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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The Azores Islands are spectacular! This was my first adventure with Road Scholar and it far exceeded my expectations. Beautiful scenery, delicious food and wine, great hikes and superb knowledgeable guides. I can't wait for my next trip!

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I could not have chosen a better trip for my first Road Scholar experience. Daniel, the Group Leader, created a wonderful atmosphere for our group of 21, keeping us informed of potential changes due to weather, and maintaining control of the group with humor, charisma, and kindness. The field experts, Paola, Felipe, Pedro and Carlos, provided terrific insight and knowledge which greatly enhanced the experience. Logistically, Daniel ensured a smooth running trip; the lodging was lovely, the food was incredible, transportation ran smoothly, meet-up times were clearly explained (not just when, but also why), and Daniel made himself available for our questions and/or concerns (if any) during our free time. The itinerary descriptions provided are very accurate and extremely helpful. The scenery on the hikes was magnificent and experiencing the local culture was an added bonus to each day. I highly recommend this trip and am looking forward to spending my retirement years completing my wish list with Road Scholar. Educational Wanderlust! Bunnie J - Class of 2020


A terrific group of guides in a beautiful environment hiking so many special trails.


Spectacular! That describes everything about this trip - guides, food, accommodations, scenery, hiking, wine, etc. Daniel Torres was an excellent group leader who found fun alternatives when an activity had to be changed. Some hikes included steep ascents and descents and we walked in the rain, but we all did them and it was well worth it. In less than hospitable weather conditions it was good and in the sun it was stupendous.  Even with concerns about coronavirus we had a good time. Highly recommend this trip.


I would recommend the Azores hiking program. The islands have wonderful natural beauty, the views are spectacular and the program leader and guides are first rate. Plus, it's an area that many Americans have never visited.

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Fabulous!!! Our first RS trip. The Azores were beautiful in spite of some rain. Tip: take a waterproof jacket and hat, not just water repellant. You’re hiking even if it rains. An excellent itinerary, everything was so well organized. Daniel was beyond terrific and our local guides were as well. Hotels were wonderful, food was delicious. We loved the whole trip! I do think RS needs to better describe the hikes, the original description sounded like we would be strolling along but there is some serious up and down and elevation changes. Five miles on a flat road is a LOT different than five miles up and down. Take hiking poles. Five star trip!


I had a really great time on this trip. Our leader Daniel was wonderful and he, along with our instructors on both islands, provided us with lots of fun, lots of food and wine and lots of cool information and learning experiences. The accommodations were excellent, the meals were excellent and all o the activities memorable. No matter the weather we carried on safely and happily due to the professional and fun loving manner of our leader, instructors and amazing bus drivers. The other group members were fun loving too and friendly so that just added to the good experience.


If you are an avid hiker looking for a beautiful outdoor experience this program is for you. The leadership quality is excellent as well as the food and lodging. This is a wonderful way to meet others who have a spirit of adventure and who love the outdoors.


The Azores Program concerns a unique and isolated group of Islands. I have a lactose and gluten problem and was worried about having meals that could accommodate me. If you have any particular food problem or preference, you need not worry as you will be taken care of. Daniel Torres is an exceptional group leader and guide. He will help you and solve any of your problems. Take advantage of these unique islands.


Don't miss this one! If you like to hike, learn, laugh, eat and drink, you will love this program! You'll enjoy meticulous leadership, knowledgeable and friendly hike leaders, spectacular and varied natural beauty, culture and history in a still sparsely traveled archipelago. And it's all just four hours from Boston. Definitely merits 5 stars.


The Azores is a gorgeous place. The accommodations were great. Loved the thermal pool and the gardens. The leader was outstanding. I don’t think you could find a better leader. The leader and the guides set the tone for a wonderful trip. Our group all got along well. Everyone was lots of fun. We had a lot of rain but the hikes went on and no one complained. If you are thinking about this trip just do it. I can’t wait to return to the Azores. It really does look like Hawaii but with the charm of Europe.


This trip was very rewarding. Daniel, Pedro and the two Diogo’s were terrific,accommodating leaders/instructors. The country is beautiful and the hikes were stunnng. Just be prepared because the hikes are more challenging than the descriptions given. I am a walker (about 4.5 miles 4 times a week) and I was challenged because there are a lot of ups and downs that test your hips, knees and balance. Don’t get me wrong, I’d do it again. The reward was worth the effort.


I loved this program. The Azores are beautiful; the scenery is spectacular. The staff and accommodations were excellent and the food and wine was wonderful. The hiking was more challenging than I expected from the descriptions. In places the trails were steep with corresponding downhills and the trails were often rocky. I still liked it but be aware that "easy" was not often the case.


Hiking in the Azores is my first Road Scholar program and I don't think it will be my last. It was an excellent way to see these beautiful islands. It challenged me physically and stimulated me mentally.

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