Madeira – Round trip 8 Days
Day 1: Arrival in Funchal
Welcome at the airport and transfer to your hotel with assistance. Check-in, dinner and accommodation.
Day 2: Information event – Optional: Gardens of Funchal
In the morning, a meeting organised by our local team. Lunch at the hotel. Free afternoon. Optional: Possibility to discover the Botanic Gardens and the garden of Quinta do Lago with its huge variety of native flora and fauna (with extra charge). At the end of the day, folkloric dinner highlighting regional specialities accompanied by wine. Accommodation.
Day 3: Tour of the East – Monte (approx. 150km)
Depart from Funchal towards the extreme east of the island to reach the tip of Sao Lourenco and an unforgettable panorama! Continue to the north-east coast with an initial stop at Porto da Cruz, a very pleasant little coastal village. Then, discover the village of Santana, famous for its little houses with thatched roofs, built between flowers, vineyards and apple trees. Lunch in Faial, where you can see the impressive work of the local Madeirans with their steep, terraced cultivations. Continue to the interior of the island, more precisely to Ribeiro Frio, to see its trout farming and its luxurious vegetation. Then, on to Pico do Arieiro at 1810 m, via the Poiso pass at 1400 m. After this mountain discovery, it’s on to the remote village of Monte. Optional and to be paid at the time: On the church square you can take one of the famous toboggans or “Carros de cestos” for a downhill ride of 1,5 km through the public roads. These sledges are wicker baskets, upholstered and mounted on wooden runners and then steered by two men with straw hats. A few exhilarating moments guaranteed! Return to the hotel. Dinner and accommodation.
Day 4: Traditional Funchal (approx. 50km) – Optional: maritime excursion
The morning will be dedicated to the city of Funchal, the capital of the island. Visit to the market “Mercado dos Lavradores“, where you have the chance to discover incredible displays of vegetables and exotic fruits, beautifully arranged around the central patio. Take the chance to taste the four different types of Madeiran wine (Malvoisie, Boal, Sercial, Verdelho) and, then enjoy some shopping! Lunch. Free afternoon. Optional with extra charge: Possibility to join a maritime excursion. Dinner and accommodation.
Day 5: Tour of the West (approx. 170km)
Depart towards Quinta Grande and all the little villages with terrace cultivations. Continue your discovery trip to Ribeira Brava. Short stop during which you will have the chance to visit the church, before you go on to Ponta do Sol and Madalena do Mar, where you will visit a banana plantation. Then climb towards the plateau of Paul da Serra, the only flat area of the island at 1400 metres. Here you can find a nature reserve listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1999. Then continue on to see the village of Porto Moniz and its famous natural pools carved into the lava. From there, you will follow a section of the oldest and most beautiful of the island’s roads: the Corniche coastal road, narrow, carved into the rock and steeply overlooking the sea. This magnificent road will lead you to the little village of Sao Vicente, located on the north coast. Lunch by the sea and time to explore the village. Following this, leave the coast towards the Encumeada pass at 1007 m, from where, in clear weather, you can appreciate the two sides of the island. End your day passing through numerous little villages and finally reaching the cliff of Cabo Girao. This is one of the highest cliffs in Europe, reaching 610 m of altitude. From here, you have an amazing view over Funchal. Return to the hotel. Dinner and accommodation.
Day 6: Eira do Serrado – Curral das Freiras – Camara de Lobos – historical Funchal (approx. 100km)
Depart for a mountainous landscape abundant with eucalyptus and chestnut vegetation. Stop at an altitude of 1094 m, at Eira do Serrado, a viewpoint dominating the valley, at the end of which is nestled the village of Curral das Freiras (the nuns´ village). From here, you have the chance to admire the greatest mountain circus in Madeira. Then descend to the village of Curral das Freiras, enclosed by the volcanic mountains and in a valley formed through erosion. This is one of the most fascinating and memorable landscapes of the island. Then, leave the interior of the island and head towards the coast to discover the most important fishing port of Madeira: Camara de Lobos. Relax in this charming and picturesque bay, just as Winston Churchill did, on his first visit to Madeira. Lunch. In the afternoon, discover the museum, Quinta das Cruzes, also called Zarco museum, where you will find numerous examples of old constructions, a little orchid plantation, an impressive furniture collection, porcelain, ceramics and silver pieces from the 15th, 16th and 18th centuries OR try the famous museum Frederico de Freitas, based in the former residence of this lawyer and great collector. This place conceals some real treasures (magnificent exhibition of ‘azulejos’ – decorative tiles). Continue your tour to the monastery of Santa Clara. The nuns who gave their name to the village of Curral das Freiras, in the heart of the island, originate from here. A very beautiful monastery that has assumed numerous roles during its history and which, nowadays, has been transformed into a primary school.
Day 7: Free day – Optional: Levada or jeep excursion
Free day in full board. Optional with extra charge: Possibility to participate in an excursion to a levada (irrigation canal), pleasant walk or jeep excursion to the interior of the island. Dinner and accommodation.
Day 8: Departure from Funchal
Transfer to the airport at Funchal according to flight times. If departure takes place in the afternoon, optional possibility to reserve lunch (with extra charge).
Our prices include:
- Deluxe motorcoach throughout as per itinerary
- English-speaking tour escort throughout
- Accommodation in 4* hotels in double / twin room
- Full board from dinner day 1 to breakfast day 8, including 1 folkloric dinner
- Drinks: 1 drink per meal and per person (0,2 l wine or 0,3 l beer or 0,25 l nonalcoholic drink or 1 mineral water)
- Assistance provided by our local office with an information event
- Excursions and visits mentioned on the program
- Guided visit: Funchal (approx. 3h30)
- Admission to the following sights:
- Monte: Church and Tomb of Charles I
- Funchal: Embroidery factory Patricio & Gouveia, Se cathedral, wine cellar
- Pereira d’Oliveira with wine tasting, museum Quinta da Cruzes or museum
- Frederico de Freitas, monastery Santa Clara
- Ribeira Brava: Church
- Madalena do Mar: Banana plantation
- Porterage at hotel in / out
- All taxes and charges