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VISITING: Madeira BROCHURE CODE: 5523
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This seven-night holiday takes in some of the most colourful and interesting sights of Madeira. Famed for its beautiful gardens and terraces, as well as its winding Levada walks and jagged mountains, Madeira is a wonderful place to experience and enjoy. Fresh flowers cover the countryside and the luscious green mountains and forests create a landscape of sheer beauty, which you’ll explore by foot, boat and road for a truly magical experience.

What's included?

  • Flights: direct return flights from London to Funchal. Flight routes subject to change. Regional departures are available on request and may attract a supplement
  • Transfers: all transfers included
  • Accommodation: 7 nights’ hotel accommodation in double/twin rooms
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner
  • The following activities are included in the holiday: Palheiro Gardens, Levada dos Tornos and Jasmine Tea House, evening with folklore, east island tour with wine tasting, Levada dos Marocos, west island tour and swimming in the lava pools, day trip to Porto Santo (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities

Although relatively small in size, Madeira is absolutely brimming with flora and fauna. Thanks to the sub-tropical climate, the island enjoys warm temperatures for most of the year. The tall mountains capture the water from the clouds and irrigate the lands below, creating landscapes full of colour and beauty. Flowers and fruit trees line the hills and terraces and every possible bit of space is utilised to grow fresh fruits and vegetables in the fertile volcanic soil.

The island has several fantastic landscaped gardens, as well as many beautiful household plots. This trip includes a visit to one of the smaller, yet more interesting private gardens of Palheiro, as well as stops at vineyards and picturesque villages across the island. From your base in Funchal, you can also visit other botanical gardens and public parks, which are filled with colour and fascinating plant species.

A trip to Madeira wouldn’t be complete without walking along one of the many levadas that weave through the island, which is why we have included two. Levadas are small irrigation channels which transport water from the mountains, down to the fields and villages below. They gently wind through the mountains, hugging the contours as the water flows from the steep, jagged peaks up high, to the terraces and gardens below. The levada routes make for fantastic walks as you follow the water on its path downhill and enjoy spectacular views of the mountains, ravines and luscious forests.

From east to west, the island has a huge variety of stunning vistas and dramatic landscapes, which is why this itinerary includes tours to both parts of the island so that you can appreciate the overwhelming beauty of this fantastic archipelago. Wine tasting, fresh local food and swimming in the warm waters that surround Madeira will create lasting memories.

Furthermore, you’ll even get to enjoy a day trip to the smaller, neighbouring island of Porto Santo, which is home to a fabulous sandy beach and charming town.

Based in Funchal, you can take a walk along the harbour and venture into the old town, which is filled with local restaurants, cafes and bars, as well as incredible art galleries, markets and shops. This vibrant and friendly town is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the fabulous culture and history of Madeira.


Credit: Visit Madeira, Carlos Viveiros, Francisco Correia & Quinta Bela Sao Tiago
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Key facts

Duration:7 nights
Pace:Balanced
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  • After arriving at Funchal Airport, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel the Quinta Bela Sao Tiago, which is located close to the sea and the old town section of Funchal. It even has its own beautifully presented gardens: perfect for exploring!

    The activities included in your itinerary are all group-based, focusing on island exploration and discovery. With so much to see and do, you’ll no doubt create lasting memories of your trip to this fantastic island.

  • After breakfast at your hotel, you will have the morning free to relax, or perhaps explore your surroundings. Close to the old town section of Funchal, you are perfectly placed to explore the city and all it has to offer. Buzzing cafes and restaurants and exciting shops and markets mean you’ll have plenty to see and do.

    In the early afternoon, you will be picked up and taken to Palheiro Gardens in the hills behind Funchal. These gardens were planted during the 18th Century with all sorts of colourful flowers and trees. Thanks to its prominence as a historical stop for traders and travellers, plants from all over the world can be found here. The gardens are currently owned by the Blandy family, one of the most prosperous on Madeira and owners of the famous Blandy’s vineyards.

    After exploring the gardens, you will set off on a short and relatively easy guided walk (approximately one hour) to the Jasmin Tea House. This beautiful walk will take you along the first section of the Levada Dos Tornos, which is lined with trees and shrubs, offering views down towards Funchal. The levada is regarded as one of the easier options on Madeira and you are only walking along a short section of it, however, it should be noted that suitable walking footwear should be worn and there are a couple of points with relatively steep drops. On arrival, the Jasmin Tea House is the perfect place to stop for refreshments, savour the gardens and enjoy the views over Funchal.

    Returning to your hotel, you will have some time to freshen up before being taken to a local restaurant, which serves gorgeous Madeiran specialities and is renowned for its warm, friendly atmosphere. Folklore dancers and traditional fado singers are commonplace throughout the island and tonight you’ll get to experience all the joy they have to offer while you dine.

  • The Madeiran landscape varies from coast to coast in a fascinating way and today you will take part in a tour of the east portion of the island, travelling through picturesque villages, along the winding coast and across the dramatic mountains. The scenery is utterly breathtaking and this is the perfect way to get a sense of the island’s changing beauty.

    Your journey today will take you from Funchal towards Pico do Arieiro, which offers magnificent views on a clear day. Driving on to the charming village of Ribeiro Frio, high up in the hills of Madeira, you will pass through thick green forests, savouring the natural beauty of the island. Here you will enjoy a short walk to Balcoes – an outstanding balcony viewpoint, which looks out onto the mountains and villages below; hopefully, you will be greeted with clear views today.

    On to Faial and Santana, you will see the famous thatched rooves of the traditional Madeiran houses and the terraced vineyards that stretch far across the hillsides. Lunch will be served in the beautiful Hotel Quinta do Furao, which commands incredible views of the imposing coastline and beautiful blue seas. Here you will also get to taste some local Madeiran wine and learn about the different techniques used in their creation. After this, it is on to Porto da Cruz, Portela and finally, Machico, before heading back to Funchal to relax after a day of wonderful exploration.

    For dinner, why not head into town to try one of the many excellent local restaurants.

  • After breakfast in the hotel, this morning you will be transferred to the valley of Machico, where you will enjoy a guided walk along the Levada dos Marocos.

    This levada walk takes approximately two hours and covers roughly four miles, journeying along the agricultural terraces that line the hills (shorter levada walks are available on request). Bordered with flowers, crops and beautiful vegetation, this walk will take you through farmland, past traditional houses and gardens and along beautiful sections of the countryside; sometimes the local farmers even sell their fresh produce to those walking the levada!

    Although this walk is relatively easy, there are some sections with steep drops, so please use appropriate footwear. A picnic lunch is included today, so you can enjoy some refreshments as you take in the scenery of this part of Madeira.

    Returning to the hotel, you will have the afternoon free to relax by the pool, or perhaps explore Funchal.

  • After exploring the wonders of the east, today you will journey over to the west to experience the varying beauty of this island.

    From your hotel, you will drive to the charming village of Camara de Lobos; a traditional fishing village with an attractive harbour, surrounded by terracotta-roofed houses and tree-lined roads. Heading inland, you’ll head up to Cabo Girao, the highest sea cliff in Europe, to enjoy the wonderful views of the endless ocean.

    Through the luscious mountains and on to the north coast and the town of Sao Vicente where you will be greeted with wonderful views of the dramatic coastline. Driving on to Porto Moniz, you will break for lunch at a local restaurant and then have the chance to swim in the lava pools, which offer some of the best saltwater swimming on the island. These natural pools were formed by cooling lava and they are filled with crystal-clear sea water; perfect for a refreshing dip. Make sure to bring your swimming gear, towel and a change of clothes for the journey back.

    Climbing sharply from Porto Moniz, you will arrive at the magnificent Paul da Serra plateau, which is 1500m above sea level and offers a stark contrast to the thick, luscious forests lower down. This heathland is beautifully flat and, thanks to its height, you can often drive through the clouds as you journey across the island. Driving back to Funchal, you’ll pass through Ponta do Sol and Ribeira Brava along gorgeous, flower-lined roads, before returning to your hotel.

  • Discovered in 1418, Porto Santo is often referred to as the ‘Paradise Island’ and for good reason; this small island boasts a nine-kilometre beach of beautiful, golden sand and turquoise waters. Although only twenty-seven miles northeast of Madeira, the landscape is very different and largely free of dense vegetation, however, it is still incredibly stunning and a wonderful place to explore.

    Departing early in the morning, you will be transferred to Funchal harbour and then take the local ferry to Porto Santo at 8 am (check-in is at 7:30 am), which takes two and a half hours. Watch out for whales and dolphins and admire the other islands as you cruise through the blue sea.

    Upon arrival, a local bus transfer will take you and the other passengers into the town centre, or you can choose to walk along the beach (approximately 15-20 minutes). You will have plenty of time to swim in the warm sea, relax on the beach and explore the town with its restaurants, cafes and shops. There are also plenty of activities to book locally, such as horse-riding and guided hiking, as well as several museums and galleries to enjoy.

    The ferry will depart at either 6 pm (January-June & October) or 7 pm (July-September) and you can either walk back to the ferry port or take the bus. Arriving into Funchal, you will be met at the harbour and transferred back to your hotel.

  • Today has been left free for you to do as you wish.

    After a week of adventure, you may want to rest and relax by the pool, or perhaps you’ll want to head into Funchal and explore the shops, restaurants and cafes. The local markets are bursting with all sorts of fresh fruit, vegetables, spices and sweets and you can lose yourself for hours going from one tasting to another.

    Furthermore, there are a variety of public parks and gardens in and around the city, which are brimming with bright flowers and beautiful landscaping. You can also take one of the many cable cars to the hills above Funchal and enjoy the dramatic views below; a real highlight is the one that leads to the incredible Monte Palace Tropical Garden, which is renowned for its collection of plants and waterways.

  • Sadly the time has come for you to bid farewell to Madeira. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

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Quinta Bela Sao Tiago

Nights: 1-7

This fabulous historic Quinta lies just to the east of Funchal’s historic Old Town. Built in 1834, this former manor house has its own beautiful gardens, perfectly manicured and bursting with colour.

The historic building has been extended to provide fantastic accommodation which is perfectly situated to explore the best parts of Funchal and get the most out of your time here. A fabulous terrace looks out onto the ocean and the harbour below and the swimming pool is the perfect place to relax and unwind in the sun after a day of exploration. With only 64 guest rooms, this hotel has a wonderfully intimate and traditional atmosphere.

Hotel facilities

  • Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the hotel’s sub-tropical gardens, filled with colour and gorgeous scents
  • Take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool, which sits on the terrace, overlooking the gardens
  • Relax in the hotel’s sauna and Jacuzzi, or for those wanting to exercise, there is also an on-site gym
  • Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and guests are provided with a 24-hour voucher for free usage

Room options

Double/twin standard room
Our package includes accommodation in a double or twin-bedded standard room. Each room has an en-suite bathroom, as well as air-conditioning, TV and minibar. Some rooms will have a garden view, or mountain/city view and others a sea view. A supplement may be required depending on the room type available when booking. 

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Old town tour of Funchal

Funchal’s Old Town is a fascinating place to explore. This guided tour will take you to the local market ‘Mercado dos Lavradores’ where you’ll find a huge array of fruits, flowers, spices and local delicacies.

After the market, you’ll venture further into Funchal’s Old Town, past the amazing ‘Art of Open Doors’ where artists have painted fascinating scenes on the historic doors that line the cobbled streets. The local shops and cafes are buzzing with excitement and atmosphere; it is a wonderful place to discover.

The tour ends with a chance to enjoy some wine tasting at The Wine Lodge, where you can sample some of Madeira’s famous vintages.

Image credit: Visit Madeira & Francisco Correia

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Activities

Ponta de Sao Lourenco guided walk

Ponta de Sao Lourenco is the easternmost point of Madeira. The peninsula’s terrain is completely different to the rest of the island, with towering sea cliffs of red, brown and orange. With little vegetation, the walk has unobstructed views out to sea and back towards the inner mountains of Madeira.

The sea cliffs are home to numerous species of bird, such as terns, canaries and the Madeiran Storm-Petrel and on a clear day, the Desertas Islands and Porto Santo can be seen.

This guided walk takes you along the sea cliffs and to the end of the peninsula. You will be picked up from your hotel and the walk will cover approximately 8 kilometres, lasting for around 4 hours, not including transfer time.

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On each of our holidays you will see a clear outline of exactly what's included in the price of your holiday. We never use 'headline' or 'lead-in' prices like so many tour operators, as we prefer to include as much as we can, rather than see our clients incur considerable additional costs in our destinations.
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To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-reservation by paying only £50pp. The provisional departure dates, prices and itineraries remain subject to change. We will contact you when the final dates, prices and itineraries are confirmed and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. Should you wish to proceed then a further deposit (typically of £150pp) will be payable at this stage. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your initial £50pp payment. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.

Dates
Fri 29 Mar 2019
to Fri 05 Apr 2019
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Adults£ 1,610 Single Adult£ 2,000
Fri 12 Apr 2019
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Adults£ 1,540 Single Adult£ 1,920
Fri 26 Apr 2019
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Fri 03 May 2019
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Fri 10 May 2019
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Fri 17 May 2019
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Fri 24 May 2019
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Adults£ 1,630 Single Adult£ 2,010
Fri 31 May 2019
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Fri 07 Jun 2019
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Fri 14 Jun 2019
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Fri 21 Jun 2019
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Fri 28 Jun 2019
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Adults£ 1,395 Single Adult£ 1,775
Fri 05 Jul 2019
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Fri 12 Jul 2019
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Fri 19 Jul 2019
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Fri 26 Jul 2019
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Fri 02 Aug 2019
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Fri 09 Aug 2019
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Fri 16 Aug 2019
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Fri 23 Aug 2019
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Fri 30 Aug 2019
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Fri 06 Sep 2019
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Fri 13 Sep 2019
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Fri 20 Sep 2019
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Fri 27 Sep 2019
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Fri 04 Oct 2019
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Adults£ 1,375 Single Adult£ 1,755
Fri 11 Oct 2019
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Fri 18 Oct 2019
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Please note: Our holiday prices are based on the lowest available airline fares. These fares can sell out quickly and, as a result, prices may increase and supplements may be applicable. We recommend booking at the earliest opportunity in order to secure the best possible fares and flight times.

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Holiday group size (approximate)

Approximately 2 - 20 people

Group sizes
Most of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate. Minimum numbers are detailed on each holiday page and are always approximate. Group sizes for tailor-made holidays will vary for each of the activities. For private departures, you may also be joined by other guests during the activities unless you have discussed specific private activities with us.

If your selected date has not yet reached minimum numbers, you will be informed at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date has not reached the required minimum numbers nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you and discuss the various options available to you. We will always do all we can to operate a holiday and in some cases, we may be able to operate the holiday by combining your itinerary with that of other guests for some activities (this may mean that the maximum group size is increased but this will be discussed in full with you).

If we are unable to operate the holiday, then you will be offered the chance to transfer to an alternative holiday or date (subject to availability). If the alternative is more expensive you will be asked to pay the difference, if it is cheaper then you will be reimbursed. You will also be offered the option to cancel and receive a full refund of all monies paid.

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Unless otherwise stated in the 'Key Facts', the minimum age for participation in an Artisan holiday is typically 8 years old (there may be younger children in some destinations who have booked with other companies). If an adult only environment is important to you, then please contact our Travel Experts and they will advise on the best dates and destinations for you. If you are looking for a holiday designed specifically for families then please see our sister company: www.activitiesabroad.com

Single supplements

Please note that some of our holidays may incur a single supplement. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts who will provide you with a quotation. 

Medical history and advice

You must inform us at the time of booking if any of your party has a disability, medical or behavioural conditions which could affect their own participation in the holiday or indeed that of the other people on the holiday.

We cannot be held responsible for any incident or event arising from your failure to do so.

Reduced mobility
If you have a reduced level of mobility, then please contact our Travel Experts to discuss the suitability of this holiday in relation to your requirements.

Experience and fitness
Any activities included in your itinerary are all designed for beginners. Full instruction and tuition are provided for all activities and you do not need to have any previous experience. For example, you need never have set foot on a pair of skis of any kind before a cross-country ski tour. We have adults of all ages and fitness levels taking part in our holidays.

We do highlight certain itineraries where an increased level of fitness is required. If you have any questions at all with regards to fitness levels please get in touch and talk to one of our experts. You can find further details in our trip preparation section online. You must inform us at the time of booking if any of your party has a disability, medical or behavioural conditions which could affect their own participation in the holiday or indeed that of the other people on the holiday.

Guides and safety
It is essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided. Nobody knows the environment better than our activity providers who work here almost every day.

Consequently, their knowledge and experience are unsurpassed. If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides, please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.

There may be rare occasions when our guides consider local conditions unsuitable for a certain activity. Hence, your itinerary may be subject to change at short notice, but we will always endeavour to firstly find a replacement on the day and secondly, to provide the cancelled activity later in your stay whenever possible. Very occasionally it proves impossible to provide the activity in which case you will be refunded when you return home.

Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times, please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.

You must inform us of any medical conditions that may affect your participation in an activity at the time of booking.

Booking activities locally
In almost all our destinations, you can book and pay for additional activities locally. Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss that occurs through any activities that are booked in your destination (see our terms and conditions for further details).

Please always ensure that your safety is your primary concern when arranging any such activity.

Car hire
If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card. Please see your trip dossier for full details.

Traveller Reviews

We loved the hotel 09 April 2018 by Dianne & Patrick McGrath

We loved the hotel - beautiful furnishings in the communal areas, extremely clean and very helpful and friendly staff. The transfers on the day to/from Porto Santo were particular good and very helpful. Our local driver/guide (Abel) was excellent. The local rep was very helpful



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