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6 Night Self-Drive Madeira Island Tour: Discover The Garden Island

Tour Overview

Madeira, the “floating garden” or the “pearl of the Atlantic”, is a unique sub-tropical paradise in the Atlantic Ocean with dramatic and breathtaking scenery (57km long/22 km wide).

Its mild climate, average temperatures of 25ºC in the summer and 17ºC in the winter, make it the ideal island for a relaxing or active break at any time of the year. Madeira’s lush vegetation hides the fascinating indigenous Laurel Forest, a UNESCO’s Nature World Heritage Site since 1999.

Diving, surfing, canyoning, walking in the mountains or by the sea, are just some of the possible activities to enjoy on this island. Swimming in the ocean or in natural rock pools, strolling through colorful gardens, tasting the well-known Madeira fortified Wine and trying the traditional gastronomy will fulfill your senses and create a happy state of mind.

Funchal, the capital city and its bay, where architecture and nature are charmingly combined, invites you for a delightful stroll, discovering the narrow traffic-free streets paved with black and white mosaics and lined by jacaranda trees. In the old town, the Farmer’s Market offers you a display of the great variety of local flowers, fruit and vegetables, the result of Madeira’s rich volcanic soil.


Day 1

Arrival in Madeira, car collection at Madeira's airport and accommodation at selected hotel for 5 nights.

Day 2

Day to Explore Funchal (if you wish a private tour, please consult us).

Day 3

Day to Visit Madeira's East coast.

Day 4

Leisure day, to relax on the hotel facilities or other activities (Our suggestion: visit the Island of Porto Santo on the local ferry boat; or walk through the Levadas (Water canals).

Day 5

Day to Explore Madeira's West coast.

Day 6

Day to review trip and add last minute visits to places such as museums and points of interest that are unique to Funchal and Madeira in general. Maybe some shopping?

Day 7

Hotel Check-out and departure to Funchal Airport. Car delivery at the Airport.

Places you will visit

Funchal: This is the capital of Madeira, famous for the botanical gardens everywhere in the city! If you wish to have a real experience we suggest you to go to the Market of Lavradores, where the locals sell the daily fresh and delicious products.

Monte: Not too far from Funchal center, you'll find Monte with beautiful views over the Funchal Bay. We suggest you a visit to the Church of Our Lady of Monte, and to take the chance to use the most famous transport of the Island - The Toboggan.

Curral das Freiras: Is what we call truly hidden part of Madeira. The name means "Nuns' Valley" and here you'll find a crater showing obvious evidences of the volcanic presence in the island of Madeira. Do not miss the local liquor.

East Madeira: On the East of Madeira you will find the most remote areas of the island that we suggest you to visit: Camacha, famous as the wicker work village; The Pico do Arieiro, one of the highest points of the island; Ribeiro Frio to visit the curious trout hatchery. Santana Village, with its traditional thatched roofed cottages; Porto da Cruz and Portela, whit a spectacular view over the town of Machico.

West Madeira: On the west side we will suggest you to visit the small fishing village of Câmara de Lobos; The most famous Cape of Madeira: the Cabo Girão, the highest promontory in Europe; Ribeira Brava a seaside village; Serra de Água and Encumeada where you can see both the North and the South coast; Porto Moniz famous for its natural pools; Paúl da Serra, a 1400m high plateau.

What's Included


  • 6 nights accommodation in Madeira
  • Superior 4 Star Level Hotel on Standard Rooms: Hotel  Castanheiro Boutique or The Views Baia
  • Premium 5 Stars Level on Standard Rooms: Savoy Palace Hotel or Pestana Carlton Madeira 
  • Breakfast
  • 7 day rental car, manual transmission, CDW , LDW, TP insurance & unlimited Kms.
  • Automatic transmission additional fee applies. Please let us know during the reservation process.
  • Please note car group choice. You must choose your preferred car  group from the rates menu.
  • Car Pickup and drop off at the airport  between 8:30 am to 8:30 pm. 
  • Local phone support in Portugal (24 hours)


Not Included

  • After hours rental car pick up at the  airport between 18h31 and 8h30: 25 Euro direct payment at counter.
  • Other car insurances or extra services to be booked directly with the car rental 
  • Other meals than breakfast





Booking your vacation

  • While prices are shown in $U.S dollars, we can also charge in Euros at the prevailing currency conversion daily rate
  • Early booking is advised. Availability of accommodations and inter-island flight is limited especially in summer months
  • If hotels named in itinerary are not available at time of booking, alternate similar same rating properties will be confirmed, and subject to new quote.
  • Order of islands visited may need to be altered due to flight schedule changes
  • Unless otherwise indicated, sightseeing tours are by private car with English speaking driver. Other languages are available upon request
  • Quotations with different hotels have a non refundable deposit of $50. Deposit will be credited towards final booking price

Booking your Vacation with Air

  • International airfare for this package is additional to price shown on Rates table. Departure cities are limited to those serviced by SATA International (Azores Airlines)
  • If you want a quote for airfare to be included make sure to check yes when prompted during the booking/reservation request process

Booking Conditions

  • A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $350 per person per vacation is required to book and hold both land and air for you.
  • Final payment is due 50 days before departure
  • Option to pay full price up front is available

Cancellation Policy - Land Portion

  • $350 per person if canceled up to 50 days prior departure.
  • 25% of total reservation if cancelled 49-39 days prior departure plus any other additional fee.
  • 50% of total reservation if canceled 38-31 days prior departure plus any other additional fee.
  • No refunds if canceled less than 30 days prior departure.
  • A cancellation is only valid after our services acknowledge the request and confirms that it's cancelled

Cancellation Policy - Airfare

  • Airfare cancellation terms and conditions will be provided to you before ticket is booked

Refund Fees

  • A 3.9% credit card assessed fee will be subtracted from any refunded payment, including deposits refunded due to services requested not available for date of booking.

I want to book. What do I do next?

  • Click on the Book Now button to send your reservation request
  • No payment will be collected at this time
  • Our travel Associate will contact you via email to answer any questions and book your Package
  • If you don't plan to book at this time please click here to contact us with any questions or concerns about your trip or your holiday

Booking Changes

  • A fee of $35 per person, per transaction, will be charged for any revision or alteration made to a reservation after the booking is confirmed. 
  • If the change increases the value of the booking, the $35 per person fee will be waived

Travel Insurance

  • We strongly recommend you purchase travel/cancellation insurance


Note: Hotels shown are for reference only. We reserve the right to change hotels based on availability, group size or other factors. Should alternate hotel be required, it will be of same or better rating .

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