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Madeira Discovered

8 Days From £689*
Departing Winter 2015
* Price shown: 19 Feb 2018 from London Gatwick - LGW

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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.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • Enjoy 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-side settlements
  • Eastern Madeira is dotted with traditional 'A-frame' cottages
  • Seven nights' bed and breakfast accommodation in your chosen hotel (board upgrades available)
  • Return flights to Funchal
  • Comfortable coach travel and transfers
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, professional Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Resort Information

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.


Day One

Outward travel from your selected airport to Madeira, and onward transfer to your hotel.

Day Two

On today's included excursion, we tour Funchal's famous Mercado dos Lavradores produce market, and sample Madeira wine in Adegas de Sao Francisco, the town's oldest wine-tasting establishment. Afterwards, we drive to the Botanical Gardens to see their outstanding collection of sub-tropical and tropical plants and flowers.

Day Three

Passing 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 Four

Enjoy 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 Five

Today'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 Six

On 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.

Later, enjoy a final evening in the hotel, or venture into Funchal for a farewell dinner at the end of a fascinating week.

Day Seven

Spend 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 Eight

Transfer back to the airport for check-in and your flight home.


 Departure AirportDatePrice From
Birmingham03 Apr 2017 £849.00
Birmingham30 Oct 2017 £759.00
Birmingham06 Nov 2017 £759.00
Birmingham13 Nov 2017 £759.00
Birmingham20 Nov 2017 £739.00
Birmingham19 Feb 2018 £739.00
Birmingham05 Mar 2018 £789.00
Birmingham19 Mar 2018 £789.00
Birmingham02 Apr 2018 £829.00
Bristol03 Apr 2017 £834.00
Bristol24 Apr 2017 £901.00
Bristol30 Oct 2017 £709.00
Bristol06 Nov 2017 £709.00
Bristol13 Nov 2017 £709.00
Bristol20 Nov 2017 £689.00
Bristol19 Feb 2018 £689.00
Bristol26 Feb 2018 £719.00
Bristol05 Mar 2018 £739.00
Bristol12 Mar 2018 £739.00
Bristol19 Mar 2018 £739.00
Bristol26 Mar 2018 £759.00
Bristol02 Apr 2018 £779.00
Bristol23 Apr 2018 £809.00
East Midlands24 Apr 2017 £951.00
East Midlands30 Oct 2017 £759.00
East Midlands06 Nov 2017 £759.00
East Midlands13 Nov 2017 £759.00
East Midlands20 Nov 2017 £739.00
Glasgow30 Oct 2017 £759.00
Glasgow06 Nov 2017 £759.00
Glasgow13 Nov 2017 £759.00
Glasgow20 Nov 2017 £739.00
Glasgow19 Feb 2018 £739.00
Glasgow05 Mar 2018 £789.00
Glasgow19 Mar 2018 £789.00
Glasgow02 Apr 2018 £829.00
Leeds Bradford03 Apr 2017 £849.00
Leeds Bradford30 Oct 2017 £769.00
Leeds Bradford06 Nov 2017 £769.00
Leeds Bradford13 Nov 2017 £769.00
Leeds Bradford20 Nov 2017 £749.00
London Gatwick03 Apr 2017 £809.00
London Gatwick24 Apr 2017 £901.00
London Gatwick30 Oct 2017 £709.00
London Gatwick06 Nov 2017 £709.00
London Gatwick13 Nov 2017 £709.00
London Gatwick20 Nov 2017 £689.00
London Gatwick19 Feb 2018 £689.00
London Gatwick26 Feb 2018 £719.00
London Gatwick05 Mar 2018 £739.00
London Gatwick12 Mar 2018 £739.00
London Gatwick19 Mar 2018 £739.00
London Gatwick26 Mar 2018 £759.00
London Gatwick02 Apr 2018 £779.00
London Gatwick23 Apr 2018 £809.00
Manchester24 Apr 2017 £911.00
Manchester30 Oct 2017 £719.00
Manchester06 Nov 2017 £719.00
Manchester13 Nov 2017 £719.00
Manchester20 Nov 2017 £699.00
Newcastle03 Apr 2017 £819.00
Newcastle24 Apr 2017 £961.00
Newcastle30 Oct 2017 £769.00
Newcastle06 Nov 2017 £769.00
Newcastle26 Mar 2018 £819.00
Newcastle02 Apr 2018 £839.00
Newcastle23 Apr 2018 £869.00

Hotel Orquidea


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.

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Hotel Lince

Funchal Lido

Also known as the Hotel Lido Atlantico, this modern hotel is a short walk from Funchal city centre.

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Regency Club Hotel


Ideal for those who are looking for a little more luxury, yet still close to the centre of Funchal, this hotel boasts private access to the sea.

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Hotel Raga

Funchal Lido

The Hotel Raga stands in the heart of the popular Lido area, overlooking the city's famous port and the Atlantic Ocean beyond.

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Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes.

Combining hotel transfers

We 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 requirements

If 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 access

The 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 changes

Occasionally, 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 packages

The all-inclusive package available at the Hotel Raga includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus soft or alcoholic drinks at lunch and dinner.

*Low deposit of £75 per person applies to new bookings made between 7th and 28th February 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to selected air-inclusive holidays. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

Madeira Discovered Reviews collected by Reevoo

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MadeiraScores 8.8 out of 10 based on 75 reviews
(9 out of 10)


London Family
Madeira is a wonderful Island, beautiful scenery and lovely weather. All the trips, included and optional, that we attended were well organised and enjoyed by all three of us. Our hotel was in the centre of Funchal so we were able to walk to the marina in a matter of minutes and enjoy eating at the restaurants in the area.
Our hotel was lovely and the staff friendly and helpful, the food was delicious. We had our dinner at the restaurant a couple of times during our stay.
Confirmed traveller: 28 November 2016
Published on: 13 December 2016
(10 out of 10)


Leek, Staffs Friends
A delightful holiday in a beautiful island
I can't think why I have never visited before!
My parents stayed here at Reids Hotel for their honeymoon in Nov 1924 and I have always thought that I would like to visit. Their photographs which I took with me were much appreciated and finished up in the hotel museum!
Confirmed traveller: 28 November 2016
Published on: 07 December 2016
(10 out of 10)


St Albans Single traveller
This was a very enjoyable holiday with a small group and an excellent tour manager. The local guide was very knowledgeable and imparted us with a lot of interesting facts on all the tours and visits.

I was also impresse by the excellent drivers provided; whose skill and knowledge of the steep and narrow roads never left me nervous.
Confirmed traveller: 28 November 2016
Published on: 06 December 2016
(7 out of 10)


Telford Single traveller
It was enjoyable and well organised. I was disappointed with the weather, rain nearly every day at some point and cooler than expected. The group was small (11) and we were in 4 different hotels so we did not see much of each other. My hotel room was small, needed a deep clean and the hotel was in need of up dating. Breakfast was adequate, not hot, coffee was nice! Meals on excursions were excellent as was evening meal and folk show. Local guide was very good.
Confirmed traveller: 28 November 2016
Published on: 06 December 2016
(10 out of 10)


Matlock Couple
From start to finish the entire holiday was brilliant. We did have to change airports & carrier due to the closure of East Midlands, but Birmingham was not a problem at all. The transfer to & from our hotel was very well organised thanks to our superb Tour Manager. The Hotel Orquidea was really a perfect location for Funchal, The food and accommodation were very good and nothing was too much trouble for the staff.
The included tours were second to none, this was greatly enhanced by our Tour Guide, Bus Driver and Tour Manager.
The two additional excursions were good. The Jeep Safari was fantastic, this was down to the a very knowledgeable driver and it was well worth the price. The Lavada walk and guide who was exceedingly knowledgeable was great and gave us an insight into the Lavadas. Perhaps if we return we would choose to do a little more challenging one. Non the less it was a very interesting walk.
On the excursions where a lunch / dinner was included, the locations, food and wine were first class. To be perfectly honest with you I feel there is no need to adjust this absolutely brilliant holiday.
Confirmed traveller: 21 November 2016
Published on: 13 December 2016
(9 out of 10)


Gloucester Couple
Optional excursions seemed to be rather expensive
Confirmed traveller: 21 November 2016
Published on: 06 December 2016
(8 out of 10)


Single traveller
I don't usually do package holidays, and was not sure what to expect. I enjoyed the fact that we were not all at the same hotel, that there was a mixture of included and optional trips, along with free time. Madeira was certainly discovered!
Lowish mark for the tour manager is not because she was bad, but she was nothing special in my view, and it really annoyed me that she made not the slightest effort to pronounce local place names properly, even blatantly pronouncing things wrongly immediately after hearing the local guide saying them.
Confirmed traveller: 21 November 2016
Published on: 06 December 2016