Day trip

Madeira East Island Tour and Levada Walk

Madeira East Island Tour and Levada Walk

From US$ 50.17 per person

This popular tour includes dramatic mountain and forest views on the East side of Madeira. The tour is done in the language of your choice in a modern air-conditioned minibus that only takes 8-14 people plus the guide/driver. Lunch is also included.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish
Pickup optional
Pick-up is available from all hotels in Funchal and Canico. Pick-up from harbour for all cruise ship tourists. Ship must have arrived ay 08:00 or before and must depart at 17:00 or later.
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  • See the beautiful wicker works at Camacha
  • Visit the island's third highest peak of Pico do Arieiro
  • Take a Levada walk inside the Laurissilva forest in Ribeiro Frio
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch at the famous Grutas do Faial
  • Spectacular view point of Miradouro do Pico do facho
  • A-framed cottages of Santana
Full description
This tour of the east side of Madeira island is designed to show guests how truly magical it is. Come and be awed by its spectacular beauty. To begin the day, pick-up is from the hotel at 8:00 to 9:00. The first stop will be at a viewpoint above Funchal. Continue to Camacha, famous for its beautiful wicker works, and stop to have a look around and then take a scenic drive up to Poiso where the start of the Laurissilva forest can be found. After this, make your way to the majestic views of Pico do Arieiro. Pico do Arieiro is the third highest peak on the island, standing 1818 meters. Next is what some consider to be the most beautiful spot on the island, Ribeiro Frio. Here you will visit a trout farm and do a levada walk to the Balcões. Following the walk, make your way to Santana to see its famous A-framed cottages and then continue along the northern coastal road to Faial. Stop for lunch in the northern part of the island. After lunch, carry on to the eastern part of the island, to the famous viewpoint of Pico do Facho. From here you will have incredible views of Ponta de São Lourenco, Machico and the airport. On a good day one can see the Desertas Islands as well Porto Santo, the small island adjacent to Madeira. The last stop will be a famous viewpoint above Machico. You will arrive back to Funchal by 17:00.
  • 3-course meal with drinks (only for the shared tour)
  • Bottle of local wine and water
  • Entrance fees to public swimming areas etc.
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Pick-up is available from all hotels in Funchal and Canico. Pick-up from harbour for all cruise ship tourists. Ship must have arrived ay 08:00 or before and must depart at 17:00 or later.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Although Funchal can be quiet warm in the winter time, do bring something warm to wear for our visit on higher altitudes.
  • The duration of this tour is about 8 hours.
  • Pick-up is available from all hotels in Funchal and Canico.
  • The tour starts between 08:00 and 09:00 and you should be back before 17:00.
  • The excursion is offered with an English, German, French or Spanish qualified guide.
  • The tour route can be changed due to unforeseen circumstances, such as traffic restrictions and weather.
Customer reviews

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4.4 /5

based on 571 reviews

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A great and varied day, full of laughter, good food and insider information. Lucy never hurried us(we got back well after six) and always seemed to have another little surprise up her sleeve. The lunch in Santana (included) was excellent value and really tasty. Lucy was a mine of information and it is very clear she loves her island, and passes this love on to her guests. Thank you Lucy. Elizabeth

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December 30, 2021

Full itinerary. Delicious traditional lunch at local restaurant. Cristo de Rei made a great alternative (as wicker baskets were closed)- stunning location worth the steps. Also visited Porto de Cruz Sugar Cane brandy factory for tasting - delicious. It was fun to see the traditional houses in Santana (brief but sufficient visit), mnost of which have been converted into tourist shops. Then went for a walk in UNESCO laurel forest and along the Balcoes levada. Cherry on the cake visited Pico de Aerio. Would not hestitate to recomment this trip. Excellent tour group - Ilhala

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November 9, 2021

We had a fantastic trip with Lucy around East of Madeira. The happy bus took us above the clouds at Pico Arieiro, down to shady  Laurissilva forest   and along the north-east coast with beautiful villages. The tour is good value for money and will suit people who has limited time to explore the beautiful island of Madeira.

September 16, 2021

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