Funchal cruises

You’ll consider Madeira’s reputation as the ‘Garden Island’ well founded, swathed in lush greenery which bears all manner of tropical fruits. For a thrilling overview, ascend by cable car to Monte, from whose delightful palace and gardens you can survey the orange rooftops below. The best way down again is by wicker toboggan, expertly steered by two gondoliers dressed in whites.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Farmer’s Market and Botanical Gardens

    Experience the scents, colours, flavours and traditions of life in Madeira.

    Farmer’s Market and Botanical Gardens

    Your day starts with a panoramic drive around Funchal’s most beautiful and historic sights. As your wind your way through the hustle and bustle of the capital, you’ll pass by Autonomy Square, City Hall, the São Lourenço Palace and Santa Catarina Parque, en route for a photo stop overlooking this colourful city.

    At the centre of local life is the Mercado dos Lavradores, or farmer’s market. With your guide, follow the exotic aromas to the stalls selling tropical fruits, vegetables and fragrant blooms and sample some of the local produce. Check out the catch of the day; depending on the season you may see fresh tuna or black scabbard. Don’t forget to bring your camera, to capture the vivid colours of the sellers wearing traditional costume and the ceramic wall tiles depicting regional scenes.

    Then it’s time to discover the beautiful Botanical Gardens, the former private residence of the Reid family. The gardens are host to a profusion of plants and flowers, from all parts of the world. Follow the paths that wind along the terraces to the herbarium and greenhouses with many rare and indigenous plants. Finally, before leaving ensure you take some time to savour the stunning views over Funchal.


    This tour will operate by coach and on foot. Guests will be given the option to accompany the guide around parts of the Botanical Gardens or explore alone. Plants will be labelled in Portuguese and Latin. Please note that there are several steps and slopes to negotiate during the tour. The visit to the gardens is approximately 1 hour in duration.

    Tour code

    FNC_041

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Madeira Private Tour by Car – Half Day

    Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service.

    Madeira Private Tour by Car – Half Day

    This exclusive private tour is designed to give you the freedom to customise your time ashore so you can discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle.

    With your private vehicle, and the personal attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you’ll have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests, and take in the sights at your own pace. See the famous sights, or go beyond to create your own special and memorable day ashore.



    This excursion will operate by car. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person) and will accommodate up to two guests. Only one person in the party needs to book the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. Entrance fees for attractions, meals, refreshments and gratuities are not included. In many destinations, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited, so guests are encouraged to secure their private vehicle reservation as early as possible. Tour price includes sightseeing within the city limits, touring outside the city is available at an additional cost.

    Tour code

    FNC_700

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    4 hours

  • The Gardens of Madeira

    Discover two of the most beautiful and well-known gardens in Madeira.

    The Gardens of Madeira

    The gardens of Quinta do Palheiro are situated on the road to Camacha, a short drive from Funchal. The gardens were created in the 18th century, for Conde de Carvalhal, who owned the gardens at that time. Some of the original plantations survive to this day, including the camellia avenues. Over the years, many tropical and sub-tropical plants have been introduced, making the gardens a fascinating example of Madeira’s fauna. In this green and peaceful place, enjoy afternoon tea at the delightful Tea House of the Quinta.
    Continue your floral discovery, with a visit to the Monte Palace Tropical Garden, an excellent location to view a comprehensive collection of beautiful trees from all over the world. The garden covers an area of 70,000 square metres and contains several lagoons with exotic ‘Koi’ fish of many sizes and colours. It also houses a huge collection of exotic plants from various parts of the world, something for each visitor to enjoy.
    During your visit of the Monte Palace Tropical Garden, you’ll have the chance to view a large collection of tile panels placed along the walkways and amongst the vegetation. These extraordinary panels date back from the 15th to 20th centuries and are considered to be the most important collection in the country after the National Tile Museum.


    It includes an extensive amount of walking in the gardens over cobbled and uneven ground with some steps and inclines. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    FNC_047

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Eco City Tour, Tukxi Madeira

    Hop aboard an eco friendly tukxi, and explore Funchal in a fashionable, fun and alfresco way.

    Eco City Tour, Tukxi Madeira

    Originating in Italy, Ape Calessino tukxi’s are 3 – wheeler modern day versions of the ‘little cart’ that was popular with the 1950’s ‘Dolce Vita’ lifestyle. Having now expanded into other parts of Europe this method of transport re-creates the true meaning of Dolce Vita – The good life, full of pleasure and indulgence.

    On your intimate guided tour you can sit back and admire the scenery as your driver heads along the harbour front, which has views of the sea on one side and clusters of houses on green mountains on the other. Arriving in the Old Town you’ll travel along the narrow cobbled streets, which are lined with beautifully restored houses and quaint local restaurants, contrasting with the wider and busier Avenida Arriaga, the city’s main commercial centre. Along the way look out for colourful local ladies (dressed in traditional costume), selling the famous ‘bird of paradise’, the true symbol of the island. Right in the heart of the city is the delightful Praca do Municipio, the awe inspiring square that boasts the architectural treasure of City Hall.

    As well as discovering the hidden corners of the city that larger vehicles cannot reach, you’ll also make stops for photographs at the Socorro Viewpoint, to capture views of the stunning cliff tops and Santa Caterina Park, which provides exceptional views of the harbour below.

    And after your unusual sightseeing experience, there’ll be plenty of time to explore more of the sights and sounds of Funchal independently.


    This tour is sold on a per Tukxi basis that accommodates three guests; therefore only one adult ticket is required when booking.

    Tour code

    FNC_039

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    1 hour

  • Dinner at Quinta Jardins do Lago

    Enjoy a delightful evening dinner at an elegant, small and luxurious botanical garden hotel.

    Dinner at Quinta Jardins do Lago

    Quinta Jardins do Lago is situated on one of the green hills surrounding the city of Funchal and is very close to its principal area of historical interest.
    Built in the 18th century, this charming Madeiran quinta (or country house) was the home of well-known French and British families. During the Napoleonic Wars General Beresford, Commander of the British forces on the island chose it as his residence.
    Explore the stunning and lush gardens with more than 500 different species of plants, which are unique in their variety and natural beauty. With an area of 2½ hectares full of wonderful examples of rare species and old trees, as well as many colourful and delicate flowers, the flora of ‘Quinta Jardins do Lago‘ is such a rich and diverse collection that it can rival any good botanical gardens. It is also home to ‘Colombo’ the 57 year-old giant tortoise.
    Indulge in a delicious three-course dinner with wine in the gardens in front of the main Manor House. Depending on the weather, dinner will be served in the interior of a colonial white tent or open on the terrace in the gardens.


    : This tour has been setup especially for the Festival of Flowers cruise (V714). There is some uneven and cobbled ground at the gardens. This tour is dependent on reaching minimum numbers. For menu details, please refer to Voyage Personaliser. Quinta Jardins Do Lago
    Menu
    Fresh cheeses in crispy filopast, Pineapple Salad & Madeira Sugar Can Honey
    *** Cod poached in olive oil, chickpea with Brussel Sprouts and roasted baby carrots
    *** Lemon Sorbet
    *** Veal Loin with crust of black pepper, rosemary and capers sauce
    *** Coffee & digestive
    *** Red & White wine – Hill Reserve of Sobral

    Tour code

    FNC_048

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Drive a Vintage Car

    Drive yourself through the true Madeiran countryside on this unique vintage sports car tour.

    Drive a Vintage Car

    After a short coach ride to Canico you’ll be met by your driver/guide who will always drive in the first car for the whole tour.

    The tour takes you through Madeiran countryside. Driving up the old forest roads from Canico, you first reach the village of Camacha where there will be a comfort stop and some free time to visit a wickerwork workshop. You then continue along the narrow roads until reaching the top of the mountain Pico do Arieiro for a short break. The drive back down the mountain to the village of Santo da Serra is through lush and spectacular countryside. Enjoy the fresh air and the joy of driving these unique cars. At the Santo da Serra Golf Course, stop for a slice of cake and a coffee before returning to Canico via the viewpoint of Portela and the village of Machico.

    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by car. Two guests can travel in each car. Request only one ticket per car and not the number in your party. Your car and keys together with driving instructions (map and safety features) will be distributed when you meet your guide. Guests must be 18 years or older and you must bring a clean, valid driving licence with photo ID. A security deposit of 500 Euros will need to be put on a credit card in case of accidents. A full tank of gasoline is included.

    Tour code

    FNC_008

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Deep Sea Fishing

    Try your luck at ‘hooking’ a large fish on the high seas.

    Deep Sea Fishing

    Madeira is ideally situated on the migratory routes of large game fish and in addition there are other species that are resident throughout the year.

    The target species are mainly Spearfish, Albacore, Wahoo and Dorado and you may be lucky enough to encounter both Blue and White Marlin. From novice to expert you can experience an enjoyable fishing trip with the surrounding beauty of Madeira as a backdrop.

    Enjoy some snacks and drinks whilst waiting for the ‘Big One’ to bite.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    Guests wishing to travel on the boat and not take part in the activity should book the Deep Sea Fishing Guest option. This tour is suitable for beginners as well as experienced fishermen. Pregnant women and children may not participate in this tour. This tour is not suitable for guests with back problems. Please note that catches are not guaranteed and are dependent on the time of year and local conditions on the day. Numbers are limited; early booking is recommended.

    Tour code

    FNC_010

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Madeira Private Tour by Minibus–Half Day

    Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service.

    Madeira Private Tour by Minibus–Half Day

    This exclusive private tour is designed to give you the freedom to customise your time ashore so you can discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle.

    With your private vehicle, and the personal attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you’ll have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests, and take in the sights at your own pace. See the famous sights, or go beyond to create your own special and memorable day ashore.



    This excursion will operate by minibus. Private minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person) and will accommodate up to six guests. Only one person in the party needs to book the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. Entrance fees for attractions, meals, refreshments and gratuities are not included. In many destinations, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited, so guests are encouraged to secure their private vehicle reservation as early as possible. Tour price includes sightseeing within the city limits, touring outside the city is available at an additional cost.

    Tour code

    FNC_702

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Discover Whales & Dolphins by RIB

    Observe whales and dolphins the more adventurous way.

    Discover Whales & Dolphins by RIB

    The Atlantic Ocean around the Madeira Islands is an idyllic spot for marine mammals, and up to 20 species of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) have been spotted in these waters.

    A short drive takes you to Funchal Marina, where after a brief introduction you’ll board your high-speed RIB for your thrilling adventure on the water. A Marine Biologist is on hand to answer any questions you may have regarding the various types of sea mammals that visit the waters of Madeira.

    Ensure to keep your eyes peeled for short-finned pilot whales, bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic spotted dolphins and common dolphins that will amaze you with their acrobatic moves. You may even be lucky enough to spot the Risso’s dolphins, beaked whales and killer whales that occasionally visit the seas of Madeira.

    An experience not to be missed!


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by coach and RIB. Children under the age of 8 and guests with back or neck injuries, or those who are pregnant, should not participate in this tour. The sighting of whales and dolphins is not guaranteed. There is no shelter on board the RIB. Lifejackets are provided and must be worn, the ride can be bumpy and fast. Flat shoes, preferably with rubber soles, are recommended. In case of poor weather conditions this tour may be cancelled. Before you book this excursion, you must refer to the ‘Activity Excursion’ and ‘Beach / Water Related’ paragraphs under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

    Tour code

    FNC_031

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Jeep Adventure

    Driving off road in a 4x4 to some of the most unspoilt locations is the ideal way to discover the beauty of Madeira.

    Jeep Adventure

    The route takes you on tracks, which meander through the mountains, across small rivers and along valleys providing incredible views. You will be presented with an excellent opportunity to see the native flora of the island; the Laurissilva.

    Embrace the thrill of your off road adventure and take in the interesting commentary from your guide as you pass by some of the islands most glorious scenery.

    A short break will be made during the tour for you to enjoy some light refreshments.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance

    This excursion will operate by jeep. The route taken is subject to local conditions. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Children under the age of 13 years and pregnant women may not participate. Each vehicle is equipped with seat belts, which must be worn. Due to the nature of this tour, casual clothing should be worn and it is advisable to take a sweater or light jacket, as it can be cooler in the mountains.

    Tour code

    FNC_024

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • The Caves of São Vicente

    Explore a labyrinth of lava caves at the picturesque village of São Vicente.

    The Caves of São Vicente

    Embark on a scenic drive along the south western coast of Madeira, before reaching the pretty secluded village of Serra de Agua, nestled within a lush green ravine. Enjoy a brief photo stop and a visit to a traditional bar to sample the local drink ‘poncha’ made from rum and honey!!!

    Next, you’ll head to São Vicente’s Caves and Volcanism Centre, to explore the entrails of the earth. The caves are made up from a series of lava tubes that were formed during a volcanic eruption over 400 thousand years ago. Admire the volcanic stalactites, ‘lava cakes’ and the erratic block. Your cave exploration ends at the Volcanism Centre where you can enjoy a 3D film experience which allows you to relive Madeira’s formation nearly 5 million years ago.

    Before returning to Funchal, take advantage of some free time to capture the natural beauty and breathtaking scenery of São Vicente.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Passengers are advised to bring a jacket, as the temperature will be noticeably cooler underground. Footwear suitable for walking over rough, uneven and wet ground is essential. The caves can often become slippery and care should be taken. This tour includes approximately 1 hours’ walking over some uneven and cobbled ground.

    Tour code

    FNC_037

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Cable Car & Toboggan

    This picturesque tour offers a new dimension to Madeira, with stunning views from a cable car and a thrilling toboggan ride.

    Cable Car & Toboggan

    A rack and pinion railway once took passengers up the hillside from Funchal and the return to the coast was by toboggan. The railway closed in 1939, but an Austrian company has constructed a cable car for the trip up to Monte, noted for its many fine properties and gardens. The Funchal station is situated in the old part of town, and the journey from Funchal to Monte takes 15 minutes. (The cable car access is similar to a ski lift. The car does not stop for boarding; it just slows in motion).

    Experience the ancient wicker-sled transport on a thrilling 10 minute toboggan ride. The drivers run alongside the toboggans, pushing and steering and using their rubber-soled boots as brakes.

    Your tour continues by coach to Pico Dos Barcelos, a flower-decked belvedere where you will have wonderful views towards the east of the island.

    Making your way back to Funchal, you will make a stop at the wine lodge where you can sample the different types of Madeira wine, ranging from the dry Sercial to sweet Malmsey.


    This excursion will operate by coach, cable car, toboggan. Infants aged 3 years and younger are not permitted to participate in this tour due to restrictions on the Toboggan. The toboggan is a popular tourist attraction and there may be queues before boarding. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear, and follow the instructions of the toboggan drivers once seated. Toboggans hold up to three participants (two adults and one child).

    Tour code

    FNC_011

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Madeira Private Tour by Minibus –Full Day

    Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service.

    Madeira Private Tour by Minibus –Full Day

    This exclusive private tour is designed to give you the freedom to customise your time ashore so you can discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle.

    With your private vehicle, and the personal attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you’ll have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests, and take in the sights at your own pace. See the famous sights, or go beyond to create your own special and memorable day ashore.



    This excursion will operate by minibus. Private minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person) and will accommodate up to six guests. Only one person in the party needs to book the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. Entrance fees for attractions, meals, refreshments and gratuities are not included. In many destinations, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited, so guests are encouraged to secure their private vehicle reservation as early as possible. Tour price includes sightseeing within the city limits, touring outside the city is available at an additional cost.

    Tour code

    FNC_703

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Leisurely Scenes of Madeira

    This tour has been designed to show you the delightful scenery and stunning views of this beautiful island at a leisurely pace.

    Leisurely Scenes of Madeira

    Sit back and relax, as your scenic extravaganza starts off along the rugged west coast road and through the picturesque fishing village of Camara de Lobos, once painted by Sir Winston Churchill.

    Driving through eucalyptus forests, you’ll reach Cabo Girao. From a superb viewpoint, see the 2nd highest sea cliff in the world. From here, you can also see mountain slopes that have been carved into terraces.

    At Pico dos Barcelos the true beauty of the island is revealed. See Funchal in the distance and the surrounding villages scattered on green slopes. After admiring the amazing views of Funchal and the southern coast, continue along a winding road to Eira do Serrado. A short ascent will lead you to Pico do Serrado, where a brief photo stop will be made. There are superb views of Madeira’s highest peaks and the Curral das Freiras village below, a hamlet so remote the Santa Clara Convent nuns used it as an escape from the pirate raids of the 16th century.

    At a leading hotel in Eira do Serrado, relax and enjoy tea, coffee or a glass of the famous Madeira wine with a well-deserved slice of homemade cake.


    This tour operates by coach. There are some cobblestones and steps at the viewpoints, though much of the view can also be seen from the coach. This excursion involves travelling around hairpin bends with steep slopes, which may affect those who suffer from vertigo.

    Tour code

    FNC_042

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Deep Sea Fishing – Guest Only

    An opportunity to accompany friends or family on a fishing trip as they try their luck at ‘hooking’ a fish on the high seas.

    Deep Sea Fishing – Guest Only

    Take the opportunity to accompany a friend or family member on a Deep Sea Fishing tour.

    Madeira is ideally situated on the migratory routes of large game fish, and in addition there are other species that are resident throughout the year.

    The target species are mainly Spearfish, Albacore, Wahoo and Dorado and you may be lucky enough to encounter both Blue and White Marlin. Sit back and relax onboard the fishing boat with the surrounding beauty of Madeira as a backdrop.

    Enjoy some snacks and drinks whilst observing your friends and family as they wait for the ‘Big One’ to bite.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, passengers are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    P&O Cruises will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. P&O Cruises does not provide or supply the excursion services. P&O Cruises will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and P&O Cruises shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions P&O Cruises is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of P&O Cruises.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by mini-bus and fishing boat. This tour is available only to passengers whose friends or family are booked on FNC010 Deep Sea Fishing tour. It is not an option for an individual to book without another member in their party booking FNC010 Deep Sea Fishing. Passengers on this tour will travel on the boat but not take part in the activity. This tour is not suitable for pregnant women and passengers with back problems. Please note that catches are not guaranteed and are dependent on the time of year and local conditions on the day. Numbers are limited so early booking is recommended. Before you book this excursion, you must refer to the ‘Beach / Water Related’ paragraph under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

    Tour code

    FNC_034

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4½ hours