Madeira is one of the world's most enchanting and picturesque destinations, and this introductory tour is a fantastic way to see the main highlights across the whole of the island, beyond just Funchal. Enjoy a leisurely paced tour over seven nights, with immersive activities ranging from a Poncha workshop to wine tasting. Sprawling green landscapes have earned Madeira the nickname 'the floating garden of the Atlantic' — head out on a Levada walk and visit the world-famous Botanical Garden to see why. And finish the tour with a magical afternoon tea experience at the luxurious Belmond Reid's Palace.

• Funchal: 7 nights

7nights Escorted Small Group Tour

Madeira is one of the world's most enchanting and picturesque destinations, and this introductory tour is a fantastic way to see the main highlights across the whole of the island, beyond just Funchal. Enjoy a leisurely paced tour over seven nights, with immersive activities ranging from a Poncha workshop to wine tasting. Sprawling green landscapes have earned Madeira the nickname 'the floating garden of the Atlantic' — head out on a Levada walk and visit the world-famous Botanical Garden to see why. And finish the tour with a magical afternoon tea experience at the luxurious Belmond Reid's Palace.

• Funchal: 7 nights

7nights Escorted Small Group Tour
 
 
ITINERARY

Day 1: UK to Funchal Depart from the UK on your flight to Funchal, Madeira’s beautiful capital. Transfer to your hotel for seven nights, and enjoy a delicious welcome dinner with your guide plus a short briefing of your itinerary. Stay: Castanheiro Boutique Hotel (or similar). D.

Day 2: Funchal After breakfast, head to Funchal for a short guided walking tour of its narrow cobblestone streets. Take the 15-minute cable car ride up to the small village of Monte, 550 metres above Funchal and providing 360º panoramic views of the city and sea. From here you’ll have the chance to take the famous wicker basket toboggan run back down to Funchal, gliding through the streets on wooden runners. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the beautiful Madeira Botanical Garden — this is a real highlight and the most iconic garden on the island, home to more than 2000 exotic plants and beautifully colour-coordinated plants with vivid shades of red, green and yellow. Here you'll enjoy wonderful views over the mountains in the north and the ocean in the south, before returning to your hotel for some free time in the evening to check out local restaurants and bars. Stay: Castanheiro Boutique Hotel (or similar) B, L.

Day 3: Funchal Today you'll be touring the picturesque west part of the island. Visit Câmara de Lobos, a quaint fishing town known for its white-washed buildings with terracotta roofs, colourful fishing boats and pretty bay which inspired artists and former British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill with their paintings. Continue to Cabo Girão, one of Europe’s highest cliffs with spectacular panoramic views, stop at Encumeada to soak up incredible sights of both south and north coasts at the same time, and discover Paúl da Serra — this 1400-metre-high plateau has phenomenal views over the valleys and mountains. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant which will most likely be in the small village of Porto Moniz on the north-west coast – famous for its volcanic swimming pools and captivating scenery. On the way back you'll pass the northern coastal towns of Seixal and São Vicente before finishing back at your hotel, with free time to head out for dinner. Stay: Castanheiro Boutique Hotel (or similar). B, L.

Day 4: Funchal Begin your day with a half-day Levada walk and discover some of the island’s most stunning countryside. Levadas are mini-canals which are used as irrigation systems to distribute water from heavy rainfall from the wet northern regions down to the drier southern regions. A local professional mountain guide will escort you on this easy, flat walking tour (approx. 2½ hours) as you follow winding paths and pretty mountain trails through the Serra de Àgua Valley. Admire magnificent mountain, valley and sea views along the way as you stop at viewpoints overlooking the south coast, Encumeada, Ribeira Brava and Campanário. You'll return to your hotel for some free time before an evening of authentic Madeiran culture; enjoy a typical meal with dishes including espetada, a classic local dish of skewered chicken or beef rubbed in garlic and salt, and bolo do caco, a flat circular bread traditionally cooked on a basalt stone slab and served with garlic butter, before watching a live folklore dance performance. Stay: Castanheiro Boutique Hotel (or similar). B, D.

Day 5: Funchal You'll start today with a guided tour of the eastern part of the island, with some fascinating places in store. Visit Camacha, a small village which is the hub of Madeira's willow craft industry and produces everything from baskets and hats to furniture and wine holders. Visit Pico de Arieiro, Madeira's third highest peak which peeps up through the clouds and has sweeping mountain views, explore a trout hatchery in Ribeiro Frio and discover the beguiling bungalow cottages in Santana with their red and white façades, painted blue frames and thatched roofs. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before experiencing a Poncha Workshop, where you'll learn how to make Madeira's traditional sugar cane-based alcoholic drink. On the way back you'll pass the famous Portela viewpoint, the eastern-most peninsula of Ponta de São Lourenço and the coastal province of Machico, before having free time to unwind in the evening. Stay: Castanheiro Boutique Hotel (or similar). B, L.

Day 6: Funchal
Enjoy a Madeira Embroidery Workshop at a local factory, where you'll have the chance to learn about elements including the pattern design and cutting process. Head back to your hotel for free time and lunch, before spending the afternoon at the renowned Blandy’s Wine Lodge, just a 5-minute stroll away. This is another top highlight where you can explore 200 years of Madeira winemaking — learn all about processes including the making of the barrels, ageing and storage, before ending the tour with a visit to the museum and a lovely wine tasting session. Return to your hotel for dinner. Stay: Castanheiro Boutique Hotel (or similar). B, D.

Day 7: Funchal Today you'll have the morning off, giving you the opportunity to explore more of Funchal and indulge in a spot of souvenir shopping. The real pièce de résistance is this afternoon, when you'll meet with your guide for a visit to the incredible five-star Belmond Reid’s Palace for their world-famous afternoon tea. Tuck into tempting finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and home-made pastries accompanied by a choice of loose leaf teas, from the comfort of the spectacular sea-view terrace — the perfect way to end your Madeira adventure in style. Stay: Castanheiro Boutique Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 8: Funchal Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. B.

Day 1: UK to Funchal Depart from the UK on your flight to Funchal, Madeira’s beautiful capital. Transfer to your hotel for seven nights, and enjoy a delicious welcome dinner with your guide plus a short briefing of your itinerary. Stay: Castanheiro Boutique Hotel (or similar). D.

Day 2: Funchal After breakfast, head to Funchal for a short guided walking tour of its narrow cobblestone streets. Take the 15-minute cable car ride up to the small village of Monte, 550 metres above Funchal and providing 360º panoramic views of the city and sea. From here you’ll have the chance to take the famous wicker basket toboggan run back down to Funchal, gliding through the streets on wooden runners. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the beautiful Madeira Botanical Garden — this is a real highlight and the most iconic garden on the island, home to more than 2000 exotic plants and beautifully colour-coordinated plants with vivid shades of red, green and yellow. Here you'll enjoy wonderful views over the mountains in the north and the ocean in the south, before returning to your hotel for some free time in the evening to check out local restaurants and bars. Stay: Castanheiro Boutique Hotel (or similar) B, L.

Day 3: Funchal Today you'll be touring the picturesque west part of the island. Visit Câmara de Lobos, a quaint fishing town known for its white-washed buildings with terracotta roofs, colourful fishing boats and pretty bay which inspired artists and former British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill with their paintings. Continue to Cabo Girão, one of Europe’s highest cliffs with spectacular panoramic views, stop at Encumeada to soak up incredible sights of both south and north coasts at the same time, and discover Paúl da Serra — this 1400-metre-high plateau has phenomenal views over the valleys and mountains. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant which will most likely be in the small village of Porto Moniz on the north-west coast – famous for its volcanic swimming pools and captivating scenery. On the way back you'll pass the northern coastal towns of Seixal and São Vicente before finishing back at your hotel, with free time to head out for dinner. Stay: Castanheiro Boutique Hotel (or similar). B, L.

Day 4: Funchal Begin your day with a half-day Levada walk and discover some of the island’s most stunning countryside. Levadas are mini-canals which are used as irrigation systems to distribute water from heavy rainfall from the wet northern regions down to the drier southern regions. A local professional mountain guide will escort you on this easy, flat walking tour (approx. 2½ hours) as you follow winding paths and pretty mountain trails through the Serra de Água Valley. Admire magnificent mountain, valley and sea views along the way as you stop at viewpoints overlooking the south coast, Encumeada, Ribeira Brava and Campanário. You'll return to your hotel for some free time before an evening of authentic Madeiran culture; enjoy a typical meal with dishes including espetada, a classic local dish of skewered chicken or beef rubbed in garlic and salt, and bolo do caco, a flat circular bread traditionally cooked on a basalt stone slab and served with garlic butter, before watching a live folklore dance performance. Stay: Castanheiro Boutique Hotel (or similar). B, D.

Day 5: Funchal You'll start today with a guided tour of the eastern part of the island, with some fascinating places in store. Visit Camacha, a small village which is the hub of Madeira's willow craft industry and produces everything from baskets and hats to furniture and wine holders. Visit Pico de Arieiro, Madeira's third highest peak which peeps up through the clouds and has sweeping mountain views, explore a trout hatchery in Ribeiro Frio and discover the beguiling bungalow cottages in Santana with their red and white façades, painted blue frames and thatched roofs. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before experiencing a Poncha workshop, where you'll learn how to make Madeira's traditional sugar cane-based alcoholic drink. On the way back you'll pass the famous Portela viewpoint, the eastern-most peninsula of Ponta de São Lourenço and the coastal province of Machico, before having free time to unwind in the evening. Stay: Castanheiro Boutique Hotel (or similar). B, L.

Day 6: Funchal
Enjoy a Madeira Embroidery Workshop at a local factory, where you'll have the chance to learn about elements including the pattern design and cutting process. Head back to your hotel for free time and lunch, before spending the afternoon at the renowned Blandy’s Wine Lodge, just a 5-minute stroll away. This is another top highlight where you can explore 200 years of Madeira winemaking — learn all about processes including the making of the barrels, ageing and storage, before ending the tour with a visit to the museum and a lovely wine tasting session. Return to your hotel for dinner. Stay: Castanheiro Boutique Hotel (or similar). B, D.

Day 7: Funchal Today you'll have the morning off, giving you the opportunity to explore more of Funchal and indulge in a spot of souvenir shopping. The real pièce de résistance is this afternoon, when you'll meet with your guide for a visit to the incredible five-star Belmond Reid’s Palace for their world-famous afternoon tea. Tuck into tempting finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and home-made pastries accompanied by a choice of loose leaf teas, from the comfort of the spectacular sea-view terrace — the perfect way to end your Madeira adventure in style. Stay: Castanheiro Boutique Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 8: Funchal Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. B.

ABOUT THIS TOUR

Is this for you?

Perfect if you're looking for a relaxing tour of Madeira's main highlights with the same base throughout. The itinerary focuses on the island's natural beauty and culture, with a great mix of sightseeing and local food and drink experiences.

Good to know

• For guests over 16

• Average group size of 10 guests
• A maximum of 18 guests

• Large buses cannot reach Castanheiro Boutique Hotel entrance, so you will be dropped as close as possible to the hotel (approx. 5 minutes' walking distance)

• Journey times do not take into account stops or local traffic conditions.

What to expect

• Local culinary and cultural experiences

• The opportunity to dine at local restaurants

• Sightseeing at a leisurely pace and a gentle 2½-hour walk

• Short transfer times and no early mornings or late nights

• Stay in just one place and explore the region without moving around each night

• A relaxed and intimate group environment.

Accommodation on tour

The chic and characterful Castanheiro Boutique Hotel is perfectly placed for exploring the historic city of Funchal. Housed within five heritage buildings, it's just a short stroll from a number of historical sites and fantastic restaurants. There is a sleek rooftop pool with incredible views of the coastal capital and an excellent Mediterranean restaurant with a charming courtyard.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £235.

Is this for you?

Perfect if you're looking for a relaxing tour of Madeira's main highlights with the same base throughout. The itinerary focuses on the island's natural beauty and culture, with a great mix of sightseeing and local food and drink experiences.

Good to know

• For guests over 16

• Average group size of 10 guests
• A maximum of 18 guests

• Large buses cannot reach Castanheiro Boutique Hotel entrance, so you will be dropped as close as possible to the hotel (approx. 5 minutes' walking distance)

• Journey times do not take into account stops or local traffic conditions.

What to expect

• Local culinary and cultural experiences

• The opportunity to dine at local restaurants

• Sightseeing at a leisurely pace and a gentle 2½-hour walk

• Short transfer times and no early mornings or late nights

• Stay in just one place and explore the region without moving around each night

• A relaxed and intimate group environment.

Accommodation on tour

The chic and characterful Castanheiro Boutique Hotel is perfectly placed for exploring the historic city of Funchal. Housed within five heritage buildings, it's just a short stroll from a number of historical sites and fantastic restaurants. There is a sleek rooftop pool with incredible views of the coastal capital and an excellent Mediterranean restaurant with a charming courtyard.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £235.

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2019 Jun 07; Sep 13; Oct 18

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• Hand-picked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• Small groups
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on a slightly different itinerary (activities not accompanied by a guide, some will be shared), departing on the date of your choice (subject to specific days of the week) from £899 per person, ref PT0022.

Tour dates

2020 May 22; Jun 12; Aug 28; Sep 11; Oct 16

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• Hand-picked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• Small groups
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on a slightly different itinerary (activities not accompanied by a guide, some will be shared), departing on the date of your choice (subject to specific days of the week) from £899 per person, ref PT0022.

Kuoni highlights

Madeira's natural beauty and culture provide the focus on this leisurely paced tour which captures the island's main highlights in seven days. You'll only need to unpack once and you can look forward to daily sightseeing and cultural experiences as well as some free time for independent exploration and the chance to check out local restaurants. And as a special treat, we've also included elegant afternoon tea at the five-star Belmond Reid's Palace.

Kuoni highlights

Madeira's natural beauty and culture provide the focus on this leisurely paced tour which captures the island's main highlights in seven days. You'll only need to unpack once and you can look forward to daily sightseeing and cultural experiences as well as some free time for independent exploration and the chance to check out local restaurants. And as a special treat, we've also included elegant afternoon tea at the five-star Belmond Reid's Palace.