This 8-day Portugal tour leads you to many of the country’s off-the-beaten-path areas that are often overlooked by travelers. Island-hop to Faial Island, traverse volcanoes, trek across miles of beachside beauty, and immerse yourself in the culture of this treasured country. Book your tour today and uncover many of the hidden gems that Portugal has to offer.
Lisbon – Overnight Honeybee Experience
When your flight arrives in Lisbon, a driver will greet and transfer you to the surrounding countryside. Your destination will be a honeybee farm. Here, you will camp overnight in style in addition to getting a rare glimpse of the inner workings of this family business of bees. Your hosts will lead you on a tour of the farm as well as illustrating a day in the life of a bee farmer. This evening, you will watch a movie under the stars before spending the night suspended in a treehouse accommodation.
Porto Covo – Morning Yoga and Porto Covo
This morning after breakfast, you can indulge in a yoga session. Shortly after, you will say goodbye to the bee farm and transfer to Porto Covo. Known for its gorgeous beaches, craggy coastline, and charming old quarter, Porto Covo is an ideal place to spend a few days exploring. Upon your arrival, your guide will lead you on a tour of the town. Your guide will also be able to provide you with unique commentary about the city that you cannot find with a Google search. After your tour concludes, you will have the rest of the day to spend at your leisure.
Porto Covo – Hike the Fisherman's Trail
After you eat breakfast this morning, you will spend the day on a trek of some of the region’s most impressive scenery. You will hike along one section of the Fisherman’s Trail, which is a lengthy and iconic stretch of nature. You will trek the beach portion of the trail, which will have you hiking along the sea. After having a picnic lunch break, you will visit more beaches, including Malhao Beach and Milfontes Beach. When you are ready to return, you can have your driver transfer you back to Porto Covo.
Ponta Delgada – Fly to Ponta Delgada
You will have an early-morning breakfast before island-hopping to the Azores Islands. You will have to fly to Ponta Delgada, which is found on Sao Miguel Island. When you land in Ponta Delgada, a private driver will greet and transfer you to your accommodation. You can have some time to settle in and relax before your guide leads you on a tour of the downtown area. Your tour will consume the majority of the day. Afterward, you will have the rest of the day to spend at your leisure.
Horta – Off-Road Scenic Tour
You will have another early morning because you will have to fly to Faial Island. Your airport experience will be just like the two prior on this trip in that you will be guided through everything. Instead of transferring to your accommodation, you will embark on a 4WD vehicle tour. You will spend the majority of your tour at the Central Caldeira and the Capelinhos Volcano. After our off-roading adventure, you will transfer to Horta, where you will have the rest of the evening to indulge in some self-exploration after settling in to your accommodation.
Horta – Hike the Ten Volcanoes Trail
After breakfast, you will explore Faial Island again. Today, you will discover the island’s delights on foot by trekking the local residents’ most beloved nature track: the Ten Volcanoes Trail. This hike covers a wide variety of stark volcanic landscapes, making for a truly incredible experience. This trail is challenging and will take most of the day. During your hike, you will pass a few of the places you were yesterday, providing you with a differing perspective of the landscape. After your hike, you will return to Horta, where you will have the evening to spend at your leisure.
Horta – Visit a Banana Plantation
After breakfast this morning, you will venture to Pico Island, which is a pristine island only a short distance from Horta. When you are ready, you will board a ferry and begin your adventure to Pico Island. When you arrive, your guide will lead you on a sightseeing tour that will dive deep into the daily lives of the Azorean people and culture. The highlight and final stop of your epic tour will be a banana plantation, where you will get an up-close glimpse at a day in the life of a banana farmer. You will also learn how to check the ripeness of bananas. After your time at the plantation comes to a close, you can have your final evening in Horta at your leisure.
Horta – Departure
After enjoying your farewell breakfast, you will transfer to the airport for your flight home.
- Journey to the countryside of Lisbon for an overnight adventure with honeybees on a bee farm
- Indulge in a private tour of Porto Covo
- Hike a section of the Fisherman's Trail, beginning at Porto Covo
- Fly to Sao Miguel’s Ponta Delgada and explore its charming main square
- Island-hop to Faial Island and explore the best of this breathtaking island with a 4WD vehicle tour
- Hike Faial Island’s Ten Volcanoes Trail
- Explore the wonders of Pico Island with a stop at a local banana plantation
This luxury 8-day aims to ensure that you do not miss out on the best off-the-beaten-path experiences that Portugal has to offer. This journey begins in the surrounding countryside of Lisbon, where you will take part in an unforgettable honeybee experience. Upon waking at the bee farm, you will enjoy a morning yoga session and brunch before heading to Porto Covo.
After touring Porto Covo in the evening, you will spend the night before the following day leads you on a nature hike along a stunning coastal section of the Fisherman’s trail. On day four, you will fly to the Azores Islands, where you will spend your first evening on Sao Miguel Island in Ponta Delgada. Here, you can explore the main square and charming side streets that are marked by intricate telework. Day five will find you island-hopping to Faial Island. Here, you can explore the island with a 4WD vehicle tour. The following day, you will hike the Ten Volcanoes Trail.
You will then transfer to Pico Island and embark on an exploration of the island, which will eventually lead you to a banana plantation. Here, you can get a fascinating glimpse of a day in the life of a banana farmer. Your final morning in Portugal will feature a farewell brunch and a few hours to spend at your leisure.
$1,915 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.
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