Surging from the Atlantic Ocean, Madeira offers a temperate sub-tropical paradise perfect for year round walking. One of Madeira's many charms is its infinite variety; each day's walking and every levada, the island's unique network of water channels, are different. Landscapes vary from cultivated vine terraces and verdant slopes dotted with white hamlets to coastal cliffs with balcony views over the azure seas. Also a nature lover's paradise, there are over 120 endemic species of flora and fauna including the pride of Madeira, bird of paradise, lilac jacaranda as well as tiny bisbis birds, chaffinches and hawks, the list is endless.
On this self-guided hotel-to-hotel tour, the island's coastal paths and levadas take you from the sleepy wine village of Santana on the north coast to bustling Funchal in the south. Fringed with a rainbow of colorful flora, the levadas lead you inland to breezy Santo da Serra, a transfer then takes you to to the Levada do Norte for spectacular views from the cliff tops.
Our accommodation choices offer as many contrasts as the walks: in Santana our hotel is surrounded by vineyards (join in with the harvest if you're there in September) and has its own wine cellar, in Santo da Serra the hotel was built in the 1920's and has been used as a family home and tea house over the years and in Funchal, the ***** Quinta da Bela Vista is one of the most exclusive hotels on the island.
|Meals||Continental breakfast, 2 picnics and all evening meals.|
|Tour Starts||Funchal airport 12:00, transfer to hotel, 20 mins (provided).|
|Tour Ends||Funchal airport by 10:45. Transfer provided.|
|Rail Options||Not applicable|
|Rail Supplement||Not applicable|
|Singles||Add $42 per night Feb-Jun 2017; $42 per night Jul 2017 to Jun 2018.|
|Other details||This holiday is unsuitable for children under 12. No minimum group size, however airport and luggage transfers are subject to at least 2 people (in total) booked. Extra nights: We recommend Santana, Santo da Serra and Funchal. Prices from $103 per person,|
|Hotels||***** (2 nights), **** (5 nights)|