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The Azores - Islands and Volcanoes - Self-Guided Leisure Cycling Holiday

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Choose your own dates! Explore the 'Hawaii of Europe' by bike. Our varied holiday explores, coast, volcanoes and even...whales!

Holiday Highlights

  • Taking in the stunning Blue and Green Lake of Sete Cidades
  • Enjoying the natural swimming pools and the fishing port at Lagoa
  • Sampling tasty Cozido de Furnas at Caldeiras da Lagoa
  • Cycling the trails of the Tronqueira forests
  • Sipping tea at the Gorreana Tea Plantation
  • Bathing in the thermal pools of Ferraria

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Day Description Distance Meals
1 Arrival into Ponta Delgada airport - Transfer to Ponta Delgada    
2 Ribeira Grande Loop Ride 16 Miles / 26 Kms Approx. B  
3 Sete Cidades Loop Ride 18 Miles / 29 Kms Approx. B  
4 Rest Day - Whale Watching / Jeep Safari / Optional Cycling   B  
5 Ponta Delgada to Caloura 12 Miles / 20 Kms Approx. B  
6 Furnas Lake and Caldeiras da Lagoa Loop Ride 10 Miles / 16 Kms Approx. B  
7 Salto do Cavalo to Nordeste 18 Miles / 29 Kms Approx. B  
8 Departure from Ponta Delgada - Transfer to Ponda Delgada airport   B  

Meals: B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner | Please keep in mind the distances and ascent information provided are intended to be indicative and may vary from the actuals due to accommodation changes or when compared on different GPS devices and software

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Holiday Information

A self-guided cycling holiday in the Azores, the most westerly point of Europe. The volcanic origins of the islands are reflected in the mountains and valleys covered by a rich and varied vegetation, lakes in ancient volcano craters, natural swimming pools by the sea, black sandy beaches, active steaming fumaroles and thermal hot water cascades and fountains. 
Your trip begins in Ponta Delgada, situated on the largest of the Azores islands, Sao Miguel, or as it is more commonly known, The Green Island. It is here that you will spend your first few days exploring the trails on the west side of the island, including the volcanic complex of Sete Cidades, with its amazing Blue and Green lakes and the heated pools of Ferraria. 
We have scheduled in an optional non-cycling day and with the Azores being famous for whales and dolphins, you can swap your cycling shades for binoculars and head out on a boat for a spot of whale watching. There is also the option of a jeep safari to Fogo Lake and to Caldeira Velha - a hot waterfall where it's possible to take a dip.
In the second part of the week you will visit the village of Furnas, from where you are well placed to experience the volcanic origins of the Island around Furnas Lake, Caldeiras da Lagoa and the fumaroles, as well as taking time to explore the botanical gardens. Your final day ends the trip in style - lovely cycling, amazing views over the whole island and the ocean, and a visit to the Gorreana Tea plantation.
We also have a fully guided version of this tour available, contact us for more details. Please note that on 4 out of 5 days of cycling we have longer distances available; please contact us if you would like any more information about these longer routes. 

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Duration: 8 days
Return: 08/01/2050

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Holiday Details

Season 1: 23/03 – 03/05 – £910 pp

Season 2: 04/05 – 12/05 – £1070 pp

Season 1: 13/05 – 31/05 – £910 pp

Season 2: 01/06 – 30/09 – £1070 pp

Season 1: 01/10 – 31/10 – £910 pp

2 centre based

7 nights hotels

5 days of cycling

1 optional day of riding

Breakfast provided


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Minimum 2 people

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Last Updated: 23/06/2016