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!
- 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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|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
For more information download our trip notes
For more information download our trip notes
We always recommend Skedaddle!
This holiday exceeded our expectations. It was a holiday that combined cycling with amazing views of the island with other activities such as swimming and visiting interesting island features. Technically this was a self-guided tour, but much of our enjoyment was due to our excellent support guide, who kept us entertained and informed with all sorts of island information and suggestions. He also was very accommodating and catered to our schedule and interests. The services provided by Saddle Skedaddle were excellent. All the accommodations were comfortable and the staff were very friendly. We enjoyed the variety of terrain that we were on: smooth pavements, cobblestones, and gravel roads. Day 2 was our favourite day. We had views of the crater and the Atlantic ocean which were spectacular. The trip notes were excellent and provided us with a good feel for what to expect. Booking was easy and all our questions were answered promptly. We often have chats with our friends about our cycling trips, and we always recommend Skedaddle to handle all the arrangements.
The best guide we have ever had!
We have travelled all over the world on sporting, tourist and business trips. Our guide, Nuno, in the Azores was the best we have ever had. He was knowledgeable and passionate about the Azores and its culture, nothing was too much trouble for him and he was always helpful and enthusiastic. He aded greatly to our enjoyment of the holiday.
Great balance of challenges and relaxation time!
This time around I described the trip to my lads as “a holiday with cycling rather than a cycling holiday.” If you want lots of KM then you may want a different experience. For me this was perfect as we were taken from our hotel to a cycling point and then delivered back to our hotel at a time of our choosing, which meant that on each day we always wound down over a long lazy lunch rather than in the next hotel room. Sometimes cycling hotel to hotel can mean you miss out on the sights and scenery. This was perfect as it had enough challenges but was balanced with relaxation time.
The circuit of the crater Sete Cidades was pretty mind-blowing, but we also loved the final ride to Nordeste on the gravel track. We loved the representative, Paulo – very friendly and helpful. Always where and when he said he was going to be.
Exceptional level of service!
I wouldn’t normally bother with a survey of this sort but on this occasion I feel I must owing to the exceptional level of service provided by your representatives Nuno and Ines.
They brought the island alive to us with their knowledge of all aspects of life on Sao Miguel and made us feel at home with their warmth, humour and kindness. They are fantastic ambassadors for your company and I would not hesitate to recommend Skedaddle to anybody considering a holiday with you.
The service made my holiday...
The representative was fantastic, knowledgable, kind, experienced, considerate and he knew when to tell you things without intruding. Nothing was too much trouble for him, and he went out of his way to make the holiday a success. I would recommend him and his company to anyone, and use them again. They brought the Islands to life.
Brian, West Sussex
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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
Route notes and maps provided
Minimum 2 people
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Last Updated: 23/06/2016