Walking Madeira: Portugal’s Isle of Flowers By Foot

Portugal’s botanical wonders, sun warmed coasts, renowned vineyards and exquisite Mediterranean cuisine make this European gem a real-life paradise for exploration and adventure.
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Program No. 20367RJ
11 days
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At a Glance

With its reputation as the “Isle of Flowers,” Madeira’s rich, volcanic soil and levadas — or carriage ways and mini-canals — offer pristine walkways that wind along its coastlines, weave through gardens and lead to the islands most scenic vistas. Meander along one of Portugal’s most beautiful regions as you join local experts for a walking exploration of Madeira’s capital city of Funchal, a city wedged between the sea and mountain slopes.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Low level walks of 3-5 miles, approximately 2-4 hours per day. Elevations up to 5964 feet, with 500-800 feet elevation change over two miles. Private coach or local transportation to travel to different day locations. Sturdy walking/hiking shoes are required (ankle-high shoes are not required, but highly recommended).
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Admire indigenous and exotic plants of the Botanical Gardens on the grounds of the Quinta do Bom Sucesso.
  • Hike in a pristine laurel forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Visit the colorful market where local purveyors offer fresh fish, vegetables and fruit.
Featured Expert
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Roberto Camacho
Roberto was born in 1978 in Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in biodiversity and conservation, both from the University of Madeira, as well as a bachelor's degree in tourism. In addition, he has taken courses on mountain leading, teaching and the flora of Madeira. He speaks fluent English, French and Spanish; he is also knowledgeable in German. Before he began leading adventures, he worked as a geneticist and graduate tutor at the University of Madeira.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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