Portugal·October - April

TP: MADEIRA

Madeira | Tropical Fitness Adventure

VIEW DATES
Untitleddesign20240305T133317.975

Overview

Duration: 5 nights (Tues-Sun) Group Size: Up to 15 Accommodation: Villa with pool & private chefs Dates: 1-6 Oct 2024 & 1-6 April 2025 Meet Point: Madeira Airport (FNC) Difficulty: Beginner friendly. Active living with an adventurous nature! Discover the essence of Madeira, Portugal with an array of exciting activities: catch the sunrise on a hike from Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo, experience the thrill of canyoning in Ribeira das Cales, encounter dolphins on a trip in Funchal, and enjoy trail running in Seixal and Poço das Lesmas. Whether you're a novice or seasoned traveler, this unique adventure is designed for all. Share the journey with like-minded companions, forming bonds that will last a lifetime amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Madeira.

Highlights

Guided Hikes

Guided Hikes

Get ready to trek Pico do Arieiro, the third-tallest summit on Madeira Island and a beloved spot for catching the sunrise. Witness the sun piercing through dense blankets of clouds, casting an ethereal glow. This vantage point marks the beginning of the renowned trail: Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo, hailed as one of the finest day hikes globally.

Canyoning

Canyoning

Explore the canyon at Ribeira das Cales within the Ecological Park of Funchal, nestled at around 1500 meters above sea level. Embark on a journey where we navigate rappels and conquer nature's challenges through walking, abseiling, swimming, and jumping in stunning lakes and waterfalls. Ideal for beginners seeking an unforgettable canyoning adventure in a breathtaking setting.

Trail Runs

Trail Runs

Beautiful guided trail runs exploring Seixal and Poço das Lesmas & exciting local trails. 8-12km.

Rejuvenating Pilates

Rejuvenating Pilates

Relax tired muscles with Pilates amidst a tropical setting.

Discover tropical Madeira

Discover tropical Madeira

Discover the wonders of the Atlantic islands: stunning natural landscapes, pristine waters, ancient traditions, authentic cuisine, and a warm, welcoming spirit eager to embrace you. Immerse yourself in a one-of-a-kind archipelago where time stands still, and seasons unfold without the constraints of a calendar.

Catamaran Dolphin Trip

Catamaran Dolphin Trip

Experience the splendour of the Madeira coastline aboard a luxurious catamaran. Keep an eye out for dolphins, whales, and turtles as you sail towards the Cabo Girão promontory, where you can indulge in refreshing swims!

Connect with like-minded adventurers

Connect with like-minded adventurers

Make new friends and go on adventures with people who share your passions!

Hosts

Qualified Guide

Qualified Guide

Qualified guide who is our head point of contact during the trip. Equipping you with skills & knowledge, on hand for any questions you may have!

Ed

Ed

Passionate adventurer, runner & outdoors entrepreneur. Ed is the founder of Trail Pursuit who will support the delivery of the experience.

edflood_

Schedule

Previous

Next

Untitleddesign20240307T163611.823

DAY 1

Day 1 - Arrival

Welcome to Madeira! You'll be collected from Madeira Airport (FNC) & transferred to our base for the evening in Funchal. After settling in and meeting your team, get ready for a welcome dinner & drinks with your guides and an intro to the week's itinerary!

Transfer: Madeira Airport (FNC) - Funchal

Dinner: Private chef
Accommodation: Villa with pool

image00003

DAY 2

Day 2 - Sunrise Hike: Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo

Our journey begins at Pico do Areeiro, the island's third highest peak, reaching an elevation of 1,818 meters. From the Miradouro do Juncal viewpoint, witness a breathtaking sunrise, casting light on the eastern landscape. Admire Ponta de São Lourenço, Pico Ruivo (the highest peak), and even Porto Santo Island on a clear day. This is undeniably one of Madeira's most stunning sunrise spots. 

Prepare for a challenging 10km hike after the sunrise. 
The route from Pico do Areeiro to Pico Ruivo is renowned for its difficulty and beauty, offering panoramic island vistas, especially from the 1,862-meter summit of Pico Ruivo. 

The return route leads to Achada do Teixeira, marking the end of the hike. On your way back to the hotel, take the opportunity to visit the village of Santana, known for its traditional triangular houses with thatched roofs.

Activity: Guided hike (10-12km)

Untitleddesign20240307T165848.395

DAY 3

Day 3 - Catamaran Dolphin Trip

Embark on a luxurious catamaran trip along Madeira's South Coast, enjoying local cuisine and French Champagne on arrival. A marine biologist is on hand to provide fascinating insights, and snorkelling gear is available!

As you cruise along the crystal-clear waters, keep your eyes peeled for playful dolphins dancing in the waves and majestic whales breaching the surface. With the help of our onboard hydrophone, you can even listen in on the enchanting songs of these magnificent creatures beneath the waves.

For those feeling adventurous, complimentary snorkeling gear is available, allowing you to immerse yourself in the vibrant underwater world teeming with colorful fish and marine life. Or simply relax on the spacious deck, soaking up the sun and marveling at the breathtaking coastal scenery!

Activity: Dolphin & whale watching trip aboard a private catamaran

2

DAY 4

Day 4 - Trail Run + Hike: Seixal and Poço das Lesmas

Explore the Fanal Laurissilva forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and step into a fairytale world. Twisted ancient trees, often veiled in mist, create an ethereal atmosphere. 

Several trails wind through this magical place, catering to various fitness levels. For a more challenging adventure, we’ll embark on the Fanal - Cedros Trail, an 11.5km linear journey deeper into the heart of the forest. Nearby there’s also the Rabaçal area, known for its stunning waterfalls and levadas. Run-Hike along the Levada do Alecrim, a trail offering panoramic views of the valley and lush Laurissilva forest. This scenic levada walk leads you to the source of the Alecrim stream, where you can soak in the tranquility of nature. 

The Lagoa do Vento, a hidden gem located at the end of the Levada do Alecrim trail is one of the recommended spots. This beautiful lagoon, surrounded by lush vegetation and dramatic cliffs, is a perfect spot for a picnic or a refreshing swim. 

Activity: Trail run, hike & swim (11.5km)




3

DAY 5

Day 5 - Canyoning in Ribeira das Cales

Start the day with a sunrise pilates class followed by a delicious breakfast. 

Today, you’ll experience the thrill of canyoning in Madeira's Ribeira das Cales. Slide over rocks, leap into pools, and scale waterfalls in this exhilarating adventure! Surrounded by pristine nature and crystal-clear waters, uncover a hidden world few explore.

The Ribeira das Cales canyoning trip starts at Chão da Lagoa in Funchal's Ecological Park, around 1500 meters high. It's an 850-meter course with 5 rappels. You'll hike, rappel, swim, and jump in lakes and waterfalls. This beginner-friendly trip is perfect for anyone new to canyoning. 

All equipment and insurance is included. 
After freshening up we'll head for a farewell dinner & celebrate the week!

4

DAY 6

Day 6: Goodbyes!

What an adventure with new friends!

Get transferred to the airport in the morning or, if you aren’t pressed for time, go for a swim at the beach. 

Transfer: Funchal - Madeira Airport

What's Included

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Qualified Guides

5 night accommodation in a villa

Private transport in Madeira

x1 day trail running

Sunrise hike Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo

Canyoning in Ribeira das Cales

Dolphin & whale watching on a luxury catamaran

Relaxing pilates class

11.5km trail run in Fanal Laurissilva forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Meals - 5 breakfasts, 2 restaurant lunches & 3 private chef dinners (all dietary types catered for)

Pickup & drop off from Madeira Airport

Flights to & from Madeira

Travel Insurance

2 lunches & 2 dinners

Alcoholic drinks

Trip Tips

Fitness level required

Fitness level required

Participants are required to be healthy & in good physical shape, managing a mix of activities across 5 days. Your adventure is completely customisable & you can participate in as many or as few activities as you wish!

Personal equipment required

Personal equipment required

A comprehensive kit checklist will be sent to all guests ahead of travel, this includes: Baggage: * Day rucksack * Dry bag (Keeping personal items dry near water - i.e phone/camera) Personal Items: * Cash * Personal toiletries & sun cream * Sunglasses * Personal water bottle you will be able to refill) 
 Clothing and shoes: * Trail running shoes & run kit  * Good quality waterproof jacket  * Mid layers (fleece jacket or similar)  * Warm clothes for the evening * Swimsuit and towel  * Trainers, hiking boots & flip flops

 Optional Extras: * Hiking poles

Travel insurance

Travel insurance

You are required to take out cover, which most activity insurance companies will provide, this needs to include emergency evacuation and medial care. Sports Cover Direct offer a comprehensive range of sports travel insurance between £25-30 for a single trip.

Note on itinerary

Note on itinerary

The itinerary and duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, water levels, special events of interest, etc. Trail Pursuit guides will do their utmost to ensure the best possible experience for their guests without compromising safety at any time. This may mean changing the original itinerary to avoid discomfort or risk which could be caused by exceptional situations, and Trail Pursuit reserves the right to alter the itinerary accordingly.

Payment Options

Payment Options

We have 3 options for you to choose:

 Payment Options: 1) Payment Plan - £150 deposit & then spread the balance over 4 monthly instalments 2) Pay a 20% deposit & the balance by 1st August 2024. 3) Pay in full Book with confidence: 
 - 14 day cooling off period - If Trail Pursuit have to cancel or postpone the trip due to COVID-19 or any other reason, you can either be credited to a future trip or receive a full refund.

Stories

1

Recently returned from my second trip booked with TP, a surf and yoga adventure in Morocco! Had an amazing time, guides and food was excellent, went with a friend who I met on a previous trip, and also made many new friends! Love the community feel these adventures provide. Really looking forward to Trail Pursuit Cornwall this June !! 🏃🏻‍♀️🌊😁

Lauren

3

Went on the Norway trip in August. Super well-organised and unique. Ed, who runs Trail Pursuit is great and very down to earth which adds to the enjoyment of the trip. The guide we had, David, was also amazing. The views were stunning (weather permitting) and it was all round, a great trip. I'd go on another trip in the future.

Marlon

4min

I took part in the Croatia multisport activity week with my husband and son (19) and daughter (21). The week was fantastic. Ed and Vana and the extra guides for kayaking were professional, friendly and very helpful. The variety of activities - kayaking, running, cycling, hiking - kept the week challenging and interesting. Croatia was beautiful and the other people on the trip made the whole week a really good bonding experience. Can't recommend enough.

Joanne

Untitleddesign20231114T104239.709

Top week of surfing, trail running and yoga in Morocco with amazing people, food and accommodation! I’m still buzzing from the whole trip and can’t wait to go surfing again next year!

Philly

5

This was an incredible trip! I loved every minute! Amazing views and landscapes, challenging, beautiful hikes and the kayaking was awesome! We stayed in an amazing variety of accommodation and the food was plentiful and delicious! Can’t recommend enough! Thank you guys! I’ll be booking again! X

Laura

2

I've just come back from my first trip with Trail Pursuit and what an experience it was! From the organisation to the activities to the people, everything was spot on!! I would like to say a massive thank you to Ed & the team and I can't wait to share an adventure with you again in the not too distant future.

Howard

8

Joined the Trail Pursuit events in the Lake District, Brecon Brecon, and most recently Norway. Great events, fantastic experiences, and met some awesome people there. Fully recommend to anyone who loves adventure!

Gavin

6

Back in June 2022 I had the privilege of being part of the first 'team' to live the Norway experience. Having found the courage to travel by myself, I found it utterly fantastic from start to finish. Yes, it had its moments of challenge but this helped to make it such an amazing experience. Such a stunning location and well thought out loop above/within the majestic fjord. One of the best experiences I've ever had! As for the 'team' they were all such amazing people and it was a pleasure to share the experience with them, thank you!

Caroline

You'll Be Staying Here

Homely Madeira-style Villa

Homely Madeira-style Villa

Twin rooms available (same-sex). Please let us know if you're traveling with a friend/partner & would like to be in the same room.

Chill out spaces & pool

Chill out spaces & pool

Our villa offers comfortable rooms, a refreshing swimming pool, and inviting amenities including a library, massage room, bar, restaurant, and scenic terrace.

Delicious food

Delicious food

All dietary types catered for. Please specify at checkout. 

FAQs

Trail Pursuit: Madeira is nestled in the vibrant city of Funchal, the capital of this picturesque Portuguese archipelago. Our base is strategically located in this enchanting coastal city, offering easy access to the island's diverse landscapes and outdoor adventures. Situated just a short distance from Madeira Airport.

Guests are required to be healthy and in good physical shape. Your adventure is completely customisable and you can participate in as many or as few activities as you wish!

If you have any concerns about your fitness level, please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your options and help you choose the right adventure holiday for you. hello@trailpursuit.com or call +44 7748 722282

We cater to all dietary preferences, please let us know your requirements when booking. Our meals are prepared using fresh ingredients, with generous portion sizes. Our diverse menu features options such as chicken breast, smoked salmon, seasonal vegetables, vegan dishes, as well as egg and meat-based choices.

Canyoning equipment & safety gear, hiking boots & trail gear. 

Yes, the Trail Pursuit hosts and outdoor guides are very experienced with good English so you will have no problems in communication on the trip.

Discover comfort and elegance at our coastal villa in vibrant Funchal. Renovated in 2021, our villa offers comfortable rooms, a refreshing swimming pool, and inviting amenities including a library, massage room, bar, restaurant, and scenic terrace. Experience the best of Madeira's coastal charm in our welcoming oasis by the sea.

You will be safe & comfortable throughout!

Activities included: 
- x1 guided sunrise hike 
- x1 trail run 
- x1 day canyoning
- x1 dolphin & whale watching trip aboard a private catamaran
- Complimentary pilates classes & wld swimming!

Yes, available payment options include: 
1) Payment Plan - £150 deposit & then spread the balance over 4 monthly instalments (most popular)

2) Pay a 20% deposit & the balance by 1st August 2024.

3) Pay in full

Our meet point is Madeira Airport FNC & your hosts will meet you. Please let us know your flight details once you have booked & we will then coordinate pickups. You will be transferred to our base in Funchal.

You are welcome to arrive a day early & make your way back to the airport pickup if that is preferable.

Yes, a Whatsapp Group will be made where we can confirm kit lists, logistics & answer any questions you may have. Team effort!

Yes, guests will be in twin rooms (same-sex). 

Please let us know if you're traveling with a friend/partner & would like to be in the same room.

Book with confidence. If you book and Trail Pursuit have to cancel or postpone the trip due to COVID-19 government restrictions you can either be credited to a future trip or receive a full refund. Our goal is to ensure you have an incredible & safe trip, whenever it may be.

Madeira Airport is served by direct flights from the UK and other major European airports, with flight times around 4hrs.

UK: Easyjet, British Airways, Ryanair

Once you book your flight please let us know your arrival & departure times+day.

Absolutely, you are welcome to arrive earlier & stay longer after the trip if you wish. Please meet us at Madeira Airport on arrival day between 9am-7pm for transfers to our villa. Alternatively you can meet us in Funchal at the villa. 

If you are planning to arrive after 7pm please let us know & we can make arrangements for your collection. 

No, we welcome guests from all over the world!

Each group will have a maximum of 15 guests plus the guide. We welcome guests of all ages who are in good physical health & up for adventure.  

Age range is typically between 23-49+ years old. 

A full list of what we recommend will be shared with you. We find most people already own the kit for our trips. You can buy or hire these items. Here are the basics: 

Baggage:

  • Day rucksack
  • Dry bag (Keeping personal items dry near water - i.e phone/camera)

  • Personal Items:
  • Cash
  • Personal toiletries & sun cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal water bottle you will be able to refill) 

    Clothing and shoes: 
  • Trail running shoes & run kit 
  • Good quality waterproof jacket 
  • Mid layers (fleece jacket or similar) 
  • Warm clothes for the evening
  • Swimsuit and towel 
  • Trainers, hiking boots & flip flops

    Optional Extra:
  • Hiking poles

Dates

October 1 - 6 2024

Portugal·5 nights

FROM$1575/pp

April 1 - 6 2025

Portugal·5 nights

FROM$1575/pp

TP: MADEIRA

Portugal·October - April·5 nights

FROM$1575/pp