A sojourn on the sub-tropical garden isle, including two garden tours and an island tour
Funchal - 4 nights
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.
Cultural Short Break
Jules Verne Sightseeing
Local Expert Guide
Historic Hotel Option
Group Size: 2 – 25
Day 1 Fly from Gatwick to Funchal and transfer to your chosen hotel for four nights.
Day 2 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 3 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 4 Day at leisure or optional excursion to Nun's Valley and Monte (bookable locally approximately £25). (B)
Day 5 Return flight or extend your stay. (B)
A 4-star hotel located a short walk from Funchal’s promenade and 2 kilometres from the centre. Restaurant, bars, gym, sauna, garden with pools and WiFi (free). 134 spacious rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and balcony or terrace. Standard rooms and sea view rooms both have a ceiling fan.
A 4-star hotel, overlooking the old town of Funchal, this manor house was originally built in 1834. Conservatory, dining room, bar, pool, jacuzzi, sauna, gardens, WiFi (free) and 64 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, mini-bar and TV.
Situated in semi-tropical gardens on a dramatic cliff-top setting, this world famous hotel, previously known as the 5-star Orient-Express hotel was built at the end of the 19th century. Restaurants, bar, spa, outdoor pools, tennis, gym, library, shop, WiFi (free) and 158 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar (complimentary water and soft drinks), satellite TV and balcony. A credit towards a Spa treatment is included for VJV clients. Larger superior rooms with balcony/patio are available.
per person in a twin/double room - Hotel Girassol
easyJet from Gatwick
Supplements per person
Single supplement £110
Sea view £49
Half Board £80
Hotel Quinta Bela Sao Tiago £125
Single supplement £195
Sea view £125 (Nov £95)
Half Board £140
Belmond Reid's Palace £625
Single supplement £825
Half Board £300
British Airways from Gatwick £50
Extra Nights - Hotel Girassol
(per night) £45
Single supplement £28
Sea view £12
Extra Nights - Hotel Quinta Bela Sao Tiago
(per night) £80 (Nov £55)
Single supplement £47 (£59)
Sea view £32 (Nov £24)
Extra Nights - Belmond Reid's Palace
(per night) £195 (Nov £165)
Single supplement £195 (Nov £165)
Arrival or departure transfer add £30
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 4 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 lunch, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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