Madeira Discovery Tour

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Duration: 7 nights
Interests: Discovery Tours
from £1,349pp without flights FLIGHTS AVAILABLE

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.

Holiday Highlights

  • 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

What’s included

  • 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
  • Please allow €40 for sightseeing costs

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

Welcome to Hotel Galosol. Unpack and settle in.

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 Arieiro, 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 Arieiro 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.

See you again soon.

Madeira Itinerary Map

Essential Information

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.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 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.

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
09 Jan - 16 Jan 2023
7 Discovery Tour £1,569 Available Trip Notes Book Now
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09 Jan - 16 Jan 2023
7 Discovery Tour £1,349 Available Trip Notes Book Now
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