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Join us as we explore the beautiful island of Madeira on our fabulous walking week. From the scenic, forest-clad mountainsides and dramatic, rocky coastlines we explore some of the most famous walking routes on the island.

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Why Go? 

  • Discover spectacular scenery and gorgeous views 
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader 
  • Four fantastic organised walks  
  • Experienced and informative walking guide 
  • Explore and enjoy the beautiful Pearl of the Atlantic by foot 

Itinerary

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On arrival in Funchal we transfer to the Santa Cruz Village Hotel, our base for the week  

Transfer Time 10 mins  

  • Accommodation Santa Cruz Village Hotel****
  • MEALS Dinner included

Visiting some of the finest cliff scenery on Madeira, this walk explores the long thin peninsula at the eastern end of the island. The trail follows São Lourenço Point, the easternmost peninsula of Madeira island, named after the ship sailed by João Gonçalves de Zarco, one of the three discoverers of Madeira, who on coming near this piece of land shouted to his ship “São Lourenço, that’s enough!” We may even be lucky enough to spot the world’s rarest seal, known in Madeira as the ‘sea wolf’.

Distance of Walk 8km

Walking Time 3 ½ Hours

Walking Grade Medium

Transfer Time – 20 mins each way

  • Accommodation Santa Cruz Village Hotel****
  • MEALS All meals included

Discover and explore the local area or perhaps take one of the optional excursions such as half day Whale and Dolphin cruise

  • Accommodation Santa Cruz Village Hotel****
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

After breakfast we take our coach to the Queimadas Forest Park 980m above sea level.  Starting at the Queimadas guesthouse and walking along the Levada of Caldeirão Verde, we make our way westwards through an emerald green paradise. Soon after the start we see the most spectacular views of the villages far below.  A waterfall comes into view and soon after passing it, we go through some short tunnels and after a while we arrive at Caldeirão Verde, a majestic waterfall. This is a highly recommended walk where we can discover some of the most remote parts of the island. 

Distance of Walk 13km 

Walking Time 4 ½ Hours 

Walking Grade Medium 

Transfer Time 45 mins each way 

  • Accommodation Santa Cruz Village Hotel****
  • MEALS All meals included

The valley of Rabaçal is one of nature’s greatest celebrations. Descending from the plateau of Paúl da Serra, we arrive at the Rabaçal guesthouse from where we walk to the beautiful Risco waterfall.   We then walk to the levada of 25 Fontes and after a while we reach a small lake at the bottom of a cliff which towers above us, from the cliff face, 25 natural springs cascade into the small lake.  

Distance of Walk 13km 

Walking Time 4 ½ Hours 

Walking Grade Medium 

Transfer Time 55 mins each way 

  • Accommodation Santa Cruz Village Hotel****
  • MEALS All meals included

Today we take our coach to Quebradas in Sao Jorge to start our last days walk. Our route takes us around the valley of Sao Jorge experiencing the spectacular agricultural landscapes plus we can see and learn about the herbs and medicinal plants indigenous to this area. Our route then takes us to the Laurissilva Forest, a Unesco World Heritage Site housing the biggest concentration of natural forest in the world and is said to be the best preserved. We then continue passing a delightful waterfall arriving in the beautiful, sanctuary like Ribeiro Bonito. We then retrace our steps back to Sao Jorge where we can see our route with a different perspective. 

Distance of Walk 10km 

Walking Time 3 ½ Hours 

Walking Grade Medium 

Transfer Time 40 mins each way 

  • Accommodation Santa Cruz Village Hotel****
  • MEALS All meals included
  • Accommodation Santa Cruz Village Hotel****
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

After breakfast at the hotel and check out, we will transfer to the airport for our flight home 

  • Accommodation
  • MEALS Breakfast included

SANTA CRUZ VILLAGE HOTEL**** 

This delightful hotel is a perfect base for our Madeiran winter walking break situated close to the beach and the town centre.

FACILITIES INCLUDE 

Facilities include restaurant, bar, free Wi-Fi, small gym, outdoor pool, massage and beauty treatments available ( payable locally)

ROOMS 

Our comfortable rooms have bathroom with shower, flat screen satellite TV, Wi-Fi, safety deposit box, hairdryer and balcony 

TIME DIFFERENCE

No time difference from the UK

APPROX. FLIGHT TIME

3 hours

TEMPERATURE

Average Daily Maximum:

Jan, Feb, Mar 17°C,
Apr, 18°C,
Dec 18°C

Whats Included  

  • Return flights & transfer 
  • Airport taxes and charges 
  • Twin/Double Room for Sole Use 
  • 4 x guided walks with professional guide 
  • Welcome drink 
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader 

Solos Board 

  • Breakfast & evening meal daily  
  • Glass of wine/beer/soft drink with evening meal 
  • 4 x picnic lunches on walking days 

Whats Extra 

  • Insurance see here 

 

 

Useful Information

Covid-19

On arrival, you will be subject to health screening. If you have not completed a test prior to departure to present at the airport, you can take a test at the airport at no charge, however you will have to self-isolate at your accommodation until you receive your test results - up to 12 hours. https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/portugal/entry-requirements

You will also need to fill in a Madeira Travel Regulation form 12 to 48 hours prior to departure https://madeirasafe.com/#/login

Transfer Time- 10 mins (depending on traffic and road conditions) 

Walking programme 
Four guided walks are included in the programme. Your walking guide will advise you in resort of the daily programme. The walking programme is graded as Medium and you can expect to walk between 8km to 13km per day, with some ascents/descents and sometimes rough underfoot terrain and medium altitudes involved. 

 For the December walking week the daily itinerary schedule is as below (subject to change) 

 21st Dec ARRIVE IN MADEIRA 

22nd Dec LEVADA PONTA SAO LOURENCO 

23rd Dec RABACAL & 25 FONTES WALK 

24th Dec LEVADA CALDEIRO VERDE 

25th Dec DAY AT LEISURE 

26th Dec LEVADA DO REI 

27th Dec DAT AT LEISURE 

28th Dec DEPARTURE DAY 

 
Below are the distances for each walk, however, please bear in mind these are approximate and subject to change due to local conditions. 

 

LEVADA PONTA SAO LOURENCO 

Distance of Walk 8km 

Walking Time 3 ½ Hours 

Walking Grade Medium 

 

LEVADA CALDEIRO VERDE 

Distance of Walk 13km 

Walking Time 4 ½ Hours 

Walking Grade Medium 

 

RABACAL & 25 FONTES WALK 

Distance of Walk 13km 

Walking Time 4 ½ Hours 

Walking Grade Medium 

 

LEVADA DO REI 

Distance of Walk 10km 

Walking Time 3 ½ Hours 

Walking Grade Medium 

 

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in your chosen activity holiday. If you are unsure as to whether the walks are within your capabilities, please contact the office to discuss this matter, thus making sure you appreciate the terrain that you will be walking. 

You could be walking across uneven ground in some areas and extreme care must be taken, especially if wet. If used to using a pole/stick, it is advisable to bring it. Please appreciate the route and content of the holiday may change at the time and at the discretion of the guide/organiser, should conditions require. Solo’s Holidays Ltd cannot be held responsible for personal injury, accident, or damage to property whilst on these walks other than incidents arising out of the company’s negligence. The guide has the right to refuse to guide a walk with anyone not properly attired. 

 

What to Wear 
It is of paramount importance that you have the correct footwear. It is essential to wear walking boots that are comfortable and preferably lightweight, with some ankle support and a good grip. If you already have a pair of boots that you are happy walking in (including during hot/wet weather and on hard ground), then bring these along. However, if you are bringing new footwear, do make sure they are well broken in before you arrive. Experience has shown that wearing 2 pairs of woollen socks adds to comfort. 

Whilst we would hope for good weather during your holiday, it is of course impossible to guarantee this. We would therefore recommend you travel with clothing suitable for all conditions, and suggest you use the following checklist as a guideline of what to take: 

 

Walking boots with good ankle support 
Waterproofs – jacket and trousers 
Walking poles – recommended as they provide good support for the knees, particularly on downhill sections of walks and when conditions are wet/slippery 
Lightweight trousers and shorts with pockets 
Shirts or t-shirts for walking in 
Walking socks – several pairs 
Lightweight fleece or jumper 
Hat & gloves 
Daysack/rucksack for walking 
Umbrella – it can be used also for protection from the sun as well as rain 
Lightweight drinking bottle to carry water whilst walking 
Small first aid kit – plasters, insect repellent, etc 
Good, high factor sunscreen, sunhat and sunglasses 

Gratuities 
We suggest a Group Collection to cover transfer drivers, and hotel staff of €20 per person. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate % to add on. 

Currency - Euro

 

Depart Return Nights Age Group Price From regional flights available COMMENTS  
21 Dec 2020 28 Dec 2020 7 All Ages £1,089 Medium BOOK
Medium
25 Jan 2021 01 Feb 2021 7 All Ages £949 Medium BOOK
Medium
22 Mar 2021 29 Mar 2021 7 All Ages £949 Medium BOOK
Medium

Whats Included  

  • Return flights & transfer 
  • Airport taxes and charges 
  • Twin/Double Room for Sole Use 
  • 4 x guided walks with professional guide 
  • Welcome drink 
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader 

Solos Board 

  • Breakfast & evening meal daily  
  • Glass of wine/beer/soft drink with evening meal 
  • 4 x picnic lunches on walking days 

Whats Extra 

  • Insurance see here 

 

 

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