20367
Portugal
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.
Program No. 20367RJ
Length
11 days
Starts at
2,629
Flights start at
725
11 days
10 nights
19 meals
9B 5L 5D
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At a Glance

With its reputation as the “Isle of Flowers,” Madeira’s rich, volcanic soil and lavedas — 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
Moderately Challenging
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
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.
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Roberto Camacho
Roberto Camacho was born in 1978 in the city of 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. He speaks fluent English, Spanish, and of course, Portuguese, and is knowledgeable in French and Italian. Before he began leading educational adventures, he worked as a geneticist and graduate tutor at the University of Madeira. He continues to live in his hometown of Funchal.
Roberto Camacho
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