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During your trip, you will cycle for 4 to 6 days with distances from 25 - 30km each day and some gradients but nothing too steep. Highlights along the way include seeing the dramatic lava coastline, popping in for wine tastings at the cooperatives, visiting the whaling museums, taking a trip out to see the whales and dolphins and of course, glorious views of Mt Pico (weather depending!). 

Pete Coombs, writing for Active Traveller magazine, took his young family on this trip. See his entertaining article about it here.

Comments

Bikes were fantastic, well looked after. We really enjoyed the trip.  We did lots of detours, both yours and our own.  A great way to explore the Island. Found most drivers very courteous.

Mr & Mrs Butler, Sheffield

Superb - day two was difficult in places.

Mr Anderson, Bedford

Great cycling on Pico with lovely guesthouses to stay in. Excellent seafood and local wines.

Ms John, Bath

Accommodation

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Activities included


Itinerary

Day 1 Fly London to Faial. Transfer to your accommodation in Horta (20mins).  Overnight Hotel do Canal
Day 2 Ferry from Faial to Pico (30mins). Cycle to São Roque (25km). Overnight Casa das Barcas
Day 3 Cycle to Piedade (25km). Overnight O Zimbreiro
Day 4 Rides around Piedade. Overnight O Zimbreiro
Day 5 Cycle to Lajes (25km). Overnight Residencial Whalecome ao Pico
Day 6 3 hour whale and dolphin watching trip. Overnight Residencial Whalecome ao Pico
Day 7 Cycle to Madalena (30km). Ferry from Pico to Faial (30mins). Overnight Hotel do Canal
Day 8 Transfer to airport. Fly Faial to London
             

Prices & Dates

2014

Month Price Notes
Jan£894Based on flights from Heathrow via Lisbon
Feb£894Based on flights from Heathrow via Lisbon
Mar£894Based on flights from Heathrow via Lisbon
Apr£925Based on flights from Heathrow via Lisbon
May£931Based on flights from Heathrow via Lisbon
Jun£972Based on flights from Heathrow via Lisbon
Jul£999Based on flights from Heathrow via Lisbon
Aug£999Based on flights from Heathrow via Lisbon
Sep£972Based on flights from Heathrow via Lisbon
Oct£906Based on flights from Heathrow via Lisbon
Nov£894Based on flights from Heathrow via Lisbon
Dec£894Based on flights from Heathrow via Lisbon

Price Info

Prices are per person on B&B sharing basis and include airport and luggage transfers, bike hire, maps and route notes, 3 hour whale and dolphin watching trip (Apr-Oct) or guided taxi tour of Pico (Nov-Mar), flights and airport taxes (guide price only), pre-departure information booklet. Prices do not include meals (other than breakfast), excursions, Faial/Pico ferry (£4pp), travel insurance.


Useful Information

What to take:
Waterproof, cycle helmet, cycle gloves, water bottle/camelback, sunblock etc.

Minimum age:
None, but the smallest frame size is 15 inch

Duration:
7 nights

Accommodation:
Hotel do Canal, Casa das Barcas, O Zimbreiro, Residencial Whalecome ao Pico

Bike type:
Trek 7.2 FX - Frame sizes 20 inch Trek 7300 FX - Frame sizes 17.5 inch Trek 7.1 FX - Frame sizes 15 inch

Equipment provided:
Route maps and notes, tool kit and pump, rear pannier rack, handle bar bag and bike lock, standard pedals (we have 2 sets of cleats if you prefer these)

Operates:
All year

Getting to the Azores: 

From the UK:  Direct flights - Saturdays (Gatwick) April to October.  Also, daily scheduled services via Lisbon

From Mainland Europe : There are weekly direct flights from Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen.  Also, daily scheduled services via Lisbon from most European cities

From the USA and Canada : There are twice weekly direct flights both Boston and Toronto.  Also, daily scheduled services via Lisbon

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