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Madeira, the Pearl of the Atlantic

Experience more with so much included

  • Happy by day two or we'll bring you home with a full refund
  • Guided walking tour of the old town of picturesque Funchal, often called ‘Little Lisbon’
  • Enjoy a tasting of the delicious and world-famous Madeira wines
  • Visit to the beautiful Palheiro Gardens, featured in The Gardener’s Garden showcasing a collection of inspirational gardens
  • Visit to the mysterious Curral das Freiras or the 'Valley of the Nuns', and see why this was the ideal sanctuary for a convent of nuns
  • Visit to Câmara de Lobos, the inspiration for some of Sir Winston Churchill’s paintings
  • Guided visit of superb Monte Palace Tropical Gardens, where local flora species thrive alongside exotic blooms
  • Discover the eastern coast, seeing Ponta do Rosto the easternmost point; the UNESCO-listed Ribeiro Frio forest park; and Pico do Arieiro, Madeira’s third highest peak with astonishing views
  • Explore the western area of the island, including Cabo Girão, Europe’s highest cape at 580m; Porto Moniz with its natural rock pools; and the Bridal Veil, one of Madeira’s most famous waterfalls
  • Seven nights in four-star accommodation with breakfast including all local taxes
  • Four dinners at the hotel plus a choice to book a hotel dining package

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At a Glance
Daily breakfast & 4 dinners
7 nights in 4-star accommodation
Return flights & transfers
Programme of daily tours & visits
Dining option available
Expert tour manager
Checked Luggage


Madeira may be tiny, but this subtropical paradise offers world-renowned gardens, spectacular coastlines and jagged peaks, while picturesque Funchal boasts an architectural charm and rich maritime heritage to match the island’s natural splendour.

Rising from the ocean floor 600 miles southwest of Lisbon, Madeira is a subtropical paradise that captures the hearts of all who visit. Even the difficult-to-please Winston Churchill was seduced by its charms! The largest island in an archipelago, Madeira has a huge range of landscapes within its tiny surface area, just 35 miles long and 13 miles wide, from sunny beaches in the south to jagged peaks and cliffs in the north. Its topography – a mountainous backbone and plateau running along the centre, riven by steep valleys – was forged millions of years ago by intense volcanic activity.

With fertile volcanic soil, Madeira is a plant-lover’s dream with an enormous diversity species, from imported purple-blossomed jacaranda trees, orchids and bird of paradise plants to its native Laurisilva forest. So much flourishes here in its mild climate all year round, making it a superb destination through autumn and winter.

In legend, Madeira was one of the ‘Isles of the Blessed’, a winterless earthly realm inhabited by heroes of Greek mythology. But it was serendipity that led the Portuguese here in 1418 when João Gonçalves Zarco was blown off course and set eyes on Porto Santo, the northernmost island in the archipelago. A year later, Zarco returned to find another forested island, claiming it for Portugal and naming it Madère after the Portuguese word for wood. New settlers were delighted to discover that it was ideal for crops, including bananas, grapes and sugar cane, and virtually any spare patch of land is now cultivated, resulting in hillsides covered in terraced fields and levadas, or irrigation channels. The seafood, unsurprisingly, is exceptional and there is an abundance of fish to sample, from the ferocious-looking black scabbard fish to marlin and albacore tuna. Also popular are dishes such as espetada – beef marinated in Madeiran wine, then grilled over smouldering wood chips. Bolo de mel or honey cake is a traditional pastry locals insist should be torn into pieces by hand and never cut with a knife, while fried dough balls called malasadas are enjoyed on Mardi Gras, which is celebrated with gusto. Madeirans are devoutly Catholic, but they also enjoy a multitude of festa or festivals, many in honour of the island’s flora.

One of the wonders of visiting Madeira is that so much is packed in, from inspirational gardens to thundering waterfalls and from soaring peaks to the hidden Valley of the Nuns. Our tour begins in the picturesque capital, Funchal.

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Madeira, the Pearl of the Atlantic

Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. Double sole occupancy rooms are available at the relevant supplement. The price includes:

  • Return flights
  • Seven nights' four-star superior accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and four dinners, (and a choice to pre-book a hotel dining package for 3 nights from £36 per person)
  • Return transfers
  • All touring as mentioned
  • All local accommodation taxes
  • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager

Included excursions are a guided walk of Funchal, visit and entrance to Palheiro Gardens, guided visit to Monte Palace tropical gardens and entrance to Monte church, wine tasting, visit and entrance to Ribeira Brava, visit to a banana plantation in Madalena, visit to Curral das Freiras and a visit to Câmara de Lobos.

Classic Tours Information

Along with your experienced and knowledgeable tour manager and local experts, you’ll discover so much on our award-winning Classic tours, offering the best value for money way for you to explore the world.

Our tour managers have been rated as the best in the business for their knowledge and experience and will go above and beyond to ensure every aspect of your holiday runs smoothly – so all you need to worry about is your packing.

Small Groups Information

On a range of tours we are delighted to offer the option to travel in a small group of up to 25 people.
You’ll enjoy the same sociable atmosphere of a typical Riviera Travel holiday - but with a smaller number of travellers and a touch more exclusivity.

Available across our range of UK, European and select Worldwide tours; just look out for the icon on holiday pages.

Personalise Your Holiday

Make it Your Own

Afternoon Tea at Belmond Reids


Restaurant at Enotel Quinta del Sol, Funchal

Enjoy afternoon tea with fantastic views - from £36 per person

Belmond Reid’s Palace an iconic luxury hotel, set in beautiful subtropical gardens that overlook the Atlantic ocean where you can also relax and take a stroll before indulging in a sumptuous afternoon tea. Enjoy delicious freshly baked scones, pastries and dainty sandwiches with your choice of tea or a glass of refreshing Champagne.


Dining Choices

We a offer a dining choice on this tour, so you can dine independently to sample the local cuisine or stay in and have dinner at your hotel. 

Dining at the Enotel Quinta do Sol - from £39 per person

Daily breakfast and four dinners are included at your hotel, so you have the flexibility to experience the local restaurants in Funchal.

If you wish to dine in at the hotel throughout your stay, you may pre-book dinner for the 3 remaining nights from £39 per person.

Please note this dining option can only be booked until two weeks prior to departure.

2022 bookings only

Dine around - For guests at the Vidamar staying on a half board basis, breakfast and evening meals are automatically included at the Ocean Buffet restaurant. However you may choose to dine in the evening  at one of the other four restaurants, once per restaurant per stay, bookable 24 hours inadvance , if you chose not to have the included set menu at these restaurants then a 15% discount will be applied to the a la carte menu (excluding drinks)

Please contact us to add one of the above experiences to your booking.

Useful Information

Fact File

  • Currency: Euro
  • Deposit: £150 per person
  • Flight time:  Approx. 4 hrs
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Time zone: GMT
  • Country: Portugal

Visa Information

UK Citizens do not require a visa to enter Portugal however must have a valid passport. For the most up-to-date passport and visa information visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/portugal/entry-requirements

We are unable to accept responsibility if you are unable to travel because you have not complied with any passport/entry/immigration requirements.

2022 stays will be in the 4* superior VidaMar Hotel

Dining Choices

Daily breakfast and four dinners are included at the hotel. If you wish to dine in at the hotel for the remainder of the tour, you may pre-book dinner for three nights at £39 per person.

Please contact us to add this dining choice to your booking. 


We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Airport Hotel location Transfer time
Funchal Airport Funchal 30 mins


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