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Douro River Cruise-Madeira Post-Cruise PDF

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Madeira Tour program, May 27th -30th

This tour includes the following:

  • Air fare from Porto to Funchal, returning to Lisbon
  • Airport/Hotel/Airport transportation
  • Three nights in central Funchal at a 4-star property
  • Breakfast each day
  • Services of a local guide
  • Walking tour of Funchal, including Monte Toboggan
  • Two days of island touring by coach
  • Two wine visits
  • Farewell dinner
Day one: Funchal
Morning flight from Porto to Funchal. Our local guide will meet us at the airport, and will treat us to a visit at a local winery on the way in to the city. We’ll have a walking tour of Funchal before checking into the hotel that afternoon. You’ll have free time to explore on your own with an opportunity to join the more adventurous members for an expedition to Monte for a ride on the famous and very unique toboggan. (B)
Day Two: Touring to the west side of the island, including Câmara de Lobos, Madalena do Mar and Porto Moniz.

Câmara de Lobos

Câmara de Lobos is a pretty fishing town that is located on the south-eastern side of Madeira and makes for a pleasant day trip from Funchal. Câmara de Lobos is a working town specializing in the fishing of the night dwelling Scabbard fish. This hard fishing lifestyle is reflected in the town, with small traditional tenements that house multiple families crowding around the cliffs, while at dawn the returning fishermen head to the bars to drink Poncho, a strong alcoholic drink.

For visitors Camara de Lobos is a picturesque location with colorful fishing boats pulled up onto the grey beaches, which are over looked by some of the highest cliffs in Europe. These charming views inspired Camara de Lobos’ most famous resident, Winston Churchill, to paint his celebrated pictures of the region and this history is lovely embraced by the town.

Madalena do Mar

Madalena do Mar is a small village located on the southwest coast of the Island with beautiful sea and cliff views. Its name comes from a legendary Polish Prince of the 15th century, Henry Allemão. He was given land by João Gonçalves Zarco and established a great-populated farm where he built a chapel dedicated to the Saint Mary Madeleine.

Madalena do Mar is a characteristic fishing village with a beautiful promenade along the pebble beach. Its location and accompanying climate has helped it to establish the biggest banana plantations on the Island.

Porto Moniz

Porto Moniz is a small and pleasant town located at the north-west point of the Island. Known for its natural volcanic pools it is very popular with locals and tourists alike in the summer. Porto Moniz has the safest harbour on the north coast of the island and a heliport designated for tourists and for emergency purposes.

The historic Fort of João Batista was built in 1730 to protect from Pirate raids and has now been restored and transformed into the Madeira Aquarium with more than 70 typical species.

Along the promenade you will find a variety of cafes, restaurants, souvenir shops and the Living Science Centre; a place for all ages to explore mixture of science and cultural exhibits. Furthermore, if you enjoy camping, nearby is a campsite and on your way out of town don’t forget to visit the Miradouro da Santa (lookout point) for spectacular view of Porto Moniz.

After touring for the day, you’ll have time to spend on your own in Funchal. I’m sure there will be some music to find later in the evening. (B)

Day Three: Arieiro Peak and Edge of São Lourenço, dramatic seascapes and mountain vistas of the eastern side of the island.

Pico Arieiro

The “Pico do Arieiro” is the 3rd highest peak in Madeira, with 1818 meters altitude, right behind the “Pico Ruivo” with 1862 and Pico das Torres with 1851 meters altitude. If you are not into hiking, then this is the right peak for you. It’s near Funchal and is the easiest to reach because you can get there by car. From the top, the view is amazing and you can see other parts of the island, such as the Curral das Freiras, the Ponta de São Lourenço and if weather allows, Porto Santo Island. Besides enjoying a unique view of this peak, the fact that there is a viewpoint, a coffee shop and a gift shop, make your visit even more special. This is also where Zino's Petrel, a small seabird unique to Madeira, is located.

São Lourenço

Ponta de São Lourenço is one of the last nearly untouched places in Europe. Located in the eastern part of the island, this is the place where a fantastic combination of rocks and sea created one of Mother Nature’s masterpieces. You can climb up the rocks and see very little evidence of man’s changes to the island. There are excellent views over both the northern and southern sides of the island and, when the weather conditions allow it, also on Porto Santo Island.

We'll have a farewell dinner near the hotel this evening. (BD)

Day Four: Flights home
Early flight from Madeira to Lisbon to connect with trans-Atlantic flights home. You’re welcome to extend your stay in Lisbon.

This tour is limited in number to 22 guests. Extra nights are available in Madeira if you choose to extend your stay. Cost is 1485 per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplement is $400. Deposit to confirm this part of the tour is $400 per person. Balance is due when the cruise balance is paid, January 31st, 2018. As always, there is a discount for guests choosing to pay by check instead of visa/mastercard. The discount, taken at final payment, is $60 per person.

Updated: Wednesday, December 7, 2016

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