Itinerary Highlights
    • Discover the scenic and cultural delights of Funchal with a 4x4 adventure through the nearby mountains to an authentic winery
    • Head out on a guided sailing trip to observe several species of whales and dolphins
    • Spend five days resting and rejuvenating on the golden sandy beaches of the north coast

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Combine the historic and cultural offerings of Funchal with the wild natural landscapes of the north coast in this weeklong road trip around the beautiful Portuguese island of Madeira. The first chapter of this adventures takes place against the backdrop of the vibrant capital of Funchal, where you’ll have three days to enjoy everything from sightseeing in the historic centre to wine-tasting in the nearby mountains and whale and dolphin-watching off the coast. Your road trip continues along the shores of the wild and wonderful north coast of Madeira. Here you’ll base yourself between Porto Moniz and Santana, two charming seaside towns that breathe the laid-back spirit of the island. Your five days here can be as slow-paced or action-packed as you desire.
You can hike in the hills, explore local towns or simple kick back, relax and recharge your batteries on the golden sandy beaches that call this slice of Madeira home.


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Your weeklong getaway to beautiful Madeira begins today with a four-hour flight to the island’s capital of Funchal. Head to the airport, whizz through security and make the most of the nibbles and refreshments in the airport lounge as you await departure. On arrival, collect your hire car and travel into the heart of Funchal to your first hotel, a property that’s full of history. The rest of today is then yours to spend settling into your new surroundings. You could head out for a gentle stroll around the historic centre or simply kick back, relax and enjoy the facilities at your hotel.



Head out today in the company of a knowledgeable private driver-guide for an adventure through the island’s wild and hilly hinterland in a 4x4. Journey west to the striking Serra de Agua valley to visit a beautiful village built into the steep slopes. From here, wind your way up to the Encumeada pass, which rises to a height of 2,300ft and separates the north of the island from the south. Naturally, the views from here across both sides of Madeira are truly stunning. Continue across the famous Lauriferous Forest of Madeira, a UNESCO World Heritage site featuring 90% primary forest of moss, fern and rare species of flora and fauna. Round off your adventure discovering the enchanting vineyards of Seixal, and, of course, sampling the finest local wines and traditional tapas specialities this region has to offer. Head back to Funchal this afternoon and spend the rest of today further soaking in the delights of the city. We could also arrange for your to discover the bustling Mercado dos Lavradores and the village of Monte with a private guide.



Owing to its prime location in the North Atlantic Ocean, Madeira is a great place to observe majestic marine species like dolphins and whales passing on their migratory routes. Throughout the seasons, nearly 28 species visit these waters, including sperm whales, Byrde’s whales and bottlenose dolphins. Spend a few hours sailing off the coast of Funchal, getting close enough to observe these gentle giants move in their natural environments without disturbing them. You can also opt to extend your day at sea with a guided fishing trip off the coast of Funchal.

DAYS 4 & 5


Swap the hustle and bustle of Funchal with the coastal calm of the northwest of the island as you journey an hour to Porto Moniz. Perched between the ocean and some curious black rock formations, this small seaside resort has the laid-back atmosphere of island living. Hang up your hat in a beautiful hotel nestled right on the water’s edge and spend the next two days resting and recharging your batteries in total bliss. Swim in refreshing Atlantic waters, laze on plush sun loungers and feast on ultra-fresh seafood specialities. This part of the island also has some great hiking opportunities, so we can also arrange for you to trace Madeira’s old irrigation canals as you embark on a guided hike along the Levada do Alecrim.



Your journey across Madeira continues today with an hour-long drive along the north coast of the island to Santana, a beautiful sea-fronted town known and adored for its traditional housing. On arrival, settle in for two nights in a hilltop farmhouse surrounded by vineyards and flower gardens and spend the rest of today soaking in the cultural delights of Santana. The star of the show here is the collection of ‘Casas Típicas’, traditional stone houses with triangular thatched roofs. There is a well-curated museum that details the curiosities of traditional architecture as well as the way life has changed on the island over the centuries. You could also use your hire car to explore the many points of interest in the surrounding area. From the challenging hike up to the Penha de Agua summit, to the baroque altarpiece of the church of São Jorge in the west and the Miradouro do Guindaste viewpoint, there is plenty to keep you busy in and around Santana.



Madeira is a home to an incredible network of irrigation canals that crisscross the island and were designed as far back as the 16th century to supply the driest parts of Madeira with water. After a hearty breakfast this morning you’ll be met by a seasoned private guide and led on along the Levada Referta. This trail allows you to observe the pristine natural landscapes, picturesque villages and endemic flora and fauna of the northeast of the island.



Sadly the time has come to bid the vast and varied landscapes of Madeira a warm farewell and embark on the journey home. After one last delicious breakfast at your hotel this morning, hit the road an hour’s drive south back to the airport in Funchal. On arrival, drop off your hire car, whizz back through security and take the opportunity to stock up on any last-minute souvenirs and local specialities before boarding a four-hour flight back to the UK.

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Private Visit to the Mercado Dos Lavradores and Monte Village

Head out in the company of a knowledgeable private guide to discover some of Funchal’s most unmissable sites. Begin your adventure at the characterful Mercado dos Lavradores, a beautiful market spread across three levels around a checkerboard patio. This is a great opportunity to sample some of Madeira’s delicious gastronomic specialities, including exotic fruits like pitanga (a cherry-like fruit), pineapple and passion fruit. Continue on to the mountain village of Monte, which dazzles with its 18th century church (where the tomb of the Emperor of Austria rests) and lush gardens. Head back down the mountain on a cable car before rounding off your discovery of Funchal with a visit to Madeira’s wine cellars to sample traditional sweet wine.

Fishing Trip Off the Coast of Funchal

Set sail from Funchal’s marina for a fishing trip off the coast of Madeira. Whether you are an amateur or experienced fisherman, this boat trip allows you to discover the local traditions of sea fishing. Your captain is a seasoned seafarer who knows exactly where to go for an abundant catch.

Private Guided Hike Along the Levada Do Alecrim

Embark on a private guided hike along the Levada do Alecrim, a medieval canal route offering breathtaking views across the Rabaçal Valley, the mountains of the Janela Valley and the ocean in the distance. Break up the hike with plenty of stops for refreshing dips in waterfall pools and, naturally, a picnic full of tasty treats.

A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
The cost for this trip starts from £1,530 to £2,200 per person.

The final cost of the trip depends on the way we tailor it especially for you. The final cost varies according to several factors, which include the level of service, length of trip and advance booking time. The exact price will be provided on your personalised quote.

The average starting price for this trip is £1,900 per person.

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