EUR 710.00

Azores - Cycling holiday, São Miguel

A magnificent cycling experience on the Atlantic island of Sao Miguel. You will cycle through the lushly green landscape, which beautifully covers the dramatic volcanic scenery that shapes the main island of the Azores. You will experience characteristic crater lakes, bubbling geysers and hot springs, all of which underlines that it is a volcanically created group island you are visiting. The natural underfloor heating of the island, plays an important role to the vegetation found on the island.

You will visit the only professional tea plantation in Europe, and experience the charming coastal cities, and the lively city life that blends in between boiling mud and hot springs on the inner island.
Just as Iceland, the Azores islands are situated on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and are the result of volcanic activity through 20 million years. It is only the last 5 million years that the islands have been visible above water, making them some of the youngest islands in the world.

The route: The daily bike routes are between 20-55 km per day. The terrain is hilly, and there will be a lot of ascents during the week, so although a daily distance may seem short, give yourself plenty of time to get comfortable over the hills. We recommend that you are in general good physical biking shape, and are able to sit on a bike 5-6 hours spread over a full day. The routes have been selected as the most appropriate for both terrain and traffic.

  • Accommodation and breakfast at three different 3-star hotels
  • Bike rental and a repair kit are included in the price
  • Transfer to and from the airport is included
  • Luggage transfers between hotels are included
  • Impressive volcanic activity in the form of geysers, hot springs, boiling mud and fumaroles
  • Visit the local tea plantation and taste the locally grown and tasty tea
  • Bike of the volcanic island and discover the lush vegetation and magnificent views
  • This tour can be arranged throughout the year

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Day 1 Arrival in São Miguel

The transfer from the airport to the first hotel is included in the price.

Day 2 Cycling in the area of Capelas (about 30 km)

The day begins with getting your bikes, which will be handed out at your hotel. Then you are suggested a shorter cycling tour in the area, which is a great way to get to know the surroundings and the village better. This tour will first lead you through the youngest volcanic area of the island, where winding roads will take you past the small volcanic peaks take you through the island's youngest volcanic area where the winding roads will lead you past the small volcanic peaks that characterize the area here. The route continues along the hillside of the nearby volcano of Sete Cidades.  Along the way are plenty of beautiful photo stops with gorgeous views up to the north coast of the island. From here you head back down to Capelas and the hotel.

Day 3 From Capelas to the volcano Sete Cidades (about 53 km)

You will begin the day by cycling a few kilometers to the west, along the beautiful north coast, before turning onto a smaller road leading you up to the rim of the volcano Sete Cidades. The volcano covers an impressive area of about 110 km2, and on the way to the top you will experience some of the most fascinating views inside the volcano, with its lakes, craters and little hills. You will cycle a different route back down to the hotel on the coast.

Day 4 From Capelas to Furnas (45-50 km)

On this day you will cycle to a hotel on the eastern part of the island. On the way there you will pass through some charming little villages, situated on the north coast. You will also pass Ribeira Grande, the second largest city on the Sao Miguel. As you continue east, you will pass the only professional tea plantation in Europe. It is possible to make a stop here, and visit the tea factory where you can taste a cup of their fine teas. From the tea-plantation you will cycle over the rim of the volcanic area of Furnas, where you will check into your next hotel.

Day 5 Cycling in the area (about 33km)

Today you have two routes on your program. A morning tour at about 13 km, will show you the way to the special fumaroles and hot springs in the area. This route leads you along the shores of a crater lake and offers fine views cross the village of Furnas. Find your self a nice café or restaurant where you can enjoy a good lunch, before going on the next stretch.
In the afternoon, you will bike about 20km down some great winding roads into the valley where the village of Ribeira Quente is situated. Here you will find one of the most attractive beaches on the island. The temperature of the water is 16-18 degrees C in winter and up to 23 degrees C in the summertime, so this is an obvious place for a dip any time of year. In Ribeira Quente there are also a few restaurants serving fish freshly caught by local fishermen, and dinner could very well be enjoyed here before cycling back up to the hotel in Furnas.
 

Day 6 Today you have two routes on your program. A morning tour at about 13 km, will show you the way to the special fumaroles and hot springs in the area. This route leads you along the shores of a crater lake and offers fine views cross the village of Furnas.

The program of today is at your own disposal, with the opportunity to enjoy the unique nature of Furnas and maybe visit Furnas Monitoring & Research Centre, where visitors are introduced to the Valley of Furnas and the geology and volcanism of the lakes, and not least the native flora and fauna.
You can also try out the hilly terrain and cycle over the rim of the crater to the east. Here you will enter the extinct volcano Povoacao. The village situated here, was the first place the Portuguese settled upon arrival in the 15th century. Along the way you will be able to enjoy the views of the seven hilltops of Povoacao.
 

Day 7 From Furnas to the southern coast of São Miguel (about 20 km)

On the last cycling day of the trip, the route will lead you from Furnas along the shores of the crater lake Lagoa das Furnas, with its greenish tint, that beautifully matches the lush surroundings. The route continues south, where it slowly brings you down to the coast and towards the town of Vila Franca do Campo. On this route there are magnificent views of coastal villages and the unique crater island located in the sea, about 500 meters off shore.

Day 8 Departure

The transfer from the hotel to the airport is included in the price.

Price includes

  • 7 nights in three tourist class hotels and country houses, where breakfast is included
  • Bike rental is included on this tour (21 gears)
  • One repair kit per room
  • Transfer from the airport to the first hotel
  • Transfer from last hotel to the airport
  • Luggage transfer between accommodations
  • Route descriptions, maps and other relevant information
  • Admission to Furnas Monitoring & Research Center
  • A phone number for 24-hour local support
  • Contribution to the local social and environmental organization
Not included
  • Transportation to and from São Miguel
  • Cancellation and Travel Insurance
EUR 710.00

Practical info

Price info

Note: The price is based on at least two participants accommodated in a double or twin room.

On this tour you are on your own without a tour guide. We have arranged accommodations, route descriptions and maps, but you must organize your own transportation to the starting point of the destination.

Dates of departure 
This tour can be arranged with daily arrivals all year round.  
- Please note that it is 'land only' prices.

 

Transportation

Please note that transportation to and from Ponta Delgada, São Miguel - Portugal is NOT included in the package, and that you have to make sure to book your own flight. This is easily done online. There are daily flights from Lisbon to Ponta Delgada.
It is your responsibility to ensure that the flight schedule fits starts and end dates of your trip. We recommend that you book the trip with us before you buy your plane tickets.

- Local transportation
Transfer to and from the airport is included in the price.

Accommodation

On this trip you will be staying at three different tourist class hotels and country houses, where breakfast is included.

 
Food and beverage

On this tour breakfast is included.
It is also possible to add on halfboard from April to October. During the winter period you will typically stay at hotels who does not serve dinners, but there will be restaurants near by.
The price for half board from April-October is € 175 pr. person

If you wish to add half board to your booking, please note this in the comments box when booking the tour.

Trip grading

The cycling takes place on good roads and is a moderate level 2. The daily distances are not that long, but there will be ascents and descents on the routes. The routes are chosen according to terrain and a limited amount of traffic. Read more about our grading system here.

 
Bike information

On this trip, bike rental is included in the price.
The bikes are touring bikes similar to the pictured Giant. They have 21 gears, to help you get comfortably through the terrain. You will also get one cycling bag a repair kit per room.
It is mandatory to wear a bike helmet in Portugal. We recommend that you bring your own.

Cancellation insurance

Cancellation Insurance is the customer's own responsibility. When you book a trip with us, you should consider whether you want to take out cancellation insurance against sudden illness, or whether you are already covered. You have to arrange the cancellation insurance in you home country.

Travel insurance

We highly recommend that you are covered by a good travel insurance covering at least Medical Expenses, Illness, Personal Accident, Baggage and Repatriation. The customer is responsible to take the necessary travel insurance that covers these costs. Mountain Adventures, or our local partners, do not have any responsibility for our customers not being covered by a necessary travel insurance. You have to arrange your insurance in your home country.

Passports and visa

It is the customer’s responsibility to have a valid passport. It is also the customer’s responsibility to seek and obtain any necessary visa for travelling to the booked destination. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the expected return. Note that there may be special visa requirements for different foreign nationalities. Please note that processing time for visas to some countries may be several weeks. Mountain Adventures have no responsibility for any lack of travel documents. Be aware of any transit visa requirements.

 
Vaccinations

We advise you to contact a medical specialist or your personal doctor or a licensed vaccination clinic. In case vaccination is recommended it is advised to bring your vaccination certificate when traveling.

Trip notes

When booking the trip, you will receive all relevant pre-tour information. On individual self-guided tours trip notes, maps and other destination material will be given to you upon arrival at the first accommodation.

Climate

It can be hard to plan your trip according to the weather, but to here is the average statistics of the climate at Ponta Delgada, as shown on www.yr.no:

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