The Azores


Based on 7 days, 6 nights flight tour for 33 passengers travelling May 2024. Subject to availability.

A hidden gem with untouched nature off the coast of Portugal

Welcome to the Azores – a sub-tropical paradise surrounded by the deep blue Atlantic, ready and waiting for exploration and adventure.

The Azores are a group of 9 islands and we think Ilha de São Miguel, nicknamed “The Green Island” or “Ilha Verde”, is the perfect choice for youth groups looking for endless outdoor adventure. The island is beautiful and lush, with volcanic peaks, balconied palaces, azure lakes, and calderas. A truly unique landscape and culture, with jaw-dropping scenery at every turn.

Kayak on the twin crater lakes of Sete Cidades to the northwest or hop on bikes and ride around the perimeter. Trek through Ribeira Natural Park and brace yourself to jump, slide and abseil amidst the natural wonders that surround you. Or head east to Furnas Valley with its fumaroles (volcanic openings in the earth’s surface emitting steam and volcanic gasses) and take a dip in the one of the two thermal pools. Adventure amongst the Azores natural wonders!

When you choose Venture Abroad and our activity holidays for youth groups, you choose to take all the hassle out of it. Our experts will help you narrow down the amazing choice of activities and plan your very own tailored itinerary. Activity trips to the Azores, your way!

Our top tips for an adventure to The Azores


Easter, May, October, and summer.


In the main youth hostel in Ponta Delgada.


By plane.

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18-24 months in advance.

Accommodation to suit your budget!

We have a great youth hostel in Ponta Delgada popular with our groups thanks to it’s communal areas – which are perfect spaces to relax at night. Also, it’s conveniently located in the city centre. Or for groups who want their time on this sub-tropical island to have an extra feel of luxury, then we can offer a fantastic hotel option which is also well suited to groups.

Activities and Excursions

If you’re looking for a unique Scout or Guide trip destination – with an exciting mix of sight-seeing, activities and adventure – then look no further than the Azores. 

What’s popular with our groups?

Something extra special:

Ribeira Natural Park canyoning

Immerse yourself in the enchanting landscape of Ribeira dos Caldeirões in Nordeste, a breathtaking protected area tucked away in the Northeastern part of São Miguel island. Warm up your muscles walking along the trail, leading to the starting point of this thrilling escapade! And brace yourself to jump, slide and abseil amidst the natural wonders that surround you… Descend along the stream that majestically cascades down from the mountain top, completely enveloped by verdant forest. Once you've reached the peak and taken a deep breath to marvel at the wondrous panorama, the adrenaline-fueled descent commences! Prepare to be captivated as you familiarise yourself with the downstream terrain before abseiling down spectacular waterfalls. This is truly an other-worldly adventure!

How could your trip to the Azores look?

It’s important to remember that all our itineraries are tailor-made. There’s no fixed itinerary, every activity holiday is different. That said, we know it’s helpful to see how your time away could look, so here’s a sample itinerary to get the ideas flowing.

Day 1

Fly from the UK to Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, where you’ll be transferred to your accommodation.

Day 2

Start the day exploring the Gruta do Carvao lava tube on a guided tour. Then head out to Sete Cidades where you’ll start at Vista Rei Belvedere and hike the crater rim down to the village. Take in the sights at the Ponta do Escalvado viewpoint, before exploring Mosteiros Beach. Head back to your accommodation for the evening

Day 3

Walk to the harbour for a half-day whale & dolphin watching excursion, a real highlight! Spend the afternoon at the seafront lido soaking up the sun, before heading back to your accommodation.

Day 4

It’s another jam-packed day today as you visit Ribeira Grande Caldeiras and trek along the Salto do Cabrito trail for the Canyoning activity. Then discover Caldeira Velha where you can bathe in a warm waterfall and pool, before heading to Lagoa do Fogo viewpoint. An action-packed day!

Day 5

Explore Sete Cidades twin lakes on bikes and kayak, before you head to see the inner workings of Arruda Pineapple Plantation  

Day 6

Start you day with a visit to the Furnas hot springs, then continue on foot to Lagoa das Furnas for a trek around the lake and to see the Cozido cooking area. In the afternoon, head out to the Botanical Gardens for a swim in a geothermal pool before enjoying a spot of tea at Gorreana Tea Plantation and a trek around its fields.

Day 7

It’s time to wave goodbye to this Eden as you are transferred to airport for a return flight home.

An itinerary like this could cost…

Based on 7 days, 6 nights flight tour for 33 passengers travelling July 2024. Subject to availability.

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