2020: Madeira Discovery Tour - 7 nights (March 30th to April 6th)

2020: MADEIRA DISCOVERY TOUR - 7 NIGHTS (MARCH 30TH TO APRIL 6TH)

NEW TOUR

7 nights based at Hotel Galosol, Caniço-de-baixo

Tour only package from
$2290*
* Includes ALL taxes and service charges

In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, the volcanic island of Madeira boasts rugged mountains draped in lush colourful vegetation and crammed with bright flowers. Just 35 miles long and 13 miles wide, this unique tropical gem offers much to explore, making this a truly 'must-see' destination.

Highlights:
- Enjoy a guided tour of the capital city Funchal
- Explore Santana, home to a quaint style of housing known as Palheiros
- Visit Camacha, centre of the island’s wicker work Industry
- Spectacular mountain views from Encumeada and coastal views from St Lawrence Peninsula

In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, off the west coast of Africa, Madeira is a magical volcanic island with rugged mountains draped in lush colourful vegetation and crammed with bright flowers. Just 35 miles long and 13 miles wide, this unique tropical gem offers diverse landscapes and much to explore, making this a truly ‘must-see’ destination.

Over its fascinating history, Madeira has attracted merchants, explorers and pirates. Christopher Columbus married the first Governor’s granddaughter in the 15th century when the Portuguese settlers arrived. The island has a wealthy history of sugar cane plantations, although sugar cane is no longer the main crop. This has been replaced with vines that produce the famous Madeira wine. This beautiful island rising from the ocean with steep cliffs and high mountains was once believed to be the lost civilisation of Atlantis.

Funchal is the island’s capital and main port. White houses and distinctive tiled roofs flow down to the harbour, favoured by cruise ships. Reflecting its wealth and history, the capital now makes a great destination for shopping and sightseeing. The old town has narrow, cobbled streets and restored fishermen’s houses. The market, built in 1937, has two storeys and is vibrant and colourful, thanks to the wares of its famous flower sellers. At the seafront, a modern cable car station takes passengers to the hilltop 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.

Madeira enjoys an all-year-round mild climate and has been an exclusive holiday destination for the best part of a century. Until the latter half of the 20th century it was only reached by boat or flying boat. The building of the airport and its more recent expansion has opened Madeira up to more and more holidaymakers, but the island has managed to maintain its character and charm. Rainfall is principally, but not exclusively, in the high mountains of the interior. For centuries this valuable water resource has been transported to the drier coastal areas along man-made water courses, the famous “levadas”. This means that there are no dry and arid areas typical of other volcanic islands in this area of the Atlantic. It also means that the island has a remarkable and exotic flora at all seasons of the year.

Features

Includes:
- Good quality en-suite accommodation at 4-star Hotel Galosol
- Half Board – continental breakfast and evening meal daily
- The services of our knowledgeable leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
- Full day excursions with all essential transport in resort
- A local guide in Funchal and a visit to Blandy’s Winery
- Return flights on British Airways from London Gatwick to Funchal
- Return airport transfers in Madeira

Excludes:
- Admissions
- Lunch (Payable Locally)

Meals

7 breakfasts
0 lunches
7 dinners
0 teas
To Book Call 1-888-597-3519

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