- A full day tour of East Madeira
- See some of Madeira's picture perfect scenery
- Discover some enchanting cottages
- Enjoy a delicious lunch
- Visit the historic seaside town of Machino
What You Can Expect
First travel about 20 minutes to the village Camacha and visit its acclaimed wickerwork factory. Watch as artisanal weave baskets, chairs and even animal figures. If an item catches your eye, feel free to purchase it.
Next, cruise to the second-highest summit on Maderia, Pico do Arieiro. Stare down at the clouds or out toward the island of Porto Santo (Pico do Facho) in the distance. Enjoy crisp mountain air as you head to Ribeiro Frio. Here, explore a natural park within the deep valley and visit its popular governmental trout hatchery and farm.
Briefly visit Faial before you ascend to the charming village of Santana. Admire the triangular, fairytale cottages with straw roofs that sprinkle the mountainside. Stop for a tasty lunch before climbing 2,198 feet (670 meters) to Portela. Marvel at Eagle’s cliff and see it rise high above the pristine coastline.
On your journey home to Funchal, visit the southeast part of Madeira and discover the town of Machico. It’s here that Portugal’s great navigators arrived in 1420. Finally, end your tour back at your original point of departure.
This was great value for money including a very nice lunch. our driver was Pedro who made the day interesting. the view from Pico do Ariero was superb. I have been on this trip twice now and highly recumbent it.
Great day trip... Well recommended...
Barbara N United Kingdom
Very good multi-cultural trip. Guests from Brazil, Belgium, Korea, Portugal and UK. Mini bus which enabled us to visit places a large coach could not. Driver excellent, knowledgeable, funny and very accommodating. Lunch was excellent. Very good value for the money. Would recommend.
Richard H United Kingdom
We had a very short break in Madeira and wanted to sample some of the beutiful scenary. I've have used Viator several times before and was happy to book another tour with them. It was excellent, out hotel pick up was on time. The driver courteous and knowledegable giving us a commentary of facts and sights as we proceeded. Madeira has such a pleasant climate. Camacha, perched on the hillside with breathtaking views and flowers everywhere was followed by the drive up through the clouds to the mountain top.The views were stunning, looking down on the clouds and through the gaps down into Funchal and the harbour. It would have been nice to have seen to the island of Porto Santo, but the cloud did not break in that direction. The valley of Ribeiro Frio was wonderful, so green fresh with flowers everywhere. We had booked lunch and tucked into a feast of local produce with wine too. The traditional houses of Santana are so colourful and photogenic. The views on from the clifftops from Ponta do Rosto near the eastern tip of the island were beautiful. only spoiled by the fact we were nearing the ends of the day and making our way to Machico, the original landing place of the original settlers. A small but beautiful beach of golden sands topped it off. Alltogether an excellent day whcih I'd happily do again on any future visit.
Mark P USA
John S United Kingdom
Excellent trip lead by Manuel who drove us around the eastern part of the island and was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about everywhere we went. However, we would prefer not to have spent 3 hours in a Theme Park, although the history of the island pavilion was very impressive and informative. This is a good way to see quite a lot of the island if you're not on the island for very long.
Nice relaxing trip. Driver was ok, but overpriced. Normal price is only 20 Euros if you book through all travel agencies in Madeira !
We loved Madeira and enjoyed seeing the variety of topography of the eastern side. We were in the back of the van and could barely hear the guide (no mike) which was too bad though we drove a lot without him talking at all.
I have taken several local tours like this and always object to the hour long stops to shop. That is not our purpose for tavelling and the prices are always much higher than near where we are staying.
This is very much a cultural tour rather than a sightseeing trip and if it's a cloudy day, as it was for me, the drive up to the viewing peaks may be cancelled. For the large part this trip is about seeing basket makers in action, fish farms, whisky factories, walking around town centres and viewing triangle house shaped shops. There was also a view from the far end of the island - which is spectacular, but clearly this sight seeing isn't the focus of the trip as we spent far less time at viewing points than in the factories etc. It's also very difficult to find something to do on the small hill that houses the restaurant if you don't select the lunch option. This tour is best suited to people who don't want to see the sights and who enjoy wandering around tourist factories, artisan shops and sleepy town centres.
It was a very cloudy day and we could not see the views. The stops were just OK. Tour director was not the best.