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Full-Day 4WD Tour to Furnas Volcano

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    What to Expect
    Get off the beaten track in a comfortable 4WD with an informative, friendly and professional nature guide. Go where the traditional tourist circuits cannot to have a different view of the Volcanic Complex of Furnas. Depart your Ponta Delgada hotel between 8:30am and 9am and follow the South coast route of São Miguel Island, visiting, along the way, various viewpoints with fantastic views, as Pisão and Nª Srª da Paz in Vila Franca.

    Discover Congro Volcano located on the plateau of Achada das Furnas. Take a 1Km walk through dense vegetation of Oak, Chestnut and Stinklaurel to view the beautiful Lagoa do Congro, a deep green water lagoon installed in an explosion crater type maar.

    Follow to Castelo Branco viewpoint and experience a dazzling view of Furnas valley and the town of Vila Franca do Campo and its islet.

    Head to Furnas Natural Park and visit Lagoa das Furnas, one of the largest lagoons of the archipelago, thermal and mineral springs, fumaroles and yet the mythical Chapel of Nossa Senhora das Vitórias, built in the 19th century in neo-Gothic style. See the traditional Furnas "Cozido" cooked in the natural fumaroles, at a temperature of about 100°C around the pot and about 70ºC therein.

    Head to Furnas parish and relax in a hot thermal bath in the Thermal Pools “Poça da Beija", classified as Natural Patrimony (entrance not included) before enjoying lunch in a local restaurant where you can enjoy the Azorean gastronomy as the famous "Furnas Cozido" (own expense). 

    After lunch enjoy a small walk in Furnas parish, where you can visit and taste, thermal and mineral springs. See "Caldeiras" where a magnificent setting, provided by fumaroles, will wrap you in a fog of mystery and magical atmosphere.

    Take the North coast route back to Ponta Delgada and stop at Pico do Ferro viewpoint where you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Furnas Caldera. 

    On the way stop at Europe’s oldest, and currently only, remaining Tea plantation. Chance to visit Chá Gorreana’s boutique, factory, museum and enjoy a cup of fresh picked tea grown far away from industrial pollution in the lush emerald green hills.

    Finish the tour at Stª Iria viewpoint before you will be dropped off back at your hotel around 6:00pm.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Your centrally located Ponta Delgada hotel.
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Return Details
    Your centrally located Ponta Delgada hotel.
    • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off from Ponta Delgada
    • Local taxes
    • Transport by air-conditioned 4WD vehicle
    • Personal Accident Insurance
    • Driver/Certified nature guide
    • Gratuities
    • Entrance fees to: Thermal Pools “Poça da Beija" and Chapel of Nossa Senhora das Vitórias
    • Lunch at local restaurant
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • If canceled due to extreme weather conditions, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

    We had a great time on this tour! The guide José was extremely knowledgeable as he grew up on the island. He was very passionate about the nature and history of the island and we learned quite a bit from him. Not only that, he...More

    Thank robertsra23
    Reviewed 4 September 2019

    This was by far the best tour we had while staying in São Miguel. José knowledge of the island is just impressive, he truly does this wholeheartedly. We were amazed by the quality of the tour and how well prepared he was. I was limping...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank armandslala
    Reviewed 20 August 2019 via mobile

    Jose is full of knowledge and passion. He made our day so special and memorable. I highly recommend any of his tours. Our tour was so attentive yet relaxed. Jose is literally an encyclopedia about the islands of Azores. There was never a rush and...More

    Thank NickG2039
    Reviewed 30 July 2019 via mobile

    Brilliant day with a very knowledgeable guide in José. We saw so much more than advertised for the day. We were well looked after and catered for. The lunch was excellent with great value for money. Definitely recommend this!

    Thank SSASH
    Reviewed 1 July 2019 via mobile

    We had the most incredible time with José during our trip to São Miguel. He showed us so much of the island that we would not have been able to do without him. José is extremely knowledgeable about both the history of the island and...More

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    24 September 2019|
    Response from NickG2039 | Reviewed this property |
    I wish I was there!!!
    roxann k
    15 April 2019|
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    Response from LightPacker817409 |
    It was an awesome tour!!!!
    C S
    9 November 2018|
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    Response from FMtravel | Reviewed this property |
    I agree with BrandyEssex, Jose is very helpful. It would be best for you to contact him directly. Just give him a little time to respond being he is out giving tours, he may not be able to respond right away.
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