MADEIRA ISLAND SMALL GROUP TOURS
Known as the ‘Pearl of the Atlantic’, Madeira is an island of luscious vegetation, transparent lagoons and spectacular natural scenery; thus it is an excellent destination for outdoor activities! Together with your local guide, enjoy a light hiking excursion along the beautiful levadas (irrigation channels), explore the island’s diverse flora and see some of the most breathtaking views in Portugal. While in Madeira you will also visit the famous Laurisilva of Madeira Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that holds a unique suite of plants and animals, including many endemic species. If you’re a lover of art and culture, then you’ll definitely want to visit the Sacred Art Museum of Funchal to view Madeira’s top collection of Flemish and Portuguese art. The laid back destination of Madeira will enchant you with its natural beauty, authentic vibe and plethora of activities and attractions.
Madeira’s natural beauty is enchanting and it will captivate you just like it has other travelers for centuries.
A land of surprises and we are excited to discover it together!
- Guaranteed departures group travel: small,friendly group of 12/14 participants only!
- Guided tour of FUNCHAL with its historical treasures & popular markets. Popular UNESCO World heritage sites
- Diverse scenery travelling on country roads
- Immense mountains, quaint hamlets of the flower island of Madeira
- Winery tours and wine and cheese tastings
- A road less traveled visiting Portugal’s charming medieval villages.
- Sample the best of authentic regional food and wines
- Experienced Tour guide to accompany you throughout your journey
- Included entrances to Portugal sites
- Transportation on tour, via private air-conditioned luxury 16 seats motorcoach or mercedes car
- Included hotel city tax
- No hidden extras
- Early arrival/Late stay options: We strongly recommend arriving a day or more prior to tour start.We’ll be happy to make these arrangements for you.
- Our regional meals: All breakfasts, 3 dinners, 3 lunches (main meals include regional wine, mineral water, local coffee/ tea only)
- Arrival in Madeira: The tour begins with transfers from Funchal airport at scheduled times to our hotel on Day 1 and transfers from our hotel in Funchal on Day 8
- Tour itinerary: 7 nights in FUNCHAL or nearby
- Activity level: Moderate
- Terms & conditions/Single supplement: (View Here) and FAQ ( View Here)
- Trip Interruption & Cancellation insurance is not included. We highly recommend Travelex-Insurance.com to protect your vacation.
- Purchase of European Travel & Health insurance is strongly recommended
THE COLORS OF MADEIRA ISLAND TRAVEL ITINERARY
TOUR LIMITED TO 12/14 PARTICIPANTS ONLY FROM FUNCHAL TO FUNCHAL
DAY 1: WELCOME TO MADEIRA ISLAND & FUNCHAL
Welcome to Madeira Island! The island is well known for its folklore, typically shaped houses, traditional flower festivals and dramatic coastline offering magnificent viewpoints. Today, you will be collected outside customs and transferred by deluxe vehicle with English speaking chauffeur to “QUINTINHA DE SAO JOAO” or similar. Meet your tour guide at 18.00 for a welcome drink followed by dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight in FUNCHAL
DAY 2: THE MAGIC OF FUNCHAL
With the help of your expert guide visit the first city built by the Portuguese in its maritime expansion in the XV Century, FUNCHAL. You will start by visiting the Saint Catarina Chapel, one of the first churches to be constructed in the island, and will continue to the Cathedral, dating back to the XV Century. Your tour continues to the Lavradores Market, one of the highlights that Madeira has to offer, where all the scents, the colors, the tradition join together to delight you and the Botanical garden with its wide variety of trees and plants, brought from all over the world, some of which endemic.Following our tour, we enjoy lunch at a local restaurant then return to our hotel for the remainder of the day on your own for independent exploration.Overnight in FUNCHAL
DAY 3: BACKROAD MADEIRA: CURRAL DAS FREIRAS & CÂMARA DE LOBOS WITH WINE TASTING
Our morning begins with a short drive north to Madeira’s dramatic interior and the Curral das Freiras or Valley of the Nuns. We drive to Eira do Serrado, over 3,500 feet above sea level, part of a natural cauldron of jagged peaks and chasms, with time to soak up the glorious views down to the village of Curral das Freiras itself. After an included wine tasting in a local winery, we head to Câmara de Lobos, a fishing village built around a bay with Europe’s highest cliffs forming a breathtaking backdrop.Overnight in FUNCHAL
DAY 4: HIGHLIGHTS OF WESTERN MADEIRA
Our first stop is CABO GIRAO and the spectacle of the island’s highest sea cliff – a sheer drop of 1,980 feet. Experiencing the views from the transparent viewing platform extending over the cliff edge is truly exhilarating. We next visit charming RIBEIRA BRAVA, a small town set in a steep valley carved out by the ‘wild river’ that gives the settlement its name. Madeira’s tropical climate is perfect for growing bananas and in the fishing village of MADALENA DO MAR you can experience life on a small banana plantation, where much of the work is still carried out by hand. Following this, we ascend nearly 5,000 feet to the flattest part of the island, PAUL DA SERRA plateau and continue to PORTO MONIZ blessed with natural saltwater pools, formed from solidified volcanic rock and replenished by the waves as they break against the rocks.We return on the northern coastal route via the village of SEIXAL to see one of Madeira’s most famous waterfalls – the BRIDAL VEIL – cascading down the side of the mountain into the sea. Our final stop is SAO VICENTE, a village nestling in a deep verdant valley and believed to be the volcanic birthplace of the island. Overnight in FUNCHAL
DAY 5: MONTE & PALACE TROPICAL GARDEN
Near Funchal is the idyllic hilltop town of MONTE, which we visit this morning.Enjoying spectacular views of the capital and the southern coast, it has long been a retreat for wealthy families. You’re free to wander at leisure or join us for an included visit the PALACE TROPICAL GARDEN.Later we return to Funchal by cable car for a dramatic 15-minute descent to the capital or if you are feeling rather adventurous, you could take the famous Monte toboggan ride.This afternoon is free. Dinner is included in a local tavern. Overnight in FUNCHAL
DAY 6: THE MAGIC OF EASTERN MADEIRA
Today we explore diverse landscapes from craggy coastlines to ancient forests. PONTA DO ROSTO is Madeira’s easternmost point, on a sliver of land jutting out into the Atlantic, and offers dazzling panoramas. Following the northern coast, we call at sleepy PORTO DA CRUZ, named after a large cross displayed to identify it to passing sailors. We arrive in the town of SANTANA, famous for its A-frame thatched houses. Made from stone, wood and anything else to hand, they have brightly painted doors and windows and each sits on its own plot of land used to grow food.We head towards the mountainous interior and one of the highlights of the tour – the UNESCO-listed RIBEIRO FRIO NATIONAL PARK. Ascending slopes cloaked in fragrant eucalyptus and swirling mists, we emerge at PICO DO ARIEIRO, Madeira’s third-highest mountain at 5,930 feet.Overnight in FUNCHAL
DAY 7: MY TIME IN FUNCHAL
The whole day is at your leisure. Maybe make full use of the hotel’s facilities or choose to explore Funchal. Tonight we’ll celebrate your adventure with a farewell dinner at one of the typical regional restaurants. Eat as a local ! Overnight in FUNCHAL
DAY 8: GOODBYE BEAUTIFUL MADEIRA
Morning transfers to FUNCHAL airport or join our 11 days Portugal small group tour starting from the fascinating city of Lisbon