Ride & Relax

Azores Portugal: (IT-PGPAT2)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/portugal_azores_ride_relax_faial.aspx

Introduction
Azores Portugal
This tour is ideal for those who wish to mix riding with sightseeing in the Azores.

Create your personal program to your liking and choose among hiking, horse riding, whale watching and many more activities to discover Faial Island!
The flexibility of the program means this trip can be enjoyed by riders and non riders alike.

Accomodation


Accommodation
This is a stationary ride so all nights are spent at the same location.

Description
You can choose your preferred accommodation type for your stationary ride. There is free Wi-Fi access at this property, no matter the room option you choose.



Lodge
The lodge has been built with natural materials and was designed in order to be in harmony with its environment.
You can choose between 3 different rooming options:
- the Panorama Apartments. Each of the 7 apartments have their own entrance with splendid ocean view. They come equipped with one bedroom (double or twin), a spacious bathroom, a small kitchen, a living room and a private terrace.
- the Lodge Rooms. All 4 rooms feature a sea view, a double or twin beds and an ensuite bathroom with hairdryer.  
- the Tiny Houses. The 3 tiny houses are located in the garden and offers beautiful ocean view. They have a Queen size bed, a small bathroom and a kitchenette.



Camping
You will be accommodated in spacious 2-person tents on camp or airbed, with shared bathroom and shower facilities.

Room Occupancy
Solo travelers might be able to share a room with another solo traveler of the same sex in order to waive their single supplement fee - please inquire at time of booking.
This option is currently not available during the pandemic.



Meals
All breakfast are included in your package. Lunches and dinners need to be paid extra.


Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to most dietary restrictions with prior notice.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding


Riding Experience
You should be comfortable at all paces and in sufficient physical condition to ride for 4-5 hours to join the half-day and full day trail riding activities.
We expect support from our guests in feeding, tacking and cleaning.

Horses
We have about 20 horses are living as a herd in the meadows around the barn, all year round. Our horses are mostly Lusitano and Cruzado Portuguese horses averaging 7 years old.
Anja, our horse specialist and trainer (Horse Academy of Cologne, Germany) and Victor, Trail-Guide (German Trail-Rider-Academy) are training our horses carefully and permanently. In that way they are becoming cooperative, hard-working and relaxed companions.

Equipment
We use equipment approved by the German Trail-Rider Academy.
Our most important piece of equipment is the Trail-Saddle. We only use the First Class Trekker-Saddle from the Italian saddlery Prestige.
Seating, safety and correct fit are without comparison. All saddles are equipped with a Prestige saddle bag for personal stuff and tension belts for your coat.

Guide
All horse-trail guides are entertaining and passionate. They speak English and mostly a second or third language. Experienced in horsemanship and as well trained horseback riders, they have profound knowledge of the island nature, history, social life and small hidden secrets. Safety of the ride is top priority.

Itinerary


NOTE: All trails itineraries are general guidelines and in order to offer our guests the best-riding holiday experience we may change these. Depending on the number of trails running, the season, the weather and national holidays, we may make alterations to itineraries at short notice. All changes are at the operator's discretion.


Your package includes 10 activity units that be exchanged for riding and non-riding activities.
Create your personal program to your liking and choose among the following activities (we need to know which activities you want to do in advance in order to make sure we have enough guides).
It is also possible to purchase more activity units in case you want to do more.



Riding activities

Riding lesson - 45 min. (2 activity units)
Improve your riding seat, become a safer rider, learn to ride in the open terrain, learn to lead a hand horse, and much more. Determine your personal workload with your guide / trainer.

Lusitano Trail - 1.5 h (from 3.5 activity units)
Join our Lusitano trail ride to start learning the basics or to get back into riding after a break from the saddle. Steady paced ride in the countryside with instruction.

Half Day Ride * - 3h (from 4.5 activity units)
Ride our excellent Lusitano and Cruzado Portuguese horses out on trails (2 different itineraries available) through the beautiful island landscape.

Full Day Ride * - 5h (from 7.5 activity units)
Choose between 6 itineraries and ride to some of Faial's most popular attractions. Your trail guide will introduce you to the island. Wild nature and fascinating views await!

*: You must have previous riding experience (intermediate level recommended) to join these activities.



Non-riding activities

Whale watching - 4h (3.5 activity units)
Learn about the huge marine mammals with a team of marine biologists that will accompany you on this exciting tour on the ocean.

Dolphin swim - 4h (3.5 activity units)
Swim with dolphins in their natural element. These gentle animals will approach you within a meter. Marine biologist will accompany you.

Hiking into the volcano crater - 4h (4 activity units)
Explore the deep bottom of the huge island crater, lying at a depth of 400 meters. With your guide you descend and discover the silence.

Half-day hiking tour - 3h (1.5 to 2.5 activity units)
Choose between one of the 3 following trails: Levada Trail (Monday & Thursday), Caldeira Trail (Tuesday & Friday) or Capelinhos Trail (Wednesday & Saturday).

Full day hiking tour - 7h (4 to 4.5 activity units)
Choose between one of the 2 following trails: Lighthouse Trail (Monday, Wednesday & Friday) or Volcano Trail (Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday).

Horta town walk - 3h (2 activity units)
Starting at the Marina you will cross the beach of Porto Pim and visit the whalers museum. Back to town we will show you the old telegraph stations and the Parliament of the Azores. You will visit old gardens, see the marine biology University, the theatre, the market place and old squares and streets. You see the old fortress protecting Horta against pirates and can listen to anecdotes of the colourful Marina and its sailors.

Half-day island tour - 4h (4.5 activity units)
Choose to explore Faial by jeep or bus and visit the island's many attractions: craters, volcano, sea pools and the port city of Horta.

Full day island tour - 8h (4.5 activity units)
Choose to explore Faial by jeep or bus.
We will reach the 1.100m summit of Faial Island to enjoy awesome views to Pico, São Jorge and Graciosa Islands. A small tunnel leads us to the rim of the 400m deep Caldeira. An unbelievable 2.500m wide crater of a "sleeping volcano".
We drive over lonely roads to the beautiful subtropical Bay of Varadouro with its famous rock pools.
Along the Mystery Zone we reach the Volcano of Capelinhos. Time to visit the Interpretation Center of Capelinhos and to climb the old lighthouse (entrance incl.).
On our way back to Horta we will pass the North Coast of the Island and will enjoy a picnic stop at the Lusitano Horse Farm.
Later we pass a traditional whale spotter point and visit the old whalers harbour Salão. You will get in touch with the whale hunting history.
Driving along the North Coast, we head to the old Lighthouse where you still can observe the consequences of the 1998 earthquake.
The great finish will be the volcano Monte da Guia with an unforgettable view to the picturesque town of Horta and Faial Island.


Rates and Dates for Ride & Relax

Rates include:

Lodge option: Accommodation in standard room or tiny house, All breakfasts, 10 activity units (with English speaking guide) & Airport transfers
Camping option: Camping, All breakfasts, 10 activity units (with English speaking guide) & Airport transfers
Some helmets available to lend.

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20238 day trip - Lodge option (High)€840$865
    • Single supplement€360$370
      Upgrade to apartment (dbl)€90$95
      Upgrade to apartment (single)€540$555
  • B
    20238 day trip - Lodge option (Mid)€780$805
    • Single supplement€320$330
      Upgrade to apartment (dbl)€90$95
      Upgrade to apartment (single)€495$510
  • C
    20238 day trip - Lodge option (Low)€695$715
    • Single supplement€230$235
      Upgrade to apartment (dbl)€50$50
      Upgrade to apartment (single)€330$340
  • D
    20238 day trip - Camping option (only available during Mid & High season)€540$555
    • Single supplement - please inquire€0$0
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.03

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2023 Transfer from/to Horta airport included at set times 0 $0
2023 Non-riders welcome - same rates as riders 0 $0
2023 10 extra activity units, pp 200 $205

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
C 2023 01/01 - 03/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip - Lodge option (L... 1 /9 Reserve
B 2023 04/01 - 05/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip - Lodge option (M... 1 /9 Reserve
A 2023 06/01 - 09/30 8d / 7n 8 day trip - Lodge option (H... 1 /9 Reserve

Dates Note: Sold out dates (as of 7/4/23): Jul 1-5 + Aug 9-14

Rates do not include:

Lodge option: Lunches, Dinners, Drinks & Gratuities
Camping option: Lunches, Dinners, Drinks & Gratuities
For the camping option, please, bring your own sleeping bag!

Other Info
Meeting: Cedros
Airport: Horta Airport
Transfer: Horta Airport

Climate:
                                                   Horta area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

62

62

62

64

67

71

76

78

76

71

67

64

Average Low Temperature (°F)

55

54

55

56

58

62

66

68

67

63

59

56

Average High Temperature (°C)

17

17

17

18

19

22

24

26

24

22

19

18

Average Low Temperature (°C)

13

12

13

13

15

17

19

20

19

17

15

14

Source: NOAA



Seasons
The famous anti-cyclone over the Azores allows Faial island to get stable and mostly nice weather conditions.

Summer (May to October)
The maximum temperature can be 29ºC. Rain and wind are rare during this time of the year. The days are long and at night you can listen to the chirp of the crickets and watch the star strewn sky.

Shoulder season (November-December & April-May)
These month are ideal for trail riding with nice mild temperature (13-20°C). It is mostly sunny with some showers from time to time. 

Winter (January to February)
The weather can be wet and hard to predict at this time of the year. Fog and strong, sometimes horizontal, rain together with gale-force winds can affect the island. However, this weather give very special atmosphere to the island. Winter also has some wonderful days with blue sky and plenty of sun.

What To Bring:
We suggest that you bring the following equipment with you:
- waterproof trekking footwear
- windproof and waterproof jacket and trousers
- riding helmet

We have Australian raincoats available for rental at 5 euros per person per day.

Riding equipment is free of charge up to 10 kg with the Azores Airlines.

This list is only a guideline for you

 

Travel documents and Voucher
Flight tickets
Passport
Visa (check with your consulate)

 

RIDING GEAR
Cotton shirts with long sleeves (protection against the sun!)
Riding pants or Jodhpurs (used if possible!)
Riding boots + Minichaps
Riding helmet (recommended for all trips)
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strap) for sun protection
Rain coat

 

PERSONAL CLOTHING
Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Jeans
Shorts
Underwear and socks
Jogging suit / Pyjama
Light summer jacket
Comfortable shoes/sneakers
Swimsuit and towel
 
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection
Personal medications
Sore cream (for an emergency)
Sewing kit
Handkerchiefs
Adapter for electric appliances
Camera and enough extra films
Small bag to buckle on (for small items needed during the ride)
Spur straps (to tie sweater or parka onto the saddle)
Sun glasses with strap
Sun tan lotion and lip balm
Flash light