Faial Island Trail: Riding 3 Days

5.0 (6)
8 days 7 nights
Portugal
Difficulty
Moderate
Comfort
Premium
Weight limit
95 kg / 209 lb

The beautiful island of Faial offers excellent trail riding, but there are also many other attractions to explore. Visitors can enjoy whale watching, hiking, exploring the charming sailors' town of Horta or simply relaxing on the island's black beaches. Experience a three-day ride along the Faial Island Trail and be captivated by the stunning scenery, from riding among hydrangea hedges to traversing unique volcanic landscapes. 

Explore enchanting forests and visit picturesque villages near the Atlantic ocean, where natural lava-rock pools offer a refreshing swim. Then, spend three more days enjoying activities such as whale and dolphin watching, guided hikes through jungle-like areas with Nature Park Guides or a visit to the neighboring island of Pico.

from US$ 1 260
per tourist for 8 days
Departing from
Azores, Horta Airport
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Number of individuals
Only in the Horse Tours Club
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Photo Diogo P.
Diogo P. is the provider 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

Faial Riding
Choose Your Activities
Combine riding with other activities on the island
Luxury Accommodation
Our comfortable ecolodge provides a pool, a sauna and delicious meals
Enjoy the Ocean
Spot whales, dolphins and swim in the Atlantic Ocean

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
Caldeira of Faial Trail
Day 3
Volcano of Capelinhos Trail
Day 4
Cabeço Verde Trail
Day 5
Leisure Day
Day 6
Non Riding Activities Day
Day 7
Last Day at the Lodge
Day 8
Departure
Difficulty
Moderate
Tour provider's comments

3 days of riding.

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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.

Tickets to group meeting place

Group meeting place
Azores, Horta Airport
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Included

  • daily individual trail briefing on the riding days;
  • organization of all possible activities on the Activity-Days;
  • incoming/outgoing transfer after breakfast;
  • all transfers according to the program;
  • 3 riding days with qualified English-speaking guide;
  • friendly, persistent and sure-footed Lusitano and Cruzado Portuguese horses;
  • special trail equipment (Prestige Trekker saddles);
  • 7x overnight stays (according to chosen option), lounge, garden, free WiFi;
  • 7x breakfast, 3x saddlebag picnic, 7x dinner without drinks.

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;
  • incoming/outgoing transfer not after breakfast.

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

  • Any dates on request during the season
    1 Jan – 31 Dec
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