Excursion Details

Cable Car, Monte, Toboggan Ride & Wine Tasting

FNC-205 | Madeira (Funchal), Portugal | See Special Notes

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Tour at a Glance

You will visit:
  • Monte Monte
  • Wine-tasting Wine-tasting
  • Cable-car & Toboggan Rides Cable-car & Toboggan Rides
You will see:

    Moderate Shopping

    Excursion Length:
    Approx. 3.5 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.

    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.

    Detailed itinerary Show All Itinerary Details

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

    Details:
    Travel time: 00:30 Transport type:Air Conditioned Motorcoach
    Transport Capacity (Normal Use):50
    Time at site:00:15 Inside Visit :Yes
    Wheelchair accessible?:No
    Restrooms available?:No
    Air conditioned?:Yes

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

    Details:
    Transport type:Other
    Transport Capacity (Normal Use):50
    Time at site:00:30 Inside Visit :No
    Walking distance (yards):800
    Total number of steps:75 Notes

    To visit church

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

    Wine tasting at Madeira Wine Lodge

    Details:
    Travel time: 00:35 Transport type:Air Conditioned Motorcoach
    Transport Capacity (Normal Use):50
    Time at site:01:30 Inside Visit :Yes
    Walking distance (yards):800
    Total number of steps:10
    Wheelchair accessible?:No
    Restrooms available?:Yes
    Shopping available?:Yes
    Air conditioned?:No
    Currency accepted:EUR
    Photo/Video restrictions?:No

    Photo stop for Pico dos Barcelos

    Details:
    Travel time: 00:20 Transport type:Air Conditioned Motorcoach
    Transport Capacity (Normal Use):50
    Time at site:00:15 Inside Visit :No
    Walking distance (yards):500
    Total number of steps:30
    Shopping available?:Yes
    Air conditioned?:No
    Currency accepted:EUR
    Photo/Video opportunity?:Yes
    Photo/Video restrictions?:No

    Re-board your motorcoach and return to your ship

    Details:
    Travel time: 00:15 Transport type:Air Conditioned Motorcoach
    Transport Capacity (Normal Use):50

    Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

    Special Notes

     

    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.

    Adult Price:

    18 or older to participate in the wine tasting.

    Child Price:

    12 years & under

    Medical Restriction:

    Sledge ride (toboggan) not recommended for guests with back problems

    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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