Friday 09 March 2018
8 days on ‘The Island of Flowers’
With its warm year-round climate and spectacular backdrop of emerald-hued mountains, Funchal in Madeira is an idyllic destination whenever you visit. Wander around the pretty Old Town and take a stroll along the picturesque promenade. Take in the stunning scenery by day and experience and delicious cuisine at night. Fly direct from London to Funchal and discover amazing Madeira!
You’ll just LOVE it! March is a beautiful time to visit the ‘Flower’ island of Madeira. Once a favourite haunt of the older generation, Madeira has more recently been rediscovered by the younger more affluent set. Now seen as the home of “Ronaldo”, it no longer has the image of a small rural community, but a stunning all year round summer island destination that is in easy reach from the UK attracting the discerning traveller who not only like to enjoy a night out but also love the spectacular drives and friendly people that can be found in abundance. It’s beautiful hotels. fine dining, water sports, perfect climate, and spectacular scenery, are second to none and a must for a great early Spring getaway.
As usual with Solent Events on Tour, your exciting holiday begins with a relaxing luxury coach transfer from one of four convenient local pick-ups, early morning refreshments en route and an airport lounge to relax and enjoy before boarding a scheduled flight to Funchal. WIth a short transfer to our hotel, the 5* Quinta das Vistas Palace Garden, overlooking Funchal, you will soon be enjoying the fantastic views, the beautiful gardens and the hospitality – your home for 7 nights.
5* Quinta das Vistas Palace Garden Hotel
Located just 20 minutes from the airport, this upscale hotel in a former manor house, overlooks the North Atlantic Ocean and Funchal mountains. The hotel is surrounded by beautiful gardens and features refined guest rooms with ocean-view balconies, en-suite facilities, air-conditioning, minibars, free Wi-Fi, cable TV and hairdryer.
Hotel facilities include a piano bar, a formal restaurant with a terrace offering panoramic views, fitness room, spa, and indoor and outdoor pools – 1 with a waterfall. The expansive landscaped garden features fountains, gazebo and a pond with swans.
This luxury hotel has a stylish interior and is the perfect place to relax, positioned on top of a hill overlooking Funchal and the surrounding mountains.
A complimentary shuttle bus runs a couple of times a day to the sister property in Funchal’s old town where you are welcome to eat if you wish. As this hotel is situated in Funchal, it is an ideal means of transport if you do not want to walk into the town.
Highlights of this wonderful holiday in Madeira include:
- The Gardens of Monte
- The Botanical Gardens, Loiro Park and Palheiro Gardens
- Funchal’s city gardens tour
- Madeira Wine Company and embroidery factory visit
- East of the island tour, including visits to a wickerwork centre, Quinta da Junta Gardens and Rose Garden
GROUP SIZE: For your comfort and enjoyment, our private group for this exclusive Solent Events tour will be a maximum of 15, but if this is not reached, to save disappointment, we may have to join some more guests.
Single Supplement: £350pp
Luxury Return Coach or
Mini-bus Travel to:
London Gatwick Airport
Only FOUR local pick-ups
Personal Travel Treats
The comfort of a UK Airport Lounge
Return BA scheduled flights
7 nights with breakfast in the
5* Quinta das Vistas Palace Garden Hotel
8 meals included:
7 breakfasts, 1 dinner, 1 lunch
Travelsphere Tour Manager
Air conditioned coach travel
Porterage, one case per person
All UK and overseas airport taxes
and security charges
Excursions as per itinerary
Solent Events Escort/Hostess
Levada Valle Paraiso
For your peace of mind and financial protection, our holiday has been arranged
with Travelsphere Worldwide Holidays who are fully bonded.
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Itinerary (all times to be confirmed)
Day 1 – Friday 09 March 2018
With a very early departure, we travel by luxury coach or mini-bus from our last pick-up at Peak Lane, Fareham to London Gatwick airport. Relax in the comfort of an airport lounge, before our 07:30 BA flight to Funchal. Flight duration is approx 4 hours, arriving Funchal at approximately 11:25. Short transfer to our hotel where you will be able to relax and re-energize ready for an exciting week ahead. Dinner in the hotel.
DAY 2 – Saturday 10 March
Madeira’s capital Funchal is dotted with fantastic gardens, and we will visit some on our tour today. Included in the tour will be – Quinta Vigia, Santa Catarina Park and the Municipal Garden Park an embroidery factory, a farmers’ market and the São Francisco Cellars of the Madeira Wine Company. Dinner at leisure/with Solent Events
DAY 3 – Sunday 11 March
Today we will head just outside Funchal, to the Botanical Gardens, home to more than 2,000 plants. Within the grounds, rare and exotic birds of Loiro Park. Our final stop is the Palheiro Gardens, 500 metres above sea level with spectacular views, ancient trees and exotic plants. Dinner at leisure/with Solent Events
DAY 4 – Monday 12 March
Today is at leisure to enjoy the facilities at our beautiful hotel, or you may choose to take the complimentary shuttle bus into Funchal’s Old Town. Alternatively, there will be a half-day optional ‘Levada’ excursion. See Optional Excursion box below.
Dinner at leisure/with Solent Events
DAY 5 – Tuesday 13 March
More natural beauty awaits today at the Monte Palace Tropical Garden, which was rescued from years of neglect by businessman and environmentalist José Berardo. Dinner at leisure/with Solent Events
DAY 6 – Wednesday 14 March
Our Eastern island tour today takes us to the picturesque village of Camacha, home to Madeira’s thriving willow craft industry, the village of Santo da Serra and Quinta da Junta Gardens. En route to an included Lunch in Santana (with characteristic thatched houses), we will stop at the trout hatchery in Ribeiro Frio. Dinner at leisure/with Solent Events
DAY 7 – Thursday 15 March
Spend the final full day of our holiday relaxing at the hotel, or explore more of the many nearby gardens.
Dinner at leisure or as a Solent Events group – meal TBA
DAY 8 – Friday 16 March
Our flight today is at 12:15, so you will have time for a leisurely breakfast and perhaps a stroll in the gardens, before the short airport transfer for our flight back to the UK (arrive 16:05) and our transfer home.
MADEIRA OPTIONAL EXCURSION
Experience even more of Madeira by adding this optional excursion to your holiday before you set off. With everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time!
Levada Valle Paraiso (Day 4) Half-day – moderate walking
Discover beautiful scenery and magnificent views on a walk along the island’s water channels, known as levadas. Enjoy a leisurely walk through the emerald green Paradise Valley, also known as Levada Valle Paraiso, taking in captivating views over quaint villages including the beautiful village of Camacha. This flower lined levada trickles along underneath a canopy of eucalyptus and oak trees. Take this opportunity to immerse yourself in the abundant flora and patchwork landscape of this enchanting walk. Approx £38pp
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