Magnificent Madeira

  • 8 Days

  • Madeira

  • Comfortable pace

Madeira’s sub-tropical island is a delightful mix of lush valleys and rocky outcrops. Soar above the island in a cable car for epic, panoramic views; and then cruise out to sea to spot bottlenose dolphins and sperm whales.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a local representative
Accommodation
Selected meals
Excursions
Service charges
All airport taxes
VIP private home pick-up
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

of 8 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 09th October 2017

Overview

Madeira’s sub-tropical island is a delightful mix of lush valleys and rocky outcrops. Wander Santa Cruz’s pleasant harbour; soar above the island in a cable car for epic, panoramic views; and then cruise out to sea to spot bottlenose dolphins and sperm whales.

At a glance

  • Whale and dolphin watching Look out for bottlenose dolphins, sperm whales and a host of marine birds on this excursion.
  • Funchal Visit the Museum of Sacred Art, the Quinta Magnolia, and the cathedral, with its Gothic and Romanesque styles.
  • Monte Cable Car Enjoy stunning panoramic views on a journey from the old part of Funchal to Monte.

Day 1

UK - Santa Cruz - Funchal

Fly to Funchal where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your chosen hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to get acquainted with this wonderful resort.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Whale and dolphin watching

Today's excursion offers an unforgettable dolphin and whale watching experience. Marine biologists will map the waters for a chance to see these amazing mammals up close, and you may have the chance to swim with dolphins should the opportunity arise. This is a nature lovers dream come true as the area comes to life. It is possible that a host of different whales and dolphins may be spotted so keep a look out for the likes of the bottlenose dolphin, Atlantic spotted dolphin, sperm whale, Byrd's whale and also the host of marine birds.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Funchal

During your week here there are many optional excursions and activities you can fill your days with. These can be booked once you're settled in and the great thing is, it's up to you what you do. Whether you want to fit in as much as possible - you can pretty much see the whole island - or you can simply take it as it comes and relax in your hotel, enjoy the pleasing surroundings taking each day as it comes, perhaps just heading out in the evening for dinner and a stroll around the town.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Cable car & Best of Madeira excursion

A trip on the popular Monte cable car is included in your holiday and is part of a half day excursion to Monte and Nun's Valley. Boarding the cable car in Funchal, take in the panoramic views of this beautiful town and surrounding countryside as you head inland approximately 15-20 minutes, to Monte. Here your half day tour begins with a visit to Madeira's famous view point Eira do Serrado with its magnificent views over Crater Village, Curral da Freiras and stunning Nun's Valley, a huge caldron of a valley and the deepest on the island. As a unique alternative means of transport, why not try the traditional Toboggan ride for part of the return journey? This is optional and a supplement applies.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Days 5 - 6

Funchal

Two days for you to spend at Leisure. Funchal, lying at the end of a beautiful bay and rising up the hillside rather impressively in tiers, has plenty to keep you occupied. For great views and to get your bearings, you can't do much better than visiting Parque de Santa Catarina which overlooks the harbour and the whole town. Alternatively, why not spend some time exploring the main Jacaranda-lined avenue and the surrounding tiny cobbled streets which are filled with typical embroidery shops, wine lodges, restaurants, cafés and bars. Other notable places to go include the Museum of Sacred Art, the Quinta Magnolia, the cathedral and the flower and fruit markets.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Funchal

Your last full day is yours to fill as you please. Perhaps visit Santa Cruz, one of the oldest towns on the island, set against a mountainous backdrop on the eastern shore. Surrounded by rich farmland, lush flora and beautifully manicured gardens, this idyllic resort overlooks a picturesque harbour and several small beaches, while the tranquil town centre has a good selection of shops and restaurants to choose from.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Funchal - Santa Cruz - UK

Transfer to Funchal airport in Santa Cruz for your flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Notes

As this holiday is much more relaxed than a traditional touring experience, we don't have local guides in resort. Instead we offer a dedicated telephone service, which you can also use to book excursions.

Latest customer reviews

19/05/2017

A very good holiday. Lovely hotel.

21/10/2016

The room we had booked and paid for was not available.So we had to negotiate a different package,Eating in the restaurant was like eating in a cattle market. The room we had was at the back of the hotel and very noisy.It was not a very satisfying experience.

20/10/2016

Nice hotel, good excursions, plenty of things to do. Very good.

30/06/2016

the holiday was excellent lovely hotel, but the pickup and return services you use are not very efficient , too casual and not informative, had to chase them about return pickup from hotel to airport and as it was a sunday it was very difficult to get information luckily the hotel receptionist was so helpful and managed to get intouch with someone to arrange pickup

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