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Madeira East Tour from Funchal

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Funchal, Portugal
Madeira East Tour from Funchal
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icon8 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more

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Overview

Discover the eastern landscapes of Madeira with ease on an 8-hour tour from Funchal, ideal for lovers of natural landscapes. Ascend to Pico de Arieiro, Madeira’s third-highest peak, and admire the famous Laurissilva Forest, which dates back to prehistoric times. Plus, you’ll enjoy lunch in the colorful town of Santana, visit Machico, and admire panoramic views from Ponta de São Lourenço. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Funchal are included.
  • 8-hour tour of eastern Madeira from Funchal
  • Travel between the island's natural landmarks with ease
  • Ascend to Pico de Areiro, Madeira's third-highest peak
  • Explore the colorful towns of Santana and Santa Cruz
  • Admire panoramic views from the elevated Ponta de São Lourenço
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Hotel pickup and drop-off (Free for hotels in Funchal only)
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8:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.We can arrange for pickups at other locations in the Funchal area as long as there's a known reference point and a place where our vehicle can safely stop for some minutes without blocking any roads or traffic. Our staff will contact you with the most accurate time for your pickup. Pickups outside the Funchal area are available (at extra cost). Please contact us for advice on the best pickup for you according to your location/accommodation.
Your full-day tour begins with pickup from your Funchal hotel at 9am, when you’ll board an air-conditioned vehicle destined for eastern Madeira’s natural highlights.

You’ll ascend to the island’s third-highest mountain, Pico de Arieiro, which affords stunning island views.

The next stop is Ribeiro Frio, the starting point of a famous levada (irrigation channel) walk, where you’ll marvel at trout pools and learn about the prehistoric forest that covers Madeira.

Following lunch (own expense) in the colorful town of Santana, you’ll visit more incredible lookout points such as  Ponta de São Lourenço, and stop off at Machico before drop-off at your Funchal accommodation.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Terreiro da Luta
The first stop is at Terreiro da Luta, a beautiful viewpoint a few kilometres from Funchal. 
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Pico do Arieiro
Pico do Arieiro, at an altitude of 1818 metres it is the third highest peak on the island and affords breathtaking views.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ribeiro Frio
Ribeiro Frio, where you can see its interesting trout farm. This area still has much of its original vegetation.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Santana
Santana is characterised by its small thatched triangular houses. This is where we'll make our main stop for lunch.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ponta de Sao Lourenco
Situated in the eastern part of the island, this is the place where a fantastic combination of rocks, sea and nature combine.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Machico
The last town to be visited is Machico, a viewpoint where you can watch the bay and golden sandy beach.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 55 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Lido Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Madeira East Tour from Funchal?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Madeira East Tour from Funchal.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Madeira East Tour from Funchal?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Madeira East Tour from Funchal.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Madeira East Tour from Funchal?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Madeira East Tour from Funchal.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Madeira East Tour from Funchal?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Madeira East Tour from Funchal.

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  • "min lunch might be too long and 20 minutes for São Lourenço is a way too short." See review
  • "This tour is ideal for those who want to see as much as possible of Madeiran East coast." See review
  • "Beautiful island trip with wonderful lunch stop at a really good price." See review

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star-5
Funny guide! nice places...
Anastasiya_T
, Jul 2022
Funny guide! nice places to take pictures. Only had bad luck with weather conditions. Plenty of time to look around.
star-4
Spectacular scenery
Elva_G
, Jun 2022
The Mountains were the highlight. Fantastic scenery Nuno was an excellent driver and knowledgeable guide. Great trip
star-5
Excellent Day Out
David_W
, Apr 2022
This is the second Viator tour we have taken this week and once again it lived up to all our expectations. Our driver/tour guide Marko was extremely knowledgeable and friendly and added to the whole experience. Would certainly recommend Viator.
star-4
A little bit of everything!!
Jeffrey_C
, Jan 2022
This was an all-day experience. Got to start by going up high and getting great views above the clouds, then off to Santan and a wonderful lunch, mix in some rum tastings and other sites and it was a great adventure.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
December weather still wins
Gary_B
, Dec 2021
Moody weather being present still doesn't stop you having a fun day out and seeing some brilliant sights in Eastern Madeira. Great day, tour guide was knowledgable and friendly too
star-3
Very long tour and all...
Malcolm_H
, Dec 2021
Very long tour and all the driver/guide spoke about was flora/fauna and not much about the places we were visiting
star-4
A different side of Madeira
Paul_S
, Sep 2021
Enjoyed this day trip out to see the eastern side of Madeira, in a air conditioned mini bus. Jose our driver, was really pleasant and informative, fluent in English as well as Portuguese, was a very safe driver. Some lovely spots on our tour, with adequate time to enjoy the scenery and take photographs. A very beautiful island with very diverse scenery, I would recommend this eastern tour with Jose as your driver! Thank you.
star-5
Not to be missed!
Gillian_M
, Sep 2021
Another fabulous island tour with a great knowledgeable guide, Marcos. Such good value for money. A small minibus with about 16 passengers - French, Portuguese and Brits. Lots of stops and amazing views in the mountains and around the coast. I can thoroughly recommend this day tour.
star-5
Perfect.
Michael_S
, Aug 2021
Full day excursion of the eastern part of the island with our lovely driver, Nuno, in a very comfortable minibus. There was a sensible amount of time at each stop. We thought the price represented good value considering how much we saw of this amazing island and would certainly recommend this trip. Nuno provided interesting information but he didn’t talk too much so we could concentrate on all the views.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Eastern delight - excellent tour of Madeira
Tim_L
, Jul 2021
Excellent mini bus tour of the eastern part of the island. Good itinerary for the day. Plenty of time for stops. Roberto was a great driver and guide, relaxed and friendly. He coped well with the various languages spoken by the group. We always had time to take what photos we needed.
star-5
Nice trip. Excellent service
Luis_DO
, Jul 2021
Trip with several stops at some of the most beautiful and interesting places on the island. Very good service, especially very polite! At the stops, you also always have enough time to enjoy the area alone.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A lovely day!
James_W
, Dec 2020
The views were amazing and the commentary very informative and interesting. Our driver and guide Roberto was very pleasant and knowledgeable.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A fantastic tour of the East Coast
STEPHEN_P
, Oct 2020
The Guide Marco was excellent his knowledge of the Island was superb. He explained the history of the places as we went along plenty o stops for photos, coffee, lunch etc. He also explained about the culture and overall he had a sense of humour as well. We would recommend him and the trip highly, we had a fantastic time.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing !
Aleksandra_S
, Aug 2020
Great guide! Tour was amazing. We saw lots of beautiful Madeira. Guide takes you around to many different places and viewpoints plus a fantastic place for lunch !
star-5
Incredible
Ruben_C
, Aug 2020
Marco, the tour gide, was awesome. Very organized and safe tour, with nice comments and curiosities.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
intersting and enjoyable tour
Eldada_M
, Feb 2020
the tour was very interesting. good organizes. the track was well designed and very impressive. the guide exhibited good control and knowledge, His English was very clear. He had a very high level of organization and responsibility, being boat the driver and the guide.his driving was a very professional one and we felt safely while he was driving and talking.Despite the bad weather, we enjoyed the tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Lots of panoramic views
bryanmanley
, Feb 2020
We very much liked Santana - and the €15 lunch in the hotel was good value, but it's a shame that there isn't time to visit the open air museum nearby. We can only give this four stars as we thought there were too many panoramic stops, rather visiting the actual places you were looking at from on high.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
bad weather not to great
IONEL_R
, Nov 2019
we have not great weather and the tour was not so well and in the tour it was not well communication with other people, everybody for him self.
star-5
Full day sightseeing tour.
Ksenia_Alekseeva
, Jul 2019
This tour is ideal for those who want to see as much as possible of Madeiran East coast. Our guide Guma showed us a lot more places than was on tour description. He also was very polite and recommended where to eat in Santana. This company also organizes tour to the west coast, but unfortunately we didn't have time to visit it.Thank you very much, highly recommended!
star-5
Great views and information
Justine_S
, Jun 2019
Interesting day winding up and down the mountains. So many different views, along with interesting facts and figures from our friendly guide, translating perfectly into two languages, and giving us a smooth drive. Beautiful island trip with wonderful lunch stop at a really good price.

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