A Slice of Madeira - Festival Departure

A sojourn on the sub-tropical garden isle, including two garden tours and an island tour

Offering contrasting landscapes, an abundance of flora and fauna, a temperate climate, an absorbing history and just a short flight from the UK, Madeira is a unique sub-tropical paradise in the Atlantic Ocean. Distinctly Portuguese yet with a traditional English influence, the island is perfect for a relaxing break and exploration.

Stay in Funchal, where architecture and nature are charmingly combined, surrounded by cliffs to the east and west, and steep green mountains to the north. The city’s streets are paved with black and white mosaics and lined by blue-flowered jacaranda trees, making it an ideal city for a delightful stroll.

May 4 and part of May 18 coincides with the Madeira Flower Festival. Appreciate the magnificence of this annual festival, centred around the city with flower carpets in the streets, folklore performances, flower shows and classical music concerts. Includes a seat at the flower parade.

Key Features

Cultural Short Break

Jules Verne Sightseeing

Local Expert Guide

Historic Hotel Option

Guaranteed Departure

Group Size: 2 - 25


Special Event

A Taste of Madeira

Includes a short tour of Funchal followed by a visit to a Madeira wine cellar with a complimentary tasting and a visit to the Fabrica de San Antonio with a tasting of the local produce which could include cakes, biscuits and the well known Madeira honey cake – bolo del mel (molasses cake).

Day 1 Fly from Gatwick to Funchal and transfer to your chosen hotel for five nights.

Day 2 Morning at leisure to enjoy the flower festival festivities. In the afternoon enjoy the Festival Parade (with seat included). (B)

Day 3 A full-day excursion exploring the charming valleys and villages on the eastern corner of the island and the dramatic scenery on the northwest coast. (B, L)

Day 4 In the morning, 'A Taste of Madeira'. Afternoon visit to the Blandy family-owned Quinta do Palheiro gardens, one of Europe's largest private gardens. Visit the Monte Palace Tropical Gardens, voted by Condé Nast as one of the world's most beautiful tropical gardens. (B)

Day 5 Day at leisure or optional excursion to Nun's Valley and Monte (bookable locally). (B)

Day 6 Return flight or extend your stay. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner


per person in a twin/double room - Hotel Girassol
easyJet from Gatwick

Date Price
May 4 £925

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £135

Accommodation Upgrades

Hotel Girassol 
Sea view £55 
Half Board £100

Hotel Quinta Bela Sao Tiago £145
Single supplement £225
Sea view £145
Half Board £175

Castanheiro Boutique £145
Single supplement £295

Belmond Reid's Palace £695
Single supplement £895
Half Board £375

Flight Options

British Airways from Gatwick £50 

Extension Options

Extension - Santana 
Hotel Quinta do Furão
3 nights £365
Single supplement £120
Half board £85

Extra Nights - Hotel Girassol
(per night) £40
Single supplement £28
Sea view £12 

Extra Nights - Hotel Quinta Bela Sao Tiago 
(per night) £80 
Single supplement £47
Sea view  £32 

Extra Nights - Castanheiro Boutique
(per night) £60 
Single supplement £50

Extra Nights - Belmond Reid's Palace
(per night) £185 
Single supplement £180

Privately Guided

Add £125 per person

Independent Arrival

Save £200 
Arrival transfer £30
Departure transfer £30

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 5 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 lunch, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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