Geography School Trip to The Azores
8 days from £1340pp
based on 40 students travelling with 4 teacher places (free)
The small collection of Portuguese islands is a haven for geographers. The Archipelago is a leading global case study in the development of renewable and sustainable energy production. On top of environmental geography, the Azores are a hub for physical and human geography too.
By travelling with Discover the World Education, students will be able to hop between islands and experience the most the Azores has to offer!
The itinerary will also take them to the largest Island Sao Miguel. Here they will visit some of the Azores’ most geographically superior locations including the hot springs and fumaroles at Furnas and the Sete Cidades Lake.
Below we have outlined our suggested itinerary to give your students the most out of their geography trip to the Azores, but don’t forget we can tailor make all of our trips to meet your specific requirements and interests simply speak to a travel specialist today. Check our Shoestring Itinerary for a shorter trip outline.
Fly to Ponta Delgada
Arrive in Ponta Delgada to explore the small capital city.
You will find cobbled streets, a dramatic coastline and distinctive painted houses.
Furnas, Terra Nostra Botanical Gardens, Tea Plantation
One of the highlights of any trip to the Azores is the quaint village of Furnas.
Set in the green fields of Sao Miguel, Furnas has a variety of geothermal characteristics which give the village its unique features.
In Furnas you will not ony find bubbling hot mud pools but also a large caldera lake. You can find out more about the village and its geography through the interpretation centre.
Nearby your students will enjoy a visit to Terra Nostra Gardens. The gardens are lush, with brightly coloured flowers, water features and tropical plants. There is also a large geothermal pool. The pool is brown in colour from the iron in the water.
Next stop is the local tea plantation where the expert guides will lead students around the factory to explain the production process and allow the students to sample the teas.
Lago de Fogo, Caldeira Velha, Geothermal & HEP stations
Lago de Fogo (Fogo lake) has been a nature reserve since 1974 and is a stunning place for your students to hike. Geographers will also be keen to learn more about the caldera which formed the lake here.
On the north slope of the Fogo volcano you will find Caldeira Velha, a series of warm waterfalls and hot pools where students can have a relaxing soak.
Connect with the curriculum during your afternoon walking trail. The trail heads into the green forest and snakes past waterfalls and scenic look out points as well as both a geothermal and hydro-electric power plant.
Fly to Pico, Whalers’ Museum, UNESCO Vineyards, Gruta das Torres
On this tour you will visit more than just the main island, Sao Miguel, on day 4 you will take the short flight to Pico.
You will begin with a look back in time. Whaling was a very important business to the Azores until the 1980s and at the Whalers’ museum students will gain an understanding of how both the economy and culture of the Azores has adapted without this industry.
The fertile volcanic soil means the archipelago has ideal conditions for many plants. Your school group’s next stop is to visit the vineyards on Pico. The grape plants are protected by man-made black stone walls. The whole site was recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2004.
Geography school trips aren’t complete without a lava tube visit and at 5km Gruta das Torres is one of the longest in Europe. Students will strap on their helmets and head in to explore the cave with the help of an experienced guide.
Ferry to Faial, Caldeira, Capelinhos Interpretation Centre, Ferry to Pico
What better way to start your day in Faial than by walking the trail around the Caldeira which provides unrivalled views over the whole coast of the island.
Faial is home to one of the most geographically exciting places to visit, Capelinhos. The interpretation centre presents one of the best documented volcanic eruptions worldwide. The eruption in 1957 lasted 13 months and added 2.5 square kilometres to the island!
Catch the Ferry from the beautiful harbour town of Horta and return to Pico.
Climb Mount Pico
Back on Pico there is one thing that you must do before you leave –climb Mount Pico!
Pico is a stratovolcano and at 2350m tall it is the highest point in Portugal.
This challenging hike will take most of the day and the sense of accomplishment will be as huge as the mountain itself.
Sete Cidades, Ponta do Escalvado viewpoint, Gruta do Carvão
Back to Sao Miguel for your last full day in the Azores.
One of the seven natural wonders of Portugal, Sete Cidades is a must-see attraction for any visit to the Azores. According to myth, the blue and green lakes were formed by a princess and a shepherd who shared a forbidden love.
Students can admire and study the steep coastline and coastal formations from the Ponta do Escalvado viewpoint before heading to the beach itself at Mosteiros.
Last on the agenda is a journey into the darkness of the Gruta do Carvao lava tube. This ancient lava tube contains a mix of rock structures including lava bridges, stalactites and more.
Fly from Ponta Delgada
Head back to the airport for your flight home with just enough time to pick up a souvenir at the airport.
This trip is based on 40 students travelling with 4 teachers in May 2020.
Geographers would also benefit from the physical geography in the Azores on a Shoestring itinerary. To find out more about a shorter itinerary for your geography group, simply speak to our friendly team.