Cable Car, Monte, Toboggan Ride & Wine Tasting
FNC-205 | Madeira (Funchal), Portugal |
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Tour at a Glance
You will visit:
- Cable-car & Toboggan Rides
You will see:
Approx. 3.5 hours
Max. Group Size: 53
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.
After the sled ride, you'll continue on to The Blandy Wine Lodge. The island produces some of the world's longest-lived and complex wines. Visit the wine lodge and learn how the four different types of Madeira wine are vinified. Your tour includes a tasting of two varieties. You'll have an opportunity to make wine purchases at the lodge before returning to your ship.
En route, stop at Pico dos Barcelos, a scenic overlook offering sweeping views of Funchal, the bay, and the surrounding mountains.
The cable car does not come to a complete stop for boarding: not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Our Lady of Monte Church is subject to closure without notice and visit is optional and time permitting. There may be a wait for the snow-less sleighs during peak times.
Visibility from all scenic outlooks is dependent upon the weather and therefore cannot be guaranteed.
This tour does not operate on Sunday afternoon.
There is a 5 minute walk from the motorcoach stop to the wine lodge. Passengers must be 18 or older to participate in the wine tasting.
Bring Euro or credit cards for additional purchases. Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing suited to the day's conditions. Bring a hat and adequate sun protection.
Sledge ride (toboggan) not recommended for guests with back problems