The Secret Eden

  • Destination: Portugal, Spain
  • Duration: 12 days
  • Price: $1750 (Full Trip) / $1350 (Portugal only)

Overview

A unique journey across the countries of Spain & Portugal. From Andalusia in Spain and the ultra-stunning beaches and cliffs of Algarve in southern Portugal to the volcanic islands of the Azores, Europe’s secret Eden and its last great island adventure

Highlights

- The Azores Islands, Europe’s secret Eden
- Hiking to Lagoa do Fogo/Lake of Fire
- Bathing in the hot springs of Caldeira Velha
- Canyoning into the lush environment of Sao Miguel Island
- Hiking to Lagoa das Sete Cidades/Lake of Seven Cities
- Swimming in Ponta da Ferraria at the edge of Sao Miguel island
- Hiking to Salto do Prego waterfall
- Algarve beautiful beaches
- The amazing cliffs and rock formations of Ponta da Piedade
- Swimming to the amazing Benagil cave beach at Praia de Benagil
- Cape St. Vincent at the southwesternmost tip of Europe (The End of the World)
- Ziplining the only cross-border zipline in the world between Portugal & Spain
- Hiking the unique pathway of El Caminito del Rey
- Learning to surf the Atlantic Ocean in Lagos
- 4WD tour in Sierra Nevada mountains and the beautiful city of Granada

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Itinerary & Trip Details

Day 1: Arrival in Andalusia
Arrival in Andalusia

Arrival in Granada airport. Pickup and transfer to our hotel. Spend the day exploring the beautiful city of Granada at the foothills of Sierra Nevada mountains.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel

Day 2: Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada

Today we explore the Sierra Nevada mountain range. We will go for a 4WD adventure in Sierra Nevada National Park with the most spectacular views of snow-capped peaks, mountain villages and amazing mountainscapes. Afterwards we will head to Albaicin, the medieval moorish quarter of Granada for the most breathtaking view over Alhambra with the charming backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: B

Day 3: El Caminito del Rey

El Caminito del Rey

Breakfast, then drive west towards Malaga to the village of El Chorro where we are going to embark on the most amazing and unique hikes in the region known as El Caminito del Rey (The King’s pathway). The landscape and the amazing views are one of the most incredible experiences that you can encounter in Andalusia. The Pathway is a route built at the beginning of the 20th century suspended in the air in the  walls of the gorge at more than a hundred meters high above the river and del chorrro reservoir. Afterwards we will drive to Seville, the capital of Andalusia.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: B

Day 4: From Andalusia to Algarve

From Andalusia to Algarve

Breakfast then drive to the town of Sanlucar de Guadiana where we we will cross into Portugal on the only cross-border zipline in the world. We will cross over the River Guadiana from the region of Andalusia in Spain to the region of Algarve in Portugal along the 720m joining the two countries at speeds between 70 and 80 km/hr, literally flying through time and gaining one hour because of the time zone change between both countries. Afterwards our vans will meet us in Alcoutim in Portugal then continue our drive to Lagos. After check-in we will go on a cliff walk to Ponta de Piedade, along the fascinating coastline of western Algarve, it is considered as the finest natural feature in the region, with the cliffs of the headland carved into rock pillars, natural tunnels and hidden grottos. We will finish our walk at the beautiful beach of Praia Dona Ana, one of the world’s most beautiful beaches.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: B

Day 5: Surfing the Atlantic

Surfing the Atlantic

No visit to Portugal is complete without trying to surf the Atlantic waves. After breakfast we will hop on our vans and drive to the wild west coast of Algarve for a full day of surfing lessons where we get to learn how to stand on the board and conquer the Atlantic waves.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: B-PL

Day 6: The End of the World

The End of the World

Early breakfast then drive to Sagres to visit Cape St. Vincent, the southwesternmost tip of Europe which is also known as ‘The End of the World’ as here is where Portuguese explorers set sail into the unknown during the age of discovery. Afterwards we will drive to Benagil beach and swim into its amazing cave for another stunning beach in Algarve region.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: B

Day 7: The Azores

The Azores

Today we begin another chapter of our adventure as we drive to Lisbon airport and fly to Ponta Delgada, the capital of Sao Miguel island, the largest island in the Azores archipelago. Pickup from the airport, transfer to the hotel and spend the day exploring the surroundings or go for a walk to the Marina and Portas do Mar to enjoy its famous restaurants and bars.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: B

Day 8: The Lagoon of Fire

The Lagoon of Fire

Our adventure on the Azores starts by hiking to the island’s most beautiful lake known as the Lagoa do Fogo or the Lagoon of Fire. It’s a crater lake at the center of Sao Miguel Island and it occupies the bottom of a collapsed caldera. The lake is surrounded by lush vegetation which makes this hike one of the most scenic on the Azores and whole of Europe. After the hike, we will stop at the Caldeira Velha waterfall, located on the northern slope of the Fogo Volcano then drive back to our hotel.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: B-PL

Day 9: Azorean Adventure

Azorean Adventure

Our epic adventure continues in the Azores as we take on another adventurous activity on these magical islands. First, we drive to Nordeste in the northern part of the island, get geared up then hike up into the forests of Sao Miguel then start our Canyoning adventure into the lush environment as we jump, slide, swim and abseil along the stream that flows from the mountain top, completely surrounded by endemic forest. Lunch break then go on scenic drive to the village of Faial da Terra at the eastern part of the island for another adventurous hike to the beautiful waterfall of Salto do Prego and after a quick dip we continue our hike to the abandoned village of Sanguinho, then hike down to the village and drive back to Ponta Delgada.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: B-PL

Day 10: The Twin Lakes

The Twin Lakes

Sao Miguel island is also known as ‘The Green Island’ which is no surprise for the outstanding beauty of this island waiting to be explored. After our breakfast, we will drive to explore the west part of the island and the stunning Lagoa das Sete Cidades or the Lagoon of the seven cities. It’s a beautiful twin lake situated in the crater of a dormant volcano with a legendary story. After the hike, we will drive along the south coast and stop at Ponta da Ferraria for a swim in a beautiful ocean bathing area, where the salt water is heated inside a volcanic fissure.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: B-PL

Day 11: Lisbon

Lisbon

Morning flight to Lisbon and spend the day exploring the beautiful capital of Portugal.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: B

Day 12: Departure

Departure

Breakfast then transfer to the airport for final departure.

Meals: B

Price Includes/Excludes

Full Version: 12D11N/$1750
Portugal only: 9D8N/$1350
Price Includes

- Accommodation for 11 nights in standard hotels in Ponta Delgada, Lagos, Lisbon, Granada & Seville.
- All mentioned activities and tours
- All land transfers in a private vehicle
- All mentioned meals (B=Breakfast – L=Lunch – PL=Picnic Lunch – D=Dinner)
- Airport Pickups

Price Excludes

- Flights to Granada in Spain and return from Lisbon in Portugal
- Domestic flights to Ponta Delgada (avg. $200)
- Visa Expenses


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