Cable Car, Traditional Sled Ride & Wine Tasting

3.5 hours | Madeira (Funchal) | F N C - 2 0 5
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Points of Interest

  • Monte
  • Wine-tasting
  • Cable-car
  • Toboggan Rides
Moderate 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.

Blandy Wine Lodge
Sitting in the heart of the city, the family-owned winery dates back 200 years and boasts some of the island's finest madeira wines. During your guided tour, you'll learn about the different types of Madeira wines, and how to sip and savor this elixir synonymous with the island. Two samplings plus a chance to purchase some wines are a highlight of your visit.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
As you return from the Blandy Wine Lodge, you'll stop for photos at the Pico dos Barcelos viewpoint. Perched over 1,160 feet above sea level, the overlook offers panoramic views over Funchal, Funchal Bay and the Desertas Islands.

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:

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.

Sequence of tour stops may vary.

Medical Restriction:

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

Details

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

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

Transport type:
Motorcoach
Travel time:
00:30

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

Time at site:
00:30
Free time at site:
30
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Take a Snow-less Sled Ride

Transport type:
Other
Travel time:
00:30

Wine tasting at Madeira Wine Lodge

Time at site:
01:00
Inside visit:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Photo stop for Pico dos Barcelos

Transport type:
Motorcoach
Travel time:
00:35
Time at site:
00:15
Free time at site:
15
Inside visit:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Re-board your motorcoach and return to your ship

Transport type:
Motorcoach
Travel time:
00:15