Overview

Explore two of the Azores’ most beautiful islands on our Terceira & Sao Jorge guided walking holiday.

The island of Terceira is famed for it’s cultural festivals and it’s UNESCO-protected architecture. Less well-known are it’s fascinating volcanic landscapes, formed by centuries of overlapping eruptions. You’ll explore this protected nature reserve with our guides Tiago and Gabriele – they’ll lead you through island’s geological history, following the Rocha do Chambre trail and ancient lava flows which are gradually being claimed by the island’s plants and animals. You’ll also see where the land has been tamed (and sometimes lost) by the island’s human residents – hiking through the untenanted vineyards of Biscoitos: the remnants of Terceira’s once-flourishing wine industry.

You’ll find a very different landscape awaits you on Sao Jorge. Our guides Dina and Jorge will take you from the high rolling hills of Pico da Esperanca (1053m), via spectacular volcanic sea cliffs, down to the island’s famous fajas: the coastal plateaus which are home to the island’s charming white-washed villages.

The four walks we’ve suggested for our Terceira & Sao Jorge guided walking holiday are graded as moderate to hard, and are aimed more towards experienced walkers. If you prefer less-intense walks, it’s easy for us to include some great alternatives on both islands – just fill out one of our enquiry forms and we’ll call you for a chat.

 

Itinerary

You’ll begin your holiday by flying to the Azores - direct or via Lisbon. You’ll be transferred by our driver to your accommodation in Terceira's capital Angra de Heroismo.
For your first guided walk, you'll follow the Rocha do Chambre trail through the Reserva Florestal Natural da Ferraria, via Pico Alto and the Serra do Labacal (distance: 10km, approximate walking time: 4 to 5 hours, grade: moderate to hard).
Today's trail takes you up the north coast, through the woodlands and vineyards of Biscoitos (distance: 17km, approximate walking time: 4 to 5 hours, grade: moderate).
You'll be transferred to the airport for your flight to the island of Sao Jorge. You'll be collected by our driver for your transfer to your new accommodation in the main harbour town of Velas.
Your third walk takes you from the high the summits of Pico do Pedro and Pico da Esperanca, down to the north coast of the island to Faja do Ouvidor: home to one of the best natural swimming pools in the Azores - the Piscina Natural Simao Dias. (distance: 17km, approximate walking time: 5 hours, grading: moderate).
For your fourth and final walk, you’ll follow an ancient pyroclastic lava flow from Pico da Urze down to Faja dos Vimes on the south coast of the island (distance: 5.5km, approximate walking time: 2 to 3 hours, grading: difficult).
You’ll return to Terceira for your final afternoon and evening. Angra has some of the best restaurants in the Azores – we have a handy online guide to help you choose a venue for your last night on the islands.
You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

From £1500 per person

We can create a tailor-made holiday to suit your budget.

INCLUDED: international and inter-island flights, accommodation in twin/double en-suite rooms on a B&B basis, return airport transfers, two full-day guided walks on Terceira and two full-day guided walks on Sao Jorge.

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