Madeira walking holiday

Levadas, the mountain-view Balcony Walk and flowering Funchal – this holiday spends a week walking around the greatest hits of Madeira.
Funchal Sao Lourenco Peninsula Queimadas Forest Park Caldeirao Verde waterfall Porto Moniz Levada do Moinho Ribeira da Cruz Paul do Mar Levada Calheta Balcony Walk hiking, whale watching and rum tasting
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Duration
8 Days
Type
Small group
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From £799 - £999 excluding flights.
Prices based on 2 adults sharing.
Single supplement available.
Mimimum age 14.
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Description of Madeira walking holiday

This week-long walking holiday loops around the whole of Madeira, a volcanic island with some seriously scenic vistas. Although the grand cathedrals and near-tropical gardens of Funchal are your start and finish point, it’s really just a very scenic springboard into the mountains and valleys beyond.

There’s no doubt that the levadas are a highlight. These traditional stone irrigation channels double as footpaths through laurel forests, past abandoned mills and to waterfalls like the Caldeirao Verde. The Balcony Walk between the peaks of Pico Ruivo and Arieiro is a tightrope challenge – but worth it for the views deep into the valley below. You’ll also get the chance to hike the volcanic Sao Lourenco Peninsula, with the Atlantic Ocean bracing you on either side.

Best of all, this walking holiday to Madeira is a small group tour, so you’ll be in the hands of a guide who’ll know which village restaurant serves the best banana espada and where to rest your legs with a poncha sundowner.

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£1006To£1659 including UK flights
Convert currency:
From £799 - £999 excluding flights.
Prices based on 2 adults sharing.
Single supplement available.
Mimimum age 14.
Make enquiry

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Small group tour:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

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Reviewed on 01 Mar 2020 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was the balcony Walk and the first walk along the peninsula at the tip. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2020 by

Well organised trip. Good balance of activity and relaxation. Excellent tour guide. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2019 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was the hiking trips in the mountains and along the Levadas. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Mar 2019 by

Excellent. Felipe is an amazing guide; his love of the island and knowledge of its flora really enhanced the walks Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Feb 2019 by

The whole holiday was amazing, our guide Filipe Gomes was brilliant, and probably the best guide I've had so far, loved and knew everything about his culture, history and plants of the island, and very enthusiastic... Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2018 by

The walks were excellent. The hike to the top of the mountain was especially memorable. The lead as we're so interesting. Our guide, Philippe, was absolutely wonderful - better than excellent. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Apr 2018 by

The highlight was getting to the top of Pico Ruivo (the highest peak in Madeira) above the cloud level. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Apr 2014 by

...lots of variety...Extremely enjoyable holiday. One that I would recommend. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Feb 2013 by

The walks, particularly when the weather allowed us to view the spectacular scenery and the group of people we walked with were the best parts of the trip. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Nov 2011 by

The most exciting part was sea kayaking and swimming with the turtle....Great. Read full review

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