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Madeira Centre Tour
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely
Group Size Medium Group
We’ll start our tour by heading to the beautiful viewpoint of PICO DOS BARCELOS. Here you’ll look at an incredible view of the whole city of Funchal, including the bay and mountains. Next, we’ll drive you to EIRA DO SERRADO through dramatic and spectacular views. Once at the top, you’ll enjoy a stunning sight of the “Nun’s Valley” and the Central Massif surrounding it. Our next stop will be the Parish of MONTE, considered the most beautiful in the city and home to the last reigning monarch of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. First, we will visit the lovely Portuguese colonial CHURCH and the tomb of Charles I of Austria. Then we will walk to the departure of the famous TOBOGGAN, a unique means of transport for anyone who wishes an adventure ride down through the steep streets of Monte. The price of the tour does not include the ride. BOOK YOUR SEAT NOW!
- Certified Staff
- Entrance fees
- Air-conditioning vehicle
- Pickup & drop-off in the city of Funchal and for private tours only.
- Toboggan ride. Optional upon payment when booking this tour (add-ons).
- Pickups and drop-offs outside of 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. Please click here for location details and a map.
Monday & Thursday Afternoon
Year-round, except December 25 and January 1, August 14 & 15.
The tour starts at 14:00 and finishes around 18:00
Departure Point and Time
Confirmed by email
What do you need to bring?
Comfortable walking shoes, a camera, and a coat or a jacket if it gets cooler.
A raincoat or poncho if rain is in the forecast.
Good to Know
There are a few steps to negotiate, but they are easy for the non-disabled. If you go on the sledge (upon an extra payment), we will pick you up at the end of the ride and take you back to the hotel.
We pick you up from where you are staying and drop you off when finished. It’s easy to book. Our staff are 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.
17:30 - 18:00
Hotel Drop-off (Return Time)
We will take you back to the same spot where we picked you at the start of the tour.
The order of the itinerary as shown above may be subject to change and/or affected by local conditions.
Unusual Places to Consider Visiting
Hotels in Funchal get free pick-up and drop-off. Extra charges may apply for hotels outside Funchal. If you have your car, select that option. You’ll get a confirmation email with meeting point details, a map, and an emergency phone number.
Our vehicle will display a card with the company logo on the windscreen and the group name (if applicable). The driver or Tourist Guide will have a list of all passengers’ names.
Although there are some steps along the way, they are relatively easy to navigate for those who are not disabled. The pace of the tour is leisurely, and there are plenty of opportunities to take a break, sit down, and use the restroom if needed. The tour suits children, but please let us know if you prefer a private booking.
In addition to our tours for mainland travellers, we also provide affordable options for those travelling by cruise ship. You can select from our existing tour packages or create a customised itinerary. Don’t hesitate to contact us to arrange your tour!
Please feel free to reach out to us through our Contact Us page.
Lux Madeira offers group tours, which can also be booked as private tours. Please note that private tours’ rates differ from those for group tours. If you are interested in booking a private tour or have questions about our listed tours, please get in touch with us for further information.
Our private tours are available daily and can be tailored to meet your needs. However, certain establishments may not be open on public holidays or Sundays. Please get in touch with us to inform us of your desired activities and destinations, and we will do our best to arrange them for you. You can reach us through our Contact Us page.
We can cater to people with special dietary requirements on all of our tours except the Food & Wine Tour, which is not recommended for vegetarians and vegans. If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know before your tour so we can make arrangements to accommodate your needs. You can contact us through the Contact Us page.
We offer Portuguese, English, French, Spanish and German tours—other languages on request.
All of our services are quoted per person, except for private services.
If you’ve booked a tour but need to change or cancel the date, please let us know as soon as possible. We’ll do our best to help you. If you can’t make it to the tour due to something beyond your control, we can change your booking without any extra fees if available for the following days. To learn more, please read our Policy.
We will happily reschedule if you cannot attend your tour due to circumstances beyond your control. However, if you wish to cancel your tour, please refer to our Cancellation Policy to learn about the refund details.
Lux Madeira is unique because our regular tours have no minimum requirements. We will proceed with the tour even if just one person has booked. However, this policy does not apply to our themed tours. The size of the tour group varies depending on the number of bookings received. If you want a more exclusive experience, you can always upgrade to a private tour at a different rate.
Our staff is the backbone of each successful service. We look for people who are not only qualified and experienced but also passionate and love what they do.
If you are pleased with the service, you may tip your driver and tour guide. Tipping is optional and entirely at your discretion.
If you’re planning a trip to Madeira Island, you’ll be happy to know that it’s a great destination to visit all year round. The coastal areas have a mild and temperate climate with no extreme weather conditions, while the mountains can be colder, so bring warm clothes if you plan to visit them. It’s also rainier in the winter months, so pack a raincoat or an umbrella. The average temperature ranges from 18C in the winter to 25C in the summer, and the sea temperature remains consistent throughout the year, between 18C to 22C. This is thanks to the warm Gulf Stream that surrounds the island. For tours, dress comfortably and casually with layers of clothing so you can add or remove clothes depending on the weather. Comfortable walking shoes and an all-weather coat are a good idea, too.
Tours operate rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, your Tourist Guide will modify the tour to spend more time indoors. It’s always a good idea to have an umbrella on hand.