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Our most recommended Madeira Bus & minivan tours

Funchal 3 in 1: 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

1. Funchal 3 in 1: 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Discover the extraordinary beauty of Madeira at your own pace with a 2 or 5-day ticket for the yellow line of the hop-on and hop-off sightseeing bus. Jump off at the sites in the capital of Funchal that interest you most, and get access to its surroundings, including the panoramic viewpoints of "The Pearl of the Atlantic." Jump off at any of the 30 stops along a route that takes you through Funchal’s quaint, cobblestone streets. Enjoy breathtaking views from observation points, such as the one at Pico dos Barcelos. Discover landmark monuments such as Town Hall Square and the Cathedral. Marvel at pretty gardens, and hop off at the Madeira Wine Museum, the Blandy's Wine lodge, to enjoy a glass of the island’s famous wine. The 3-in-1 ticket also provides access to the picturesque fishing village of Câmara de Lobos, thought to be the original landing point for the Portuguese explorer João Gonçalves Zarco. Gaze out at the Atlantic Ocean from Europe’s highest cliffs at Cabo Girão on a shuttle bus service from Câmara de Lobos (Cabo Girão viewpoint entry fee not included).

Porto Santo: Pirates and Corsairs Guided Island Tour

2. Porto Santo: Pirates and Corsairs Guided Island Tour

A tour around the island, where you will learn the story of Porto Santo, and why it was so important for the Portugueses and Human kind. We will help you discover how the people of the island would live on those days with the constants attacks of the pirates and corsairs. A fun an excited way to visit all the island for all members of the family. Discover the most beautiful and well know places on Porto Santo and get to know about their history. You may visit: Calheta beach, Miradouro das flores, Zimbralinho, Morenos, miradouro dos morenos, sand dunes, Fonte da areia, Pedregal, miradouro da Portela, miradouro do Pico Castelo.

Madeira: Nuns Valley Half-Day Tour

3. Madeira: Nuns Valley Half-Day Tour

Explore the stunning landscapes of the Curral da Freiras (Nuns Valley) on a scenic half-day tour from Funchal. Journey to the center of Madeira to find dramatic, cloud-topped mountains and verdant valleys. Board the minibus in the center of Funchal, and make your way to Eira do Serrado for one of the most beautiful views in Madeira. Continue down to Curral da Freiras, traveling past forest bushes and the quaint houses typical of the Madeiran countryside.  Arrive in Nuns Valley, and see a small village nestling between almost perpendicular mountains that is isolated by the region's stunning geography. The locals mainly survive off the cultivation of crops like delicious chestnuts.  Return to Funchal, stopping at the fishing village of Câmara de Lobos, where Winston Churchill painted his beautiful landscapes. Purchase a glass of the legendary drink Poncha (alcoholic drink with honey, lemon, and juice) before you return to Funchal. 

Full-Day Ponta de São Lourenço - Natural Reserve

4. Full-Day Ponta de São Lourenço - Natural Reserve

This walk runs along the eastern peninsula of Madeira Island, where you can see different vegetation from the rest of the island with its lack of trees and low vegetation such as the Everlasting (Helichrysum devium Johns) and the Ice Flower (Mezembryanthenmum crystallinum).  The Ponta de São Lourenço is classified as a partial natural reserve and part of the European network of important community sites - Natura 2000. At this location, several protected seabirds such as the Cory's shearwater, the Madeiran storm-petrel, the Bulwer’s petrel and the common tern nest here. You can see other bird species such as the Berthelot's pipit, the goldfinch and the canary. Along the way, you will be amazed by the fantastic scenery with Deserted Islands to the south and the Islands of Porto Santo to the north (if the weather permits). From this walk, it is possible to see the northern and southern coasts of Madeira. When arriving to the end of this path, you will reach Casa do Sardinha. After a few minutes of rest, return by the same path.

Funchal Tour and Câmara de Lobos Tour

5. Funchal Tour and Câmara de Lobos Tour

Be enchanted by the blue sea in contrast with the green of the breathtaking scenery. Enjoy the most special corners of Funchal, as well as the aromas and flavors at the Workers’ Market. Then visit the quaint village of Câmara de Lobos, with its enviable natural heritage and charm that made it one of the favorite places of Winston Churchill. Catch the Yellow Bus Hop on Off Bus Funchal and, at a height of 4 meters, discover the most beautiful places in Funchal. You can get off and on at any stop throughout the route in this Funchal Sightseeing Bus. Take advantage of the trip to get to know the unique views of Funchal (like the one at Pico dos Barcelos), its main monuments, its typical Portuguese cobblestone streets and the colorful flowers in its gardens. Be sure to visit the Madeira Wine Museum-Blandy's Lodge, where you can enjoy a glass of this famous wine.

Madeira - Santana - Full Day

6. Madeira - Santana - Full Day

Start this tour by heading towards Pico do Arieiro, the highest mountain accessible by car and the third-highest of the island (1818m). Here you will be astonished by the fantastic views over the mountains and the interior of the island. Descend towards Ribeiro Frio, located in the middle of the Laurel forest, World Heritage of UNESCO, where nature lives in perfect harmony. Continuing along the north coast, pass through Faial and arrive Santana, a town known for the typical and original thatched roof houses. After lunch, admire Ponta de São Lourenço, with several rocky formations and impressive views. Reach Machico, a historic city, where the discovers landed for the first time in 1419. Return to the Hotel.

Madeira : Nuns Valley - "Curral das Freiras"

7. Madeira : Nuns Valley - "Curral das Freiras"

Curral das Freiras, a small parish surrounded by steep mountains, is situated in the heart of the Island. It is believed that this deep valley was formed either by erosion or volcanic activity. After passing by the church of Santo António, we will stop at the Pico dos Barcelos viewpoint, at 350 m, where you will enjoy the magnificent view of Funchal. We will then proceed through the mountains until we reach Eira do Serrado, from where you will have an excellent view from 1094 m over Curral das Freiras. After visiting Curral das Freiras, we will then return to Funchal.

Funchal Private 4-Seater VIP Mercedes / 8-Seater Minibus

8. Funchal Private 4-Seater VIP Mercedes / 8-Seater Minibus

For all those who prefer to explore Madeira island with their own private guide in a minibus or a private Mercedes and want to have a special itinerary made, the Private tours are highly recommended. We can arrange exciting and interesting tailor-made tours. Recommended for families with children, wheelchairs in minibus tours. For guests that prefer to do things at their own time and pace. We organize all types of tours from the romantic to the adventurous, serene and many more. Your guide selects the best routes, restaurants and, on request and for an additional cost, can add a few extras. There are organized programs for engaged couples, wedding anniversaries, birthdays, romantic couples on honeymoon, from full-day tours to half-day tours and evening tours.   

From Funchal: Best of Madeira Tour (Half-day tour)

9. From Funchal: Best of Madeira Tour (Half-day tour)

Depart Funchal and head towards the mountainous interior of Madeira on a private full-day tour of the Curral das Freiras. Make your way to the Pico dos Barcelos viewpoint for panoramic views from 355 meters above sea level. Continue to an altitude of 1,095 meters at the Eira do Serrado viewpoint of the Câmara de Lobos. Sample a traditional chestnut cake and some sweet ginja (sour cherry) liqueur in the village, before driving back towards Funchal. Climb up to the settlement of Monte and get the chance to visit the beautiful church and go for a ride on one of the toboggan runs.

Santa Cruz: Paradise Valley Tour with Afternoon Tea

10. Santa Cruz: Paradise Valley Tour with Afternoon Tea

Let us show the way to a magical place In Madeira that just a few know. On this exclusive experience, you will have the chance to walk along an easy “Levada” (Madeira unique water irrigation system), surrounded by the lovely countryside with views that goes from the sea to the mountains. Arriving at the big rock valley you´ll feel like you´ve arrived in paradise. Magnificent landscapes, wild flowers, valleys and local people are what you will have during two hours easy and flat walk. A fabulous afternoon tea will be included, served with local products; sweet potato homemade bread, scones, cakes, biscuits, exotic fruit of the season and a delicious dessert of passion fruit. You will not forget this local experience. It will be special day to remember.

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based on 3,226 reviews

The tour guide was the best. Miguel's knowledge of the area was amazing. His knowledge of Madeira's history and his willingness to share the most beautiful areas was everything we could have asked for. He was patient and passionate about the island. You won't be disappointed. It was worth every minute spent with him during our 2 weeks of vacation.

Excellent guide and a really interesting half-day excursion. The guide answered numerous questions that left us with a lot more knowledge of Madeira than we would have been able to get easily any other way. He also kindly left us at Camara de Lobos, which was convenient for a taxi trip to Cabo Girao sea cliff.

We have used these tours in many cities and find that they suit us very well. As we are in complete control of where and when we travel. If we'd find somewhere we really love we can use the opportunity to go back as many times as we !ike

Excellent half day trip. Thoroughly enjoyable. Jose our guide was great and very knowledgeable.

Very convenient in getting around part of 5he island