Madeira - Pearl of the Atlantic
8 days from £999 per person
If you like your holidays to feature strolls in gloriously colourful gardens, mood-lifting sunshine, panoramic mountain views, wonderful countryside walks and local wine and crafts, then Madeira really is a find. And this excellent-value tour lets you find it at your own pace. Excursions include a fascinating full island tour and Madeira wine tasting - leaving you with free time to spend following the ‘levada’ paths that cross the dramatic volcanic landscapes and meander through verdant forests.
6 included excursions and visits
- Tour of Funchal by local guide
- Entry to an embroidery factory, and the Botanical Gardens
- Wine tasting at the Madeira Wine Company
- Full-day island tour including lunch
- Excursion to Eira Do Serrado and Monte
- 7 nights in hotel (accommodation as specified or similar)
- 8 meals: 7 breakfasts (days 2-8) 1 lunch (day 4)
- The VidaMar Resort Hotel Madeira also includes dinner on days 1-7
- VOX portable audio headset system on excursions
Plus all these benefits
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Services of a Titan local representative
- International flights (prices are based on return flights with British Airways from London Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports)
- Best available coaches with experienced drivers
- All airport taxes and duties
UK - Funchal
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Madeira On arrival we transfer to the centrally-located Pestana Casino Park Hotel (5T), or VidaMar Resort Hotel Madeira (4T), with spectacular views from cliff-top positions.
Pestana Casino Park Hotel (5T) or VidaMar Resort Hotel Madeira (4T), Funchal
Today you are at leisure to explore Funchal. Within ninety years of the first settlers coming to Madeira, Funchal grew quickly into a city. Today it is very different from the days of pirates. The perfectly cobbled streets now blend with a modern city with top class restaurants. The City Hall, remodelled to the revivalist style of the 1940s, is a beautiful and noble building, decorated with the portraits of the city’s influential including Portuguese kings. Maybe take a cable car up to Monte from the Old Town or the Botanical Gardens for an alternative way to experience the beautiful vistas. The Jardim Tropical Monte Palace is a tranquil gem with koi filled crystal-clear lakes and peacocks freely roaming the manicured landscape.
We depart on a tour of Funchal, including a guided walk through the colourful market - with its array of exotic flowers, freshly caught fish and succulent fruits. We visit an embroidery factory, the renowned Botanical Gardens ablaze with sub-tropical flora, and conclude at the Madeira Wine Company, where you may sample the local wine produced by the island’s leading company. This afternoon is at leisure. Maybe take some time to enjoy the painted doors of Rua de Santa Maria or the carefully nurtured Palheiro Gardens.
A full-day tour of the island, including Pico da Torre for beautiful views over Camara de Lobos’ dazzling bay and Cabo Girao, the world’s second highest cliff. On to Ribeira Brava, one of the island’s first parishes, and through the jagged mountains to Encumeada, where the views are simply stunning if vertigo inducive. Travel north on a scenic drive through Chao dos Louros to Sao Vicente, set where a beautiful valley meets the sea, to have lunch. Our final stop is the Pousada dos Vinhaticos, surrounded by lush undulating landscape 900 metres above sea level, as we return south to Funchal.
Eira do Serrado - Monte
This morning we travel to Eira do Serrado, for an inspiring view down the valley of chestnut trees, surrounded by steep volcanic mountains. Far below is the isolated village of Nun’s Valley, known to be where nuns took refuge from the pirates who frequently attacked Madeira. Travel on to Monte to visit Our Lady of Monte Church. The most important pilgrimage site in Madeira, with lively processions held every August. It contains the austere tomb of Charles I of Habsburg and a revered statue of Our Lady of Monte.
These two days are at leisure. In the 16th century an open canal system was developed from the wetter regions of the island to the sun parched regions of the south. There are over 200 enduring, beautiful walks along these Levadas, with varying levels of difficulty across dramatic landscapes and through lush vegetation. There are five to choose from in Funchal.
Day 8 Funchal - UK
We transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
Important information about your destinationPlease note: The order of the included excursions may differ from that shown above depending on your departure date.
We understand the importance of finding the right hotel for your holiday, and now offer you the choice of two hotels on this itinerary, to ensure your accomodation meets your needs.
VidaMar Resort Hotel Madeira
This contemporary style hotel has tropical gardens that extend to the cliff edge, adding to the beautiful views over Funchal Bay from your private balcony.
Your spacious room includes a TV and free Wi-Fi, plus a marble bathroom with a bathtub and shower. Other facilities includes a health club, spa, indoor pools and two sea water swimming pools by the sea
(your stay here will be on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis).
Pestana Casino Park Hotel
Situated overlooking the harbour, a short walk from the centre of Funchal.
Rooms are en suite with air conditioning, safe, mini-bar and hair dryer.
The hotel has a swimming pool, bar terrace, Jacuzzi, indoor and outdoor swimming pool, and a Panoramic restaurant.
Fly From Your Local Airport
International flights from regional airports are available* or choose a free connecting flight to London, with home transfers all included.
Please call 0800 988 5823 for more information.
*Subject to flight schedules and availability.