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Excursion tour Fantastic Madeira

03.04.2022
An incredible program of a guided tour of Madeira is waiting for you. As part of our tour, we will show you all the fantastic places of the island. Let's take a walk around Funchal and get acquainted with the history of great sailors. We swim on the best beaches of the island in Porto Monige and Mashica, walk along Levada, climb to the highest peak of the island. It seems impossible to do it in a short period of time, but this is only a small part of our route. See more about the program of the excursion tour in the description by day. We are waiting for you to visit
 
 
 
 
Madeira
 
DAY 1
Arrival on the island of Madeira.
Meeting at the Airport with a sign with the client's name
Transfer to the Hotel accommodation
Free time for walking and shopping.
 
 
DAY 2
 
Breakfast at the hotel (buffet)
Excursion: Walking tour of the city of Funchal.

During a sightseeing tour of Funchal, you will not only get an idea of the geography, history and monuments of the city of Funchal, but you will also have the opportunity to plunge into the rhythm of its life, learn about the legends, traditions, music and way of life of the inhabitants of Madeira Island.

Let's start our tour with the delightful Santa Catarina Park, which offers magnificent views of Funchal Bay and the promenade. We will continue the route along the central Avenida Arriaga Avenue, the heart of the city, famous for its colorful fountains and unique nautical-style pavement and incredible Gardens. During the walk, we will get acquainted with the nation of great sailors represented by Henry the Navigator, Columbus and João Zarco. You have to see the view of the tiled roofs of Funchal, immersed in the greenery of parks and gardens. Let's take a look at the Blandy wine company, which is located in the old building of St. Francis, let's walk through the streets of the 15th century. It is difficult to imagine getting acquainted with Portuguese cities without visiting the Cathedral. We will also walk along a cobblestone street curly through traditional cafes, souvenir kiosks, fashion stores and grocery stores. You will see the Municipal Square of Funchal, where the Jesuit Cathedral is majestically located and in the center of the square beat the pleasant waters of the fountain. Continuing our tour of Funchal, we will walk along the commercial street Ornelas, which solemnly ends with the city market. Visiting the market - a variety of fruits and vegetables will surprise even the most sophisticated tourist. Acquaintance with the old part of the city. Walk along the famous Santa Catarina Street. Graphite, restaurants, galleries. Apotheosis - completion of the excursion to the Fortress of St. Thiago. Fortress of St. Thiago rises above the historical part of the city of Funchal, which offers stunning views of the ocean and the surroundings of the city.

Afternoon - free time for walking and shopping.

Excursion tour on the island of Madeira

 
 
DAY 3
 
Breakfast at the hotel (buffet)
Free day for walking and shopping.
Ideas for independent travel
Go by cable car to the upper part of the city of Funchal to the Monte area. Visit to the Monte Tropical Garden.
 
The trip to Teleférico Funchal-Monte lasts about 15 minutes. The upper station is located near the entrance to the Tropical Palaces of Monte Garden, which are definitely worth visiting. Also on Mount Monte you can appear on a tobbogan sleigh, go to the municipal garden or the Church of the Virgin. And then continue your journey on teleferics - at the same station near Monte's gardens, get into the trailer of the Teleférico do Jardim Botânico cable car. The length of the Monte Botanical Garden route is 1200 meters, exactly half as short as the Funchal Monte route. Drive only 7-10 minutes at an altitude of 10 to 100 meters above wild valleys and gorges. Teleférico do Jardim Botânico itself may not be worth attention, so rides on it should definitely be combined with a visit to the Madeira Botanical Garden.
 
Teleférico do Funchal
 
 
 
DAY 4
 
Breakfast at the hotel (buffet)
Excursion: Western part of Madeira Island (Porto Monige)
 

A tour of the western part of Madeira is especially attractive for those who want to get to know the island better, feel its special, unique beauty, who are attracted by sea distances and mountain peaks. Rich and spectacular, it will allow you to enjoy the magnificent panoramic views of Madeira, learn how and how its inhabitants live. In addition to exploring the nature of the western part of the island, you will find stops in ancient towns that trace their history from the late Middle Ages. Walking through such towns will allow you to both "dunk into the historical past of the island and get acquainted with the modern life of Madeira outside its capital.

At the beginning of the tour, departure from Funchal along the southern shore in a western direction. Very soon - the first stop in the small town of Camara de Lobos. The center of the fishing industry of the island, the town, has to this day preserved the flavor of a traditional fishing village. The cute bay is animated by brightly painted fishermen's boats hung on the bank of the net, fish sold immediately. Winston Churchill once captured the uniquely picturesque color of the town of Camara de Lobosch in his paintings.

The next stop is the famous Cape Cabo Giran, the highest cape in Europe (580 meters above the ocean). From the height of the recently restored observation deck with a glass transparent floor, you will see a beautiful panorama of the southern coast, the vast expanses of the Atlantic Ocean.

Moving to the town of Ribeira Brava will be remembered by the traditional agricultural landscape of the island - everywhere on the steep slopes of the mountains and hills there are terraces where Madeiryan peasants grow their crops. Here, in the western part of the island on the southern coast of Madeira, you will see an abundance of banana plantations.

In Ribeira Brava you can walk along the narrow streets, where the flair of the late Middle Ages seems to have been preserved. Visit to the ancient Cathedral of St. Bent will please art lovers with a valuable collection of paintings by Flemish masters of painting. The embankment with a promenade and sea views attracts travelers with cozy bars and cute street cafes.

After visiting Ribeira Brava, the direction of the tour changes - you cross the island and arrive on the opposite northern shore of Madeira. Further acquaintance with the western part of the island takes place along the northern coast. After a short stop in the charming town of San Vicenti with a visit to the ancient cathedral, perhaps the most impressive part of the tour begins. A panorama of the harsh and impregnable northern shore with an abundance of water streams and waterfalls descending to the ocean, stunning pictures of the ocean and other beauty of nature - what numerous travelers rush to these places for.

A long stop in the city of Porto Monige - the western tip of the island. This wonderful town is a resort and tourist center, where not only foreign tourists, but also the islanders themselves enjoy relaxing. Porto Monige will delight you with seascapes of breathtaking beauty. Natural oceanic pools in frozen volcanic lava are very attractive, where you can swim in good weather and calm ocean. The beautiful embankment seems to invite you to take a pleasant walk and admire the amazing pictures of the ocean and powerful waves crashing against volcanic rocks. Lunch of traditional Madeirian cuisine at the restaurant in Porto Monij (optional).

Return to Funchal through the tops of the mountain range. You will have a great opportunity to fully experience the beauty and grandeur of Madeira's mountain landscapes. At an altitude of 1500 meters in the area of the high-altitude plateau Paul da Serra suddenly opens a grand panorama of the highest peaks - Pico Ruivo (1862m) and Pico do Areeiro (1818m). Harsh and grandiose, these authentic masterpieces of nature will leave a truly indelible and unforgettable experience. The final stop on the way to return is the picturesque Encumiada mountain pass with a height of 1007 meters.

Completion of the tour at the hotel accommodation
 
 
DAY 5
 
Breakfast at the hotel (buffet)
Free day for walking and shopping.
Excursion for an additional fee: Boat trip with Whales and Dolphin watching
 
Enjoy a trip along the southern coast of the island on a catamaran, where you will also have the opportunity to watch dolphins and whales in their natural habitat.

Starting from Funchal's pier, you will sail in the direction of Cabo Girao Rock, one of the tallest cliffs in the world with a height of 580 meters. On the way you will drive past the fishing village of Camara de Lobos, where our traditional drink Poncha was born.

When approaching the Cabo Girao cliff, be sure to swim in our crystal clear waters or just admire the views of the coast. On this journey you will have the opportunity to see dolphins and, if you are lucky, whales or turtles.

If you want to explore our water in a great style, with all the comfort that a catamaran brings you, this journey is for you.

The tour is completed at 13:00 at the Funchal Center

The second half for - free time for walking and shopping.

 
 
DAY 6
 
Breakfast at the hotel (buffet)
Excursion: Eastern part of the island (Santana)

If you have chosen a tour of the eastern part of Madeira Island, get ready for a bright and unforgettable experience. This tour will fully present you the richness of the island's nature, a variety of magnificent views and a riot of colors. In addition, you can get acquainted with the artistic crafts of the island, the traditions of everyday and everyday culture by visiting the wicker factory in Kamash and the traditional Santana house.

Already at the beginning of the tour, leaving Funchal and gradually delving into the eastern part of the island, you will begin to admire the beautiful views of the southern coast.

The first stop in the small and cute town of Kamasha, which is famous for its respect for folklore, artistic and ethnographic traditions. It was in Kamash that one of the first artistic crafts of the island - the weaving baskets of willow rods - has been preserved and put to the level of small production. You will be delighted with the skill and virtuosity of Madeirrian baskets, watching their work during a visit to the wicker factory, and you are unlikely to refrain from purchasing original souvenirs.

One of the most picturesque roads on the island leads from Kamashi to the top of the mountain range, the name of the island (the Portuguese word "madeira" means "tree, wood, forest"), such powerful and diverse forests cover the mountain slopes on which a ribbon of serpentine curbs. Stunning panoramic views of the island, ocean, southern and northern coasts of Madeira open from the top of Pico do Areiro - height 1818 m.

The further route of the tour involves exploring the northern coast of the eastern part of the island. You will visit the trout farm in the picturesque and protected village of Ribeiro Friu, take a walking trip through the relict laurel forest "laurissilva" along the levada (artificial irrigation canal).

During the move to Santana (the largest proud of the northern coast) on the old road you will quite enjoy the views of the ocean, Cape St. Lavrentia, and in good weather you can see the island of Porto Santo - the second inhabited island of the archipelago. The feeling of tenderness and admiration is invariably caused by the charming and elegant traditional houses of Santana - a triangular shape with thatched roofs. After lunch in a nice local restaurant (lunch on request) continuation of the tour in the direction of Cape St. Lawrence is the eastern tip of the island.

During the move, you will return to the southern shore, go through the legendary city of Mashiku, the historical and tourist center of Madeira. Stunning landscapes of Cape St. Lawrence and the views that open from the observation decks adequately complete the excursion route, leaving no one indifferent.

Completion of the excursion at the hotel in Funchal.

 
 
DAY 7
 
Breakfast at the hotel (buffet)
Excursion for an additional fee: Boat trip on the Caravel of Santa Maria de Colombo

Caravel of Santa Maria de Colombo: a boat trip on a pirate ship along the coast of Madeira Island in search of dolphins and whales.

Features: Pirate ship of Madeira, an exact copy of Christopher Columbus's caravel. You can also see dolphins and whales.
Anchoring in front of the majestic Cape Girao, the highest cliff in Europe, you can swim in warm and crystal clear water (summer).

The ship Santa Maria de Colombo is an exact copy of the ship on which the navigator Christopher Columbus discovered America.
This vessel was built in the fishing village of Camara de Lobos in 1997-1998 by Robert Weintier together with local craftsmen.
Mostly mahogany was used.
Santa Maria de Colombo represented Madeira wine at Expo 98 in Lisbon, receiving 97,000 visitors in just 25 days of the exhibition.
Santa Maria de Colombo travels along the southern coast of Madeira Island, usually in the Cape Girao area makes a stop for swimming.
On board this caravel there is also a great opportunity to see dolphins, whales and sea turtles nearby.
During the trip, each client is offered a tasting of Maderic wine and honey cake.
 
 
 
DAY 8
 
 
Breakfast at the hotel (buffet)
Free day for walking and relaxing
 
Transfer to Madeira Airport

 

ATTENTION IS IMPORTANT!

GROUP EXCURSION TOURS - FOR THE MOST CURIOUS Tours are designed for: customers who prefer to travel in a team on well-thought-out and worked-out routes, which allow you to see the most interesting while saving money and time. The beginning of the tour is possible: On a clearly specified day of arrival, for a minimum of 2 people.

Standard category of accommodation in these trips: hotels or pensions 2*-3*, 4*, depending on the season, with breakfast (buffet or continental), and all amenities in the room (toilet, bath or shower, TV and telephone, air conditioning in the hot season and heating in winter). As a rule, hotels are located in the center of Funchal. On difficult dates, tourists can be accommodated in other areas of the city or in the suburbs. It is possible to replace the hotel within the category provided for by the program.

Tours GUARANTEED all year round. During national holidays and congresses, as well as during Christmas, New Year and Easter - price increase, surcharge is reported when booking!

Cancellation rules for sightseeing tours. If the tour is canceled 7 days before the date of arrival, 100% of the tour price will be fined

Rules for payment for sightseeing tours. 100% payment 8 days before the date of arrival.

Sightseeing tour: Fantastic Madeira, guaranteed with a minimum of 2 people in a group.

Sightseeing tours: Fantastic Madeira

The period of implementation (online booking) of tours is 7 days before the start date of the tour

If you book a tour less than 7 days before the start date of the tour, book on request through your personal account online or by e-mail (Email) reservas@eltour-travel.com

Transfers within the framework of sightseeing tours:

- provided in the group, both with and without a guide, depending on the flight. Customers of different flights will be combined on the transfer, both on arrival and departure. Waiting at the airport is possible. Without waiting at the Airport, it is necessary to book an individual transfer.

-If you are late for the plane and are flying on another flight, or lost luggage, we ask you to urgently contact our representative by phone, which is specified in the program and voucher. Only in this case can we guarantee the transfer. If we have not been contacted and an hour and a half has passed since the arrival of the plane, the transfer will be canceled and the tourist will have to get to the hotel on his own.

Excursions as part of sightseeing tours: all excursions are carried out in a group clearly according to the time that guides will inform you about. If the client wants to stay at any point of the excursion longer than planned, he gets to the hotel on his own. If the client does not come on the tour on time, the bus leaves without him, and the money for the tour is not refunded. The gathering place for the excursion can be either from the hotel or at a convenient meeting point in the city center. The end of excursions can be both in the hotel and in the city center. There may be changes in the order of excursions and the time of their start. Excursions are provided in full according to the tour program.

Excursion schedule: from 08:30 to 18:30 El Tour is not responsible for flight data for transfers that do not correspond to the schedule of excursions in the program of the purchased tour.

The cost of sightseeing tours includes:

Meals according to the program Transfers, excursions and escorts to museums with a Russian-speaking guide Hotel accommodation: Funchal of the selected category

Approximate list of hotels for accommodation: IMPERATRIZ 3*, RESIDENCIAL GRECO 3*, MUSA D'AJUDA 4*, JARDINS D'AJUDA SUITE 4*