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Turkode : TSZ
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Exodus Travel
Destinasjoner : Portugal
Reisen begynner : Madalena, Pico island
Reisen slutter : Horta, Faial island
Gruppestørrelse : 5 - 16
Aldre : 16+
Aktivitet :
8 dager fra
NOK 23 940

Oversikt

Trek on Europe's undiscovered volcanic archipelago

Reiserute

  • Day 1: Start in Madalena, Pico.
    Arrive at the hotel in Madalena, Pico, our base for the first three nights of the trip. Depending on the arrival time of the group, there will be a welcome briefing either this evening or tomorrow morning. Pico is known as the ‘Black Island’ thanks to the black volcanic earth used in the construction of the walls of many of the island's UNESCO-listed vineyards. It is also the home to Portugal's highest peak, Mount Pico, which stands at 2,351m and dominates the horizon.
  • Day 2: Walk through vineyards on the Caminhos de Santa Luzia or take an optional climb to Mount Pico's summit
    We start the week with a transfer to Miraguaia, from where we begin our 3-hour hike. We descend towards the sea on a path through a landscape of vineyards (part of a UNESCO World Heritage site). Azorean vineyards are a sight to behold. Built to protect the vines from the harsh sea winds, they amount to row after row of black horseshoe shapes that score the lush green coastline. What is more impressive is how the vine grows on the ground and through volcanic rock, rather than supported by a trellis through soil. On our way to the settlement of Lajido, we will see the tracks left in the lava by ox carts that used to carry wine. Time permitting, we may stop by Lajido's visitor centre that provides interesting information about the history and culture of the area. Continuing the walk, we start a gentle ascent for 3.5 km until we reach the church of Santa Luzia. The trail continues within Pico Natural Park, surrounded by endemic woods and heathers. We return to the church and take a transfer back to the hotel in Madalena. Alternatively, if you prefer to use your time in Pico to join an optional challenging summit trek to the top of Portugal's largest mountain, then today is the perfect opportunity to attempt this! This is a very strenuous 6-7 hour climb which will be led by a local mountain guide and is always subject to availability and weather conditions (for further information please check the Extra Expenses & Spending Money section in the Trip Notes).
  • Day 3: Walk the Lagoa do Capitão; optional whale watching excursion
    Today we head to the central highlands of Pico. We start our walk on the road leading to Lagoa do Capitão (Captain's Lake), which has Pico volcano towering behind it. We take a dirt trail that is flanked by endemic species including Azores junipers. After 3 km, the trail arrives at the Piquinho Summit, with wonderful views over the north coast of the island. After briefly following a gravel path, we take the trail across pasture land then through endemic vegetation, before descending a steep, cobbled slope towards the Convento de São Pedro de Alcântara. We take a transfer back to the hotel in Madalena after the walk. Apart from offering some unique walking opportunities, the Azores is perhaps one of the best places on the planet to spot whales and dolphins. There are 80 species of whale and dolphin and 25 of them have been sighted off the coast of the Azores, with the most common being the sperm whale. There is also the chance to spot bottle-nose dolphins, short-finned pilot whales, sei whales, Atlantic spotted dolphins and the holy grail - the blue whale. If you choose to go on an excursion, you will have the chance to observe the behaviour of these wonderful creatures and learn more about their habitat with the help of the knowledgeable local experts on board. We observe strict protocols regarding interaction, maintaining the appropriate distance at all times. Moreover, during feeding and resting times we avoid any interference with the whales’ natural habitat.
  • Day 4: Ferry to São Jorge, coastal walk to Fajã dos Vimes
    This morning, we take a ferry (approx. 2 hours) to the fascinating island of São Jorge. Its steep-sided cliffs seem to slice through the ocean, and its fajãs (low-lying areas of lava that were formed from the subsidence of the cliffs) attract visitors from far and wide. São Jorge is also well known throughout the Azores for producing delicious cheese, one of its main exports. We start in the small village of São João, where we have time to admire the narrow streets and traditional houses. Leaving São João behind, we head inland and cross agricultural fields where crops such as grapes, corn and yam grow. As we continue, the farmland gives way to woods of firetree, Australian cheesewood and white wood. Looking back, we can enjoy views of Fajã de São João. On our way to Lourais, the highest point of our walk, we cross the Ribeira do Salto stream, so named for the waterfall that plunges into a nearby pool. We continue our descent to Fajã dos Bodes and on towards Fajã dos Vimes, being sure to stop and enjoy the views across Pico and Faial islands. Returning to the coast, we end today's walk in Fajã dos Vimes, where it's possible to take a refreshing dip in the Atlantic Ocean or visit a handicraft workshop where traditional quilts are made and taste a coffee produced locally (time permitting). The coffee served at Café Nunes, in Fajã dos Vimes, is well known for having once been the only coffee produced in Europe. The owner of the café has a small coffee plantation behind his house, where the coffee is produced and prepared by his own family. The coffee is organic and has a unique texture and aroma. At the end of the walk, we transfer to our hotel on São Jorge, where we stay for two nights.
  • Day 5: Walk from Serra do Topo to Fajã dos Cubres
    Today's walk offers beautiful panoramic views of São Jorge's northern coast, along with many points of geological and cultural interest. We begin the day close to Serra do Topo wind farm and head north on a path rich with native flora and birds - if we're lucky, we may spot Eurasian whimbrels, São Miguel goldcrests and buzzards. As we descend towards São Jorge's northern coast, we come to the Caldeira de Santo Cristo Lake, classified as a Protected Landscape and place of cultural and scenic interest. Known for the vast number of clams that inhabit the lake, it is an important resting place for resident species and migratory birds. Surfing and bodyboarding have also become popular here, as the lake lies directly next to the Atlantic Ocean. We follow the coast north-west until we arrive at the scenic Fajã dos Cubres, near the church of Nossa Senhora de Lourdes. We transfer back to our accommodation on São Jorge in the afternoon.
  • Day 6: Ferry to Faial, Capelo to Capelinhos walk
    This morning, we take a ferry (approx. 2.5 hours) to Faial island, known as the 'Blue Island' because of the myriad hydrangeas that bloom during the summer months. After arriving, we take a transfer to the island's interior and the start of today’s hike, which goes to the volcanic ridge of Península do Cabeço, a site of special geological interest with approximately 20 volcanic cones. We follow a path that overlooks the coastal village of Praia do Norte, before descending to Furna Ruim, a 55-metre deep lava cave. Continuing through a landscape of Azorean laurel trees and heather, we pass the impressive Algar do Caldeirão cave then take a stairway towards Cabeço do Canto, from which we will enjoy fantastic views of the Capelinhos Volcano. There will be time for an optional visit to the volcano's Interpretation Centre (entrance not included) to learn more about the volcanic eruptions of 1957-58, which changed the shape of Faial island. In the afternoon we transfer to our hotel on Faial, our base for the last two nights of the trip.
  • Day 7: Caldeira crater walk
    Our final walk in the Azores is an impressive hike to Faial's iconic volcanic crater, Caldeira. Formed by several eruptions over the last 400,000 years, Caldeira is an important site of geological interest. We start the day's walk by taking a tunnel to the vast interior of Cabeço dos Trinta's volcanic cone, now home to an abundance of natural vegetation including heather and holly. Returning to the trail, we follow a levada (water channel) for 2 km, before ascending via a forested path to Caldeira's crater rim. We continue along the path with spectacular views into the crater on one side and marvelous coastal vistas on the other. We return to our hotel in Faial and the rest of the day is free for you to spend as you wish.
  • Day 8: End Horta, Faial island.
    The tour ends after breakfast in Horta.

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Viktig Informasjon & destinasjonsvideo

The trip destination
— 7 nights in 3- and 4-star hotels — 6 days guided walking with free time each day — One tour leader for Pico, São Jorge and Faial islands — Group normally 4 to 16, plus local leader. Min age 16 yrs — Altitude maximum 2,351m (on optional ascent of Mt. Pico), average 500m — Travel by private minivan and ferries
Food
All breakfasts and 6 lunches are included. Breakfasts are buffet style with a variety on offer including bread, jams, cereals, and tea and coffee. The lunches provided are picnic style, either in the form of a lunch box or a buffet. In the evening, the leader will recommend local restaurants that serve traditional Azores food, which can be a selection of meat or fish with vegetables and potatoes or rice. Vegetarians are well catered for in Azores as long as the hotels are advised in advance.

Priser / Datoer

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TILGJENGELIGE DATOER PRIS (1 VOKSEN) PRIS (1 BARN) STATUS REISE
lør, 13 mai 2023 / lør, 20 mai 2023 NOK 23 940 På forespørsel På forespørsel
lør, 03 jun 2023 / lør, 10 jun 2023 NOK 25 140 På forespørsel På forespørsel
lør, 08 jul 2023 / lør, 15 jul 2023 NOK 25 140 På forespørsel På forespørsel
lør, 22 jul 2023 / lør, 29 jul 2023 NOK 25 140 På forespørsel På forespørsel
lør, 12 aug 2023 / lør, 19 aug 2023 NOK 25 140 På forespørsel På forespørsel
lør, 09 sep 2023 / lør, 16 sep 2023 NOK 25 140 På forespørsel På forespørsel
TILGJENGELIGE DATOER PRIS (1 VOKSEN) PRIS (1 BARN) STATUS REISE
lør, 13 mai 2023 / lør, 20 mai 2023 NOK 23 940 På forespørsel På forespørsel
lør, 03 jun 2023 / lør, 10 jun 2023 NOK 25 140 På forespørsel På forespørsel
lør, 08 jul 2023 / lør, 15 jul 2023 NOK 25 140 På forespørsel På forespørsel
lør, 22 jul 2023 / lør, 29 jul 2023 NOK 25 140 På forespørsel På forespørsel
lør, 12 aug 2023 / lør, 19 aug 2023 NOK 25 140 På forespørsel På forespørsel
lør, 09 sep 2023 / lør, 16 sep 2023 NOK 25 140 På forespørsel På forespørsel

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Antall dager 8
Pris fra NOK23,940.00
Destinasjoner Horta, Faial island
Turkode TSZ
Aktivitet Tema & kulturreiser,Fotturer,Aktive reiser
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