Shore Excursions

To help you experience the very best of your destinations, Cunard offers a diverse selection of excursions ashore, from leisurely sightseeing to exciting activities.

32 excursions in the Atlantic Isles.

Excursions are released around 12 weeks before the cruise departs. To book an excursion for your cruise, please visit Voyage Personaliser

  • Funchal, Madeira
  • 4 hours
    • Medium activity level,
    • Refreshments included
  • TOUR CODE: FNC_011

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
  • Cable Car & Toboggan
  • Cable Car & Toboggan
  • Cable Car & Toboggan
  • Cable Car & Toboggan
  • Cable Car & Toboggan
  • 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).

Cable Car & Toboggan
  • Funchal, Madeira
  • 2½ hours
    • Low activity level,
    • Refreshments included
  • TOUR CODE: FNC_002

Tea at Reid's

Enjoy one of Madeira's oldest traditions - tea at Reid's Palace Hotel, overlooking the Bay of Funchal.

  • Tea at Reid's
  • Tea at Reid's
  • Tea at Reid's
  • Tea at Reid's
  • Tea at Reid's
  • Tea at Reid's
  • Tea at Reid's
  • Tea at Reid's

En route to Reid's Hotel, you will enjoy a scenic drive to the viewpoint of Pico dos Barcelos for magnificent views over Funchal.

One of the most celebrated hotels in Madeira, Reid’s Palace has always held a special place in the history of the island.Located on the outskirts of Funchal, perched on a cliff top headland overlooking the bay, Reid's is set in ten acres of lush semi tropical gardens, where hanging vines jostle for room with stunning displays of geraniums, hibiscus and salvias.

Upon arrival, you will be taken on a short walk through the Hotel gardens before tea is served, giving you an opportunity to relax and enjoy the unique atmosphere.

The menu includes tea, scones and cakes.

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The ground at the viewpoint is flat and cobbled, and the walk in the hotel garden is over uneven ground with approximately 20 steps. There is a strict dress code at Reid's. Jeans, t-shirts, shorts, sports shoes or sandals are not permitted. Flat walking shoes are recommended. Tea will be served in a separate, private dining area.

Tea at Reid's
  • Horta, Azores
  • 3½ hours
    • Medium activity level
  • TOUR CODE: HTA_001

Caldeira & Capelinhos Volcano

Admire the ‘Blue Island’, named because of its profusion of pretty blue hydrangeas and visit the impressive Capelinhos Volcano.

  • Caldeira & Capelinhos Volcano
  • Caldeira & Capelinhos Volcano
  • Caldeira & Capelinhos Volcano
  • Caldeira & Capelinhos Volcano
  • Caldeira & Capelinhos Volcano

The belvedere at Espalamaca, is the perfect place to look out towards the port and the charming old town of Horta. You’ll also be able to see the islands of Pico, Sao Jorge and Graciosa, which make up part of the Archipelago.

Ascend 3,000 feet to the centre of the island to inspect the vast volcanic crater known as Caldeira. Considered as one of the major attractions of the island, it is over a mile in diameter and 1,200 feet deep, and is surrounded by exuberant vegetation.

Continuing westwards, you’ll pass the typical Azorean villages of Ribeira Funda, Praia do Norte and Norte Pequeno, from where there is a magnificent view of Capelinhos, the volcano which rose from the sea in 1957. The volcano is now extinct, but you will see the effects of its devastating eruption.

You’ll return along the south coast of this hydrangea-filled, windmill-dotted island, through Capelo and Castel Branco.

During this tour, a short comfort stop will be made at a local café bar where refreshments can be purchased if required.

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Views are dependent on weather conditions on the day. This tour involves some walking over uneven ground, including some steps. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Passengers are advised to take a jacket, as a cool breeze may be experienced at the Volcano. Toilet facilities may be limited at the comfort stop. Euros are accepted for purchases.

Caldeira & Capelinhos Volcano
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