Botanical Gardens & Cable Car

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All about the Botanical Gardens & Cable Car.

We start our tour with the MADEIRA BOTANICAL GARDEN, designed by William Reid in the 19th century. The gardens are a living museum of native and rare plants, and you will have incredible views of the entire city of Funchal, including the bay and mountains.

Next, we’ll Visit the MONTE PALACE GARDEN. In the 19th century, the growth of therapeutic tourism in Madeira in winter led to the construction of the “Monte Palace Hotel” due to the mild climate. The then-owner built a palace inspired by the architecture of the Rhine and decorated the garden with small lakes, water jets and winding walkways. The romantic taste of its origin did not change. The current owner embellished the garden with exotic plants such as cycads, often referred to as “living fossils”, tree ferns and native plants from the “Laurisilva” forest, declared a Natural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Walking through the garden, we can also admire the famous collection of tiles, the oriental and orchid garden and Karp Koi.

Then get ready to take the Funchal CABLE CAR to the Old Town. The view of the capital Funchal with its red and orange roofs, the harbour and the sea is a must.

If you like flowers and gardens, you must join this tour.

Please note: since this reservation needs to be confirmed, you do not need to pay at checkout. Reserve your seat now, and I’ll email you when we reach six paying adults (please expect to receive confirmation 24 hours before the tour).

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Qualified Madeira tour guide
  • Taxes
  • Entrance fees to the gardens and museums: Madeira Botanical Garden tickets, Monte Palace Madeira tickets
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Pick-up in the city of Funchal
  • Madeira cable car tickets – Monte – Funchal (1-WAY)
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Pick-ups outside Funchal

We can still pick you up at an extra charge for hotels out of the city (price per vehicle), or if you have your car, we can set the time and meeting point in Funchal.

Please consult our FAQs section, where we have the answers to the most asked questions about Madeira cable car botanical gardens.

  1. 08:30-09:00 Hotel Pick-up (Departure time)

    A member of our staff will pick you up at the indicated place and confirm your voucher identification. You can present either a paper or an electronic ticket for this activity. The tour will begin as soon as we finish collecting tour members.

  2. When Monday Mornings

    Year-round, except on December 25, January 1, August 14-15, Sundays and Holidays.

    If you can’t make it on Monday or Saturday and you have a group of more than 6 people, please fill in the form below, and we’ll try to see if we can make it available on another day.

    Please keep an eye on your inbox, and if you don’t get a response within 24 hours, please also check your spam and junk folders.

  3. Departure Point and Time Confirmed by email
  4. Duration 4 hours

    Tour starts at 09:00 and finishes around 13:00

  5. What do you need to bring? Don’t Forget

    Comfortable walking shoes, a camera, and a coat or a jacket if it gets cooler.

    We also recommend bringing a raincoat or poncho if rain is in the forecast.

  6. Good to Know Activity level & Useful Info

    There are a few steps to negotiate. Those with limited mobility may find it challenging to go around the gardens. If that’s your case, and you want to visit the gardens, you can get the round-trip tram to/ from the entrance (at an extra cost on-site). An experienced guide will explain the history and context of these extraordinary places. Even those who love wandering around won’t regret this guided tour.

    Funchal Madeira cable car ride lasts around 15 minutes.

    Madeira cable car opening hours: 09:00 – 17:45 (last trip)

    Madeira cable car map: on request on the spot

    Madeira cable car and toboggan ride prices:

    • Madeira cable car price is included in this tour
    • The toboggan ride is optional (if you decide to spend more time in Monte) and is not included.
  7. Our Expertise Why us?

    We pick you up from the place you are staying at and drop you off when finished. It’s easy to book. Our staff is qualified.  We take you to various sites we know you will want to explore.  Our fundamental principles are the comfort, safety, and flexibility of our guests and personnel.

  8. 13:00 Hotel Drop-off (Return time)

    After the cable car, return to the hotel on your own.

    Funchal cable car route: The cable car (Funchal Monte Madeira) ends in the old town, where there are many restaurants where you can have lunch.

    It’s also close to taxi ranks and buses that can take you back to your hotel.

    If your hotel is in the centre of Funchal, you can walk back.

  9. Please Note The order of the itinerary as shown above may be subject to change and/or affected by local conditions.
  10. Product Add-ons Items you can add to this Tour

    Please note: The Madeira cable cars can close for maintenance on the same day of your tour. We will notify you as soon as we are informed and refund the amount you paid for this add-on.

  11. Price Mininum 6 persons to run the tour

FOR HOTELS IN FUNCHAL: We will collect and drop you off at your hotel for all tours.

FOR HOTELS OUTSIDE FUNCHAL: Please note there maybe be an extra charge for pick-ups and drop off.

IF YOU HAVE YOUR CAR, please select that option, and we will set the time and the meeting point in Funchal.

Your confirmation email will have the exact meeting point details, a map, and an emergency phone number.

Our vehicle will have a very clear card (a banner) with our company logo on the windscreen and, in case of being a group, the name of the group printed on it. Our driver or Tourist Guide will also have a list of the passengers’ names.

There are many steps to negotiate, and it is not accessible to wheelchair users. I suggest you buy the tram round-trip ticket and enjoy a small part of the garden while the group goes around.

It is good for kids, but please book privately if you prefer.

Besides our tours for mainland travellers, we also offer great value options for people who travel by cruise ships. You can choose one of the existing tours or create your customised itinerary. Get in touch to arrange your tour!

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Yes, private tours are available for all tours listed on our site, but at a different rate. Please get in touch for any further information about any listed tours.

Any of our private tours run every day and can be customised to suit your preferences, but bear in mind that some businesses aren’t available on public holidays or Sundays. Please get in touch to let us know what you would like to see and do, and we will do our best to arrange it.

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No, we offer Portuguese, English, French, Spanish and German tours. Other languages on request.

Please get in touch as soon as you become aware you may be unable to make your tour, so we can try to accommodate you. If you are unable to make your reserved tour for reasons out of your control, and we have spaces on the tour for the following day, we will happily change your booking free of charge. Please see our Policy for further detail.

We will make every effort to try to reschedule your tour if you are unable to make it for reasons out of your control. If you wish to cancel your tour altogether, please see our Cancellation Policy for details on refunds.

Terms & Conditions

One of the great things about Booking-madeira.com is that we have no minimum requirements for our tour to run, so we will still go ahead if just one person has booked. The size depends on the number of bookings, but you can always upgrade to a private tour at a different rate.One of the great things about Lux Madeira is that we will still go ahead if just one person paying for six has booked. The size depends on the number of bookings, but you can always upgrade to a private tour at a different rate.

Prices for all our shared services are quoted per person, except for our private services.

If you are happy with the service you receive, it’s customary to tip your driver and Tourist guide. This is entirely at your discretion.

Madeira island holidays are the ideal getaway all year round. Madeira weather in coastal areas is temperate and mild with no great extremes-although the temperature can drop the higher you go on the island, so whatever time of year you visit, be sure to bring warm clothes when visiting the mountains. Rainfall is higher in the winter, and you’ll probably need to pack a raincoat or umbrella. Madeira’s average temperatures range from 18C in winter to 25C in summer, with sea temperatures being nearly the same due to a warm Gulf Stream that surrounds the Island all year round, 18C to 22C.

The dress code for our tours is comfortable and casual. Dressing in layers gives the most comfort, as you can shed and add items when the climate varies. Consider packing.

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • An all-weather coat 
  • Comfortable clothing.

Tours operate rain or shine, but in the case of inclement weather, your Tourist Guide will modify the tour so more time is spent indoors. It never hurts to have an umbrella on hand.

Yes, and we’re even suggesting that.


Madeira cable car and toboggan ride:

After visiting the gardens, you can take the cable car to Funchal or take the opportunity to visit Monte on your own.

The Parish of Monte is considered the most beautiful in the city and home to the last reigning monarch of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

But first, have LUNCH in one of the restaurants nearby.

Then, walk to the departure of the famous TOBOGGAN, a unique means of transport for anyone who wishes an adventure ride down through the steep streets of Monte. When you have finished the ride, to return to Monte you can take a taxi. The price of the tour does not include the rides.

Visit THE SURROUNDINGS OF MONTE and its incredible attractions: a public garden and the beautiful Portuguese colonial church with the tomb of Carlos I of Austria.

Now, get ready to take the Madeira CABLE CAR Funchal to the Old Town. The last cable car ride is at 17:45.

Tip: if you want to take the toboggan, do it right after lunch because sometimes they are very crowded and there are long lines—only then, the church and the cable car.

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