- Duration: 8 days
- Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW11316
- Travel Type: Air
7 nights. April 2019. From £825.00.
Exotic island paradise
Off the coast of Africa, in the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean, lies one of the world's most beautiful islands. Discover its delights on a winter-sun holiday that includes some truly fascinating escorted tours and excursions. Sun-blessed and sub-tropical, this 'garden isle' home to a vibrant and varied array of exotic and colourful flora.
Funchal is the island's principal port, seat of government and main trade centre. Bars and cafes spill out onto flower-strewn streets, and shops and stores vie for your attention. Wander the open-air market, enjoy a flutter in the famous casino and don't miss the world-renowned Botanical Gardens.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsEnjoy a week of rest, relaxation and gentle exploration
Get to know Madeira's colourful capital, Funchal
The joyous colours of Funchal's Botanical Gardens
Discover local flavours at an included 'espetada' dinner
Explore Western Madeira, with its soaring cliffs and picturesque sea-sid e settlements
Eastern Madeira is dotted with traditional 'A-frame' cottages
Seven nights' bed and breakfast accommodation in your chosen hotel (board upgrades available)
Lunch on Days Three and Six
Dinner at a Madeiran restaurant on an included Espetada evening
Return flights to Funchal
Comfortable coach travel and transfers
Fully escorted by a friendly, professional Tour Manager Single rooms are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day OneTravel from your selected airport to Madeira and transfer to your hotel.
Day TwoOn today's included excursion, we tour Funchal's famous Mercado dos Lavradores produce market, and sample Madeira wine at Pereira d'Oliveira (Vinhos), known to locals as d'Oliveira. Afterwards, we drive to the Botanical Gardens to see their outstanding collection of sub-tropical and tropical plants and flowers.
Day ThreePassing Camara de Lobos, a favourite painting location of Churchill, today's included excursion climbs the world's second highest cliff to Cabo Girao. We'll take lunch in Porto Moniz, overlooking the celebrated rock swimming pools, before continuing to Sao Vicente and then over Encumeada Pass to see the spectacular panoramas of the island.
Day FourEnjoy a popular and fun optional excursion to Pico dos Barcelos, for the finest view of Funchal, and then on to Eira do Serrado with its spectacular view of Curral das Freiras (Nuns' Valley). In Monte we'll visit the beautiful church and take the famous wickerwork toboggan ride down to Livramento.
In the evening, join us for an included dinner at a typical Madeirense restaurant. A glass of Madeira, traditional espetada - tender, marinated beef grilled and served with mixed salad, potatoes and hot country bread - and entertainment from traditional folk-dancers all add up to a wonderful night.
Day FiveToday's optional excursion takes us to a fascinating network of irrigation channels (levadas) that criss-cross Madeira, carrying water to the vineyards and farms of the south. The channel maintenance paths provide the ready-made walking trails we'll use for the 'easy'-rated, seven-kilometre, Levada da Serra do Faial walk from Caminho do Pico do Infante to Rochao (duration approximately two and a half hours).
This afternoon, a second optional excursion brings the chance to take a jeep safari, during which you'll explore some of the hidden by-ways of the island's lush interior in an all-terrain vehicle.
Day SixOn our final included excursion we'll visit the valley nature reserve at Ribeiro Frio, where the ancient mountain settlement of Santana still retains many examples of the island's traditional 'A-frame' thatched cottages. Lunch is included on today's excursion.
Later, enjoy a final evening in the hotel, or venture into Funchal for a farewell dinner at the end of a fascinating week.
Day SevenSpend the day relaxing at the hotel or exploring the surrounding area. Our Tour Manager will be happy to suggest places to visit and things to do.
Day EightTransfer back to the airport for check-in and your flight home. Back to top
In a quiet location, yet still within a few minutes of the city-centre's main attractions, the modern, well-appointed Hotel Orquidea is an ideal choice for those looking to enjoy the restaurants and bars of Funchal. HALF-BOARD UPGRADE AVAILABLE - PLEASE CALL TO BOOK.
In addition to its popular bar, the hotel has a restaurant, a sundeck and a free Wi-Fi area.
The guestrooms are stylishly decorated, and have private facilities, air conditioning, hairdryers, cable TV and wired internet connections.Hotel Raga
In the heart of the popular Lido area, overlooking the port, Hotel Raga has an outdoor pool and terrace, restaurant and two bars. Spacious, bright, air-conditioned rooms offer flat-screen TV, minibar, safe, hairdryer and balcony.
The hotel has a fine outdoor swimming pool and a terrace, as well as two restaurants and three bars. The centre of Funchal is a 10-minute walk away.
The guestrooms are bright and spacious, and each has a balcony, air conditioning, satellite TV, a mini-bar, a safe and a hairdryer.Hotel Vidamar Resort
Only a short walk from Funchal city centre, this popular contemporary hotel stands in an enviable clifftop location surrounded by pretty gardens that cascade down towards the ocean.
The hotel's extensive facilities include infinity pools, a spa, a gym, several restaurants and bars, and an activity programme to keep you entertained when you're not out and about exploring Madeira.
The guest rooms are comfortably furnished, and each has air conditioning, a safety deposit box, a balcony or terrace, TV, tea- and coffee-making facilities, and Wi-Fi.Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes.
Combining hotel transfersWe sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
All-inclusive packagesThe all-inclusive package available at the Hotel Raga includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus soft or alcoholic drinks at lunch and dinner.
Hotel RagaHotel Raga is offered on an All-Inclusive basis in 2019 and All-Inclusive Lite in 2018. All-Inclusive Lite includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as soft drinks and alcoholic drinks with lunch and dinner. All-Inclusive includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as snacks, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks at specified times and venues within the hotel.
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