Madeira self drive vacation
Description of Madeira self drive vacation
Everything is tweak-able, giving you the freedom to build a unique and personal trip for your chosen date. Upgrade your accommodation for all - or just part - of your trip, slow down the pace with few extra nights here and there or add a few more active adventures along the way
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetThis itinerary focuses on exploring the highlights of Madeira by foot, local transport and rental car. Wherever possible, we use hand-picked eco-friendly accommodation that have their own environmentally-friendly policies and encourage their guests to behave in an environmentally-friendly manner to limit energy usage.
Visiting local places we encourage our travelers to report anything which doesn’t seem right during their trip so that we can act upon it.
Before departing on this trip, our customers will always receive an informative document called 'Be a responsible traveler', which provides useful advice on how they are able to travel in an environmentally-friendly way such as using reusable water bottles and limiting the amount of energy that they use.
We are very passionate about recycling, beginning in our Brighton office where we use a local company to ensure we all know where our waste is going, we encourage a no wastage policy, by asking staff to take leftover food home. We also have a largely ‘paperless’ office, refraining from publishing brochures and other marketing collateral, and instead of producing electronic documentation to ensure we use as little paper as possible.
PeopleThroughout this itinerary, we have arranged lots of excursions that are all run by local guides. During our stay in Funchal, we organise a walking tour with a local guide, who takes you to the local markets and eateries. If you need a local guide for any other part of your trip, we are happy to source those for you and explore like a local, benefiting the community.
Wherever possible, we work with independently owned accommodation so that more of our travelers’ money stays in the local communities they are visiting. On the south coast, we have hand selected a locally-run bed and breakfast that is deeply routed in the local community. The property is a big promoter of agro tourism and are certified producers of bananas, grapes and many other fruits and vegetables.
In our documentation that we send out prior to their departure, we inform all of our travelers on the appropriate customs and etiquette when traveling in Portugal and Madeira.