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Ponta Delgada: Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo 4WD Safari

Ponta Delgada: Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo 4WD Safari

From US$ 481.89 per group up to 5

See the most spectacular sites in the Azores on a full-day shore excursion. Combine visits to Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo, and experience volcanic craters, magnificent lakes, and stunning views. Try some tasty Azorean specialties at lunch.

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Duration 6 hours
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English, Portuguese
Pickup included
Hotels in Ponta Delgada city, or the cruise ship terminal.
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  • Experience a unique 4WD drive safari to volcanic landscapes, lakes, and waterfalls
  • See top Azores site in a single day
  • Enjoy typical Azorean food at lunch
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Start out in Ponta Delgada and head to the west side of the island and the Massif of Sete Cidades on this full-day 4WD safari. See where volcanic craters have given rise to numerous lakes, each with its own special beauty. You’ll see Empadadas Lake, Canário Lake, and the most-well known, Sete Cidades Lake, which has been classified one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal. There are several viewpoints along the way, such as Carvão, Canário Lake, and Vista do Rei, where you’ll stop to admire the panoramas. Follow a dramatic dirt trail around the top of the volcano’s cone. From here, the sea is around 600 meters below on one side and the parish and lake is on the other. Heading down inside the crate you’ll visit a small village and have lunch. The next stops on way up are at Santiago Lake and Cerrado das Freiras belvederes. Explore the central massif of the Serra de Água de Pau, built by the Fire volcano. It’s here you’ll find the second-largest lake on the island, Lagoa do Fogo, or Fire Lake. Surrounded by endemic vegetation, it has been classified by the EC as a Special Conservation Area and a part of the Natura 2000 network. For those who enjoy the pleasures of what nature has to offer, Caldeira Velha is an amazing warm waterfall flowing to a natural swimming pool were you can enjoy a dive (don't forget to bring your swimsuit and towel), surrounded by a luxurious vegetation! After a rejuvenating bath head out on an alternative trail to Ribeira Grande for a taste of some regional liquors before returning to Ponta Delgada. Enjoy every single moment in this beautiful island and explore the Azores like no one before.
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  • Tour
  • Pick-up and drop off (in Ponta Delgada and the surrounding area and at the cruise ship port)
  • Lunch
  • Caldeira Velha waterfall entry fee (EUR 8)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles

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based on 21 reviews

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Good value Shore excursion

We were picked up from cruise ship and taken to the twin lakes. Lunch was excellent and arranged earlier, at late notice, due to ship's departure time and a local mountain bike ride intervening. Our guide spoke perfect English and had great local knowledge and a good sense of humour. stops made for photos whenever we wanted, we later visited fire lake and the warm spring waterfall. A trip that only covered 1/2 as much, on the ship was $99 each, so we were happy to pay €75 each to the local economy.

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October 5, 2015

Wonderful trip - recommend it all travelling to Azores

Our very knowledgeable guide, Sergio, helped us enjoy and discover the beautiful scenery of Sete Cidades & Lagoa do Fogo. The 4WD enabled us to travel to places a hire car would not have taken us and this enabled us to see much more of the beautiful country. We would highly recommend booking this trip with Seazores as Sergio and the team are very knowledgeable and professinal.

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May 25, 2015

Great tour with beautiful sights and memorable experience!

Our tour guide was very friendly and told us a lot about the culture, and was able to answer many of the questions we had as we went through the tour. The weather we happened to get wasn't the greatest but we were still were able to see most of the tour and get some great pictures. The stops were breathtakingly beautiful, and the landscapes in general were incredible. Definitely would recommend this tour to someone who wants to see the island from its best points and learn about the culture from a local. We got more out of this experience than we would have by simply renting a car and driving around ourselves.

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September 3, 2014

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