Azores Horseback Riding Tour

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Trip Overview

Duration

8 Days

Activities

Boating/Rafting
Hiking
Horseback Riding
Wildlife Viewing

Physical Rating

Riding Ability: Experienced Novice–Intermediate

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Discover the Blue Island

The landscape of Faial Island shifts from volcanic craters to mirror-surfaced rock pools, beech forest and roadside blooms of wild blue hydrangeas, giving the island its nickname, The Blue Island. The Lusitano horses are a majestic Portuguese breed thought to be one of the oldest in the world, and their stoic nature is a peaceful presence. For a breath of fresh air and a balance of hiking, pastoral horseback riding and wild coastal landscapes, Faial is the island of idyllic dreams.


Horses and Hydrangeas 

Enter a World of Whales and Volcanoes 

The island’s volcanic origin leaves unmistakable marks on the landscape, and the surrounding ocean is an important historical whaling area. We learn all about the behavior and antics of the local whale species and may have the lucky opportunity to observe wild dolphins too! We also take a ferry to the neighboring island of Pico, where the patchwork vineyards have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On our Azores Horseback Riding Tour, we can split the group into less experienced and more advanced riders to ensure everyone is challenged and rewarded.  

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Loved the trip… food was amazing, picnics were delicious and charming. Horses were well cared for and the riding trails so beautiful. Wish we would have had another riding day! If you love horses, hiking, wine and the ocean…this trip is for you! Thanks for a great trip.”

Sabine M.

Bonding Over Bridles and Barbie Dream Horses in the Azores

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The Fairy Tale Horses of Faial Island, Azores

The Azores are a group of nine Islands in the mid-Atlantic, that are entirely formed by volcanic activity. The archipelago is part of Portugal, though the islands are almost as…

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    Itinerary

    • Day 1

      Welcome to Azores

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    • Day 2

      Trail Rides

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    • Day 3

      Hike the Caldeira

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    • Day 4

      Capelinhos Volcano

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    • Day 5

      Jungle Horse Camp

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    • Day 6

      The Island of Pico

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    • Day 7

      Ocean Experience

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    • Day 8

      Onwards

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    Want all the details in one handy package? Download the full itinerary here. 

    What’s Included

    • checkmark icon Awesome certified English-speaking guides
    • checkmark icon Seven nights’ accommodation at an award-winning, sustainable family-run 4-star lodge (twin-share rooms)
    • checkmark icon All meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8
    • checkmark icon Three days of informative horse trail riding sessions (English-style)
    • checkmark icon Whale watching excursion (depending on sea conditions)
    • checkmark icon All transfers according to the program, all entrance tickets and all ferryboat passages
    • checkmark icon WiFi in the lodge
    • checkmark icon All applicable taxes are included in the trip price
    Please Note:

    All applicable taxes are included in the trip price.

    Optional single private upgrade, subject to fee and availability.

    Itineraries may be subject to change without notice due to weather and other environmental conditions. Please review our Booking Terms.

    Trip Details

    Know Before You Go

    Click HERE for all of the logistical details you’ll need to know prior to departure—including the packing list, arrival and departure details and suggested tipping information.

    This trip starts in Horta, Faial Island (airport code: HOR) and finishes in Horta, Faial Island (airport code: HOR).

    Day 7’s Ocean Experience

    Depending on when the whale watching tour is booked, the day’s itinerary may be reversed. There will be free time in the morning to meander the town followed by lunch (at a different restaurant than Peter’s), the whale watching tour and then a cocktail at Peter’s before returning to the lodge.

    How We Support You

    Ready for a big adventure? We’re in it together. On this trip, we’ll be spending many hours each day in a saddle, riding English-style. Riders must be fit, adventurous, and competent riders.

    Still have questions or concerns? Let’s talk about it.

    What the Trip Entails

    This is an active adventure, multi-day tour on horseback for advanced beginners. We would like you to be comfortable with the following:

    • checkmark icon Mounting and dismounting unassisted from the ground
    • checkmark icon Leading and riding horses over hilly, uneven terrain
    • checkmark icon The fitness and confidence to ride for hours per day
    • checkmark icon The maximum rider weight for this trip is 210 pounds
    • checkmark icon Riding Ability Rating:
      Experienced Novice – Intermediate (Comfortable at a walk and trot, gaining confidence at the canter)
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