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Madeira - The Pearl of the Atlantic

From $2,999
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: May 2024 - Nov 2024
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From $2,999
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: May 2024 - Nov 2024
Tour Overview
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.
  • relaxing tour Relax & Discover
  • meals included tour All Breakfasts

Your Holiday Includes

  • Just You Holiday Director as your host & Specialist Local Guide 
  • 7 nights in a 5-star hotel 
  • 11 included meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners including a welcome drink & farewell drink 
  • Transportation excluding overseas transfers to and from the airport* 
  • Porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Funchal city tour including the Botanical Gardens & a Madeira Wine lodge
  • East of the island tour
  • Lunch in the village of Santana
  • Monte & Eira do Serrado

Itinerary

Day 1 Funchal

Make your own way to our hotel where your Holiday Director will meet you for your welcome meeting this evening. Meals included: D

Day 2 Funchal

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 shop before calling at a Madeira wine lodge. Here, we will enjoy a tasting of four important Madeira wine castes, Malvazia, Verdelho, Boal and Sercial, accompanied by one of Madeira’s oldest delicacies, bolo de mel de cana, a delicious cake full of spice, sugar, honey and nuts.

Meals included: B

Day 3 Funchal - at Leisure

Today is free for you to enjoy at your 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. Enjoy a leisurely walk through the emerald-green Paradise Valley, with captivating views of pretty villages, and enjoy the abundant flora and patchwork landscape. Please ensure you bring suitable walking attire for this day.

Meals included: B,D

Day 4 East Island Tour

Today we head up the hills of the island to admire spectacular views from Pico do Arieiro, the thirdhighest 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. Meals included: B,L

Day 5 Eira do Serrado & Monte

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.

Meals included: B

Day 6 Funchal - at Leisure

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 and head to Cabo Girao. This is the second-highest sea cliff in the world, and we’ll take in thrilling views from a suspended glass platform known as the skywalk. We’ll also visit Porto Moniz, then continue to Paúl da Serra, before descending into the Laurisilva Forest valleys.

Meals included: B

Day 7 Funchal - at Leisure

Spend the day at leisure, or why not join an optional whale and dolphin-spotting cruise. This evening we’ll gather together for farewell drinks.

Meals included: B,D

Day 8 Departure

Today it's time to say goodbye to your fellow travelers as your trip comes to an end.

Meals included: B

Additional Information

TAILOR YOUR TRIP

Pestana Casino Park Hotel: Room Upgrade

Lateral Seaview rooms are available at a supplement for the duration of your stay. Please speak to a Holiday Advisor for details.

  1. Memorable Moment

    Enjoy wine tasting served with one of Madeira’s oldest delicacies, bolo de mel de cana (honeycake).

Accommodation

Pestana Casino Park

Designed by the world-famous Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, Hotel Pestana Casino Park is set in beautiful landscaped gardens offering superb views, and is just a short stroll from the centre of Funchal. Hotel facilities include restaurant, bar and terrace, library, indoor swimming pool, fitness centre, tennis court and games room. The hotel also has a casino, located a short walk away from the hotel. Hotel rooms feature private facilities, TV, air-conditioning and private balcony.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your trip before you set off. Take a look below at the extra trips you can enjoy on this tour

West coast tour

West coast tour

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
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...

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Whale and dolphin-spotting cruise

Whale and dolphin-spotting cruise

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. 
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 t...

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Portugal - Levada walk through Paradise Valley

Portugal - Levada walk through Paradise Valley

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
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 Paradis...

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