Four people on two kayaks.
Arriving to the Viewpoint over Lagoa das Sete Cidades - Azores
Aerial view of beach and coastal town
Two hikers on Backroads' trip
Northern Coast at Flores near Ponta Delgada (Azores islands)
Traditional Portuguese dishes, various types of meat and cabbage with potatoes and carrots.
Natural geyser of boiling mineral water and evaporation, located at side of Furnas town on Sao Miguel island of Azores, Portugal.
Aerial view of Lagoa das Furnas located on the Azorean island of Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal.
Brick road through beautiful forest close to Furnas lake on Sao Miguel island, Azores, Portugal
Whale watching boat tour tourists people on ship looking at humpback tail breaching ocean in tropical destination.
Cha Gorreana tea plantation on the island of Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal
Pile of pineapples
Parish Church of St. Nicholas, Sete Cidades, Azores.
Nordeste village with white town buildings on the island of Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal.
View of Sete Cidades - Boca do Inferno, Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal
Group of bikers on Backroads' trip
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Portugal's Azores Multi-Adventure Tour

Waterfalls, Volcanic Craters & Lush Island Landscapes

Couples, Friends & Solos

6 days 5 nights

Activity Level: 1-4

Casual Plus & Premiere Hotels

From: $4,499 - $5,799 pp dbl occ

($800 - $1,000 for sgl occ)

Discover the Azores–your next favorite destination. Hike and bike scenic routes with views of the azure Atlantic. Kayak on a volcanic lagoon and spot whales off the coastline. Salute the sun from your yoga mat in the morning and spend your nights at chic wellness retreats. It’s an island adventure flavored by fresh pineapple and local delights served up in tiny coastal villages. And it’s one you’ll never forget.

Wildlife Cruise
Portugal Azores Multi-Adventure Tour map
Portugal Azores Multi-Adventure Tour map


Start/End Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.


  • Luxuriate at our sumptuous retreats, soaking in geothermal waters, savoring farm-to-table cuisine and unwinding at decadent spas
  • Bike and hike dazzling routes, from verdant volcanoes to charming villages, getting to know the friendly locals along the way 
  • Sail the sapphire sea on an unforgettable wildlife cruise watching for breaching sperm whales and playful bottleneck dolphins
  • Kayak shimmering crater lagoons surrounded by lush vegetation, swim in wondrous natural pools and rejuvenate with morning yoga


Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Casual Plus & Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-3

Explore volcanic São Miguel, the largest and most diverse island in the Azores | Hike around viridian Furnas Lake to reach a collection of steaming fumaroles | Witness chefs cooking the famous cozido das furnas stew in geothermal soil | Lush Grená Park nature reserve—with its picturesque waterfall and wooded trails—beckons a visit | Discover the north shore’s dramatic cliffs and shoreline by foot | Historic watermills, breathtaking bluffs and panoramic views are on display | Indulge with a fresh lunch in the red-roofed seaside town of Maia | Cool off with a swim at Maia's natural pools | At a local tea plantation, enjoy a delightful tour and hike | Bike through charming Azorean villages with traditional stucco homes and age-old cobblestone streets | Get your camera ready for sweeping vistas of the volcanic shoreline and sapphire ocean.

Exterior shot of Terra Nostra hotel at night.
Terra Nostra Garden Hotel
| Casual Plus Hotel

An iconic and sumptuous wellness retreat featuring a natural hot spring pool, original Art Deco architecture and sprawling private park. (pool, spa)

Days 4-6

Pedal into São Miguel's stunning interior, a gem of the Azores | Breaching sperm whales and playful bottleneck dolphins abound! | Kick back at our luxurious oceanfront retreat | Dinner tonight is a grand farm-to-table affair | A scenic hike on Sete Cidades volcano leads to the beloved Boca do Inferno viewpoint | Soak up incredible views over the volcanic terrain | Kayak the deep green and blue waters of Sete Cidades' peaceful crater lakes, Lagoa Verde and Lagoa Azul | Rejuvenate with a morning yoga class | Opt for a surf lesson at our resort's black-sand beach | Watch mesmerizing waves break against volcanic rock on a final hike along the coast.

Pedras do Mar
Pedras do Mar Resort & SPA
Fenais da Luz
| Casual Hotel

Situated in a pristine corner of São Miguel Island, this exquisite resort is a haven of tranquility with organic decor, an indulgent spa and stunning ocean views. (pool, spa)

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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Activity Level: 1-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

The volcanic landscape in the Azores is characterized by constant rises and valleys, and the continuously rolling terrain, as well as humidity, can make routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest.

Daily Route Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 4 miles* | 300 ft. gain
Level 3 | 5 miles | 500 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles* | 200 ft. gain
Level 2 | 4 miles | 500 ft. gain
Level 3 | 6 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Tea Factory Tour (30 minutes)
Day 3
Level 2 | 18 miles* | 2000 ft. gain
Level 3 | 25 miles | 2600 ft. gain
Day 4
Level 2 | 14 miles* | 1400 ft. gain
Level 3 | 24 miles | 2800 ft. gain
Wildlife Cruise
Whale Watching Tour (2.5 hours)
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 4 miles* | 400 ft. gain
Level 3 | 8 miles | 500 ft. gain
on Sete Cidades Caldera Lake (1.5 hours)
Day 6
1 hour
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 6 miles | 300 ft. gain

What's Included

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Please note that bike requests are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.

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Backroads Performance Road Bike
Backroads Performance Road Bike
Performance Road Bike

Included in your trip price

This custom-designed titanium bike is lightweight and responsive, featuring Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting, 11-speed compact gearing, a premium Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheelset and a full carbon fork. 

Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike
Touring Bike

Included in your trip price

A proven classic, this custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

Keep pace or zip ahead, pedaling with an electric boost. This bike provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.
Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Straight talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodations & Service Standards

The slower pace, relaxed approach to life and old-world qualities in Portugal are some of the highlights of this spectacular region and are reflected in the hotels and restaurants on this trip. That said, service can lack a sense of urgency when compared with the service found in other parts of Europe. While the hotels we've chosen are some of the finest in the region, they may seem a bit simpler than the Backroads European standard. The same can be said for Portuguese cuisine, which is traditionally a celebration of local flavors but is also a bit more rustic than that of other places we visit in Europe.

Weather & Activities

Due to ocean tides and weather conditions, the day and time of water activities may vary somewhat by departure. Rarely, an activity may be canceled because of bad weather. If this is the case, your leaders will have alternative options planned.

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