• Explore the history and culture of Madeira from a base in Funchal, capital of the archipelago
• Visit Blandy’s garden at Quinta do Palheiro Ferreiro, with a variety of exotic flowers, oaks and chestnuts and different species of flora native to Madeira
• Discover Madeira’s local wines with a cellar tour and tasting
Martin Symington, BA, is a travel journalist and is the author of the Dorling Kindersley guidebook to Portugal and the AA Essential Guide to Portugal.
Depart London Gatwick 1235 on British Airways, arriving Funchal 1625. Transfer to Vidamar Resort for six nights. Welcome and introduction.
Morning: Funchal market, Fortaleza de São Tiago (17th century fort housing a contemporary art museum), São João Evangelist Church and São Pedro Church. Afternoon: Palácio de São Lourenço (state residence) and Blandy’s Wine Lodge (guided tour and tasting).
Morning excursion to Monte: Church of Nossa Senhora do Monte (burial place of last emperor of Austria), Monte Palace Tropical Garden (seven hectares of tropical gardens including orchids, proteas, ferns). Some free time. Evening talk.
Over Encumeada Pass (3000 feet) to São Vicente (one of Madeira’s prettiest villages) and Porto Moniz (natural rock pools). Afternoon: over Paul da Serra (high plateau) to Calheta for Centro das Artes Casa das Mudas (gallery housed in striking modern museum).
Morning: Quinta das Cruzes (manor with museum, fine gardens, orchid house), House-Museum of Frederico de Freitas and Sugar Museum. Free afternoon followed by evening talk.
Morning: Quinta do Palheiro Ferreiro (Blandy family gardens with oaks and chestnuts alongside semi-tropical plants). Afternoon: views over Curral das Freiras (panoramic mountain village).
Depart Funchal 1210, arriving Gatwick 1545.
15 Jun — 21 Jun 2020
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“This was an excellent tour – in fact one of, if not the, best tours we have been on with ACE. The excursions to the western side of Madeira and to Curral das Freiras were both spectacular and memorable”
“It was my first time in Madeira and I just loved the place. There was a good balance of visits and excursions”
ACE customers on previous Madeira: Pearl of the Atlantic tour with Martin Symington
This is one of ACE’s more strenuous tours, and will involve a significant amount of walking, including over uneven ground and through steep gardens. It is important that participants have a good level of fitness.
For customers happy to organise their own flights or travel arrangements, we are happy to offer a reduction of:
Cost of £1895 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, one lunch, dinner with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £240.