Cable Car, Traditional Sled Ride & Botanical Gardens

4 hours | Madeira (Funchal) | F N C - 2 0 0
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Points of Interest

  • Monte
  • Cable-car
  • Toboggan Rides
  • Botanical Garden
Strenuous activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

WHAT YOU VISIT
Monte
Once known as a health resort for Europe's high society, Monte is known for its lovely architecture and Lady of Monte Church. Outside, the church boasts a twin-towered facade and the large churchyard offers a splendid view over Funchal. An inside visit reveals elegant chandeliers, a 15th century statue of Our Lady of Monte, beautiful pieces of gold and silverwork crafted in the 17th and 18th centuries and the tomb of Charles I of Habsburg, the last emperor of Austria, who went into exile in Madeira in 1921.

'Snowless' Sleigh Ride
One of the best and unique ways to return to Funchal is to ride the 'carros de cesto,' a wicker basket chair set on runners. Hop in and two 'carreiros' (men dressed in white with straw hats) will push the toboggan-like basket down the hill to the Funchal suburb of Livramento.

Madeira Botanical Gardens
Set out over a sprawling nine acres, the garden is home to five distinct areas that exhibit 2,500 exotic and rare plants.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
Everywhere you point your camera you'll discover one memorable photo after another.

SHOPPING
Browse for that perfect memento of your visit at the Madeira Botanical Gardens Gift Shop.

WHAT YOU SEE ALONG THE WAY
As your cable car climbs its way up to Monte, you can't help but notice the breathtaking views of the mountain, lush greenery, Funchal Bay and the city.

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 optional and 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.

Sequence of tour stops may vary.

Medical Restriction:

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

Details

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

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

Transport type:
Other
Travel time:
00:35

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

Time at site:
00:35
Free time at site:
30
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Take a Snow-less Sled Ride

Transport type:
Other
Travel time:
00:20

Guided tour of the Botanical Gardens

Time at site:
02:00
Free time at site:
10
Inside visit:
Yes
Steps:
30
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Re-board your motorcoach and return to your ship

Transport type:
Motorcoach
Travel time:
00:30