Faial Island Trail

5.0 (6)
8 days 7 nights
Portugal
Difficulty
Challenging
Comfort
Premium
Weight limit
90 kg / 198 lb

Experience one of the most captivating horse trails in Europe - The Faial Island Trail. Mounted on your Lusitano trail horse, you will explore island paths that are influenced by wine, marine life and volcanic activity. As you ride through small vineyards and "Adegas," you'll gain insight into the wine and cheese of Faial. Galloping along the coastline, you'll come across whale watching spots and lighthouses. You may also have the opportunity to join marine biologists to observe whales and dolphins or learn about the bustling sailing and harbor town of Horta and its whaling heritage. 

On horseback, you'll encounter the top volcanic attractions of the Azores, including the 1,000-meter-high crater of Faial, Caldeira and the Volcano of Capelinhos, which erupted in 1957. This adventure includes thrilling rides through the jungle and the Faial mountains.

from US$ 2 352
per tourist for 8 days
Departing from
Azores, Horta Airport
Tour starts
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Number of individuals
up to 6 tourists over 16 years old
Only in the Horse Tours Club
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Photo Diogo P.
Diogo P. is the provider and guide of this trip
The provider speaks: English, German
Since the beginning in the team, I am the man who manages all topics around the horses, guides and riders. Whenever possible I guide our guest on trails. Our Ecolodge on Faial Island is the Azores Horse-Lovers Paradise. The place where Trail-Riders, Nature and Island-Enthusiasts from all over the world are coming together. Our Ecolodge is the home of our Lusitano and Cruzado Portuguese Horses. They are living the whole year outside on evergreen meadows. This is the place to enjoy country and island life. From the Ecolodge you have an endless view over the Atlantic Ocean, to gently sloping hills and to the 2,350 m high volcano of Pico. Quite close you see the neighbor islands of São Jorge and Graciosa. We provide 365 days of endless Island Horse Adventures.

Tour highlights

Azores Travel
Black Lava Beaches and Volcanoes
Explore the stunning landscapes of the Azores
Spot Whales or Dolphins
The local marine biologists will give you a tour
Luxury Accommodation
Be our guest and stay at our comfortable ecolodge enjoying the pool and sauna

Route details

Day 1
Arrival

Arrival on Faial Island (Horta Airport - Code: HOR), transfer to our Ecolodge and first contact with the horses, briefing of the trail week. Get to know the group and the guide. Allocation of horses. Welcome dinner.

Day 2
History of Whales
Day 3
Lighthouse Trail
Day 4
Caldeira of Faial Trail
Day 5
Cabeço Verde Trail and Whale Watching
Day 6
Volcano of Capelinhos Trail
Day 7
The Fajã Bay and Canyon Trail
Day 8
Departure
Difficulty
Challenging
Tour provider's comments

For experienced riders who can trot and canter in the open spaces.

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Accommodation

Comfort
Premium
Camp Site
7 nights

Single accommodation costs extra.

7 nights
Our Ecolodge

Our Ecolodge features a tranquil surroundings with beautiful views of blue Atlantic Ocean, green meadows and islands of São Jorge, Graciosaand Pico. Combines the comfort of a 4-star Boutique Nature Lodge with an equine, or any other outdoor activities for romantic gateways or family vacations. Friendly staff helps to organize horseback riding on one of well-trained horses led by excellent and enthusiastic guides or any other excursions.

We offer 7 specious apartments and 4 cozy lodge rooms, onsite restaurants, swimming pool and sauna.

Travel recommendations

Group meeting place
Azores, Horta Airport
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Tour conditions

Included

  • 7 nights at indicated room type;
  • 7 x breakfast, 5 x saddlebag / 1 x large picnic (incl. water and juice), 7 x 3-course dinner (choice between meat, fish or vegetarian / vegan meal);
  • 6 riding days with qualified English-speaking guide;
  • daily trail briefing;
  • entry ticket to the Capelinhos Interpretation Center;
  • whale watching with marine biologists (Shoulder and High Season), alternatively visit to the city of Horta and visit to the whaling museum (Low Season);
  • all transfers according to the program including return airport transfer at defined time;
  • friendly, persistent and sure-footed Lusitano and Cruzado Portuguese horses;
  • special trail equipment (Prestige Trekker saddles & helmets);
  • Unlimited usage of sauna, swimming pool, fireplace lounge, garden, WiFi at the Lodge.

Extras

  • Australian raincoat rental (fee €5 per person/day);
  • flights;
  • drinks and meals, unless otherwise mentioned in the program;
  • tips (recommendation / week: €30 trail guide and €20 lodge team);
  • other personal expenses;
  • travel insurance.

Group size

up to 6 tourists

Duration

8 days
7 nights

It's important to know

Can I cancel my booking?

Yes, you can cancel your booking. Cancellation policy varies 

01 June - 30 September: 

  • from 59 to 22 days prior to arrival: 50% on meal plan booked
  • from 21 to 10 days prior to arrival: 80% on meal plan booked
  • from 9 to 0 days prior to arrival: 100% on meal plan booked

01 April - 31 May & 01 - 30 September: 

  • from 45 to 30 days prior to arrival: 50% on meal plan booked
  • from 29 to 10 days prior to arrival: 80% on meal plan booked
  • from 9 to 0 days prior to arrival: 100% on meal plan booked

01 November - 31 March: 

  • from 30 to 10 days prior to arrival: 50% on meal plan booked
  • from 9 to 0 days prior to arrival: 100% on meal plan booked
Cancellation of booking

Tour reviews

5.0
Based on 6 reviews
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    Huzam
    18 Mar, 2024
    about provider
    If you enjoy horses, dogs and ppl who appreciate the outdoors and the simple things in life. Then this patio is the perfect place for you, friendly staff, beautiful private location and convenient access to everything that makes Faial special make it a great choice... this is not a place for demanding travelers with 1st world problems, but rather a cozy home away from home.
    18 Mar, 2024
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    Alice
    1 Feb, 2024
    about provider
    We stayed at this patio for 12 days in December. The location and accommodations were excellent! The beautifully decorated luxury tiny houses made our stay very comfortable. Victor and Angélique warmly welcomed us. The place offers a variety of activities like horseback rides and guided hikes. Whether you prefer an active or relaxing holiday, they have something for everyone (including an indoor pool). The staff is friendly and helpful. We highly recommend this place! Faial is also stunning in winter. Thank you Victor and Angélique, we will definitely return! Georges and Alice
    1 Feb, 2024
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    Wendy
    9 Jan, 2024
    about provider
    I had a fantastic time at this patio. The accommodations were lovely, the staff was friendly, and the food was delicious. The highlight of my stay was the unforgettable day horse trail. They tailored the experience to my riding ability and horse preferences, allowing for plenty of cantering in diverse landscapes with stunning views,... . And the horses were well cared for. I am already thinking about returning in the summer to see the blue hydrangeas in bloom.
    9 Jan, 2024

Dates and Prices

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