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MADEIRA

Next tour dates: still to be defined

Duration: 7 nights

Available groups: 3 (+1 team leader), 6 (+2 team leaders), 9 (+2 team leaders)

Possible meeting points: Aeroporto Francisco Sá Carneiro (Oporto) or Aeroporto da Madeira (Funchal) // At destination

855,00 €

(booking fee + 1 remaining payment)

MADEIRA PHOTOGRAPHIC TOURS

Next tour dates: still to be defined

Duration: 7 nights

Available groups: 3 (+1 team leader), 6 (+2 team leaders), 9 (+2 team leaders)

Possible meeting points: Aeroporto Francisco Sá Carneiro (Oporto) or Aeroporto da Madeira (Funchal) // At destination

855,00 €

(booking fee + 1 remaining payment)

Madeira

A small island, but full of valleys, canyons and mountains, ready to be explored by photographers!

Madeira Island. A very popular destination for holidays, but still unknown for the majority of photographers.
From valleys, mountains, canyons, to protected forest and starry skies, you will be amazed and thrilled to capture such wonders!

BY PHOTOGRAPHERS, FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

 

The trekking programs have all been carefully tested and planned and no one is left behind. You’ll choose your own pace and desired speed and no one will ever force you into something else. Every aspect of the tour was rigorously designed so that your experience as a landscape photography and outdoors lover, will be as easy as possible.

 

We reduced to zero any stress or responsibility resulting from the need for choosing a suitable vehicle and the driving of it on the peculiar regional road network. You won’t need to invest your time in tasks other than photography and leisure.

 

It was all rigorously designed so that your experience as a photography and outdoors lover, will be as easy as possible. We pushed away tasks like the search for roads, shortcuts, and paths from the list of your concerns.

The luxuriant Laurissilva Forest has been, since 1999, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The true spirit of what we have prepared for you is, very clearly, the rich roadmap we have grown! It results from a lot of research, local partnerships, exchange of ideas with fellow photographers recognized for their knowledge regarding the places we travel, but above all, it’s the result of experiences lived in the first person. It is our great asset and it is what we keep secret until you’re aboard the adventure.

TAKE YOUR PASSION FOR PHOTOGRAPHY TO THE NEXT LEVEL…

 

We want to bring together a group that shares a passion: Photography. We want to take you to a place where you can further develop your photography, and the magnificent landscape of Madeira is the ideal subject.

 

Photography is our motor and we want this to be an intense and unforgettable experience. If your intention is a “regular” program and the usual dozen POIS around the main road or even within the touristic itinerary, then, our group is not the most recommended.

TOUR CHARACTERISTICS

Overall Physical Demand0%
80 / 100
Overall Comfort Level0%
85 / 100
Walk / Trekking Effort0%
75 / 100
Wow! Factor0%
90 / 100

TOUR DETAILS / BOOKINGS

Payment

  • Booking Fee: 10% of tour total (85,50 €)
  • 1st payment: 40% at least 91 days before departure;
  • 2nd payment: 50% at least 61 days before departure.

 

You can make your payments by wire transfer, Paypal® (please add 4,0% for Paypal tariffs), or MB WAY®. All the necessary instructions will be available on the booking form and you will also receive all the information through a confirmation email.

Flights

Flights are not included in the tour cost.

For your knowledge, but as non-binding information, the cost for a round trip from Portugal (OPO) to Funchal (FNC) (includes 2 flights)² costs approximately 350,00 EUR.

 

² Includes the following flights: OPO >> FNC and FNC >> OPO

Accommodation

  • The participants will be staying in a short-term rental tourist accommodation

Food & Drink

  • Food is not included (we stop several times for buying food);
  • We also stop near several restaurants, snack-bars, etc.;
  • Tea, coffee, and water are provided;

Additional Notes

These expeditions are organized for groups of limited size, maximum of 9 participants plus 3 team leaders.

We’ve come up with a long list of points of interest for photographers that result from a compilation fueled by over 1000 hours of personal experiences. These POIs result from real-life field reconnaissance and were then fitted to a detailed, very demanding but tremendously rewarding itinerary.

Our tour includes all the typical POIs. However, in addition to that, we added a lot of “very special extras” that only a lot of field work could have uncovered.

next group will leave in…

WHY TRAVEL WITH THE VIEWPOINT TOURS?

 

Besides experiencing a unique and extremely carefully curated itinerary, you’ll take advantage of all the guidance and experience of our team leaders. We’ve spent a lot of hours on the field (a lot!), gathering information, testing all the routes and tracks, so you won’t need to. Not all POIs are photo spots and not all photo spots are considered POIs for a “normal” travel or adventure agency.

 

Time of day is also of the essence! Compiling a strong itinerary, and combining it with a rich experience, good photo spots, and the correct time of day to approach them is something we are proud of doing well.

Contradicting what some may think, you won’t spend more travelling with a company like ours than you’ll spend going solo, having to book everything, trying to find each and every spot, avoiding all the setbacks and time-pressing issues. We manage an objective motivated program, and we’ve done this a lot of times. We know you’d need more than double the time of this tour, to even get somewhere close to what we have for you.

 

Other advantages…

 

Discovering good local partners is something we know is important for your experiences. Good and reliable car rental companies with no hidden fees and strange policies, good and affordable accommodation, great equipment rentals, and a lot more.

Madeira

A small island, but full of valleys, canyons and mountains, ready to be explored by photographers!

Madeira Island. A very popular destination for holidays, but still unknown for the majority of photographers.
From valleys, mountains, canyons, to protected forest and starry skies, you will be amazed and thrilled to capture such wonders!

BY PHOTOGRAPHERS, FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

 

The trekking programs have all been carefully tested and planned and no one is left behind. You’ll choose your own pace and desired speed and no one will ever force you into something else. Every aspect of the tour was rigorously designed so that your experience as a landscape photography and outdoors lover, will be as easy as possible.

 

We reduced to zero any stress or responsibility resulting from the need for choosing a suitable vehicle and the driving of it on the peculiar regional road network. You won’t need to invest your time in tasks other than photography and leisure.

 

It was all rigorously designed so that your experience as a photography and outdoors lover, will be as easy as possible. We pushed away tasks like the search for roads, shortcuts, and paths from the list of your concerns.

The luxuriant Laurissilva Forest has been, since 1999, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The true spirit of what we have prepared for you is, very clearly, the rich roadmap we have grown! It results from a lot of research, local partnerships, exchange of ideas with fellow photographers recognized for their knowledge regarding the places we travel, but above all, it’s the result of experiences lived in the first person. It is our great asset and it is what we keep secret until you’re aboard the adventure.

TAKE YOUR PASSION FOR PHOTOGRAPHY TO THE NEXT LEVEL…

 

We want to bring together a group that shares a passion: Photography. We want to take you to a place where you can further develop your photography, and the magnificent landscape of Madeira is the ideal subject.

 

Photography is our motor and we want this to be an intense and unforgettable experience. If your intention is a “regular” program and the usual dozen POIS around the main road or even within the touristic itinerary, then, our group is not the most recommended.

Overall Physical Demand0%
80 / 100
Overall Comfort Level0%
85 / 100
Walk / Trekking Effort0%
75 / 100
Wow! Factor0%
90 / 100

Payment

  • Booking Fee: 10% of tour total (85,50 €)
  • 1st payment: 40% at least 91 days before departure;
  • 2nd payment: 50% at least 61 days before departure.

 

You can make your payments by wire transfer, Paypal® (please add 4,0% for Paypal tariffs), or MB WAY®. All the necessary instructions will be available on the booking form and you will also receive all the information through a confirmation email.

Flights

Flights are not included in the tour cost.

For your knowledge, but as non-binding information, the cost for a round trip from Portugal (OPO) to Funchal (FNC) (includes 2 flights)² normally costs less than 350,00 EUR.

 

² Includes the following flights: OPO >> FNC and FNC >> OPO

Accommodation

  • The participants will be staying in a short-term rental tourist accommodation

Food & Drink

  • Food is not included (we stop several times for buying food);
  • We also stop near several restaurants, snack-bars, etc.;
  • Tea, coffee, and water are provided;

Additional Notes

These expeditions are organized for groups of limited size, maximum of 9 participants plus 3 team leaders.

We’ve come up with a long list of points of interest for photographers that result from a compilation fueled by over 1000 hours of personal experiences. These POIs result from real-life field reconnaissance and were then fitted to a detailed, very demanding but tremendously rewarding itinerary.

Our tour includes all the typical POIs. However, in addition to that, we added a lot of “very special extras” that only a lot of field work could have uncovered.

next group will leave in…

Vehicle, Insurance & Fuel

It includes vehicles that can be used on all roads in the region. All road trips will be made aboard a well equipped and comfortable vehicle.

 

Each vehicle will accommodate a maximum of 4 people (1 driver and 3 participants)i.e. one less than the vehicle full capacity. If you come across the need to rest while we drive, you can do it comfortably.

 

Our offer includes the full insurance bundle on all vehicles.

 

It also includes all the fuel and mileage you’ll ever need. Our participants, among many other things, enjoy unlimited mileage which, for us photographers, is absolutely vital.

 

All expenses such as crossing rates, transfers, and visitor taxes, are included.

Accommodation

You’ll be accommodated with another participant in a comfortable and clean room at a short-term rental tourist accommodation, in a very good location in terms of tour operation.

We always opt for highly rated accommodation so our participants can rest after a day of long walks and physical roughness.

Internet Access & Power

(outside your hotel room)

We don’t provide Wi-Fi Internet access on vehicles for this tour.

The accommodation provides free wi-fi access.

 

Electrical power

We include current inverters in every vehicle even though access to power outlets doesn’t present itself as a problem on this tour!

Food & Drinks

Food is not included!

 

We used to include food on this tour (increasing the tour initial cost)  but we honestly think most people will benefit from the fact of having to buy its own food supplies or using their place of choice to eat their meals.

 

It’s way less expensive for our participants as we’d have to calculate what our participants consume in advance, and that varies greatly from person to person. Considering that we couldn’t risk not having enough food, costs were always higher than reality would prove it.

 

We provide more than enough stops for buying food! That’s where we also get our food, right?! We buy local, so can you. Additionally, at some locations, you’ll also have the chance to eat at the hotel or restaurants.

 

We’ll include coffee (or decaffeinated), tea, and water.

We do not include soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, etc. The only drinks included are water, tea, and coffee (or decaf).

Flights

We don’t book flights!

However, if you have any questions regarding flight booking or any other issue, please get in touch so we can help you. Our job is to make your life easier when taking your photography to the next level. We’re here for you.

Other perks…

  • Instalment plan (booking + 2 partials) – You can pay for your tour in a 1+2 payment plan; A booking fee to reserve your seat aboard the adventure, a second payment 91 days before the tour data, and a final payment 61 days before the tour date;

 

  • Discount for group booking (2 or +) – We normally have special prices for bookings for 2 or more seats, depending on the tour in question. Same booking fees but lower total cost. Get in touch via info@theviewpointtours.com for more info;

 

  • Photo Gear Rental Program available – All tour participants can take advantage of our photo gear rental program (limited to availability) More info at the Photo Gear Rental page;

 

  • Pre-travel support – We always take great care of our participants! We provide you with all the needed information and support so your experience can go as smooth as possible;

 

  • 20,00 EUR voucher by Coloreffects to use on any buy of 100,00 EUR or more;

 

  • 5% rebate on future tours – Booking this tour gets you 5% off on any future tour, even on a more expensive one. This means that if you book a 480,00 EUR tour you can get a 5% discount on a 3000,00 EUR tour, that corresponds to 150,00 EUR.

Terms and Conditions

 

  • You should only book your flights after the tour is confirmed. We cannot be held responsible for any losses (financial or other) if you book your flights more than 45 days prior to departure and the tour does not take place;

 

  • Although we design alternatives to every POI in our itineraries, due to natural disasters or road traffic restriction imposed by the local authorities, for example, we cannot be held liable for unforeseen events and consequences;

 

  • We will not be able to directly take responsibility for problems that originate from an unsatisfactory service provided by the third parties on which we depend on these trips (car rental, accommodations, restaurants, supermarkets, etc.);

 

  • We do not include any alcoholic beverage or soda. Also, in relation to alcoholic beverages, we strongly advise you not to consume alcohol unless it’s the last meal of the day. Safety should be your first concern!

Itinerary

Day 1 of 8 - Arrival at Madeira!

Day 1 (one) includes:

  • Meeting before flight;
  • Flight from Oporto Airport (OPO) to Funchal (FNC);
  • Baía d’Abra;
  • Briefing for Day 2;
Day 2 of 8 - Maciço Central: the Wow Factor

Day 2 (two) includes:

  • Wake up early;
  • Day includes 3 POIs (Pico do Arieiro, Poiso and Quatro Estradas);
  • Lunch, rest and briefing next days;
  • Pico Ruivo: sunset and astrophotography.
Day 3 of 8 - Paúl da Serra

Day 3 (three) includes:

  • Wake up early;
  • Day includes 3 POIs (Rabaçal, Fanal, Seixal);
  • Bica da Cana: sunset and astrophotography.
Day 4 of 8 - North coast and Laurissilva

Day 4 (four) includes:

  • Wake up early … again;
  • Porto da Cruz;
  • Lunch;
  • Levada do Rei;
  • Briefing for Day 5.
Day 5 of 8 - Deep Laurissilva

Day 5 (five) includes:

  • Wake up even earlier;
  • Day includes 2 POIs (Balcões and Fajã da Nogueira);
  • Dinner and briefing for the following day.
Day 6 of 8 - North coast redux

Day 6 (six) includes:

  • yes, wake up early;
  • Day includes 3 POIs (Boca do Risco, Larano and Boca das Voltas);
  • Dinner and briefing for the following day.
Day 7 of 8 - Serras do Funchal

Day 7 (seven) includes:

  • You guess it, wake up early;
  • Day includes 3 POIs (Eira do Serrado, Pico do Arieiro and Boaventura);
  • Astrophotraphy session.
Day 8 of 8 - Return home

Day 8 (eight) includes:

  • Late wake up;
  • Share experiences / goodbye lunch;
  • Say “until next time” and return home.

FAQs

How can I pay for my booking fee?

Payments may be made through wire transfer, Paypal® (please add 4,0% for Paypal tariffs) or MB WAY®

 

All the necessary instructions will be available on the booking form and you will also receive all the information through a confirmation email.

Do you have a schedule/plan for payments?

Unless otherwise clearly stated for a particular tour or program, our plan of payments is as follows:

 

  • Booking Fee: 10% of trip total (this tour is 85,50 €)
  • Remaining until, July 7.
Are the flights included in the cost?

No!

Can you book my flights?

We stopped providing flight reservation for our clients, since August 2018.

Is food included?

No! Food is not included.

 

Nevertheless, we always pack emergency rations and you will never be left without assistance. We stop frequently along the way for food shopping and you’ll also have opportunities to eat at a diner or restaurant.

Is water or other drinks included?

Yes! Water, coffee, and tea are included.

Itinerary

Day 1 of 8 - Arrival at Madeira!

Day 1 (one) includes:

  • Meeting before flight;
  • Flight from Oporto Airport (OPO) to Funchal (FNC);
  • Baía d’Abra;
  • Briefing for Day 2;
Day 2 of 8 - Maciço Central: the Wow Factor

Day 2 (two) includes:

  • Wake up early;
  • Day includes 3 POIs (Pico do Arieiro, Poiso and Quatro Estradas);
  • Lunch, rest and briefing next days;
  • Pico Ruivo: sunset and astrophotography.
Day 3 of 8 - Paúl da Serra

Day 3 (three) includes:

  • Wake up early;
  • Day includes 3 POIs (Rabaçal, Fanal, Seixal);
  • Bica da Cana: sunset and astrophotography.
Day 4 of 8 - North coast and Laurissilva

Day 4 (four) includes:

  • Wake up early … again;
  • Porto da Cruz;
  • Lunch;
  • Levada do Rei;
  • Briefing for Day 5.
Day 5 of 8 - Deep Laurissilva

Day 5 (five) includes:

  • Wake up even earlier;
  • Day includes 2 POIs (Balcões and Fajã da Nogueira);
  • Dinner and briefing for the following day.
Day 6 of 8 - North coast redux

Day 6 (six) includes:

  • yes, wake up early;
  • Day includes 3 POIs (Boca do Risco, Larano and Boca das Voltas);
  • Dinner and briefing for the following day.
Day 7 of 8 - Serras do Funchal

Day 7 (seven) includes:

  • You guess it, wake up early;
  • Day includes 3 POIs (Eira do Serrado, Pico do Arieiro and Boaventura);
  • Astrophotraphy session.
Day 8 of 8 - Return home

Day 8 (eight) includes:

  • Late wake up;
  • Share experiences / goodbye lunch;
  • Say “until next time” and return home.

FAQs

How can I pay for my booking fee?

Payments may be made through wire transfer, Paypal® (please add 4,0% for Paypal tariffs) or MB WAY®

 

All the necessary instructions will be available on the booking form and you will also receive all the information through a confirmation email.

Do you have a schedule/plan for payments?

Unless otherwise clearly stated for a particular tour or program, our plan of payments is as follows:

 

  • Booking Fee: 10% of trip total (this tour is 85,50 €)
  • 1st payment: 40% at least 91 days before departure;
  • 2nd payment: 50% at least 61 days before departure.
Are the flights included in the cost?

No!

Can you book my flights?

We stopped providing flight reservation for our clients, since August 2018.

Is food included?

No! Food is not included.

 

Nevertheless, we always pack emergency rations and you will never be left without assistance. We stop frequently along the way for food shopping and you’ll also have opportunities to eat at a diner or restaurant.

Is water or other drinks included?

Yes! Water, coffee, and tea are included.