Azores bike and hike trip

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 Dry calderas, crater lakes, fumaroles and thermal water springs dot our route through the island of  São Miguel. Get ready for an adventure that includes cycling, whale watching and breathtaking  hikes. 

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  • Azores oceanside mountains with two bikes
  • azores restaurant and bikes
  • Azores oceanside village and mountains
  • Azores country road and cyclist
  • Azores oceanside village and mountains
  • Azores oceanside village and mountains road signs
  • Azores beach and mountains
  • waterfall in green forest
  • Azores hot springs and bike
  • Azores country road with palm trees
  • white building with red text and bike
  • cyclist on city road next to ocean
  • Azores oceanside trail with person on bike
  • Azores oceanside trail and cyclist
  • Azores ocean mountains and flowers
  • Azores oceanside bike and fence
  • Building at night lit up

2023 Itinerary

Day One — Ponta Delgada 

 Arrival at the small Ponta Delgada airport and a very short transfer brings you straight into this charming city  and our lovely hotel.   Ponta Delgada began as a simple fishing village whose fishermen were once attracted by its safe coves, but  soon began to play the role of main port of the São Miguel Island. The city grew and in the seventeenth and  eighteenth centuries the convents, churches and manor houses flourished and still today they integrate the  historic center.   Ponta Delgada is today a cosmopolitan city, outward looking, with a lively economic and cultural life. The  extensive coastline road, which borders the harbor and the sea outlining the city, is the expression of its  dynamism, adapting to new times and also the access road to the city. Accommodation: Hotel Marina Atlantico   
4:30pm  - Bike Fittings 
7:30pm  - GET TOGETHER DRINK in the lounge. 
8:00pm  - WELCOME DINNER 

 

Day Two — Ponta Delgada to Furnas (45km / 28m; 913 m elevation gain) 

 A beautiful ride along the coast out of the city, the day can continue with a swim in an ocean lagoon formed  by an extinct volcano (Ilheu island). Follow the coast in a spectacular climb up to Pizões pass and down to  Furnas, our home for 2 nights in the art deco rich  Hotel Terra Nostra, a building that reflects the architecture  and spirit of the 1930s. Relax in a walk through the botanical park in the city center, a peaceful oasis filled  with meandering trails, exotic species, lakes with water lilies and a camellia garden. Accommodation: Terra Nostra

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Day Three —  Furnas Bike or Hike  (Ride of 74km / 46m - Hike 7km / 4.3m;  2030 m elevation gain )

Today you have the option of riding or hiking.  
Ride: This ride is challenging but incredibly beautiful. We enjoy panoramic views along a secluded forest track of  native vegetation, as we traverse from the rugged interior to the northeast. On the way through the mountain  you will take a nice gravel road framed by dense plants, trees and rocks covered with moss from start to  finish. The return route passes through numerous viewpoints over the Atlantic and Vila da Povoação, the  first area to be populated on the island. The thermal hot-water pool at Terra Nostra Park is a leg balm at the  end of the ride!   
Hike: For those wanting a day off the saddle we transfer 30mins out to  hike the Vigia da Baleia (whale watch trail)  trail, it connects the village of povoação to Faial da terra. One of the highlights of this stunning trail is the  whale watching tower.  Accommodation: Terra Nostra. Group Dinner: At our lovely hotel.

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Day Four — Furnas to Ribeira Grande (32km / 20m; 1400m cumulative elevation climb)

 Ride to the North Coast, passing fishing villages, beaches and windmills. The orange trees you see around  were introduced on the island in the 16th century, and became the main export until a plague wiped out the  production in the 1800's.   As a response, dairy farming increased and crops like pineapples, passionfruit, tobacco, and tea were introduced. This morning, you’ll take a look at one of the island’s “new” trades, riding north to Europe’s only  tea plantation producing excellent organic tea. We’ll have the opportunity to stop and tour the Gorreana tea plantation. Accommodation: Hotel Verde Mar & Spa 

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Day Five — Ribeira Grande to Fogo Lake (fire lake) Loop (20km)

 Free day to relax by the sea and get to know the historic center of Ribeira Grande, or a challenging loop ride  that takes you up to the breathtaking Lagoa do Fogo.   Lagoa do Fogo (Lake of Fire) is a crater lake within the Água de Pau Massif stratovolcano in the center of  the island. It's the highest lake on the island combining wonderful scenery, a reserve with endemic species  of fauna and flora, and the always majestic geomorphology of a caldera.   The route involves a start with a13km climb, so you will need a little bit of commitment to tackle this route. In  our opinion, you should do it! Group Dinner: At our hotel serving delicious food. 

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Day Six—  Riberia Grande to Ponta Delgada ( 71km; 1358m cumulative ascent)

The route follows the coast along the hydrangea-laden roads to Sete Cidades Lagoon  and goes around the  crater rim with views of the sea and the famous lagoons.   Sete Cidades Lagoon is one of the seven natural wonders of Portugal. This volcanic complex includes  centuries of geomorphological structures that include lava domes, cones, lava flows and maar  geomorphology that have marked its history. Astonishing views guaranteed.  As you set off you will notice that gradually you are gaining altitude until you arrive at the Canario Lookout,  and from there you will go all the way down to Ponta Delgada. A long day in the saddle with incredible  scenery at every turn. Accommodation: Hotel Marina Atlantico

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Day 7 — Ponta Delgada (4.3km / 2.7m)

Our last day on this paradisiacal island sniff, sniff. In the morning we have a 15 min transfer to set off for a walk to Rocha da Relva, a hidden gem on the island accessible only by foot. Right by the sea there are  some traditionally built summer houses. It is also possible to find some donkeys on this track, which are  used as a means of transporting small loads.   Hiking you will see some wine cellars and vineyards built in the traditional way in basalt rock. These  structures, besides protecting from the sea spray, provides a milder environment for the crops giving them a  distinctive taste.   In the afternoon you can enjoy the city, local markets or visit a local pineapple plantation.  Accommodation: Hotel Marina Atlantico. Farewell Dinner, we enjoy our last evening dining on the freshest catch!

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Day 8 — Ponta Delgada (4.3km / 2.7m)

 AM Transfers to the airport.

 

* Details subject to change. 

2023 Availability  

8 day/7 nights

  • April 29-May 6

  • Oct.17-Oct24

 

Inclusions

  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Transfer from Ponta Delgada Airport to hotel
  • Transfer from Hotel to Ponta Delgada Airport at end of tour
  • 5 Dinners including wine/beer/soft drinks/water/coffer - no spirits incl.
  • 5 Lunches; mix of picnics & restaurants
  • Any entrance fees
  • Support vehicle
  • Bilingual guides
  • Helmets
  • Water bottles
  • Detailed Route Maps with turn-by-turn directions
  • Customized route app
  • Detailed Itineraries

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2023 Prices

All prices in CAD. Click here for a currency converter.  

8 day/7 nights

  • $4,995 CDN /person based on double occupancy

  • Hybrid bicycle rental: $299

  • Road bicycle rental: $399
  • Electric bicycle rental: $479

  • Single supplement:$1,400

 

For returning customers

  • Is this your second Pedal & Sea Adventures tour? Let us know, and we’ll knock $100 off the price.
  • If this is your third Pedal & Sea tour, we’ll take $100 off the price and send you a free jersey.
  • Your fourth Pedal & Sea Adventures tour? We will take $100 off the price, send you a free jersey and give you a complimentary bicycle rental. 

To take advantage of these great incentives, please let our staff know when you book!

 

 

 

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