Silversea Luxury Cruises Nach Funchal, Madeira

Funchal, Madeira

When colonists arrived in Madeira in July 1419, the valley they settled was a mass of bright yellow fennel, or funchal in Portuguese. Today the bucolic fields are gone, and the community that replaced them is the self-governing island's bustling business and political center. Funchal is the only town of any size on the island and the base for the the bulk of its tourism thanks to the plethora of hotels, restaurants, bars, cafés, phenomenal coastal and hillside views, and—of course—Madeira wine. View more

Despite the tropical vegetation, Funchal’s center feels decidedly Portuguese, though there's a heavy British influence, which is a holdover from the mid-16th-century marriage of the Portuguese princess Catherine of Bragança to England's King Charles II. The marriage contract gave the English the right to live on Madeira, plus valuable trade concessions. Charles in turn gave Madeirans an exclusive franchise to sell wine to England and its colonies. The island's wine boom lured many British families to Funchal, and many blue-blooded Europeans and famous vacationers such as George Bernard Shaw and Winston Churchill followed the pack to enjoy the mild winters.

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Exkursionen in Funchal, Madeira

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.



Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.5km (1 mile) and is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. There are approximately 80-100 steps that will be encountered as well. Comfortable walking shoes and warm cardigan or jacket are recommended as Madeira has a micro-climate. Credit cards are not accepted in the souvenir shops, guests must bring Euros.

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.



Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking, approximately 1.5km (1 mile) and 35 steps. This tour is not suitable for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Comfortable walking shoes and warm cardigan or jacket are recommended as Madeira has a micro-climate. Credit cards are not accepted in the souvenir shops, guests must bring cash. Visibility from all scenic viewpoints is weather dependant and therfeore cannot be guaranteed.

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-minute 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.


Please Note: This programme involves a moderate amount of activity and includes green fees, roundtrip transportation and a shared cart. Golf attire is mandatory; no jeans, tee-shirts or tank tops permitted. Golfers may wear hard of soft-spiked golf shoes. Golf must be booked the latest 72 hours prior to play and is subject to cancellation charges if cancelled within this time. A minimum participation of two golfers is required to operate this tour.

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.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking over uneven ground and cobblestones, and a short 5 minute walk from the bus to the Wine Lodge. Approximate total distance walked is 1km (.62 miles). This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Visibility from all scenic outlooks is weather dependent and views cannot be guaranteed.

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.



Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1km (.62 miles) over uneven ground, cobblestones and steps and wet surfaces inside the caves. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. We recommend wearing flat walking shoes and bring a lightweight sweater/cardigan or jacket for the visit to the caves. Visibility from all scenic outlooks is weather dependent and views cannot be guaranteed.

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.



Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking over uneven ground, and a short walk from the cable car station in Monte to the toboggan departure point. Approximate distance walked will be 1.5km (1 mile). Guests opting not to take the toboggan ride may drive down via coach. The sled ride is not recommended for pregnant women, guests with back and/or neck problems, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. The cable car and toboggan rides are popular attractions; expect slight delays prior to boarding. We recommend wearing comfortable clothing, walking shoes and sun protection.

Walking Madeira’s Trails

Experience the scenic interior of Madeira during a guided walking tour through the island's 'levadas', and a visit to a wicker factory. The levadas crisscross the mountains and cover a vast distance dating back to as far as the early 16th century. The mini-canals are irrigation systems developed to distribute water from the rainfall heavy and wet regions on the north of Madeira Island to the drier sun parched regions of the south.


Levadas

Amongst Madeira's unique features are 'levadas', or canals dug by hand to carry irrigation water from the mountains toward the agricultural terraces on the lower slopes. Many 'levadas' are accompanied by footpaths; hiking along these trails is one of the best ways to explore the interior, take in majestic panoramas and get an up-close look at Madeira's vast array of plants, trees, bushes and ferns.


Vale Paraiso Walking Tour

Depart the pier for the approximately 30-minute drive to the Vale Paraiso. Upon arrival, leave your van or coach and begin your approximately one-hour guided walking tour along the winding 'levadas' to Camacha, located at an elevation of approximately 2,296 feet (700 metres). Along the way, admire stunning scenery and an abundance of luxurious vegetation whilst learning informative details about the beautiful 'Garden Isle'.


Camacha and Wicker Factory

A refreshment stop is made at a local bar before commencing the second part of the walk, which takes you to the Rochão Plateau, the highest point in the parish of Camacha. Here, re-join the van or coach for the drive to a wicker factory.

The village of Camacha (2,296 ft/700m),is one of the largest inland villages of the island and is the centre of the wicker industry producing the well-known Madeira wicker-work. Visit the showrooms to purchase a few wicker-work souvenirs or view the many examples of wicker-work on display.



Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking over uneven grounds for four miles (six kilometres), with some inclines. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to dress in layers, wear sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sunscreen, a light raincoat, a hat and sunglasses from the ship. In the interest of the guests' safety, the walking trails may be changed or cancelled in the event of adverse weather or maintenance work.

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. Customise 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.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Driver/Guides are English-speaking. Guides to converse in other languages may be available upon request; additional charges may apply. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

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. Customise 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.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Driver/Guides are English-speaking. Guides to converse in other languages may be available upon request; additional charges may apply. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

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. Customise 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.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Driver/Guides are English-speaking. Guides to converse in other languages may be available upon request; additional charges may apply. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

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. Customise 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.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Driver/Guides are English-speaking. Guides to converse in other languages may be available upon request; additional charges may apply. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.