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Madeira Half-Day Sightseeing Private Tour with Wine Tasting

4.2 (14)

Madeira Half-Day Sightseeing Private Tour with Wine Tasting

4.2 (14)
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Experience the beauty and charm of Madeira on this half-day private tour that will take you to breathtaking viewpoints and give you a taste of the island's famous wine. Begin your journey at Pico dos Barcelos, where you'll be treated to a panoramic view of Funchal Bay and the city. Then, venture through the eucalyptus forest to Eira do Serrado, where you'll be captivated by the stunning views of the valley of Curral das Freiras. Explore the village of Monte, with its enchanting gardens and historic church, and don't miss the option to ride down to Funchal on the famous wicker basket toboggan. Lastly, indulge in a wine tasting at a local cellar and savor the flavors of Madeira wine, a tradition dating back to the 17th century. This private tour is the perfect way to discover the wonders of Madeira in just a few hours.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Included
  • 4 hours
  • Suitable for 1-8 Participants
  • Small Group Tour, Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

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Discover the mesmerizing wonders of Madeira on the Half-Day Sightseeing Private Tour with Wine Tasting. This immersive tour will take you to breathtaking viewpoints, enchanting gardens, and the renowned wine cellars of Madeira. As you embark on this adventure, prepare to be captivated by the stunning views, rich history, and delectable flavors that await you on this unforgettable journey.

What to expect?

During this 4-hour tour, you can anticipate a truly immersive experience that will showcase the best of Madeira. Marvel at the panoramic views over Funchal Bay and the city area from the spectacular viewpoint of Pico dos Barcelos. Feel the awe-inspiring beauty of the valley of Curral das Freiras surrounded by lush green mountains as you visit Eira do Serrado. Explore the charming village of Monte, with its enchanting gardens and 18th-century church. And don't miss the opportunity to take an exhilarating ride down to Funchal on the famous wicker basket toboggan, a traditional mode of transport unique to Madeira. One of the highlights of this tour is the visit to a renowned wine cellar. Sample the different varieties of Madeira wine, a fortified wine that has been produced on the island since the 17th century. Indulge your taste buds and savor the exquisite flavors that have made Madeira wine world-famous.

Who is this for?

This tour is perfect for individuals who have a passion for exploring new destinations and immersing themselves in the local culture. Whether you are a history aficionado, a nature lover, or a wine enthusiast, this tour offers something for everyone. The Half-Day Sightseeing Private Tour with Wine Tasting is suitable for all age groups and can be enjoyed by solo travelers, couples, families, and small groups.

Why book this?

Uncover the hidden gems of Madeira with the Half-Day Sightseeing Private Tour with Wine Tasting. This unique experience allows you to soak in the natural beauty of the island while indulging in its rich cultural heritage. With a knowledgeable guide leading the way, you can rest assured that you will gain valuable insights and in-depth knowledge about the destinations you visit. Immerse yourself in the stunning views, embrace the local traditions, and tantalize your taste buds with the world-renowned Madeira wine. This tour offers a perfect blend of adventure, exploration, and relaxation, ensuring an unforgettable experience for all.

Good to know

To make the most of your tour, be sure to wear comfortable clothing and footwear. Don't forget to bring your camera to capture the breathtaking vistas and memorable moments along the way. It's also worth noting that the exciting ride down to Funchal on the wicker basket toboggan is optional and available at an additional cost. Finally, please be aware that the visit to the wine cellar is not available on holidays.


Previous travelers have raved about the Half-Day Sightseeing Private Tour with Wine Tasting. They praised the knowledgeable guides who provided fascinating insights and made the experience truly memorable. Guests were enchanted by the stunning views from Pico dos Barcelos and Eira do Serrado, describing them as breathtaking and awe-inspiring. The visit to the wine cellar was a highlight for many, with the opportunity to savor the different varieties of Madeira wine receiving high praise. Overall, travelers expressed their satisfaction with this tour, describing it as an enriching, enjoyable, and unforgettable experience.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Miradouro Pico Dos Barcelos

Enjoy an splendid panoramic view over Funchal bay and the city area at this viewpoint, approximately at 335m above the sea level.

Admission Included


Monte is a village in the suburbs of Funchal, visit the enchanting gardens and the church, built in the 18th century. You also can take an exciting ride down to Funchal (until Livramento) on the famous wicker basket - toboggan -, a traditional transport originated in the early 19th century (this is optional and paid locally).


On this tour we will also visit a wine cellar (except on holidays) where you can taste the different varieties of Madeira wine, the famous fortifies wine produced in the island since the 17th century.



4.2 (14)


A great 4 hour tour - two spectacular vistas, a taste of local liqueurs and biscuits, a very fun tobaggan ride culminating in a wine tasting. We had a nice driver (Melly) with a god sense of humor best of all no lineup for the tobaggan.

Joseph K

Our tour guide was very friendly and thorough in explaining things and answering our questions along the way. He was accommodating to our schedule too. The sled ride down the hill from Monte was a lot of fun, and the visit to Nun’s valley was particularly interesting. The Madeira wine tasting was just OK - they didn’t really explain much and seemed to want us to hurry up.


To experience Madeira this half-day tour is a good introduction to the island. Our driver was fabulous and very professional. We truly felt like we had an appreciation for the island culture through our guides eyes. We like the personal touch the private tours offer.


Had my own driver on my own so got to do what i wanted on the tour . Only 4 hrs so packed a lot in . Guide was very informative. Loved the wine cellar at Henriques and Henriques . The queens favourite maderia wine Bought a bottle at 31.50 € but worth it Views from summit was stunning . Went to the oldest church on the island . Very pretty .


My husband and I did this tour in the afternoon. We were delight in all the sights. The Eire do Serrano presented a beautiful view of the island and all its hidden valleys. Curral das Freitas (Nuns Valley) is a quaint town. Monte is where we went sledding down the mountain road in a wicker sled. So much fun! Then we ended our tour at D’Oliveiras to sample Maderia wine and snack on honey cake.


Do not take this tour! I should have known that it wouldn’t go well when I got an email shortly after I booked it to reschedule to another day as there were no guides free. After explaining that I couldn’t, I was reassured that they had sorted it, and was promised a great tour. Well, on the day of the tour, a taxi showed up with the cab driver, Octavio, as the guide. He proceeded to drive us around the island, which was ok because there are some extraordinarily beautiful views on the island. However, our whole purpose for booking this tour (and our trip to Madeira) was because of the wine. So, upon arriving at the Olivet Wine lodge, we all discovered it was closed for the day. At that point, Octavio didn’t apologize but just said “Well, what can you do?” and proceeded to take us back to the hotel. During the drive back to the hotel, he suddenly launches into this racist tirade against a certain ethnic group and a specific religion, including the use of phrases like “They are ruining everything” and “They have to be stopped”. Upon our return to our hotel, a quick Google search revealed that this wine lodge closes at 1pm on Saturdays so this tour (which starts at 2 pm) should never have even been offered on a Saturday. However, this is all information that they should have known. I emailed the tour company and asked them for a refund, and they just ignored my email and did not respond.


<p>This turned out to be a private tour for just the two of us. Our driver/guide Ruben was very nice, and he did a great job driving us around the island and showing us some very picturesque site of Madeira. We did wine tasting of Madeira wine, visited the Village of the Nuns and took a traditional ride in the baskets down the streets of Funchal. It is a beautiful place to visit, and you need to see it with a local, like Ruben!</p>

Norman B

<p>This was a good tour, the Highlight of the trip the views at the top of Nun's valley. I thought we would have gotten the opportunity to visit a vineyard or cellar, instead we we to a local restaurant to try the Madeira wines. The wines were ok, and is an acquired tasted. This tour needs a more personal touch, and a vineyard trip or a tour to a wine maker would help, heck even a walk through a banana plantation would add more interest to the tour.</p>


TOUR Review for the Half Day Traditions and Enchanting Valleys-Eira do Serrado, Curral das Freiras, Monte, Madeira Wine Tasting Tour Positives: Our INTERTOURS tour guide was very pleasant and efficiently picked us up at our hotel in Funchal and escorted us on a fantastic half-day journey through the Nuns Valley and Monet. Our guide took us to the Monet toboggan sled rides, took our photos, and picked us up at the bottom when the ride finished. He provided colorful stories of Madeira as he carefully navigated through the steep, treacherous cliffs of the Madeira island. We thoroughly enjoyed the locations that we visited on our half day tour, and definitely would never have been able to navigate on our own without a driving tour guide. We were amazed at the Curral das Freiras, or Nun’s Valley. The only negatives are the contents of the tour were very misleading. The highlight of the tour is definitely the Nun’s Valley and a brief stop at the church and tobbagan ride in Monet. The stop at the Eira do Serrado is nothing more than a tourist stop that misleads you into purchasing restaurant items that are definitely not needed and are triple the prices of any other restaurant in town and is a huge waste of time. The tourist stop pushes unwanted liquors on you to purchase, very uncomfortable. Additionally, the stop in Monet is just the church and toboggan ride that costs an additional 30Euro to ride. The Madeira Wine tasting is non-existent and really disappointed us since we could have easily made booking arrangements for the Blandy lodge madeira wine tour or another tour. Since our time in Madeira was limited we were unable to book another wine tasting tour and were left very disappointed. The tour only stopped at a wine shop and should NOT be listed as a highlight of the tour.

Monique K

<p>We booked the tour in advance to be part of our cruise. On arrival we went to the pick up point at the advised time but the coach did not arrive. I called the operator and within 15 minutes a Mercedes and driver turned up and we had a private tour instead of a coach tour. This was very much appreciated by us and made the day despite the earlier mistake. This would normally be 5 star but for the booking mistake and we had good customer service and a good time.</p>
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-04-23 03:44