- 5 days centre-based walking
- Walking on tracks & paths, some are uneven.
- Altitude maximum 2351m (on optional ascent of Mt. Pico), average 500m
7 nights 4-star hotels/pensions with en suite facilities.
All breakfasts, 5 lunches included.
This is a moderate walking trip. No experience is necessary; those who take weekend hill walks in areas like the Peak District or Cotswolds at home should manage a moderate-grade trek; good health and reasonable fitness are important. These Moderately graded departures are either fairly easy medium-duration walks or harder, shorter walks.
The paths we use are generally flat and well maintained but some of the routes cross rougher terrain with longer ascents and descents. Some of the paths are quite narrow with stony underfoot and require walking in single file. On some occasions you will be walking on more coarse volcanic rock, so it is advidsed to be used to walking in more durable walking boots, especially over these sections.
The area is also subject to rain and high winds at any time so it is best to be prepared for this before you travel. On departures in May and September, it is best to bring warm clothes in case of colder weather.
Normal group size and age
Normally 5 to 14, plus local leader. Minimum age 16.
Island Hotels (4-star)
During the week our nights are split between two fantastic 4-star hotels. Nestled in the heart of Ponta Delgada is the Hotel Cameos. Situated in the centre of Ponta del Garda, this hotel is ideally located to explore the capital of the Azores and offers a comfortble stay in a traditional part of town. On Faial we use the excellent Hotel do Canal. Affording spectacular views towards the neighbouring island of Pico, this modern hotel sits just a 100 metres from the harbour and is the perfect place to relax after a days walking in and around the surrounding islands.
The vast majority of Exodus adventures are adult group holidays. Groups are always small in size. We strongly believe that this adherence to small groups means a better experience for all; more time with your guide, less waiting around and a reduced impact on the communities and environments visited.
Each group is generally made up of like-minded travellers - with singles, couples and friends all joining in together. All these trips are suitable for single travellers, but if you prefer to travel with clients booking individually, please see our Solo Departures page.
No experience is necessary; those who take weekend hill walks in areas like the Peak District or Cotswold’s at home should manage a B-grade trek; good health and reasonable fitness are important. These Moderately graded departures are either fairly easy medium-duration walks or harder, shorter walks.
Walking & Trekking: Trips are wholly trekking-focused or simply include a significant number of walking days during the itinerary.
Wildlife: Trips may be wholly wildlife focused, or contain an element of wildlife viewing within a less specific itinerary.