Azores Bike Tour

São Miguel Island: Discover the Cycling Paradise of the Atlantic

6 days / 5 nights Level: 3Price From: $5,095Collection: Classic

Tour Highlights

  • Encounter the island’s myriad landscapes by bike, including volcanic vistas, tropical waterfalls, vibrant wildflowers, and lush coastal roads
  • Go whale- and dolphin-watching on a Zodiac boat ride with a marine biologist
  • Taste tea grown and harvested by Europe’s only organic tea plantation, a family-owned production since 1883
  • Join our expert friend for a tasting to discover the unique profiles of Azorean wines

Eat

Organic grass-fed beef, grilled limpets (sea snails) and octopus, cow’s milk cheeses, tropical fruit like pineapples and passionfruit, and steam-cooked Furnas stew called cozido

Drink

Verdelho and other white wines from Pico island, red wines made from Aragonés and Antão Vaz grapes, organic Orange Pekoe teas, robust Portuguese coffee, and local craft beer

 

 

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  • Pre-tour

    São Miguel Pre-Tour Package

    Welcome to São Miguel, the largest of the lush islands that comprise the Azorean archipelago. Your home base is the Grand Hotel Açores Atlantico, one of the most iconic properties in Ponta Delgada. Celebrated for its prime location, the hotel is close to the island’s old town and faces the marina—which means ocean views to lull you to sleep tonight. Get settled, explore the historic center of town at your leisure, and start tomorrow’s bike tour completely refreshed. In the morning, enjoy an included breakfast before your bike tour begins right at the hotel. The amount listed is the starting price and subject to availability.

    Inclusions: Hotel, Breakfast
    Accommodations: Grand Hotel Açores Atlantico
    Price per person in double occupancy: $150
    Price in single occupancy: $275

    To reserve call +1 888 396 5383 or email your Tour Coordinator

  • Day 1

    Having a Whale of a Time

    Our guides will greet you at the pre-tour hotel in Ponta Delgada. We begin the week aboard a boat in search of dolphins. If we’re lucky, we may even spot a sperm whale; our local guide is a marine biologist who sheds light on these aquatic residents of the Atlantic (and a few visiting species, too). Back on land, enjoy a light lunch of local flavors before a bike fitting and safety review. Our first ride leads us out of the city on a bike path that follows the shoreline to Vila Franca do Campo. The town of Vila Franca was the original capital of São Miguel until it was destroyed by an earthquake (and subsequent landslide) in 1522—today, it’s prospering once again thanks to banana plantations and the fishing industry. After a coffee break, continue riding to our first hotel nestled in the volcanic village of Furnas, or transfer by van. Tonight, we dine together at the hotel’s restaurant.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Ponta Delgada, Vila Franca do Campo, Furnas
    Accomplished: 16 miles / 26 km, elevation gain: 1,253 feet / 382 meters
    Longer Option: 29 miles / 47 km, elevation gain: 3,044 feet / 928 meters
    AccommodationsOctant Furnas

  • Day 2

    Fumaroles and Furnas Stew

    After a breakfast of island-grown fruit, Azorean tea, and bolo levedo (an airy Azorean muffin) we’ll be properly fueled for a spin around the volcanic caldera of Furnas. Since the day’s theme is all things volcanic, our midday meal in the local village is São Miguel’s most famous dish: Cozido das Furnas, a stew cooked by volcanic steam in an underground oven. For those who wish to explore the area on foot, take an optional hike around the volcano’s geologic features—trek past gurgling springs of steaming hot water and Furnas Lake before finishing at the steaming fumaroles. Or stroll over to the hotel and spend the rest of the afternoon at the spa. Tonight’s dinner is a nourishing feast of locally caught seafood and vibrant salads at a family-run restaurant.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Furnas
    Accomplished: 22 miles / 35 km, elevation gain: 2,375 feet / 724 meters
    Longer Option: 5 miles / 8 km hiking
    AccommodationsOctant Furnas

  • Day 3

    The East Coast Road

    This morning, begin riding from the hotel or transfer to a starting point further down the road—either way, we’re embarking on an epic loop ride along the island’s eastern coastline. Described by DuViners as one of the most beautiful rides of their lives, the roads are lined with subtropical forests, blooming azaleas, blue hydrangeas, and fragrant Belladonna lilies. We’ll pass the waterfalls at Caldeirões Natural Park and pause at lookout points over the Atlantic, imagining the 15th-century sailors who also gazed eastward towards mainland Portugal. Weather permitting, break for a picnic lunch prepared by your guides. Hop in the van after lunch, or keep riding right to the mouth of the volcano and into the caldera before looping back to the hotel. This evening, dine on your own in the village of Furnas—our guides can readily recommend a few favorite restaurants.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Furnas, Provoação, Nordeste, Achadinha
    Accomplished: 28 miles / 45 km, elevation gain: 2,696 feet / 822 meters
    Longer Option: 56 miles / 90 km, elevation gain: 6,485 feet / 1,977 meters
    AccommodationsOctant Furnas

  • Day 4

    Le Tour du Tea

    First planted on São Miguel in the 16th century, oranges were the island’s principal export until 1842 when a blight wiped out the industry. It was a watershed moment that led to economic reinvention: dairy farming became a new mainstay, and crops like pineapples, passionfruit, tobacco, and tea also thrived. This morning, we’ll take a short transfer to see one of the island’s “new” trades: one of Europe’s only tea plantations. Since the last quarter of the 19th century, the Porto Formoso Tea Factory is one of two plantations in all of Europe that continues to produce commercially. Enjoy a fascinating history lesson and a refreshing cup of tea on the terrace overlooking the plantation. Then start riding west along the coast, passing through fishing villages en route to a lunch of chicken in piri-piri sauce. We’ll cross from the north side of the island to the south and check in to our next hotel with time for poolside cocktails or an afternoon massage. This evening, meet our friend and sommelier Joao for a masterclass in Azorean wines and dine on an organic feast.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Ribeira Grande, Fenais da Luz, Mosteiros
    Accomplished: 32 miles / 51 km, elevation gain: 2,404 feet / 733 meters
    Longer Option: 42 miles / 68 km, elevation gain: 3,480 feet / 1,061 meters
    Accommodations: Sensi or Santa Bárbara Eco-Beach Resort

  • Day 5

    Sete Cidades

    Today’s route starts with Sete Cidades, the island’s enigmatic volcano which derives its name from a folk story about star-crossed lovers. Start riding from the hotel before a steady climb up its southern slope until we reach the Vista do Rei, a lookout point with magnificent views of the lakes and village below. Descend into Sete Cidades for a coffee break, then choose to catch a lift back to the hotel or spend your last full day in the saddle. For those who wish to keep riding, we’ll climb to the top of the crater for some spectacular ocean views, followed by a glorious downhill that brings us along the coastal road. This picture-perfect ride finishes at our hotel with a light lunch. Tonight we meet for an apéritif heading to a restaurant lovingly adorned with antiques from the owners’ past life in Macao. Our memorable final meal features sustainable and locally sourced ingredients paired thoughtfully with wines from the Azorean island of Pico.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Sete Cidades, Ginetes
    Accomplished: 24 miles / 38 km, elevation gain: 2,568 feet / 783 meters
    Shorter Option: 16 miles / 26 km, elevation gain: 2,020 feet / 616 meters
    Accommodations: Sensi or Santa Bárbara Eco-Beach Resort

  • Day 6

    Adeus São Miguel

    Your guides will transfer you back to the island capital of Ponta Delgada. You may wish to stay a little longer in order to experience São Miguel a few other ways—perhaps diving, hiking, or golfing.

    Meals: Breakfast

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotel substitutions, and other modifications.



Arrival Details

Airport City: Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, Portugal Pick-Up Location: Grand Hotel Açores Atlantico Pick-Up Time: 8:15 am
Departure Details

Airport City: Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, Portugal Drop-Off Location: Ponta Delgada airport or your Ponta Delgada hotel Drop-Off Time: 11:00 am
Travelers Take Note

The Azores is an emerging destination, which is a key part of its charm and appeal. As a result, local service at boutique-style hotels may be more relaxed, on par with the overall disposition of the island.

The Azorean islands enjoy a year-round mild climate. However, hour-by-hour weather can be unpredictable—it’s said that all four seasons are sometimes seen in a single day. Therefore, the itinerary as planned may be subject to change depending on weather conditions, and we recommend dressing in layers.

When packing swimwear for use in natural volcanic pools, choose something that is disposable or replaceable. The high iron oxide content may discolor or stain swimsuits. We also suggest that you pack a sturdy pair of sneakers.

Due to limited bike availability in this destination, guests will be asked to provide bike information and requests upon booking.

Any scheduled tour can be made private. Your group, your dates. Go Private

2024Single Supplement From: $600
2025Single Supplement From: $600

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Weather by Month
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Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and après velo cocktails
  • 4 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Carefully selected local wine, beer, or spirits with every meal

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection
  • Bike helmet
  • Complimentary DuVine gear including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS in most destinations

Support

  • Expert bilingual guides with extensive local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance
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Synapse Carbon Disc Ultegra Di2

Manufacturer: Cannondale

Type: Road

Included in trip price

Quick Neo

Manufacturer: Cannondale

Type: Hybrid E-Bike

Included in trip price