Afternoon tea and exotic botanical gardens are two of the main draws to this subtropical island. But at Christmas time, it’s the colourful displays of festive lights and decorations (and the promise of mild winter evenings) that make Madeira so special. Festive Funchal is truly picturesque, but we’ll also explore the island’s rugged mountain interior, sweeping valleys and rocky coastline. There’ll be no shortage of magical moments on this festive break.
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Funchal. On arrival, you will be transferred to the Pestana Casino Park (5T) or VidaMar Resort Hotel Madeira (4T) and greeted with a complimentary welcome drink.
This morning we depart on a tour of Funchal and a guided walk through the flower market, a riot of colour with the exotic orchid and bird-of-paradise flowers, an array of freshly-caught fish and succulent fruits harvested locally. We visit Patricio & Gouveia, a leading embroidery factory, where the intricate work of exquisite patterns can be seen. Following a visit to the Botanical Gardens, the tour concludes at the Madeira Wine Company, where you may wish to sample the local wine.
After a leisurely breakfast, there is time for shopping in Funchal, further exploration of the island, or relaxing in the delightful surrounds of your hotel. This evening, a Christmas Eve gala dinner will be served and accompanied by musical entertainment in the hotel’s restaurant. Those wishing to participate in the Christmas Eve celebrations are free to do so and your local representative will be happy to advise you on this.
Please note: A formal dress code applies for Christmas Eve Gala Dinner; gentlemen are required to wear a dinner jacket.
Today you are free to relax in your lovely surroundings. A buffet lunch will be served.
This morning, we have arranged a tour into the heart of the island, from where there are breathtaking views down into the valley, surrounded by volcanic mountains. We travel on to Monte, a hill-town above Funchal, to visit Lady of the Church of Nossa Senhora do Monte set in its own evergreen gardens. Dinner is included this evening.
Today is at leisure to further explore Funchal. However, for those wishing to discover the natural beauty this island has to offer, there is an optional tour which encompasses Pico da Torre viewpoint, marked by a cross dedicated to the National Revolution, overlooking picturesque bays; and Cabo Girao viewpoint, sitting on the highest promontory in Europe at 580m. Continue through the mountains to Sao Vicente, set where a beautiful valley meets the sea, and visit Pousada dos Vinhaticos, surrounded by a lush undulating landscape 900m above sea level.
Today is free. This morning there is an opportunity to take an optional visit to Pico do Arieiro. From Funchal you will journey to Terreiro da Luta to visit the monument of Our Lady of Peace, followed by a drive along beautiful peaceful roads to Madeira’s third highest peak, Pico do Arieiro. Travelling back down through Santo da Serra to the eastern point of Ponta de Sao Lourenco to experience magnificent views, your final stop will be at Matur to enjoy the view of Machico village.
We transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
Touring with Titan Travel
Scooping 20 awards at the 2018 British Travel Awards, you can be sure that a touring holiday with Titan Travel will be something special. Among others, Titan received gold awards for Best Special Interest Holiday Company and Best Safari, Wildlife and Nature Holiday Company so they are perfectly placed to provide that exceptionally epic tour to any corner of the globe.
A Titan holiday begins and ends at your front door with their award-winning VIP door-to-door travel service, scheduled international flights and the most memorable form of touring transport. Where this is a coach, they provide the best available. Titan pride themselves in providing tours that enable you to see all the sights of the area you visit as well as giving you the option for plenty of free time, optional excursions and extra nights here and there to tailor-make your holiday and make it extra special. The choice of destinations and interests are extensive including gems such as a wildlife tour of Sri Lanka, exploring the musical history of the Deep South, grand tours of North America, China, South America, Italy, Asia and Kenya, searching for the Northern Lights in Iceland and Norway, and a cruise to discover Japan and Russia.
If you are undecided between the elegance and relaxation of a cruise and the enthralling insight of an escorted tour, Titan’s Cruise & Tour holidays could be the perfect choice. You can cruise with some of the most respected names in the industry, including Fred.Olsen and Holland America, around regions of awe-inspiring beauty and then head ashore for an extra land-based touring adventure. The waterways of Europe, Egypt and China link the most spectacular cultural gems in picturesque fashion and a river cruise is an excellent way to appreciate wonderful destinations from a different and more relaxed perspective.