The Island of Madeira by Air

  • 8 Day Tour

Day 1

Fly to Madeira Airport, where you will be met and transferred to our hotel in Funchal. Bem Vindos!

  • Included meals: Dinner

Day 2 - Funchal City Tour & Madeira Winetasting

Today we enjoy an included guided tour of Funchal city, starting at the Old Town. Immerse yourself in the interesting historical architecture and monuments, walking through charming narrow streets dating from the 15th century with modern artistic painted doors. We will also visit the market, Mercado dos Lavradores, an Art Deco building which is always bustling with activity. See the amazing displays of local tropical fruit and vegetables and don’t miss the fish market, with the fresh Espada or tuna fish. Crossing the main streets of the city and passing by important monuments, we reach one of the most important Madeira wine producers, and a wonderful way to finish your tour with a Madeira winetasting – two types of wines will be served. Saúde = Cheers!

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 - Full Day Island Tour with Banana Plantations & Waterfalls

Join our included excursion, as we start the day by driving to Câmara de Lobos, a fishing village that inspired Winston Churchill on his visit. See the charming bay with its small colourful fishing boats. Along the way the landscape is predominately cultivated terraces with banana plantations or vineyards. The next stop will be at Cabo Girão, one of the highest sea cliffs in the world at 580 metres above sea level, where you can enjoy the amazing views from its suspended glass platform. We continue to Ribeira Brava, with a visit to the church of São Bento with its interesting paintings. Still on the south coast, we reach Ponta do Sol and drive up to Paul da Serra plateau, reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands with beautiful views across the green valley of Rabaçal. Later, we reach Porto Moniz, known for its natural pools and lava rocks. See the many waterfalls along the wild northern coastline before reaching S.Vicente. We travel up to Encumeada Pass at 1,007 metres high and cross the island back to the south coast and to Funchal.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 - Half Day Tour Best Viewpoints Near Funchal & Monte’s Charm

Optional morning excursion which takes us to the viewpoint at Pico dos Barcelos (350m) with splendid views over Funchal and its bay. Afterwards we continue up to Eira do Serrado (1094m) with a beautiful panoramic view over the highest peaks of Madeira and the Nun's Valley, Curral das Freiras. Next visit is to Monte, the most famous suburb of Funchal, where tourism started in the early 19th century. After a short walk through the beautiful gardens of Monte, we will visit the church of Our Lady of Monte. You can try one of the oldest means of transport of the island – wicker-work sledges which will take us down to Livramento. This evening we offer a typical Madeira evening with local specialities. This traditional dinner takes place in a local restaurant where the typical 'Espetada' is served, accompanied by other delights of Madeira gastronomy.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 - High Mountains & Colourful Straw Houses

Join our optional excursion as we head up to the third highest peak of Madeira, the Pico do Arieiro (1810m) with fantastic views across the whole island. We continue to the nature resort of Ribeiro Frio (Cold River), where we have a short walk to the viewpoint 'Balcões', and continue our trip passing by Faial and up to Santana. Here, we visit the typical triangular houses, brightly coloured in blue, red and white, and covered with straw. Lunch will be served, after which we continue along the north coast, passing by Porto da Cruz, a small village situated beside the gigantic Penha d'Águia (Eagles rock), a majestic rock overlooking the sea. We cross towards the south coast to Ponta de São Lourenço and enjoy the beautiful views to Baia D’Abra. The last stop of the day will be in Machico, the place where the island discoverers first disembarked in the 15th century.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 - Half Day Levada Walk: Boa Morte/Quinta Grande

Join our optional excursion today, featuring an easy and short walk. On any visit to Madeira, it is a must to do nice levada walk! It is the best way to discover the beauty of the island and its nature. We drive to Boa Morte where the levada walk starts. Along the Levada do Norte, we cross through several valleys and follow the water channels – Levada do Norte is the longest on the island. Enjoy the views over Campanário and Quinta Grande. After the walk we will visit a typical old grocers and taste a local drink.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 - Half day boat trip with Santa Maria de Colombo

Optional boat trip along the south coast, on board a replica of Santa Maria de Colombo with Madeira wine and Madeira honey cake are served on board. Keep an eye out for the dolphins or even whales.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8

To Madeira Airport for the return flight to the U.K.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Prices are per person, based on two sharing.

Extras: optional excursions; single room supplement £179 (4-star), £239 (5-star); travel insurance from £44.95; flight supplements may apply.

FAQ's about our tours

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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We do have holidays that are suitable for wheelchair users, however the person using the wheelchair will need to be able to get on and off the coach if a coach tour is booked. Our coaches are not suitable for someone who is wheelchair reliant as we can only take folding wheelchairs that are stored in the luggage compartment.

We cannot guarantee that assistance will be available for the disabled person / wheelchair user and such bookings will only be accepted if that person is travelling with an able-bodied person who is fully able to attend to the needs of his/her co-traveller.

Passengers travelling by Eurostar in standard class seats must be able to walk 200 yards (183 metres) unaided. Please note; only collapsible wheelchairs are permitted on board standard class Eurostar coaches, as these must be stored in the luggage storage areas. Any passengers who are wheelchair reliant are required to be allocated in the 'Standard Premier' coaches where wheelchair user spaces are located. As these spaces are limited to 1 per train you must advise us immediately if you require them in order that we can reserve with Eurostar.

Excursions on our tours visit places of interest and public buildings. These may not be able to accommodate people with walking difficulties and wheelchair access may not be available. Excursions which include sightseeing tours may involve walking long distances and sometimes over cobbled or uneven surfaces.

The accommodation we use on our tours may not have ground floor rooms and in some instances lifts will not always be available. Occasionally access to your hotel may involve walking distances from the coach park and some hotels have a flight of steps to the Reception.

It is very important that checks are made with regard to the suitability of a tour for you prior to you make any booking with us.