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Historic Levada Trails, Subtropical Forests, and a Legendary Wine

Hiking the Isle of Madeira

Portugal

8 Days

From $4,895

Level 3+

Moderate

Overview

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    Overview

    Set in the cobalt blue waters of the Atlantic and warmed by the Gulf Stream, Madeira is an island of eternal spring, blanketed in lush laurel forests and topped by sharp volcanic peaks that sheer out of the sea. Our hiking journey explores the island’s many personalities as we walk ancient “levada” irrigation canals through green valleys and UNESCO-protected laurissilva forests, hike to crater lakes, take cobbled paths to red-roofed villages, and cross high trails above the sparkling Atlantic. Along the way, we’ll visit a producer of Madeira’s famous fortified wines, taste catch-of-the-day fish, and go dolphin and whale watching by private boat. This is the perfect way to celebrate Madeira’s beauty!

    Arrive: Funchal, Portugal

    Depart: Funchal, Portugal

    Highlights

    • Hike Madeira's unique levada trails through subtropical forests
    • Savor fresh seafood, explore red-roofed villages, hear evocative fado music
    • Go dolphin and whale watching by private boat
    • Explore impossibly picturesque Funchal, with its colorful homes
    • Enjoy delightful hotels, including elegant Reid's Palace, the Grand Dame of Funchal

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      Itinerary

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      After a spectacular coastal walk on the Ponta do Sao Lourenco trail, we hike our first levada, the peaceful Levada do Furado, through indigenous laurel forests alive with birdsong, then stop by the town of Santana, with its triangular houses. One evening, we'll sample Madeira's wines at a private tasting.

      A hike along the Levada Nova da Calheta brings us through farmland with vistas of the shimmering waves of the Atlantic. The next day finds us hiking on the Paul da Serra, a high plateau that hosts an indigenous laurissilva forest, now a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. We'll taste wines and enjoy lunch and a vineyard tour at a winery at São Vicente, then drive through small coastal villages along a dramatic strip of land between sea and cliff, often referred to as the “Big Sur” of Madeira.
      Our hike on the Royal Path, a trail in place before roads were built, brings us from a high saddle down through woodlands, below the cliffs of Pico Grande, and across a ridge to Boca da Corrida, with great views all the way. Our final hike is on a cobbled path through chestnut trees to the village of Curral das Freiras, followed by an afternoon of dolphin and whale watching by private boat. Depart on Day 8.

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      $600 due at time of reservation
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
      • Accommodations in hotels
      • All meals included except 1 lunch and 2 dinners as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Casa Velha do Palheiro

      Funchal, Portugal

      Days 1-3 (3 nights)

      This tranquil country house hotel, a restored 18th-century hunting lodge, is set in the Palheiro Nature Estate in the foothills of Funchal. More than 12 miles of hiking trails surround the lodge (great for birdwatching), and there are two swimming pools. All guest rooms convey a sense of the history,...

      Aqua Natura Bay

      Port Moniz, Portugal

      Days 4-5 (2 nights)

      With panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the dramatic cliffs of Porto Moniz, Aqua Natura Bay is pleasant hotel perfectly situated near Madeira's lush landscapes. Guest rooms have lovely ocean views, private balconies, and modern amenities. If you have time, be sure...

      Reid's Palace Hotel

      Funchal, Portugal

      Days 6-7 (2 nights)

      Century-old Reid's Palace, now a Belmond property, is set on clifftops and surrounded by acres of subtropical garden. Just a short walk from Funchal's shops and restaurants, Reid's is the Grand Dame of the city, with an “old school” décor that includes dozens of fresh flower displays. The terrace bar...

      Trip Leaders

      Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please click on their profiles below.

      Skye McDonald

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      Nuno Portela

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      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated Level 3+, Moderate to Strenuous, according to our trip grading system. We have five hiking days, varying from 2-8 hours of hiking a day. The 8-hour hike on Day 6 is strenuous; the trail is quite narrow and steep in places, with precipitous drop-offs and a degree of exposure. Please note that our daily hiking activities are weather-dependent. Based on their many years of experience here, our Trip Leaders always have wonderful alternate plans.
      Review Trip Level Details
      Two of our hikes are along levadas, where the paths are well maintained and there is minimal altitude gain or loss. Others are on well-defined but rocky trails and involve a few thousand feet of ascent and descent.
      The shape you’re in will be an important factor in your enjoyment of the trip. You must be fit and ready to walk. We strongly urge you to train for the trip with regular hiking, especially over hills or rough terrain, running, swimming, bicycling, or other sports exercise. You should wear sturdy, well-broken-in hiking boots for maximum comfort on the trail.
      Madeira is a subtropical island. The south coast is the warmest and driest area and the mountains, rising to over 6,000 feet, are the coolest and wettest. We can expect pleasant temperatures of 58 to 66°F at the coast, but cooler temperatures up in the mountains. April is the start of the dry season, but rain is always a possibility; the monthly average is two inches.
      All our hotels are chosen for their local history and central location. Because some of them are in historic buildings, the rooms may not conform to uniform standards, but we hope you will enjoy them for their charm and local color. Single rooms can be requested, but are not always available, due to the limited space in some of our hotels. If you require a single room, please make the request as early as possible. European single rooms are often smaller than US singles.
      We travel the island by mini-bus, and the roads are very twisty in some places. The longest single drive is about one hour and 15 minutes.

      Client Testimonials

      "Really a magical trip—and very well-organized!"

      Clarissa M.

      Tucson, AZ

      "Madeira is a beautiful island and it really feels as though we experienced all the variety it had to offer. Learning about the history of the area was very interesting. It was a very enjoyable trip."

      Jeanna F.

      Paradise Valley, AZ

      "Well-designed trip that combined some good hiking with getting a feel of the culture of the island."

      Jeff L.

      Sioux Falls, SD

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. 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If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<p><strong>PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION<\/strong><strong>: <\/strong>Please review your Pre-Departure Information booklet included in this packet for important information regarding Wilderness Travel's COVID-19 protocols, packing lists, recommended reading, tipping, etc.<\/p>","System_Wilderness_Travel_Office":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:07 --><p>Our office in Berkeley, California can be reached at 510-558-2488, or by email at info@wildernesstravel.com. 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You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_COVID-19":"The Public Health Emergency for COVID-19 declared by the World Health Organization and the US Department of Health and Human Services expired in 2023. As of March 2024, we no longer require guests who exhibit cold or flu symptoms to test for COVID-19. Guests who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to follow local health protocols, wear a mask in group vehicles and during indoor activities for the remainder of the trip, and may be asked to dine separately. Any travel companion sharing a room with them will also be required to wear a mask at all times in the shared group vehicles for the remainder of the trip.<br><br>We encourage all travelers to actively monitor their own well-being and to use common-sense preventative measures such as regular handwashing (or use of hand sanitizer) and\/or wearing a face mask. If you are feeling sick, we encourage you to self-isolate and\/or wear a mask to protect your fellow travelers. Guests may be required to wear a mask if the Trip Leader believes the situation warrants it.<br><br>Leading up to the trip, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy, including avoiding close contact with anyone displaying cold or flu symptoms and washing your hands often. As always, by traveling with Wilderness Travel, guests agree to be accountable for their own well-being. If you are worried about a fellow traveler's cold or flu-like symptoms, you may opt to wear a mask or distance yourself as needed. It's important to remember that there are inherent risks associated with travel and group settings.<br><br>These protocols will be reviewed and adjusted as guidance evolves. <br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.lensrentals.com\/\">lensrentals.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">saito8.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. 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