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Azores - Portugal

São Miguel Lagoons Cycling Tour 🇵🇹

7 Days | Guided | $2550

Cycling by São Miguel Island lagoons, green fields, extinct volcanoes and thermal hot springs is a once in a lifetime experience. This bike tour in the Azores is a great challenge for nature loving cycling enthusiasts.

Distance
290 km

Gain
6276 m

Road
Road

Temp
17°C

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Overview

Overview

Voted best island destination in the world, located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean

Flying in:

Ponta Delgada

Start point:

Ponta Delgada

Flying out:

Ponta Delgada

End point:

Ponta Delgada

Cycle São Miguel, one of the nine Azores islands halfway between Europe and the USA. Its sub-tropical climate, evergreen fields with luxuriant pastures, flowers, endemic flora and fauna make it a great destination for cycling enthusiasts who want to embark on a challenging adventure in one of the most unique destinations in the world. Rides are scenic with great asphalt roads. Pass extinct volcanoes, lagoons, tropical forests, thermal and hot sulfur springs; climb to viewpoints in Sete Cidades, Lagoa do Fogo and relaxing in the best hotels and thermal resorts in São Miguel.

In between rides, embark on a whale watch tour, walk the volcanic trails, and discover the lagoons and hot springs. With its trademark gastronomy, based on the tender meats and stews, the amazing fresh fish and seafood that are abundant in this part of the Ocean. There are also surprisingly good white wines, local cheese, and sweet pastries to keep you fuelled throughout the 7 day cycling tour.

Highlights of your trip

Unrivalled Beauty

A mix of ocean views with everchanging fauna and flora. Climbing the beautifully asphalted roads, you'll vary from a rural landscape to nearly tropical forest and even rugged sierra landscapes.

Challenging Terrain

Each day offers two route options, so you can take on harder and longer climbs if you're feeling up to the challenge. São Miguel's roads are smooth and quiet, but they certainly aren't for the faint-hearted!

Luxury Accommodation

During this tour you are going to stay in exclusive 4* hotels, boasting not only excellent amenities but also a great selection of authentic local cuisine. After a day in the saddle, chill out by the pool side.

Destination

Destination

AZORES - PORTUGAL

São Miguel's natural beauty is unspoilt in this “garden” that sits in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Nature is the essence here with eternal green vegetation and endemic flora. Big ocean mammals populate the waters, some of which can only be seen here in the Azores. This island is not to be missed!

Weather

The Azorean climate is unpredictable. The Atlantic Ocean promises mild temperatures year-round, making it a great alternative to mainland Europe in the heat of summer.

Terrain

Hilly, with some long climbs to the viewpoints of Lagoa das 7 cidades, Lagoa do Fogo or Salto fo Cavalo. There are few flat sections in São Miguel Island. Great, fast descents.

Culture

These islands boast a rich and vibrant culture. With intricate histories and scores of tradition, the Azores offer interesting artisanal treats for tourists to indulge in.

37.7804° N, 25.4970° W

There's even more to discover on your trip.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Hotel Marina Atlântico 4*

Overlooking the marina and harbour

Ponta Delgada, São Miguel

Nestled amidst lush tropical surroundings in the beautiful Terra Nostra Botanical Park, this art deco-style hotel is the perfect setting for your exploration of the Azores.

The hotel is situated in the Furnas Valley on Sao Miguel Island. Guests can enjoy free access to the botanical park and the geothermal pool. Guests can spend their days exploring the island with its hot springs, tea plantations and majestic national park, or enjoy a leisurely afternoon lounging by the hotel’s outdoor pool and dining in the ritzy onsite restaurant, which serves delectable local specialities such as codfish stew cooked with natural volcanic heat.

Program

Program

Day 1

Arrival and warm up ride

Pick up from the airport transfer to Hotel Marina Atlântico, a 4 star hotel overlooking the Ponta Delgada bay with great views of the ocean, or Azor Hotel, the only 5 star hotel in the capital of the Azores.

Set up the bikes, join a private briefing for the tour, and enjoy a warm up ride around the harbour. Free afternoon to relax at the hotel and visit Ponta Delgada. Dinner suggested in downtown Ponta Delgada.

Hotel – Hotel Marina Atlântico

Day 2

Take on volcanic routes

Distance

58 km

Climb

1211 m

Distance

58 km

Climb

1211 m

Day 3

Ride the twin lakes

Distance

65 km

Climb

1250 m

Distance

65 km

Climb

1250 m

Day 4

Cycle the coastlines

Distance

45 km

Climb

1000 m

Distance

45 km

Climb

1000 m

Day 5

Push your pedals to the max

Distance

75 km

Climb

1865 m

Distance

75 km

Climb

1865 m

Day 6

A final day of riding

Distance

47 km

Climb

950 m

Distance

47 km

Climb

950 m

Day 7

Transfer to Ponta Delgada Airport

Essentials

Getting there

Information to help you book your flights and get around.

Any questions about flights and transfers? The Epico team is here for you. Ping us via the chatbot in the corner of your page or send an email to [email protected]

Flying in

Fly in airport: Ponta Delgada, Azores

When best to fly in: in the morning on the first day of the camp

Transfers: scheduled airport transfers are included in the price of this trip; we will reach out to you for your exact flight details to be sure you are picked up

Flying out

Fly out airport best option: Ponta Delgada, Azores

When to leave: last day of the tour

Transfers: scheduled airport transfers are included in the price of this trip; we will reach out to you for your exact flight details to be sure you can take your flight hassle-free

What’s included in your trip

Luxury Accommodation 4*

6 nights in charm 4 star hotels, in double/twin bedroom with breakfast included

Transfers

Transfer in from arrival airport to start of the tour and transfer out from end of the tour to departure airport

Bike rental

Rental of a high quality carbon road bike (Scott Addict 20 or Scott Aspect 930), helmet and spares;

Daily luggage transfer

Support vehicles will transport your luggage on to the next hotel, so you only have to carry your essentials

GPS tracks and Garmin

Access to tracks of the route through the RIDE WITH GPS mobile application and Garmin

Insurance

Personal accident insurance while on the trip

What's not included.

Single room accommodation

By default, you'll share a room with a rider within your group. If you wish to stay in a single room, or are travelling solo, you will be able to select this option for €500 when you proceed to checkout.

Meals

Breakfast is already included. You can upgrade your trip to full-board to receive all your meals throughout your stay. Select this option for €540 when you proceed to checkout.

Flights

The best airport to fly to is Ponta Delgada. We will then organise transfers for you and your bike. If you have any questions on how to best organise your flights, contact us for more information.

Choose when you want to travel

After selecting the date of travel, you will be able to enter the detail of who is traveling and see further options for accomidation and cycle hire, subject to the operator.

Don't see the travel dates you want or have a special request, such as adding a non-rider, please contact us.

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18 Jul 2021

Saturday

24 Jul 2021

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