Madeira - The Pearl of the Atlantic

From £1,549
Duration 8 Days
Departures from May 2021 - Sep 2021
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From £1,549
Duration 8 Days
Departures from May 2021 - Sep 2021
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.  

  • Leisurely Touring
  • All Breakfasts
  • Flight Choices
  • Max Group Size 35

Your Holiday Includes

  • ​Just You Tour Manager as your host & Specialist Local Guide
  • Return flights from Heathrow with British Airways
  • A dedicated Just You representative to greet you at selected UK airports​
  • 7 nights in a 5-star hotel
  • 11 included meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners including a welcome drink & farewell drink
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation & 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 UK - Funchal

Today we’ll fly to Funchal and transfer to our hotel on arrival. Get to know your travelling companions better when we meet for a welcome drink 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 factory 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 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.

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 Funchal - UK

​After breakfast we’ll transfer to the airport for our flight back to the UK.​

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

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.

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