Madeira - The Pearl of the Atlantic

Leisurely Touring

8 Days from $2,149

May 2020 - Sep 2020 Departures

​Madeira is a gem of a destination, affectionately known as the Pearl of the Atlantic. Discover the delightful capital Funchal and admire breathtaking scenery as you explore the mountains, valleys, villages and coasts that make up this delightful island.

Overview

What's included

  • ​Just You Tour Manager as your host
  • 7 nights in a 5-star hotel
  • 15 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • Specialist Local Guide
  • Welcome drink
  • Farewell drink
  • Overseas transfers & other transportation
  • Porterage

Included excursions

  • ​Funchal city tour including the Botanical Gardens & a Madeira wine lodge
  • East of the island tour
  • Monte & Eira do Serrado​

Optional excursions

  • ​Levada walk
  • West coast tour
  • Whale & dolphin cruise

Itinerary

Make your own way to Funchal, where we'll meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Get to know your travelling companions over a welcome drink this evening.​

​Today we'll enjoy a sightseeing tour of Funchal. We'll begin by visiting a busy market, where you'll have time to browse the colourful stalls selling flowers, fruit, vegetables and fish. Next we'll head just outside Funchal to the Botanical Gardens and admire more than 2,000 different plants split into distinct areas. After leaving the Botanical Gardens we'll visit an embroidery factory, before calling at a Madeira wine lodge for a tasting.​

Today is free for you to enjoy at leisure, or perhaps you'll join our optional levada walk. There's a whole network of levadas – water channels – on the island which provide a spectacular array of walking paths. Our leisurely walk will take us through an emerald-green valley, where we'll take in captivating views of pretty villages and abundant flowers scattered amongst a patchwork of fields, hills and forests.

​Today we visit the village of Camacha, home to Madeira's thriving willow craft industry. We'll then admire spectacular views from Pico do Arieiro, the third-highest peak on the island, before calling at the trout hatchery in Ribeiro Frio. We'll enjoy lunch at Santana, a pretty village where you will be able to see the unique, thatched triangular houses, typical of the region. After lunch we'll make our way back to Funchal along the stunning north coast. The view from Portela is simply breathtaking and we'll also pass Machico, the island's first capital.

After breakfast this morning we'll visit Pico dos Barcelos, a viewpoint offering spectacular views of Funchal. We'll then wind our way up the mountain to Eira do Serrado, a stunningly beautiful place surrounded by mountains and overlooking the remote village of Curral das Freiras, or Nuns Valley. From here our journey continues to the delightful hamlet of Monte, home to the beautiful Church of Our Lady of Monte and the tranquil Parque Municipal do Monte.​​​

Enjoy another day at leisure or join our optional tour of Madeira's west coast. We'll see the fishing village of Câmara de Lobos, admire thrilling views from Cabo Girão, the second-highest sea cliff in the world, and visit Porto Moniz. We'll then continue to Paúl da Serra, before descending into valleys blanketed by the Laurisilva Forest.​​

We have left today free for you to explore at your own pace. Alternatively, why not head out in search of whales and dolphins on an optional cruise. 

At the end of your tour, you can join your fellow travellers on a transfer to the airport or choose to make your own arrangements.

Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your vacation before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your vacation information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Portugal - West coast tour

Portugal - West coast tour

from $149

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Discover the West side of the island in the company of a local guide today. Take in the spectacular natural scenery of Madeira as you head towards the delightful fishing village of Câmara de Lobos. Our first stop will be Cabo Girão, the second highest sea cliff in the world. We continue along the coast where we pass by the banana plantations, before enjoying the breathtaking views of the rugged north coast between São Vicente and Porto Moniz.

On arrival in Porto Moniz you’ll have a delicious lunch before seeing the town’s natural lava stone pools.

Continue to Paúl da Serra which offers beautiful views of the coast. Travelling over the Encumeada-Pass, you will have the opportunity to take some memorable photographs, whilst enjoying the splendid view of the sea along with the mountain range that crosses inland Madeira. You will pass through deep valleys full of a wide variety of fauna and flora belonging to the Laurissilva Forest, a relic of bygone ages that has been declared a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.

Full day – minimal walking – scenic

Portugal - Whale and dolphin-spotting cruise

Portugal - Whale and dolphin-spotting cruise

from $89

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On today’s excursion you’ll discover the beautiful waters of Madeira and admire some of more than 20 whale and dolphin species which can be found here. You'll be transferred down to the port where you’ll have a briefing to explain about the species which can be seen and safety measures on board the boat.

Whilst this excursion is an opportunity to see these animals in their natural habitat, it is important to note that sightings cannot be guaranteed. Please also note this excursion is weather dependent. 

Portugal - Levada walk through Paradise Valley

Portugal - Levada walk through Paradise Valley

from $79

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Today we’ll discover beautiful scenery and magnificent views on a walk along the island’s water channels, known as levadas. Enjoy a leisurely walk through the emerald green Paradise Valley, also known as Levada Valle Paraiso, taking in captivating views over quaint villages including the beautiful village of Camacha. This flower lined levada trickles along underneath a canopy of eucalyptus and oak trees. Take this opportunity to immerse yourself in the abundant flora and patchwork landscape of this enchanting walk.

Please note the levada route has changed due to ground conditions.

Half day –moderate walking – picturesque

Accommodation

Come and meet one of the cultural icons of Madeira, the sophisticated Pestana Casino Park, designed by the great master of world architecture Oscar Niemeyer. Very concerned with the integration of the hotel in the Funchal Bay area - and the fabulous garden-island - it is an amazing space, full of curves and symbolism, which makes your stay in Madeira absolutely unforgettable. From here you can see the gardens, the sea, the mountains, the very nature that inspired the master, who endeavored to take the natural curves of Brazil to the world. Let yourself sleep in, have a wonderful breakfast in the panoramic restaurant and find your lounger by the pool and bar. Need tranquility? The garden has hidden nooks waiting for you where you can relax. But if you are feeling particularly adventurous, there is direct access to the Casino, with its lively game room and its shows, releasing the most fortunate side of your personality.

Pestana Casino Park Hotel - Funchal

Just You have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

Dates and Prices

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Make Your Own Way

Friday 15 May 2020

8 Days

$2,149

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Make Your Own Way

Friday 12 Jun 2020

8 Days

$2,299

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Make Your Own Way

Friday 11 Sep 2020

8 Days

$2,499

Available

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