Madeira Sightseeing Drive and Wine Tasting
Beverages - Sample Wine
Tour Participation Requirements
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.
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.