Geography school trips to the
The Azores

Geography school trips to the
The Azores

A far-flung archipelago of green-coated calderas, enchanting blue lakes and steaming fumaroles, the Azores is a rare mass of beauty that hums with volcanic origin.

Scattered like stepping stones in the mid-Atlantic, these other-worldly islands are somewhat untouched, beckoning explorers to unearth their geographical treasures. 

In this case, the biggest may well be the best as you journey to the largest island, Sao Miguel. Home to the best bits of the Azores, it’s a land laden with hot springs, forest-ringed lakes and quaint fishing villages. Rich in volcanic studies and geothermal gems, a school geography trip to the Azores is the ultimate adventure.

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Curricular Links

  • Changing Places/Diverse Places
  • Climate Change
  • Coastal Systems & Landscapes
  • Ecosystems
  • Environmental Challenges
  • Globalisation
  • Global Governance
  • Marine Environments
  • Resource Management – Water, Energy, Food
  • Tectonic Processes, Landscapes & Hazards
  • Tourism
  • Water & Carbon Cycles
  • Weather & Climate

Recommended Excursions

Lagoa do Fogo

The Agua de Pau stratovolcano is the largest of the three active central volcanoes on Sao Miguel. It consists of two calderas, one of which is filled with the stunning Lagoa do Fogo. Impressive views are visible over the lake and a footpath leads down to the lake shore.

Gorreana Tea Plantation

Gorreana is the only tea factory in Europe to continuously produce tea since 1883. A guided visit of the plantation provides an insight in to the history of tea growing in the Azores and the processes involved in its production. The visit can be extended by taking a walk through the fields of tea plants.

Caldeira Velha

Located on the northern slope of the Agua de Pau volcano, this natural monument is an important zone of secondary volcanism and rich biodiversity. Full of fumaroles and hot springs, it’s possible to bathe in thermal pools beneath a warm waterfall. The on-site interpretation centre helps to explain both the geodiversity and biodiversity of the area.

Sete Cidades

The volcanic complex of Sete Cidades boasts an almost circular caldera rim with breathtaking green and blue lakes. As the source of Azorean legend, it's easy to see why this ranks as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal. The town of the same name rests on the floor of the caldera beside the lake and the area can be explored on foot or by bicycle.

Mosteiros Coast

The town of Mosteiros on the western edge of Sao Miguel is surrounded by 20m high coastal cliffs, a black sand beach and lava formations. The remains of a coastal caldera, destroyed in a hydro-magmatic eruption, are visible from the shore.

Furnas Hot Springs

The hot springs and fumaroles in the town of Furnas provide an opportunity to understand the biodiversity of hot springs. A guided tour includes an exhibition the fumarole fields and a tasting of the thermal and mineral waters, along with a thermal snack.

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When you choose Rayburn Tours you can be rest assured that your school trip is in safe and secure hands thanks to our years of experience and all the right policies and accreditations behind us.


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  • What are you responsible for?

    The DfE’s guidance for safe travel highlights the need for all those involved with the organisation and running of a tour to work together as a team. This is our aim at Rayburn Tours, to work together with our party leaders to ensure our groups' safety and peace of mind.

  • What should be included in my risk assessment?

    Start by identifying the potential hazards before deciding on the appropriate precautions to minimize the potential risk for your group. Once identified, record your findings and implement the precautions. Specific requirements are available from your Local Authority.
  • Are all of your coaches audited?

    UK coaches: Yes, all of our UK coach companies are audited by our in-house team. Copies of which can be made available to you.

    Foreign coaches: It is important to remember that each country is governed by their own standards and laws and these may differ from UK law. We request that an audit is completed by the foreign coach company which includes confirmation of the following: they will comply with all national, local and other laws, rules and codes of practice, and that all services contracted shall be performed with all due skill, care and diligence The vehicle is fully insured for the duration of the tour.

  • Is our Tour Manager fully DBS (formerly CRB) checked?

    Our Tour Manager, Field Study Tutors and History Tour Guides, with UK citizenship, have an enhanced DBS check. Non UK citizenship Tour Managers cannot be checked under the DBS scheme. Rayburn Tours will seek confirmation that Tour Managers are suitable for working with children by liaising with relevant foreign agents and monitoring group feedback.

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