Highlights of the Azores

7 Days | Discover a new side to Portugal on this Atlantic adventure

4.9 out of 5 based on 18 reviews submitted.
USD $2,590
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Although modern Portugal can be credited for its contributions to art, architecture and world-class dining, there’s a distant remnant of the Old Empire lying far from the mainland. From the rolling blue hydrangeas of Faial, the steep cliffs of Sao Jorge and the black volcanic soil under the vineyards of Pico, the Azores offer a delightful insight into both island and Portuguese living. Discover a new side to ancient Portugal on this island-hopping Atlantic adventure.

Trip overview

Map of Highlights Of The Azores including Portugal
Sao Miguel, Portugal
Faial Island, Portugal
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
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This trip generates 35.74 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Uncover the wonders of Sao Miguel on a day tour of the island, from plantations of tea and pineapples to an active volcano and some truly memorable viewpoints.
  • Step out for a spectacular hike around the Caldeira Santo Cristo on Sao Jorge Island – the cinematic views of the island’s colourful and diverse landscape are sure to stop you in your tracks.
  • Check out the lava tunnels on Pico Island, visit a family-owned distillery and learn about life on the island over a tasting of their products and be amazed by the stunning UNESCO-listed landscape of Pico's vineyards.
  • Travel to the island of Faial, visit the island's resident volcano, Capelinhos, and learn about how its last eruption in 1957 dramatically changed the landscape of the island.
  • Experience a lunch like no other – a ‘Cozido das Furnas’ is a delicious stew cooked underground by steam from a volcano.

Is this trip right for you?
  • There is an internal flight included on this trip. In order for our local operator to be able to buy tickets we need your passport details preferably at the time of booking, but at least 6 weeks prior to the trip's departure. Please note that this internal flight has a luggage limit of 20kg. Please pack accordingly as exceeding this limit may incur additional charges at the airport.
  • This trip includes some ferry rides between the islands. With temperamental weather, some of these ferry trips may be a little rocky.
  • This trip does not require any physical preparation, however, a good level of fitness will be an advantage. The Azores are a natural wonderland and the best way to discover them is on foot. There are few included walks and lots of opportunities to discover the islands further in your free time.
  • On this trip you must pack as lightly as possible because you will be expected to carry your own bag and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we strongly recommend keeping the weight between 15kg / 33lb. Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps to accommodate the cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs and steps you are likely to encounter while carrying your luggage. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2024 to 31 December 2024.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2023 - 31 December 2023

Map of Highlights Of The Azores including Portugal



6 breakfasts, 2 lunches


Plane, Ferry, Private vehicle, On foot, Taxi


Hotel (4 nights), Guesthouse (2 nights)

  • Sao Miguel - Island Day Tour
  • Sao Miguel - Arruda’s Pineapple Plantation at Faja de Baixo
  • Sao Miguel - Cozido das Furnas Lunch
  • Sao Miguel - Tea Plantation Visit & Tasting
  • Sao Miguel - Miradouro do Pico do Ferro & Miradouro de Santa Iria
  • Sao Jorge - Hike to Caldeira do Santo Cristo with Picnic Lunch
  • Sao Jorge - Visit to Bakery or Local Market
  • Faial - Capelinhos Volcano Interpretation Centre
  • Pico Island - Day Trip
  • Pico Island - Liqueur Tasting
  • Pico Island - Criacao Velha Vineyards UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Pico Island - Arcos do Cachorro (Lava tunnels)
Add on activities
  • Sao Miguel – Caldeiras da Lagoa das Furnas Geothermal Pool - EUR3
  • Sao Miguel - Lagoa das Sete Cidades - Free
  • Sao Miguel - Museu Carlos Machado - EUR2
  • Pico Island - Whale Watching Excursion - EUR62

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please note that due to the small properties we use in Europe there is only a limited amount of single supplements available per trip departure. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport) for internal flight tickets. Fees may apply for amendments to details within 6 weeks of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing new tickets.
3. The luggage limit for airlines we use for the domestic flights on this trip is 20kg. Exceeding this limit will incur an excess baggage charge, payable by the traveller. However, we must stress that due to the adventurous nature of this trip and the amount of public transport we use on it, this limit far exceeds Intrepid's recommended luggage weight for this tour (15kg).

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4.9 out of 5 based on 18 reviews submitted.
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Sara · Traveled August 2023
This is an amazing way to see many different aspects of the Azores. The natural beauty is breathtaking. This is a stress-free way to explore a unique and spectacular destination.
Review submitted 22 Aug 2023

Jessica · Traveled July 2023
The Highlights of the Azores was a magical tour- perfect for my family's first Intrepid adventure. Our guide, Maria Craveiro, was outstanding! Her sense of adventure and enthusiasm for travel was infectious. In a week, we were able to sightsee, smell, taste, and feel the uniqueness of these islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean with an eclectic group of folks from around the world. I am truly grateful for the experience.
Review submitted 10 Jul 2023

Ryan · Traveled July 2023
Our tour of the Azores was amazing! Our tour guide, Maria, was very approachable and knowledgeable, and very organized. She set the tone for the group and made sure we were all enjoying ourselves and getting what we wanted out of the experience. This was my first Intrepid tour and I am very impressed with how well it was coordinated and executed. There was a little bit of everything, which meant everyday was interesting. And the Azores are spectacular! I highly recommend this tour!
Review submitted 10 Jul 2023

judith · Traveled July 2023
Beautiful islands - we visited 3 and each was unique. Nature at it's best. Geology, plants and animals were abundant Maria was a great leader. Organized and attentive.
Review submitted 12 Jul 2023

Karen · Traveled July 2023
The Azores are a fascinating group of islands and this Intrepid tour is a great introduction to them. Our leader Maria made the trip a memorable experience.
Review submitted 14 Jul 2023
Highlights of the Azores
USD $2,590