The island of Madeira off Portugal's mainland and some 400km from the Spanish islands of the Canaries, off the north western coast of Africa, offers expansive opportunities as a vacation destination. From lush green valleys, to spectacular cliffs and a rugged coastline, and bustling towns, this island has it all. Funchal has the largest population outside of Portugal mainland and has a unique location on the island: a natural "amphitheater" surrounds the city, with gentle slopes beginning at the harbor and rising almost 1200 meters. Spend your days exploring the island with shared guided tours of your choice - from a city discovery, to an exploration of the coastline, gain an insight into island cottage industries, be impressed by the wonderful botanical gardens and experience traditional Portuguese island cuisine as you soak in the atmosphere of local folklore group. Consider extending your stay on the island and incorporating more active or wellness activities - the island lends itself perfectly to both options.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Enjoy a private airport transfer in a chauffeur driven vehicle.
Enjoy a half day tour of Funchal with a private vehicle and driver. You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to your first destination- the Cathedral and the old part of town. Afterwards visit the farmers market, where a large variety of regional fish, fruit, vegetables and flowers are on display. Continue your tour with a visit to an embroidery factory and enjoy a tasting of Madeira Wine. Your final stop is at the Botanical Gardens, where you can enjoy specimens of all indigenous and endemic plants, as well as a magnificent view over Funchal. This tour does not include any entrance fees.
Visit breath taking Pico do Arieiro, the second highest hill in Madeira. The shared tour will continue to Ribeiro Frio, and the noted trout hatchery, Santana home to the “A” framed cottages. On the way, stop for lunch in a local restaurant. Following the stunning north coast, visit Porto da Cruz, Portela and its dramatic stunning views where the discoverers first landed. See Camacha, home to the famous wickerwork warehouse and then return back to Funchal.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.
Have a nice dinner in a typical restaurant enjoying the delight of Madeiran cusine and the company of your shared group. Experience the culinary delights of Espetada, marinated beef cooked over the open fire on a laurel skewer, Milho Frito, delicious golden fried maize or even the mouth watering homemade garlic bread Bolo do Caco. Put these together with wine and energetic entertainment by a local Folklore group and be assured of a very enjoyable evening out. A taxi can be aranged by your hotel concierge or alternatively, if you would like a private car and driver to be arranged, please speak with your Sales Advisor.
On this shared excursion of the Island, visit Cabo Girão, the second highest cliff in the world, as well as Camara de Lobos & Ribeira Brava. Then, travel up through a lush valley region to the mountain pass of Encumeada at 1007 m, with a wonderful view over the north and south coast. Next, descend to the north coast. In Porto Moniz, enjoy lunch in a nice restaurant. After passing through São Vicente & Seixal, you'll be returned back to Funchal.
Pestana Bay has a magnificent view over the Atlantic Ocean and direct access to the beach. The Pestana Bay is one of the best situated hotels in Madeira. Sitting over Praia Formosa, which is considered by many as one of the best beaches in Madeira, the hotel has a panoramic view of the mountain slope rising above Câmara de Lobos. Pestana Bay provides free transport service to Funchal town, where there are dozens of bars and restaurants. The air-conditioned rooms at Pestana Bay include furnished balconies with ocean views and well-equipped kitchenettes. All rooms include cable TVs and a colourful bathroom with shower and bath. This hotel was named as the only Portuguese hotel group in the European Top 50, and has received the Environmental Quality Certificate.
Vanessa Oquendo ,
April 21, 2014
"Melissa Field was extremely helpful! She was courteous, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! She kept me updated on the status of everything and provided timely correspondence. She took ownership for any problems I had and remedied them. I had the most amazing time of my life in Iceland and Paris! I would not have experienced everything without the help of Kensington Tours."
Marilynn Weaver ,
April 21, 2014
"All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!"
Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
Coby Scherr ,
November 05, 2013
"Everyone involved in our Portugal trip made it terrific. Exactly as advertised. Every event on time and most pleasant. Guides were well-informed, courteous and friendly. Really made for a great journey every time. Each hotel was clean, upgraded and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly folks. Breakfasts were complete -- almost too much to eat. It will always be a wonderful memory thanks to Kensington Tours."
Couples Dellinger & Hubbell ,
November 06, 2013
"We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back."
John Edstrom ,
October 22, 2013
"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
Kevin Wilshere ,
October 19, 2013
"Great trip to Spain! Thanks again for all your help, Lianne. The destinations, hotels, guides and everything were all top notch."
Chery Westlund ,
November 07, 2013
"My husband and I took a 3 week vacation to southern Europe and North Africa and had a great time. All the guides were very knowledgeable and bent over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangements made by Kensington went off without a hitch. This is our second trip with Kensington (we went to Peru in 2009) and we will certainly book with them again."
Randy Gramlich ,
October 07, 2013
"Thank you for your follow up, we both loved our time in Croatia. It’s really a beautiful place, especially the coast. Your choice of hotels was great. It was an incredible view from the Bellevue hotel in Dubrovnik and the Vestibule in Split was in the best possible location. We were able to relax in our room listening to the wonderful singers in the courtyard and its central location made it so easy to walk anywhere we wanted to see with ease. "
Jay Steffan ,
September 24, 2013
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We traveled to Croatia and Slovenia using Kensington earlier this year which was a fantastic trip."
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