Join us on a trip to Madeira
With Kirsty Fergusson 3rd–10th November 2020
Following the success of our visit in 2018, we are returning to this magical island, 500 miles off the coast of Africa and clothed in glorious subtropical vegetation which has delighted botanists and gardeners – as well as winter sun-seekers – for centuries. The climate and volcanic soil have also proved hospitable to generations of Portuguese and British producers of the deliciously complex fortified wines that bear the name of the island. Discover the colour, warmth and tastes of Madeira while based in a luxurious hotel, perfectly placed for exploring, shopping, eating and drinking in the historic centre of Funchal. Kirsty has led many Oldie trips and is an excellent garden guide. Kirker is also providing a tour rep.
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Tuesday 3rd November – Arrival
Depart London Gatwick with BA 09.50, arrive Funchal 13.45 (direct flight). Transfer to the centrally located Castanheiro boutique hotel (www.castanheiroboutiquehotel.com).
Wednesday 4th November – Old Funchal
Our tour will include the cathedral and the famous Mercado des Lavradores. After lunch, we will take the cable car and visit the city’s famous botanical garden.
Thursday 5th November – Monte Park
Monte Park is situated high above Funchal and filled with more than 700 species of trees and plants. We visit the lush subtropical Monte Palace gardens. Free afternoon.
Friday 6th November – Tour of the island
We’ll enjoy a full-day tour of the entire island, visiting the sharply contrasting north and south coasts. In the north we will see a dramatic coastline of rugged mountains and cliffs.
Saturday 7th November – Quinta das Cruzes Museum and Blandy’s Garden
After visiting the Quinta das Cruzes museum and the world-famous Blandy’s Garden at Quinta do Palheiro, we’ll have lunch at Blandy’s wine bar. Free afternoon.
Sunday 8th November – Orchid nursery at Quinta da Boa Vista
We’ll visit the impressive orchid nursery Quinta da Boa Vista, in the grounds of a 200-year-old villa. Lunch at a seafood restaurant overlooking the sea. Free afternoon.
Monday 9th November – West of Madeira
We will travel through Camara de Lobos, where Winston Churchill painted scenes of the village, to the cliffs at Cabo Girão. Lunch by the sea in Porto Moniz before we return to Funchal via Paul de Serra. Last evening at Blandy’s Wine Lodge for a guided tour and tasting.
Tuesday 10th November – Departure
Free morning. Depart Funchal 15.30, arrive London Gatwick 19.05.