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Madeira Discovered

8 days from £785*
Departing: November 2018 - April 2019
* Price shown: 08 April 2019 from MAN - EZY1957
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LOW DEPOSITS - JUST £49 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.

Tour 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.

Your 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 Nuns' 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
BHX
BHX 05 November 2018 £1009
BHX
BHX 08 April 2019 £825
BRS
BRS 05 November 2018 £829
BRS
BRS 08 April 2019 £785
EMA
EMA 05 November 2018 £875
EMA
EMA 08 April 2019 £825
GLA
GLA 05 November 2018 £955
GLA
GLA 08 April 2019 £825
LBA
LBA 05 November 2018 £1019
LBA
LBA 08 April 2019 £845
LGW
LGW 05 November 2018 £829
LGW
LGW 08 April 2019 £785
MAN
MAN 05 November 2018 £829
MAN
MAN 08 April 2019 £785
NCL
NCL 05 November 2018 £909
NCL
NCL 08 April 2019 £845

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. HALF-BOARD UPGRADE AVAILABLE - PLEASE CALL TO BOOK.

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 ★★★★

In the heart of the popular Lido area, overlooking the port, Hotel Raga has an outdoor pool and terrace, restaurant and two bars. Spacious, bright, air-conditioned rooms offer flat-screen TV, minibar, safe, hairdryer and balcony.

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.

Hotel Raga All-Inclusive

Hotel Raga is offered on an All-Inclusive basis in 2019 and All-Inclusive Lite in 2018. All-Inclusive Lite includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as soft drinks and alcoholic drinks with lunch and dinner. All-Inclusive includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as snacks, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks at specified times and venues within the hotel.

*This low deposit offer applies to new bookings made between 11th September and 3rd October 2018 only. This offer applies to selected flight-inclusive holidays only. Exclusions apply. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.