- Transfers: all transfers included
- Accommodation: 7 nights’ hotel accommodation in double/twin rooms
- Meals: 7 breakfasts
- The following activities are included in the holiday: minibus tour to Nuns Valley, jeep tour to northwest terraces, whale and dolphin watching, Farmers’ Market and wine tasting, Botanical Garden visit, tour to Monte, Levada Marroços guided walk, jeep tour to Madeira peaks (the order of activities is subject to change)
- Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities
With rugged, rocky coastline cliffs, luscious green mountains and an abundance of marine life, Madeira’s wine might be special but it’s the landscape and wildlife that we want to show off.
During your 7-night stay, you’ll explore the main island in a variety of ways, travelling across land and sea for the full experience.
Guided walks and jeep tours will take you to some of the best sights, from the dramatic views across plunging valleys to the unobstructed vantage points looking out onto the vast Atlantic Ocean.
Away from dry land, Madeira is renowned for its marine life. During a whale and dolphin watching tour, marine biologists will accompany you on the boat as you look for the many cetacean species swimming freely in their natural habitat.
Of course, your holiday to Madeira wouldn’t be complete without sampling some of the wine. During a trip to a Farmers’ Market, you’ll get more of an insight into local life before going on a wine tasting tour. Trust us, you’ll definitely understand what all the fuss is about.
The itinerary also includes plenty of free time for you to experience Madeira in your own way too. Our Travel Experts can give you our personal recommendations from our wonderful experiences here or you can talk to our knowledgeable local guides when you arrive.
Image credits: Francisco Correia- Visit Madeira, Madeira Promotion Bureau
Arrival and welcome to Madeira
Once you arrive at Funchal Airport, your transfer vehicle will be ready and waiting to take you to the Castanheiro Boutique Hotel, approximately 20 minutes away. After checking in, you could go to one of the many restaurants nearby for your first taste of Madeiran cuisine.
Changes to the itinerary: very occasionally, the itinerary and/or duration of activities may change according to local conditions, events or guest preferences. Decisions will be based first and foremost on your safety and comfort.Included Meals: None
Tour to Nuns Valley
After breakfast, a minibus tour will take you to Nuns Valley, a charming small parish in the heart of the Madeiran mountains with scenic lookout stops along the way.
Madeira has many great viewpoints but Nuns Valley is definitely one of the best we’ve discovered. This small village was once a refuge for the nuns fleeing Funchal. Sitting in a huge rocky cauldron with green mountains towering above, it’s easy to see why this location was chosen for safety.
After touring Nuns Valley, you will return to your hotel around 1pm today.Included Meals: Breakfast
Jeep Tour to Northwest and Swim in Natural Sea Pools
After breakfast, you’ll start your full-day jeep tour to the unmissable Northwest coast.
Travelling in an impressive 4 x 4, you’ll discover the sea pools of Porto Moniz. As the sea water washes in, it naturally fills these volcanic lava pools to create a perfect swimming spot. Please note, swimming here will be time and weather dependent.
You’ll also visit the Fanal area, an enchanting natural spot of green open fields sitting between mountains. It is a great hiking area that takes you to the Laurissilva forest, which is classified as a World Natural Heritage by UNESCO.
Tonight, you have a free evening. Relax at the hotel or see more of Funchal’s old town.Included Meals: Breakfast
Whale and Dolphin Watching
Following breakfast, the inviting coastal waters are calling as well as, hopefully, the marine life.
Accompanied by marine biologists, you’ll ride in a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) and be on the lookout for the many different cetaceans found in Madeira’s waters. These include bottlenose and Atlantic spotted dolphins as well as short-finned pilot whales, and humpback and sperm whales.
After your adventure at sea, you’ll have a free afternoon and evening to spend as you please. Perhaps you want to explore the water further during an exciting canyoning or kayaking trip. See our ‘Personalise’ tab for more information.Included Meals: Breakfast
Farmers' Market and Wine Tasting, Botanical Garden visit, Tour to Monte
Following breakfast, you’ll discover more of the city of Funchal.
First, you’ll get an insight into local life during a visit to the Farmers’ Market. As you make your way along an assortment of stalls, you’re greeted with the bright colours of fresh fruit and vegetables and inviting smells from the cooking around you. This a great place to sample some fresh cuisine and support local businesses.
Madeira’s wine is so famous, even William Shakespeare mentioned it in “Henry IV” and your visit wouldn’t be complete without sampling some of it. During a tasting tour, you’ll try different wines of the island. Make sure you remember the name of your favourite one so you know what to order in future.
You’ll then head to the spectacular Madeira Botanical Garden. Spend time admiring the variety of plants in the garden which also boasts impressive views of the city and coast. You can also visit the on-site Museum of Natural History as well as the dedicated research and conservation area.
After visiting the garden, you will be taken to Monte, which is a beautiful suburb that sits around 500 metres above Funchal. You can either decide to go back to the hotel with the minibus or stay and explore Monte on your own. If you stay, we suggest strolling through the Monte Palace Tropical Garden to admire the collection of over 100,000 plant species. To get back to Funchal, you could either take a traditional wicker toboggan ride down or enjoy a slower-paced ride on a cable car. Both of these activities will need to be paid for locally.Included Meals: Breakfast
Levada Maroços Guided Walk
Fill up on breakfast before enjoying a guided walk to take in more of the Madeiran landscapes.
The trail starts in the southeast part of the island, in the valley of Machico. You’ll wander through the “Mimosa Valley” which offers incredible views and an insight into the island’s history, as this is where Portuguese sailors landed on Madeira for the first time. You can imagine their delight at finding this paradise!
From here, you’ll also be able to see the Deserted Islands – three islands that are areas of protection and conservation. As well as this, you’ll pass farmlands of vegetable gardens, fruit trees and exotic flowers – a colourful look into the wealth of Madeiran plant life.
The trail is 6.5km long which should take approximately 2.5 hours to walk. It is largely flat so it is an easy walk that most can take part in.
After your walk, you have a free afternoon and evening to spend as you please. Relax in the sun or discover more history in one of Funchal’s museums. You could also book one of our optional activities. Click the ‘Personalise’ tab to find out more.Included Meals: Breakfast
Jeep Tour to Madeira Peaks
After exploring the island on foot the previous day, today you’re back in the jeep to reach some brilliant new heights.
Following breakfast, you’ll head east to the Madeira peaks. Making the most of this versatile vehicle, you’ll get to incredible lookout spots that would be difficult to reach by bus.
You’ll see a range of urban and rural areas as you drive to the top of the peaks where both land and sea views await.
Afterwards, you have a free evening to spend your last night as you please. Go back and visit your favourite restaurant or treat yourself to an upscale option to end your time here in style.Included Meals: Breakfast
Sadly, it’s time for your island exploration tour of Madeira to come to an end. Depending on your flight time, you’ll have breakfast at the hotel or we’ll box it up before you’re transferred to the airport for your flight home.Included Meals: Breakfast
Included in price
Personalise this tour
In a beautiful valley in rural Madeira, lies a hidden green canyon. During this activity, you won’t just discover the canyon, you will travel through it as you follow the water on its journey downstream.
Canyoning is a safe, yet adventurous activity that allows you to travel in the direction of the water as it makes its way through the picturesque canyon. On your journey, you’ll come across four different rappels varying in altitude up to 17 metres. There’s also two small slides and two small jumps (optional).
Prices available on request.
Duration: half day
Available: year-round, with a minimum of two participants
Half Day Kayaking and Snorkelling
There’s no better way to appreciate the coastal waters of Madeira than to get out onto it.
Using a sit-on-top kayak, you’ll paddle out to the Underwater Nature Reserve of Garajau. Established in 1986, this reserve is full of marine life including large fish and manta rays. You’ll hopefully see the different species as you kayak along the water but you’ll also have plenty of time to snorkel and enjoy the underwater sights too.
Prices available on request.
Duration: approximately two hours
Available: Monday to Saturday, May to October, with a minimum of two participants.
Kayak capacity is two adults and one child. Adults may have to share a kayak, depending on group size.
Dates & Prices
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Thu 30 Mar 2023
Next season’s dates and prices
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 £250pp) 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.
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Thu 30 Mar 2023
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Thu 28 Mar 2024
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Holiday group size (approximate)
A minimum of 2 and a maximum of 30 people
We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.
Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.
Minimum and maximum age
If a specific minimum age applies to this holiday, it can be found in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page.
Unless otherwise stated in the in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page, 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
The order of activities listed in this agenda is provided for guidance only, your final and detailed itinerary will be provided either with your final travel documents (which are uploaded into your online account around a week prior to departure) or upon arrival.
Medical History and Advice
We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.
In order to give us the best possible chance to do this we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.
In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.
Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.
Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.
It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.
If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.
The UK Foreign Office Advice
Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice
We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.
The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/
Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/
The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html
If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.
If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.
If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.
If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.
Booking activities locally
Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).
When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern.
In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time. You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.
Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.
Brexit information for British Passport holders
For the most up to date information on how the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your holiday please click here to view our Brexit information for British Passport holders.
Flight schedule changes and connecting transportation
On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.
Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.
Booking your own flights - cancellation disclaimer
If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.
If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.
Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.
Terms and Conditions
Our full booking terms and conditions can be found on our website: https://www.artisantravel.co.uk/booking-conditions