Wednesday 18th – Wednesday 25th September 2019
Situated in the blue Atlantic waters and brimming with exotic, colourful flowers, the island of Madeira is a haven of natural beauty. Renowned for its beautiful botanical gardens, Madeira should be on every horticulture lover’s travel list! Its natural splendour extends from its native plant species to its impressive mountain landscapes, winding valleys, waterfalls, vineyards and so much more.
Explore Madeira’s laid back capital of Funchal where you can browse the local markets and admire the intricate handmade craftwork, visit picturesque countryside villages where you’ll enjoy the warm hospitality of the locals and seek out the island’s tranquil parks and gardens.
Prices are per paying passenger and based on 2 people sharing a twin room and a minimum of 20 paying passengers. Single rooms are available upon request and for a supplement.
Depart London Gatwick and arrive in Madeira where you will be transferred to your hotel in the capital, Funchal.
Start exploring the city with a morning visit to the local market to browse exotic flowers, tropical fruits, fresh vegetables and local craftwork. Next, visit the embroidery factory to see the intricate work done by the local woman before your final stop at the Botanical Garden where you can see almost every plant that grows on Madeira (almost 2,000 species!). You will then spend the remainder of the day at leisure.
Begin the day at the beautiful park of Ribeiro Frio, where you can admire some of the island’s native flowers before visiting Santanta, famous for its thatched-roof houses. You’ll then travel along the north coast where you’ll admire breath-taking views of waterfalls, deep valleys and impressive mountain landscapes. There will be a lunch stop in Porto Moniz next to the natural volcanic rook swimming pools before you visit the only vast volcanic plateau on the Island – Paul da Serra. You will then travel back to your hotel, passing through quaint fishing villages, banana plantations and vineyards.
After a visit to the statue of Christ, ‘The King’, where you’ll admire stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll spend the rest of the morning at the Palheiro Garden admiring a wonderful spread of exotic plants. You will spend the remainder of the day at leisure.
Following a morning at leisure, you’ll enjoy an hour walk along the flat path of a ‘levada’ in the lovely village of Gaula. You’ll end your countryside walk with a visit to a local’s house where you’ll enjoy afternoon tea. With the privilege of experiencing the warm hospitality of the local people of this village, this will truly be a day to remember.
Today, you will explore the lovely village of Monte, famous for its beautiful church and municipal gardens. You will have the opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful gardens on the Island, Monte Palace Gardens where you can see a vast range of plants from every corner of the globe; from Scottish heather to rare cycads from South Africa. You will then spend the afternoon at leisure.
After a relaxed morning, enjoy a chocolate tasting experience, sampling chocolate infused with Madeira flavours and accompanied with Madeira wine. Then, visit the famed Boa Vista Orchids Gardens and admire the beautiful flowers here, followed by tea and homemade cake.
Say ‘tchau’ to Madeira and board your return flight back to London Gatwick.
Itinerary subject to change prior to depart
This beautiful 4* hotel is situated in an excellent location on the south coast of Madeira. Overlooking the sea, you can enjoy beautiful views from the Golden Residence Hotel. Its modern rooms are fully equipped with a private bathroom, air conditioning and cable TV.
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