Madeira Discovery Tour
In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, the volcanic island of Madeira boasts rugged mountains draped in lush colourful vegetation and crammed with bright flowers. Just 35 miles long and 13 miles wide, this unique tropical gem offers much to explore, making this a truly 'must-see' destination.
- Enjoy a guided tour of the capital city Funchal
- Explore Santana, home to a quaint style of housing known as Palheiros
- Visit Camacha, centre of the island’s wicker work Industry
- Spectacular mountain views from Encumeada and coastal views from St Lawrence Peninsula
- Good quality en-suite accommodation in one of our European partner hotels
- Half Board – continental breakfast and evening meal
- The services of an experienced HF Holidays’ leader
- Full day excursions with all essential transport in resort
- A local guide in Funchal and a visit to Blandy’s Winery
- ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
We start our day taking in the fine landscapes over Funchal before travelling through forests of eucalyptus and pine for views over Curral das Freiras (Refuge of the Nuns), stopping later to visit this village. We’ll break for lunch at the fishing port of Câmara de Lobos before continuing to admire the view across the cape, passing by terraced vineyards where the grapes for the fortified wines are grown.
Today we enjoy a guided tour of the capital, Funchal, with our local guide. We’ll visit the Cathedral, the colourful Mercado dos Labradores and the famous Blandy’s Winery, home of Madeira wine. After a brief sample of the island’s eponymous wine, we continue to Monte, one of the suburbs of Funchal, where we’ll have time to visit the old Municipal Gardens and the Palace Gardens.
We begin the day with a coach ride to the Pico do Ariero, Madeira’s second highest mountain before descending to Ribeiro Frio for a short walk to an outstanding lookout point. From here, we can admire the Pico do Ariero once more or take a stroll around this small town. After lunch we continue to Santana, home to a quaint style of housing known as palheiros. On our way back to the hotel we’ll take in views of Penha d’Aguia (Eagle Rock).
On our 7-night holidays we allow one free day where there is no organised excursion. This is an ideal opportunity for you to relax, enjoy the hotel facilities or explore the area independently.
It’s an up-and-down day today! We start by travelling west along the coast to the village of Camacha, centre of the island’s wickerwork industry. From here we’ll continue eastwards to Machico, Madeira’s first settlement, before ascending Madeira’s highest peak. We’ll stop at Portela before coming back down to sea level at Caniçal, once a whaling port.
We start the day at São Vicente, possibly the prettiest settlement on the island, before we take the dramatic coastal road to Porto Moniz, the island’s extreme north-western tip. Our return to the hotel takes in views over the Janela Valley and the Paúl da Serra.
Hotel Galosol - Madeira
A short bus ride from Funchal, and Occupying an enviable position on the southeast coast, the clifftop 4-star Hotel Galosol offers fine views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Ilhas Desertas and the rocky Madeiran shore. The hotel is located within the resort of Caniço de Baixo, a residential area with shops and a few local restaurants. The hotel has an impressive range of facilities including indoor and outdoor swimming pools, gym and wellness centre.
The hotel has 123 spacious en-suite bedrooms.
These air conditioned rooms are bright and offer modern, comfortable beds. The warm Mediterranean colours and decoration create a cosy atmosphere. The balcony comes with table and chairs which invites you to relax.
Satellite TV with English channels is standard, as is the radio channel, rooms also contain a minibar and safe (small charge). The spacious bathrooms/WC are equipped with a large mirror, vanity mirror, hairdryer, bidet and have either a bath tub or a large shower.
Guests have free use of Onda Revital Club, offering fitness classes, weekly morning jogging and yoga. The Wellness Centre has an indoor pool, saunas and Jacuzzi. There are outdoor and indoor pools.
There is a weekly entertainment programme including some live music. The bar and coffee shop overlook the sea. As well as the main restaurant there are several bars on site.
Wi-Fi is free throughout the common areas of the hotel.
Food & Drink
Our Holidays in Madeira are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.
The buffet breakfast, served from 7.30am until 10am includes a variety of breads, jams, spreads, yogurt, cheese, fresh vegetables, muesli-bar, cereals, soft-boiled eggs, freshly cooked scrambled or fried eggs, omelettes and fresh fruit salad. There may also be some seasonal fruit such as bananas, passion fruit, papaya, melon and orange.
Lunch (payable locally)
You may be able to purchase a picnic lunch from the hotel. Alternatively it is possible to buy ingredients from local shops or on some days to eat at one of the local cafés; your leaders will advise you of the options.
This meal is buffet style and available from 6.30pm until 9pm. The hotel prides itself on serving fresh, locally sourced produce and offers daily meat, fish and vegetarian selections, plus plenty of salads. For dessert there are fruit pastries, delicious cakes and other fresh cream desserts. Tea and coffee is served after the meal.
The hotel has a well-stocked bar serving beer, wine and spirits.
Each evening your leaders will tell you about the the next day's activities and answer any questions you may have. During the evening you may like to join in an optional organised activity, such as a quiz, or chat in the bar overlooking the sea.
On the final evening you can enjoy a local meal tasting local dishes and delicacies, a wonderful finale to this unique holiday. Vegetarian options are also available.
There is an opportunity to visit the island's capital, Funchal, one evening and walk along the promenade followed by listening to some live music over a sociable drink.
What to Bring
To enjoy your holiday comfortably and safely, it’s essential that your clothing and footwear is suitable for the conditions likely to be encountered. Changeable weather is possible throughout the year, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities – hot, cold, wet or dry.
All of our Discovery Tours involve active sightseeing and you should therefore be prepared for walking between the sights and wear flat, comfortable shoes. In the evening most guests wear casual clothing.
You will probably find a small rucksack or cross-body bag useful for carrying spare clothing, camera, sun protection, drinks (at least 2 litres) etc during the day. A money belt is always a good idea.
You’ll also need to bring your:
- Booking confirmation
- Travel insurance cover note and contact details
- European Health Insurance Card (if applicable)
- Completed guest registration form
- Photocopy of photo page of passport
- Sunhat, sun cream and sunglasses
- Medication: If you require any medication, please take adequate supplies for the duration of your holiday. It’s advisable to carry your medication in your hand luggage instead of packing it in your suitcase
Leader to Be Announced
We’ll announce the leader for this holiday shortly. Be assured that all of our expert leaders share one goal; to create an exceptional experience for our guests. We look forward to welcoming you on this holiday.
All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.
These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.
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23 Mar - 30 Mar
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30 Mar - 06 Apr
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7 nights from £1,199pp with flights
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