Lisbon and Porto are two of the most visited cities in Portugal, and for good reason. Explore a medieval fortress in the middle of cosmopolitan Lisbon and sweeten your day with a port tasting in, well, Porto
Admire beautiful green pastures as you drive along roads bordered with flowers on your excursion to Capelinhos volcano.
Enjoy a whale watching tour on a small boat excursion with an experienced guide who’ll offer insights into the lives of these amazing creatures
Hike to the top of Pico de Pedro, the highest point in all of Portugal!
Explore Sao Miguel Island and enjoy a local Azore cuisine made using local produce.
There are two internal flights included on this trip. There are restrictions on the amount of luggage you can carry on these flights.
This trip includes some ferry rides between the islands. With temperamental weather, some of these ferry trips may be a little rocky.
On day 4 there is included walk up the Capelinhos Volcano. It isn’t too strenuous, but it will take couple of hours and will take you through the steep, winding paths. Good level of fitness and comfortable footwear will certainly help to enjoy the walk.
On day 7 we will hike through Sao Jorge Island. Again, it isn’t a hard walk, but same applies; good footwear and reasonable level of fitness can only help.
Lisbon has a lot to offer but this trip is only there for a day. Please allow extra time for your own discoveries at the end of the trip if you would like to explore this beautiful city in depth.
Cobblestones are common in Portuguese cities and you may prefer to bring a backpack instead of a rigid wheelie suitcase. It's also important not to exceed the luggage weight and size recommendations. You can find this information in the 'What To Take' section of the Essential Trip Information below.
If you’ve arrived early, perhaps take some time to explore a city revered as one of Portugal’s most romantic. You could wander through the medieval riverside district, try to find the impressive Porto Cathedral or even hunt down some of the city’s brilliant smoked meats before meeting up with your group in the evening.
Begin the trip by visiting Arruda’s Pineapple Plantation located at Faja de Baixo. These glass greenhouses often take two years to grow the delicious fruit within – there might be an opportunity to snack on some during the visit. Next, travel past three sandy black beaches along the south coast while travelling by private transport before arriving at the city of Lagoa for a pottery demonstration. Depart for the other side of the mountain to the volcano of Fogo, enjoying spectacular views of the west-facing landscape. At the top of Pico da Barossa, stand in awe as you look down at Fogo’s caldera, home to a lake of the same name. After romping through a few more calderas, volcanic landscapes and vibrant plant-life, stop at picturesque downtown Ribera Grande for lunch.
As the evening rolls in, enjoy a farewell dinner with the group. As far as Azorean cuisine goes, try to get cozido if you can ¬– this must have meat stew consisting of pork, beef, chicken, sausage and vegetables is typically cooked underground by a volcanic stream. Try cook that, Jamie Oliver.