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Portugal  

Azores - big whales, hot springs, volcanoes & dolphins

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Silke will take the lead and plan your journey for you. Just sit back and enjoy the adventure.

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Since 2008 I have been traveling to the islands of the Azores several times a year and I like to take you with me to the home of my heart. In ten days we get to know the peculiarities of the whale island Pico and the ocean with its breathtaking inhabitants and marvel at great nature experiences. At this time of year the largest mammals on earth roam the Atlantic waters off the south coast of the island of Pico and we carefully experience the blue whales and peaceful giants of the seas with Zodiacs on several boat tours. Every now and then, larger schools of dolphins also delight our hearts! My many years of marine biology experience give you insider knowledge before, during and after the trips. We live in clean local accommodations (apartment, holiday home or guest house). I am happy to help with booking the flight, as I have a travel agency with a good overview of the best accessibility. Depending on how many participants we are at the end, I rent a spacious holiday home for common use or several rooms in a recommendable hotel or a family guesthouse in good time. The preferences emerge as the group develops. The price estimate is based on the fact that we will occupy the rooms for two in a holiday home. If you want the room to yourself, it will be a bit more expensive. In the holiday home you can eat for yourself (for a fee) or we go out to eat locally (little choice for vegans ...). Meals are not included in the price estimate. In the hotel, the price may be a little higher, depending on whether two fellow travelers share a room or you need individual rooms. Pension is also possible, that saves a bit ... It is also possible that part of the group shares a holiday home, others want to live sparingly in the hostel and others live in the hotel and we see each other for activities on the islands together. Please contact me if you are interested in the opening act on Sao Miguel! On Pico we either live in several small holiday homes close to each other with 2-4 participants each and also need rental cars (already included) or you can also stay in a nice guesthouse in Walort, where you are close to the port and there are restaurants and shops gives. There aren't many places to stay or even one hotel. I have included three half-day trips to the sea and everyone can decide on additional tours with me on site if they like it. The ascent of the mountain has to be paid extra and is not included because not everyone wants to climb the mountain. I have included a joint full-day excursion over the island of Pico and another excursion to the neighboring island with the ferry and Horta on foot. If you want to take a closer look at the whole neighboring island, e.g. by rental car or taxi, you will have to pay extra for rental cars or taxis. So, the price includes 10 nights on Pico, transports, 3 half-day marine biological ocean tours to the whales, 1 island excursion to Pico, 1 excursion to Horta / Faial. The ascent of the mountain, meals (e.g. cost allocation if we cook together or local restaurants), additional activities such as additional whale / dolphin ocean tours and flights or the pre-program on the main island of Sao Miguel are not included in the price! I am happy when we design our favorite trip together and everyone feels comfortable with the whales, the volcanoes, nature and with us! There is the possibility of a preliminary program on the main island - where the earth's crust is particularly thin, on the main island of the Azores, Sao Miguel, we enjoy the warm springs, waterfalls and volcanic peculiarities. Please contact me if you are interested in the preliminary program in order to coordinate the details individually!
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Day 1

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Saint Michael

Day 1

The main island of the Azores welcomes us with bright green and shimmering lakes in the middle of the Atlantic. The next days we dedicate the volcanic experiences and thermal springs of Furnas and Caldeira Velha with warm waterfalls and relaxing natural pools. We get to know the only tea-growing area in Europe and pineapple plantations. We experience the gardens, cooking areas in the middle of the earth and untouched nature as part of hikes or walks - alternatively, we can also go on 4x4 off-road adventures.

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Day 1-11

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Beak

Day 1-11

On the island of Pico in the central archipelago we find the highest mountain in Portugal, which at 2,351m invites you to climb the volcano with an experienced mountain guide. The depths of the ocean off the south coast offer the best feeding grounds for large whales such as blue whales, humpback whales, fin whales and many more, as well as domestic sperm whales, which migrate by in spring. With Zodiacs we go out to the ocean several times for half a day, guided by land observers to target the giants of the oceans and to marvel at them from a careful distance. Wild dolphins and sometimes sea turtles enrich our breathtaking sightings! On land we explore the caves, UN cultural heritage of the vineyards and the varied landscape. As part of a day trip, we visit the neighboring island of Faial with the giant crater Caldeira, the marina of Horta and Capelinhos. After two weeks we leave the archipelago via Lisbon, the up-and-coming lively metropolis of Portugal full of colorful impressions.

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Silke

51 years old

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Landscapes - diversity - contrasts of this world have been inspiring me to many long and short stays in different countries and continents since my youth. Colors, smells, sounds and the feeling of being part of life in grandiose nature, in teeming cities, with people - animals - plants - full of liveliness fascinate me again and again. I prefer to travel in a small group of 4 to 10 like-minded people and I like to take over the organization as a travel = happiness guide :)

Profile description: Landscapes - diversity - contrasts of this world have been inspiring me to many long and short stays in different countries and continents since my youth. Colors, smells, sounds and the feeling of being part of life in grandiose nature, in teeming cities, with people - animals - plants - full of liveliness fascinate me again and again. I prefer to travel in a small group of 4 to 10 like-minded people and I like to take over the organization as a travel = happiness guide :)

What is included

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11 days trip
São Miguel, Pico
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Silke is looking for 6 TripMates