SHORE EXCURSIONS

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    Hot Springs & Botanical Gardens

    Ponta Delgada, Azores

    Duration 4 3/4 hrs

    Drive through Ponta Delgada along pleasant roads bordering agricultural areas, stretching across the island to Ribeira Grande. Ribeira Grande has a distinct feeling of Portuguese influence. Visit some of the most significant monuments of the city, including examples of Baroque architecture. Continue your drive along the north coast stopping at a tea factory to taste the tea on your way to the Pico do Ferro viewpoint. From this viewpoint you can observe the biggest and oldest volcanic crater at the bottom of which lays Furnas Lake and where the spa of Furnas Valley is located.


    Once in the village of Furnas, visit Terra Nostra Garden, a luxuriant garden where the color of the flowers mixes with the exuberant vegetation originating from diverse continents. Next, visit the big phenomenon of the island, the hot springs. This is an area with diverse forms of volcanic activity with fumaroles spouting boiling water and medicinal mud - one of the most spectacular being Caldeira de Pero Botelho. Pass by Furnas Lake, with the Gothic profile of the Chapel Nossa Senhora das Vitorias reflected on its clear waters. Return to Ponta Delgada along the southern coast passing by Vila Franca do Campo, the former capital of the island.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Tour involves approximately 0.6 mile 1,000 meters) of walking on uneven ground, gravel and cobblestone. Ribeira Grande, tea factory, hot springs area and Terra Nostra Botanical Park, restrooms are not wheelchair accessible. Tour order may vary but all mentioned sights will be covered. Visibility from all scenic outlooks is dependent upon the weather and therefore cannot be guaranteed.
    • Adult from: $129.00 USD
    • Child from: $79.00 USD
    DURATION 4 3/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Village Of Sete Cidades & Wine Tasting

    Ponta Delgada, Azores

    Duration 3 3/4 hrs

    Depart from Ponta Delgada from the southwest of the island to see the view over Mosteiros and the youngest eruptions on the island. On the way back, drive to the inside of the crater of Sete Cidades that was formed thousands of years ago. Visit Santiago Lake viewpoint followed by the most important view of the crater. Stop at Vista do Rei to admire the twin lakes.


    The calm waters along the edges of the crater make a striking contrast with the steep slopes and create a fascinating scene. Inside the crater lays the picturesque village of Sete Cidades. Afterwards visit Pico do Carvao to see both sides of the island at the same time. Back to Ponta Delgada, stop at Portas do Mar to enjoy an Azorean tasting of local cheeses and wines with a view over the sea and the marina.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Tour involves approximately 82 feet (25 meters) of walking on both flat and uneven ground. Sete Cidades village and restrooms are not wheelchair accessible. Tour has limited participation. Tour order may vary but all mentioned sights will be covered. Visibility from all scenic outlooks is dependent upon the weather and therefore cannot be guaranteed.
    • Adult from: $129.00 USD
    • Child from: $89.00 USD
    DURATION 3 3/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Snack
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    Fire Lake & Ribeira Grande

    Ponta Delgada, Azores

    Duration 3 3/4 hrs

    Drive though Ponta Delgada heading northeast along the pleasant roads bordering agricultural areas, stretching across the island to Ribeira Grande. Ribeira Grande has a distinct Portuguese influence. Visit some of the most significant monuments of the city and taste some local liquors at a liquor shop. Drive on the mountain road to Lagoa do Fogo, a road with many bends, skirting the mountain all the way up like an enormous whirl.


    On your way up, stop and walk to Caldeira Velha, a little botanical garden with a waterfall and a small hot spring. The drive continues to Pico da Barrosa Mountain, to see nice views of the Fire Lake. Stop at the belvederes to admire not only the beautiful quiet lake, but also the landscape of the surroundings. Return to Ponta Delgada along the new road, descending towards Remedios da Lagoa. Upon arrival to a pineapple plantation, learn about the process of cultivating and marketing this fruit.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Tour involves approximately 0.3 mile (500 meters) of walking on uneven ground, gravel and cobblestone. The liquor shop in Ribeira Grande,Caldeira Velha hot spring, pineapple plantation and restrooms are not wheelchair accessible. Tour order may vary but all mentioned sights will be covered. Visibility from all scenic outlooks is dependent upon the weather and therefore cannot be guaranteed.
    • Adult from: $69.00 USD
    • Child from: $49.00 USD
    DURATION 3 3/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Sete Cidades Crater Lake

    Ponta Delgada, Azores

    Duration 3 3/4 hrs

    Depart from Ponta Delgada towards Faja de Baixo to visit the pineapple greenhouses. Here you’ll learn how the world's most famous pineapple is produced in a unique and traditional method. Your tour continues along the coast to Vista do Rei viewpoint from where you can enjoy the marvelous view of the twin lakes which lay in the crater of the extinct volcano Sete Cidades. The calm of the waters make a striking contrast with the steep slopes of the crater, creating a fascinating sight. Next stop is at Santiago Lake's viewpoint, recognized by its peace and the unique landscape. Returning to Ponta Delgada, visit Antonio Borges Garden where you can find rare species of trees.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Tour involves approximately 0.5 mile (800 meters) of walking on relatively steep uneven ground and gravel. Pineapple plantations, Antonio Borges Garden and restrooms are not wheelchair accessible. Tour order may vary but all mentioned sights will be covered. Visibility from all scenic outlooks is dependent upon the weather and therefore cannot be guaranteed.
    • Adult from: $49.00 USD
    • Child from: $49.00 USD
    DURATION 3 3/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Off The Beaten Track

    Ponta Delgada, Azores

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Begin your adventure when you board your 4WD vehicle in Ponta Delgada and embark on your exploration to Sao Miguel, not often visited by tourists, as well as some of the most beautiful parts of the island. Join this half day tour led by guides who are experienced in the natural history and ecology of the area. The ruggedness of the high mountains, covered with trees native to the area, hydrangeas and other varieties of vegetation contrast with the softness of the valleys, running streams and small villages. This way of discovering and touring the island will put you in contact with the local population and nature, far from the daily commotion of city life.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour is not recommended for guests with physical disabilities, neck or back injuries, or those who are pregnant. This tour has limited capacity. Tour order may vary but all mentioned sights will be covered.
    • Adult from: $169.00 USD
    • Child from: $109.00 USD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Dolphin Safari

    Ponta Delgada, Azores

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    The sea around the Azores is incredibly rich. This is probably the place in Europe with the most sea diversity, especially whales and dolphins. The abundance of dolphins is amazing, they are everywhere in groups of variable size, travelling from one place to another, feeding or simply playing. On a single trip you can find the common Atlantic spotted dolphin, the bottlenose, risso's dolphins and striped dolphins.


    The goal of this tour is to provide you with a rare learning experience about the dolphin's world, by fitting them into a research team of animal behavior. The observations allow us to learn how to proceed in order to protect the dolphins in their habitat. We respect animals by avoiding pressure or interference when they are feeding or resting. This voluntary attitude has been praised by many ecological and scientific organizations that consider the work a contribution to the better knowledge of the dolphins surrounding the islands of the Azores.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour takes place on a semi-rigid zodiac boat. Not recommended for guests with back problems and/or heart condition, those with physical disabilities or who are pregnant. Wildlife sightings are frequent but not guaranteed.
    • Adult from: $169.00 USD
    • Child from: $99.00 USD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Furnas Valley With Cozido Das Caldeiras

    Ponta Delgada, Azores

    Duration 6 3/4 hrs

    Departing from Ponta Delgada, drive to the north side of the island to reach the city of Ribeira Grande where you’ll have the opportunity to observe the Baroque architecture from the 17th and 18th centuries. Continue driving along the north coast stopping at the belvedere of Sta Iria, at a tea factory to taste the tea and at Pico do Ferro viewpoint. From here you can observe the largest and oldest volcanic crater at the bottom of which lays Furnas Lake and where the spa of Furnas Valley is located. Once in Furnas village, visit the hot springs, an area with diverse forms of volcanic activity, fumaroles spouting boiling water and medicinal mud, one of the most spectacular being Caldeira de Pero Botelho. Furnas Valley is crossed by two fast-flowing streams, one with cold water and the other with warm water colored by an iron suspension, being one of Europe’s richest hydrological regions, with 22 thermal springs.


    This village is an important thermal center where the water of its mineral springs and the sulphuric mud of its volcanic solfataras are used to treat respiratory affections, reumathism, heart ailments, gastritis, depression and other ailments. After visiting the village, drive to the quiet and romantic Furnas Lake with the Gothic profile of Chapel Nossa Senhora das Vitorias reflected on its clear waters. On its shores the volcanic solfataras and the ‘natural kitchens’ where the Cozido das Caldeiras is cooked, buried in the soil for a few hours with the proper condiments in hermetically closed pots. Once in the restaurant, your lunch consisting of this typical dish will be served. Return to Ponta Delgada along the southern coast passing by Vila Franca do Campo, the former capital of the island and the home of the artesian potteries.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Tour involves approximately .62 mile (1,000 meters) of walking on uneven ground, gravel and cobblestone. Ribeira Grande, tea factory, hot springs area and restrooms are not wheelchair accessible.
    • Adult from: $169.00 USD
    • Child from: $89.00 USD
    DURATION 6 3/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Meal
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    Island Views, Tastes & Horses

    Ponta Delgada, Azores

    Duration 5 hrs

    Depart from Ponta Delgada towards the central part of the island to Serra de agua de Pau and Barrosa Mountain. Enjoy the views over Fogo crater lake, the highest one above sea level on Sao Miguel Island. The area is surrounded by dense endemic vegetation‘Laurel Forest’and is classified as a Natural Reserve. Drive down the winding mountain road towards the north coast and visit Caldeira Velha, a regional Natural Monument and location of thermal baths and interesting flora diversity. Stop at the town of Ribeira Grande characterized by its Portuguese influence. The town’s charming historic center has narrow streets and a municipal garden lined with examples of urban architecture from the 17th and 18th centuries.


    Particularly notable is the Church of the Espirito Santo, considered one of the most attractive Baroque structures in the archipelago. Continue to Quinta do Pico da Cruz, known for breeding the Lusitano horse. Here wine and cheese will be served and you’ll visit the stable and learn about the Lusitano, known as powerful horses and noted for their intelligence and willing nature. On your return to Ponta Delgada and your ship, stop at a pineapple plantation to visit the greenhouses where the ‘king fruit’ is produced.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Tour involves approximately 667 yards (600 meters) of walking on uneven ground, gravel and cobblestone with approximately 23 steps. By law, you must be over 18 years of age to consume alcohol. Not recommended for those with walking difficulties.
    • Adult from: $129.00 USD
    • Child from: $79.00 USD
    DURATION 5 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Snack

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Printed on Friday, December 02, 2022 at 03:52am