In the magic and history of one of the most beautiful gardens in the world.
Monte Palace Garden Tour
Stroll around in one of the world’s most beautiful gardens and get an insight into a fascinating collection. Min. 6 persons.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Small Group
In the 19th century, the growth of therapeutic tourism in Madeira in the winter because of the mild climate led to the construction of the “Monte Palace Hotel”. The then owner built a palace inspired in the architecture of the Rhine and decorated the garden with little lakes, water jets, and winding walks. The romantic taste of its origin didn’t change, but, the present owner embellished the garden with exotic plants, such as cycads, often called “living fossils”, tree ferns, and native plants of the “Laurisilva” forest, designated a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. Walking through the garden, we can also admire the famous collection of tiles, the Oriental and Orchid gardens, and Karpe Koi. Don’t miss out this fascinating garden while in Madeira. 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.
- Qualified Tourist Guide
- Entrance fees to the garden and museums
- A glass of Madeira Wine
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- Pickup & drop-off in the city of Funchal and for private tours only.
- Pickups and drop-offs outside of Funchal (check the prices).
We can still pick you up upon an extra charge for hotels out of the city (€ 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.
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.
Friday & Saturday Afternoon
Year-round, except on 25 December and 1 January
Departure Point and Time
Confirmed by email
Tour starts at 14:00 and finishes around 18:00
What do you need to bring?
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.
Good to Know
There are a few steps to negotiate. Those with limited mobility may find it challenging going around the garden. If that’s your case and you want to visit the garden, you can get the round-trip tram to/ from the entrance (upon an extra cost on-site). An experienced guide will explain the history and context of this extraordinary place. Even those who love wandering around won’t regret this guided 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 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.
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: After the Monte Palace Tropical Garden, you can take the cable car and enjoy the beautiful views over the city. It is all up to you!
These are the items that you can add to this tour:
Children -3 years old FREE seats if previously informed €0
Children 3-12 years old €15
Cable car (1-way) adult +14 years old €11
Cable car (1-way) child 7-14 years old €5.5
Please note: The cable car can close for maintenance on the same day of your tour. We will notify you as soon as we are informed and refund the entire amount you paid for this add-on.
Mininum to run the tour
Prices per person: Starting from 35 euros (Min. 6 persons)
Minimum Price per tour: 210 euros (1-6 persons).
Small groups: 1-16 persons.
Madeira's hidden delights
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 many steps to negotiate and it is not accessible to wheelchair users. My suggestion is that you buy the tram round-trip ticket and enjoy a small part of the garden while the group is going around.
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.
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.