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Lagoa do Fogo Half-Day 4WD Tour from Ponta Delgada

1. Lagoa do Fogo Half-Day 4WD Tour from Ponta Delgada

Explore one of the largest lakes in the Azores on a 3-hour tour of the Lagoa do Fogo by 4WD vehicle. After hotel pickup, first, stop at Pico da Barrosa viewpoint and enjoy panoramic views of Lagoa do Fogo. Surrounded by native trees and beautiful flowers, the lake is best accessed and appreciated by off-road vehicles, getting you to more remote and picturesque areas. During the tour, you will stop at a variety of interesting locations en route, with highlights including the Calderas of Ribeira Grande. See the fumaroles, geysers and a wonderful waterfall of the warm, iron water. Finally, visit the city of Ribeira Grande and taste local liqueurs.

Private 4x4 Tailored Tour from Ponta Delgada

2. Private 4x4 Tailored Tour from Ponta Delgada

Set off on a full-day adventure to discover the island of Sao Miguel in a 4x4 vehicle. With private tour that can be fully customized, you decide what to do and when. Explore the craters of Sete Cidades, visit the romantic town of Furnas, or discover Lagoa do Fogo. Get picked up from your hotel by your driver/guide to start this incredible experience. A number of itineraries are available that you can discuss with the driver on the day of your tour. Choose to visit the parishes around Sete Cidades, to discover the lakes, craters, and hot springs around the area.  Alternatively, head in the direction of Furnas and take a tour of the most beautiful town on the island. See fumaroles and hot springs as you admire the lush vegetation around Furnas lake. Take a short hike if you wish, and see how traditional pottery is made locally.   If you love nature then choose to discover the two biggest lakes on Sao Miguel, Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo. Admire the blue waters and stop at Caldeira Velha to enjoy a swim in a naturally-heated waterfall. Explore a 4x4 trail to another waterfall, and take a short hike if you like. Witness volcanic activity at Ribeira Grande, a small town in Caldeiras.

Terceira Island West Side UTV 4x4 Tour

3. Terceira Island West Side UTV 4x4 Tour

The west side off roar tour is an adrenaline-fueled tour that allows you to explore the hidden secrets of Terceira Island. From open fields to unique slopes through woods, rocks, and mud, the breathtaking landscapes will make this adventure unforgettable. Climb aboard a Utility Task Vehicle, a 4x4 off-road vehicle that offers greater comfort and safety than an ATV equipped with an automatic transmission. This side-by-side vehicle allows you to bring a friend and get along during the tour. Be the driver of your own adventure. Take the wheel while the guide leads the way.

Electric Bike Tour Monte Brasil

4. Electric Bike Tour Monte Brasil

Start with pickup from Angra do Heroísmo. Travel with your guide towards the reserve of Monte Brasil, passing by the historic Fortress of São João Baptista at the entrance.   Ride up to the Peak of the Crosses and ride inside secret spots where only the guide knows about. Get panoramic views of the island, seeing the highest point of the island, the inactive volcano of Santa Bárbara. See the town of Angra do Heroísmo below, and on clear days, the São Jorge and Pico islands off the coast.

Full-Day Furnas Azores 4x4 Tour from Ponta Delgada

5. Full-Day Furnas Azores 4x4 Tour from Ponta Delgada

Travel from Ponta Delgada to Furnas Azores on a full-day 4x4 tour on the island of São Miguel. Furnas Azores has a history of volcanic activity that has left behind a legacy of particularly impressive natural geysers, hot springs, calderas, and fumaroles. Along the way, you will visit a number of locations with stunning landscapes and unique and intriguing features, such as Vila Franca do Campo, where you can see the famous islet, a tea factory, and views from various spots. Upon arriving at Furnas Azores, admire the lake and its geysers, which are surrounded by lush nature.

Private Tour: Sete Cidades & Fogo Lake

6. Private Tour: Sete Cidades & Fogo Lake

This tour will allow you to explore the best locations of the island, including lakes sceneries within volcano craters, shore views, and even sceneries from the highest island's grounds including one of the 7 natural wonders of Portugal and an active but dormant volcano of Lagoa do Fogo.  Be picked up at any location in Ponta Delgada. Your tour guide will be pleased to pick you and to do a briefing of your tour. This is a good time to customize your itinerary, if you wish. One of the interesting initial stops are at the Azorean pineapple plantations where your tour guide will explain all the stages and where you can try a free sample of the local pineapple liquor. After this the group will go uphill to the large western volcano Sete Cidades and make a stop on Pico do Carvão viewpoint so you can enjoy one of the best views over the island.  Grota do Inferno viewpoint is just ahead. From there you have some amazing sceneries within the Sete Cidades caldera and you can see the most beautiful lakes (Rasa lake, Santiago lake and the twin blue and green lakes). Following next, your tour guide takes the group to Vista do Rei viewpoint, from where you can admire the most famous perspective over the twin lakes of Sete Cidades and it's population. Next, head down to the Sete Cidades settlement next to the twin lakes and explore the most interesting spots nearby the lake. On the way back, reach the south shore heading to the Fogo volcano. Your tour guide will take you to the highest point of this central volcano, up to 947 meters above sea level at Pico da Barrosa. From there, as you explore the inner crater you can enjoy and stop at Fogo Lake. Right next to the Fogo lake is Caldeira Velha, an outdoor garden with hot thermal pools that you may enjoy. Finally the last stops will be at Ribeira Grande where you can learn the local way of living and stop at Santa Bárbara beach, the most popular site for surfers, to refresh yourself and enjoy the local shore view.

Terceira Island: 8-Hour Wine and Moonshine Tour

7. Terceira Island: 8-Hour Wine and Moonshine Tour

After pick-up from your accommodation on Terceira your guide will take you to see the major sightseeing spots in the island as well as a series of lesser known spots off the beaten track. Enjoy an outdoor BBQ lunch with local foods, cheeses, breads, wines and moonshines as well as a visit to a winery where you will taste other local wines and moonshines. Other stops introduce you to further local delicacies. The tour continues with the interior of the Island, on this tour you not only taste our foods, wines, moonshines, but you also get to see a great deal of the island from a different perspective. End the tour conveniently back at your accomodation.

Furnas: Private Van Tour

8. Furnas: Private Van Tour

This tour covers some of the best scenic areas of São Miguel island and the Furnas volcanic area. It offers the opportunity to enjoy the hot springs and a visit to Terra Nostra Botanical Garden (entrance fee not included in the tour). • Pisão Viewpoint and Caloura • Vila Franca do Campo and its pastry factory • Senhora da Paz Viewpoint • Furnas Lake and Hot Springs • Furnas Village • Terra Nostra Botanical Garden (optional) • Hot Springs & mineral waters • Pico do Ferro Viewpoint • Gorreana Tea Plantation and Factory • Santa Iria Viewpoint

From Ilha Terceira: Ilhéu das Cabras Snorkelling Boat Tour

9. From Ilha Terceira: Ilhéu das Cabras Snorkelling Boat Tour

Embarking in Snorkeling is one of the greatest adventures of your life as well as the first step on a journey that changes the way you experience the world forever. Meet at the marina in Angra do Heroísmo and take a boat to go to the "Ilheu das Cabras". We will sail across the Atlantic towards the islets of volcanic origin that have been declared a Special Protection Zone. The great variety of birds that nest in these lands and the marine fauna and flora . Receive a brief explanation of the apnea basic concepts, equipment, and swimming techniques. Enjoy the marine life in a supervised and relaxed way.

Ponta Delgada: Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo Tour

10. Ponta Delgada: Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo Tour

Explore Sete Cidades and the Vista do Rei on this full-day guided tour. Begin bright and early for plenty of time to take in panoramic views, relax in thermal baths and try local liqueur. Depart from your accommodation in Ponta Delgada and head north to start your adventure. Pass by multiple viewpoints located at Pico do Carvão, Lagoa do Canário, Grota do Inferno and the Vista do Rei. Enjoy views over the two volcanic crater lakes of Sete Cidades, and visit the parish located between the lakes. After lunch, visit the Vieira Ceramics Factory located in the city of Lagoa. Then go to the viewpoint at the top of Lagoa do Fogo, for stunning views over the lake. On the journey down the mountain, stop to enjoy the thermal baths in Caldeira Velha. Next, visit the Mulher do Capote factory, and taste Portuguese liqueurs. Continue to Santa Barbara beach in Ribeira Grande. To conclude the trip, visit the pineapple plantation located at Fajã de Baixo in Ponta Delgada, before being dropped off at your accommodation.

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Car rental prices were outrageous so my bf & I booked this tour instead, and it actually ended up being our favourite day in the Azores! We went to some very remote/underrated places that we would’ve have seen had we been driving ourselves because we didn’t know they existed. The whole experience is customizable depending on what’s important to you. Our guide Delfim was amazing. He was exceptionally warm and funny - we genuinely felt like we spent the day with a good friend. He was chalk full of knowledge of the history and geology of the island as well. While the private tour is more expensive than the group tours available, we felt that our experience with Delfim was well worth the extra cash as he went above & beyond to make our day incredible & we didn’t have to adhere to any strict timelines or plans. And of course, it is always nice to support a small business :-)

Juan was great. First - I mis-scheduled our excursion and he worked with us to reschedule it. Luckily he did, because quite frankly this a must do if you want to really explore the island and experience some stellar views. Juan sets up the ride to have a little bit of everything. 4x4 - driving through town and through the forest. It was certainly a highlight of our trip. Do yourself a favor and check it out!

James was extremely helpful before and during the trip, always ensuring my safety and enjoyment. Eventhough it was pretty misty up the mountain, I still really enjoyed my bike trip and the things I learned from James. 1000% recommend!!

James was a fantastic guide..very patient, always pleasant and helpful. Enjoyed the historical sites and beautiful surroundings. Highly recommend this tour activity.

It was wonderful! Rui and Joao were so nice and attentive. 5