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Portugal - Azores, Walking & Biking Tour, 14 days

Djoser offers the ideal, active vacation that is combination of an Azores Walking Tour and an Azores Bike Tour. The first week we stay on the main island of Sao Miguel where we make various walking and cycling journeys. The next island is beautiful Sao Jorge. The beautiful, unspoiled nature here is ideal for hiking. From Sao Jorge, we sail to Faial for the last few nights. On the program is a bike ride at the Capelinhos Volcano and a day trip to the neighboring island of Pico,named after the eponymous volcano. Join our international groups of all ages on this active holiday in the Azores.

Itinerary

  1. Sao Miguel (Ponta Delgada)
  2. Ponta Delgada, cycling Lagoa do Canário - Sete Cidades
  3. Ponta Delgada - Furnas, hiking Faial da Terra
  4. Furnas, walking Lagoa do Fogo
  5. Furnas Furnas bikes
  6. Furnas - cycling Gorreana tea factory, Ribeira Grande - Ponta Delgada
  7. Ponta Delgada
  8. Sao Miguel - Sao Jorge (Velas), walking Sete Fontes
  9. Velas
  10. Velas, hiking Pico do Pedro, Faja do Ouvidor
  11. Horta, hiking Pico
  12. Horta, cycling Capelo
  13. Faial


Land program begins: Ponta Delgada 3:30 PM
Land program ends: Horta – early morning

Subject to change

Day by day

On the Road with Djoser

Djoser's active journeys offer an ideal balance of guidance and freedom. Our guide-assisted adventures cover the globe and feature wildlife, beautiful natural settings, historic sights and authentic cultural experiences. During Djoser travels, the daily schedule is not rigidly set.

The day to day descriptions describe the anticipated, or possible daily activities. Our travel days are obviously fixed, but each day the program may deviate depending on the preferences of the group, in consultation with the tour leader. The tour guide offers a program daily, with planned excursions. You are never obligated to participate. Those who desire more freedom may go out exploring or may dine on their own. Your tour leader can offer suggestions for safe explorations and fun restaurants. You will find that Djoser participants will take advantage of this flexibility. We believe a sense of discovery is an integral element of a great trip.

We offer the land program only. Below, you will find the day to day description days numbered to correspond with that of the Dutch participants (which includes their transit days from/to Amsterdam). This is so that when you are traveling and refer to this day to day description, all travelers will be “on the same page” or the same day number.

Sao Miguel

Day 1 - São Miguel (Ponta Delgada)
Day 2 Ponta Delgada

Sao Miguel is the largest island of the archipelago and the first week of this active trip we explore this island. The first days on volcanic soil we stay in the capital, Ponta Delgada. The first bike ride of about 10.5 miles ends at Lagoa do Canário and leads us through the crater rim to Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Verde, the beautiful green crater lakes. We cycle along the Visto do Rei, the “royal” viewpoint. The day trip ends in Sete Cidades.

Distance bike ride: 10.5 miles

Sao Miguel, Faial da Terra, Fogo, Furnas
Day 3 Ponta Delgada - Furnas, walking Faial da Terra
Day 4 Furnas, walking Lagoa do Fogo
Day 5 Furnas Furnas bikes

We leave Ponta Delgada for a few days and go towards the east of the island. The lush greenery of Furnas is our base for three days. Here we make two walks and bike rides. For the first hike of about 2.4 miles we go to Faial da Terra. We take time for this moderate hike up to the waterfall of Salto do Prego and the abandoned village of Sanguinho with its typical traditional buildings. The next day we walk from Praia, along a Levada, at the Lagoa do Fogo, "Fire Lake". We hike for about 4.5 hours mostly in a nature reserve. The last day we take the bike for a ride from our hotel around the Furnas Lake. The steaming geysers and bubbling springs of sulphurous water betrayed the great volcanic activity underground. Furnas you should definitely pay a visit to the botanical garden Terra Nostra.

Hike distance: 2.4 miles
Hike ascent: 7.8 miles
Bike ride distance: 7.8 miles

Gorreana Tea Factory

Day 6 Furnas - cycling Gorreana tea factory, Ribeira Grande - Ponta Delgada
Day 7 Ponta Delgada

We leave Furnas and drive to the north coast of the island. At the tea factory Gorreana we get off the bus. Gorreana is Europe's oldest tea factory and since 1883 has produced outstanding tea. After visiting the factory we get on the bike for a ride with stunning views over the coast of Sao Miguel direction of Ribeira Grande. The last day in Ponta Delgada we spend at leisure. A boat ride to go whale watching is possible.

Distance bike ride: 9.3 miles

Sao Jorge, Sete Fontes, Pico Pedro
Day 8 Sao Miguel - Sao Jorge (Velas), walking Sete Fontes
Day 9 Velas
Day 10 Velas, hiking Pico do Pedro, Faja do Ouvidor

A short flight brings us to the next island, Sao Jorge. This elongated island is less visited by tourists and is a hikers paradise. For the first hike we take the bus to Sete Fontes for a walk of about three hours to the lighthouse at Ponta dos Rosais, on the western tip of the island. We overnight in Velas, and from our lodgings you can take several walks in the area. On the last day at Sao Jorge, we make a beautiful walk along the tops of the island. The hike begins at the foot of the Pico do Pedro at 2,460 ft altitude and you can hike to the highest point of island, Pico da Esperança, and take a guided walk along the rim of the crater. Via Pico do Carvão we descend to Fajã do Ouvidor.

Hike distance: : 7.5 miles
Hike distance: 11.2 miles

Faial, Pico Island
Day 11 Sao Jorge - Faial (Horta)
Day 12 Horta, hiking Pico


From Sao Jorge we sail to the island of Faial. The island is known among sailors, as the halfway point on the trans-Atlantic crossing. We spend three nights in a comfortable hotel in the town of Horta. In and around the harbor there is a cozy atmosphere and there you will find many different restaurants. The program includes a day trip to the nearby island of Pico, named after the volcano Pico Alto, with the summit at 7,709 ft, also the highest point of Portugal. From Soa Jorge you can already see the volcano. Those who want to may use this day for an optional climb in Pico, a beautiful but long hike. If you would like an easier hike, you can go on a walking tour of about three hours along the north side of the island.

Hike distance: 4.9 miles

Faial, Capelo
Day 13 Horta, cycling Capelo
Day 14 Faial – Land program ends

The last bike ride sets out to the Parque Florestal de Capelo and the volcano area in Capelinho. The volcanic area is a new piece of land that was created after the eruption of the volcano in 1957-1958. It is just like being on the moon. Those who want to make ake an optional boat trip from Horta in search of dolphins and sperm whales or you can swim with dolphins before our trip comes to an end.

Distance bike ride: 4.9 miles

Dates and prices

Departure dates 2017

Land Begins Land Ends Price Availability  
Jul-13-17Jul-26-17$2,3750 seats
Jul-27-17Aug-09-17$2,3750 seats
Aug-17-17
Guaranteed leave
Aug-30-17$2,3756 seatsbook now >
Sep-07-17
Guaranteed leave
Sep-20-17$2,2508 seatsbook now >

Departure dates 2018

Land Begins Land Ends Price Availability  
May-24-18
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Jun-06-18$2,25018 seatsbook now >
Jun-07-18
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Jun-20-18$2,25018 seatsbook now >

Conditions "Guaranteed leave"

Price includes

Land program, ferry crossings, transport, bike rental, hotel accommodation with breakfast, excursions according to program, services of Dutch tour guide (speaks Dutch and English).

Price excludes

International flights from/to North America, travel insurance, other meals, entrance fees, optional excursions, gratuities, personal expenses.

Cost Overview

Land price from

$2,385
Single accommodations $500
   
Extension hotel city #1 Horta
Double room per person $88
Single room $150
   
Estimated out-of-pocket, weekly $240
   
Deposit due upon booking $500
  * Deposit based on 20% of minimum land price, or $500 minimum
  * Balance due 60 days prior to departure. 

Practical information

Accommodations & Meals

Accommodations – We stay in a central location with good hotels equipped with private shower and toilet. The hotels are usually located within walking distance of the city centers and sights .

Some examples of our usual hotels (subject to change)

Sao Miguel  Hotel Canadiano
Sao Jorge  Hotel de Sao Jorge
Faial Hotel Fayal


Single room -
Djoser is single friendly! If you are traveling solo, we will match you with a same-sex roommate. If we cannot match you, there will be no additional room charge. For a reasonable charge, you may request single accommodations, subject to availability. Just indicate this preference on your booking form. You will find pricing for single accommodations on "Dates & Prices" page.

Hotel extensions - It is always great to be well-rested when you begin a journey such as this. If you would like to book an extension hotel night upon arrival in the city where the land program begins, let us know on your booking form. You will find the prices for extension nights listed in the '"Dates & Prices" page. The cost of a hotel extension does not include transfers to or from the airports.

Meals -
Breakfasts are included in the price. You can choose where and with whom you have lunch and dinner. Ponta Delgada has quite a few restaurants to choose from. In the smaller places the choice is more limited. Besides restaurants with the usual European cuisine you will find restaurants with international fare. In the Azores, one views meals as a social event, so it is extra cozy at mealtimes in the restaurants. Casas de pasto are small eateries with a limited menu of excellent food. Of course you can get fish in all shapes and sizes. Also, the locals enjoy, in our opinion, a fairly tasteless cheese, however it is really quite nice with the delicious piri sauce.
 

Flights & Transportation


Land program begins: Ponta Delgada 3:30 PM
Land program ends: Horta – early morning

Subject to change

Booking your international flight - We provide the land package and transportation within the program as described. We do not arrange international flights from or to the United States or Canada. The land program will begin approximately two hours after the arrival of the Netherlands (NL) participants who will be arriving from Amsterdam. The land program will end about 4 hours prior to their scheduled departure time, which allows for time to get to the airport. The proposed flights for the Dutch participants and the Land Begin and End times are listed below. They are subject to change based on flight delays or changes. We will keep you posted of any flight changes that we are aware of prior to the trip. When scheduling your flights, keep the following times in mind.

Dutch participants' proposed flights: (subject to change)
Airline: Tap Air Portugal
NL participants arrive: Ponta Delgada 13:20
NL participants depart: Horta 10:35

Before you book your flight - To avoid flight change or cancellation costs get email confirmation from our office that the trip has enough participants to be a “GO”.
Verify the spelling of your name-within 24 hours - When you book your flights, double check your flight records to confirm that your name is spelled on your ticket exactly as it appears on your passport. Some companies (for example, ORBITZ) will only allow a 24 hour window to correct any errors without penalty. You may incur heavy fees for changes, forfeiture of your flight ticket, or even worse, you could be denied entry to a border upon arrival.
Send us a copy of your flight itinerary - We will forward to the tour leader so they will know when to expect you at the hotel and when you will be departing.
Keep in mind hotel extensions - If the Dutch travelers arrive early in the morning, we recommend that you arrange to fly in the day or night before so you will be meet the group. Some trips involve an immediate transfer from airport to the next town so make sure you will arrive before the others so you don’t miss the first meeting or transfer to the next location. We can arrange an extension hotel night for you. Prices for hotel extensions can be found in the "Dates & Prices" section
If the Dutch participants arrive in the late evening - Should they arrive very late in the evening, the group will have their first meeting in the morning in the hotel lobby. You can check in earlier and relax or explore on your own.
Airport transfer to/from hotel (not Included) - If you will be arriving and or departing on the same flight as the Dutch travelers let us know. Then you can join them on the bus for the group transfer at no additional charge. Notify us in advance so we can alert the tour leader. If you schedule your flight at the same time as theirs, or later, you can join them on the group transfer to the airport at no additional charge. Otherwise, you can take an authorized taxi to the first hotel on the list we have provided for you. Private airport transfers can be very costly . If your flight is delayed, they are difficult to reschedule or cancel. With a taxi, you are not charged for waiting time or cancellations.

Useful Links for booking your flights
Orbitz.com
Expedia.com
Kaykak.com

Local transportation - During the tour we use a private bus, equipped with air and heating. We are free to stop for a photo or to stretch our legs.

Cycling - The trip includes the use of a good quality bike with gears. We make bike rides from the three Baltic capitals (Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn) and Klaipeda in Lithuania. In particular the tours focus on the surrounding nature.We cycle between 12.4 and 34 miles a day on good terrain. The landscape is mostly flat which makes this bike trip suitable for anyone with a normal condition. You should keep in mind that there may be hills along the way.

Electric bike (e-bike) - It is possible for this trip to reserve an electric (E-bike) bicycle. The electric motor of an electric bike gives you that little boost, making the hills pleasantly managable. You decide how much support you want from the bike. The cost for an electric bike is from $110, - for the entire trip. If you are interested, please inquire at it, and we can reserve the e-bike for you.

Bus - We cover portions of the journey with our private, comfortable bus, which will remain with us until arriving in Tallinn. The buses are equipped with ventilation and heating. The roads have been improved in recent years in the Baltic countries, making for pleasant drives in the areas we cover in the bus. The bus is with us for the whole journey and often drops us a some point from where we begin our bike ride. At the end of the ride (if we did not cycle to our accommodation), the bus picks us up again. The bikes are carried along in a trailer.

Money Matters

A summary of all trip costs can be found on our 'Dates & Prices' page. Prices may fluctuate throughout the year depending on currency exchange, gas costs, etc.


Included in price

  • Land package (begins & ends at hotel)
  • Bike rental during bike rides
  • Transportation by bus between the walking and cycling
  • Domestic flight from Sao Miguel to Sao Jorge
  • Boat crossing of Sao Jorge, Faial
  • Boat Return of Faial to Pico
  • Hotel Accommodation with breakfast
  • Walking and Cycling tours according to program
  • Tour guide from Holland (speaks Dutch & English)
     

When you book a trip

  • 20% of minimum land package price (or minimum of $500) due upon booking to hold your place (See “Prices & Dates” section for deposit amount for your trip
  • Balance is due 60 days prior to departure date
  • Payments by charge card or check are accepted

While you are traveling

Local Currency:  Euro
ATMS:  Available on all islands
Other Currency Accepted: Euro
Credit cards: Accepted in larger restaurants and shops



Tipping - 
It is customary to tip for services rendered. The tour leader will organize a tip jar at the beginning of the trip, from which tips to drivers, guides, hotel staff are paid. Depending on the size of the group, each participant will be asked to contribute $40 to $50. This does not include a tip for your tour leader. Tipping the tour leader is appreciated and the amount up to your discretion.

** You will find a list of all trip costs in the "Dates & Prices" section, including your estimated out of pocket costs.

Excursions

Freedom and choice are important elements of a Djoser trip. In addition to scheduled group activities, wherever possible, you may decide which attractions you wish to visit, and with whom. Unless otherwise indicated, entrance fees are not included in the price, so you have the freedom to make your own choices. One person may prefer to stroll through the market in search of bargains, while someone else may want to relax by the pool, go to a museum, or take a bike ride. Join the guide or break off with others in the group to explore on foot or with the local transport. Some attractions should not be missed, or they are not easily accessible, or are en route to our next overnight location and are therefore built into the program. In the "Dates & Prices" section you will find the estimated out-of-pocket, weekly expenses that have calculated in typical entry fees in addition to meals and other costs.

During the hiking and cycling tour in the Azores the following excursions are included

  • Hiking on day 3, 4, 8, 10 and 12
  • Bike rides on days 2, 5, 6 and 13
  • Visit to tea factory Gorreana

There will be other possible excursions. The guide can advise you on this and possibly can arrange a tour for the group. From Sao Miguel and / or Faial you can book a boat excursion to go whale watching or to swim with dolphins in Faial. In Furnas you should definitely pay a visit to the botanical garden, Terra Nostra. Those who want a more challening hike may choose to climb the volcano Pico Alto on day 12 with a local guide.
 

Travel Documents

When you book a trip we will provide you with more details about necessary documents. Passports should be current and valid for at least 6 months beyond your departure date. If a visa is required, you may need extra pages in your passport for your stamps. Check all visa requirements carefully and leave yourself plenty of time to send and receive documents before your trip.

VISA NEEDED? NO

Visa & Passport Expeditor – For an extra fee, you can hire an expediting service to process your visa application. They will look over your paperwork and they can offer a faster return of your visa or passport. We recommend TRAVISA.

Health Issues & Insurance

Health - Check for the Center for Disease Control – Travelers information for recommendations. Keep in mind that they may recommend an inoculation or medication such as malaria pills, which may be necessary for one specific part of a country but not another, or for a particular season. Shots are expensive. Make sure to get only what is needed. We recommend asking your doctor for a prescription to combat a more serious intestinal disorder.

When you book a trip we will provide you with information regarding the usual recommendations for the region we will visit. You will be responsible to check with your travel clinic or physician to review your plans and to find out the most up-to-date recommendations and needs for your particular situation. Plan to get your inoculations four to six weeks in advance of your trip. Some offices may need to preorder the medicines so call in advance. It is wise to pay careful attention to what you eat. Also, we recommend you bring medicines such as pain-killer and for remedy for intestinal disorders (such as Immodium) Bring a small first aid kit. Tweezers, band-aids, antiseptic cream, insect repellant, salt rehydration tablets. The tour leader will have a first aid kit.
Climate and altitude changes can sometimes cause illness. Be sure to drink plenty of water. Bottled water is readily available. Excessive alcohol intake contributes to dehydration and makes you more vulnerable to illness. Make sure that you get plenty of rest and enough food and drink during the trip.

Group Composition

Minimum group size: 10 
Maximum group size: 16

What to expect when traveling with an international group – Our group trips are arranged in cooperation with Djoser, B.V. in the Netherlands. Because they cater to the voracious travel appetites of the Dutch, we can offer a vast number of programs around the world with hard-to-find itineraries, with numerous departure dates. 
Djoser travelers are active, enthusiastic travelers of all ages. You will find couples and singles on our trips. Join our international groups with travelers from the Netherlands, Belgium and North America. There are rarely more four North Americans per group. The international make-up of our groups is the attraction for many regular and this adds another cultural element to the trip. Feel free to call us if you wish to know the demographic make-up of a particular trip (number of singles and age range.
You will find that almost all of your fellow travelers have an excellent command of English and most are very willing to socialize. It’s a great idea to extend an invitation to a few travel mates for coffee or a drink early in the trip. They will appreciate your effort and this is a great way to break the ice. It will be easier for them to test out their English skills in a quiet, one-on-one setting. Group members tend to warm up to one another in a day or two. As with every tour group, compatibility has most to do with individual personalities.
The Dutch are experienced and hearty travelers. We attract travelers of all ages and we enjoy the mix! You will find our participants welcome opportunities for independent explorations in addition to group activities. No matter their age, Djoser travelers expect, and are up to lots of walking, hiking, biking, or whatever comes our way. The Dutch and Belgian travelers will fly as a group from Amsterdam. Unless otherwise indicated, you will meet the group and tour leader at the hotel where you will begin the land program with the group.

Tour Leaders & Support Staff

This trip is accompanied by a Dutch guide who speaks Dutch and English. He or she assists you throughout the journey. The tour guide provides practical information about the bike ride, the route and the different activities during rest days. In addition, the tour leader tells something about daily life and the different habits of the country. However, the tour guide is not a lecturer. For any questions, comments or concerns you can always contact the tour leader. The tour guides are enthusiastic cyclists and do everything to make a success of your cycling trip.

Climate & Geography

In Northeastern Europe, a temperate climate prevails. The tours take place in the period from April to October. In spring and autumn,you should consider cool days and cold nights, in the summer the temperature is usually pleasant. The temperature during the day than between 68 ° and 77 ° F. Our trips are organized with weather conditions in mind. On our website, we will provide you with a weather summary of the region: Check temperature and rainfall for specific cities on your trip, during your month of travel at worldweather.org

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Highlights

  • International group, all ages
  • Unique combination of walking and cycling trip
  • Visiting four different islands
  • Overnight stays in comfortable hotels
  • Bicycle included during the cycling days
  • Expert guide (speaks Dutch & English)

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