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A day out in São Jorge

Van Tours

São Jorge island Request Tour
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Light meal included
Boat tickets not included
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Free cancellations
100 per adult

A day out in São Jorge

São Jorge Island Van Tour – Full day

São Jorge island

Long, narrow, with high cliffs, this is another of the desirable islands of the Atlantic.

Its mountain range, as proud and beautiful as the bone in the back of a dragon, is a wonderful contrast to the universe of the «fajãs», the velvet platforms by the sea level.

Cheese, coffee, and clams have unique flavors; the meadows cast a thick, intense green; the sea is clear and clean. At the factories, the process of giving birth to the famous cheese is still almost all artisanal. In the churches, some bell towers were saved from the wrath of the lava and their stories introduce a mystical seasoning in narratives.

In the wide, open pools there are areas reflected with colors and brilliant as kaleidoscopes – diving in them takes us to the womb of mother nature. What can be seen from the hilltops attracts us to descend to the «fajãs», snaking amongst grazing lands covered with wildflowers, foamy streams of water and crystal cascades.

An oasis for surf and seclusion, they are the remote places of ancient experiences still guarded. There, the daily life is pure, keeps all the strength of the debuts, and shows us what we thought we had lost forever.

  • Difficulty Easy
  • Languages English, Portuguese
  • Season Availabe in all season
  • Duration 8H
  • Includes

    • Certified guide
    • Picnic lunch (sandwich, cake, fruit, water, juice)
    • Entrance and tasting in the cheese factory
    • Tasting the local coffee
    • Insurance (personal accident and liability)

    The Experience

    If you want to know the island of São Jorge, without worrying about the certainty that you will visit the best places on the island, don’t think twice!

    The island of São Jorge is composed of a “mountain range” and many fajãs, which are actually coastal platforms formed by lava or landslides. That is why the island of fajãs is known.

    On this comfortable van tour, accompanied by a certified guide, you will pass through the most beautiful fajãs in São Jorge.

    In Fajã dos Vimes you will visit the exclusive commercial coffee plantations in Europe and also, of course, you will taste this organic coffee, still produced very manually.

    You will be able to meet the family that is still responsible for its production today.

    • Ferry trip

      – From the harbor of Madalena or São Roque, we will take the ferry to Velas. It takes about 1h20 or 45 minutes respectively. Once on the island, we start to explore São Jorge aboard a comfortable van.

    • Local cheese factory

      – This is where we produce the most famous cheese of the Azores. The cheese from São Jorge is of raw milk, from grass-fed cows on the island. The maturing process of this cheese can be from 3 to 12 months.

    • Urzelina

      – Urzelina is on the islands’ south coast. There, we will hear the fascinating story about the little parish’s church tower. In fact, the building was spared from the lava flow of the last eruption happening on the island in 1808.

    • Fajã dos Vimes

      – São Jorge has many “fajãs” (flat platforms formed by lava or landslides) along the coast. One of them, Fajã dos Vimes, has Europe’s exclusive commercial coffee plantations.

      – After seeing how the plants grow, we will have the chance to taste this exquisite coffee.

    • Fajã dos Cubres

      – We will then go to the north coast. There, we can enjoy breathtaking views over the northern cliffs and Fajã dos Cubres, as well as the Fajã da Caldeira de Santo Cristo. Both formed by landslides in 1757, during the strongest earthquake ever felt in the Azores.

    • Poça do Simão Dias

      – Further, in Fajã do Ouvidor, you can take a dip in one of the most beautiful natural pools: Poça do Simão Dias.

    • Back to Pico

      – After this full-day tour to the beautiful São Jorge, it is time to take the ferry back to Pico.

    Departure Point

    Velas Ferry Terminal | Free pick up in Velas municipality (select this option during the checkout process). Our staff will contact you on the day before the tour takes place.

    Departure Time

    Please select a date on the calendar on the top right hand side of this program page and check the available schedule.

    Return Point

    Returns to original departure point

    Why Futurismo

  • 100+ Breathtaking experiences

    Venture beyond the extraordinary. Unrivaled adventure

  • Azores Travel Experts

    Largest tour operator in the Azores with 30 years of experience

  • Environmental Education

    At Futurismo, we think that educating and raising awareness among the young ones is very important for the future

  • Friendly Help

    We’re here to make your experience incredible. Reach us by phone, email, or WhatsApp

  • Helping Social Solidarity Institutions

    Apart from being a responsible tour operator, we also have a social commitment with many local organizations

  • Plan your São Jorge Island Van Tour – Full day

    What to bring?

    • Comfortable light clothes
    • Sweater, raincoat
    • Sunscreen, hat and backpack
    • Swimsuit & towel
    • Water and snacks


    • Boat tickets not included
    • You can join this tour if you are already in São Jorge
    • If you have any food restriction, please inform us at least 48h before the tour

    Our Policies

    Cancellation policy

    • Cancellations up to 48 hours before the tour, no penalties are applied
    • Cancellations up to 24 hours: 50% of the total amount will be charged
    • Cancellations less than 24 hours or no-show: full amount will be charged
    • If the weather conditions do not allow the activity to be done safely, we will cancel it and contact you suggesting an alternative date or provide a full refund.

    Booking confirmation policy

    • You will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of successful booking.

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    Can I cancel my tour reservation and have a full refund?

    Yes, you can check our detailed cancellation and refund policies per tour on each tour page, under “Good to Know” section

    Can I take my camera with me during this activity?

    Yes, but be aware that your material will be under your responsability.

    How can I book this activity?

    You can select any tour within our website and get your booking confirmation on your email immediately. Alternativelly, you can visit us on our shops or get in touch with us by phone, email or send us a message on social media (Instagram and Facebook)

    Is this an adventure kind of tour?

    It is a great adventure, but not physically demanding.

    What if the weather isn’t ok?

    If the weather doesn’t allow to do this activity safely, we will cancel it and suggest na alternative date.

    What is the minimum number of participants?

    Please check the minimum number of participant for each tour inside the program’s page.

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