Day trip

Madeira: Best of the East Tour from Funchal

Activity provider: Lido Tours

Madeira: Best of the East Tour from Funchal

Activity provider: Lido Tours
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From US$ 36.71 per person

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Explore the eastern parts of Madeira on a full-day tour from Funchal. Head into the mountain of the Pico do Arieiro and see emblematic thatch roof houses. Stop for lunch in the town of Santana and continue to the Penha d'Águia in Porto da Cruz.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, German, Portuguese
Pickup included
Free pick-up from selected hotels in the surrounding areas is available.
Private group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Drive to the Pico do Arieiro to experience Madeira's third highest peak
  • Visit Santana, known for its small, thatched triangular houses
  • See Ponta de São Lourenço on the eastern part of Madeira
Full description

Discover the diverse landscapes of Madeira on a day-long tour. Wander charming towns, enjoy panoramic views and learn about the area from your expert guide.

Depart from the meeting point at Funchal's Lido or take advantage of a free hotel pick-up in selected areas. The first stop is at the beautiful viewpoint of Terreiro da Luta, located a few kilometers outside Funchal. Next, drive toward the mountain of Pico do Arieiro. At an altitude of 1,818 meters, the third highest peak on the island offers breathtaking views. Once you've been to the highest drivable peak in Madeira, head back down through the forest on the way to the coast.

Admire some of Madeira's emblematic straw-roof houses, pass pretty villages and get stunning seascape views. Arrive at the very eastern point of the island for some superb panoramas of the north and south coasts. Discover the popular start point for the levada walks, Ribeiro Frio, on the northern slopes of the island. See interesting trout pools and original vegetation. Madeira was once completely covered by laurissilva forest, a relic from prehistoric times. Stop for lunch in Santana, characterized by its small, thatched triangular houses. Past Portela go towards Ponta de São Lourenço, situated in the eastern part of the island. This is a place where a fantastic combination of rocks, sea, and nature combine. The last town to be visited is Machico, a viewpoint where you can look over the bay and the golden sandy beach.

Includes
  • Free pick-up and drop off at hotels in the Funchal area
  • All taxes and fuel surcharges
  • Lunch

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Important information

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  • The tour may be changed due to weather conditions, if this happens you will visit a rum factory instead of the Pico do Arieiro
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 646 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5
  • Safety
    4.7/5

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Fantastic trip. Really enjoyed it. We booked the trip to get an overview of the east of Madeira and we certainly got that. Our guide Bruno was absolutely excellent. I thoroughly enjoyable day. I do have an arrangement with a restaurant for lunch – it’s great value €17 for vegetable soup fish with banana, a local delicacy and a passionfruit pudding. With wine and soft drinks and water included.

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February 1, 2023

Had already been on a guided tour of Western Madeira, which I was more than happy with and therefore didn't think this would top it - but it did! The first stop at Pico do Arieiro made my jaw drop completely! Absolutely amazing and the rest of the tour continued to deliver. Even the last stop was absolutely magical. Postcard views everywhere you looked. Highly recommended!

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December 31, 2022

Great experience for those who want to know the island effectively and full of history. Despite the not-so-favorable weather, Nuno made alternative stops to make up for not going to Pico do Areeiro. We had lunch at the restaurant recommended by him and the typical kebab did not disappoint. I strongly advise Lido Tours.

December 19, 2022

Product ID: 65983