Excursion Details

Cable Car, Monte, Toboggan Ride & Gardens

FNC-200 | Madeira (Funchal), Portugal | See Special Notes

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Tour at a Glance

You will visit:
  • Monte Monte
  • Cable-car & Toboggan Rides Cable-car & Toboggan Rides
  • Botanical Garden Botanical Garden
You will see:

    Strenuous

    Excursion Length:
    Approx. 4 hours

    Max. Group Size: 53

    Tour Overview

    Your excursion begins at the pier where you'll board your motorcoach for the short transfer to Funchal's cable car. Board a modern cable car for the approximately 15-minute ascent from Funchal to the village of Monte. The cable car follows the route of the island's old 'rack and pinion' railroad.

    In Monte, you'll tour Our Lady of Monte Church. The tiny statue above the altar was discovered by a shepherdess in the 15th century and became the patron saint of Madeira. The church also contains the tomb of Emperor Charles I, the last Hapsburg Monarch, who died here in exile in 1922.

    While in Monte you'll get a chance to experience the much talked about snowless sled ride. This tradition has been around since the early 19th century. Your sled is a wicker basket chair set on runners. Two local guides dressed in traditional white flannels and straw boaters run alongside your sled and guide it down the slope with ropes. It's an experience quite unlike any other.

    Rejoin your motorcoach after the sled ride for the short transfer to the Botanical Gardens on the outskirts of Funchal. The Botanical Gardens were founded in 1960, and it is noted for the wide-ranging collection of indigenous and rare plants, from native island species to rainforest specimens and cacti. You'll have an opportunity to visit the gift shop before returning to your ship.

    Detailed itinerary Show All Itinerary Details

    Depart from ship for a scenic cable car ride from Funchal to Monte

    Details:
    Travel time: 00:15 Transport type:Air Conditioned Motorcoach
    Transport Capacity (Normal Use):50
    Time at site:00:20 Inside Visit :Yes
    Wheelchair accessible?:Yes Handicap
    Restrooms available?:No

    Visit to Monte including Our Lady of Monte Church (time permitting)

    Details:
    Transport type:Other
    Transport Capacity (Normal Use):50
    Time at site:00:35 Inside Visit :Yes
    Walking distance (yards):800
    Total number of steps:75 Notes

    To visit church

    Wheelchair accessible?:No
    Restrooms available?:Yes
    Shopping available?:Yes
    Air conditioned?:Yes
    Currency accepted:EUR
    Photo/Video restrictions?:No

    Take a Snow-less Sled Ride

    Details:
    Transport type:Walking
    Transport Capacity (Normal Use):50
    Time at site:00:20 Inside Visit :No
    Wheelchair accessible?:No
    Air conditioned?:No
    Photo/Video restrictions?:No

    Guided tour of the Botanical Gardens

    Details:
    Travel time: 00:30 Transport type:Air Conditioned Motorcoach
    Transport Capacity (Normal Use):50
    Time at site:01:30 Inside Visit :Yes
    Total number of steps:10
    Wheelchair accessible?:No
    Restrooms available?:Yes
    Air conditioned?:No
    Photo/Video restrictions?:No

    Re-board your motorcoach and return to your ship

    Details:
    Travel time: 00:30 Transport type:Air Conditioned Motorcoach
    Transport Capacity (Normal Use):50
    Air conditioned?:No

    Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

    Special Notes

     

    As the cable car does not come to a complete stop for boarding, this tour is not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Our Lady of Monte Church is subject to closure without notice and visit is time permitting. There may be a wait for the basket sledge during peak times. Visibility from all scenic outlooks is dependent upon the weather and therefore cannot be guaranteed.

    This tour will not operate on Sundays afternoon.

    Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing suited to the day's conditions. Bring a hat and adequate sun protection.

    Child Price:

    12 years & under

    Medical Restriction:

    Sledge ride (toboggan) not recommended for guests with back or neck conditions

    Number of Steps/Walking Distance:

    For information on walking distances and/or the number of steps at each stop, please see the detailed itinerary above.

    Wheelchair Accessibility:

    For information on wheelchair accessibility, please see the detailed itinerary above.

    Camera/Video Restrictions:

    For information on camera/video restrictions at each stop, please see the detailed itinerary above.

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