Journey to East Madeira

East Madeira
Price: $115.00
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Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 8 Hours
Activity Level ? Easy
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? The Cruise Ship Pier.
Food/Beverage Provided Fish, meat or a vegetarian meal, dessert, coffee, one beverage, and bottled water is included.
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing comfortable, weather appropriate clothing and walking shoes. Guests should bring sunscreen and sunglasses.
Restrictions Guests must be able to step in an out of the vehicle. Participants must be 21 years old or older to consume alcohol. This tour is NOT wheelchair accessible.

Journey to East Madeira

Spend the day in Madeira, a popular tourist spot and island that is the emergent top of a volcano in the Atlantic Ocean. See the town of Funchal from the Christ-King statue and visit the village of Machico and Portela. Stop for lunch in Santana, sample rum in a sugar cane factory, and witness Ponta de Sao Lourenco from the port of Canical during this full-day tour.

The offroading excitement begins with a ride on an open-roof 4 x 4 or an open-roof minibus, up to the statue of Christ-King at the Ponta do Garajua viewpoint where you can savor birds-eye views of the town of Funchal below. On this bumpy ride, you will pass Funchal by a series of narrow streets and continue across cobblestone and forest-lined roads as you make your way toward the village of Machico and Portela.

Wind up the serpentine roads to reach the enchanted village of Santana with its many small, triangular, traditional thatched houses made out of natural stone. While up here, enjoy a sumptuous lunch amid stunning views. Stop at a sugar cane/rum factory to taste local brandy and Madeira firewater - a clear, white rum that contains 50% alcohol by volume.

Your journey will come to a close with a stop in Canical, the principal cargo port in Madeira. Observe the locals and a fantastic view of Ponta de Sao Lourenco, a breathtaking nature reserve on the Atlantic Ocean with volcanic rock formations.

Sign up now, grab your walking shoes and get ready to explore the beautiful archipelago islands of Madeira.

5 Stars5.0 / 5  |  4 ReviewsReview This Tour
Exceptional excursion
June 03, 2019
We were very pleased with our first experience with Shore Excursions. Directions to the meeting place were very clear. The guide was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. Since we had reserved quite a while earlier, we were so pleased with the level of activity and info and the "local"meal included. All was even better than described!
Reviewer: Gail Bohling
5 Stars
May 10, 2019
Very good!! Our guide was excellent.very organized and had planned everything
Reviewer: Barbara Gordon
5 Stars
good value, great guide!
December 12, 2018
The 4x4 arrived a little late so I was beginning to think oh no, but then Jose came and he was amazing. Whisked us all over Madiera, up and down hidden tracks and "short cuts" as he called them. We saw real villages and lovely scenery, stopping at numerous vistas for photos. Inside a real triangular house in Santana not just the tourist ones. Also the lunch provided was delicious, with huge variety; an authentic Portuguese meal. Then when the rain got heavy near the point we were going to, he took us instead across the island to Capo Girao where it was clear weather and a stunning view. Fantastic end to our wide-ranging tour and back to the cruise ship on time. Overall well paced, well fed, beautiful views and a pleasant, informative, flexible guide. Thanks, Jose!
Reviewer: Catherine Payne
5 Stars
4-wheel drive adventure
October 30, 2017
We had the best time! Our guide took us to the highest and lowest points. We saw beautiful beaches and woods. Also, we had an authentic Portuguese lunch at a beautiful restaurant. Our guide was excellent, and a very good driver!
Reviewer: Barbara Cobb
5 Stars