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Levada, Palheiro Gardens & Tea Tour

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Discover this wonderful Levada & Palheiro Gardens Tour with us. The beauty of the Blandy’s Garden and the walk in an ancient levada will amaze you. Min. 6 pers.

 

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
  • Activity Level Leisurely
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  • Group Size Small Group
    1-16
All about the Levada, Palheiro Gardens & Tea Tour.

If you want to spend a pleasant morning walking for 30 min along a Levada (water channel) and strolling in a stunning “English Country Garden”, please join us. The Count of Carvalhal built this private estate in the 19th century, and the Blandy family, known for producing Madeira wine, owns it and still lives here. Plants from all over the world surround the Quinta (manor house or chateau) and private chapel. You will enjoy the display of well-known plant species, such as camellia, magnolia, proteas, succulents, and unusual ones such as Banksia coccinea. It is worth visiting Palheiro Gardens in different seasons. Bulbs, shrubs and herbs all glow in the sun, but the garden is at its best when it blooms with blue flowers. The topiary garden is fascinating, especially the group of peacocks. You may see some Madeira birds like the unique Trocaz pigeon, firecrests, and butterflies. The visit includes tea or coffee and homemade cake in the lovely tea house. You can watch the frogs hopping on and off the Lilly pads, admire the adjacent Palheiro Golf Course and Casa Velha do Palheiro, a Relais & Châteaux Hotel, one of the best golf resorts in Europe and Madeira Garden hotel. If you love magnificent old trees and exotic plants from around the world, this is for you. A gem not to be missed! Please note: since this booking requires confirmation, you do not need to pay at checkout. Reserve your seat now, and if we reach 6 adults paying, we will send an email 24 hours before the tour.

 

 

 

Please consult our FAQs section, where we have the answers to the most asked questions.

 

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 Tourist Guide
  • Taxes
  • Entrance fees to the garden
  • Tea or coffee and homemade cake
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Pickup & drop-off in the city of Funchal and for private tours only.
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Pickups and drop-offs outside of Funchal.

We can still pick you up upon 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.

 

  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 Wednesday Morning

    Year-round, except on 25 December and 1 January.

  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

    The 30-minutes’ walk along the Levada is easy, and the trail is flat. We do the walk at a reasonable pace, including stopping to take pictures. 

    After getting the ticket, we will walk downhill for about 10 minutes until the main gardens and, in the end, the same uphill back! Walking in the garden is not difficult because the garden is on a gentle slope, and we will walk at a leisurely pace. An experienced guide will explain the history and background of this extraordinary place. Even those who like to wander around will not regret this guided tour.

    Those with limited mobility may find it challenging to walk around in the garden. Well-kept paths access the gardens, but there is some uneven walking on the traditional cobbled paths, as well as steps. Using sticks is not a problem, but wheelchairs may have problems.

    Children:

    The garden is suitable for children to be accompanied and supervised by adults at all times.

  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 both our guests and personnel.

  8. 12:30 - 13:00 Hotel Drop-off (Return time)

    We will take you back to the same spot where we picked you at the start of the tour.

  9. Please Note The order of the itinerary as shown above may be subject to change and/or affected by local conditions.

For hotels in Funchal: For all tours, we will collect you and drop you off at your hotel.

For hotels outside Funchal: Please note there maybe be an extra charge for such pick-ups and drop off.

If you have your own 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 along with a map, and 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 passenger’s name.

The 30-minutes’ walk along the Levada is easy, and the trail is flat. We do the walk at a reasonable pace, including stopping to take pictures. 

After getting the ticket, we will walk downhill for about 10 minutes until the main gardens and, in the end, the same uphill back! Walking in the garden is not difficult because the garden is on a gentle slope, and we will walk at a leisurely pace. An experienced guide will explain the history and background of this extraordinary place. Even those who like to wander around will not regret this guided tour.

Those with limited mobility may find it challenging to walk around in the garden.

Well-kept paths access the gardens, but there is some uneven walking on the traditional cobbled paths, as well as steps. Using sticks is not a problem, but wheelchairs may have problems.

Children:

The garden is suitable for children to be accompanied and supervised by adults at all times.

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 own customized itinerary. Get in touch to arrange your tour!

Our staff is the backbone of each successful service. We look for people who are not only qualified and experienced but who are also passionate and love what they do.

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 customized 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.

No, we offer tours in Portuguese, English, French, Spanish and German. 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 re-schedule your tour if you are unable to make it for reasons out of your control. In the instance you wish to cancel your tour all together please see our Cancellation Policy for details on refunds.

One of the great things about Lux Madeira 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 choose to upgrade to a private tour at a different rate.

Prices for all our shared services are quoted per person, except in the case of 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. Obviously, 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 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.

Overall Rating
5/5
Olivia L
Reviewed On 17/09/2021
5/5

It is brilliant from start to finish, so many unusual plants and trees, colours and shapes of leaves, it is well worth a visit. We had an amazing guide who took us around and told us the history of the property and plants. Booking was easy would highly recommend. If you love gardens it is worth a visit.

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