8 Days
From £1,399
In association with Riviera Travel
See the best of the beautiful island with the famous garden designer and presenter

There is no finer way to celebrate the arrival of spring than on a holiday to sun-kissed Madeira, the subtropical Portuguese island that boasts superb gardens, a spectacular coastline and a consistently balmy climate.

On this unique seven-night tour, you will visit many of Madeira's best gardens in the company of the popular garden designer and Gardeners' World presenter Joe Swift. Joe is delighted to be returning to Madeira - a place that has always inspired him, as it has so many gardeners - and will be on hand to offer his insights and answer your horticultural questions. Joe says:

"I went on a garden trip to Madeira last year - we had a fabulous time and I'm very much looking forward to going again. The gardens there are world-famous and a must-see for plant lovers, being home to a wealth of lush flora that thrives in the island's frost-free climate."

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Price includes

  • Return flights from a range of UK airports, plus hotel transfers.
  • Seven nights in four-star accommodation, including all local taxes, with breakfast and dinner.
  • Garden visits, dinner, talk and Q&A with Joe Swift.
  • All excursions, events and garden visits listed in the itinerary below.
  • Services of an experienced Riviera tour manager.

Availability

From
Mon, Monday, Apr 8
To
Mon, Monday, Apr 15
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£1,399*
* Based on two sharing a room, flying from London Gatwick. Regional flights available, supplement may apply. Single cabins at a supplement available on request, subject to availability. Timings of Joe’s events are subject to change.
Call now to book 01283888477
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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Travel to Madeira
    Funchal airport, Portugal

    Fly to Funchal and transfer to the centrally-located four-star Enotel Quinta do Sol, your hotel for seven nights.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Explore Funchal
    Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

    Take a walking tour of the historic centre of Funchal, overlooking the spectacular harbour and boasting grand 18th-century buildings with shaded courtyards. You'll also enjoy a tasting of Madeira wine. This afternoon we visit the renowned Botanical Gardens at Funchal.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Eastern Madeira
    Machico, Portugal

    Explore the eastern seaboard, passing craggy coastlines and ancient forests. We call at sleepy Porto da Cruz and Santana, then discover the ancient Laurisilva forest of the UNESCO-listed Ribeiro Frio National Park.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Curral das Freiras & Câmara de Lobos
    Curral das Freiras, Portugal

    Visit the Curral das Freiras, or the Valley of the Nuns, the remote mountain hideaway of a convent of nuns. Then we head to Câmara de Lobos, a charming fishing village.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Monte
    Monte, Portugal

    Joe joins us for a tour of the Monte Palace Tropical Garden. The Oriental gardens are exquisite, complete with Asian-style bridges, arches and a pond filled with koi carp. They also house a historic tile collection. In the afternoon we visit the Botanical Gardens at Quinta Jardins do Largo before dinner at the hotel and a talk by Joe.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  6. Day
    6
    Palheiro
    Quinta do Palheiro gardens, Portugal

    This morning we visit Palheiro Gardens accompanied by Joe. Set in the hills overlooking Funchal, Palheiro was laid out in the early 19th century for the Count of Carvalhal before being acquired in the early 20th century by the Blandy family, famous wine producers. Over the next decades, the gardens were populated with thousands of plants from around the world, all flourishing in Madeira's rich soils and clement weather.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  7. Day
    7
    Free day
    Curral das Freiras, Portugal

    The whole day is free to use the hotel's facilities or explore Funchal.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  8. Day
    8
    Return home
    Madeira Airport, Portugal

    This morning we visit Palheiro Gardens accompanied by Joe. Set in the hills overlooking Funchal, Palheiro was laid out in the early 19th century for the Count of Carvalhal before being acquired in the early 20th century by the Blandy family, famous wine producers. Over the next decades, the gardens were populated with thousands of plants from around the world, all flourishing in Madeira's rich soils and clement weather.

    Meals - Breakfast

Accommodation

Enotel Quinta do Sol

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Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

Laid-back hotel set in lush gardens overlooking the Atlantic Ocean

Enotel Quinta do Sol lies only a 15-minute walk from Funchal ferry terminal, 2 km from the 15th-century Cathedral of Funchal and 4 km from the lively Praia Formosa. Some rooms feature balconies with sea views and gorgeous seating areas. Breakfast is served in a bright restaurant and the hotel additionally features an outdoor pool area with sunloungers, a gym and a heated pool, plus a spa complex with sauna.

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Availability

From
Mon, Monday, Apr 8
To
Mon, Monday, Apr 15
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£1,399*
* Based on two sharing a room, flying from London Gatwick. Regional flights available, supplement may apply. Single cabins at a supplement available on request, subject to availability. Timings of Joe’s events are subject to change.
Call now to book 01283888477
Quote ref: MOS JOE SWIFT