Welcome to Madeira

Madeira is a Portuguese island famous for its spectacular levada walking trails. The Levada’s are man-made water channels transporting water around the island. They pierce through some of Madeira’s most gorgeous scenery and most charming villages. Based in Funchal, we’ll explore fruit markets, authentic restaurants, boutique shops and quaint cobbled streets, all clinging to a mountainous backdrop on one side and the pure blue Atlantic on the other. The year-round sun produces exotic fruits, fruit cake and of course the famous Madeira wine, earning its nickname ‘Island of Eternal Spring’, perfect for our walking adventure.

* Please read the Walking Information at the bottom of the itinerary before booking this holiday.

Tour Highlights

  • Wander the cobbled streets of Funchal among exotic fruit markets and terraced gardens
  • Venture through traditional farmland surrounded by luscious vegetation
  • Experience the barefoot walk
  • Explore Madeira’s mountainous and volcanic highlands
  • Sample Madeira’s local produce with its fine wines and delicious fruit cakes
  • Dates & Prices

    The prices shown below include return flights from a specified UK airport. If you are travelling from outside of the UK, please .

    June 1 - June 8, 2017 (8 days)

    Standard Blind Price: £1299 Contact us for availability

    Discounted Sighted Price: £699 Contact us for availability

    The prices shown below are for non-UK travellers and do not include return flights and transfers. If you are travelling from within the UK, please .

    Standard Blind Price: 1149 1149 Contact us for availability

    Discounted Sighted Price: 579 579 Contact us for availability

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    Madeira's dramatic steep coastline white houses cling to the coastline
  • A vibrant green and red terraced gardens, with Funchal in the distance

    What's Included

    • Flights and transfers from the UK (UK prices only)
    • 4 star accommodation
    • All breakfasts
    • Specified excursions
    • Services of local guides
    • Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
  • Excursions

    • Funchal City Tour
    • Levada Nova Walk
    • Paradise Valley & the Barefoot Walk
    • Levada do Furado Walk
    • Ribeiro Frio Trout Hachery Visit
    • Mountain, Levada and the Laurel Forest Walk
    A traditional Madeiran triangular house with a thatched roof

Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.

Thursday 1st June

Arrive in Madeira and transfer to our hotel.

Overnight in Funchal.

Friday 2nd June

Embark on a guided city tour of Funchal. Marvel at its architecture and sample exotic fruits at the food markets. We will also take the cable car to Monte and its terraced gardens overlooking the city before visiting one of Madeira’s most famous wineries and sampling its refreshing produce.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Funchal.

Saturday 3rd June

Stroll along the promenade of the quaint village of Jardim de Mar and along Madeira’s Levadas. Venture through typical Madeiran terraced farmland with farmers at work and fruits and vegetables all around. Along the way encounter sweet chestnuts, fig, papaya, apple and lemon trees. Experience the barefoot walk, an 800m stretch where seventeen different elements of nature can be felt to provide a natural reflexology for the feet to truly connect with the earth.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Funchal.

Sunday 4th June

Walk one of the most ancient Levadas, the Levada da Serra do Faial. Stride among eucalyptus trees with the noises of Madeira’s exotic bird life all around producing a truly sensory experience.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Funchal.

Monday 5th June

Today will be a free day with the opportunity to further explore Funchal and enjoy traditional local delicacies, such as sweet and decadent Madeiran fruit cake. You may wish to simply relax or discover more of the city’s highlights and tourist destinations.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Funchal

Tuesday 6th June

Venture to the Levada do Furado and to the Balcões view point that towers over the valley of Faial and Eagle Rock. Next, visit the trout hatchery at Ribeiro Frio where you can try a ‘Poncha’ – a typical Madeiran drink.

 Breakfast included. Overnight in Funchal

Wednesday 7th June

Journey into Madeira’s mountains, and the highest of the island’s mountains, Pico Ruivo. Enter Laurel Forest to get better acquainted with all of Madeira’s unique flora and fauna.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Funchal

Thursday 8th June

Breakfast included.

Please note a general level of fitness is required for this trip as it is geared towards people who are capable of enjoying walking for 4 to 6 hours every day. Some walks will involve shorter but steeper technical sections; others will include more gentle, but longer ascents and descents of up to 900 metres (approx 3,000ft). There are the occasional steep sections, at times series of steps, as well as sections with loose rocks under foot, but there will be no scrambling or climbing.

There may be opportunities to opt out during the walks, however these are limited, so it is crucial that you are well prepared for the walking involved. In the interests of your safety and the rest of the group’s enjoyment if, at any time, the tour manager or walking guide feels that you are not suited to a walk or are not able to complete a walk for any reason, they may, at their discretion, request you to stay behind or return to the hotel.