Day 0 Friday Depart Toronto on overnight flight
on SATA Air Azores to Madeira (via Ponta Delgada Azores).
(Air fare not included in the cost)
Day 1 - Saturday Arrive Funchal Airport at 11 AM and transfer to the Galosol Hotel (about 20 minutes).
The Galo Resort offers many activities with yoga,
fitness classes, rental bikes, snorkelling, aqua-fit and a spa. The
afternoon is at leisure until 5 PM when there will be a
briefing by the guides.
Day 2 - Sunday Morning
at leisure to enjoy the facilities of the hotel.
In the early afternoon
our private transportation takes us to the Cabo Giro Viewpoint where one
can step onto a large glass observation platform high above the sea.
From here we continue to our first walk on Levada do Norte with
beautiful views over Camara de Lobos and Funchal interspersed with
hidden green valleys. It is a moderate walk with little ascent and a
total distance of 7 km.
Day 3 Monday Funchal
our private transportation takes us into the capital, Funchal, (about 20
minutes) where a local guide will lead us on a walking tour of the Old
Town to see the 15th century Cathedral, Rua Santa Maria with
its artistic doors, the colourful farmers’ market, Mercado dos
Labradores, and the famous Blandys Winery, home of Madeira wine. You
may wish to stay in Funchal for lunch and perhaps in the afternoon
explore some of the gardens.
Madeira is known as "the island of eternal
spring" because of its moderate climate.
Flowers bloom year-round and in winter you will be
amazed at the botanical wonders.
Day 4 Tuesday - full day walking and sightseeing
we travel to the town of Porto da Cruz on the north eastern side of the
island. We have an easy levada walk and then free time for lunch in the
town. In the afternoon we continue to the Sao Lourenco Peninsula where
we walk to the end of the peninsula. The moderate 8km walk can be windy
but the scenery is spectacular. After the walk we stop int the town of
Canical before returning to our hotel.
Day 5 Wednesday - free day
Enjoy the many
fitness activities at the hotel. Or you can visit the Funchal farmers' market to sample tropical fruit such
as custard apple, guava and oranges fresh from the tree. Tasting
your way through the town can include sampling passionfruit pudding or
bolo de mel (honey cake) and , of course, Madeira wine.
Day 6 Thursday
Choice of two guided walks
Today’s walk follows a gentle
levada path to a lovely viewpoint over the
hills and woods of Rabacal before descending
to Levada das 25 Fontes which will lead us
via a tunnel through a mountain ridge to
meet our coach. 8 miles (13km) with 100ft
(30m) of ascent and 1,000ft (300m) of
Walk: We head off on the Levada da
Bica da Cana to reach a higher viewpoint to
the East. Returning via our outward route we
shall pick up the route of the easier walk
to Rabacal , the Levada das 25 Fontes and
then via the tunnel to the coach pick-up.
9.5 miles (15km) with 260ft (80m) of ascent
and 1,000 ft (300m) of descent
Day 7 Friday
In the morning we have an easy walk on Levada dos Tornos and in the
afternoon we visit the Botanic Gardens at Monte.
Day 8 Saturday free day.
Whale/dolphin watching excursions might interest you.
The area of Serra de Água is one of the most beautiful places of
Madeira. From here you can see the south coast, Encumeada, Ribeira Brava
It is an easy hike with diverse flora and fauna.
Day 10 Monday
Today is free so you can go to the clinic in Funchal for a Covid19
test (assuming it is still required when returning to Canada). To
get a free test it is necessary to book on the MadeiraSafe website (your
guide and/or the hotel staff can assist and transportation can be
arranged). There are plenty of other things to do in Funchal. An
exploration of the town might include lunch sampling Madeiran specialties like a "prego"
(a steak or fish sandwich using grilled "bolo do caco" bread
smeared with garlic butter and cheese and served warm). Try it with a
glass of Madeira wine and follow it with some passionfruit ice-cream.
Day 11 Tuesday
This morning we walk in the Ribeira Frio region. The levada walk is mostly through shady laurel
forest that is a UNESCO heritage site. The tranquil path is lined by a
vast array of flora and the sound of birds can be heard in the trees. It
is an easy 11 km walk with a little descent at the end.
Day 12 Wednesday
Air Azores departs from Funchal at 12.00 and arrives in Toronto at 18.35 (via Punta del Gada
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