Make the most of your vacation with a shore and land excursion that appeals to your interests. Knowledgeable, professional guides lead all excursions and offer special insights into the culture, history, wildlife, and geology of each destination. Discover first-hand how islanders went about the business of growing, harvesting and refining sugar in 18th century Barbados. Take an invigorating mush across a snow-covered glacier aboard an Alaskan dogsled. Or stroll through the maze of tiny streets in Mykonos, the birthplace of Apollo.
Meet your driver as guide at the pier and board your 4WD vehicle. Leaving Ponta Delgada behind, you will drive past small villages, vineyards and fields of tobacco and tea. Travel old tracks and steams as you head into the islands mountain interior a landscape of rugged lava outcrops, indigenous forest and meadows lined with colorful hydrangeas.
Sparkling lakes and stunning gardens surround you as you explore S. Miguel Island. A scenic, narrated drive takes you to past picturesque villages on the way to Feteiras. Keep an eye out for both houses built on the rough undecorated lava and take in the view from the 2000-foot-high volcano. Legend has it that seven cities - the Sete Cidades once occupied the bottom of the crater.
The Northeast mid-Atlantic location attracts 24 species of cetaceans, Sperm Whales are the most common. Other whales encountered are the Humpback, Minky, Blue, Sei, Northern Bottlenose Whale and the Sowerby's beaked Whale. The dolphins regularly encountered are the Pilot Whale, Orca, Pseudorca, Common Dolphin, Bottlenose Dolphin, Risso's Dolphin and the Striped Dolphin. This tour will give you the opportunity of an encounter with at least one of the mentioned species.
At the East of the island is an enormous crater and luxuriant garden in an extravagant atmosphere where the color of the flowers mixes with vegetation originating from diverse continents. In the picturesque village of Furnas, the Terra Nostra Park was planted by Thomas Hickling in the 18th century. Pico do Ferro is surrounded by exuberant vegatation and traversed by waterfalls. This belvedere gives a dazzling panorama over the Furnas Valley. Furnas Hot Springs is an area of diverse volcanic activity where water and mus geysers spout and boil.
Furnas Lake with gothic outline of the chapel of Nossa Senhora das Vitorias reflected in its limpid water, offers volcanic fumaroles and authentic natural kitchens along its margins - a real encounter with nature.
At the East of the island is an enormous crater and luxuriant garden in an extravagant atmosphere where the colour of the flowers mixes with the exuberant vegetation originating from diverse continents. In the picturesque village of Furnas, the Terra Nostra Park, which was planted by Thomas Hickling in the 18th century. Pico do Ferro is surrounded by exuberant vegetation and traversed by waterfalls. This belvedere gives a dazzling panorama over the Furnas Valley. Furnas Hot Springs is an area of diverse volcanic activity where water and mud geysers spout and boil.
Ponta Delgada a flat rectangular city of abut 3km legth reflects the mixture of architectural styles and urban planning that have been influential through its history. On this tour you will have the opportunity to visit some of its well known monuments and gardens.
Ribeira Grande: Explore the oldest town of S. Miguel, North coast strolling its narrow, cobblestone lanes and admiring its may 17th and 18th century buildings. Apart of a visit at a Pineapple Plantation, only place in the world where pineapples grow in greenhouses.
Two lakes inhibited the caldeira of an extinct volcano, the waters of one lake are blue the water of the second lake is green. A narrow isthmus of lava separates the two. At Antonio Borges Botanical Garden a remarkable collection of European and tropical trees will be seen. At the pineapple Greenhouse you will see first hand how the fruits are cultivated and marketed.
Board your motor coach at the pier and drive through the countryside to Feteira, passing picturesque small villages and farmhouses built of undecorated lava. Travel to Sete Cidades, set on the lake shore and surrounded by forest than climb to crater's rim. Your return route passes Santiago Lake.
Important: Please remember you have up to 4 days prior to your sail date to purchase your regular shore excursions online. If you are within the 4 days, you will then need to purchase your shore excursions onboard; land excursions would need to be purchased directly through your Tour Director on the land portion of the Alaska Cruisetour. For example, if you are sailing on October 18, you can make Shore & Land Excursion purchases online until October 13.