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Magical Madeira: The Floating Garden in the Atlantic

  • Funchal Baía, Madeira

    Madeira
  • Santo Amaro, Madeira. Photo ©Rui Cunha

    Santo Amaro, Madeira. Photo ©Rui Cunha
  • Monte Palace Gardens, Madeira ©Turismo da Madeira

    Madeira
  • Landscape, Madeira. Photo (C) Jose Manuel

    Landscape, Madeira. Photo (C) Jose Manuel
  • Hotel in Funchal, Madeira Island. Photo by João Paulo

    Hotel in Funchal, Madeira Island. Photo by João Paulo
5 day tour
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Madeira: natural beauty, dramatic scenery and botanical wonders

The island of Madeira located off the northwest coast of Africa and  is known for its namesake wine and warm, subtropical climate. The main island of Madeira is volcanic, green and rugged, with high cliffs, pebbly beaches and is perfect to explore or just sit back and enjoy the tranquility of this Archipelago.

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Madeira, Floating Garden of the Atlantic

The subtropical island of Madeira is often referred to as the ‘Floating Garden of the Atlantic’. During your stay, luxuriate in the island’s climate.  Because of the mild conditions, there is a plethora flora and fauna to enjoy.  Visit the Botanical Gardens where bold colours and aromas permeate every inch of space.  More than 2000 plants flourish and there is also a garden for exotic and rare birds. Madeira is full of wonderful natural areas and the fabulous seascapes of the north and south of the Island is somewhere to explore. It is impossible to describe the wonderful feeling provided by the contrast between the serenity of south sea and the rough sea of the north. In this gorgeous but windy zone you can discover and enjoy beautiful samples of unique fauna and flora species. Also, there are curious rock formations, resulting of the volcanic origin of the island.

Europe’s most picturesque and cleanest capital; Funchal

Furthermore, the capital city, Funchal, is abundant in history and stunning architecture.  Enjoy some sightseeing and explore the vibrant and colourful farmers markets.  Within this riot of colour, women in traditional folk dress sell cut flowers and an array of exotic and obscure fruits.  Meander past stalls in the city’s art deco trading hub.  Then wander to Sé, Madeira’s church.  From the outside, the tower dominates the skyline, although the church is modest in size.  Inside, admire the intricately carved ceilings and the alter depicting the Passion of Christ and the Virgin Mary’s life.

Madeira is a magnificent and magical place.  Between the charms of Funchal and the glorious gardens, you have all the ingredients for a memorable holiday.


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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1

Travel to Madeira

Fly to Madeira where you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel for the next five nights.

Day 2

Funchal sightseeing

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore the island’s picturesque capital city of Funchal, one of the safest and cleanest cities in Europe. Wander around the old town with its port and promenade and narrow winding, cobbled streets. The Farmers’ Market or ‘Mercado dos Lavradores’, overflows with colour, aroma, sound and tradition. Keep an eye open for the calçada – patterned mosaic pavements. Discover the history of the island at the Madeira Story Centre and see the centuries-old Funchal Cathedral, notable for its carved wooden ceiling. In the evening, enjoy  a typical dinner accompanied by 2 live music shows – fado and folk music.

Day 3

Gardens of Madeira

Your morning will start with a visit to one of the most beautiful gardens of the region, with an amazing view over the city of Funchal. It is located in one of the most peculiar “quinta” of the city that dates from 1881 when the Reid family decide to create a garden as their own private park. Today the property is open to public. After lunch, our paths through the gardens will continue and we will take you to visit a tropical garden. In this visit, stroll along the walkways of the garden, venturing through its exuberant vegetation, in contrast with the vast range of colours of the flowers, with the bay of Funchal as a backdrop, will be an unforgettable experience.

Day 4

The Volcanic Caves and Madeira Wine

Today we will take you to visit the north coast of the island. Our visit will start in the volcanic caves. The volcanic caves allow you to get to know the interior of the island and the volcanic eruption that was the base of its origin. After this visit back from the origins of the Madeira island, relax and enjoy your lunch in a typical restaurant. Then, visit the cellars and taste Madeira Wine or make your own Poncha.

Day 5

Madeira’s Natural Park

After breakfast we will take you to the very east point of the island.
Along the way, you can marvel yourself with the fabulous seascapes of the north and south of the Island. It is impossible to describe the wonderful feeling provided by the contrast between the serenity of south sea and the rough sea of the north. In this gorgeous but windy zone you can discover and enjoy beautiful samples of unique fauna and flora species. After a few kms, go down to the sea and enjoy the quiet and freshness of the turquoise sea of the south.
The return is done by boat to the bus, where you will be able to admire inside of the caves all the wildlife that nests on this rock formation.

Day 6

Return to the UK

It’s time to transfer back to the airport for the flight back to the UK.


We have a selection of hotels which will suit every group and budget


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5 nights 
2021 dates Prices on request
All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with one free place in a single room, based on a minimum 25 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include UK coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Greatdays Holidays Limited is a member of ABTA (Y0380) which means you have the benefit of ABTA's assistance and Code of Conduct. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. Greatdays Holidays Limited has an ATOL licence (4279) and all of our air package tours are protected under this licence. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the Civil Aviation Authority will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any monies you have paid to us for an advance booking. All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this tour are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate. Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if invalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at info@greatdays.co.uk

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