Madeira - The Pearl of the Atlantic

Leisurely Touring

8 Days from $2,099

Was from $2,099

May 2019 - Oct 2019 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 half-board in a 5-star hotel
  • 15 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners
  • Specialist Local Guide
  • Welcome drink
  • Farewell drink
  • 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

Itinerary

Join your fellow travellers in Funchal. Get to know your travelling companions better when we gather for 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, where we can 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 and enjoying a tasting.

Today is free for you to enjoy at leisure. In Madeira there are a whole network of levadas – water channels – which provide a spectacular array of walking paths, so why not choose to join our optional levada walk today. This leisurely stroll will take us through the emerald-green Paradise Valley, where we can admire lovely views of charming villages, eucalyptus and oak trees and abundant wildflowers. Please ensure you bring suitable walking attire for this optional excursion.

​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.

​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. From here we'll continue to Paúl da Serra, before descending into valleys blanketed by the Laurisilva Forest.

​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 (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.​

We have left today free for you to spend as you wish.

Your Just You vacation comes to an end today.

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.

West coast tour

West coast tour

from $158

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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

Whale and dolphin-spotting cruise

Whale and dolphin-spotting cruise

from $87

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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. 

Levada Valle Paraiso

Levada Valle Paraiso

from $84

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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.

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Friday 10 May 2019

8 Days

$2,099

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Friday 14 Jun 2019

8 Days

$2,099

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Make Your Own Way

Friday 05 Jul 2019

8 Days

$2,249

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Make Your Own Way

Friday 20 Sep 2019

8 Days

$2,249

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Make Your Own Way

Friday 04 Oct 2019

8 Days

$2,249

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