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Madeira Discovered

8 Days From £689*
Departing Winter 2015
* Price shown: 20 Nov 2017 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.

Itinerary

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 Lavodores 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 Encumeda Pass to see the spectacular panoramas of the island.

Day Four

A fascinating network of irrigation channels (levadas) criss-crosses 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) that is today's optional excursion.

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

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.

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.

Prices

 Departure AirportDatePrice From
Birmingham20 Feb 2017 £789.00
Birmingham03 Apr 2017 £809.00
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
Bristol27 Feb 2017 £699.00
Bristol03 Apr 2017 £794.00
Bristol24 Apr 2017 £789.00
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 Midlands27 Feb 2017 £749.00
East Midlands24 Apr 2017 £839.00
East Midlands30 Oct 2017 £759.00
East Midlands06 Nov 2017 £759.00
East Midlands13 Nov 2017 £759.00
East Midlands20 Nov 2017 £739.00
Glasgow20 Feb 2017 £719.00
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 Bradford20 Feb 2017 £729.00
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 Gatwick20 Feb 2017 £699.00
London Gatwick27 Feb 2017 £699.00
London Gatwick03 Apr 2017 £809.00
London Gatwick24 Apr 2017 £789.00
London Gatwick30 Oct 2017 £709.00
London Gatwick06 Nov 2017 £709.00
London Gatwick13 Nov 2017 £709.00
London Gatwick20 Nov 2017 £689.00
Manchester27 Feb 2017 £709.00
Manchester24 Apr 2017 £799.00
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 £849.00
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

Funchal

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

Funchal

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.

Madeira Discovered Reviews collected by Reevoo

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MadeiraScores 8.8 out of 10 based on 67 reviews
(10 out of 10)

Kathryn

Exeter Couple
Excellent value for money, well organised, with an excellent Tour Manager, Sue Vickers. She is a credit to Newmarket.
Confirmed traveller: 14 November 2016
Published on: 23 November 2016
(10 out of 10)

REGINALD

Bristol Friends
Very good 8days holiday Sue at the hotel was great
will use NEWMARKET AGAIN fron Bristol
Confirmed traveller: 14 November 2016
Published on: 21 November 2016
(8 out of 10)

SUSAN

Wrentham Couple
Hotel a little tired in places but staff friendly and efficient. Would have been nice if the pool had been heated. Lots of good restaurants near to the hotel.
Confirmed traveller: 14 November 2016
Published on: 21 November 2016
(9 out of 10)

CAROL

Bushey Heath, Herts. Friends
Tour manager great, hotel good room fine but did have a problem with leak but was sorted, would have liked a sea view. Food not bad a few more veggie dishes would have been nice. Staff all very pleasant and helpful. Over all would do the same again.
Confirmed traveller: 14 November 2016
Published on: 21 November 2016
(8 out of 10)

MAURICE

Couple
Overall a good holiday with an excellent tour manager (unlike the one we had in Cyprus last year!). Glad we upgraded our hotel (based on comments from fellow holidaymakers). Weak point was Eastern Tour - too much coach not enough to see to make it worthwhile
Confirmed traveller: 14 November 2016
Published on: 21 November 2016
(7 out of 10)

JEFFREY

Loughborough Single traveller
Thoroughly enjoyable, a lovely island and a friendly group
Confirmed traveller: 25 April 2016
Published on: 17 June 2016
(9 out of 10)

PETER

Retford
Our only disappointment in a fantastic weeks holiday was the close proximity of the hotel to a Gentlemen's Club directly opposite our rooms. Having paid the additional single person's supplement for her room, one of our party was unable to get a good night's sleep due to the noise generated from the club between midnight until 5.30 a.m. each morning. Loud music and shouted conversations also continued to disturb other members of the party. On mentioning it to the hotel reception we were informed that there were no other rooms available and therefore we spoke to the tour rep. She suggested raising the matter again with the hotel. This we did with no positive result. Would it not have been possible for those members of the party affected to be allocated other accommodation, especially as the hotel was clearly aware of the noise problem?
Confirmed traveller: 25 April 2016
Published on: 09 May 2016