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Madeira Sightseeing Drive and Wine Tasting
Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
- Pico dos Barcelos: A lookout point offering panoramic views over the entire city of Funchal, its brilliant blue bay, and the aptly named Deserted Islands off in the distance.
- Cabo Girao viewpoint: Stand atop Europe's highest sea cliffs and look down nearly 2,000 feet to an oceanside village. Need more of a rush? One section has a glass floor.
- Camara de Lobos: This fishing village sits where Madeira's 1419 discoverers landed. It's the island's second largest city, but it won't look that way peering down from Cabo Girao.
- Wine lodge visit: Taste Madeira's legendary fortified wines, and see where and how they're made in a time-honored process that imitates the effect of a lengthy sea voyage.
About this Funchal, Madeira tour
Ever since Henry the Navigator began Madeira's colonization in the 15th century, it's been accumulating flamboyant nicknames. Pearl of the Ocean, Island of Eternal Spring, Jewel of the Atlantic. None are official, and they all boil down to the same message: This island is drop-dead gorgeous.
Parked balmily in the Gulf Stream, 500 miles southwest of Lisbon and about 400 off the coast of Morocco, Madeira vaults out of the deep Atlantic and climbs quickly to over 6,000 feet at its central ridge; its actually the top of a gigantic underwater volcano.
Needless to say, this makes for some impressive scenery – which this guided drive captures well in just a few short hours. At one point, you'll find yourself at an overlook 1,100 feet up, catching unbelievable panoramas of the city, mountains, and bay. At another point, you'll be down in the city – sampling Madeira wine as you tour a lodge where it's made and aged using the centuries-old techniques.
At still another point – well, that point is nearly half a mile up above the Atlantic, you can gaze down through the glass-floored Cabo Girao skywalk to the tiny red roofs of Camara de Lobos below and an endless expanse of ocean stretching out to lands far away. You almost have to be nuts to tiptoe out for that dizzying, jaw-dropping view, but countless intrepid visitors have. So ... go nuts.
One thing's for sure: After this tour, you'll know why so many people flock to this tiny island gem. Who knows? Maybe you'll be the one who comes up with a nickname that sticks.
V for vacation
In 1950, Winston Churchill retreated to Madeira to shake off fatigue and a stubborn flu. The trip was kept hush-hush, but most locals knew who the guy exploring the island in a Rolls was (it supposedly had a bar in the boot). Maybe it was the cigar, or the occasional V sign he flashed. He spent a good deal of time painting harbor scenes at Camara de Lobos, amiably meandering the streets of Funchal, and becoming a fan of Madeira wine.
Arriving by cruise ship? Please proceed pier side to the port entrance and look for our tour representative with the displayed logo sign.
If you are over the age of 18 years, enjoy wine tasting at wine lodge. Wine sampling only; food is not offered.
The amount of walking is approx. 200 yards and you will have to climb about 30 steps, stand for periods of time and get on and off the coach. Travelers with limited mobility made need a person to accompany them. The venues are not wheelchair accessible.
Scenic, Food and Wine, Bus Tour
Beverages - Sample Wine
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Under 18 years old? Sorry you won't be able to sample wine on this tour. 18 is the legal drinking age in Portugal.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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