Contrasts of Madeira with Porto Santo

Operator: Titan Travel
Destination: Madeira
Price From: £2095.00


As one of our most popular holiday destinations for nearly 30 years, this twin-centre Madeira tour visits both north and south to really appreciate its contrasting highlights. Well experience Madeiran traditions and natural beauty with breathtaking coastal drives, forest walks, visits to botanical gardens and tastings at an organic farm. Well enjoy lunch at an impressive quinta estate and spend a day visiting the lovely island of Porto Santo, plus plenty of time for your own spin on your island stay with optional whale watching and levada walks.


Day 1 – UK – Funchal – Santo Antnio da Serra

Titans VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Madeira. On arrival, we drive to our hotel in Santo Antnio da Serra on the northeast coast of the island.

Hotel Enotel Santo da Serra, Santo Antnio da Serra (4-star)

Day 2 – East and North Island Tour

Our Madeira guided tour begins with a scenic drive around the east and the islands north coast. Making our way to Pico do Arieiro one of Madeiras highest peaks at 1,818m, well see the islands thick green woodland give way to sparse rock and crisp clean air. If the weather is kind, the views across the ocean are breathtaking and you may even spot Madeiras smaller island neighbour, Porto Santo. At Ribeiro Frio, well find some of the best examples of Madeiras indigenous and UNESCO-protected Laurissilva forest. Its lovely to wander through the rich green vegetation, maybe spotting the delicate flowers of Clethra arborea (Lily of the Valley Tree) or the tiny birds that reside here. Driving along dramatic coastal roads, we arrive in Santana – a village of charming, thatched houses with distinct triangle shaped roofs. On the outskirts of Santana, well enjoy lunch at the Quinta do Furo, an estate with five hectares of organic vines, vegetables, herbs and gardens of Madeiran plants. The rest of the afternoon is free.

Hotel Enotel Santo da Serra, Santo Antnio da Serra (4-star)

Today includes

Excursions & visits:Island tour of the east and north, including lunch at a quinta (morning)

Day 3 – Santo Antnio da Serra

Today is free to explore the area at your own pace. Or maybe join an optional guided walk along the Levada da Referta. Initially built as far back as the 15th century for water irrigation, levadas are a great way to explore the island as you navigate their sloping pathways. On this walk youll be treated to views over Porto da Cruz and of the towering Eagle Rock formation, all the while learning about the local crops, native flora and Madeiras unique landscapes.

Hotel Enotel Santo da Serra, Santo Antnio da Serra (4-star)

Day 4 – The Madeira Mandolin Route

A feast for the senses awaits this morning as we explore on the Madeira Mandolin Route. Well visit a collection of fascinating places showcasing the sights, sounds and flavours of Madeiran traditions dating back more than a century. Well witness deep blue ocean vistas over Machico Bay from the Little Cames viewpoint. In Portela, well taste a local familys traditional recipe for Poncha. Well explore the town of Porto da Cruz, before a magical mandolin concert and a rum tasting with traditional breads and snacks at a property overlooking the bay. The afternoon is free to relax.

Hotel Enotel Santo da Serra, Santo Antnio da Serra (4-star)

Day 5 – Santo Antnio da Serra

Today is free or therell be an optional whale watching trip. The volcanic formation of Madeira makes way for deep surrounding oceans making it an ideal place for whale and dolphin watching and more than 25 species can visit the waters throughout the year. From Funchal, youll head out on a cruise around the island looking out for whales, dolphins, seals and turtles. Its also a great way to view the islands coastline from another perspective.

Hotel Enotel Santo da Serra, Santo Antnio da Serra (4-star)

Day 6 – Palheiro Gardens

Sometimes referred to as the floating garden of the Atlantic, Madeiras rich fertile soil allows a great number of plant species to thrive. The famous Palheiro Gardens beautifully set in the hills close to Funchal offer a stunning collection of tropical plants, sweeping lawns and water features, with views over Funchal against the backdrop of the quinta. The lush pinks of Hibiscus and Bougainvillea are on show almost all year round, interspersed seasonally by delicate mauve Jacaranda and the orchid-like flowers of Bauhinia. After exploring these lovely gardens, well sit down for some tasty tea and cake, before returning to the hotel.

Hotel Enotel Santo da Serra, Santo Antnio da Serra (4-star)

Day 7 – Santo Antnio da Serra

Today is free or you could join an optional excursion combining a fascinating walk with a Madeiran cooked lunch. A hilly walk will take you along a ridge through the UNESCO-protected Fanal forest, with incredible valley views on either side. At the end of the walk a delicious Espetada lunch will be served – meat or fish cooked in the typical Madeiran way on skewers, flavoured with special seasonings.

Hotel Enotel Santo da Serra, Santo Antnio da Serra (4-star)

Day 8 – Faj dos Padres – Funchal

Set at the base of dramatic coastal cliffs sits the organic farm of Faj dos Padres, accessed by a 300m-high gondola. Gliding down in just two and a half minutes, well be treated to sweeping panoramas before reaching the secluded bay. With endless sea views from the exclusive beach, the farms setting benefits from fertile soils and its own microclimate helping to cultivate a rainbow of tropical fruits including mangoes, bananas, pineapples and pomegranates. After an exploration well enjoy a tasting, before heading back up the cliffside and continuing to Funchal. With orange-tiled houses climbing up the hillside, Madeiras capital is vibrant in colour and in culture. Peppered with historic churches and painted colonial buildings, the cobbled old town is a wonderful place to get lost in and well stay for three nights.

Hotel Madeira Regency Cliff, Funchal (4-star)

Day 9 – Porto Santo

Today we visit Madeiras smaller neighbour for a Porto Santo tour, known as the Golden Island for its straw-coloured sand and aquamarine waters. The interior is a stark contrast to Madeira – dry and rocky with volcanic peaks sculpted into perfect cones. An early start will ensure we catch the ferry across to the island enjoying breakfast on board as we sail. On arrival, well meet a local guide to show us this lovely islands highlights on a Porto Santo tour, starting with the far southwest tip of Ponta de Calheta. Well pass the golf course designed by Seve Ballesteros, before stopping at Moinho das Lombas for great views of the beach, ocean and its characteristic windmill. At Pico do Castelo, once used as a shelter from pirate attacks, therell be time to enjoy the views before checking out the traditional tools and artefacts specific to the island at the Museum of Cardina in Camecha. After a spot of wine tasting, the afternoon will be free for you to enjoy the beach or find a local caf for lunch or coffee. Well sail back early evening, enjoying dinner on board before heading back to the hotel.

Hotel Madeira Regency Cliff, Funchal (4-star)

Day 10 – Funchal

Today youre free to explore the capital at your own pace. Or maybe choose an optional Jeep safari to the northwest of the island. In an open-top safari vehicle, youll take in coastal landscapes, drive incredible mountain paths, see the spectacular Veu da Noiva waterfall and cross the plateau of Pal da Serra on the way to Porto Moniz – famous for its sea-fed lava-formed natural swimming pools.

Hotel Madeira Regency Cliff, Funchal (4-star)

What’s Included in Your Journey:


  • 21 meals in total
    • 10 breakfasts
    • 1 lunch
    • 10 dinners


  • Travel from the UK included
  • International flights: Prices based on return flights with British Airways from London Heathrow.


  • 10 nights in hotels

Transport in Destination:

  • Travel in destination by coach


  • One drink per person with dinner (wine, beer, or soft drink) on days 8-10

Tour Highlights – 5 Excursions & Visits:

  • Island tour of the east and north, including lunch at a quinta
  • Excursion on the Madeira Mandolin Route
  • Visits to Palheiro Gardens (including tea and cake); Faj dos Padres organic farm (including gondola and tasting)

Free Time:

  • 4 days of free time
    • Explore independently
    • Relax at your hotel
    • Join optional excursions
    • Seek recommendations from your tour manager

Perfect Moments with Titan Travel:

  • VIP Experience: Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Experts: Titan tour manager
  • Portable Audio: Headset system on excursions
  • Porterage services included