Your tour begins with a lovely drive to a local pineapple plantation where you will have an opportunity to learn about the different stages of pineapple growing. While the climate in the Azores is not warm enough to grow pineapples, the local farmers have developed a unique way of cultivating this crop by growing them in greenhouses. This also allows them to grow the pineapples year-round and it has become a thriving industry in the islands. There will also be some limited shopping available at the pineapple plantation as well as a tasting of their delicious pineapple liqueur (subject to availability).
Continuing on, it's a scenic journey into the lush green landscape of the surrounding mountains as you make your way to the village of Sete Cidades for a short visit. Nestled amongst verdant pastureland and colorful flowers, this charming village with its uniquely styled homes and Neo-gothic 19th Century Parrish church offers some lovely photo opportunities. From this location, you will next travel to the Santiago Lake viewpoint where you will be treated to views of another of the area's lovely lakes.
Your final stop before returning to the ship is at the Vista Do Rei Viewpoint which offers a wonderful panoramic vista of the village of Sete Cidades and the twin lakes. This area, with its two gorgeous lakes is considered to be one of the most beautiful natural settings in the Azores. Viewing the lakes from the edge of the crater, one lake looks blue and is named Lagoa Azul, while the other appears green and is named Lagoa Verde. According to local legend, the lakes were created from the tears shed by a princess and her young shepherd lover when they were forced to part, each lake being a reflection of the young couple's individual eye coloring.
Afterwards, you will return to Ponta Delgada, making a brief stop at Pico do Carvao where you can view both parts of the island at the same time.
Please note: This tour includes limited walking and steps; however, there are no ramps and the coaches do not have lifts. The tour is not available for wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Therefore, this tour may not be considered suitable for mobility impaired guests. Weather appropriate comfortable clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Visibility at the view points is subject to prevailing weather conditions. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.