Traveling by coach, you'll follow the road that heads north over the island, stopping at the Sta Iria viewpoint for a vista over the north coast. You'll visit the local tea plantation and factory, and sample some of the better-known Azorean blends. Then, continue to the Pico do Ferro viewpoint with a magnificent outlook over the Furnas Valley. You'll head up to the lake in time to see your lunch being taken out of an earthen oven in the ground, where it has been cooked using natural geothermal power. Return to the village to dine on your special lunch at the Casino Terra Nostra. After lunch, there's time to visit the Terra Nostra Botanic Gardens—among the most beautiful gardens in the Azores. This park features a natural hot-water swimming pool. You'll have time for a quick swim if you wish. Visit some hot springs in the village to learn about the different mineral water sources; then return to Ponta Delgada via the south coast, stopping at Vila Franca, which was the island's first capital.Notes:Wear your swimsuit under your clothing; bring a towel, sunscreen and a hat. Light-colored swimwear may be discolored by the spring water. Tour does not operate on Fridays.
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Customer Reviews for Furnas Valley & Hotsprings
Review 1 for Furnas Valley & Hotsprings
beautiful introduction to a verdant island
Date:March 30, 2015
Cruise Date Year:2014
Cruise Date Month:April
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
I was very impressed with this tour. We were efficiently ushered out of the ship and straight to the van. A young woman gallantly led the tour to the opposite side of the island for our first pastoral glimpse of beauty. Off to the tea plantation which was very interesting. Then to Furness where we watched our volcano roasted food taken out of the earth and then to the hotel where we enjoyed the smoked repast. Then a walk to the lovely botanical gardens and a luxurious swim in the mineral pool....so relaxing. I dream of languidly floating in the hotsprings again....hopefully one day. Then off to a seaside town full of black sand and melodious sounds of the waves hitting the shore. Before we knew it the tour was over. We had gone the whole day and wished we had more time. Thank you for such a well put together tour.
Furnas Valley and hot springs were very interesting. The unique "volcanic" lunch was a wonderful opportunity to sample local food and hospitality. The Terra Nostra Botanical gardens were quite lovely as was the drive along the coast. The natural hot water swimming pool at the park appeared to be a winner with fellow travelers while we preferred the stroll through the lovely gardens.