Museum & Garden Tour

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  • Group Size Small Group
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All about the Museum & Garden Tour.

The HOUSE-MUSEUM FREDERICO DE FREITAS in Funchal is not like a museum but a beautifully furnished house from the 18th century, where a wealthy Madeira lawyer lived in the 1930s. Frederico de Freitas collected high-end antique furniture, paintings, pottery, porcelain, and other cultural relics. You will love the indoor winter garden, the library, and the kitchen. Next to it, you can marvel at beautiful, glazed tiles from around the world, going back to the 12th century. Then we will visit the exquisite QUINTA JARDINS DO LAGO. This little paradise has a colonial-style hotel built in the mid-18th century, set in a lovely garden with a small lake. Your guide will share her love of plants with you, show you a wonderful collection of plants and trees, and tell you the history of this house. You will admire the unique scenery of Funchal, from the mountains to the sea, in a tranquil atmosphere with singing birds. Say hello to Colombo! The garden is also home to Colombo-a 60-year-old giant Galápagos tortoise. This place is an authentic Garden of Eden.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Qualified Tourist Guide
  • Taxes
  • Entrance fees to the museum and gardens
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Pickup & drop-off in the city of Funchal and for private tours only.
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Pick-up and drop-off services outside Funchal:Meet us at the Cable Car bus stop in Funchal if outside the specified area. Enter “Cable car bus stop” under “Hotel in Madeira or Porto Santo (optional)” at checkout, and we’ll email you the time.
  1. 09:00 | 14:00 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.

  2. When From Tuesday to Friday, Morning or Afternoon

    Every day except weekends, Mondays, and holidays.

  3. Departure Point and Time Confirmed by email
  4. Duration 4 hours

    The morning tour starts at 09:00 and finishes around 13:00

    The afternoon tour starts at 14:00 and finishes around 18:00

  5. What do you need to bring? Don’t Forget

    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.

     

    *To ensure a positive experience for all visitors, we kindly request that you refrain from using flash photography inside the museum if camera usage is permitted. Thank you for being so cooperative.

  6. Good to Know Activity level

    In the Museum

    The museum is up / down a steep little side street, but we will walk gently.

    We divided the visit into two parts. One is the former house with the furnishings and ornaments that Dr Frederico the Freitas and his family lived. The other is a collection of painted tiles in a contemporary museum setting. 

    Fold up seats are available to take around.

    There are stairs and a lift for the upper floor of the tiles’ museum.

    In the Garden

    Walking in the garden is not difficult because the garden is on a gentle slope, and we will walk at a leisurely pace. 

    Children and people with reduced mobility:

    The garden and the museum are suitable for children and people with reduced mobility, including wheelchairs. Children must be accompanied and supervised by adults at all times.

  7. Our Expertise Why us?

    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.

    An experienced guide will explain the history and background of these extraordinary places.

     

  8. 13:00 | 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.

  9. Please Note The order of the itinerary as shown above may be subject to change and/or affected by local conditions.

    The museum or the garden may close for maintenance. In this case, we will do our best to warn you and replace it with another one within the same category (except the tiles). It’s up to you to decide whether you come or not.