Overview

Madeira is blessed with a dense network of walking routes, from the famous Levadas to the high mountain paths. We think that the best way to get under the skin of this diverse island is to be shown around privately by our local guides on our Madeira guided walking holiday. Whether you only have time to get away for a long weekend, or are able to stay for a fortnight, our guides will show you the best that their island home has to offer.

Our holidays are bespoke for you – here we’ll describe an example 7-night holiday based in hotel accommodation in the town of Ponta do Sol. The excellent road network of the island means that it’s possible to get to anywhere from anywhere within about an hour, so if you’d rather stay in the North West, or in Funchal (or even split your stay), let us know and we’ll put a package together for you. There’s also an excellent range of self catering villas should you prefer.

Itinerary prices vary depending on when you go, how long you visit for, where you’d like to stay, how many guided days you choose to have, whether you’d prefer transfers or a hire car, where you fly from and how full the flights are at the time you book. If you’d like to start a discussion about your tailor made Madeira guided walking holiday, contact our team here or call us for a chat on 017687 721070 (US toll free: 1 800 490 0446).

Itinerary

You'll start with a flight to Madeira. There are direct flights from several UK airports; there are also regular flights from the Azores and this is probably the best route to fly to Madeira from the USA (with a stop over in the Azores). On arrival at Funchal airport one of our drivers will meet you and transfer you to your accommodation.
Your first private day with your guide. You'll meet this morning in your accommodation. Today will usually be an easier day of walking in order that there's time to get to know you, and time to plan the best week. You might for example walk from Machico to Porto da Cruz via the cliff paths, ending at the rum distillery and outdoor pool for the refreshment of your choice!
Private day with your guide. You might head for the dense forests of the interior, exploring ways rarely used and certainly off the tourist trail. Here, dry river beds become your paths - leading to unexpected trods through the forest, with wild swimming spots for the hardy!
Today's a free day to relax and explore at your own pace. You might like to go into the pretty city of Funchal. Perhaps the best way for a walker to enter the city is to transfer to the eastern end of the Levada dos Tornos and follow it west back to Monte. Here you can find lunch - and after visiting the famous botanical gardens, descend either the wicker toboggans or the cable car to the city itself.
Private day with your guide. The central mountains certainly draw the eyes, peaking at 1,862m. If you've a good head for heights - and the weather allows - then you might like your guide to lead you on a mountaineering expedition. You'll break away from the masses on the Pico do Arieiro - Pico Ruivo path scramble with ropes, our qualified guide leading you to a lesser-explored summit. On the way down, marvel at the narrow, exposed ancient paths once used by shepherds to traverse the peaks!
Private day with your guide. Today you might explore the north west of the island, transferring to the start of the network of trails that run from the Paúl da Serra all the way to the ocean at Porto Moniz.
Today's a free day to relax and explore at your own pace, armed with knowledge of the island from your days out with your guide.
We'll transfer you to the airport in good time for your flight home - or onward to Portugal or the Azores!

We can create a tailor-made holiday to suit your budget.

Itinerary prices vary depending on when you go, how long you visit for, where you'd like to stay, how many guided days you choose to have, whether you'd prefer transfers or a hire car, where you fly from and how full the flights are at the time you book. Call us for a chat!

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