Sete Cidades Activity Day

Sete Cidades Activity Day

Sete Cidades Activity Day

Sao Miguel Island, Azores

Half day prices: Adult £40, Child £20     Full day prices: Adult £75, Child £40

Cycling and kayaking are fun ways to experience the lakes at Sete Cidades and be one with the water and its surroundings. We provide bikes and equipment for your use. You will also be accompanied by a specialist guide. Our pickup and drop off services are included. This will be to your hotel or to the local tourist office in Ponta Delgada (approx 40 mins transfer time). 

Sete Cidades lake is outstanding in size, being 2.4 miles long, 1.2 miles wide. The perimeter of the lake is coated with incredible hydrangeas. These are most radiant with colour from the months of June to September. There are a number of other lakes in surrounding areas, all with different shades of green and blue.   

The tour includes a nature guide and a variety of activities-based exercise. This includes: Kayaking and bike riding. We recommend choosing kayak to avoid getting damp especially if you have young children. Life jackets and helmets will be provided. There are also dressing rooms with hot showers and a picnic lunch for full day tours. 

This tour is included in the following holidays: Island Explorer (half day option) 

If this tour is not included in the holiday you are booking and you wish to add it to your itinerary, just let us know at the time of booking. You can also add this tour to your holiday any time before departure and also at our boat base in the Azores (subject to availability. To avoid disappointment, we suggest booking additional tours by the balance due date 8 weeks before departure).

(For ages 8yrs and over)

On Monday we did the inland tour of Sete Cidades, cycling round the crater and kayaking on the lake. There was only our family and two guides, who were both really informative, and this was a fantastic introduction to the island. The cycle ride was suited to our level of cycling (not too hard!) and the kayaking was about the right length for us as it was a windy day. The views from the top were clear and it was a really great adventure – I would thoroughly recommend this trip for families. – Sally Smart April 2022

 

On Monday we did the inland tour of Sete Cidades, cycling round the crater and kayaking on the lake. There was only our family and two guides, who were both really informative, and this was a fantastic introduction to the island. The cycle ride was suited to our level of cycling (not too hard!) and the kayaking was about the right length for us as it was a windy day. The views from the top were clear and it was a really great adventure – I would thoroughly recommend this trip for families. Sally Smart April 2022

 
Snorkelling in the Islet of Vila Franca & whale watching

Snorkelling in the Islet of Vila Franca & whale watching

Snorkel in the Islet of Vila Franca

Sao Miguel Island, Azores

Prices: Adult £90, Child £55

Tour operates from 01 July – 15 September 

You will board the RIB zodiac boat at the base and be taken along the coast to Vila Franca. During this activity you will have the opportunity to see some of many of the species of dolphin and whales that can be found in the Azores.  Although nature offers no guarantees whales and dolphins are regularly seen during our full day tours, along with turtles, sea birds and other marine life. You will be away from the main tourist boats as you travel further along the coast. Before the boat trip our biologists give you a briefing to explain which cetacean species can be observed, safety measures aboard, how we respect the animals and rules of observation at sea as well as some historical facts. After the 3-hour tour we stop in Vila Franca do Campo to have lunch in a local restaurant. 

Then we board a converted traditional fishing boat and head to Vila Franca do Campo Islet, a volcanic crater off the coast that encloses a natural lagoon where the sea is calm and there is beautiful coral, colourful fish and magical underwater world to discover. The islet is a natural reserve, so here you will be able to view the diversity of fish species that have been preserved due to this protection. 

(For ages 8yrs and over)

 Included in this tour: 

  • Return transfer from Ponta Delgada by boat or van 
  • Pre-tour briefing 
  • Life jacket  
  • Mask and snorkel 
  • Marine biologist or nature guide onboard 

Please note: This activity is only available during the summer season. If you wish to add it to your itinerary, just let us know at the time of booking. You can also add this tour to your holiday any time before departure and also at our boat base in the Azores (subject to availability. To avoid disappointment, we suggest booking additional tours by the balance due date 8 weeks before departure). 

Hiking and Cycling Tours

Hiking and Cycling Tours

Biking Tours

Sao Miguel Island, Azores

Prices: Adult £40, Child £20

On our full day tour, we explore the west side of São Miguel and the volcanic complex of Sete Cidades. Across a stretch of 25 km, you will have the opportunity to learn about the fauna, flora, history, volcanic formation of the island, and of course, you will hear the legendary love story behind the formation of the lake. Along the route, as we pedal across the rim of the crater, we have superb views over several lakes in the region as well as the adjacent coastline. Lunch will be set on the shore of the blue lake of Sete Cidades. At the end of the journey we stop in Ferraria where there is a magnificent ocean bathing area, where the salt water is heated from inside a volcanic fissure. 

TOUR INCLUDES – Nature guide – Mountain bike – Visit to the surrounding volcanic region of Sete Cidades – Visit to Ferarria – Picnic lunch (sandwich, cake, fruit, water, juice) – Pick up and drop off at the tourism office or your hotel. This tour is a full day tour so lasts 7.5 hours. The tour operator speaks English, German and Spanish. 

If you wish to add these to your itinerary, just let us know at the time of booking. You can also add this tour to your holiday any time before departure and also at our boat base in the Azores (subject to availability. To avoid disappointment, we suggest booking additional tours by the balance due date 8 weeks before departure). 

(For ages 8yrs and over)

Canyoning

Canyoning

Canyoning

Sao Miguel Island, Azores

Adult/child prices: £75 half day £110 full day

Jump, slide and abseil in a totally natural environment, descending along Canyoning (2) small streams that flow from the mountain top, completely surrounded by endemic forest (Note: min age 8yrs. Guests need to be able to swim) If you wish to add it to your itinerary, just let us know at the time of booking. You can also add this tour to your holiday any time before departure and also at our boat base in the Azores (subject to availability. To avoid disappointment, we suggest booking additional tours by the balance due date 8 weeks before departure). 

For safety purposes, this tours operation will bank on the conditions of the weather and where the activity takes place. Equipment will be provided such as a wetsuit and socks, top canyoning harness, group safety equipment, top canyoning shoes and helmet. The tour duration is 4.5 hours.  

 

Hiking Tours

Hiking Tours

Hiking Tours

Sao Miguel Island, Azores

Prices: Adult £40, Child £20

The tour duration is 3.5 hours, we don’t recommend attending this trip in particular if you suffer from any knee problems. Feel free to let us know of any concerns or questions about this. You will also be provided with walking sticks for support on the hike. 

We provide a range of walking tours of varied levels of difficulty and schedules to suit all abilities. Guests can visit the countryside and/or the seacoast. You will pass by lakes, waterfalls, hot water springs, mountains, forests, ancient volcano craters, ancient roads and wild beauty, enjoying the endemic fauna and flora. Trekking is also available in our programmes. We offer climbs on the more challenging mountainous terrain. The landscape of the island never fails to amaze! 

(Suitable for all ages)