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Madeira: Full-Day South Coast Jeep Tour

1. Madeira: Full-Day South Coast Jeep Tour

Explore the best of the south of Madeira Island with this Jeep safari tour. You will discover valleys, mountains, plateaus, and the seashore, all of which make this expedition to the sometimes-forgotten southwest side of the island a trip to remember. The diversity of this part of the island is simply amazing. You will visit Ponta do Pargo, the most western point of Madeira, before sitting down to enjoy lunch. Following lunch, you will stroll along the seaside esplanade to discover the hidden fishing villages. You will visit Funchal, Paul da Serra, Ponta do Pargo, Paul do Mar, Jardim do Mar, Calheta, and Ponta do Sol on this scenic experience. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned to your point of origin.

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From Funchal: Full-Day Madeira Peaks Tour by Open 4x4

2. From Funchal: Full-Day Madeira Peaks Tour by Open 4x4

Begin this full-day 4x4 tour with a pick-up at your hotel in Funchal and travel deep into the southeast of Madeira. You’ll come to Machico town and the line that divides the north and south of the island. Take in breathtaking views of the Eagles Rock from Portela. Drive down, stopping in Porto da Cruz, which is the next must-see point. Visit a sugar cane factory, continue to the Faial coastline and then up to see the typical houses of Santana. These small straw-thatched triangular houses are emblematic of Madeira and intricate in their construction. Head down into the valley and through the forest to Riveiro Frio at an elevation of 1818 meters, the third-highest peak on the Island.

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Northeast Madeira 4X4 Tour from Funchal

3. Northeast Madeira 4X4 Tour from Funchal

Head out from Funchal on a full-day tour of Madeira’s north-east. Leaving the town behind, stop in São Vicente, and take in amazing 360-degree views. Marvel at the contrast of colors from the vineyards. Enjoy a drive along serpentine roads and through forests. Discover the unique scenery of the area from an open-top 4X4 vehicle. Before lunch, visit a water mill and see the traditional thatched houses of Santana. Stop to enjoy lunch in idyllic surroundings, and later visit a sugar cane and rum factory, where you can taste the local rum. Finish your tour in Caniçal, where you’ll have spectacular views of Ponta São Lourenço – the eastern part of the island.

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Madeira: Full-Day Catamaran and Jeep Safari Tour

4. Madeira: Full-Day Catamaran and Jeep Safari Tour

Madeira Island is not only known for its beautiful landscape but also for its views of the vast Atlantic Ocean and an abundance of unique marine life.  Combine a Jeep safari with a catamaran sailing experience to get the most out of this majestic location. From the Madeiran waters, you’ll see the the places you passed by earlier by car and marvel at how far you've traveled. While onboard the catamaran, keep an eye out for cetacean friends in their natural environment, such as turtles, dolphins, and whales. The tour takes you to a host of breathtaking locations including Câmara de Lobos, Campanário, Lugar da Serra, Trompica, Jardim da Serra, Boca Namorados, Funchal, stopping for a picnic to refuel and refresh along the way.

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Madeira: Full-Day Jeep Tour and Levada Walk

5. Madeira: Full-Day Jeep Tour and Levada Walk

Get picked up from your accommodation or the cruise port and embark on a true adventure around the enchanted island of Madeira. Hop in a well-maintained Land Rover or jeep and head into the Laurisilva Forest in the center of Madeira. Explore a forest known to be the largest surviving laurel forest in the world with over 90% believed to be primary forest. Then walk in the shoes of a Madeiran farmer as you hike along the levadas that criss-cross the fields of sugar cane and other different crops. Learn about how these unique irrigation channels were developed to suit the island's topography and climate. See how levadas like Ribeiro Frio and Referta serve a dual purpose as scenic byways for those looking to explore the beautiful natural landscapes of Madeira on foot.  Make stops throughout the day at viewpoints and villages, including Funchal, Pico Arieiro, Achada Cedro Gordo, and Ponta de São Lourenço. Get dropped off back at your accommodation or the cruise port at the end of the tour.

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Madeira: Santo da Serra to Ribeiro Frio Private Walk

6. Madeira: Santo da Serra to Ribeiro Frio Private Walk

Journey from the center of Santo da Serra to Ribeiro Frio, two of the main points of interest on Madeira Island, visited not only by tourists but also by residents. Walk through a forest road passing by the Trout Fishing Park, where you can relax for a while, having a tea or simply enjoying the surroundings. Immerse yourself in the amazing nature at the Levada, enjoying every step while you appreciate the wide variety of endemic flora and fauna of Madeira Laurisilva. Discover open areas that offer magnificent views of the valley and peaks of the island. Continue walking along the levada, enjoying the energy of all this pure nature surround you.

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From Funchal: 4x4 Tour of Eastern Madeira

7. From Funchal: 4x4 Tour of Eastern Madeira

Discover more of Madeira with a 4x4 excursion to the eastern part of the island. Travel from Funchal to see sights like Pico do Areeiro peak and Ponta de São Lourenço natural reserve. See how rum is made with a visit to a sugar cane factory. Be picked up from your hotel in Funchal and drive to the Pico do Areeiro to see the views from the third highest peak on the island. Continue to the charming Ribeiro Frio village. Take a leisurely walk to Balcões viewpoint in the lush heart of the Laurissilva forest. Jump back in the jeep and drive through São Roque do Faial parish, Cruzinhas viewpoint, and the mountain village of Lombo Galego. Take the off-road trail Cova da Roda. Pass through Pico das Pedras right in the middle of the Ponta de São Lourenço reserve. Head towards Santana, where you can go get lunch. Visit the Porto da Cruz sugarcane rum factory. Finish with panoramic views of the Atlantic at the reserve.

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Madeira: Jeep Tour and Levada Walk Combo

8. Madeira: Jeep Tour and Levada Walk Combo

Join this Jeep safari expedition and discover the astonishing southeast coast of Madeira. You will visit a famous wicker town as well as some remote areas, such as "Morena". One of the highlights of your tour will be when you engage in some very light and easy hiking throughout your Levada walk. The chronological itinerary for your tour will be Funchal, Camacha, Morena, Santo da Serra, and Machico. Your tour will eventually end at Machico, the area of the island which was first “touched” by the Portuguese for the very first time. This combo expedition is ideal for anyone that wants to discover the southeast coast of Madeira in an easy and short period of time.

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Madeira: Half-Day Private 4-Wheel-Drive Expedition

9. Madeira: Half-Day Private 4-Wheel-Drive Expedition

Once having been collected from your accommodation, you'll enjoy a half-day private tour in Madeira Island onboard of an exclusive Range Rover Sport. Throughout your experience you'll be accompanied by a professional guide who will be on hand to field any questions which may arise as you tour. You will be able to customize your tour, and will in total explore around 70 kilometers of Madeira Island. Your spacious 4x4 Range Rover will bring you safely to any corner of Madeira Island, regardless of the weather or terrain. Throughout your experience you will be free to explore the west and/or east side of Madeira Island, and at the conclusion of your tour you will be returned safely back to your point of origin.

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Madeira: Private Half-Day North East Island Tour

10. Madeira: Private Half-Day North East Island Tour

Following a pickup from your accommodation in either Funchal, Canico, Machico or Santa Cruz, head to the first stop of the day, Faial. From this local viewpoint, marvel at the majestic landscape of the valley with its green hills and blue oceans. You will also see the rock of Penha de Águia. Continue the tour rising 900 meters above sea level to visit Das Queimadas Park in Santana, home of the island’s famous thatched houses that have existed here for many years, having become synonymous with Madeira. You will then head further north along the old roads and admire the breathtaking scenic views along the way as you travel through Vigia and Cabanas.

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What people are saying about Santana

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This was my best tour trip I have ever had. It’s very adventurous and José was spectacular as our guide. He would randomly stop in several places and show us the plants and fruit grown around the island. The people in the group were also great and I was very lucky to be in this tour with exactly these people. Lots of laughs, fun and the views were breathtaking. Thank you so very much for the wonderful time. I shall never forget this!

Fantastic in all ways, really recommend this trip! One full day of adventure, & we were lucky to experience all kind of weather & different climate zone.

Top Erlebnis, die alten Straßen von Madeira Offroad zu befahren. Viele Sehenswürdigkeiten und auch "lokale" Stops Abseits der Tourimassen.

Brilliant fun in the jeep and our driver Victor was one of the best we hsve come across. Highly recomend yhese guys

dolphins, whales, offroad adventure - we enjoyed very much, nice trip