8 day trek and whale watching
|Azores Trek and Coast|
Grade A/B* see programme - italics 4-star hotels
This programme is entirely located on Sao Miguel - the largest of the islands on the Azores Archipelago. The first half will be based at the four star Terra Nostra Garden Hotel in Furnas. The hotel is located in the grounds of Furnas Botanical Gardens - Parque Terra Nostra - which was founded in 1780 by an American called Thomas Hickling. The year round warm, moist climate makes this an ideal environment for magnificent ferns, azaleas, camellias and hydrangea and many other species to flourish. Another major attraction is the thermal swimming pool. All this is available to residents of the Terra Nostra hotel at all times of the day or evening (even after the gardens are closed). The second part of the trip is based at the Hotel do Colégio, a small, and very atmospheric four star hotel in the heart of the old part of Ponta Delgada. Facilities include a swiming pool.
The programme generally involves easy walking on good trails though some may be steep.
A guide accompanies the group on all of the walks.
Terra Nostra restaurant
Furnas Gardens and Church
Furnas Hot Pools
Hotel do Colegio Pool
Note This programme can be carried out at any time of the year as a private trip, guided or unguided. If unguided your driver will take you each day to the correct start point for your trip and will pick you up at a pre-arranged location and time unless you arrange to communicate with him by telephone. You will in this case be provided with a simple map and route notes.
Lagoa do Fogo
Hotel do Colegio