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Hiking the Azores: A Nature Lover’s Paradise

Learn about the Azores’ island beauty as you join expert naturalists on hikes to the woodlands, thermal spring pools, caves and volcanic landscapes of Europe’s best-kept secret.
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Azores

Hiking the Azores: A Nature Lover’s Paradise

Learn about the Azores’ island beauty as you join expert naturalists on hikes to the woodlands, thermal spring pools, caves and volcanic landscapes of Europe’s best-kept secret.
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10 days
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At a Glance

Lush, green landscapes as far as your eye can see. Waterfalls pouring into cool lakes. Soft footprints along black sand beaches and steamy thermal pools surrounding epic craters. Welcome to the Azores: An adventurer’s wonderland filled with colorful nature, beautiful birds and unspoiled scenery. Join naturalists on hikes through this remote archipelago to learn about its treasures along narrow paths, inside fascinating caves, through botanical gardens and alongside natural pools. Nicknamed “Hawaii of the Mid-Atlantic” for its unreal, verdant landscapes, explore the Azores on foot to uncover the precious secrets of this natural paradise.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Walking up to 5 miles a day on sometimes uneven terrain with elevations up to 2,460 feet.
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Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Join a naturalist as you walk inside Algar do Carvao, a one-of-a-kind ancient magma chamber.
  • Venture around a volcanic crater to “Vista do Rei” (The King’s View) and marvel at the Twin Lakes and Sete Cidades town below.
  • Immerse yourself in 31 acres of gardens, grottoes, streams and thermal pools as you explore the world renowned Terra Nostra Botanical Park.
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Pedro Cordeiro
Pedro Cordeiro has a bachelor’s degree in sales and marketing from the University of the Azores. He also attended a two-year exchange program in Spain under Erasmus sponsorship, and has earned a degree in public relations and communication from the University of the Azores. In 2011, after a number of years in the hospitality industry, Pedro became a full-time Group Leader in order to share his love for the outdoors. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and has a good knowledge of French.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Daniel Torres has worked with Road Scholar programs in the Azores since 2017. He started his professional career as a site coordinator in Barcelona in 1997 before going on to lead programs in Spain, Portugal, and Brazil. Born and raised in London, he moved to Rio de Janeiro at the age of 24 and worked for 14 years as a singer-songwriter, writing and recording music for Brazilian television and movie projects. Daniel is fluent in English and Portuguese and teaches English as a foreign language.
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Pedro Cordeiro View biography
Pedro Cordeiro has a bachelor’s degree in sales and marketing from the University of the Azores. He also attended a two-year exchange program in Spain under Erasmus sponsorship, and has earned a degree in public relations and communication from the University of the Azores. In 2011, after a number of years in the hospitality industry, Pedro became a full-time Group Leader in order to share his love for the outdoors. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and has a good knowledge of French.
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Filipe Lourenço View biography
Filipe Lourenço was born on Terceira Island. His passion for nature and outdoor activities stems from his childhood, surrounded by the island’s lush beauty. He graduated as a Nature Guide from the University of the Azores, where he expanded and consolidated his knowledge of the archipelago’s natural and cultural heritage, then became one of the first specialized hiking guides on Terceira. Filipe has dedicated his life to sharing his local landscapes with visitors from around the globe and has worked with Road Scholar since 2019.
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The Tenth Island
by Diana Marcum
Print Length: 240 pages Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1503941310 Publisher: Little A (August 1, 2018) Publication Date: August 1, 2018 Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC Language: English ASIN: B078974QZV An Amazon Charts Most Read book Listed on The New York Times‘s Holiday Book Suggestions gift guide Featured on The New York Times’s “52 Books for 52 Places” From a Pulitzer Prize–winning writer comes an exuberant memoir of personal loss and longing, and finding connection on the remote Azorean islands of the Atlantic Ocean. Reporter Diana Marcum is in crisis. A long-buried personal sadness is enfolding her—and her career is stalled—when she stumbles upon an unusual group of immigrants living in rural California. She follows them on their annual return to the remote Azores islands in the Atlantic Ocean, where bulls run down village streets, volcanoes are active, and the people celebrate festas to ease their saudade, a longing so deep that the Portuguese word for it can’t be fully translated. Years later, California is in a terrible drought, the wildfires seem to never end, and Diana finds herself still dreaming of those islands and the chuva—a rain so soft you don’t notice when it begins or ends. With her troublesome Labrador retriever, Murphy, in tow, Diana returns to the islands of her dreams only to discover that there are still things she longs for—and one of them may be a most unexpected love.
Natural History of the Azores, or Western Islands-
by Frederick Du Cane Godman
Paperback: 371 pages Language: English ISBN-10: 1402165293 ISBN-13: 978-1402165290 Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.1 x 21 cm
Baleia! The whalers of the Azores
by Bernard Venables
Hardcover: 206 pages Language: English ISBN-10: 0370003845 ISBN-13: 978-0370003849 Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.4 x 3 cm
: Rother Walking Guide Paperback
by Roman Martin
The Azores, previously known primarily in connection with weather maps, has drawn more and more visitors in recent years. Nine different islands of volcanic origin belong to this archipelago, which, politically, belongs to Portugal. Corvo, the smallest of the Azores, measures only 17 square kilometres, compared to São Miguel at 757. The island of Pico contains the highest mountain of Portugal, which bears the same name as the island and stands at 2351 m. Sheer coasts and white beaches, picturesque fishing villages, wonderful lakes, lots of wind and a rich array of flowers attract island enthusiasts with a yearning for exploration. The author, Dr. Hannelore Schmitz, has selected a variety of 40 tours for this Rother Walking Guide, spanning from the largest to the smallest of the Azores. The diverse range stretches from coastal walks with the option of bathing, to walks around Caldiera and island crossings, to an ascent of Pico. On the island of São Jorge, the Fajãs, with their fertile plains at sea level, surrounded by cliffs, are especially inviting for walking. Blessed by the climate, even tropical fruit thrives in some of these flourishing gardens. The tour recommendations of this handy walking guide, described in detail, are generously illustrated with colour photos. For easy orientation, each walk is accompanied by a map excerpt on a scale of 1:50,000. Comprehensive introductory chapters familiarise the reader with this exciting archipelago, and several tips on special features and sights complete this excellent guide, which is a must in your suitcase. Paperback: 264 pages Publisher: Rother; 2016 edition (10 May 2016) Language: English, German ISBN-10: 3763348182 ISBN-13: 978-3763348183 Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 1.5 x 16.5 cm
Saudade
by Miriam Winthrop
Paperback: 360 pages Language: English ISBN-10: 0615982735 ISBN-13: 978-0615982731 Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
History of the Azores
by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN-10: 1511516097 ISBN-13: 978-1511516099 Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
The Azores, or Western Islands: A Political, Commercial and Geographical Account
by Walter Frederick
ISBN-10: 1334250421 ISBN-13: 978-1334250422
Walking on the Azores
by Paddy Dilan
Walking on the Azores 70 routes across Sao Miguel, Santa Maria, Terceira, Graciosa, Sao Jorge, Pico, Faial, Flores and Corvo Guidebook to 70 walks on the Azores, a remote archipelago in the North Atlantic Ocean. Most of the walks are easy or moderate, with a few graded difficult. The selection is spread across all nine islands, offering much variety, from easy village-to-village walks to remote and mountainous walks, including Portugal's highest mountain, Pico. From Amazon: A comprehensive guide to walking in the Portuguese Azores, an archipelago of nine lush green islands in the North Atlantic Ocean. The 70 routes cover the three island groups: the Eastern Group (Sao Miguel and Santa Maria), Central Group (Terceira, Graciosa, Sao Jorge, Pico and Faial) and Western Group (Flores and Corvo). Routes range from hour-long strolls to full-day outings and most use the islands' network of official waymarked trails, including sections of the multi-day GR1. Also included is an ascent of Pico, the highest mountain on Portuguese territory. The guidebook gives lots of practical information on travel to the Azores and between the different islands, as well as getting around by public transport. Full route descriptions are accompanied by 1:50,000 map extracts, plus notes on refreshment opportunities and local points of interest. The routes promise verdant green landscapes and astounding volcanic landforms, taking in forests, rocky slopes, cliff coast and waterfalls as well as a rich built heritage including churches, forts, windmills and harbours. Whether you prefer a single-base trip or an island-hopping adventure, you'll find stunning scenery at every turn. The mild climate makes this an ideal destination for year-round walking. ISBN 9781852849085 Availability Not Yet Published Available 15 Nov 2019 Edition First Pages 296 Size 17.2 x 11.6 x 1.7cm cicerone.co.uk/walking-on-the-azores
Plants and flowers of the Azores
by Erik Sjögren
transklated by David Sayers (Author), Ben Fogle (Foreword) Paperback – 1191 pages
Azores: Nine Islands, One History
by Susana Goulart Costa
Paperback Language: English ISBN-10: 0981933602 ISBN-13: 978-0981933603 Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15 x 2.5 cm
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10 days
9 nights
23 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive Terceira, Check-in, Orientation, Angra do Heroismo
Angra do Heroismo
B,D
HOTEL CRUZEIRO

Activity note: Meet the Road Scholar Group Leader after proceeding through customs. Getting on/off a bus; driving about 13 miles, approximately 3/4 hour, to Angra do Heroísmo. Walking up to 2 miles; about 1.5 hours; mostly level terrain, some inclindes, urban streets, cobblestone sidewalks, steps up/down. Hotel check-in from 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast: At the hotel for those who arrive in time (until 10:00 a.m.).

Morning: Early check-in available. Take time to freshen up, unpack, and relax. Those who would like to take a walk around the area are welcome to do so before our Orientation session at 2:00 p.m.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to have what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: Orientation: 2:00 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. On each of the islands, we will be joined by expert hikers with specialties in relevant areas of interest. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Next, we’ll set out on a walking field trip with our Group Leader and a local historian to become familiar with the neighborhood of Angra do Heroísmo, a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site. From the UNESCO inscription: “Situated on the mid-Atlantic island of Terceira within the Portuguese Autonomous Region of the Azores (RAA), Angra do Heroísmo was an obligatory port of call for the fleets of equatorial Africa and of the East and West Indies routes during their voyages to and from Europe from the 15th century until the advent of steamships in the 19th century.” We will also note place of interest such as banks and ATMs, phamarcies, etc., along the route.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
3
Baías da Agualva Hike, Algar do Carvão
Angra do Heroismo
B,L,D
HOTEL CRUZEIRO

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus; driving about 35 miles, approximately 1.5 hours. Hiking about 2.5 miles (4km), approximately 2.5 hours; some steep ascents/descents, concrete paths, loose rocks, rocky terrain, grass pastures. At Algar do Carvão, 338 stone steps descending 330 feet (100 meters). For detailed trail information, visit http://trails.visitazores.com/en/trails-azores/terceira/baias-da-agualva.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will board a bus and ride to the northern part of the island where we will begin an expert-led hike on the Baías da Agualva (Agualva Bays) trail. This is one of the most beautiful trails in the area with panoramic views of its bays down below, the cliffs portraying in the landscape the result of volcanic activity on the island. As we hike along the edge of basaltic cliffs, we will view not only the coastal contour, but also the resident flora and fauna, especially bird life. This is a popular trail with bird enthusiasts throughout the year, especially during the migrating season when it is possible to spot the variety of endemic as well as migrating birds coming to breed at the Bay of Pigeons.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Reboarding the bus, we will take a short drive to the Algar do Carvão, a volcanic vent in the central part of the island. Our local expert will explain the importance of this cave and take us inside where you will have a set time to explore on our own. One of the most amazing features is the lava tube cave with more than 300 steps built inside down to the heart of the ancient volcanic magma chamber. At the bottom of the cave, there is a serene lake. There are stopping places along the way. NOTE: Everyone is welcome to proceed at their own pace before returning to the top at the announced time. For those who wish to make it all the way to the lake at the bottom, remember that what goes down must come up. On time! We will return to the hotel after our field trip.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Monte Brasil Trail Hike, Free Time, Lecture
Angra do Heroismo
B,L
HOTEL CRUZEIRO

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus or taxis; driving about 2 miles, approximately 1/4 hour. Hiking up to 3.5 miles (5.5 km) approximately 2.5 hours; natural forest trails, approximately 640 feet (195 meters) above sea level, some ascents/descents, urban streets, cobblestone sidewalks. For detailed trail information, visit http://trails.visitazores.com/en/trails-azores/terceira/monte-brasil.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Our next hiking field trip will be along the Monte Brasil trail. We will hop aboard the bus and drive past the Fortress of Sao Joao Batista to the highest point of the mountain. At the Pico do Facho viewpoint, we will begin the trail. During the hike, we will learn about the historical importance of the island while enjoying panoramic views of Angra do Heroísmo, We’ll also have a privileged view of the Atlantic Ocean from an old whaling look-out point and former World War II station. Descending to the town below, we will walk along the sea front before stopping for lunch.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will have some time for independent exploration in Angra do Heroísmo before regrouping at the end of the afternoon. We will meet our Group Leader at a designated time and place and make our way to a local museum for a presentation on thermal resources of the Azores.

Dinner: On your own to have what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the evening is at leisure. Prepare for check-out and our flight to Ponta Delgada tomorrow.

DAY
5
Biscoitos Thermal Pools, Fly to Ponta Delgada
Ponta Delgada
B,L,D
HOTEL MARINA ATLANTICO

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus; driving about 35 miles, approximately 1.5 hours. Getting on/off aircraft; flight time approximately 3/4 hour. Walking about 3 miles, approximately 1.5 hours; mostly level terrain.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we will board the bus and ride to the starting point of the cultural trail of Biscoitos via the village of the same name, known for its long wine-growing tradition and unique thermal sea pools resulting from underground volcanic springs. We will walk along and through the coastal vineyards. At the public thermal pools, we will have an opportunity to take a dip before returning to the hotel.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will ride to the Terceira airport and check-in for our flight to Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel Island. Upon arrival, we will ride to the hotel and check in.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Lomba da Maia, Praia da Viola Hike, Ponta Delgada
Ponta Delgada
B,L,D
HOTEL MARINA ATLANTICO

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus; driving about 50 miles, approximately 1.5 hours. Hiking about 3 miles (5 km), approximately 2.5 hours; steep ascents/descents, concrete roads; dirt paths, loose rocks, sandy beach, stone steps. City walk approximately 2 miles (3.5 km), approximately 1.5 hours; mostly level terrain, cobbled stone sidewalks. For detailed trail information, visit http://trails.visitazores.com/en/trails-azores/sao-miguel/praia-da-viola.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will ride to the village of Lomba da Maia where we will be dropped off. Starting the hike at an altitude of approximately 820 feet (250 meters), we will begin our descent down the village road towards the Praia da Viola beach below. As we walk through the local community, we will pass by the Senhora da Afliçao Baroque-style church and farming fields with lush vegetation. We’ll learn about the local flora and how and why some of the more exotic species came to the island. Our hike will take us along streams that lead to the ocean. We’ll survey the ruins of old water mills that were once used to grind cereals and corn to make bread for local communities. As we contemplate impressive views of the ocean, we’ll slowly make our way up from Viola Beach to the town of Maia where we will end before lunch.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will board the bus to return to Ponta Delgada for an expert-led walk around the town. As we go, we’ll learn about the city’s most important landmarks including the local Municipal Market, the Portas da Cidade (City Gates), and the sanctuary of Senhor Santo Cristo that houses the most important religious icon on the island. Our walk will end at the Fortress of Sao Bras, home of the Military Museum. The remainder of the afternoon is free.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Miradouro Vista Do Rei, Sete Cidades Hike, Twin Lakes
Ponta Delgada
B,L
HOTEL MARINA ATLANTICO

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus; driving about 42 miles, approximately 1.5 hours. Hiking about 4 miles (6.5 km), approximately 3 hours; mostly level, dirt path, earth and gravel terrain, minor inclines, steps. For detailed trail information, visit http://trails.visitazores.com/en/trails-azores/sao-miguel/vista-do-rei-sete-cidades.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will board the bus and ride to Miradouro da Grota do Inferno for panoramic views over the four lagoons inside the crater of Sete Cidades. A massive volcanic crater measuring more than three miles wide, it contains four large lakes and is home to one of the island’s most iconic viewpoints, the Vista do Rei (King’s View). Some of São Miguel’s most beautiful scenery is located within the crater, including the Twin Lakes and the Grota do Inferno. Reboarding the bus, we will drive down to the village for lunch.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Back aboard the bus, we will take a short drive to the start of the next trail. We’ll hike up and around the rim of the impressive Sete Cidades crater with the village on one side and the ocean on the other, learning as we go about the local flora before ending the trail at the Miradouro da Vista do Rei and look out on to the Twin Lakes below. We will ride back to the hotel after our field trip with some time to freshen up and relax. Then we’ll gather for a presentation and tasting of local cheeses and wines.

Dinner: On your own to have what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions, during a wine and cheeses tasting, as well reviewing instructions for tomorrow’s departure.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
8
Furnas Research Center & Hot Springs, Terra Nostra Garden
Furnas -Sao Miguel
B,L,D
Terra Nostra Garden Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus; driving about 1.5 hours, approximately 30 miles. Hiking about 3 miles (5 km), approximately 2.5 hours; mostly level terrain, forest trails, dirt paths, small steps. For detailed trail information, visit http://trails.visitazores.com/en/trails-azores/sao-miguel/furnas.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will check out of the hotel and set out by bus to the town of Furnas. Reaching the shores of Furnas Lake, we will pass by the Chapel of Nossa Senhora das Vitorias and the Mata José do Canto Garden on our way to the renowned Furnas Monitoring and Research Center (CMIF). The center was founded in 2011 to promote the actions of ecological preservation work undertaken in the area. We will learn from one of their experts about the work being done and watch a video presentation. Next, we will set out on the hiking trails around Furnas Lake, ending at the fumaroles. There, we’ll watch the retrieval of our lunch, the famous Azorean delicacy, known as cozido. This varied selection of meats or fish with vegetables is layered in a big pot and lowered into underground holes for up to six hours where volcanic steams will cook the food. Back aboard the bus, we’ll ride a short distance to Caldeiras das Furnas. We will walk around the area, learning, observing, and exploring the different types of thermal springs. We will also have an opportunity to sample some of the 32 varieties of the local spring water. We’ll then ride on to the Terra Nostra Garden Hotel.

Lunch: At the hotel restaurant, we will have the traditional cozido meal we saw being retrieved earlier. The meat and vegetables cook together for hours. The gravy comes from the natural juices of the ingredients.

Afternoon: Next, we will gather in the hotel lobby for a walk with a local botanical expert through the Hotel Terra Nostra private gardens and thermal pools. We’ll then check in to our rooms. The remainder of the afternoon is free. You might like to enjoy the hotel spa facilities, take a dip in one of the thermal pools, or stroll around the Terra Nostra Park that is closed to the public in the evening and reserved for hotel guests.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Sanguinho Hike, Terra Nostra Garden Thermal Pools
Furnas -Sao Miguel
B,L,D
Terra Nostra Garden Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus; driving about 30 miles, approximately 1.5 hours. Hiking about 4 miles (5 km), approximately 3 hours; forest trails, dirt paths, loose rocks, wooden foot bridges, narrow paths, uneven ground, cobblestone paths, steep ascents/descents; elevation 164/820 feet (50m/250 meters). For detailed trail information, visit http://trails.visitazores.com/en/trails-azores/sao-miguel/sanguinho.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will ride the bus to the village of Faial da Terra and set out hiking along the Sanguinho Trail. Following the stream through the entrance to the forest, we will begin our ascent with hiking instructors. We will traverse a short, narrow, cliff-edge path and observe the abundant flora including Cryptomeria Japonica and Pittosporum Undulatum as we cross wooden bridges over small creeks that feed the main stream. Weather permitting, we will make our way to the impressive waterfall known as Salto do Prego for some rest and to cool off. We’ll then continue our ascent to the local farming fields and orchards in the old lost village of Sanguinho. From there, we’ll slowly make our way down the cobbled stone path back to the bus.

Lunch: At a picturesque stop on the trail, we will have packed lunches.

Afternoon: We will ride back to the hotel in Furnas with some time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel restaurant. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: The remainder of the evening is at leisure. You might like to gather in the hotel bar with the Group Leader and fellow Road Scholars for a farewell drink while sharing memories of this and other Road Scholar programs. The Group Leader will also give instructions for tomorrow’s departure. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

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Gorreana Tea Factory, Ribeira Grande, Program Concludes
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Activity note: Getting on/off a bus; driving about 30 miles, approximately 1.5 hours. Walking in tea fields, onm paved sidewalks; some steps. Getting on/off a plane.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will check out of our rooms, board the bus, and take a short drive to the famous Gorreana Tea Factory & Plantation, the only one of its kind in Europe, for an expert-led exploration. We’ll learn about the different types of tea and how they’re made. We’ll then ride to Sao Miguel’s second largest town, Ribeira Grande, for a walk through the town.

Lunch: At a restaurant in Ribeira Grande.

Afternoon: Next, we will transfer to Ponta Delgada airport. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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