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Monte & Botanical Garden
If you are fond of gardens and want to experience the unique toboggan ride, you must not miss this tour.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely
Group Size Large Group
We’ll start our tour by heading to the Parish of Monte, considered the most beautiful in the city and home to the last reigning monarch of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. First, we will visit the lovely Portuguese colonial church and the tomb of Charles I of Austria. Then we will 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. The price of the tour does not include the ride. Next, we’ll visit the Botanical Garden of Madeira, laid out in the nineteenth century by William Reid. The gardens portray a living museum with rare and indigenous plants, and you’ll look at an incredible view of the whole city of Funchal, including the bay and mountains. If you are fond of flowers and gardens, you must not miss this tour. Book your seat now!
- Certified staff
- Entrance fees
- Air-conditioning vehicle
- Pickup & drop-off in the city of Funchal, Caniço and for private tours only.
- Toboggan ride. Payment directly on the spot.
- Pickups and drop-offs outside of Funchal and Caniço.
We can still pick you up upon an extra charge for hotels out of Funchal and Caniço (€ per person) or, if you have your car, we can set the time and meeting point in Funchal. The options are available at the checkout.
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 09:00 and finishes around 13:00
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 a few steps to negotiate, but they are easy for the non-disabled. If you go on the sledge (upon an extra payment), we will pick you up at the end of the ride and continue the tour.
We pick you up from the place you are staying at and drop you off when finished. It’s easy to book. Our staff are 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.
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.
The order of the itinerary as shown above may be subject to change and/or affected by local conditions.
Places: Monte | Botanical Garden
Items you can add to this Tour
To make the most of your holidays in Madeira, go through our options visible on your cart at the time of booking this tour.
Example: You can take the toboggan ride during the tour and enjoy the lovely views of the city. It is all up to you!
Toboggan ride 1 person €25
Toboggan ride 2 persons €30
Toboggan ride 3 persons €45
Please note: On the same day of your tour, the sledge might not run for reasons out of our control. We will notify you as soon as we are informed and refund the entire amount you paid for these add-ons.
The floating garden. The island of eternal spring. The garden island.
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.
There are some steps to negotiate, but they are fairly easy for the able-bodied. The tour moves at a leisurely pace and there are 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. The Botanical Garden and Monte’s sledge (except the church on top of the mountain) are accessible to wheelchair users.
It is good for kids, but please feel free to book privately if you prefer.
Tours operate rain or shine. It never hurts to have an umbrella on hand.
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.
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.