Gardens of Madeira

Strelitzia in Botanical garden of Funchal at Madeira Island
Duration: -1 nights
Interests: Garden Tours
from £1,299pp with flights

Almost since it was first settled in 1419, Madeirans have been creating gardens and plant collections, many of which are now open to visitors. Many of the plants on this wonderful island have been introduced from all corners of the world and thrive in the mild climate of Madeira. Our tour will include visits to the Monte Palace Gardens, the Funchal Botanic Garden, the Quinta do Palheiro Ferreiro and excursions to walk amongst the native flora. Please note – the terrain is very varied in Madeira and several of the gardens are located on sloping hillsides.

Holiday Highlights

  • Admire the vast range of colours at the Monte Palace Gardens against the striking backdrop of Funchal bay
  • The flora of 'Quinta Jardins do Lago' is such a rich and diverse collection that it can rival any good botanical gardens
  • Visit gardens in other parts of the island, taking in stunning views along the way
  • Enjoy a mix of larger public gardens as well as smaller gardens

What’s included

  • Half-Board en-suite accommodation.
  • The services of an experienced HF Holidays’ leader.
  • Full day excursions with all entrance fees and essential transport. '
  • With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers.

Trip Notes

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In the Evenings

The friendly atmosphere of our Gardens tour continues into the evening. We’ll enjoy a leisurely meal and then you may also like to listen to local musicians, relax with a book in a quiet lounge or enjoy a drink at the bar.

During your Gardens of Madeira tour, you'll have the opportunity to visit many fascinating places. The following is our provisional programme, and your HF Holidays Tour Manager may adjust it at their discretion, taking into account factors such as weather, local opening times, or other events. This holiday includes active sightseeing and you should expect to spend lots of time on your feet.

Please be aware that walking shoes or sturdy footwear are advisable if you want to make the most of your visit to Madeira, for although we have footpaths that can be accessed by all, there are many over the site that require regular walking attire.

Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your Tour Manager will help smooth the way.


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.

Evening meal

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.

Your Evenings

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.

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Getting to Hotel Galosol - Madeira

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What to Bring

Guests should bring stout, comfortable footwear for rough, wet or uneven terrain in gardens.

Jim Hart

Jim Hart has been travelling for many years, across four continents so far. He leads European Special Interest and Guided Walking holidays. When not leading Jim is usually busy researching new tours, with a keen eye to create interesting holidays. He is looking forward to sharing his interests with HF guests.

Tracy Foster

Chelsea gold medal winning garden designer Tracy Foster began gardening when she was just seven years old – claiming a little section of her parents’ garden. Since then she has turned her childhood love into a highly successful and fulfilling career working as a full time garden designer since 2002, creating beautiful gardens and sharing her enthusiasm for gardens and wildlife.

She holds a degree in Plant Biology from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and a Diploma in Garden Design from the Institute of Garden Design. Tracy finds time to give talks, write articles and books, provide mentoring, work as a specialist botanical tour guide and run courses and workshops in garden design.

During her career she has won numerous awards for her RHS show gardens including four Gold medals and Two People’s Choice Awards. Favourite projects include being commissioned to design a garden for ‘Hedgehog Street’ which has been installed at the RHS gardens at Harlow Carr in Yorkshire, and producing a huge coastal garden complete with cliffs and waves at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

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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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