MADEIRA – A 10 DAY ACTIVITY BASED EXPERIENCE

Madeira, the “floating garden” or the “pearl of the Atlantic”, is a unique sub-tropical paradise in the Atlantic Ocean with dramatic and breath-taking scenery (57 kilometres long / 22 kilometres wide). Its mild climate, average temperatures of 25ºC in the summer and 17ºC in the winter, make it the ideal island for a relaxing or active break at any time of the year. Madeira’s lush vegetation hides the fascinating indigenous Laurel Forest, a UNESCO’s Natural World Heritage Site since 1999.

Diving, surfing, canyoning, hiking in the mountains or walking by the sea are activities that await you on this Atlantic island. Swimming in the ocean or in natural rock pools, strolling through colourful gardens, tasting the well known Madeira fortified Wine and sampling the traditional gastronomy will give you complete picture of this great experiential island.

Explore the narrow traffic free street of the capital city – Funchal. Find and enjoy the Farmer’s Market which best demonstrates the amazing variety of ‘home grown’ fruit and vegetables this island produces.

Day 1.

Arrival at Funchal International Airport.

Private transfer to your chosen hotel, check-in, leisure time.

Dinner at the hotel.

Day 2.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Boat Trip – Cetaceans Watching. (approx. 2 or 3 hours – Regular or Private Tour)

Set out in a boat trip to discover our dolphins and whales in their natural habitat.

Accompanied by marine biologists you are sure to learn about the different species within our waters.

Lunch at Palheiro Golf Club or Casa Velha do Palheiro.

Botanical Tour – Palheiro Gardens.

The Blandy Estate is one of the largest private gardens in Europe with a varied array of plants and flowers. Although Madeira’s mild climate and rich volcanic soil are ideal for flowers, there is a certain amount of seasonal variation, and some times of the year are more colourful than others in these gardens.

Traditional Dinner in a local restaurant outside the town.

An informal evening spent in one of the local restaurants. Enjoy the ‘Espetada’, a regional dish, the delicious grilled beef marinated in garlic and bay leaves and served on a 3 foot skewer, whilst entertained by the Madeiran folk dancers in their bright traditional costumes.

Transfer to the hotel.

Day 3.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Walking Tour of your choise, eg: Queimadas-Caldeirão Verde (FULL DAY).

Along this path one has spectacular views over the villages far bellow of S. Jorge and Santana whilst walking amongst the Laruissilva forest. The source of this levada is a beautiful waterfall known as the Green Cauldron ‘Caldeiraõ Verde’. Here we stop to relax and enjoy the enchanting beauty the island has to offer. Walking boots or shoes and waterproof jacket are essential. It is advisable to take a bottle of water, light snacks and fruit. Torches are available whenever necessary. Distance: 13 kilometres | Duration: 4.5 hours |Grade: 3 – Moderate.

Dinner in a restaurant at the Old Town.

Day 4.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Jeep Tour to the West (FULL DAY).

The tour takes in the western side of the island, the most dramatic and breathtaking scenery. Pass by the fishing village of Câmara de Lobos and Cabo Girão – the highest sea cliff in Europe. Continue inland across the Paúl da Serra plateau towards Porto Moniz, the north westernmost point of Madeira, with its natural rock pools, where clients will have lunch by the sea.On our return back to the south coast, we drive along the north coastal road where waterfalls cascade down the rock face. We pass by the village of S.Vicente, and stop at a local bar to try Poncha (rum, lemon, honey) in the valley of Serra d’Água.Dinner at a Michelin Star Hotel.Dinner at the 2* Michelin Restaurant ‘Il Galo d’Oro’ at the Cliff Bay Hotel.The Il Gallo d’Oro restaurant, awarded with 2 Michelin Star, is renowned for the sophistication of its aromatic Mediterranean and Iberian cuisine. For Chef Benoît Sinthon the fresh products from the island of Madeira combined with high quality products from various regions of the Iberian Peninsula play a key role in culinary creations. Dress code: jacket or tie recommended. Shorts, jeans or tennis are not allowed.

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Dinner at the 1* Michelin Restaurant ‘William’, at the Belmond Reid’s Palace Hotel. Named after visionary founder of Belmond Reid’s Palace, Mr. William Reid, William Restaurant is a destination in its own right. With a menu that celebrates the finest produce from the island, anticipate seasonal dishes of the highest quality. Savour Chef Luís Pestana’s innovative creations alongside panoramic views of the dramatic Funchal coastline. Dress code: jacket or tie recommended. Shorts, jeans or tennis are not allowed. The restaurant welcomes children from the ages of 7 onwards.

Transfer to the hotel.

Day 5.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Bird Watching (FULL DAY).

The tour is especially dedicated to the endemic species and subspecies of Madeira as pigeon Columba trocaz, the Madeira Firecrest Regulus madeirensis and Berthelots Pipit Anthus berthelotti madeirensis. Besides the unique experience with the local species and depending on the season you are visiting Madeira Island, you will experience the magnificent view to the central mountain massif and the island native forest.

Dinner at the hotel or in a suggested restaurant.

Day 6.            

Breakfast at the hotel.

Yacht Trip (FULL DAY): including visit to the vineyards and lunch at Fajã dos Padres.

Enjoy a fish lunch at this unique and exceptional place by the sea, before visiting the property with its banana plantation, vineyard (Malvasia Candida – the 1st to be planted in Madeira in the XV century) and exquisite sub-tropical fruit trees.

Weather permitting, you may venture on a swim in the Atlantic.

Dinner at the hotel.

Day 7.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Canyoning Level I (FULL DAY).

This is a sport where the participants can breathe nature, feel the adventure and have a wonderful experience, all at the same time. Madeira Island is one of the best places of the World to enjoy this wonderful experience, because of his luxurious forest and deep canyons.

Dinner at Câmara de Lobos – local fish restaurant.

Reflecting the best traditions of preparing fresh fish by the sea, ‘Vila do Peixe’ is a true Fish Steakhouse. Using only really fresh fish, the fish is grilled in a simple way (with thick salt), taking only a final touch of seasoning that is the secret of the house. Transfer to the hotel.

Day 8.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Side Car Tour (HALF DAY).

Explore Madeira and its spectacular beauty on board one of our professionally driven side cars. Choose between East or West of the city of Funchal.

(Personalized tours available).

Lunch at the seafront of Funchal.

In the afternoon enjoy a ride up to Monte Village in a cable car, and experience a ride in a wicker toboggan.

Dinner at an old fort, transfer by vintage car. 3 course dinner with drinks included (wine, water, soft drinks, beer and coffee). The Fortress of São Tiago was built in the middle of the XVII century as one of the city defences. The Fort Restaurant gives you the opportunity to enjoy a dinner in a unique environment with an amazing atmosphere.

Transfer to the hotel.

Day 9.          

Breakfast at the hotel.

Mountain Bike Ride in BTT (FULL DAY).

This tour starts at the second highest mountain on Madeira Island, Pico do Arieiro at 1818 meters, surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Along the way will pass through the Natural Park of the “Montado do Pereiro”, will cross the “Levada of Serra do Faial” located in “Camacha”. This tour ends in the village of “Santo da Serra”.

Included: bike, transfer, helmet and snacks.

Dinner at the hotel or watch the sunset and dine by a pebble beach.

Day 10.          

Breakfast at the hotel, check-out.

Private transfer to the airport.

This sample programme can be altered in length and activity to suit your clients.

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