Gardens of Madeira

Portugal

Code: MAGDT

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From £1,159.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

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 rich and diverse flora of the Quinta Jardins do Lago which 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 lesser-known smaller gardens

Price includes

  • 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.

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Accommodation

Hotel Galosol in Madeira, Portugal

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.

 

 

 

 

Your room

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.

Hotel Galosol bedroom

Facilities

Hotel Galosol swimming-pool 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.

Dining

Our Holidays in Madeira are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.

Breakfast
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.

Drinks
The hotel has a well-stocked bar serving beer, wine and spirits.
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.

Madeira chef

In the evening

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.

Itinerary

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.

Day 1: Arrival day

You will be met at Madeira Airport and taken to your hotel, located near Funchal, the island's capital. There will be time to settle in and meet your Tour Manager and fellow guests before dinner.

Day 2: The Municipal Gardens, Promenade Gardens, Santa Catarina Park & Quinta Vigia

We begin our tour in Funchal with a visit to the Municipal Gardens, a small park with mature trees and shrubs and exuberant seasonal plantings. We’ll then take the time for a stroll through the impressive Promenade Gardens as well as visiting the busy market where you’ll find an abundance or fruit, vegetable and flowers. After lunch we'll visit the Santa Catarina Park and the nearby Quinta Vigia, which is now the official residence of the island's president.

Day 3: Funchal Botanic Garden & Quinta Jardins do Lago 

Today we’ll discover two superb gardens: the Funchal Botanic Gardens and the Quinta Jardins do Lago. The Botanic Gardens are noted for their collections of native flora and its display of cultivated plants which have been introduced over the centuries. In the afternoon, it’s time to visit the splendid gardens of Quinta Jardins do Lago, with more than 500 different plants unique in their variety and natural beauty.

Day 4: Quinta da Boa Vista, Encumeada & Sao Vicente

Today’s the day to be an orchid lover! The first garden of the day, Quinta da Boa Vista, specialises in orchids and is home to a number of rare and endangered species. The afternoon takes us on a wider tour of the island to explore several unique areas which contribute to the patchwork of this diverse island. Starting in the centre of the island at Encumeada, we will take a short walk, weather permitting, ending with a visit to Sao Vicente on the north coast.

Day 5: Free day

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.

Day 6: A Day of Contrasts at Ribeiro Frio, the old Municipal Gardens and the Monte Palace Gardens

In the morning, a drive inland brings us to Ribeiro Frio, where there is a garden full of native plants waiting. Weather permitting we'll take a short stroll along a levada to see a variety of plants in the wild. In the afternoon we'll travel to Monte, now virtually a suburb of Funchal to visit the old Municipal Gardens and the Monte Palace Gardens. You may wish to visit the sculpture and mineral displays here alongside the beautifully-restored gardens.

Day 7: Blandy's Private Gardens at Quinta do Palheiro Ferreiro & Funchal Flower Festival 

In the morning we'll visit Quinta do Palheiro Ferreiro, a.k.a. Blandy's, one of the finest private gardens on the island. Set on a hillside with magnificent views, the gardens contain many mature trees, exotic shrubs and flowers. In the afternoon we'll return to Funchal to enjoy the annual Flower Festival parading through the streets of the city.

Day 8: Departure Day

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.

What to bring

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

Local area

Over its history, Madeira has been visited by merchants, explorers and had brief periods of occupation including British troops, which has resulted in a diverse population from North Africa and blonde, blue-eyed Europeans. Christopher Columbus married the first Governor’s grand-daughter in the 15th century when the Portuguese settlers arrived on the island. The island has a wealthy history of sugar cane plantations and has bred many romantic stories of pirates. Sugar cane is no longer the main crop; this has been replaced with vines that produce the famous Madeira wine. The amazing beauty of the island rising from the ocean with steep cliffs and high mountains was once believed to be the lost civilisation of Atlantis.

Funchal

The island’s capital and main harbour, has white houses and distinctive tiled roofs, which flow down to the harbour. Reflecting its wealth and history, this capital boasts large hotels and is a good destination for shopping and sightseeing. There are three key elements: the market, old town and seafront. The old town has narrow, cobbled streets and older fishermen’s houses. The market has two storeys, built in 1937, and is vibrant and colourful. At the seafront, a modern cable car station takes passengers to the hill top town of Monte. This is where the wealthy merchants of Funchal lived to enjoy the cooler air and is well known as the start of the famous wooden toboggan ride down the cobbled streets. There are also some beautiful botanical gardens to visit.

Did you Know?

Funchal flower sellers are obliged to wear traditional Madeiran dress, which comprises a hat with a stalk (carapuca), a red waistcoat and a colourful, striped skirt.

Travel

We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.

 

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‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle-free option

Book your holiday ‘with flight’ and choose between Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham flights to Funchal airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.

If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel. The short coach transfer takes approx 15 minutes to the Hotel Galosol.

 

 

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Driving to us

‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option

Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.

If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. However, below are some suggestions to help you reach your destination:

  • We can book you a seat on the HF Holidays’ transfer coach from Funchal airport. This short transfer is timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flights* (provisional flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or you can call us on 020 8732 1220 for more information). Cost per single journey is £8.00
  • Why not let us book you a private taxi transfer at a cost of £30.00 per single taxi journey?

Transfers must be pre-booked.  Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details

* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
27 Apr 2020 MAGDT - Garden Tour Madeira
(Travel included - Departs from: Birmingham International)

Flight - Outbound

Jet 2

  • Depart: 27 Apr 2020, 11 a.m.
  • Arrive: 27 Apr 2020, 2:50 p.m.
  • Depart from: Birmingham International
  • Arrive at: Funchal

Flight - Return

Jet 2

  • Depart: 4 May 2020, 3:50 p.m.
  • Arrive: 4 May 2020, 7:50 p.m.
  • Depart from: Funchal
  • Arrive at: Birmingham International
7 £1,374.00 Book Now
27 Apr 2020 MAGDT - Garden Tour Madeira
(Travel included - Departs from: London Gatwick)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 27 Apr 2020, 7:30 a.m.
  • Arrive: 12 May 2020, 11:25 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Funchal

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 4 May 2020, 12:15 p.m.
  • Arrive: 4 May 2020, 4:05 p.m.
  • Depart from: Funchal
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £1,299.00 Book Now
27 Apr 2020 MAGDT - Garden Tour Madeira - Without Flights 7 £1,159.00 Book Now
27 Apr 2020 MAGDT - Garden Tour Madeira
(Travel included - Departs from: Manchester International)

Flight - Outbound

Jet 2

  • Depart: 27 Apr 2020, 10 a.m.
  • Arrive: 27 Apr 2020, 2 p.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Funchal

Flight - Return

Jet 2

  • Depart: 4 May 2020, 3 p.m.
  • Arrive: 4 May 2020, 7:05 p.m.
  • Depart from: Funchal
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,374.00 Book Now
4 May 2020 MAGDT - Garden Tour Madeira - Without Flights 7 £1,159.00 Book Now
4 May 2020 MAGDT - Garden Tour Madeira
(Travel included - Departs from: Birmingham International)

Flight - Outbound

Jet 2

  • Depart: 4 May 2020, 11 a.m.
  • Arrive: 4 May 2020, 2:50 p.m.
  • Depart from: Birmingham International
  • Arrive at: Funchal

Flight - Return

Jet 2

  • Depart: 11 May 2020, 3:50 p.m.
  • Arrive: 11 May 2020, 7:50 p.m.
  • Depart from: Funchal
  • Arrive at: Birmingham International
7 £1,374.00 Book Now
4 May 2020 MAGDT - Garden Tour Madeira
(Travel included - Departs from: London Gatwick)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 4 May 2020, 7:30 a.m.
  • Arrive: 19 May 2020, 11:25 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Funchal

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 11 May 2020, 12:15 p.m.
  • Arrive: 11 May 2020, 4:05 p.m.
  • Depart from: Funchal
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £1,299.00 Book Now
4 May 2020 MAGDT - Garden Tour Madeira
(Travel included - Departs from: Manchester International)

Flight - Outbound

Jet 2

  • Depart: 4 May 2020, 10 a.m.
  • Arrive: 4 May 2020, 2 p.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Funchal

Flight - Return

Jet 2

  • Depart: 11 May 2020, 3 p.m.
  • Arrive: 11 May 2020, 7:05 p.m.
  • Depart from: Funchal
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,374.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Double room for sole occupancy: £16 per night
  • Sea view: £7 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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