Feel the salt air and cool breeze on your body…
Madeira East Tour
Admire some of Madeira’s most diverse landscapes: Unforgettable natural parks, villages & mountains.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely
Group Size Large Group
Discover the beauty of Eastern Madeira with us. Our first stop will be in Pico do Arieiro (1818 m.), one-stop not to miss. The views of the wild volcanic peaks are awe-inspiring. Our next stop in Ribeiro Frio Natural Park will allow you to travel back in time 1 million 800 thousand years as you walk around the fascinating Laurisilva forest – UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll stop at a viewpoint in Faial to enjoy the fabulous views over the coastline, and later, in Santana, you’ll see some of the oldest houses in Madeira, the famous traditional thatched cottages. After enjoying free time for lunch, we’ll pass by the charming views of Portela, overlooking the village of Porto da Cruz, and the famous Eagle’s rock. We’ll then head to Ponta de São Lourenço to look at the geology that makes this landscape so unique. You’ll see fantastic colourful rocks plunging towards the sea and the neighbouring islands of Porto Santo and Desertas. To finish, we’ll visit the historic city of Machico, which discovery by the Portuguese in the 15th century, led to the birth of the Age of Exploration and Discovery of the New World. Book your place now! It’s not every day you face such breathtaking sceneries.
- Certified staff
- Entrance fees when mentioned
- Air-conditioning vehicle
- Pickup & drop-off in the city of Funchal, Caniço and for private tours only.
- Drinks and meals
- Pick-up and drop-off services outside Funchal and Caniço:
Please request a pick-up under “Additional Information” (Order Description) during checkout.
These pick-ups require the supplier to confirm availability and pick-up time. We will send the detailed information by e-mail, and you will pay the driver directly on site.
List of transfers outside Funchal (per person/round trip): Machico, Ribeira Brava and Ponta do Sol: EUR 10; Calheta: EUR 15; Outside these municipalities, prices will be subject to availability.
Please consult our FAQs section, where we have the answers to the most asked questions.
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.
Year-round, except on 25 December and 1 January
Tour starts at 9:00 and finishes around 17:00
Departure Point and Time
Confirmed by email
What do you need to bring?
Comfortable walking shoes, a camera, and a coat or a jacket if it gets cooler.
A raincoat or poncho if rain is in the forecast.
Good to Know
There are easy short walks in the many stops along the way.
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.
Hotel Drop-off (Return time)
We will take you back to the same spot where we picked you at the start of the tour.
The order of the itinerary as shown above may be subject to change and/or affected by local conditions.
Places: Pico do Arieiro | Ribeiro Frio | Faial | Santana | Portela | Ponta de São Lourenço | Machico
Items you can add to this Tour
To make the most of your holidays in Madeira, go through our add-on options visible on your cart, at the time of booking this tour.
Example: You can have a 3-course lunch with one drink and coffee, and even try our traditional drink. It is all up to you!
These are the items that you can add to this tour:
Child 0-3 years old FREE seats if previously informed €0
Child 3-10 years old (-50%) €18
1 x Lunch (adult +10 years old) 3-course menu + 1 drink + coffee €15
1 x Lunch (child 3-10 years) €10
This is what we call the Forest is calling and I must go!
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.
This is a panoramic tour and there are some easy short walks in the many stops along the way, also with opportunities to sit and use the restroom if needed.
This tour is mobility friendly if you Upgrade to Private, so we can arrange a specially outfitted vehicle to accommodate wheelchair users.
It is good for kids, but please feel free to 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 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.
Lunch is not included in the price, but you may choose to add that extra service (3-course menu including coffee and 1 drink) when booking. You will take advantage of the group discount and secure your spot at the restaurant.
Yes. We can for any tour except our Food & Wine Tour which we do not recommend for vegetarians and vegans. For any other tour that includes a meal, we are able to cater for specific dietary requests. Please get in touch with us before your tour to let us know your requirements.
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.