- Colourful birdlife
- Madeira's levada trails
- Natural wonders
- Playful marinelife
- Porto Santo’s beach
- Porto Santo's windmills
- Views over Madeira
Madeira and Porto Santo Island Hopping 2023
Madeira and Porto Santo, Portugal
- VIP door to door
From lush mountains to golden beaches…
Set off on this island-hopping adventure to discover two small Portuguese island’s with big personalities: Madeira, and the lesser-visited sister isle, Porto Santo.
Madeira is famed for its profusion of colourful subtropical flora and mountains clad in UNESCO-listed forests while in contrast, Porto Santo boasts dramatic desert-like landscapes, rock formations and an immense sandy beach along its southern edge.
Both are fantastic destinations for walking and following in the footsteps of intrepid explorers and settlers.
14 nights in hotels
41 meals: 14 breakfasts (B), 13 lunches (L) and 14 dinners (D)
Free bar open 12 hours a day
- Return flights and transfers
- Welcome drink reception
- Porterage at all hotels
Included excursions and visits
- Scenic north coast of Madeira and visit to the Madeira Thematic Park
- Scenic Levada walk amid UNESCO-listed Laurisilva forest
- Island tour of beautiful Porto Santo
- Scenic hike to Pico Facho, Porto Santo
- Cable-car ride to visit Monte and the Botanical Gardens in Madeira
Use of audio headsets on guided tours
- Day 1 UK to Madeira
- Day 2 Scenic north coast and gardens
- Day 3 Ponta Delgada
- Day 4 Levada walk
- Day 5 Madeira to Porto Santo
- Day 6 Vila Baleira
- Day 7 Porto Santo island tour
- Day 8 Vila Baleira
- Day 9 Pico Branco hike
- Day 10 - 11 Vila Baleira
- Day 12 Porto Santo to Madeira
- Day 13 Monte and Botanical Gardens tour
- Day 14 Funchal
- Day 15 Funchal to UK
Hotel Monte Mar Palace
Vila Baleira Resort
Hotel Enotel Lido
Day 1 UK to Madeira
Fly to Madeira and transfer to the 4-star Hotel Monte Mar Palace for a four-night stay.
Set on a cliff top in Ponta Delgada, the hotel has a restaurant, bar, pool bar, outdoor pool, heated indoor pool, lounge, and tennis and squash courts.
All 112 air-conditioned rooms have a balcony with a sea view, with a television, telephone, hairdryer, fridge, hairdryer, and safe (extra charge).
The free bar is open from 11am to 11pm and serves local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. D,
Day 2 Scenic north coast and gardens
Drive along the dramatic coastal road, where mountain rivers cascade over the edge of imposing cliffs into the Atlantic below, toward the pretty village of Boaventura on this half-day excursion.
Continue to the Madeira Thematic Park. B, L, D
Day 3 Ponta Delgada
Enjoy an optional excursion to the west coast or a day at leisure, perhaps taking advantage of the hotel's excellent facilities.
Keen hikers and walkers may be tempted to explore the surrounding mountainous area on foot instead. B, L, D
Day 4 Levada walk
Madeira’s celebrated levada trails are an excellent way to explore the island. These paths follow ingenious irrigation channels cut across the island's mountainous interior to bring fresh water to the south's coastal communities and wind through some of the Madeira's most breathtaking natural scenery.
On this half-day excursion in the company of an expert local guide, head towards Chãos dos Louros to join Levada Ribeira da Janela, which passes through the UNESCO-listed Laurisilva forest, a relict that survived the last ice age and is the largest of its kind in the world. B, L, D
Day 5 Madeira to Porto Santo
Drive to Funchal and take the ferry to Porto Santo (two hours and 15 minutes). Madeira's pint-sized sister isle is just seven miles long by four miles across and offers a look of unhurried Portuguese life.
The island is sparsely populated, and surprisingly different in its terrain, with one side defined by volcanic folds and the other by sprawling beaches. It even has its own desert complete with petrified flora. The journey will take approximately two-and-a-half hours.
On arrival, transfer to the 4-star Vila Baleira Resort. The family-run resort has an enviable setting on a splendid six mile-long sandy beach.
Facilities include a restaurant, bar, outdoor pool, sauna, spa, indoor pool, and shop. All 256 sound-proofed rooms have a balcony, television, air-conditioning, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi. The free bar is open from 11am to 11pm and serves local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. B, L, D
Day 6 Vila Baleira
Enjoy a day at leisure and perhaps stroll along the beach into sleepy Vila Baleira, the island's main hub which is just four kilometres away. Here you can experience the slow pace of life in the main square, Largo do Pelourinho, which is actually shaped like a triangle.
Attractions include the church of Nossa Senhora da Pledale, the town hall, Infante Gardens and Christopher Columbus Museum which is purportedly set in the casa he shared with his wife, Filipa Moniz, the daughter of the island's founder. B, L, D
Day 7 Porto Santo island tour
In contrast to Madeira's green mountains, Porto Santo is a ‘golden island’, so called for its beach and parched interior.
Set off on a half-day tour to discover the key sights, beginning with a visit to the often-deserted Ponta de Calheta, which marks the south-west tip of the island and where the beach abruptly ends.
Continue to Camacha's Museum of Cardina which is full of island curiosities and where you enjoy a wine tasting.
Return to your hotel via the northern coastline. B, L, D
Day 8 Vila Baleira
Enjoy another relaxing day at leisure where you’re free to take advantage of the hotel’s excellent facilities, which include two restaurants, a bar, in-house animation team, plus discounted golf rates, bike hire and two free circuits in the spa centre.
You also have the opportunity to join an optional boat ride. B, L, D
Day 9 Pico Branco hike
Join a half-day excursion to the top of the highest peak on Porto Santo. Follow an easy trail, taking in sweeping views over Serra de Fora, the Serra de Dentro valley and Camacha.
As you walk, look out for a mixture of flora, including dragon trees, heather, juniper and Lebanese cedar, and when you reach the peak, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular panoramic views of the entire island. B, L, D
Day 10 - 11 Vila Baleira
Enjoy two days at leisure. B, L, D
Day 12 Porto Santo to Madeira
Return to Funchal by ferry (two hours and 15 minutes) for a three-night stay at the 5-star Hotel Enotel Lido.
The hotel overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, and is a short walk to Funchal’s lido promenade. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, indoor pool, and outdoor pool.
All 147 rooms have a television, minibar, hairdryer, safe (extra charge), and free Wi-Fi. The free bar is open 24 hours a day and includes international branded drinks. B, L, D
Day 13 Monte and Botanical Gardens tour
Today's half-day excursion will reveal panoramic views of Funchal's stunning setting in a natural ‘amphitheatre’ between the sea and the mountains during a cable-car ride to pretty Monte and Madeira's famed botanical gardens.
The garden is divided into five main sections –indigenous and endemic; tree garden; succulents; tropical, cultivated, aromatic and medicinal; and Loiro Park – and is home to a fascinating collection of a wide variety of plants, with more than 2,500 specimens on display. It also has an area dedicated to research and conservation and a Museum of Natural History. B, L, D
Day 14 Funchal
Enjoy a day free to explore Madeira's capital at leisure.
It's a small yet cosmopolitan city that's a popular port of call for cruise ships that can dock almost in the centre of town. It's pedestrianised heart is great for a spot of people watching from one of the pavement bars and cafes.
Landmark sights include the ancient cathedral, the Governor’s Palace and the beautiful public gardens.
Alternatively, you can join an optional Madeiran wine tour. B, L, D
Day 15 Funchal to UK
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. B
Enjoy a visit to Porto Moniz which is known for its series of volcanic, coastal pools.
You then head inland to climb up to Paul da Serra, a magnificent plateau between 1,300 and 1,500 metres above sea level where clouds can sometimes be seen pooling in the valley folds.
Optional on 14 nights itinerary
Lighthouse boat tour
For a different view of the island, take to the water on a boat trip heading to one of six islets dotted around the coast, Ilhéu de Cima. Pass the Pedra do Sol rock formation en route before disembarking and climbing stairs to reach the islet's summit.
Following trails to Cabeco das Laranjas and on to the lighthouse where you can enjoy a well-deserved break sampling typical local produce, such as port wine, juice, water, cake of the shard, shrimp, honey and melon.
Optional on 14 nights itinerary
Don't miss the chance to seek out the marinelife – such as dolphins, turtles and seabirds – that inhabit these chores on a leisurely boat ride. There will also be the opportunity to go diving (goggles and respirator provided).
Optional on 14 nights itinerary
Step into the cool cellars of the Blandy Wine Lodge for an introduction to one of Madeira's most famous exports, Madeiran Wine.
Not only will you learn about the process, from vine to wine, but you'll hear the saga of the Blandy family who have been part of the island's history for over 200 years. Highlights include standing inside a massive vat once used to age the wine and sampling the different types, from a dry aperitif to sweet digestif.
Optional on 14 nights itinerary
On day 12, the transfer from Porto Santo to Madeira may be replaced with an internal flight depending on the ferry schedule – please call for details.