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Get off the beaten track in a comfortable 4WD with an informative, friendly and professional nature guide. Go where the traditional tourist circuits cannot to have a different view of the Volcanic Complex of Furnas. Depart your Ponta Delgada hotel between 8:30am and 9am and follow the South coast route of São Miguel Island, visiting, along the way, various viewpoints with fantastic views, as Pisão and Nª Srª da Paz in Vila Franca.

Discover Congro Volcano located on the plateau of Achada das Furnas. Take a 1Km walk through dense vegetation of Oak, Chestnut and Stinklaurel to view the beautiful Lagoa do Congro, a deep green water lagoon installed in an explosion crater type maar.

Follow to Castelo Branco viewpoint and experience a dazzling view of Furnas valley and the town of Vila Franca do Campo and its islet.

Head to Furnas Natural Park and visit Lagoa das Furnas, one of the largest lagoons of the archipelago, thermal and mineral springs, fumaroles and yet the mythical Chapel of Nossa Senhora das Vitórias, built in the 19th century in neo-Gothic style. See the traditional Furnas "Cozido" cooked in the natural fumaroles, at a temperature of about 100°C around the pot and about 70ºC therein.

Head to Furnas parish and relax in a hot thermal bath in the Thermal Pools “Poça da Beija", classified as Natural Patrimony (entrance not included) before enjoying lunch in a local restaurant where you can enjoy the Azorean gastronomy as the famous "Furnas Cozido" (own expense). 

After lunch enjoy a small walk in Furnas parish, where you can visit and taste, thermal and mineral springs. See "Caldeiras" where a magnificent setting, provided by fumaroles, will wrap you in a fog of mystery and magical atmosphere.

Take the North coast route back to Ponta Delgada and stop at Pico do Ferro viewpoint where you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Furnas Caldera. 
On the way stop at Europe’s oldest, and currently only, remaining Tea plantation. Chance to visit Chá Gorreana’s boutique, factory, museum and enjoy a cup of fresh picked tea grown far away from industrial pollution in the lush emerald green hills.

Finish the tour at Stª Iria viewpoint before you will be dropped off back at your hotel around 6:00pm.

Locations visited
Plantacoes de Cha Gorreana
Poca Da Dona Beija
Lagoa das Furnas
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Overview
Enjoy a full-day tour to the Furnas Valley on the southern coast of Sao Miguel. Take a 4x4 vehicle and explore the rugged terrain created by the Furnas Volcano. Stop at small villages, take in the beautiful scenery, relax in the thermal baths, and visit Europe’s only remaining tea plantation,Chá Gorreana, before heading back to Ponta Delgada.
Highlights
  • Take a 4x4 adventure around the Furnas Valley on this full-day tour
  • Explore the rugged terrain and take in the beautiful scenery
  • Listen to informative commentary about the island’s history from your guide
  • Enjoy a personalized experience with a small-group tour
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Three Tours with an Excellent Guide

My husband and I booked three full day tours through Trip Advisor with Jose of Carpe Diem Dream Tours. We did the Furnas Volcanoes with lunch at Tony’s, Lagoa do Fogo and Lagoa das Sete Cidades, and Nordeste. Jose is an excellent driver and guide,...More

Thank FMtravel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Carpe Diem Tours - Excellent way to see the Island

We were only in Sao Miguel for a couple of days and decided to book the full day tour to Furnas Volcano with Carpe Diem Tours. Jose is an excellent and friendly tour guide who truly enjoys sharing his knowledge about the island. He picked...More

Thank AntoniaA2
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
A precious day!

My husband and I took a day tour to Furnas Vulcano. Jose is a professional and friendly guide, who loves its island and knows everything about it: history, nature, geology, traditions, foods…The tour is well organized, interesting, amazing and relaxing, Jose was full of attention...More

Thank Fede B
Reviewed 15 August 2018
Family day trip with Carpe Diem

Booked trip after lots of research as it had great reviews and would give us a taste of the island. We were not disappointed, Jose was welcoming, relaxed and great with our kids. The tour has something for everyone, nature, history, geology, good traditional food...More

Thank TheCheeses
Reviewed 14 August 2018
Perfect introduction to a beautiful island!!!

Our first full day on the island was filled with this tour. From the complete knowledge of the island to the pleasant personality of Jose, we could not have asked for anything else. I would have changed the rest of our week to keep Jose...More

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waterbaby53
9 September 2018|
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Response from Stephanie P | Reviewed this property |
Yes, he will pick you up and bring you back. Be aware of the time you need to be back on the ship. He may need to shorten your tour. He is very easy to work with.
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vicki7725
12 July 2018|
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There shouldn't be an issue. The 4x4 was quite high, so it's a step up into it rather than having to bend down at all. It was very comfortable with a lot of leg room.
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