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Family holiday in Madeira: A week of mountain to sea fun for the whole family

From coastal hikes and a catamaran tour to a horseriding adventure and hikes in the mountains, let one of the guides from Madeira Orchid Travel show you and your family the best of Madeira. 

Duration8 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelAll Levels
Fitness LevelOccasional
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • From coastal hikes to horse riding in the mountains, enjoy varied activities

  • Learn about the history and traditions of Madeira

  • Experience a trip that's suitable for the whole family

Description

Madeira is a stunning archipelago made up of four beautiful islands. With its volcanic rugged landscape, it’s an unmissable destination. On this trip, we’re going to show you what we think are the most beautiful parts of Madeira and we hope you’ll finish your trip loving this place as much as we do.

We’ll spend seven days exploring various different sites. Every day we’ll see something new. You’ll cover a lot of ground on this trip too. Madeira is a beautiful place to hike and you’ll want to make the most of the amazing views.

On one of the days, you’ll also get to go horseriding in the mountains and towards the end of the trip we’ll head to the water and take a tour on a catamaran.

This trip is suitable for the whole family and the activities we’ll do, like hiking, can be adapted to suit the ages of your children.

So, request to book now and start getting excited about your family-friendly holiday in Madeira.

And, if you’re interested in other trips we offer in the Madeira area, make sure you take a look at our profile. 

 

More info

During the high season period of June, July, August, September, 15 of December to 3 of January the price is €1100 per person for 3-star accommodation and €1200 for 4-star accommodation. During the mid-season period of October, April, May the price is €975 per person for 3-star accommodation and €1100 for 4-star accommodation. During the low season period of November, 1 to 14 of December, 4 of January to 31 of March this price is €850 per person for 3-star accommodation and €950 for 4-star accommodation.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

On this day you’ll arrive and have some free time before the activities of the week kick off the following day.

Day 2: Levada dos Maroços/ Túnel do Caniçal

We’ll spend our first day walking near the Caniçal Tunnel in the southern park of the island. The walkway leads us up over Machico and we’ll get great views of the city. We’ll explore traditional farmlands and enjoy beautiful scenery along the way. We’ll spend roughly 10 km walking over four hours.

Day 3: Queimadas Park Levada Do Caldeirão Verde/ Queimadas

On day three we’ll spend around 5.5 hours walking and we’ll cover about 16 km. We’ll start with a transfer to Queimadas Park. We’ll walk following the levadas and immerse ourselves in this lush forestland. This levada was constructed in the 18th century to transport water down from the mountain. On this walk we’ll come across waterfalls, ferns and tunnels that were once excavated by hand.

Day 4: Horse riding

Day four will be extra special as we’ll ride on horseback along the secret paths to Santo da Serra, which sits at 900m high.

Day 5: Ponta De São Lourenço

On day 5 we’ll leave from the Bay D’ Abra on foot and observe dikes, minerals and the stunning colours of the landscapes. The peninsula is actually a partial nature reserve and we’ll also make our way to the Desembarcadouro Islet which is a full nature reserve. You can end the day with views of the “Deserted Islands” and Porto Santo island before resting at or diving into the Sardinhas Bay.

By the end, we’ll have covered 8kms over the course of the day.

Day 6: To Pico Ruivo/ Achada do Teixeira

We’ll start our day 6 activities at Achada do Teixeira. From there we’ll walk to Pico Ruivo at 1862 mt. This is the highest peak on the island and from the top you’ll get some awesome views of the island. After we descend we’ll pass by the “Standing Man” a sculpture made from basaltic rock. Our last stop of the day will be the famous traditional houses in Santana.

 

Day 7: Funchal City and a Catamaran tour

Your last day will be a fun-filled one. We’ll start with a visit to the farmers market, Mercado dos Lavradores. Here you’ll be able to take in the beautiful fresh produce and browse local handcraft shops. We’ll then explore charming Santa Maria Street, one of the oldest streets in Funchal. From there we’ll jump straight on a cable car to Monte. At the top we’ll visit the Igreja do Monte, a 19th century church. To get down we’ll take one of the traditional wicker baskets directed by a guide. This is a fun experience you do not want to miss!

 

After lunch we’ll sail around the south coast of the island on a catamaran. We may even see dolphins, whales, and giant tortoises. This is the perfect way to wind down your trip. Finally, when we approach Cabo Girão you’ll be able to jump out for a swim.

Day 8: Departure

You’ll have some free time before you leave on the last day.


About the guide

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We offer tours throughout the beautiful island of Madeira, in Portugal. Explore the island´s nature, traditions, beauty and much more!


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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 5258 each

Group of 2

EUR 2629 each

Group of 3

EUR 1753 each

Group of 4

EUR 1315 each

Group of 5

EUR 1052 each

Group of 6

EUR 877 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Transport during the trip

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

• Transfers, accommodation, meals and activities are all included in the price.


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