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São Miguel: Full-Day Tour of Furnas Valley

4.8 / 5

29 reviews

Activity provider: OnTravel Azores

São Miguel: Full-Day Tour of Furnas Valley

Activity provider: OnTravel Azores

From US$ 59.92 per person

Explore as much as possible of São Miguel Island in one day, with stops at all the best views and experiences on the island. Visit the Furnas Lake and Terra Nostra Garden. Taste a stew cooked underground and experience a bath in the hot springs.

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Duration 8.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Portuguese
Pickup included
Hotel pick-up included from Ponta Delgada City center
Small group
Limited to 15 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit Gorreana Tea Factory to try two types of tea
  • Have a stunning view of Furnas Lake
  • Stroll through the Terra Nostra Garden
  • Take a dip in the hot springs
  • Eat a typical Furnas stew
Full description
Begin your tour with pickup at your hotel or accommodation. Leave Ponta Delgada and make your first stop at Vila France do Campo, the first capital of São Miguel located on the south coast. Here, taste the famous Queijada da Vila pastry, a type of cheesecake created by nuns. Next, head toward Furnas Valley and spot volcanic phenomena, known as fumaroles, near Furnas Lake as you arrive. Find out how the true gastronomic specialty of Azores, the famous Cozido das Furnas, or Furnas stew, is cooked. Follow this with a visit to the Terra Nostra Garden and have the opportunity to experience a thermal bath before lunch is served. After lunch, see more volcanic phenomena in Furnas village, as well as the fumaroles in a mix of hot and fresh waters, some with medicinal properties. On the way up to the mountains, stop to admire the amazing over Furnas Valley from Pico de Ferro's viewpoint. Then, visit the Gorrean tea plantation and its factory in Ribeira Grandes, on the north coast. Taste two kinds of tea found in São Miguel, black and green. Finally, make your last stop at Santa Iria's viewpoint to have a gorgeous view over the north coast. Take some photos and capture great memories before being dropped off back at your hotel or accommodation at the end of the tour.
Includes
  • Lunch with drinks, dessert and coffee
  • Entrance fee in Furnas Lake
  • Entrance fee in Gorreana Tea Factory
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Sunscreen
    • Comfortable clothes

    Not allowed

    • Pets
    • Smoking

    Know before you go

    • Please bring swimsuit for thermal bath experience
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 29 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.9/5
    • Transportation
      4.9/5
    • Value for money
      4.8/5

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    Beautiful tour of the valley and mountains of Furnas. You also get details from a guide that you wouldn't find out otherwise, and he really took good care of everyone involved. It would have been good if the description had said that you go to the thermal baths - we happened to have bathing suits with us, but it wasn't really clearly described

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    August 20, 2022

    Wonderful excursion, from the first moment our guide Joao made sure the day was great. You can tell he loves his job, he explained to us many things about the island, traditions, customs... He even stopped us in the middle of the road to try a ginger flower, typical of the island. It was a pleasure doing this tour with him.

    August 8, 2022

    I highly recommend this tour. Mario knows his island very well, especially the area of the volcano. We first ate queijadas, which were delicious. We have been on several miradouros where the views were magnificent. Mario is a very nice guide, who cares about our well-being. Not being able to eat the cozido, he directly found a solution for us instead. The Terra Nostra park is beautiful, there are also the thermal baths in it (10€/p). The caldera das Furnas and the city are very interesting, we can feel that the volcano is alive. We ended this excellent day with a good tea from the production plant itself. I highly recommend this agency!

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    July 12, 2022

    Product ID: 198910