WHALES & VOLCANOES

 

Faial offers much more than awesome horse trails. Discover with Nature Park Guides the exciting nature with volcanoes and jungle. Join marine biologists on the sea and watch with them whales and dolphins. Climb with your guide in „sleeping“ craters or spend a day on the neighbour island of Pico. If you want only to relax some more days after your rides, that’s fine too.

To make the most out of your holiday, extend the holidays a couple of days. 3- or 5-day extension program before or after the Horse Trail. Also possible to extend the holidays in the Lodge w/o program for the accommodation price per night.

The extension programs are also perfect for accompanying non-riders during your Horse Trail.

 

 

 

 

 

General itinerary of 3-days extension:

 

 

Relaxing feels so good after one week with your horse. Enjoy your time in the Lodge Garden, on small hikes or while swimming in close by rock-pools. Overnight at PÁTIO.

Morning transfer to Whale Watching Station, Horta. You spend the morning on the sea and observe the huge whales with a Marine Biologist Team. Then individual lunch. Free afternoon. Transfer to PÁTIO and overnight stay.

In the morning you start your Faial Island Van Tour. Together with your guide you visit old whaling bays and explore the city of Horta. You will se the old whaling factory. Individual lunch. Our Nature Park Guide picks you up and drives you to the highest point of Faial, the huge caldeira of the volcano. Depending on your condition, you hike around the caldeira or descend 400m deep into it (2.5h hike). In cloudy weather, we will alternatively hike on the volcano of Capelinhos. Overnight at PÁTIO.

After breakfast at 8:30 AM transfer for departure.

 

General itinerary of 5-days extension:

 

 

Relaxing feels so good after one week with your horse. Enjoy your time in the Lodge Garden, on small hikes or while swimming in close by rock-pools. Overnight at PÁTIO.

Morning transfer to Whale Watching Station, Horta. You spend the morning on the sea and observe the huge whales with a Marine Biologist Team. Then individual lunch. Free afternoon. Transfer to PÁTIO and overnight stay.

In the morning you start your Faial Island Van Tour. Together with your guide you visit old whaling bays and explore the city of Horta. You will se the old whaling factory. Individual lunch. Our Nature Park Guide picks you up and drives you to the highest point of Faial, the huge caldeira of the volcano. Depending on your condition, you hike around the caldeira or descend 400m deep into it (2.5h hike). In cloudy weather, we will alternatively hike on the volcano of Capelinhos. Overnight at PÁTIO.

Ferry boat transfer to Pico Island (30min. passage). Your guide is expecting you. You will visit old vineyards around Madalena village (UNESCO World Heritage Site), old distilleries, sweet water lakes in the mountain plateau, the mountain house, the start of the ascent to the highest mountain of Portugal and the old whalers town Lajes. Island lunch included. At late afternoon you travel back to Faial. Transfer to PÁTIO and overnight stay.

Morning transfer to the Whale Watching Station, Horta. After a briefing you receive your wetsuit and a pair of diver googles. Together with your guide, you sail out into the Zodiac boat looking for dolphins. As soon as they appear, you jump into their element and swim with them together in the deep blue Atlantic. Individual lunch. Free afternoon. Transfer to PÁTIO.

You ride with us one last time. Your Horse-Trail Guide will show you the most beautiful riding trails along the north coast of Faial on a ½-day horse trail. On your return, a delicious lunch is waiting for you. The perfect way to say goodbye to the horses.

After breakfast at 8:30 AM transfer for departure