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São Miguel East Full Day Tour with Furnas Including Lunch

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Ponta Delgada, Portugal
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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Discover the east side of São Miguel island, home to volcanic landscapes and geothermal wonders, on a scenic day trip from Ponta Delgada. With a small group, visit Furnas Lake (Lagoa das Furnas) and opt for a soak in the thermal pools (own expense). Admire panoramic views and be dazzled by Ribeira dos Caldeirões waterfall and the gorgeous northeast coast. Plus, eat a “cozido” lunch cooked in geothermal grounds.
  • Eastern São Miguel’s scenic highlights from Ponta Delgada with a small group
  • Visit a secluded mountain church and admire views of the island’s coastline
  • See volcanic springs and gas vents in action at Furnas Lake (hot spring is optional)
  • Eat a lunch of traditional stew slow-cooked in the thermal ground
Your tour begins with hotel pickup in the morning, where you board a comfortable 9-seater van, destined for the east side of São Miguel Island. Discover Nossa Senhora da Paz, a secluded chapel set high in the mountains surrounding Vila Franca do Campo town. Arrive in Furnas, a town built entirely inside a volcano caldera, home to volcanic springs, gas vents, and thermal pools. Take the opportunity to relax in the delightful thermal pools of Furnas town (optional, own expense) and revitalize with a "cozido" stew, cooked in pots buried within the thermal grounds. Admire some of the island's best panoramic views of Furnas Lake from an elevated viewpoint. After a stop at the stunning Ribeira dos Caldeirões waterfall in the natural park, take in the coastal views from a high cliff. Your tour concludes with hotel drop-off.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Ponta Delgada Central
Pick-up from Ponta Delgada City
Duration: 15 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Nossa Senhora da Paz
Secluded chapel in the mountains behind Vila Franca do Campo, with a gorgeous view over the town and the islet in the sea ahead.
Duration: 20 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lagoa das Furnas
Explore the geothermal area by Furnas Lake and learn how the famous "cozido" traditional stew is slow cooked using only the natural steam of the volcano.
Duration: 30 Minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Caldeira das Furnas
See the geothermal hot springs in Furnas town. Taste sparkling waters rich in iron.
Duration: 30 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Furnas
Explore a unique town, entirely built inside the caldera of a volcano. Have lunch here, the famous "cozido" stew.
Duration: 90 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Poca Da Dona Beija
Possibility of enjoy a relaxing thermal bath in natural volcanic hotsprings.
Duration: 60 Minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Pico do Ferro Viewpoint
Enjoy one of the best views of São Miguel Island, over Furnas town and lake.
Duration: 20 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Parque Natural da Ribeira dos Caldeiroes
Check the most beautiful waterfall of São Miguel island.
Duration: 30 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Miradouro de Santa Iria
One of the best coastal views of the island, from a high cliff, over many miles of the gorgeous north coast
Duration: 15 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free

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The best introduction to the Azores
John_S
, Feb 2020
It really was a perfect tour. The scenery was beautiful, the stops very interesting, lunch was delicious and unique, and best of all, Leo was a wonderful guide. He was knowledgeable, attentive to everyone in his care, and he paced the day exceptionally well. It was a day to remember.
star-5
Great tour with João!
Maria_A
, Feb 2020
Amazing tour! João is a wonderful tour guide! He was incredibly patient with our kids, made sure to show us the best views, and treated us as if we were his personal guests! We made many stops for the breathtaking sites of the island. The restaurant experience was fabulous, with delicious stew being cooked in volcanic steam. João made us feel very welcome, and was very engaging with children. Would love to go on another tour with him.
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São Miguel East Full Day Tour
lbcoulman
, Feb 2020
João was a fabulous guide. So much knowledge of and enthusiasm for his island. The tour was awesome. Would highly recommend it.
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Amazing
jl9638364
, Jan 2020
The tour was simply amazing, despite the weather. The island has so much to offer, and Felipe, our tour guide, made sure that we got the most out of it. The lunch that was offered was also delicious!
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SAN Miguel East Tour
lynneavard
, Jan 2020
What a wonderful day! Joao introducedme to many amazing sights on this beautiful island. He was fun to spend the day with and very knowledgeable about all things Azorean. I highly recommend this tour.
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West side of Madeira
Emilia R
, Nov 2019
Our guide Fernando very knowledgeable. We had rainy and foggy weather could not see the lakes but our guide brought us to points that we were able to the island natural beauty. Lunch was fantastic!!
star-5
I had a great time!
Explorer794087
, Nov 2019
This was a small group tour of only 8 people. The guide Fernando was very welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable. The weather cooperated and we were able to enjoy most of the sites. Lunch was delicious!!
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São Miguel East Full Day Tour
granjaguar
, Nov 2019
I had the pleasure of participating in this tour on my second day in Ponta Delgada, the day after participating in the tour of the West. Pure Azores operates both tours and I had the joy of having the same driver and guide for both, Phillipe. He was informative, courteous, accomodating, and overall excellent. The weather did not cooperte with us as much as I would have liked to, but we made the most of it, and still managed to have a great time! Lunch in Furnas was outstanding, and each site was more beautiful than the last. Overall, very happy I picked Pure Azores to show me the best of this magnificent island. 10/10 would recommend!
star-5
Excellent tour.
Cazmartini
, Oct 2019
We were a group of 6 on this tour. We all had an amazing time. We stopped in so many beautiful places and learned so much about the island from our wonderful and knowledgeable guide Miguel. I would definitely recommend this tour. Great value for your money.
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The guide and tour are both worth taking)
RomanR1066
, Oct 2019
Since the beginning our guide communicates with all the people of our group of 8 from different countries very well. Thanks to him we got acquainted with each other and communicated well during the whole trip. The tour gave to mea whole lot of impressions - and views, and nature, and info from the guide. Taking hot springs was also relaxing and was worth of visiting. Thanks for the lunch also. Happy about my choice of the operator and tour.

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