Horta cruises

Horta is the capital of Fayal, one of the smallest of the nine remote Azores islands which are 760 miles away from their parent country, Portugal. There is some superb scenery as you tour the island, discovering sheltered bays and hidden coves but, for the most breathtaking views, head for the huge volcanic crater, Caldera.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Scenic Island Drive

    Enjoy delightful scenery and stunning views on this leisurely tour of Horta.

    Scenic Island Drive

    Relax and soak up the spectacular scenery as a leisurely drive introduces you to the beautiful island of Faial, often referred to as the Blue Island due to the vast amount of hydrangeas that bloom here during the summer months. As you wind your way around the island, you’ll pass the typical Azorean villages of Ribeira Funda and Norte Pequeno, before heading to Capelinhos.

    The Capelinhos volcanic eruption occurred in 1957, rising from the sea and remaining active for 13 months. This natural phenomenon is one of the most remarkable volcanoes in the world and a significant part of the island’s history. Today, the site houses a wonderful Interpretative Centre which depicts the story of the volcanic eruption as well as the geological history of the Azores.

    Round off your tour with a stop at the 4 Star Hotel do Canal. Sit back and relax with refreshments of tea, coffee and pastries and marvel at the breathtaking views over the bay.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Please note that views are dependent on weather conditions on the day. There is a short walk of approximately ten minutes at the Capelinhos Volcano area, over uneven ground. The visit to the Interpretative Centre is non-guided and therefore the amount of walking required is at guests’ discretion.

    Tour code

    HTA_005

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Caldeira & Capelinhos Volcano

    Admire the ‘Blue Island’, named because of its profusion of pretty blue hydrangeas and visit the impressive Capelinhos Volcano.

    Caldeira & Capelinhos Volcano

    The belvedere at Espalamaca, is the perfect place to look out towards the port and the charming old town of Horta. You’ll also be able to see the islands of Pico, Sao Jorge and Graciosa, which make up part of the Archipelago.

    Ascend 3,000 feet to the centre of the island to inspect the vast volcanic crater known as Caldeira. Considered as one of the major attractions of the island, it is over a mile in diameter and 1,200 feet deep, and is surrounded by exuberant vegetation.

    Continuing westwards, you’ll pass the typical Azorean villages of Ribeira Funda, Praia do Norte and Norte Pequeno, from where there is a magnificent view of Capelinhos, the volcano which rose from the sea in 1957. The volcano is now extinct, but you will see the effects of its devastating eruption.

    You’ll return along the south coast of this hydrangea-filled, windmill-dotted island, through Capelo and Castel Branco.

    During this tour, a short comfort stop will be made at a local café bar where refreshments can be purchased if required.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Views are dependent on weather conditions on the day. This tour involves some walking over uneven ground, including some steps. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Passengers are advised to take a jacket, as a cool breeze may be experienced at the Volcano. Toilet facilities may be limited at the comfort stop. Euros are accepted for purchases.

    Tour code

    HTA_001

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Whale & Dolphin Watching

    Explore the waters surrounding the beautiful island of Horta and nurture your desire to feel close to nature.

    Whale & Dolphin Watching

    Seeing whales and dolphins in their natural habitat is a most thrilling sight, and these beautiful creatures will inspire adventurers’ young and old. Journey out to the vicinity of the island of Fayal where your tour begins.

    The Azores attracts 24 species of cetaceans with Sperm Whales being the most common. Other whales that visit include the Humpback, Minky, Blue, Sei, Northern Bottlenose Whales and the Sowerby’s Beaked Whale. Regular encounters are made with the Pilot Whale, Orca Whale and Pseudorca Whale, as well as the Common, Bottlenose, Risso’s and Striped Dolphin.

    Prior to setting off, you will be given a short briefing by one of the whale-watching experts. The crew on board are available during your excursion to answer any questions you may have on marine life and the rich history of the Azores.

    Explore the coast around the beautiful islands of the Azores and enjoy the calm and tranquillity of these lush green islands as you go in search of these fascinating mammals.


    This excursion is conducted by boat and on foot. There is a ten minute walk to the whale watching base from the ship. This tour is not suitable for those who suffer with seasickness. Due to the swells that can be experienced in the area, it is recommended that all guests should take seasickness tablets with them as a precaution. The swells may cause the boat ride to be bumpy and those with injuries or conditions which may be affected should take this into consideration. This tour is dependent on weather conditions. Animal sightings are not guaranteed. Due to the nature of this tour, it is recommended that guests who are pregnant do not participate.

    Tour code

    HTA_003

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • A Walk from Capelinhos to Varadouro

    Explore the landscape left behind by Horta’s now extinct volcanoes, on foot.

    A Walk from Capelinhos to Varadouro

    Setting off from the port you’ll drive to the Capelinhos Volcano, which rose from the sea in 1957. The volcano is now extinct, but you’ll see the effects of its devastating eruption. From here, you’ll begin your walk to Varadouro.

    This guided walk explores what is certainly the most beautiful part of this lush volcanic island.With every step, you'll be seduced by scenery and immersed in a culture that is a unique blend of Portuguese tradition and natural history.

    Varadouro is a natural bay and is recognised by its natural pools made of black volcanic stone. It is a popular spot for summerhouses and offers lovely coastal views. Here, your walk will finish and you’ll take the return drive to the port.

    During this tour, a short comfort stop will be made at a local café bar where refreshments can be purchased if required.


    This excursion is conducted by coach and on foot. Views are dependent on weather conditions on the day. The walk lasts approximately 2½ hours and is over five miles. Flat, non slip footwear suitable for walking over uneven, rough and sometimes wet ground are essential. A weatherproof jacket should be worn. It is advisable to carry some bottled water. There are no facilities for purchasing refreshments during the walk however there will be a short comfort stop en route to Capelinhos Volcano. Toilet facilities may be limited. Euros are accepted for purchases.

    Tour code

    HTA_004

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    4¼ hours