Azores Itinerary

The archipelago is an ideal school trip destination. Physical and Environmental Geography is a strong focus, with options to explore Human Geography, Science and Geology.

The Azores islands have won awards for sustainable tourism and are a leading global case study in the development of renewable and sustainable energy production.

Our Travel Experts are always on hand with advice and recommendations, so that we can help you create the perfect itinerary for your needs. However, if you’re looking for inspiration in the meantime, discover an example itinerary crafted with school trips in mind, below.

This trip is also available as a 5 day trip. This itinerary would be similar to the below itinerary excluding days 4, 5 and 6.

Departure time: Year round | Currency: Euro (€)(/p)

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Topics Covered
  • Tectonics
  • Weather processes
  • Climate change
  • Coasts
  • Geological processes
  • Energy resources
  • Food resources
  • Water resources
Destinations Visited
  • Sao Miguel
  • Furnas Valley
  • Lago de Fogo
  • Sete Citades
  • Ponta Delgada

Day 1 – Fly from the UK to the Azores

  • Explore the main city of Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, the largest of the Azorian islands
  • Overnight and dinner

Day 2 – Furnas Valley

  • Visit Furnas Valley, an area of intense volcanic activity
  • Study sustainable land use at the local interactive exhibit
  • Walking trail around the lake and hot springs
  • See locals cook food in the hot waters
  • Explore Terra Nostra Gardens
  • Travel to one of Europe’s only tea plantations

Day 3 – Geothermal exploration

  • Witness sustainable energy production at both a geothermal and hydro-electric power stations
  • Experience the warm waterfall and hot springs at Caldeira Velha
  • At the Volcanic Geothermic Observatory you’ll learn about volcanic rocks and even see a 550 million year old fossil

Day 4 – Pico Island Tour

  • Short flight to Pico island, home to Portugal’s tallest mountain, Mount Pico
  • Spot whales on your visit to Lajes do Pico; a former whaling community
  • Sample the wines from UNESCO world heritage vineyards
  • Enter one of the largest lava tubes in the world, Gruta das Torres

Day 5 – Volcanoes or Faial

  • Catch the ferry to Faial Island
  • Visit Caldeira, the highest point on Faial
  • Experience the interpretation centre at Capelinhos which details the eruptions in 1957-8 from the basement of a lighthouse buried in the eruption
  • Stop off in the town of Horta before catching the ferry back to Pico

Day 6 – Activities in Pico

  • Choose either a full day hike to Mount Pico, the active strato-volcano
  • Or spot whales and dolphins on a boat tour

Day 7 – Sete Cidades

  • Return to Sao Miguel
  • Circumnavigate Sete Cidades, one of the natural wonders of Portugal
  • Visit Ponta do Escalvado and Mosterior for amazing views and lava rock formations
  • Wander in the shadows of Gruta do Carvao lava tube caves

Day 8 – Ponta Delgada and home

  • Explore Ponta Delgada with a guide or independently before continuing to the airport for your flight home

What would you do differently if you were planning your trip? Would you want to spend more time in Ponta Delgada? Would you want to have a day at the beach? Get started planning your trip by making an enquiry with our friendly specialists today.

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