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Walking Madeira's Levadas including

Funchal Extension


Route:
  • UK
  • Sao Vicente
  • Funchal
  • UK

4 NIGHTS from £189pp

Tour Highlights
  • Enjoy your own time in Madeira to relax after your tour
  • 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

Extension from £189pp

Tour + Extension from £968pp

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Funchal Extension

Enjoy an extended stay relaxing on Madeira at your choice of hotel in Funchal's Lido area.

Tour Itinerary

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.

  • Dinner
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
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
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
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
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 t

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Funchal

Enjoy a day at leisure at your chosen beach hotel.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
8
Funchal

Enjoy a day at leisure at your chosen beach hotel.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
9
Funchal

Enjoy a day at leisure at your chosen beach hotel.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
10
Funchal

Enjoy a day at leisure at your chosen beach hotel.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
11
Funchal to the UK

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

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Visas

A visa is not required for your trip to Portugal. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding passport validity.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Your flight is to Madeira International Airport Cristiano Ronaldo in Funchal with British Airways (BA) departing from London Gatwick South Terminal. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage plus 1 item of hand luggage not exceeding 56cm x 35cm x 22cm in size and one personal item (such as a handbag or laptop case) not exceeding 43cm x 22cm x 25cm. Weight restrictions will be finalised on your E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check in. Check-in should be at least 3 hours before departure.
If you wish to arrange Airport car parking or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extras on 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

During this walking holiday, walks will average 4-5 hours daily. Walks are through plain, level areas with some ascents and descents through countryside and forests. Other walks explore valleys and rugged coastal tracks. This holiday requires a reasonable level of fitness. If you are in any doubt as to the tours suitability, please speak to your GP as soon as possible as this is a physical holiday.

Group Size

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10 and the maximum will be 19. In the unlikely event that there are fewer than 10 passengers booked on your tour date, you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Currency Information

The currency in Portugal is the Euro (EUR). We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any meals where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, drinks and snacks. Approximately £200-£300 per person should be sufficient for the duration of your tour. Tipping is at your discretion; However, we would recommend approximately 2-3 Euros per day. Tips are accepted in the local currency, however, it is asked that if you do not tip in the local currency that you only pay with notes, as coins cannot be exchanged.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
2020 DATES
Vidamar Resorts Madeira
06 May 202017 May 2020£299£989£1288SOLD OUT
13 May 202024 May 2020£299£1179£1478Please call to book
0800 781 4893
07 Sep 202018 Sep 2020£329£1039£1368Book Now
12 Oct 202023 Oct 2020£329£1089£1418Book Now
23 Nov 202004 Dec 2020£249£839£1088Book Now
2021 DATES
01 Feb 202112 Feb 2021£249£799£1048Book Now
15 Mar 202126 Mar 2021£289£899£1188Book Now
19 Apr 202130 Apr 2021£319£929£1248Book Now
03 May 202114 May 2021£319£969£1288Book Now
07 Jun 202118 Jun 2021£319£1069£1388Book Now
30 Aug 202110 Sep 2021£329£1069£1398Book Now
13 Sep 202124 Sep 2021£329£1059£1388Book Now
11 Oct 202122 Oct 2021£329£989£1318Book Now
15 Nov 202126 Nov 2021£329£859£1188Book Now
22 Nov 202103 Dec 2021£249£859£1108Book Now
2020 DATES
Fourviews Monumental Lido
06 May 202017 May 2020£219£989£1208SOLD OUT
13 May 202024 May 2020£219£1179£1398Please call to book
0800 781 4893
07 Sep 202018 Sep 2020£199£1039£1238Book Now
12 Oct 202023 Oct 2020£199£1089£1288Book Now
23 Nov 202004 Dec 2020£219£839£1058Book Now
2021 DATES
01 Feb 202112 Feb 2021£219£779£998Book Now
15 Mar 202126 Mar 2021£229£899£1128Book Now
19 Apr 202130 Apr 2021£239£929£1168Book Now
03 May 202114 May 2021£219£969£1188Book Now
07 Jun 202118 Jun 2021£219£1069£1288Book Now
30 Aug 202110 Sep 2021£219£1069£1288Book Now
13 Sep 202124 Sep 2021£219£1059£1278Book Now
11 Oct 202122 Oct 2021£219£989£1208Book Now
15 Nov 202126 Nov 2021£219£859£1078Book Now
22 Nov 202103 Dec 2021£219£859£1078Book Now
2020 DATES
Orquidea Hotel
06 May 202017 May 2020£219£989£1208SOLD OUT
13 May 202024 May 2020£219£1179£1398Please call to book
0800 781 4893
07 Sep 202018 Sep 2020£189£1039£1228Book Now
12 Oct 202023 Oct 2020£189£1089£1278Book Now
23 Nov 202004 Dec 2020£189£839£1028Book Now
2021 DATES
01 Feb 202112 Feb 2021£189£779£968Book Now
15 Mar 202126 Mar 2021£189£899£1088Book Now
19 Apr 202130 Apr 2021£219£929£1148Book Now
03 May 202114 May 2021£219£969£1188Book Now
07 Jun 202118 Jun 2021£189£1069£1258Book Now
30 Aug 202110 Sep 2021£189£1069£1258Book Now
13 Sep 202124 Sep 2021£189£1059£1248Book Now
11 Oct 202122 Oct 2021£189£989£1178Book Now
15 Nov 202126 Nov 2021£189£859£1048Book Now
22 Nov 202103 Dec 2021£189£859£1048Book Now

Included in the Price

  • Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
  • Scheduled Flights from the UK.
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
  • Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
  • All airport taxes and security charges.

Additional Expenses

  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Any meals not specified in your itinerary
Itinerary changes

Our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed; however, the order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions or for operational purposes. Your local guide will inform you of any schedule changes as they are informed of them. Some road construction and/or weather conditions may lengthen the driving/walking times.

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Euro

Average Flying time

3? - 4 hours

Min/Max temperature

15 °C / 23 °C

Spoken languages

Portuguese, English

When to go

The island of Madeira has long been a favourite destination for tourists, owed to by its luscious green scenery, landscapes dominated by mountainous terrain and most importantly, a year-round location without weather extremes. During autumn and winter from September to February, expect temperatures of around 18C, with a moderate risk of the occasional short shower on overcast days. Spring in Madeira is an ideal time to visit as it?s packed with floral colour and can often reach pleasant highs of 20C. From June to August, expect a scarce amount of rainfall and the mercury to exceed 25C - perfect for those seeking a splendid amount of summer sunshine.

Funchal

What to pack
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun hat
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Camera and charger
  • Electric plug converter
  • Binoculars
  • Sunglasses
  • Water Bottle
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash
  • Rucksack
  • A small torch
  • Lightweight clothing, ideal for the generally warm and humid conditions in Madeira.
  • Warm clothing as nights can be cold (December to February)
  • Waterproof lightweight jacket
  • High-quality hiking socks
  • Walking boots
  • Bathing suits
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