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1. Taste Of Madeira & Cable Car

  • Walking: Moderate
  • Shopping Time
  • Scenic Tour

Start as you mean to go on - so the old saying goes. And that’s certainly the case on this trip. Your day begins with a cable car ride from Funchal to nearby Monte. Make sure you’ve got your camera ready because once you reach the top, on a clear day, the panoramic views are superb. When you get to Monte, head for the famous Church of Our Lady of Monte, known for its striking façade of dark basalt stone and whitewash. Then it’s decision time - do you slip and slide down the narrow streets in a toboggan, or rejoin the bus for a more sedate journey down the hill? Sitting in a wicker basket mounted on wooden runners, two drivers guide the sled down through narrow streets, using their rubber-soled boots as brakes. Ernest Hemingway once described the experience as ‘exhilarating’. After your ride - whichever one you choose - relax in Funchal’s tranquil Botanical Gardens. Wander through the grounds, inhaling the sweet scent of exotic blooms. Your last stop is at a souvenir shop where you can admire delicate lace as you sip fine Madeiran wine.... More details

Duration: Half Day takes 4.5hrs

Adult: £40.00

Child: £20.00
(2- 12)

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2. Scenic Madeira

  • Walking: Easy
  • Scenic Tour

One thing’s for sure, Madeira’s not short on natural beauty and this tour serves up some of the island’s best sights. Visit the quaint fishing village of Camara de Lobos where Sir Winston Churchill used to spend his time capturing the views on canvas. Then it’s on to Cabo Girao, a towering cliff that drops down into the sea – an awe-inspiring sight worthy of a place in your holiday scrapbook. Afterwards, you’re off to one of the most enchanting spots on the island - Eira do Serrado. From this viewpoint, look out over the remote mountain village of Curral das Freiras, framed by sweeping valleys and jagged peaks. Breathe in the fresh, crisp air and browse for souvenirs in the nearby local craft shop. Your final stop is at Pico dos Barcelos to take in those last dreamy views before making your way back to Funchal.... More details

Duration: Half Day takes 3.5hrs

Adult: £35.00

Child: £18.00
(2- 12)

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3. Botanical Beauty & Cable Car

  • Walking: Moderate
  • Scenic Tour

Your morning starts at Funchal’s Farmer’s Market, where stalls groan under the weight of fruits, vegetables and fragrant blooms. Then take a ride through the hills of Funchal and clap eyes on the greenery that gives Madeira its name ‘The Floating Garden’. Once you get to the Botanical Gardens you’ll get some time to yourself to walk the terraces that climb from 200 to 300 metres. Explore the paths that wind between dragon and coral trees, and see all those beautiful flowers that have been brought here from around the world. Set some time aside for the views, too – the city of Funchal stretches out far below you. When you’re done there, take an exhilarating cable car ride to the village of Monte. Perched high up on a hill, its landmark is a little church whose twin towers spear the skyline. After you’ve had a chance to explore, it’s time to head back to Funchal by coach, polishing off your trip with a visit to one of Madeira’s finest wine cellars.... More details

Duration: Half Day takes 4.5hrs

Adult: £38.00

Child: £20.00
(2- 12)

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4. Funchal 4X4 Expedition

  • Walking: Moderate
  • Scenic Tour
  • Limited Spaces

Jump in, buckle up and get ready to see some of Madeira’s most impressive scenery. These vehicles can reach locations that are off limits to most so you can go off the beaten track and get to know the island inside out. Climbing high into the mountains, explore hidden valleys and dramatic volcanic landscapes. It’s a great day out for all the family as up to 8 people can fit in together.... More details

Duration: Half Day takes 4hrs

Adult: £46.00

Child: £28.00
(2- 12)

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5. Levada Walk

  • Walking: Active
  • Scenic Tour
  • Limited Spaces

One of the best ways to discover this lush island is by lacing up your walking boots and exploring on foot. The island has got a unique watering network and its water channels are called 'Levadas'. Take a guided walk along a footpath that runs beside these channels that carry water from high up mountains down to the fields and villages below. After about an hour’s walk you’ll stop for refreshments. Then, if you wish to continue, you can carry on along the levadas for another 50 minutes. Afterwards, drive to the village of Camacha, famous for its wickerwork. After a look around here, it’s time to return to Funchal for a spot of wine-tasting before heading back to the ship.... More details

Duration: Half Day takes 4hrs

Adult: £28.00

Child: £18.00
(2- 12)

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6. Tukxi At The Heart Of Funchal

  • Walking: Easy
  • Scenic Tour
  • Limited Spaces

This tour whisks you around Funchal in the back of a tuk tuk-like three-wheeler. You’ll buzz through the city’s streets, making pit-stops at places like the 17th-century São Tiago Fort, and the monochrome São Pedro Church. The route also takes you through the labyrinthine lanes of the Old Town, past the flower-sellers and greengrocers that line up in its marketplaces. Plus, there’s a stop at the Socorro Viewpoint, where you’ll be faced with a spectacular panoramic view of the coast. One of the last places on the day’s itinerary is another fortress – this time, São Lourenço. It’s the island’s earliest, and is now classified as a National Monument. Later on, you’ll take a scenic drive back to the port to rejoin the cruise.... More details

Duration: Half Day takes 1.5hrs

Adult: £54.00

Child: £54.00
(2- 12)

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7. Viewpoints & Surroundings Of Funchal By Sidecar

  • Walking: Moderate
  • Scenic Tour
  • Limited Spaces

This ticket lets you sight-see Funchal from the vantage-point of an old-school sidecar. Your expert motorcycle driver will take you on a windy route through the Old Town’s narrow lanes first. You’ll spot the yachts and liners in the marina as you pass the seafront, plus there’ll be a photo stop at Pináculo, a lovely cliffside viewpoint that opens up cinematic vistas of the island’s southern shoreline. Ponta do Garajau is also on the cards – it’s a 180-metre-high cape topped with a huge Christ The Redeemer-like statue, which is actually older than Brazil’s famous monument. The views from up here are spectacular, and you might even catch a glimpse of the whales, dolphins, and seals that call the coastal waters home.... More details

Duration: Half Day takes 2hrs

Adult: £90.00

Child: £90.00
(2- 12)

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8. Funchal Bike Tour

  • Walking: Active
  • Scenic Tour
  • Limited Spaces

You’ll get a close-up look at the spectacular beauty of Madeira on two wheels on this trip. To begin with, you’ll ride your bicycle to one of Funchal’s prettiest parks, Santa Catarina. From here, you’ll take the coastal road to the red-roofed village of Camara de Lobos. Nestled beneath one of the world’s highest coastal cliffs, this pretty place so beguiled Winston Churchill so much, he painted several watercolours here. After spending some time enjoying your surroundings, you’ll ride back to Funchal, following the seafront to Sao Tigao fortress to take photos of its yellow-painted ramparts. This fort was built in the 17th century to keep pirates at bay. Next, you’ll head into old Funchal, trundling along its alleyways and past its many parks, which are infused with the scents and colours of jasmine, bougainvillaea and other exotic species. Finally, you’ll visit the Mercado dos Lavradores, a covered market overflowing with fresh fruit, veg and flowers. Browse the stalls, relax over a coffee or explore the old town some more before heading back.... More details

Duration: Half Day takes 4-5hrs

Adult: £36.00

Child: £36.00
(10- 12)

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