Silversea Luxury Cruises To FUNCHAL MADEIRA

FUNCHAL MADEIRA
FUNCHAL MADEIRA

Bedecked with dramatic cliffs, fertile mountains and sun-gorged beaches, Madeira is a lush, colourful island of plants, paradise and Portuguese-flavoured pleasures. Bathing in year-round sunshine, Funchal - the lowkey capital of Madeira - is perfect for slowing the pace, and toasting the thrilling scenery with a bottle of the island's famous wine. Narrow, cobblestone streets line the old town, where whitewash buildings, iron-wrought balconies, and tiled patterns carry echoes of Lisbon. Rua de Santa Maria is the city's oldest street, and the doors have been vividly painted by local artists. View more

Sit for a drink, to sample your choice of Madeira's renowned wines - Boal is the ideal option for those with a sweeter tooth. You'll also find Corpo Santo Chapel here, one of the few remaining buildings to have survived from the 15th century. Blossoming parks and gardens splash colour around, and the sweet smell of pollen lingers in Parque de Santa Catarina. Look out over Funchal harbour between the fountains and blooming flower beds, as ducks and swans enjoy leisurely days on the lake. Madeira Botanical Garden waits in the hills over the city, along with Palhero Garden – a sophisticated and elegantly landscaped English garden, 500 meters above sea level. For an even more dramatic view of this gorgeous setting, head up to Cap Girao – a rusty-red cliff with a cable car strung up to its sheer drop. The cliff falls away vertically to the vivid blue waters below. Or head down to the sea, to enjoy Funchal's gorgeous pebble beaches rustling, framed by colossal, craggy cliffs.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

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BARCELONA To FORT LAUDERDALE (Florida)
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Excursions in FUNCHAL MADEIRA

Cable Car & Toboggan Ride

Experience the wonderful views of Funchal all the way up to Monte in a unique and exciting new way during this half-day excursion via cable car and toboggan. This picturesque city is set perfectly on the sunny south coast of Madeira; it's backdrop a protective ring of green mountains; a huge natural amphitheatre that faces the balmy blue Atlantic Ocean.

Cable Car Ride

Depart the pier for the brief drive to the cable car station and board your cable car for a panoramic, approximate 15-minute ride to Monte.


Monte

Perched on a hill 1,677 feet (511 metres) above Funchal, the village is renowned for its lovely setting and landmark twin-towered church. Monte has been a favourite destination for visitors to Madeira since the late-19th century, when a rack and pinion railway was built to haul cruise-ship passengers up from Funchal. Coming down, they would take the famous toboggan ride, which is still a popular attraction today. The railway closed in 1939, and was replaced by the cable car.


Toboggan Ride

Following this introduction to Monte, those who would like to, may take a seat in the typical wicker basket for a fairly bumpy yet exciting, 10-minute downhill run. Two men control the sled with ropes on each side, steering the toboggan over the smooth-worn cobblestones. At the finishing point, board your awaiting coach for a scenic drive that includes a stop at Pico dos Barcelos for breath-taking views over Funchal, the bay and surrounding hills before returning to the pier.

Caves of São Vicente

São Vicente is an enchanting village on the north coast of Madeira, at the bottom of the valley where the formation of the island began. The caves of São Vicente were formed by a volcanic eruption 890 thousand years ago at Paúl da Serra. As the lava came down to the sea, the outer portion was exposed to lower temperatures and solidified rapidly, while inside, the lava continued to flow with many gases and created a series of lava tubes that form the caves of São Vicente, which one can walk through. Visit the caves and the beautiful village located next to them with free time to explore.


Serra de Agua

Leaving the pier by bus you will drive along the south-western coast of Madeira to the picturesque village of Serra de Agua situated in a ravine were your first stop will be made at a local bar to try out a local drink "poncha" made from rum and honey.


Caves at São Vicente

Continue to the village of São Vicente along the north-western coast of Madeira were you will be taken to visit the Caves at São Vicente. Enjoy an approximate 60-minute visit to the natural caves and the Volcanism Centre, featuring a 3D film explaining the formation of Madeira.


Village of São Vicente

Visit the picturesque village of São Vicente. São Vicente, with its breathtaking scenery and the recently restored village centre, along with a remarkable and exemplary architectural framework, is one of the most picturesque spots in Madeira.


Your tour will end with the ride back to Funchal and the pier area and your ship.

Funchal E-Bike Adventure

Take a guided electric bike tour through the picturesque neighborhoods of Funchal. Discover the wonders and sensational scenery this fantastic city has to offer.


Avenida do Mar, Palácio de São Lourenço, Old Town, Rua de Santa Maria

After tendering ashore and a 200-meter walk, meet at the pier for a short safety briefing. You'll then set off on your guided e-bike adventure, visiting various sites in the city center. You'll first breeze down Avenida do Mar, a street lined with charming cafés and local restaurants. You'll then continue on to Palácio de São Lourenço, a historical complex including a fortress and palace. The complex now serves as Official Residence of the Representative of the Republic for the Autonomous Region of Madeira.. You'll then reach the Old Town neighborhood, where you'll have 15 minutes to wander Rua de Santa Maria, a historic street famous for its elaborately painted doors.

Local Farmer's Market

Time is made available to browse the Mercado dos Lavradores, a farmer's market popular with the locals. Lined with traditional Portuguese azulejo tiles, pass vendors selling tropical produce, exotic flowers, local cheeses, "bolo do caco" (type of bread cooked in a stone called "caco") and fresh fish. After you've gotten your fix of the market, your guided e-bike tour will resume, continuing on to additional sites in the city center.


Rua 31 de Janeiro, Largo do Colégio, Jardim Municipal, Avenida Arriaga, Avenida do Infante, Estrada Monumental, Praça da Assicom

Next, bike down Rua 31 de Janeiro, another iconic street in the city center, stopping at Largo do Colégio for a 5-10-minute exploration of this historic plaza. Continue on to Jardim Muncipal, a beautiful botanical garden located right in the city center. Bike down Avenida Arraga, passing by authentic Madeiran works of art such as the statue of João Gonçalves Zarco, one of the discoverers of the island. Breeze through other iconic streets such as Avenida do Infante and Estrada Monumental, winding along authentic Madeiran neighborhoods along the way. Make a 5-minute photo stop at Praça da Assicom, a unique, swinging monument.


Jardins do Lido, Monumental Road, Parque de Santa Catarina

Return to the center of Funchal via Estrada Monumental and stop at Jardins do Lido for a 15-minute comfort stop. In these gardens, you'll see native Madeiran flora such as the dragon tree, barbosano and the beech of the islands. Continue along Monumental road and make a 10-minute photo stop at Parque de Santa Catarina, a park offering stunning views of the bay. Lastly, enjoy a scenic biking route back to the pier, passing for a second time down Avenida do Mar.

Funchal Foodie Walking tour

Explore the culture, history and flavours of Madeira on-foot during this half-day Silversea Experience to Funchal.


Funchal, City Centre, Cultural and Foodie Walking Tour

Depart the pier for the short drive to Funchal's city centre. Upon arrival, begin your guided, approximately 3.5-hour foodie walking tour through the streets of Funchal. Along the way, explore the culture and history of the city, roads less-travelled and popular local foodie favourites. Stops are made at various food-tasting locations that have been carefully chosen to highlight the best regional flavours that Madeira has to offer.


Food and Beverage Tastings

Today's food-lovers' excursion features a wide array of epicurean delights. Included are the best homemade local pastry in Funchal, famous Madeira honey cake, the best pork in wine and garlic sandwich in town, delicious local fish, or 'espada', succulent grilled tuna, grilled Portuguese sausage, or 'chorizo', home-baked bread, exotic fruit from the local farmer's market, Madeira wine, local beer, quality Portuguese wines, cherry brandy and 'poncha'.


Tour and Wine Tasting at Chris Blandy's Wine Lodge or Blandy's Madeira

The highlight of your foodie walking tour is a special visit to the Wine Lodge of either Chris Blandy, the 7th generation to work in the business, or Francisco Albuquerque, Blandy's Madeira winemaker, recognized by the International Wine Challenge for three years running and recipient of the Fortified Winemaker of the Year trophy. At the conclusion of your foodie tour, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.

Golf at Palheiro

Once described as one of the world's most beautiful places to play golf, Madeira is home to the Palheiro Golf Club Championship course. At nearly 500 metres (1640 feet) above sea level, this course offers stunning views over the Bay of Funchal across the ocean and due to the climate; golf can be played all year round.

Palheiro Golf

Depart the pier for the approximate 30-minutes drive to the golf course. Designed by renowned golf architect Cabell B. Robinson, this picturesque layout with year-round appeal takes full advantage of Madeira's hilly terrain, with abrupt ridges and deep valleys providing a compelling challenge for even the most seasoned golfer.


Teeing off here is to walk through a verdant and tranquil 200-year-old country estate, and an abundance of fragrant, exotic flora lends the course a unique and singular quality. Melodic birdsong enriches the experience.


Play calls for a fair degree of accuracy - the contoured fairways and strategically placed bunkers guarding fast, undulating greens mean there's little room for error. A halfway house, The Tea House, offers refreshments and a chance to pause and assess scorecards. Indeed, a round of golf at Palheiro engages all the senses and rewards those of all abilities with an enjoyable and memorable experience.


The 6086 meters, par 72 course is set amongst magnificent trees, shrubs and formal gardens, and makes full use of the hills; ridges and deep valleys of the Quinta do Palheiro estate. Nearly two thirds of the course has been carved out of pine forest and botanical woodland established over the last 100 years.


Palheiro Golf in Madeira has been ranked in the new Golf World´s TOP 200 European Courses list.

Laurissilva By 4x4 – Unesco World Heritage

Venture outside of the city on this 4x4 tour into the interior of the island, visiting Laurissilva of Madeira, a biodiverse nature reserve containing the largest surviving area of laurel forest, a unique type of vegetation only found in the Azores, Madeira and The Canary Islands. Here you have the possibility of seeing a wide array of ecological niches, including intricate food webs and co-habituation of endemic flora and fauna.


Ribeira Brava Viewpoint

After tendering ashore and a 200-meter walk, depart Funchal for an approximately 45-minute transfer to Ribeira Brava for a 15-minute photo stop. The viewpoint overlooks the town of Ribeira Brava and offers a panoramic bird's eye view of the breathtaking coastline.

Panoramic drive from Serra d'Agua up to Encumeada Viewpoint

Re-board your 4x4 Land Rover for a panoramic drive into the mountains. You'll begin in the valley of Serra d'Agua, ascending 1007 meters above sea level for a beautiful view of the North and South coasts and the valleys of Ribeira Brava and São Vicente. A photo stop will be made at the Encumeada viewpoint.

4x4 Ride through Laurissilva

On your 4x4 land rover, traverse the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Laurissilva, for an exhilarating ride. From an open roof off-roading vehicle, you'll have optimal views of the largest forest of Laurissilva trees in existence. The forest is mainly comprised of evergreen trees and bushes, with flat, dark green leaves. Zoom past ancient trees, waterfalls and cliffs while keeping an eye out for wildlife.


Quinta Barbusano Vineyard, Tapas and Wine

Lastly, reach the fabulous Northern vineyards of Madeira and visit Quinta do Barbusano. Verdelho is the most prominent grape variety of the vineyard, producing high-quality white wines -- although the reds have been increasingly in demand. Taste their local rosé, red and white table wines along with artisanal tapas. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your 4x4 Land Rover for an approximately 1-hour transfer back to the ship.

Madeira & Wine Tasting

The island of Madeira is noted for its natural beauty and exotic vegetation abounds in a carpet of green. The terrain is rugged with imposing valleys and some of the highest sea-cliffs in the world while the climate is temperate and the winters are mild, perfect for growing grapes. Madeiran wine is a trademark of Portugal, and its value is almost equal to gold. The wine has a long history, dating back to the discovery of the New World. This tour will help you discover the Madeiran wine tradition in Funchal.


Cabo Girão

Depart the pier area and drive west from Funchal to Cabo Girão, the second highest sea cliff in the world, and the highest in Europe. It rises sheer from the sea, so that the viewpoint offers breathtaking views along the coast, over Funchal, and out over the distant horizon.

The road then heads down towards the coast passing by the vineyards of Estreito de Câmara Lobos, one of the most important winegrowing areas of the island. The steep valleys offer good examples of the terraced cultivation seen throughout Madeira.


Câmara de Lobos

Reaching the village of Câmara de Lobos "The Sea Wolves' Lair", a picturesque fishing village, once painted by Sir Winston Churchill. The village was given its name by the explorers João Gonçalves Zarco and Tristão Vaz Teixeira because of the shape of its bay and the many sea lions ("lobos") living there at the time. Have the opportunity to view this fishing village from a viewpoint.


Blandy Wine Lodge

On return to Funchal, the tour stops at The Blandy Wine Lodge and here you will have the chance to sample two of the famous Madeira wines, world famous for centuries. Acquired in 1840 by Charles Ridpath Blandy, the Blandy's Wine Lodge has always been and is still an integral part of the production of Blandy's Madeira Wine. Blandy's Madeira celebrated its bicentennial in 2011. Blandy Wine Lodge gives you a privileged perspective on 200 years of Madeira Wine. Located in the centre of Funchal, Blandy's Wine Lodge allows visitors to Madeira an opportunity to experience first-hand wine in the making.

Monte & Botanical Gardens

The village of Monte sits above Funchal at a height of 550 metres (1,804 feet). The cool mountain air and dramatic views made it a healthy retreat for the islands wealthy in the mid-19th century. The Monte Cable Car connects the historic centre of Funchal and Monte. Visit the village of Monte, known for its twin towered church of Our Lady of Monte and the Botanical Gardens with more than 2000 plants.


Depart the pier for the approximate 30-minute drive to Monte Village.


Monte

On arrival to the village of Monte enjoy some time to explore this small village perched up in the hills overlooking Funchal, approximately 3.7 miles (6 km) away from the centre of the capital, and formerly a health resort for Europe's high society.


Cable Car Ride

Next, experience an unforgettable voyage by cable car with Nature at your feet. This unforgettable voyage to the Botanical Gardens will take about 8 minutes and offers its visitors a new panoramic route with privileged sights of not only the Funchal bay but also over the River of João Gomes, a place of rare and exotic beauty made up by an important nucleus of Laurissilva forest. The Laurissilva of Madeira is an outstanding relic of a previously widespread laurel forest type. It is the largest surviving area of laurel forest and is believed to be 90% primary forest. It contains a unique array of plants and animals, including many endemic species such as the Madeiran long-toed pigeon.


Botanical Gardens

At the end of the cable car ride the tour continues at the Botanical Gardens located 1.8 miles (3 km) from the centre of Funchal at Quinta do Bom Sucesso - a private Quinta belonging to the Reid family - where the climatic conditions are much in favour of exuberant vegetation. The Botanical Garden boasts harmonious forms, contrasting colours and more than 2000 plants. Throughout the gardens you can find the plants labeled with their scientific names, common name and origin.


Re-board your coach for the drive back to the pier.

Panoramic Madeira

Experience some of the most spectacular scenery for which Madeira is renowned. Right in the middle of the Atlantic, the island of Madeira is a haven of natural beauty. The exotic colours of the flowers stand out from the blue sea and the emerald green vegetation; this is an archipelago where two thirds are a protected area and where the largest Laurisilva forest in the world is located.


Ponta do Garajau

Depart the pier for the 30-minute drive to Ponta do Garajau which is famous for the statue of Christ the Redeemer that stands looking out at the sea with outstretched arms, as well as its views over Funchal and the Natural Park of Garajau.


Machico

Continue along the Southern coast past the village of Machico, hidden in the bay and stretching out over the hillsides. Legend has it that the first two settlers to Madeira landed at Machico: Robert Machim (hence the name of the town) and Ana D'Arafet. Once a small fishing village, Machico is now a holiday resort.


Next, the road continues to the north of the island and a stop at Portela Pass (2,197 ft. / 670m), where the views over the mountains and down to the sea are magnificent on all sides.


Ribeiro Frio

The route turns inland past Faial to Ribeiro Frio, where a short stop is made to visit the carefully cultivated grounds of the trout hatchery. From here, the road climbs steeply through woodlands and lush green vegetation, passing through Poiso Pass (4,308 ft. / 1413m), from where the summits of the island's highest peaks Pico Ruivo (6,104 ft. / 1862m), and Pico do Arieiro (5,937 ft. / 1818m) should be visible at a distance.


Once over the pass, the road descends rapidly to Terreiro da Luta. At approximately 2670 feet (886m), this was once the terminus of the old funicular railway, long since dismantled, by which visitors traveled from town to the mountain scenery. The nearby Peace Monument is a large column of rough basalt erected in 1925 and surmounted by a statue of the Virgin and Child.


The tour concludes back at the pier, passing by the village of Monte.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Driver/Guide (Full Day)

Explore Funchal at your leisure during your full-day (8 Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier. Driver/Guides are able to assist with itinerary planning and provide some commentary. Guests who desire detailed commentary should reserve the services of a guide to accompany them. This may be requested on board the ship.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Driver/Guide (Half Day)

Explore Funchal at your leisure during your half-day (4 Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier. Driver/Guides are able to assist with itinerary planning and provide some commentary. Guests who desire detailed commentary should reserve the services of a guide to accompany them. This may be requested on board the ship.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Driver/Guide (Full Day)

Explore Funchal at your leisure during your full-day (8 Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier. Driver/Guides are able to assist with itinerary planning and provide some commentary. Guests who desire detailed commentary should reserve the services of a guide to accompany them. This may be requested on board the ship.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Driver/Guide (Half Day)

Explore Funchal at your leisure during your half-day (4 Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier. Driver/Guides are able to assist with itinerary planning and provide some commentary. Guests who desire detailed commentary should reserve the services of a guide to accompany them. This may be requested on board the ship.

World Cruise Collection: Ultimate Madeira Wines Discovery

From the pier, a short transfer will take you to Madeira Wine Lodge for a great Madeira Wine Experience. From the parking area, it is a 5min walking to the Wine Lodge. Upon arrival to Blandy's Wine Lodge guests will be welcomed by its Manager Ana Vieira Soares, who will guide in this exclusive visit. A tour of Blandy's Wine Lodge gives you the opportunity to explore 200 years of Madeira wine. Ana will guide you through the various areas of the Lodge, giving you a detailed knowledge of the ageing of the dated wines, including a visit to the huge Vats in the Leões Room, the making of barrels at the Cooperage, the transformation of grapes into Madeira wine, Brazilian satinwood storage vats a chance to see the vintage process in the "Canteiro" lodge and an exclusive view of the Blandy family's private collection of unique Vintage Madeiras and a tour of the museum with unique items from the history of Madeira wine, finishing with a very special tasting - in a room, used for exclusive tastings, for VIP's, Royal members and state figures - immersing you on a Vintage Tasting from 4 different decades: 50's; 60's; 70's and 80's accompanied with dry snacks presented by Blandy's Wine Lodge CEO - Chris Blandy or its Enologist - Francisco Albuquerque.


After this unique experience, some free time will be given before a short walk will take you back to your bus and for the transfer back to the pier.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.