour, we enjoy a walk on the slopes back down to the harbour. There is an option to ascend Mt Pico for a supplement.
On our final day on Faial we enjoy a morning walk near to Horta and then the afternoon is free for you to explore, or relax, or maybe to enjoy one of the many whale and dolphin watching trips (optional) that run from the port. The Azores is one of the world's premier destinations for whale watching.
Day 6 -8: São Jorge
We take the ferry to São Jorge (3 nts) for an afternoon exploring the charming town of Velas with its tiny streets, vividly painted buildings and attractive sea front.
Sâo Jorge is famous for its fajâs (fertile areas of land next to the sea) nestled below dramatic cliffs, and our first walk visits three of the most beautiful set on the northern coast. We descend from the high-mountain pastures to the sea, then follow the undulating trail through the three fajãs.
The following day we'll enjoy the São Jorge spine walk – this is one of our longer, but relatively easy, walks across the spine of the island to its highest summit before descending to the village of Norte Grande. From the top on a cloudless day there are glorious views to the islands of Pico, Faial and Graciosa.
Days 9-10: Terceira
Fly to Terceira (2 nts). Spend the afternoon exploring the delightful World Heritage town of Angra do Heroísmo, with it’s wonderful 17th and 18th century architecture.
During our stay we'll explore Terceira’s mix of geological wonders, beautiful green landscapes, historic towns and pretty painted churches. Today is a full day with lots of short walks, including visits to the caves at Furnas do Anxofre and Algar do Carvao, the wine growing region of Biscoitos, and the bird reserve in Praia.
Days 11-15: Sao Miguel
Fly to Sao Miguel (4 nts). The next day we head to the famous crater of the blue and green lagoons of Sete Cidades to enjoy a lovely walk along the rim.
Spend a day sightseeing around the old spa town of Furnas, a walk along the shore of Lake Furnas to see steam clouds, mud cauldrons and hot rocks, and an afternoon visit to Parque Terra Nostra botanical gardens (they were first laid out over 200 years ago and now have over 3000 plant species from around the world) and its thermal swimming pool.
Sao Miguel is made up of three volcanoes which have fused together to form one island and we spend our final day with a local geologist/geographer learning how these powerful volcanic forces created the islands. Throughout the day we will take short walks to points of interest.
A full passport, valid for 3 months beyond the length of stay.
The Azores are part of the EU and European citizens do not require an entry visa. Other nationalities please check with your nearest Portugese embassy or consulate.
Before booking, you should check with your doctor to see if any health precautions are needed. The following websites provide a wealth of information on travelling and health: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk www.traveldoctor.co.uk
EU citizens should get a new European Health Insurance Card prior to their holiday. There can be problems with medical authorities and insurance companies if you cannot produce this when you require treatment - details are available at
Vaccines: Tetanus vaccine is recommended. Hepatitis A and Yellow Fever are sometimes recommended too.
The Azores have a mild climate influenced by the warm Gulf Stream. Expect day time temperatures to be in the region of 15°C to 20°C with temperatures at night dropping to about 13°C. Ponta Delgada has an annual rainfall of 70cm so it is likely that there will be some rainfall during our visit. However, rain is rarely persistent.
The unit of currency is the Euro. ATM machines, accepting most major cards, are available in the capital towns on each island. Credit cards, especially Visa, are accepted in most of the hotels and shops, but not in many restaurants or cafés. You will need to carry with you a certain amount of cash. You will need money for day to day goods such as drinks and lunches and any souvenirs you may like to purchase. Traveller’s cheques are not advised.
Tips are included on this holiday.
For flight times see the Dates & Prices tab.
Andrea was born in the Azores. She loves the outdoors and the adventures she has around her lovely islands. Her days are spent out in the field leading individuals and groups and taking people to some of her favourite spots on the islands. Becoming a Tour Leader changed her life as every day is different and she always learns from the people she meets and works with.
“It’s a pleasure to wake up every morning and share my knowledge about our culture, history, biology, and geology. Living on an island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean is a unique experience and only those who visit can truly understand how special the Azores are.”
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Dates & Prices
Here at HF Holidays, we pride ourselves in offering a unique holiday full of experiences that you can’t find with anyone else. Find out what's included in this holiday.
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Prices are per person
- 14 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms
- Half Board, from breakfast on day 2 to breakfast on final morning
- A full programme of guided walks and sightseeing with expert local guides
- Travel by minibus, taxi or coach around the islands
- Travel between the islands by plane or ferry
Other important information
- Single room: £380 (May 2018), £480 (June & Aug 2018), £450 (Sep 2018)
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person