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Madeira Discovered

8 days from £729*
Departing: October 2018 - April 2019
* Price shown: 18 February 2019 from London Gatwick - LGW
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LOW DEPOSITS UNTIL 31st MAY - JUST £79** PER PERSON

Exotic island paradise

Off the coast of Africa, in the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean, lies Madeira, 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' is home to a vibrant and varied array of exotic and colourful flora.

Madeira Holiday Highlights

  • 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

What does the price include?

  • Seven nights' bed and breakfast accommodation in your chosen hotel (board upgrades available)
  • Lunch on Days Three and Six
  • Dinner at a Madeiran restaurant on an included Espetada evening
  • Return flights to Funchal
  • A tour of Funchal town and botanical gardens
  • Two full-day tours to the East and West of Madeira
  • Comfortable coach travel and transfers
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, professional Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Your Base: Madeira Hotels in Funchal

Funchal is Madeira's capital, where 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.

Madeira Holiday Itinerary

Day One: Fly from the UK to Madeira

Travel from your selected airport to Madeira and transfer to your hotel.

Day Two: Included guided tour of Funchal

On today's included excursion, we tour Funchal's famous Mercado dos Lavradores produce market, and sample Madeira wine at Pereira d'Oliveira (Vinhos), known to locals as d'Oliveira. Afterwards, we drive to the Botanical Gardens to see their outstanding collection of sub-tropical and tropical plants and flowers.

Day Three: Included Western Madeira coach tour

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: Optional Nun's Valley day trip

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: Optional levada walk and jeep ride

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: Included Ribeiro Frio Nature Reserve visit

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. Lunch is included today.

Day Seven: Day at leisure

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.

Later, enjoy your last evening in the hotel, or venture into Funchal for a final stroll around the town at the end of a fascinating week

Day Eight: Fly back to the UK

Transfer back to the airport for check-in and your flight home.
Departure Airport Date Price From
Birmingham
Birmingham 15 October 2018 £925
Birmingham
Birmingham 05 November 2018 £875
Birmingham
Birmingham 12 November 2018 £875
Birmingham
Birmingham 19 November 2018 £875
Birmingham
Birmingham 26 November 2018 £875
Birmingham
Birmingham 18 February 2019 £785
Birmingham
Birmingham 25 February 2019 £785
Birmingham
Birmingham 11 March 2019 £785
Birmingham
Birmingham 18 March 2019 £785
Birmingham
Birmingham 01 April 2019 £875
Birmingham
Birmingham 08 April 2019 £875
Bristol
Bristol 05 November 2018 £829
Bristol
Bristol 12 November 2018 £829
Bristol
Bristol 19 November 2018 £829
Bristol
Bristol 26 November 2018 £829
Bristol
Bristol 18 February 2019 £755
Bristol
Bristol 25 February 2019 £755
Bristol
Bristol 11 March 2019 £755
Bristol
Bristol 18 March 2019 £755
Bristol
Bristol 01 April 2019 £845
Bristol
Bristol 08 April 2019 £845
East Midlands
East Midlands 15 October 2018 £925
East Midlands
East Midlands 05 November 2018 £875
East Midlands
East Midlands 12 November 2018 £875
East Midlands
East Midlands 19 November 2018 £875
East Midlands
East Midlands 26 November 2018 £875
East Midlands
East Midlands 18 February 2019 £785
East Midlands
East Midlands 25 February 2019 £785
East Midlands
East Midlands 11 March 2019 £785
East Midlands
East Midlands 18 March 2019 £785
East Midlands
East Midlands 01 April 2019 £875
East Midlands
East Midlands 08 April 2019 £875
Glasgow
Glasgow 15 October 2018 £875
Glasgow
Glasgow 05 November 2018 £875
Glasgow
Glasgow 12 November 2018 £875
Glasgow
Glasgow 19 November 2018 £875
Glasgow
Glasgow 26 November 2018 £875
Glasgow
Glasgow 18 February 2019 £785
Glasgow
Glasgow 25 February 2019 £785
Glasgow
Glasgow 11 March 2019 £785
Glasgow
Glasgow 18 March 2019 £785
Glasgow
Glasgow 01 April 2019 £875
Glasgow
Glasgow 08 April 2019 £875
Leeds Bradford
Leeds Bradford 15 October 2018 £1019
Leeds Bradford
Leeds Bradford 05 November 2018 £889
Leeds Bradford
Leeds Bradford 12 November 2018 £889
Leeds Bradford
Leeds Bradford 19 November 2018 £889
Leeds Bradford
Leeds Bradford 26 November 2018 £889
Leeds Bradford
Leeds Bradford 18 February 2019 £815
Leeds Bradford
Leeds Bradford 25 February 2019 £815
Leeds Bradford
Leeds Bradford 11 March 2019 £815
Leeds Bradford
Leeds Bradford 18 March 2019 £815
Leeds Bradford
Leeds Bradford 01 April 2019 £905
Leeds Bradford
Leeds Bradford 08 April 2019 £905
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 15 October 2018 £989
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 05 November 2018 £829
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 12 November 2018 £829
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 19 November 2018 £829
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 26 November 2018 £829
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 18 February 2019 £729
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 25 February 2019 £755
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 11 March 2019 £755
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 18 March 2019 £755
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 01 April 2019 £845
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 08 April 2019 £845
Manchester
Manchester 15 October 2018 £829
Manchester
Manchester 05 November 2018 £829
Manchester
Manchester 12 November 2018 £829
Manchester
Manchester 19 November 2018 £829
Manchester
Manchester 26 November 2018 £829
Manchester
Manchester 18 February 2019 £755
Manchester
Manchester 25 February 2019 £755
Manchester
Manchester 11 March 2019 £755
Manchester
Manchester 18 March 2019 £755
Manchester
Manchester 01 April 2019 £845
Manchester
Manchester 08 April 2019 £845
Newcastle
Newcastle 15 October 2018 £889
Newcastle
Newcastle 05 November 2018 £889
Newcastle
Newcastle 12 November 2018 £889
Newcastle
Newcastle 19 November 2018 £889
Newcastle
Newcastle 26 November 2018 £889
Newcastle
Newcastle 18 February 2019 £815
Newcastle
Newcastle 25 February 2019 £815
Newcastle
Newcastle 11 March 2019 £815
Newcastle
Newcastle 18 March 2019 £815
Newcastle
Newcastle 01 April 2019 £905
Newcastle
Newcastle 08 April 2019 £905

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.

Hotel Vidamar Resort ★★★★

Only a short walk from Funchal city centre, this popular contemporary hotel stands in an enviable clifftop location surrounded by pretty gardens that cascade down towards the ocean.

Hotel Raga ★★★★

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

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.

Foreign Office Travel Advice

Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

**Low deposits of £79pp applies to new bookings only made between 30th March and 31st May 2018. This offer applies to flight-inclusive holidays only and excludes Lapland, Andre Rieu in Maastricht, Andre Rieu in Vienna, Deep South Rhythms, New Orleans & Caribbean Cruise, Five-Star Alaska Cruise & the Canadian Rockies, Canada's Rocky Mountaineer(TM), the Seychelles Island Cruise, Darjeeling & Bhutan - The Last Himalayan Kingdom, Classic South Africa, Under African Skies, Cape Town, the Garden Route & Big Five Safaris, Peru - Lake Titicaca to Machu Picchu, and fly-cruises on board Magellan and Columbus. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

Madeira reviews verified by reevooReevoo

MadeiraScores 8.8 out of 10 based on 128 reviews
(9 out of 10)

HELEN

Guildford Couple
We spent an amazing week with a great bunch of people and Sue who is a fantastic Tour Guide
Confirmed traveller: 09 April 2018
Published on: 27 April 2018
(10 out of 10)

ROBERT

Newport South Wales Couple
Excellent hotel
First class meals, wide variety of choices, politely and helpfully served.
Good, friendly and helpful tour courier with local knowledgeable guides. Excellent coach driver impressively negotiating mountainous roads.
Good selection choices of daily venues enabling full flavour of Madeira experience.
We enjoyed the week very much and would love to return
Confirmed traveller: 09 April 2018
Published on: 26 April 2018
(9 out of 10)

Anthony

St Asaph Couple
We enjoyed this holiday and have no hesitation in recommending it. We also recommend participation in all the optional excursions. On the free day we used the cable car to visit the Tropical Gardens. Our only reservation is that the Raga hotel is rather a long walk from town and does not, in our opinion, justify a 4 star rating - we would term it '3-star minus' despite the excellent staff.
Confirmed traveller: 19 March 2018
Published on: 04 April 2018
(10 out of 10)

DEREK

Manchester Couple
Excellent, well organised with a first class tour manager in Sue. We'd also like a special mention for Paula, our local guide whose knowledge added so much. I'm glad we opted for the Vidamar with its great location and facilities - the dine around is well worth a try!
Confirmed traveller: 19 March 2018
Published on: 01 April 2018
(8 out of 10)

PAMELA

Chesham Friends
A holiday that really did help us to discover Madeira
Confirmed traveller: 19 March 2018
Published on: 30 March 2018
(9 out of 10)

JENNIFER

Ipswich Family
The tour manager was excellent the tour guide and driver we're excellent it was a very enjoyable holiday well organised
Confirmed traveller: 19 March 2018
Published on: 29 March 2018
(9 out of 10)

Brian and Evelyne

Newport Couple
The Maderia Discovered was a very enjoyable holiday experience. The included and opitional excursions gave us a a very good understanding of the the islands history, landscapes and the beautiful coastlines. The tour manager was excellent and the local guide very knowledgable . We were staying in the Orquidea, which although a basic 3* hotel is a perfect central location to explore Funchal on the free days and to eat out in the evenings. I would recommend on the free days to go on the Funchall to Monte cable car ride and the half day catamaran trips to see the island from the sea and the dolphins.
Confirmed traveller: 19 March 2018
Published on: 28 March 2018