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São Miguel: Furnas and Nordeste Full-Day Tour with Lunch

4.6 / 5

34 reviews

Activity provider: Portugal

São Miguel: Furnas and Nordeste Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Activity provider: Portugal

From US$ 93.78 per person

Discover the main highlights of this breathtaking island in one day. This guided trip will show you the mindblowing volcanoes of Lagoa das Furnas and the amazing watermills of Ribeira dos Caldeirões.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Portuguese
Wheelchair accessible
Small group
Limited to 8 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • See for yourself why it is the Furnas Valley considered by experts to be the largest hydropolis in the world.
  • Visit one of only two tea plantations / factories in Europe.
  • Explore the most active volcanoe in the Azores, as well all its eruptive history over 100,000 years old.
  • Enjoy a Portuguese stew with a truly Azorean spirit, cooked on volcanic soil for 6 hours.
  • Admire from the viewpoint of Senhora da Paz, the result of an underwater volcanic eruption, the magnificent islet of Vila Franca do Campo.
Full description
Starting through Ponta Delgada, along Avenida do Mar, following the beaches of Água D´Alto, until we reach the first capital of the island, Vila Franca do Campo, stopping at the viewpoint of Ilhéu de Vila Franca do Campo where we can see its incredible islet, the result of an underwater volcanic eruption and where the Red Bull Cliff Diving has been running for 3 years, now; After this short break, we will drive to the bucolic Lagoa das Furnas (Entry not included, available by choice or at customer’s expense), area where the famous “Cozido das Furnas” is cooked in volcanic soil for 6 hours, and here we can observe the removal of the pots from the volcanic ground by local restaurants. We will also visit the various fumaroles and boilers from that area; Back on the road and towards the parish of Furnas you can optionally relax in pools of hot springs, over 30 degrees, that spur incessantly from railway springs. This is an experience of thermal charisma, with the option of the client and alternative, between Poça da Dona Beija) and the pools of Parque Terra Nostra, where in addition to being able to swim, you can also visit its amazing Botanical Garden Terra Nostra Park, considered one of the best and largest in Europe. (Entry not included, available by choice or at customer’s expense); Lunch Break (Lunch included) After lunch, a pedestrian visit to the the center of the parish of Furnas; Driven north of the Island, next stop will be at the Ribeira dos Caldeirões Natural Park, one of the most visited areas in the Nordeste area, with its 5 Watermills and her amazing waterfall; The last stop of the day, will be the tea route, until the tea plantations and their factories. A view of the splendid bay, a magnificent garden and a smiling welcome for a tea tasting at the Gorreana Tea Factory or Porto Formoso Tea Factory.
Includes
  • Local Guide;
  • Pick-up at your accommodation between Ponta Delgada, Lagoa and Ribeira Grande;
  • Water bottle;
  • Chargers available for, smartphone, tablet, etc .;
  • Umbrella;
  • Child seat available by prior request, please note that use is required by Portuguese law up to 12 years old or 36 kg;
  • Insurance;
  • 8 hours tour,
  • Live Commented Tour;
  • Lunch in a local restaurant with the traditional stew, the customer can choose another dish (starters, main course, drinks, dessert, coffee).
  • Entrance to Terra Nostra or Dona Beija.
  • Entrance at Furnas Lake ( Stew area ).
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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  • Comfortable shoes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 34 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.5/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5

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Ideal for a discovery tour of the West of the island and its main points of interest in one day (viewpoint on Villa Franco do Campo, Furnas, park and caldeiros waterfall and tea plantation). Excellent and very dynamic guide Small downside: the format only allows a brief visit to certain points that deserve to be lingered over (only 20 minutes for dos Caldeiroes, fortunately we had explored it more in depth before) and small regret to not having seen the east coast and its village of Nordeste On the other hand, a fairly high budget: allow 102€ per person. Indeed the entrance to Lake Furnas and the Terra Nostra Park and its terms are extra (respectively 3€ and 10€)

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August 16, 2022

Definitely book this tour! They picked us up in Lagoa at our hotel and the whole trip was amazing. We stopped at the best viewpoints, got to see where the cozido is boiled at the Furnas and had spent over an hour in the Terra Nostra Park where we got to swim in the hot springs. After that we had lunch at one of the most popular cozido restaurants in Furnas. Our tour guide was super friendly, very knowledgeable and very accommodating also. I am here on my honeymoon and have never been to the Azores and this was a PERFECT way to see so many places I might not otherwise see or be able to drive to. It is a long day but it is worth it!

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August 12, 2022

This is an exceptional full day tour with breathtaking vistas, each seemingly more astonishing than the last. The hot springs were divine & the lookout points were ethereal. The Furnas stew & the lovely people we toured with were the icing on the cake. Five stars for our amazing tour guide Gonçalo!

July 13, 2022

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