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WALKING MADEIRA To find out more visit saga.co.uk/walking-madeira Walking Madeira's Levadas Enjoy seven nights at the Savoy Calheta Beach Hotel, and explore this beautiful island's network of paths. 7 nights ALL INCLUSIVE from £1299^ Including optional travel insurance or a reduction of £20 if not required§ Departing:September 30, 2019. (£1349 £1299) Holiday code: AK357 All breakfasts, lunches and dinners Wine, beer or soft drink with dinner Five walks including two levada trails Saga Walking Host and local guide Water in your room on arrival Porterage at your hotel Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a reduction if not required§ Return flights and transfers l l l l l l l l Local flights Savoy Calheta Beach Hotel QQQQ This locally rated 4-star hotel faces a sandy beach and man-made lagoon. Made up of two buildings connected by an elevated walkway the hotel facilities include two restaurants, a bar, outdoor pool, sauna and spa with indoor pool (treatments are at extra cost). There are 153 bedrooms, each with a television, telephone, free Wi-Fi, hairdryer and safe (extra charge). Follow Madeira's levada trails into the countryside The hotel has a dramatic setting Follow Madeira's enticing levada trails Your programme The levadas of Madeira are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They extend in total to some 800 kilometres and were designed to transport water. They had their beginnings in the 15th century when basic water channels were created to supply water needed for crops and mills. Over the ensuing centuries they were expanded by private enterprise until the 19th century when the island saw the introduction of State levadas with some 400 kilometres of levadas being created between 1947 and 1967! Today they offer an opportunity to view this beautiful island from a unique perspective. Rabacal ­ enchanted forest and waterfalls: Walk through a laurel forest along an old levada, passing the Risco waterfall and the 25 Fontes levada, passing through a tunnel. Visit a sugar cane factory at Calheta which only operates for one six-week period each year, its product being used for molasses, honey cake and brandy. The Eastern Cape-Ponta Sao Lourenco: Walk to the peninsula of Ponta Sao Lourenco with its volcanic rock formations and Atlantic views, continuing to Canical and visit the whaling museum, plus the town of Machico ­ where the island was first discovered by the Portuguese in 1419. The Green Couldron-Calerao Verde: Walk in the beautiful natural park of Queimadas with its giant rhododendrons, lush forests and waterfalls. Walk through tunnels, see the peaks of Ribeira Grande, and admire breathtaking views in the `green couldron' vallley with its waterfall and lake. Assobiadores-Fanal: This panoramic walk takes in fine views of the Rabacal valley and forested area of Chao da Ribeira, en route to Fanal in the Laurissilva forest ­ a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. One Valley,Two Levadas: See two different levadas as you walk the Levada do Moinho in the valley of Ribeira da Ponta do Sol with its sea views and riverine valley. Next, ascend and continue to the Levada Nova, where the countryside includes waterfalls and a tunnel. Walks are up to 13 kilometres. While they range from easy to moderate, please note levada walks can be strenuous and require navigating ascents, descents, steps and tunnels in some places. Please note this holiday is not suitable for anyone who suffers from vertigo. SAVE £50 ^on Sep 30, 2019 departure when you book by Feb 15, 2019 Plus SAVE an additional £50 on all advertised departures when you book by Feb 28, 2019 Walking Madeira's Levadas. ^All prices are £s per person based on two people sharing and subject to availability. Flights from Gatwick to Funchal with the scheduled services of easyJet. § A reduction of £20 (7 nights) or £54 (14 nights) applies if you do not need the optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights. For single accommodation or to travel from a local airport (both subject to availability and extra charges may apply) please visit saga.co.uk/holidays or call for further details. See enclosed Essential Information. To book see page 67 and call FREE on 0800 056 6078 or visit saga.co.uk/special-interests19 Please quote SPN34 33