Walking Madeira's Levadas w/Guides & BA Flights

Orquidea Hotel, Escorted Walking Tour
Escorted Walking Tour
Orquidea Hotel
7 Nights
Board Basis:
See itinerary below
  • Return Flights w/British Airways
  • Atol Protection
  • 23kg Luggage Allowance
  • Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation
  • Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
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Holiday Information

Explore the 'Garden Island' of Madeira as you follow its unique Levadas, a network of irrigation channels that wind through lush forests and dramatic mountains.

Immerse yourself in vivid floral blooms and verdant greenery as you embark on four spectacular trails, enjoying panoramic views, whitewashed villages and a walking tour of charming Funchal.

Ocean view from levada Ribeira Frio Portela
Ocean view from levada Ribeira Frio Portela

Tour Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in Madeira's lush island vegetation as you follow four of its most popular and scenic Levadas
  • Follow the Levada Ribeiro Frio, arguably Madeira's best-loved Levada trail
  • Trek the coastal path along the lofty cliffs of Cabo Girao, enjoying panoramic ocean views
  • Enjoy a guided walk of the historic and cultural attractions of picturesque Funchal

Walking Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - UK to Funchal

Depart London on your scheduled flight to Madeira. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel with the remainder of the day at leisure. Later tonight, celebrate the start of your tour as you join your group for a welcome dinner in the hotel restaurant.


Day 2 - Quinta Grande

Average 4-5 hours of walking with breaks, covering 9km

The magnificent stretch of the Levada do Norte sets today's walking course. The Levada is one of the largest on Madeira, running almost entirely across its length. Its location in southern Madeira allows hikers to soak in the year-round sunshine of this part of the island. Your starting point at the lofty cliffs of Cabo Girao provides panoramic ocean views from the very beginning of the trail before your path winds into a forested area. Observation points along the way offer glimpses of fields, carefully tilled plantations and the rooftops of the Camara de Lobos and Campanario villages below.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3- Ribeiro Frio

Average 4-5 hours of walking with breaks, covering 11km

Funchal's best-loved Levada, Levada Ribeiro Frio, offers a peaceful and leisurely walk alongside a flowing irrigation canal. As you follow the trail, enjoy diverse sights ranging from spectacular gardens and blooming wild hydrangea to trout ponds and farms. Stop for a packed picnic lunch then continue on your path, keeping an eye out for trout darting through the water as you enjoy the natural heritage and unspoiled tranquillity.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Funchal

Average 3 hours of walking with breaks, covering 4km

The city of Funchal provides a fascinating mix of history and coastal charm. The older section of the town boasts long-standing monuments dotted along its cobbled streets while its lively seaside promenade offers sun-soaked lidos, beaches and cafes. A guided walking tour of the city centre takes you past the local theatre, the vivid blooms of the Municipal Garden, the age-old cathedral and the statue of Largo do Chafariz. Stop to explore the bustling central market, where stalls are laden with colourful, fresh produce then visit a nearby embroidery factory and browse through skilfully stitched homeware. Explore the city further with an afternoon at leisure

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5 - Ribeira da Janela

Average 4-5 hours of walking with breaks, covering 10km

Explore the immense Paul da Serra plateau on today's slightly more challenging walk along the Vereda do Fanal trail. The relative flatness of the plateau allows for far-reaching vistas, with several points along the way revealing views over the valley and even the ocean on clear days. Your route ascends and descends through lush vegetation, ending in the forest of Fanal which lies in a small volcanic crater. Enjoy some time to relax and soak in your wooded surroundings before returning to your hotel.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Canical

Average 4 hours of walking with breaks, covering 8km

Today's route leads to Vereda da Ponta de Sao Lourenco, situated on the very eastern point of the island. Marvel at fabulous seascapes and the contrast between the serenity of the southern coastline and the rough waters of the north. Discover unique fauna and flora and the curious rock formations which are a result of the island's volcanic origin. After walking a few miles, your path descends to the water's edge where you can enjoy the quiet and freshness of the turquoise seas, with time to swim and sunbathe.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Funchal

Today is free for you to relax, explore Funchal further or set out further afield to visit one of the charming villages nearby.

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 8

Funchal to the UK
Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.



3 Star Hotel Orquidea, Funchal

The Hotel Orquidea enjoys a privileged position in the heart of Funchal, offering easy access to the charming city centre and many of the capital's best attractions. After a day spent sight seeing, guests can unwind in the hotel's onsite bar or restaurant.

Included in your Walking Tour

In addition to wonderfully scenic walking trails, a number of features have been included with your comfort, convenience and safety in mind:

  • All walks and treks are led by a knowledgeable, local, English-speaking guide and accompanied by a back marker, with well-timed rest stops and picnic breaks factored into all itineraries.
  • While you can never guarantee weather conditions, departure dates have been carefully selected in order to avoid extreme weather conditions, such as severe heat, cold or rain.
  • Enjoy comfortable, hand-picked accommodation with all meals provided; packed meals may be provided for long walks and treks.
  • Baggage is always transported to your next hotel or lodging with porterage included.
  • A wide selection of extensions is available at the end of your tour, giving you time to relax and unwind or explore your destination further.
  • Once you've booked your tour, a comprehensive dossier will be sent to you with a more detailed day-by-day itinerary, flight details, visa requirements and helpful information on what to pack.

* Additional Charges

If the number of people staying in this room is less than the maximum occupancy, there may be a slight charge for under-occupancy. Booking fee’s apply on all bookings and will be confirmed at the time of booking. Minimum booking fee £6 per person.

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