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School trips to the Azores

A jewel in the middle of the Atlantic, the Azores are a lush and verdant archipelago of wonder and awe

  • Key stage 3 - 16+
  • Year round

Spectacular Geography school trips to the Azores

The Azores are an autonomous mid-Atlantic archipelago in the region of Portugal.  Coined as Europe’s answer to New Zealand for geographers, the Azores is subtropical and home to volcanic craters, lakes, hot springs, and magical towns.  Their short flight time from the UK makes is a more affordable choice than similar long haul geography focussed destinations.

Made up of nine distinguished volcanic islands created by the collision of the European, American and African tectonic plates, they are a natural wonder and a virtual garden of Eden for biologists. Three of the islands are classified as 'biospheres' by UNESCO which gives you some idea as to their unspoilt beauty and unique ecosystem.

A school trip here could also focus on Geography, Geology, and the rock formations and strata of these volcanic islands giving the student a huge variety of learning opportunities. 

Day 1 - Depart UK – Arrive Ponta Delgada, the Azores

Day 2 - Full day exploring and walking around Furnas – Terra Nostra Botanical Gardens. On route, you will stop off at a tea plantation for a guided tour of the plantation and factory. Enjoy lunch at the famous ‘Cozido nas caldeiras’. Finish at  Furnas valley where you will see the hot and cold springs as well as the lake and lush vegetation

Day 3 – Visit Jose do Canto garden with stunning views and rich botanical foliage, followed by lunch at a local restaurant before heading onto an afternoon of whale watching.

Day 4 - Full day exploring the east coast of San Miguel and Pico da Vara to see where the Portuguese first landed on the island as well as visiting the oldest church on the island and marvel at its gothic-style altar which is covered in gold.

Day 5 -  Half day hiking tour of Lagoa do Fogo to enjoy stunning woodland, rivers and magnificent views down the mountain. You will come across different flora and sea birds who all call this area home. Lunch and then spend the afternoon at leisure.

Day 6 - A tour of Sete Cidades, which is classified as one of the natural wonders of the world. Stop at the Belvedere Vista do Rei for an amazing view over the lakes of Sete Cidades – located at the bottom of an enormous volcanic crater. Lunch in a local restaurant followed by a visit to a pineapple plantation to observe how this tropical fruit is grown and harvested and exported around the world.

Day 7 - Depart the Azores – arrive UK

Our European school trips include:

  • Board and lodging as specified in your itinerary
  • A detailed itinerary with pre-booked excursions
  • Your choice of return travel; coach travel, with ferry crossing, applicable tolls and taxes included, or return flights and overseas transfers
  • Free teacher to student ratio of 1:8 for coach trips and 1:10 for air groups
  • 24 hour emergency back-up service
  • Comprehensive travel insurance
  • Assistance with inspection visits

Extras to budget for:

  • School to airport transfers and meals en route (if required)
  • Visa charges and supplements for small parties, single rooms and additional adults
  • Local tourist taxes which can only be paid in cash to the hotel
  • Entrances other than those specified in your itinerary
  • Hotel damage deposits
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