Madeira walking holiday

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10 Mar 2018
£ 949
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£ 1155
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31 Mar 2018
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Madeira walking holiday

Madeira is a magical island, and the best way to see it is by foot! Our one-week trip aims to offer travellers the opportunity to get to know the lie of the land, without joining a bus-based package tour.

We use a local operator, family-run hotels and local restaurants that serve fine traditional cuisine (try the fantastic Madeira Wine and Madeira Cake!), which means that the money our groups bring remains within these small communities. Here, the rural island culture continues much as it has for centuries, and we spend as much time as possible out and about walking and learning more about this island's natural environment.

In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators. We acknowledge that air travel has a negative impact on our environment, so we work together with Cool Earth to offset carbon and protect our important rainforests.

4 Reviews of Madeira walking holiday

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Reviewed on 26 Apr 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Each day's hike showed a different landscape - lots of variety.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


It is classed as a moderate walking holiday but there are some aspects of it which are challenging so a good level of fitness is required.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The English guide was extremely enthusiastic about Madeira and knew the island very well, but I feel that a local guide should have been used. All other staff were local.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Extremely enjoyable holiday. One that I would recommend.

Reviewed on 25 Feb 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The walks, particularly when the weather allowed us to view the spectacular scenery and the group of people we walked with.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


BRING A FULL SET OF WATERPROOFS!!!
We went in February and did not pack over-trousers and regretted it. It is cold in the mountains and any cloud coming over the Island has to climb 1800m, so will deposit a full load of rain on you. We walked on one day in heavy rain from start to finish and were soaked through. Our assumption that we would be warm as we were on a subtropical island was wrong. Come prepared for bad weather and then you will be able to enjoy it more if the weather is good!


3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We ate in local restaurants and used local drivers.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Our tour leader did very well to choose walks that we could do in inclement weather conditions, he was attentive and ensured the experience was fun and memorable.

Reviewed on 14 Nov 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Sea kayaking and swimming with the turtle.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


You need to have a relative level of fitness.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, guide was local.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Great. Problem though with monarch airline transfers, delay resulting on missing our connection back to Ireland.

Reviewed on 12 Feb 2007 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The balcony walk - beautiful, interesting, fabulous views, challenging.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take waterproofs and good pair of boots. Book later if you want to be sure of better weather, but early season meant we saw NO ONE on the walks, except occasionally near the beginning or end.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Expected to have a local guide, providing local employment, but he was British. Had 2 local drivers. Obviously provided income at hotels, shops etc. Driving around not good for environment but guess walking is OK if you're careful.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Walks were VERY well planned, giving great variety and insight into geography/geology of island. Disappointed in hotel accommodation which was adequate, clean etc but somewhat shabby, absolutely no outlook from rooms (6ft from another rooms window in one case so had to keep curtains closed.) Felt that for price paid it should have been better. Guide was very good. Group dynamics easy and pleasant but actually don't think this group holiday malarkey is for me! Weather was pretty shocking but that was just bad luck! Madeira is stunningly beautiful, Funchal very pretty, but the island more developed than I expected. So overall: ***

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