Day trip

Tour of Eastern Madeira

Activity provider: Secret Madeira Lda
Day trip

Tour of Eastern Madeira

Activity provider: Secret Madeira Lda

From US$ 30.18 per person

Enjoy the high eastern majestic mountains of Arieiro, the green valleys, old centenary trees and waterfalls. See fruit and veggie terraces, old thatched houses and sugarcane fields, and the peninsula.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, Dutch, English, French, German, Portuguese
Pickup included
Meet your driver at your hotel. If pickup from your hotel is not possible, the activity provider will contact you.
Wheelchair accessible
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Discover high peaks of Madeira Pico Arieiro with its beautiful rock contrast
  • Stop at Porto da Cruz, overlooking the eagles rock and the sugarcane fields
  • Learn about Machico, the old capital of Madeira
  • Take a short Levada Walk Laurel Forest
  • Explore the Peninsula of São Lourenço viewpoint and drive through Caniçal
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Start with pick-up from the hotel and drive through Funchal's steep roads. Pass the Eucalyptus and Mimosa forests overlooking the Christmas pines, into the breathtaking mountains of Pico do Arieiro at 1,800 meters.

The centenary Forest covered by the old trees (Laurisilva) is a must and a short walk along the Levada Madeiras water channels can be taken as an option. Taking the old road of Faial overlooking the eagles rock mountain, Santana will be the next stop. Visit the town's traditional thatched houses and vines. Make a stop for lunch (not included in the price).

After the lunch stop in Santana, continue to Porto Cruz, passing the sugar cane fields. Visit the only steam rum factory in Europe (with rum tasting) and explore the village. See the rough black sandy beach popular for surfers. In July and August, enjoy the chance to swim in the famous saltwater.

Then, travel along the North Coast where sugar cane terraces are still visible. See the old capital of Madeira, Machico, where the first Portuguese settlers arrived in the 15th century, before heading to Ponta de São Lourenço, the eastern point cape of the island. 

The tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel. 

  • Pick up and drop off Hotel
  • Guide/Guide driver on board
  • Rum tasting in Porto Cruz
  • Small groups
  • Swimming in Porto cruz - July and August (for groups with more than 4 persons)
  • Lunch stop Santana (not included in the price)
  • Pick up from Ribeira Brava, Ponta do Sol and Calheta
  • Lunch
  • Drinks
  • Entrances to public places and the pools in the summer.

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Customer reviews

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4.7 /5

based on 365 reviews

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We enjoyed the tour a lot! Our driver/guide was very nice, positive and made jokes. We only had bad luck on the top of Arieiro - it was foggy ad we couldn´t see anything. But in all other places it was sunny and very warm. We enjoyed a short easy levada walk and mind-blowing mountains and landscapes of the region. They reminded me on Hawaii. We recommend the tour and the company! Have fun! :)

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March 27, 2023

It was an amazing Christmas Eve day with our tour guide Lucy. She is so welcoming and fun, while She has so much knowledge about Madeira. We saw some of the most beautiful parts of the island and Lucy made the whole day an experience to remember forever. Highly recommended !!

March 27, 2023

Excellent value for money tour with a small group of people. Tony was informative, entertaining, patient and a very smooth driver. At each stop we were left to explore on our own rather than being herded around or taken to specific shops or cafes, which was a nice change and suited us very well.

March 27, 2023

Product ID: 103241