Botanical Gardens & Cable Car
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeGarden, Guided Tours
Activity Level Fairly Easy
Group Size Small Group
We start our tour with the MADEIRA BOTANICAL GARDEN, designed by William Reid in the 19th century. The gardens are a living museum of native and rare plants, and you will have incredible views of the entire city of Funchal, including the bay and mountains.
Next, we’ll Visit the MONTE PALACE GARDEN. In the 19th century, the growth of therapeutic tourism in Madeira in winter led to the construction of the “Monte Palace Hotel” due to the mild climate. The then-owner built a palace inspired by the architecture of the Rhine and decorated the garden with small lakes, water jets and winding walkways. The romantic taste of its origin did not change. The current owner embellished the garden with exotic plants such as cycads, often called “living fossils”, tree ferns and native plants from the “Laurisilva” forest, declared a Natural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Walking through the garden, we can also admire the famous collection of tiles, the oriental garden, the orchid garden and Karp Koi.
Then get ready to take the Funchal CABLE CAR to the Old Town. The view of the capital Funchal with its red and orange roofs, the harbour, and the sea is a must.
If you like flowers and gardens, you must join this tour.
- Qualified Madeira tour guide
- Entrance fees to the gardens and museums: Madeira Botanical Garden tickets, Monte Palace Madeira tickets
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- Pick-up in the city of Funchal
- Madeira cable car tickets – Monte – Funchal (1-WAY)
- Pick-ups outside Funchal
We can still pick you up at an extra charge for hotels out of the city (price per vehicle), or if you have your car, we can set the time and meeting point in Funchal.
Hotel Pick-up (Departure time)
A staff member will pick you up at the indicated place and confirm your voucher identification. You can present either a paper or an electronic ticket for this activity. The tour will begin as soon as we finish collecting tour members.
Monday to Saturday (Mornings and Afternoons)
Year-round, except on Sundays and Holidays.
Departure Point and Time
Confirmed by email
The tour starts at 08:30 and finishes around 13:30
What do you need to bring?
Comfortable walking shoes, a camera, and a coat or a jacket if it gets cooler.
We also recommend bringing a raincoat or poncho if rain is in the forecast.
Good to Know
Activity level & Useful Info
There are a few steps to negotiate. Those with limited mobility may find it challenging to go around the gardens. If that’s your case, and you want to visit the gardens, you can get the round-trip tram to/ from the entrance (at an extra cost on-site). An experienced guide will explain the history and context of these extraordinary places. Even those who love wandering around won’t regret this guided tour.
Funchal Madeira cable car ride lasts around 15 minutes.
Madeira cable car opening hours: 09:00 – 17:45 (last trip)
Madeira cable car map: on request on the spot
Madeira cable car and toboggan ride prices:
- Madeira cable car price is included in this tour
- The toboggan ride is optional (if you decide to spend more time in Monte) and is not included.
We pick you up from where you are staying and drop you off when finished. It’s easy to book. Our staff is qualified. We take you to various sites we know you will want to explore. Our fundamental principles are the comfort, safety, and flexibility of our guests and personnel.
End of the tour
After the cable car, return to the hotel on your own.
Funchal cable car route: The cable car (Funchal Monte Madeira) ends in the old town, where there are many restaurants where you can have lunch.
It’s also close to taxi ranks and buses that can take you back to your hotel.
If your hotel is in the centre of Funchal, you can walk back.
The order of the itinerary as shown above may be subject to change and/or affected by local conditions.
Items you can add to this Tour
Please note: The Madeira cable cars can close for maintenance on the same day of your tour. We will notify you as soon as we are informed and refund the amount you paid for this add-on.