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7 Days / 6 Nights

Tour Overview:
Step into a land of incredibly diverse landscapes, lush botanical gardens and some of the most staggering views on the planet. From majestic palaces to volcanic caves; scenic boat cruises to entertaining cooking classes, this tour is certain to leave a lasting impression.

Day 1 - Funchal
Just a stone's throw away from Portugal, this island is home to rugged cliffs, flawless beaches and a food scene to rival any city across the world. Walk in the footsteps of Charlie Chaplin and Winston Churchill, both said to have regularly visited this unique island and discover the highlights of Madeira. Meet the group today in Funchal and settle into your hotel before meeting for a welcome dinner with the group. (D)

Accommodation: Quintinha de S. Joao Inn

Day 2 - Funchal - Monte - Botanical Gardens - Funchal
Time to put on your explorer's hat and prepare for a full day of sightseeing. Tick off the Mercado dos Lavradores before we reach Bordal for an insightful tour of a traditional embroidery factory. This afternoon, we're reaching new heights to catch a cable car from Funchal to Monte where we visit the Botanical Gardens for a dose of stunning greenery. (B)

Accommodation: Quintinha de S. Joao Inn

Day 3 - Funchal - Porto Moniz - Cabo Girão - Funchal
Prepare your eyes for the beauty of the Eira do Serrado viewing site to admire the stunning views before we visit the nearby volcanic caves formed thousands of years ago. We then drive to Porto Moniz and visit the natural water pools made up of volcanic rock. Then, we take a short journey to Cabo Girão before we end for the day back in Funchal. (B)

Accommodation: Quintinha de S. Joao Inn

Day 4 - Funchal - Faja Dos Padres - Funchal
From Funchal, we journey to Camara de Lobos to observe the fishermen in action before we drive to Fajã dos Padres and enjoy time for lunch. Swapping our traditional mode of transport, we swap wheels for water with a relaxing boat cruise on a replica of Christopher Columbus boat Nau Santa Maria before retiring for the night. (B,L)

Accommodation: Quintinha de S. Joao Inn

Day 5 - Funchal - Queimadas - Santana
This morning we travel in Jeeps to Pico do Areeiro viewing site to snap some memorable photographs before proceeding to Ribeiro Frio trout nurseries and Waling Levada dos Balcões viewing site. After, walk along the water canals and through the famous Laurisilva Forest in Levada dos Balcões before we sit down for a lovely picnic lunch in Queimadas. In the afternoon, we drive to Sanatana for a view of thatched roof houses and later visit a vineyard for wine tasting before indulging in dinner at the hotel. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Quinta do Furao

Day 6 - Santana
Roll up your sleeves and prepare for an enlightening cooking class at Quinta do Furao Hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore before sitting down for a farewell dinner and folklore show at the hotel with your fellow passengers. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Quinta do Furao

Day 7 - Santana - Porto Da Cruz - Pico Do Facho - Funchal
On the last day of the tour, we head to Porto da Cruz for a visit to the Engenho old factory. Next, we drive to Pico do Facho Belvedere and the stunning viewing sites before ending our tour in Funchal. (B)

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  Departure : May - Sep, 2018  
     
  Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ  
  Jul 20 $3,065 $4,195  
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
Inclusions:
  • 6 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily European-style breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 3 evening meals (D)
  • A tour of an embroidery factory in Bordal
  • Cable car ride from Funchal to Monte
  • Botanical Gardens visit in Monte
  • Visit to Volcanic Caves in Sao Vicente
  • A scenic boat cruise around Funchal Bay
  • Wine tasting at Quinta do Furão Hotel Estate and Vineyards
  • Cooking class & lunch at Quinta do Furao Hotel

Exclusions:

  • Unless otherwise specified in the listed inclusions, airfares are not included in the tour price.
  • Driver/tour leader gratuity is at your discretion.
  • Lunches (unless otherwise stated), social drinks, meals on free nights,’ items of a personal nature and entrance fees when not listed in the schedule of inclusions.
  • Occasional optional evening theatre/festival visits and entrances not detailed in the tour inclusions.
  • Incidental expenses, such as room service incurred at hotels. All expenses are to be settled prior to leaving the accommodation.
  • Laundry costs and any shipping charges for the return of purchases made on tour, or for the return of property lost on tour.
  • Pre and post tour accommodation.
  • Unless otherwise listed in the inclusions, transfers are not included in the tour price.
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