Gardens of Madeira (no single room supplement)

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Set in a bright blue sea, some 400 miles off the coast of Africa, lies the lush, volcanic Portuguese island of Madeira. Just 36 miles long and 14 miles wide, it is an island of outstanding natural beauty. Its delightful warm climate makes Madeira a sub-tropical paradise where the vegetation is verdant and rich. It would not be easy to find a more beautiful spot for a relaxing holiday. It is not surprising that Madeira has long been popular with the British. Its climate of warm summers and winters is just right and over the years it has become an ideal holiday destination for those seeking peace and relaxation and, as you would expect with a benevolent sub-tropical climate, the island has a remarkable variety of vegetation, fruit and flowers. Every inch of Madeira’s workable land is terraced and cultivated, some fields are so steep you would think they were planted by steeplejacks, rather than farmers.

Much of the island is assigned as a conservation area where rare flowers cover the island like a green mantle. Orchids, bougainvillaea, lilies, hydrangeas, magnolias, jacarandas and azaleas bloom effortlessly throughout the year, and delight the eye at every turn. One of the nicest ways to explore the island is by following the footpaths alongside the “levadas” (small man-made irrigation canals), which wind their way around the island, and we have included a gentle half-day levada walk, with the opportunity to take further walks on your free days.

We also visit the splendid Palheiro Gardens (formerly called the Blandy Gardens), which for many visitors are the best of all Madeira’s horticultural wonders. The gardens, established over several generations, are most famous for their camellias, though there is something here for everyone with green fingers, including a wonderful spread of agapanthus and arum and belladonna lilies in season.

At Monte, a fashionable hill town above Funchal, we visit the Monte Palace Gardens, glorious gardens that surround the château-like Monte Palace. Getting there is an experience in itself, as the cable car ride from Funchal to Monte offers stunning views over the harbour and bay.

We also offer an optional full day excursion around the island visiting a series of lovely villages, including Camara de Lobos, where Sir Winston Churchill painted the impressive sea cliffs at Cabo Girao in 1950.

NB: there is no single room supplement for the first 15 rooms. Thereafter a supplement of £295.00 will apply

Tour highlights:

  • Tour of the Botanical Gardens, an introduction to the flora of Madeira
  • A gentle walk on the ‘levadas’
  • Cable-car ride to Monte
  • Afternoon tea at Reid’s Palace Hotel
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Included in your cost:

  • Accommodation
  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • Comfortable coach travel throughout
  • Meals - as per the itinerary
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