Azores Geography

School tours

The island of São Miguel, one of the group of islands known collectively as the Azores, offers spectacular scenery and is a great place to study geography

Highlights

  • Bubbling hot springs and fumaroles of Furnas
  • The waterfall and sub-tropical vegetation of Caldeira Velha
  • Walking inside a lava tube
  • Spectacular volcanic scenery at Sete Cidades
Typically £778 per student.
Based on a 5 day, 4 night tour for 20 students departing May 2018

What's included: 

  • Return flights UK to São Miguel Island
  • Return airport coach transfer to your hotel and transport for the featured
  • Guide and entrance fees for featured excursions
  • Full board accommodation
  • Insurance
  • 1 teacher place for every 10 students

Please note, this tour is available April – October departing on a Saturday.

Suggested itinerary for School groups

Day 1

Flight UK to São Miguel (approximately 4 hours)
Coach transfer to your accommodation
Evening meal

Day 2

Breakfast and packed lunch or optional Cozido lunch
Full day guided tour taking in the Furnas Valley, Interpretation Centre, Caldera Lake, hot springs fumaroles and Botanical gardens
Visit the Tea Plantation
Evening meal

Day 3

Breakfast and collect packed lunch
Full day guided visit to Lago de Fuego Caldera Lake. Visit the Caldeira Velha hot spring.
Visit Geothermal Power plant before heading for the town of Ribeira Grande and its hot springs
Evening meal before stargazing at the Astronomy Centre

Day 4

Breakfast and collect packed lunch
Full day guided visit to the Sete Cidades, Caldera Lakes (approximately a two hour walk)
Visit to Ponta Delgada and Gruta do Carvão lava tube
Evening meal

Day 5

Breakfast and packed lunch
Coach transfer to airport
Return flight to the UK via Lisbon
Typically £778 per student.
Based on a 5 day, 4 night tour for 20 students departing May 2018

The Azores are a group of nine volcanic islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean forming an autonomous region of Portugal. In the east are São Miguel, the largest island, and Santa Maria; in the center, Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico, and Faial; and in the west, Flores and Corvo. The islands are the peaks of partially submerged volcanoes and have rocky, rugged coasts and mountainous interiors. 

São Miguel is the largest, most developed and most populated of the islands. Also known as “The Green Island” it is a rich mixture of historic architecture and a varied volcanic mountainous natural environment.

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The islands of the Azores were created through volcanic activity at a point where three of the world’s large tectonic plates converge, the North American, Eurasian and African plates. The Mid Atlantic Ridge crosses the Azores between the islands of Flores and Faial and connects to the Terceira Rift. The area is seismically active with records noting there have been 28 volcanic eruptions (13 of these were under the sea) since the islands were settled in the 15th century. Volcanic features are visible throughout the islands. On São Miguel students can see coastal lava, calderas and caldera lakes, hot springs, fumaroles and subterranean lava tubes.

Today the islanders make their living mainly from agriculture, consisting of dairy farming, cattle breeding, fishing commerce and crops such as corn, oranges, pineapples, tea, tobacco and wine.

Tourism is also now a main activity and the Azores are an award winning sustainable tourism destination. This is also considered to be one of the best places in the world for whale watching providing school groups with an all-round adventure school trip in the Azores.

 

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Typically £778 per student.
Based on a 5 day, 4 night tour for 20 students departing May 2018